Posts Tagged ‘cocker spaniel’

I couldn’t decide what to name this post. “You’ve Come A Long Way Charlie” or “Humans Make Me Sick To My Stomach”

I volunteer for a Cocker Spaniel Rescue – Shorewood Cocker Rescue here in S Wisconsin. Charlie is our 3rd foster. Remember Katie? (we ended up falling in love and added her to our little pack)

Then there was Harvey. He found a home with previous adopters from the rescue. From seeing him recently he is being well fed. (sadly, over fed)

Anywho… back to Charlie…

Charlie showed up as a stray at a shelter this summer. He was then seized by the shelter as a neglect case. (the owner actually came to claim him) He was so badly emaciated and matted he couldn’t be shaved without sedation. He was thought to be around 5 yrs. old by the initial appearance.

We were asked if we could take in another foster.

                                June 2013

I was shown his photo and said we will absolutely take him in.


So on July 22nd we welcomed Charlie to our little farm.

DSC_4096  July 22nd



Keep in mind that when I took these photos, he had already gained weight as he had been getting fed for a month.

Let’s rewind a little here…

Charlie wasn’t neutered (of course). He was micro chipped. However, the owner hadn’t bothered to register it. With a little detective work, one of our lovely volunteers was able to pin down some numbers and found that he had been registered with the AKC with the micro chip info. Now we know he is only 1 yr. 4 mos. old…

So let’s see here…you obliviously intended to breed this dog but, didn’t feel feeding or caring for him was a priority??? Shame on you. Shame on you.

The shelter vet decided to undertake the neutering as he had to be shaved down under sedation, anyway.

So July 22nd, we have Charlie. Thin, thin Charlie. Medicating his skin infections, Charlie. Very much a puppy Charlie.

Not surprisingly, very timid of my husband. But, surprisingly loves a human touch.

You can see it in his eyes.

It’s now almost 2 months later. Imagine having a 10 week old puppy in the body of a year old dog. No housetraining…no training at all.


Tuckered out after a roll in something “fresh” and finding out that pine cones are fun to throw in the air.




Funny what feeding a dog can do…


1237007_10201866184479927_823283600_nBegging from Grandpa.

Funny what loving a dog can do…


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Funny what play time and socialization can do.


All I can say is…


…you’ve come a long way Charlie.

Until next time…Appy Trails Smile

p.s. I do love a makeover.

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I recently received notice from WordPress that I now have 500 likes.

So…I decided to set a silly goal for myself.

Can I get 500 more “likes” before the end of the year???

I went through the photos on my laptop.


If I make you smile will you “like” my post???


Photo bomb.


We fostered Katie for about a month but just couldn’t give her up. She’s our little “foster failure”.


Whinny ‘”nose” when the camera is out. Tee Hee


One of my favorites of sweet Emma.


I call this one “stupid dog”


Just thought I’d break up the theme a little. My mother-in-law, Ilene.


Sophia and the sunset.

Friend Paul and his dog Nadia. Nothing like a good laugh with a friend.


…and one more photo bomb for your consideration. Aiden the 8 yr. old “dog whisperer”.

Reblog, reblog, reblog and help me reach my silly goal! Woot Woot!

Until next time…Appy Trails Smile

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I woke up to the sound of some strange chewing noise the other night. It was about 3 am. (on my birthday, no less!)

Walking in the dark to the source of the noise, I flipped on the kitchen lights.

To my surprise I find our dog Gunner having a midnight snack.

Of my new, I only had them for 2 weeks, Justin Boots!!!!!!!!!

OMG! I love those boots!

He looks at me like can I help you with something?

OMG! I love those boots!

I snatched them away and just wanted to cry.

All I could do is put them safely away and go back to bed.

Getting up later I decided I needed to vent, and made a new album on my Facebook page.


Shameful Gunner wasn’t so sure about posing for the picture. I had a hard time getting him to look at me.

Nice job of customizing Gunner…


So I decided to try and save their honor, just a little bit.

A little trimming, fabric glue and clothespins should help. Right?

What helped were the comments from friends sharing their own stories of chewed up boots and reassuring me that I’ll find humor in this one day…

…so I think I did.


I asked Gunner if he’d like to autograph his custom work and he whole heartedly agreed. (excuse his dyslexia)  Winking smile

I now have a new pair of boots for my birthday. One of a kind in the whole world.

I’m going  to hold my head high and put them on…

…and chuckle.

Note to self…fabric glue + wooden clothespins = not such a good idea when it comes to removing them.

Until next time…Appy Trails Smile

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What does a girl like me do on a beautiful fall day?

I do whatever the critters want…

Who needs expensive toys when you have corn fields and stuff around the farm?


When you’re running at the speed of light, it helps to stick out your tongue.


This is a great photo if you don’t mind the fresh “I just rolled in something but, maybe my ear will hide it” look.


Got one shot of Emma as she sat down for 1/100th of a second.


My road to a sane, take me anywhere, horse…

Let’s recycle.



Sora wanted to mow the lawn and walked over.

The wind was blowing. That’s my baby, just keep munching away. Red heart


Oops! Almost forgot the princess!


Until next time…Appy trails Smile

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I love my “kids” dearly…

…but this one adds a new element to my life daily.


I slept with one eye open during this episode. She was good at ramming that collar into the backs of our legs, too.


I assume she’s only trying to bring attention to herself.

So I figure I’ll help her out.




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Keep it up Whinny.

I think you’ll be a scary spider this year.

Now where did I put that costume?

Until next time…Appy trails Smile

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Until next time…Appy trails Smile

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In memory of our sweet Sissy. 1995 – 2008

We found cancerous lumps on her neck one day. One month later, she was gone.


One of the first dogs we adopted from rescue.

My husband wasn’t keen to the idea of 2 dogs at one time. So the rescue asked if we could foster her for awhile. Well, 2 days later, she had won Scott’s heart and that was the beginning of a great and loving friendship.


She was part of a pair with our Edward.


Sissy coveted many things. Always funny.

We used to tell people that she new a great trick. Take a dollar out of your wallet/purse and give it to her. Okay? Now the trick is – try and get it back from her. Bwa ha ha ha!


This ball is MINE!


Whoooo do you love?


Who do we miss? Red heart

Who’s heart aches for her daily?


Until next time…Appy trails Red heart

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It’s not me.

It’s a 6 yr. old Cocker Spaniel named Whinny.

She has a cataract in her left eye, selective hearing and is allergic to just about everything…

…except tomatoes…


Of course Scott is off on a hunting trip, so he can’t see how naughty his baby is being.

Who am I kidding? He can’t stay mad at his Whinny Poo Poo, schnooky ookums!

Now, who wants a bath?



Apparently we’re playing hide and seek now.

Until next time…Appy Trails Smile

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This is Emma’s tail. It never stops.


This is Emma. She never stops.


Until next time…Appy trails. Smile

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Last night I was playing ball with the dogs.


…and  playing “pine cone” too. Emma has OCD when it comes to these dang things!


…and I almost stepped on a visitor…


Hello there Mr. Toad! Your enjoying the sun in kind of a bad spot there…


He’s working the camera for me.


But uh oh! Gunner has discovered him as well.


Mr. Toad Schwarzenegger says “You don’t scare me. Me become taller and me pump myself up! Rarrrr!


Gunner said “Hey Okay man! I don’t want any trouble. We’re cool!


Mr. Toad Schwarzenegger says “Yea you better run or me kick your nosey butt!”

…works everytime…stupid dog.

Until next time…Appy trails. Smile

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