Holly the Springer Spaniel
Holly was mine and hubbys first dog together. She was born on 27th July 1997 and we had her at 11 weeks.
Having a ESS was a learning curve for both of us as we had both grown up with our parents having small dogs like Yorkshire Terriers and Shitzus.
She had her moments when she was growing up when she tore he vinyl flooring from our kichen which thankfully was getting replaced very shortly and we always think she did it because we fenced off the grass so she couldn't get on it! She also pulled at our satelite cable 3 times and it had to be replaced. She also buried tv remote controls outside! All in all though she was a great dog and never did any serious damage, no wrecked sofas or kitchens etc.
When she had her first season she calmed down and she was never a typical nutty spaniel. She had her moments when her bum used to try and travel faster than her front legs but all in all she was calm.
She was a semi- gundog but she changed when she was out on the shoot and would go for hours and hours in all weather. At home she would bring the paper and post for us, if there was more than one letter you could ask her if there was 'any more' and she would go and look. If you dropped anything on the floor, even a pair of scissors or pen, you could point at it and ask her to pick it up. She was so helpful to me when my arthritis was flaring up.
Eventually at 9yrs hubby decided to retire her as her front legs were giving her trouble and she was on metacam for the pain and I also gave her omega 3.
As the years went by her mind was still willing to go out but her body didn't agree and even walking around the block was tiring for her.
On Friday 13th February 2009 I took her to the vets as she had eaten a bone for dogs from the supermarket and she was having trouble passing it. On a scan of her stomach the vet found that she had a large tumour on her spleen. Being that her quality of life was not the same, we took it upon ourselves to have her put to sleep. My hubby went to the vets that evening to say his goodbyes to her and he said that her 'wag' had gone and she never even lifted her head to him.
He has always said to this day that once the wag has gone then so has the dog.Return to Springer Spaniel MemorialReturn to Love Springer Spaniels Homepage