Kokomo the original ‘Smoking Dog…”

Kokomo was one of Bill’s closest friends and traveling companions, one who happens to be a Border Collie. Kokomo formed an immediate bond with they first met back in 2002. Their clandestine lifelong friendship began over coffee and smoking down at a local coffee shop that they both frequented. From their relationship evolved a friendship and business partnership with her owner Sara Troy.

Over the years Kokomo and Bill spent many hours and more than 10,000 miles walking and enjoying each others company. Bill attributes that he is alive today due to her unconditional love and compassion. In the summer of 2011 Bill broke his back due to seizures caused by neuromuscular challenges he lives with. During his recovery and healing process Kokomo was always by his side. No matter what time of day or night, or what type of weather, whenever Bill went for one of his walks there she was by his side, Sometimes running ahead of him pushing him to go faster. Other times walking slowly to prevent him from getting hurt. Other times walking for hours pushing Bill to his physical and pain limits. Always on the alert to protect Bill when strangers approached. During his 18 month recovery period they would walk up to 5 miles everyday! On Saturday morning of easter weekend in 2013 after returning home from his walk, he found himself extremely frustrated and pissed off about that reversal in progress he was making in healing himself and lost it big time. Within ten minutes after his explosion, the seizures stopped and he has not had another one since that day!

By the time Kokomo fourteen and a half years old her life has begun to wind down. She has lost her hearing, her her old bones and muscles don’t work like they use to, yet she always had a twinkle in her eyes, a smile on her face and a heart overflowing with love. A true lifelong friend who will always always be celebrated, appreciated, and eternally loved now that she has passed on to her next great adventure in her afterlife…

The nickname “Smok’n DAWG” came about as a tribute to Kokomo, who ever since she was a young puppy has loved to chase and jump through smoke rings. Over the years she became known as the ‘Smoking Dog’. Back 2012, Bill found himself getting heavily back into electronic music creation in dealing with overcoming his physical and health challenges he and he decided to build a website to share his love, passion and the healing power of music with others. While trying to come up with a name for the website URL the name Smok’n DAWG popped into his head.

The meaning of ‘Smok’n DAWG” was derived from the word smoking, which can used to describe a tend as being both a “Hot” and “Cool”, and the word “DAWG” which slang word that means friend. In case Bill decided to also use the word DAWG as an acronym for “Digital Audio Workstation Guru” So when you put it all together you get…

“The cool & hot ” friend and Digital Audio Workstation Guru”

Hidden within the nickname is an interesting play on words. We all know the real spelling for “DAWG” is “dog”. Dogs are known for their unconditional love, companionship and forgiveness… Now reverse the letters in “dog” you get “god” and you can create a very profound interpretation for the expression why…

“A dog is man’s best friend!”


In memory of Kokomo.

“We can only walk until we drop, but you and I will `rock’n on forever!”

In August of 2016 Kokomo had to be put down due to rapid deterioration in her health. In gratitude for of all the joy and happiness you brought into my life, I have dedicated this song and music video in your memory. You may be gone but you will never be forgotten…

in gratitude,
Bill Macquis – ‘LIFE’ adventurer, explorer and defender
“Quinesence” the journey taken…