Acquired: Other (stray, given dog by friend etc.)
Posted April 10, 2014
Darling Lady ("Lady" for short) came to me from a local animal clinic and spent many years as a wonderful addition to our family. She had been given up by her previous owners who found her anxiety difficult to manage (she was never truly housebroken, and would pee on occasion when she got nervous or stressed out). We tried our very best to keep her anxiety to a minimum, and she was a wonderful sweetheart who loved cuddling, and went to sleep next to me every night. She might sound needy, but I work from home and really enjoy having a dog nearby, so it didn't bother me in the least. (Others might feel differently, but dogs that require a lot of attention hold a special place in my heart.) Lady loved people, was great around all other animals, and really enjoyed playing with kids. She was patient and kind-hearted. She did develop "hot spots" as she aged, and had to be put on daily anti-histamines. And, as I mentioned before, she did occasionally pee in the house. But her lovable nature made these things seem like minor issues. A cocker spaniel is a great breed for anyone who is looking for a gentle-natured companion. They are not necessarily a good fit if you don't have a lot of time or if you're looking for an outdoors-only watchdog.