Acquired: Other (stray, given dog by friend etc.)
Training: Previous owner
California, United States
Posted March 28, 2014
I found my pup, Harley, on a state highway in rural Nebraska. She was hiding in some long grasses along the side of the road. She was playful, excited, and decidedly exhausted. Having issues with her back hips, initially unable to keep them upright for more than a few seconds at a time, I assumed she was abandoned by her breeder when she hit selling age.
I took her home with the idea that I'd clean her up, feed her and find a nice home for her. After the bath she smelled like a new puppy, the food perked her up and she played and licked, and that night when she whined to sleep at the foot of my bed was the first night she had a home.
There was no looking back.
Springers a beautiful, loyal dogs. Easy to train and excited to play, Springer Spaniels have a way about them that transcends the species. They are, in my humble opinion, the perfect dogs. They love with everything they have, making them a great dog for families.
Aside from that, Springers are majestic athletes. Bred for hunting wild birds, the Springer gets it's name from the way it was trained to spring into the wooded grasses and foliage to flush birds.
Having sever hip problems, I thought my pup, Harley, would not be able to join the athletes of her name sake. Boy was I wrong. With a little love and some physical therapy, we've been able to get Harley's hips in working order. She runs (rather, bunny hops), jumps and plays with the best of them. And, though they seem perpetually stiff, her hips don't appear to bother her.
But, even if they did, you'd never be able to tell. She's more interested in licking palms and playing catch.
Springers are great, athletic, family dogs--just as comfortable in a field, flushing game, as they are in the living room, dozing at your feet.
The love of a Springer Spaniel is strong. So, if you're looking for a friendly, athletic, and very loyal dog, look no further than the English Springer Spaniel.
If you find one anything like Harley Quinn, you won't be disappointed.
One look into those soulful eyes and you'll be sold.