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02 June 2011 @ 11:27 am
Cocker Spaniel Puppy Update -- Home Still Needed  
Hi folks! The still-unnamed cocker spaniel puppy is scheduled for his neuter surgery tomorrow, as well as a minor eye procedure to take care of the "cherries" that are common to this breed. I have been in touch with the local cocker spaniel rescue group in the greater Houston area, and they have provided helpful info and are looking into whether or not they can help us find a foster or permanent home for the little guy, but I'm a little worried on that count because I know they are overwhelmed. I'd appreciate it if folks would continue to pass the word, as I'm also a little worried at the prospect (both for him sake and ours) of boarding him indefinitely at our vet's office!

The woman from the rescue group told me some things about cocker spaniels I did not know, which potential adopters would need to be aware of:

1) the breed is prone to allergies and ear issues which can make their veterinary care most costly than the average dog

2) while some cocker spaniels are good with kids, they are generally not the best with toddlers and babies

3) they are a strong-willed breed, and require training/discipline

4) the group only allows dogs to go to homes where they will be kept indoors. That's not to say they can't spend some time in a fenced yard but they should not be primarily kept outdoors and should certainly not be sleeping outdoors

Additional considerations:

5) based on my recent visit with the puppy, he unfortunately is not yet housebroken, or he was but has regressed due to his time outside on his own

6) he will have to wear a cone collar for a week to keep him from rubbing his eyes, and cannot run or jump for 5 days due to the neuter surgery. If someone is interested but wants to wait until he is completely recovered, that's fine

7) I am willing to drive this puppy quite a distance to get him to a new home, so please pass this on to friends even if they are not local

8) All medical costs to date will be covered, and his shots are now up-to-date

9) I can e-mail pictures to anyone who is interested

shhhh it's a secritsecritcrush on June 2nd, 2011 04:51 pm (UTC)
Aww, I would love a puppy. Too bad it is too far to drive to England.

It's so good of you to spend the time and money to find this guy a home.
Amy Sissonamysisson on June 2nd, 2011 05:35 pm (UTC)
Yes, England is a little far.... although I would love an excuse to visit again! There's always Worldcon in 2014 should they win the bid... :-)

Thanks for the kind comment!