Acquired: Breeder (hobby breeder)
Training: Previous owner
Posted February 27, 2014
We won the dog lottery when we were gifted our Cocker Spaniel by a family member.
My husband and I never were fans of giving pets as presents, especially if it isn't to your child, and will admit we felt some reluctance in accepting ours graciously. But any misgivings changed quickly.
He slept peacefully through the night in a crate by our bed. He was potty-trained by three months old. Learned all the simple commands by the time he was neutered at six months. Followed us all around the yard without venturing beyond the property line without any kind of installed electronic device or collar. Very eager-to-please and friendly.
Admittedly, he wasn't a fan of the groomers but he enjoyed his baths and trims after we learned to do it ourselves.
The only drawbacks were health-related and not a huge hardship financially. He'd get the smelly ears at times, and as he aged, glaucoma. He also developed disc degeneration in his senior years for which he took pain relievers prescribed by the vet.
Because he was such a perfect experience, we decided to never own another of his breed for fear we'd forever compare the two.
We'll treasure his memory forever!