On Saturday, with great relief I handed off the stray cocker spaniel puppy to Cocker Spaniel Rescue of East Texas (http://www.cockerkids.org/). They were having an adoption event up in Katy (northwest of Houston) and we decided that the easiest thing to do would be for me to pick him up where we'd been boarding him at our vet's and drive him there to meet his new foster mom. The ladies of the group all crowded around to see the newcomer! You can tell they love dogs with every fiber of their being. The puppy has big paws so some of them thought he was an older dog at first, but his teeth (not to mention his personality) say "baby," about 7 months old now. If he grows into those paws, I think he'll be slightly larger than average for a cocker.
His new foster mom decided to call him Anthony and advised me to keep an eye on the group's web page to find out when he gets adopted. They're very optimistic because he's so young and in good shape physically now that his few minor issues have been addressed. This morning I went back to their webpage and was astounded to see how many cocker spaniels they have in their program. Some of these foster moms are keeping 9 and 10 dogs apiece.
What's really humbling is that these ladies kept thanking me for boarding Anthony for as long as we did, and paying for his medical care. Whereas I kept wanting to thank them, for accepting him into their program when they're clearly already overwhelmed with puppies and dogs needing good homes.