Photo Comments Age: 8 Years Sex: Male
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Mister Man, Muffin, Pancake, Spanielhead
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April 23rd 2007
Life. liberty & the pursuit of happiness, which would include but is not limited to food (massive pig!), exploring new terrain, skyward ball throws, barking at inanimate objects
Daniel loves life...his only grunt is having to sit still (particularly during de-matting), but standing still for any reason is nothing he does with aplomb. When he chooses to be still, it is flat on his tummy with his hindlegs splayed outward!
The Leopard Ball, my photos, and anything paper, the latter two of which he is not supposed to have.
He's a serious pig....any relationship with food is too implosive for him to notice what it is.
He knows no tricks to date, but if you lay your hand on the floor will lunge at you playfully three-legged, bunny-hopping over while flailing one front leg in the air.
I've been hijacked by Cocker Spaniels! A longtime fan of the large German protection breeds (first it was Dobermans, then GSDs, and now it the Giant Schanzuer...my dogster dreamster), a while back I decided my Dobie and GSD needed a small breed companion...basically just an excuse to get another dog!...and, natch, got a Dachshund. Yikes...three much German-ness! After 15 years of Oscar's reign, I knew I needed something softer (!), more biddable (!!!) and in the meantime I had moved onto Giant Schnauzers and had developed a love for working on coat (a great hobby, much like woodworking....start with a slab, sculpt it and viola!) I got a Cocker because the breed fit the bill, rather than for a specific Cocker yen. It took barely weeks to draw me into Cocker mania! Chester has proven an outlandish and infectious character....just an outrageous, full force dog...his intelligence is just amazing (if I can mark a behavior twice he will learn it....scary stuff!), and of course there is that amazing perk of Cocker joy, for they are so uplifting from life's drudges. This summer, I lost my GSD, who had been suffering from spinal myleopathy, and so time had come for a new dog. My impulse normally would have been another large dog but I just couldn't help myself! I needed to find a puppy who could hold sway with outlandish Chester and my Giant Schanzuer, who is huge and over-emotive. Daniel fit the bill, having been raised alongside a litter of Labs, and was an older puppy, which I totally advocate (more time spent with littermates and less stress of transitions are totally worth the wait!) Daniel took barely a day to settle in. He is relentlessly good natured, very bull-ish and confident, and much like Chester very bohemian, although in very different manners. I can't help but wonder if a working dog person raising a Cocker ends up with a different version than those who searched for something fluffy and cute, for both of my Cockers are sporting little dynamos. Love this breed!
Daniel is an outrageously adorable but rather novel Cocker. His coat is very Afghan-like (and VERY full), save for an extremely curly mop top. My sister, who is not the most dog savvy, said he looked like a sheepdog and it ticked me off, but later that night I couldn't help but burst out laughing, for she was right! He's quite small for a Cocker, but is truly built like a tank, very wideset in the rear and with a very short docked tail. He has a gorgeous little dish to his face, and I love his colors and markings....he looks like he has a map on his muzzle! He's short-legged but surprisingly athletic (no matter how high you throw a ball, he'll contort himself with flying leaps and extreme efforts to ensure it will not touch ground) and extremely well balanced. Killer nose....he can scent anything! Hmmmm....is there such a thing as a SAR Cocker Spaniel.? I think point for point he could outdo the GSDs I've had tracking....laugh if you must, but he's got an awesome nose and a very bullish personality....gets on it, STAYS on it! So perhaps we'll make history one day! ;) If not, he's still a star! A super fun little dog to be around, he has the sweetest nature but is also very full throttle....sucks up life and takes you along for the ride. LOVES to play, he's a total little imp who lights up the room....a truly great little dog!
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