Holidays with Pets

Happy Holidays, Friends!

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday! If you’re traveling, I hope your Cocker Spaniel handles the trip or the separation okay. I wish you road trips with no pets barfing or howling in the back seat, and I wish you pet sitters who reliably feed, exercise and play with your sweetie. I hope those of you who are hosting for the holidays that your Cocker Spaniel handles the visitors well and stays out of the gifts until AFTER they’ve been unwrapped. I wish you memorable moments with those you love most.


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It’s been a fun year over on Facebook, hasn’t it? We’ve shared photos, stories and advice. We’ve grown to be a supportive, positive group that celebrates our pups together and helps each other take care of our pets the best we can. And now we even have our own website, complete with a discussion forum that we might someday figure out how to use (LOL!)

I’m thankful for all of you I’ve met on the Facebook page. Your comments, pictures and unique perspective have made me laugh, cry and grow as a pet owner. Thank you. Let’s have a fun new year together, sharing and inspiring each other every day!

With much gratitude,

Savannah

Make Your Own Cocker Spaniel Calendar for 2013

Hey everybody, guess what I found? An awesome way to use your photos of your pups to make your own 2013 calendar.


This company is reliable and produces high quality calendars. The pictures turn out sharp and clear, and the materials used for the calendars are sturdy and professional.

Features:
Upload your own photos
Customize with your own dates
Add a logo and/or text to each page
Has a page for phone numbers & notes
Fast printing – ships within 2 business days
Finished product looks professionally done

Have fun! I’m going to make one using pics of my pup!

~ Savannah

Custom Photo Calendars ship for $1 this week! Create yours now.

You can also get premade calendars. I like these:

Cocker Spaniel Puppies 2013 Mini Wall CalendarCocker Spaniel Puppies 2013 Mini Wall CalendarWith those big, puppy dog eyes and a cock of the head, how could anyone not love a Cocker Spaniel puppy? Cocker puppies are cute when playing, sleeping, snuggling, but especially when they get excited and wag their little nubby tails. This adorable Cocker Spaniel Puppies mini wall calendar is a coll






Cocker Spaniels 2013 Wall CalendarCocker Spaniels 2013 Wall CalendarCocker Spaniels came to the United States in the early 1880s. They derive their name from their propensity for flushing woodcocks out of the bush. With those big, soft eyes, shiny coat, and maybe the perfect size, the Cocker Spaniel has become one of the most popular dogs in America. And it’s easy t






Looking for Dog Halloween Costumes?

If you like to dress up your dog for Halloween, you’ll want to check out these fun dog Halloween costumes:

Zelda Punk Rock Dog Costume

Zelda Punk Rock Dog Costume

Rock on little pooch! If you love rock and roll, especially punk rock then put your best friend in the Zelda Punk Rock Dog Costume. The costume includes a leather look jacket and pants, a spiked collar and a red spike wig. This is a versatile costume; when worn without the wig it could easily pass for a biker costume…









Canine Christmas Elf Dog Costume

Canine Christmas Elf Dog Costume

Features Workshop Elf Apron and Hat









Canine Candy Cane Cutie Dog Costume

Canine Candy Cane Cutie Dog Costume

Features Candy Cane Apron Christmas Dress and Bonnet









Hollywood Starlet Dog Costume

Hollywood Starlet Dog Costume

Costume features a dress and wig.









Animal Planet Stegosaurus Dog Costume

Animal Planet Stegosaurus Dog Costume

The Animal Planet Stegosaurus Dog Costume with turn your little pooch into a prehistoric dinosaur. The costume features a foam hood with dinosaur print and a matching foam costume with big spines down the back and extending to the long foam stegosaurus tail…









Animal Planet Hammerhead Shark Dog Costume

Animal Planet Hammerhead Shark Dog Costume

This dog costume would look perfect on any type of dog. The Animal Planet Hammerhead Shark Dog costume feature the headpiece that is shaped like a hammerhead shark head and has vinyl teeth too. The headpiece sits comfortable on your dog’s head…









Dapper Dog

Dapper Dog









Animal Planet Zebra Costume - Dogs

Animal Planet Zebra Costume – Dogs









Animal Planet Tortoise Costume - Dogs

Animal Planet Tortoise Costume – Dogs









Old Milwaukee Beer Can Costume for Dogs

Old Milwaukee Beer Can Costume for Dogs

Costume features a one piece body suit.









Underdog Costume for Dogs

Underdog Costume for Dogs

Costume features a one piece body and cape.









Prisoner Dog Costume

Prisoner Dog Costume









Didn’t find the costume you were looking for? They’ve got plenty of options here (and you can save on your order, too):


Wholesale Prices

Respecting Cocker Spaniel Sensitivity

Let me start this out with a warning: I had a heart breaking experience last night. Those who are in a great mood might want to skip this blog post. Those who want to defend our lovable, sensitive Cocker Spaniels, however, will want to read this and then think of ways to protect Cocker Spaniels from improper treatment.

Ready to hear my tale? Thank you in advance for your love and support.

I’ve mentioned the fact that we foster kittens, right? We’ve done this for a while – in fact, I just took in my tenth litter of kittens to foster. We love up on them and socialize them, making sure they know how to interact with strangers, kids, dogs and other cats. We’ve adopted out nine litters of healthy, well-adjusted kittens.

Well, last night I ended up visiting one of my old fosters, quite by coincidence, and this kitten, who once was friendly and confident (we used to joke that she was wild and fearless), hid from me and would hardly let me pet her. The adopter laughed it off and said, yeah, she’s a little skittish now, but she had to discipline so she’d stay off the counters and mind her manners, right?

It was obvious to me that this poor kitten had been stripped of her confidence and reduced to a cat who will probably always treat human beings with suspicion. There is no evidence of abuse or neglect, and the kitten looks healthy and okay, so I can’t do anything to revoke the adoption (it’s been months since the adoption anyway), but I left the adopter’s house feeling so sad.

What does this have to do with Cocker Spaniels, you ask?

Cocker Spaniels Need Special Care

We all know Cocker Spaniels are sensitive dogs, right? It’s what we love about this breed so much. They are loyal, gentle and in tune with our emotions. They lift us up when we are sad and rejoice with us when we’re happy. They act like mind-readers, and they respond to the emotional shifts in our household.

This is wonderful… unless a Cocker Spaniel ends up in a home where a dog is treated… well… like a dog, if you know what I mean.

Cocker Spaniels can be incredibly loving and loyal… or they can end up being incredibly shy, insecure and damaged, if raised by owners who believe in harsh discipline. While some “dog rules” still apply, they need to be applied in a softer, gentler manner than can be used on a St. Bernard, for example.

Anyway, my experience with that sweet kitten made me think of all the Cocker Spaniels out there who get dumped into rescue groups or turned into animal control because they have problems like piddling out of fear or nipping because they are afraid of being physically disciplined. I want to take this opportunity to thank all of those who foster Cocker Spaniels, who help those that have been abandoned or abused recover, or who take the time to just plain train their dogs properly the first time around. Let’s do our best to help each other understand the sensitivity of this breed so we’ll all raise loving, secure, happy Cocker Spaniels.

 

Treating Our Dogs With the Love They Deserve

Have you ever had one of those days? You know, the type where you get home and you think, “Thank God I don’t have to do this day over again”?

Those are the days when I appreciate my furry friends the most.

Because my husband is great, he really is, but he always has stuff of his own to deal with, like all other hard-working adults do. And my kids are great, but they’re teenagers with needs and wants and demands of their own.

Sometimes it’s my furry babies who give the most love back to me. And for this, I am ever-so-grateful. Especially on those rough days, when you just need to cuddle up with your sweet pup and watch TV or read a book and love and be loved.

Andy Pictures, Images and Photos

The amazing thing is this: our Cocker Spaniels need our love as much as we need their love. It’s what is termed a symbiotic relationship. As we pet our sweeties, we meet their needs and they meet ours.

Did you know that studies say that pet owners are healthier, have lower blood pressure and live longer than non-pet owners? Our pups help us every time they convince us to go for a walk or to throw the ball in the back yard (exercise!) or to snuggle up for a cuddle-fest.

Let’s thank our pups tonight. Please feel free to share your favorite Cocker Spaniel stories here in the comments. We’ll all appreciate the inspiration.

Fun Cocker Spaniel Calendars

Do you love to collect pictures of your pets? Have you ever made a calendar out of pictures of your Cocker Spaniels?

Create a customized 2012 photo calendar

If you aren’t into making your own Cocker Spaniel calendars, you might want to check these two calendars:

Cocker Spaniel Puppies 2013 Mini Wall CalendarCocker Spaniel Puppies 2013 Mini Wall Calendar

With those big, puppy dog eyes and a cock of the head, how could anyone not love a Cocker Spaniel puppy? Cocker puppies are cute when playing, sleeping, snuggling, but especially when they get excited and wag their little nubby tails. This adorable Cocker Spaniel Puppies mini wall calendar is a coll






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Cocker Spaniels 2013 Wall CalendarCocker Spaniels 2013 Wall Calendar

Cocker Spaniels came to the United States in the early 1880s. They derive their name from their propensity for flushing woodcocks out of the bush. With those big, soft eyes, shiny coat, and maybe the perfect size, the Cocker Spaniel has become one of the most popular dogs in America. And it’s easy t






 

The pictures are gorgeous and clear.

This company also sells nice picture frames like these:

 

Cocker Spaniel Pink 3-N-1 Picture Frame

Cocker Spaniel Pink 3-N-1 Picture Frame

This three-in-one picture frame is a great way to show off your furry friend! Just insert your own photo (up to 4″ x 6″) under the clear protective sleeve. The frame is magnetic&#151great for refrigerators, file cabinets or lockers. It can also be converted to a free-standing or wall hanging frame!






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Cocker Spaniel Blue 3-N-1 Picture Frame

Cocker Spaniel Blue 3-N-1 Picture Frame

This three-in-one picture frame is a great way to show off your furry friend! Just insert your own photo (up to 4″ x 6″) under the clear protective sleeve. The frame is magnetic&#151great for refrigerators, file cabinets or lockers. It can also be converted to a free-standing or wall hanging frame!






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Dog Ownership Support

Dog Ownership Support

I volunteer with the Humane Society, which I find very personally rewarding. I don’t put a lot of time into it, but what I do put it into warms my heart.. I foster, and I man an adoption shift once or twice a month, and I drive cats and dogs to the vet to get spayed or neutered or get vaccinated for people who can’t take their pets in themselves or can’t afford the services.

It makes me feel good every time I help a cat or dog find a loving home, or when our group helps someone get their cat or dog spayed or neutered, or treated for fleas, or get medicine for an illness. I’d say that three-quarters of our work ends up being fostering and adopting out cats and dogs that otherwise would get put down, and I find that work to be extremely fulfilling. Most of these cats and dogs are pulled from the local shelters and put into our foster program.

The other quarter of our work ends up being in the realm of service to dog owners and cat owners who can’t care properly for their pets for one reason or another. For example, just a few weeks ago, we got a call from an elderly woman who had a dozen dogs and about a dozen cats, all unfixed, all on the brink of starvation. We took all of her pets into our program, treated them all for fleas, ticks, heartworm (preventative meds), got them spayed, neutered and vaccinated, and helped her find homes for all but the oldest two dogs, which she kept.

Why We Need to Provide Dog Ownership Support

It’s easy to think poorly of this woman, isn’t it? We see the flea-ridden, starving pups in her yard and get angry. Some of us want to punish her. But before we judge, I think it’s important to ask ourselves: How did this happen? And how can we help?

For example, the woman I mentioned as an example is an elderly woman who had just lost her husband (and therefore most of her income.) She found a stray dog, so she started feeding it. Because she was feeding the dog outside, more dogs showed up, and soon she had three stray dogs, all grateful to her for the food and love, which she lavished upon them. She had enough money to feed them, but really, she didn’t have enough to provide the rest of the care to them, so they started breeding and multiplying.

This poor sweet woman, who was so desperate for their love and felt responsible for them, was afraid to turn them into animal control because she was quite sure they’d get put down. She didn’t want the situation to get out of control, but it did (and quickly), and when she finally did get help, she was in waaaaaay over her head.

Was she bad-hearted? Cruel? Merciless? No. This woman was exactly the opposite of all of those qualities. She was good-hearted and loving, which is why she started feeding the initial stray dog in the first place. She was too soft-hearted to turn any of them away, and she was too loving to dare turn them in to a shelter. She needed help and guidance, and once provided that help and support, she is now a responsible pet owner.

How Can We Provide Dog Ownership Support to Those Around Us?

This is the key question, isn’t it? How can we support dog owners instead of judging those who are struggling?

Consider the following ways to support your community:

Keep a list of low cost spay and neuter clinics on your fridge and give out the information when you suspect someone isn’t spaying or neutering their animals. Be ready to kindly and gently explain why it’s important to spay and neuter if you aren’t going to breed (and breed responsibly.)

Investigate (with respect) to make sure low-income neighbors can afford to feed their pets (and themselves.) If they are struggling financially, see if there are any local support groups who might donate dog food for them.

See if elderly or disabled neighbors need to have groceries or pet food delivered to their door. You’d be surprised at how many pet owners are unable to transport those heavy bags of dog food or kitty litter by themselves, so they make due with substitutions and try to stretch resources so as to have to shop less often. This isn’t because they don’t love their pets. Many disabled and elderly people need their pets so very much and may consider their pets to be their primary (or even solitary) source of emotional comfort and companionship.

This love doesn’t make it easier to haul dog food or kitty litter, though! Help your neighbor get set up on a pet food or grocery delivery service (some of these, like PetBest, deliver for free), or donate a shipment of pet food to a needy neighbor anonymously. By helping your neighbor, you’ll make the world a better place.

Get all your Dog’s favorite dry food at PetBest.com

Giving Back to the World, One Dog at a Time

I know I can’t rescue every dog in need. Sometimes that makes me very sad, and sometimes I struggle with wondering if I’m doing enough. I just tell myself that every time I help one dog or cat, I’m making the world a better place, and I hope my one act of kindness for that week will have a ripple effect that will reach far and wide.

You must be the change you wish to see in the world.

-Mahatma Gandhi

Do You Find The Dog Whisperer’s Advice to Be Helpful?

We get a lot of questions on our Facebook page about Cocker Spaniel behavior issues.

Cocker Spaniels are a sensitive breed. They are very in touch with our feelings, which is part of why they are such loving, loyal companions. However, they are also easily upset and can be affected by a number of changes including:
* A new pet being introduced into the home
* Emotional issues with family members
* Moving to a new home
* Travel
* Staying at a kennel
* Having a dog sitter for an extended period of time
* The birth of a baby or new family member or roommate moving in
* Hormonal changes (due to delay of spay or neutering)

I personally really like Cesar Millan, also known as The Dog Whisperer. Has anyone else found his advice to be helpful?
Dog behavior issues? Cesar Millan can help!

Please leave your thoughts and advice in the comments section of this blog.

Thanks in advance! Advice you share can help our friends who love their Cocker Spaniels but who are running into behavioral problems.

Treasured Moment – A Poem

The work day is done.

The list of things accomplished

Long

From making coffee to serving dinner and cleaning up

Scouring the stuck bits of of a meal from a pan and washing counters

Perhaps mending something broken,

Or breaking something that will later need mending

And deciding

That today

Enough has been done, and this will have to wait

Until

Tomorrow.

Because right now, before the sun sets, I must

Sit on my front porch

Flanked by my faithful furry companion

And read

The paper

A book

Something online

And listen to the sounds of evening settling

Gently

Sweetly

Into the routine patterns we all share

Living this life, together, yet apart

And there, at my side, I see him

He sees me, too, and noticing, thumps his tail

And perhaps emits a low whine

Asking

Patiently

(Or maybe not so patiently)

For a hand

A stroke

A tender scratching behind the ears

Better yet

For me to get up off my porch and call out

That magical word

W-A-L-K

But even if we don’t go tonight

He will be satisfied

With my touch, the connection of our eyes

Because we are

More than anything else

Best friends.

 

~ Savannah Summers

Do You Dress Your Cocker Spaniel Up for Halloween?

Have you considered dressing your Cocker Spaniel up for Halloween this year? One of our fans on our Facebook page submitted this fun picture of her dogs getting in the mood for Fall.

Cocker Spaniel Halloween Costumes

Getting in the Mood for Halloween?

Some dogs hate getting dressed up in jackets or coats, even in inclement weather, but some dogs love it. Is your dog a jacket-lover or a jacket-hater?

I laughed at some of the dog costumes pictured here. Some of them are outrageous, but some of them are pretty cute.

These pics are fun, too.

I personally like this dog Halloween costume because it’s not too irritating. Just a fun jester’s collar to add a festive feeling to our walk of the neighborhood on Halloween night as we take the kids trick or treating.

 

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If your dog doesn’t mind wearing a jacket, these capes always make me think of SuperMan or Super Woman.

 

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Better yet, if your dog loves dog jackets, check out this one for your sweet princess female Cocker Spaniel:

 

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Although my favorite of all isn’t a Halloween-y jacket at all. It’s kind of a preppy jacket, which makes me smile.

 

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Here in North Carolina, it’s usually too warm for dogs to wear coats, but I used to live up North and plenty of dogs appreciated the extra protection in the winter. One year it even snowed on Halloween (a huge snowstorm that practically shut down Halloween for Minneapolis!) and dog owners were glad to have dog jackets or coats on their pups. Of course, most years jackets and costumes are just for fun, but sometimes it’s nice to be able to double up on a purchase, especially is a Halloween costume can be used later on as a winter jacket.

Of course, if you let your Cocker Spaniel’s fur grow out, you might not need a dog jacket at all. A lot of us keep their fur pretty short, though, just because brushing and grooming can be quite the hassle. And back in Minneapolis, I sure did see a lot of dog owners using booties on their dog’s feet to protect their paws on those coldest winter days.

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So… tell us: Do you dress up your dog for Halloween? And if you do, where do you get your dog costumes? Do you make them by yourself? Post your best Halloween pictures here or on our Facebook page so we can all enjoy them!