Beautiful Example of an English Springer Spaniel

Okay this dog is not nor was it ever mine. . . . But the picture is really cool and the dog is gorgeous. . . . I put it in this post to give you an idea of the kind of dog I am writing about. .. . . .

DH and I got our first English Springer Spaniel while we were living in Maryland in December of 1991. We found him in the local newspaper. The ad said $100, so I called the lady and asked her what was wrong with them? Silly me, didn’t know a thing about dogs. . . price wasn’t something that the books talked about. . . .

Well the lady informed me that people either wanted puppies just after they are weaned or at a year old as hunting dogs. These were already 4 months old and she was looking for potential buyers who didn’t mind a young dog.   So we drove up to her place and picked one out. Boy was he cute. I had never had a dog and was really excited about this new relationship. . . I wanted to give him a “people”  name like Richard or Douglas . . . But DH didn’t like either of those. So I thought. . . hey why not Caesar? It’s not a name you would give a person, unless it’s a nickname.  AND that happened to be his fathers nickname. So Caesar it was. . . .

It was so fun watching him grow up and discover the world. Not quite as fun as a child mind you but still really fun. Our first leash walk was really amusing. He didn’t know what was going on; poor thing.    But as we progressed in training he was really a very good dog! We found a local trainer who worked with us individually and with Caesar. He learned fast. Since we lived in a third floor condo he didn’t see other dogs often and I was glad when we moved to NC because of DH’s job. It gave us an opportunity for a bit more socialization.   It turns out that “Caesar-o” as DH called him was good with other dogs and people as well. He liked the attention people would give him, especially if it was accompanied by a treat!

Our Buddy Caesar lived 13 years with us. He was sweet, gentle and a fun companion. He was curious and playful and always a joy to be around until the end. He taught me that every day is a party and it is meant just for the Springer Spaniels of the world. So we ought to run and play in the sun or rain even if it’s cold out! And never miss a chance to have a good meal or a nap. If there is a good smell out there enjoy it and see where it leads.

I’m so glad my first doggie experience was with a Springer Spaniel. We have since joined the Springer Spaniel Rescue of America (ESRA) and have been active for a number of years. Last weekend, the Smiling J Farm hosted a fund-raiser/party for ESRA and it was more fun than a barrel of Springer Spaniels! We had a hay ride, contests, a raffle and off-leash fun. It was a wonderful chance to meet with people of the Springer Spaniel persuasion! And it was a wonderful way to raise money for a great cause.

I hope to have pictures soon to share. We hope this is an annual event for Smiling J Farm!

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