American Cocker Spaniel [See My DogsterPlus Photo Book]
Picture of Gretta, a female American Cocker Spaniel

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"I love you!"

Home:Bloomington/Normal, IL  [I have a diary!]  
Age: 10 Years   Sex: Female   Weight: 11-25 lbs

My modeling tryout!

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"My modeling tryout!"

My Mommy and Me

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"My Mommy and Me"

OMG!  Himalayan Dog Chew from Parker's Pets.  BEST CHEWY EVER!

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"OMG! Himalayan Dog Chew from Parker's Pets. BEST CHEWY EVER!"

Sometimes when I sleep I'm so tired I can't keep my tongue in my mouth!

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"Sometimes when I sleep I'm so tired I can't keep my tongue in my mouth!"

Hi, I'm Gretta and I'm the world's happiest cockerina!

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"Hi, I'm Gretta and I'm the world's happiest cockerina!"

The nose knows!!  Rondo goes under here all the time so I figured I'd give it a whirl.

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"The nose knows!! Rondo goes under here all the time so I figured I'd give it a whirl."

Ready to go!  This is my snoozer harness, which has been crash-tested and Gretta approved!  We got this at Parker's Pets, and think every dog needs one for traveling safely!

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"Ready to go! This is my snoozer harness, which has been crash-tested and Gretta approved! We got this at Parker's Pets, and think every dog needs one for traveling safely!"

I have all the Himalayan chewies in Mommy's bed.  Rondo can't get up here, so that means they're safe and I can nap!

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"I have all the Himalayan chewies in Mommy's bed. Rondo can't get up here, so that means they're safe and I can nap!"

Me playing with my Mike's toy from Parker's Pets!

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"Me playing with my Mike's toy from Parker's Pets!"

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Grettakins, Gretters, Cockerina, Snuffles Junior, Stumpy, Grettasaurus Rex, The Grettasaur, Stumpy

Doggie Dynamics:
not playfulvery playful

Sun Sign:
Quick Bio:
-purebred-dog rescue

January 20th 2006

Running, Dumpster Diving, Destroying Stuffed Toys, Sleeping on Mommy's lap at the end of the day

Not being allowed on the bed, not being allowed to steal Rondo's dinner

Favorite Toy:
Katie's Bumper!!!

Favorite Food:
Chicken Feet, Beef Heart, Green Tripe

Favorite Walk:
The Farmer's Market...they hand out cheese to good puppies!

Best Tricks:
Gretta practices in the field of "Toy Internal Medicine" and is highly respected for her work in stuffing-ectomies. She also can give a high five and knows her basic obedience commands.

Arrival Story:
I was on the list to take in another foster dog, but they kept falling through! Some for good reasons (adoption), some for mysterious reasons. I had agreed to take on another pup named Quinn, one of my clients whose owner had terminal cancer, but the neighbors who were watching Quinn never showed up for the drop off and never called. During this fostering dry spell I met Gretta. Her owners had purchased two cocker spaniel puppies at 10 weeks old. They brought the two in for their first haircuts, and from the moment I set Gretta on my table I was smitten. Her trusting brown eyes never left my face, she handed out kisses like they were going out of was almost as if she thought I was her mom. She was, without a doubt, the best-behaved puppy I have ever had for a first groom. I let her out of the kennel to play at the end of the day and she refused to leave my side. Even when her owners returned she didn't want to leave with them--she kept pulling back to stay with me. I jokingly told them that she was always welcome at my house if it didn't work out for them. Little did I know that she would end up with me!! Three months later I was at home goofing off on the internet when our manager called. She told me that Gretta's parents wanted to rehome her. Apparently she'd grown into a big, insatiably energetic pain in their sides. They said she was aggressive toward kids and had bitten the woman owner. While at first she was VERY undersocialized and tended to show some fear aggression, we worked very hard to overcome this. She is now one of the friendliest dogs ever, and I have never seen an ounce of aggression in her since all the puppy training and confidence building exercises commenced. She just needed positive training with a patient owner, and that's she got with me!

I never knew I wanted a cocker spaniel until I met Gretta for the first time. Now I can't imagine life without one. Gretta is extremely energetic, a real clown, sweet as can be, extraordinarly friendly and social, and quick to learn new things. When she first came to me, she wasn't like this at all. She was terrified of everything, especially men, and her submissive urination was out of control. She would freeze on walks and shy away if someone tried to touch her. Well, cookies and the constant reassurance from her Mom have helped her confidence immensely, and "shy" is hardly a word that would describe her at all.

Forums Motto:
Where's my Tiara?

The Last Forum I Posted In:
My dog is changing colour...

How did I get my name?:
I'm registered with the AKC as "Gretchen am Spinnrade" ("Gretchen at her spinning wheel" for you non-Deutschsprechers). Mom is a classically-trained pianist who adores 19th-century German lieder. You can see the text to my song here--the translation isn't so great, but you get the gist.

I've Been On Dogster Since:
July 26th 2006 More than 9 years!

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What an exciting week!

June 8th 2009 12:07 pm
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Last week Mommy finally came home from work on Sunday and announced "It's FINALLY Summer!!!"

This caused me to wiggle faster than usual, because summer = Mommy's home most of the time! Or even better....Mommy AND puppies get to travel and visit all our friends!

On Monday, we left for our first adventure of the summer. Way long ago, when we were still living in North Carolina, Rondo met a sweet pomeranian puppy named Parker. He talked to him on Dogster quite a bit before I was even part of Mommy's family! This was back in the day when she was fostering pomeranians and still had her beloved Fritz.

Then one day Parker's Mommy got a brother for him, named Jack-Jack. And after Mommy placed Fritz in his forever home, she brought me home.

Parker's Mommy came to visit Raleigh a LOT, so one week while she was there we all met up at one of our favorite dog parks. It was so much fun! Mommy got to be very good friends with Parker's Mommy, and then moved back to Illinois, 2 hours away from all of them! A lot has changed since then, but we're all still good buddies. Our first vacation of the year was to Chicago for a week to stay at Parker, Jack-Jack, and now Bebe Belle at their beautiful home in Chicago!

We love going to Chicago! The first time we visited them there, Parker was working on opening his doggie boutique, Parker's Pets. We went so Mommy could help them with all the pre-opening fun stuff. And now, almost 2 years later, we were back to help work for the week.

We had a great time! Mommy went a little crazy shopping for us, though, so I came home with a new car safety harness that's been crash-tested and is amazing! I've never been so comfortable in my car seatbelt, and this one looks much more secure than the one I had been using. I see one in Rondo's future too!

I also got a wide assortment of chewies, including a 36 inch bully stick. When Mommy gave that sucker to me my eyes almost popped out of my head! How did I ever get to be such a lucky little cockerina?

What we really needed, though, were new collars. Rondo got a special collar ordered for him, it's a beautiful dachshund collar from Up Country! I got an adorable furry pink leopard collar from walkie woo. Mommy also got me a new leash that is just like Rondo's current leash, only purple.

But stuff is just stuff. The real fun on the trip were all the amazing walks we got to take! Parker lives close to the lake in Chicago, so we got to do an early morning walk by the water. We also got to explore a couple of Chicago area parks and meet some really amazing Chicago area pups! On our last walk there, we saw the sweetest man pulling his lab/chow mix in a little red wagon. The pup was old, blind, and had trouble walking, but loved being outside so his Daddy just loaded him in a wagon and took him out to enjoy life. Mommy also got to meet Parker's holistic vet and even got the name of a great holistic vet only about an hour from here, so we'll be visiting her sometime soon!

All in all, we had a great week and I'm really tired now!


How strangely accurate!

May 27th 2009 7:50 am
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I decided to go check my doggie horoscope for the first time:

It's easy for you to stop thinking because you have so little going on in there. But it's a lot harder for your human to turn things off in their brain. That's where you and long, long walks come on the scene.

Hahahahaha! Mommy always says I'm a lucky girl because I don't think very much. And she thinks way TOO much. We have been going on a lot of long walks lately. Hmmmm......



May 24th 2009 8:01 am
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I write this to you, dear friends, from the area called "Under the Bed". If you look on your maps, you'll see it to the east of "Water Bowl" and just south of "Outside."

My paws tremble as I impart this news to you all. There's a....a.....a MONSTER named Dyson Airmuscle DC 28 living in our kitchen right now. The very scary UPS man delivered it here about a week ago and Mommy stashed it, still shrink-wrapped, in the laundry room. Nothing to be afraid of at that point, seeing as it couldn't escape its traveling crate with all that plastic binding it in place.

But this morning, Mommy set it free. It has a leash, but she hasn't attached it to the wall. WHAT IS SHE THINKING? I've had experience with these....THINGS before, just not this specific breed. They're loud, they STEAL MY FUR from the couch and the floor and my dog bed, and Mommy has to stay behind them when they're active. I think that's because she's afraid to get to close to their mouths. That must be because they are NAUGHTY and they bite. Why on EARTH would she not tether that thing to the wall? I swear, sometimes Mommys are really dumb.

Well, I don't like it. I'm scared, dear friends. Do you think it can come get me in "Under the Bed"? Or should I go find a better hiding spot? This is terrible, simply unbearable. How could one little cocker princess be so unlucky?

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