Speaking on his SiriusXM show “Radio Andy” about Wacha’s new life in Conn., Cohen — who announced recently that he had rehomed Wacha after a “incident”—talked about how he came to the decision, noting that over the years there had been” some behavioral problems in Wacha.
Cohen said, “I don’t think I have to tell you guys how much I love Wacha. That kind of speaks for itself. But something happened with Wacha the day actually that we were taping the ‘Below Deck’ reunion.”He added,“It was not great, and I don’t really care to go into it, but suffice to say, that it was a real moment where I had to look at where we had been, and where we could go with the dog.”
The host of “Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen” said he talked with his number of close friends about the next steps, including Lisa Vanderpump, Beth Ostrosky and animal trainer Brandon McMillan.
“It was the unanimous view that I should find a very happy home for him,” Cohen said. “Brandon was like, ‘Andy, if something happens, you are going to have to put him down. How will you be able to live with yourself that you kept him in the home and then something happened with you and Ben, and then you have to put him down?’”
“I took him out for an hour walk, which is what I plan to do now, I plan to see him still,” he added. “And the great thing is after he went back with Sherman, Sherman said there were no signs that he was depressed.”
Cohen, who is the father of one-year-old son Benjamin, said Wacha and his new owner, Sherman, were happily adjusted to life.
“The thing that I want you guys to know is that Wacha is happy. He is happy,” Cohen said.
While Cohen called the experience a “heartbreak,” he is grateful for the messages of support he has received from fans since.
“I’ve heard from so many people who have had to rehome their dogs,” he said.
Cohen also said Wacha will remain a part of his life.
“Wacha will stay in my life. I mean that’s what I want you guys to know, this dog is going to stay in my life. He is a part of my life,” he shared. “It’s just not anything that I could have imagined what happened, but it did.”