Andy Cohen Opens Up About Rehoming Dog Wacha: 'Keeping Him Here Could Be Catastrophic' for Son Ben
"No effort was spared in the attempt to help Wacha feel adjusted," the Bravo host wrote
Andy Cohen is saying goodbye to his longtime furry friend, Wacha.
The Bravo host, 51, shared that he has placed the rescue dog in a new home after Wacha showed "some occasional random signs of aggression," adding that Wacha's presence in his home could prove "catastrophic" for his 1-year-old son, Benjamin Allen.
"I’ve put off sharing this news as long as I could. As you may know, Wacha is my first baby, my beautiful rescue puppy," Cohen wrote on Instagram Friday, calling the pooch his "pride and joy."
"When he came into my life, my world changed. Over the nearly seven years that I’ve been blessed to have Wacha in my life, we have worked to address some occasional random signs of aggression," Cohen continued. "No effort was spared in the attempt to help Wacha feel adjusted."
However, after "an incident a few months ago," Cohen said that "numerous professionals led me to the conclusion that my home is simply not a good place for him."
"Keeping him here could be catastrophic for Ben and worse for Wacha," he said, sharing that Wacha has found a "permanent home" with the family he previously stayed with when Cohen would go out of town.
"He is thriving," Cohen continued of his four-legged companion. "We still see each other, but a piece of my heart is gone."
Cohen went on to credit Wacha with opening him up "to love.. to caring… and ultimately to having a family."
"When I think of him - let’s be honest, when don’t I think of him - it’s with the clarity that we were meant to come into each other’s lives exactly when we did, and that he’s happy, which gives me peace of mind. We did rescue each other. Thank you, Wacha."
In March of last year, Cohen's dog trainer Brandon McMillan defended the TV personality's choice to have baby Ben around Wacha.
"I know that dog very well. I’ve seen him with your baby. My professional opinion: Wacha is very safe with your kid, so everybody out there who suddenly became a dog trainer on the internet, please shut the hell up!" McMillan said during an episode of Watch What Happens Live.
Cohen told PEOPLE shortly after Ben’s birth that he didn't introduce Wacha to the baby right away because he wanted Ben to get “acclimated to the space and get us acclimated to everything” first.