Lost Souls: Found! Inspiring Stories about Cocker Spaniels is full of 60+ stories from people who have fostered and adopted Cocker Spaniels. People looking for Cocker Spaniel puppies, Cocker Spaniels for sale, or Cocker Spaniels for adoption should read this book first to learn about the breed and about breed rescue. If you’re already involved with Cocker Spaniel rescue, these stories are sure to resonate with you! This book is a great gift for Cocker Spaniel lovers and a fun, easy read for you!
Excerpt:“One morning Winston-2, our second dog named Winston, jumped onto the bed and woke me by dropping something heavy, wet, and plastic on my face. In my daze, I remembered that my husband had taken out two steaks the night before and left them on the counter to thaw. Somehow Winston2 got to the steaks, ate one, and then brought the other one to me, plopping it on my face in bed. He had never done anything like that before, but I thought it was a riot. What a guy! He wanted to share his delicious meal with Mom.” -Bonnie Nordell
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-Each box contains 8- 5 x 7 flat note cards with envelopes printed on 100# cardstock
-A portion of every sale is donated back to the rescue of your choice
-Back side of each card is the same color as the card border and has a “Did You Know” about the breed
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About this image: This photo of Murphy was taken by Ashley Johnson. Shuttled from one franchise pet store to another as his puppyhood waned and price tag remained too high, this handsome Cocker Spaniel, Murphy, spent his early life on display, petted by many but loved by no one, missing the opportunity to run and play like a puppy. Once his monetary value had run it’s course with the pet store, he was scheduled to be sent to the shelter, doomed, more than likely, to be euthanized. Through some intercession on the part of a Cocker Spaniel rescue as well as a diehard dog lover, Murphy began his new life with a loving family with one other rescued brother. His family has grown over the past four years as more rescue dogs have joined his family pack, loving each other and their forever grateful mom.
The “Adopted. Who’s next?” shirt series is meant to honor adopted pets and their resilience. Wearing these shirts is a great way to start a conversation with people about rescue and adoption. A significant portion of profits is donated back to animal welfare organizations.
About Cocker Spaniels:
- Spaniels were brought from Spain to England, which is where the “cocker” style spaniel originated – recognized in 1892
- Both English and America types
- Sturdy, compact body
- Usually 13.5-15.5 inches tall and 15-35 lbs.
Why People Love Cocker Spaniels:
- Beautiful silky flat or wavy coat
- Happy, outgoing, and friendly
- Good swimmers
- Very intelligent – good for working or obedience training
- Great with any family member
- Generally like other dogs
Why Cocker Spaniels Can Be Challenging:
- Eyes often tend to tear and need wiping
- Needs regular brushing and grooming
- Could develop small dog syndrome – needs human with firm but loving leadership
- Must be well-socialized from puppyhood because the breed has a tendency for shyness
- Fairly active indoors – need regular exercise
- Though generally healthy, may be prone to cataracts, glaucoma, and luxating patellas. IMHA (Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia) may be common in Cockers.
Other Facts and Tips About Cocker Spaniels:
- The AKC recognizes Cocker Spaniels who are a black, black with tan points, parti-colored, or any solid color other than black.
- Usually have their tails docked, though practice is controversial in many areas and illegal in most of Europe
- Respond best to positive reinforcement training
- Bred as gun dogs because of their speed and endurance
- Medium-Long life expectancy (12-15 years)
- One of the most popular breeds according to the AKC
- The litter size is usually 5-7 puppies, can be more
- AKC group: Sporting (smallest Spaniel of the group)
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Shuttled from one franchise pet store to another as his puppyhood waned and price tag remained too high, this handsome cocker spaniel, Murphy, spent his early life on display, petted by many, but loved by no one, missing the opportunity to run and play like a puppy. Once his monetary value had run it's course with the pet store, he was scheduled to be sent to the shelter, doomed, more than likely, to be euthanized. Through some intercesion on the part of a cocker spaniel rescue as well as a diehard dog lover, Murphy began his new life with a loving family with one other rescued brother. His family has grown over the past four years as more rescue dogs have joined his family pack, loving each other and their forever grateful mom.