The evening Tom and I returned from Le Havre with our rented van full of the boxes we’d shipped from Los Angeles, our neighbors Ann and Leif greeted us in front of our house with sad news. Andreas, the other newcomer to our neighborhood, a Swiss artist who’d also moved to Cordes from California, had died suddenly.
His dog Mocha was staying with another neighbor, Dominique, who couldn’t keep her until Andreas’s relatives came, which could be several weeks. Not only did Pompom the cat object, but Mocha’s barking was bothering Dominique’s guests.
When we saw that the address on Mocha’s address was Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA, the solution was obvious. Mocha would come to stay with us until Andreas’s family decided where she would go.
The next day, after we returned the van to Albi where we’d rented it, we picked Mocha up at Dominique’s house. Mocha was not happy. She didn’t want to stay with us. It was clear that she loved Andreas very much and was grieving deeply.
So, when Tom opened the door take some empty boxes to the recycling, she was out like a flash.
Naturally, she headed back straight to Andreas’s place. Tom and I managed to corner her briefly, but when a car went by and we had to alter our very strategically chosen positions, she took off again, this time down the street toward the bistro where Andreas, like most Cordais, liked to sit.
We had pictures on my phone, and people knew Mocha, but no one had seen her. She was spotted near Andreas’s place several times. We left a note with Tom’s French phone number on his door; people called, but no one could catch her. Pretty soon half the village was involved.
At 10:30 that night we heard voices in front of our house and looked out the window to see Leif, who told us that Dominique found Mocha sleeping on Andreas’s step, scooped her up, and now had her in her car. She’d be right over.
So Mocha came home. She had chopped sausage and a little duck for dinner. And she went to sleep on our bed.
Day by day she is becoming more accustomed to her new home. She no longer pulls on the leash when we go near Andreas’s house. She enjoys hanging out at the bistro, where she’s very popular.
And she loves being groomed! (Not so much the bath.)
But a long walk, table food, and sleeping on a good bed suits her very well!
Now we’ve heard from the family that we can keep her!
Thank you, Andreas, for this wonderful new family member.
11 thoughts on “Living in Cordes – Mocha”
Life always seems to have unexpected surprises! Jack and I are happy for you and your new Family member!
Lucky dog. Lucky you.
This makes me feel so much better, as I know it would Andreas. He loved Mocha, and yes, she loved him dearly too.
He would be very happy to know she found you both and can live safely and happily again!
I’m glad Mocha’s new home helps you feel better, Vincent. And I’m more sorry than ever that we missed Andreas.
Definitely. And she’s a special dog, and obviously, you are special people! You’re finding each other is a very good thing.
So glad it all worked out. We love her!
Oh the stories of our animals! Give Mocha a hug! Your little Olive is such a wonderful cat. We are really going to miss her. She stole our hearts and we wish we could keep her but traveling is calling to us and I am sure Karen will fall in love too n
Thanks again for taking Olive, Monica! She is a cat of character and I miss her a lot.
It seems that Cordes is a truly magical place for you, Eve and Tom! My little 6-month-old labradoodle, who I named Bisou, looks so much like Mocha. I hope that in Fall, 2019 I will travel to Provence and be able to visit you. Amitiés
We’re looking forward to your visit!