CHOCOLATE PEANUT was a nickname for my chocolate labrador, Zoey. She was my inspiration for the site years ago. After graduating from college in 1989, I moved to Washington, DC to start a new journey. In the spring of 1990, I brought my handful of chocolate from North Carolina (where I’m from) to DC where we would be navigating through the big city together. I used to take her everywhere—the farmers market, cafés, dog parks, and the few dog-friendly stores. She loved dragging me everywhere, but it was jogging our favorite routes in Georgetown, along the Potomac and the monuments, or Connecticut Avenue where she and I were in sync together.
As she grew older, her health was precarious. I did everything possible to keep my Peanut with me just one more day, and I’m convinced that I did. I dodged lumps and bumps that weren’t always benign, seizures of the worst kind, and whatever medical emergency there was, I conquered them all, but I couldn’t win the battle against a failing heart. She died in my arms of congestive heart failure the day before Thanksgiving 2002. She was 12 years young.
My father’s words comforted me in that I was chosen to be with her—a gift. She was always being photographed, and after one release of the shutter, she would walk off of the set dragging props with her. She appears on the cover of a photo-documentary on animal-assisted therapy that I published in 2000. She was truly a testament of the therapeutic value a dog can give. Her exuberence for life amazed me, and now I’m blessed with the spirit of her memory. She wore a knitted cap like no one else. This site is dedicated to her.
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Post pics of your dog wearing our goods on Facebook and at Instagram using hashtag “thechocolatepeanut” so that we can see them. We would love to see your pooch modeling our goods! Our models here on the site are Betty and her brother Miles—both French bulldogs—and little Aggie the Pug.