We started to consider welcoming a dog into our family. Based on research we were interested in a King Charles Spaniel. They seemed to have the temperament we were looking for. After we inquired about puppies, we discovered they were hard to come by and very expensive. A relative suggested looking into a rescue. She adopted her dog from a rescue and said it was the best experience ever and “the only way to go.”
We looked at the Rocky Mountain Cocker Rescue. While searching the website, we saw pictures of two incredibly sweet dogs, Noelle and Chloe. We inquired about just one of the dogs, but were told that they were bonded sisters and could only be adopted together. The fact they were family made it even more appealing to adopt them – together.
Cassidy and Sabrina traveled to Denver to meet the dogs and instantly fell in love. They brought them back to their forever home in Grand Junction.
Chloe and Noelle are a part of our family. Not only have they taught our seven year old daughter about the value of responsibility and caring for another life, but they make every day a little sweeter and bring an incredible amount of joy to our home. When we come home at the end of a day and see their wagging tails, we realize that it’s the little things that matter most.
We feel so lucky to have adopted two of the most wonderful dogs ever. They are forever a part of our family.
I have owned Cockers since 1989: Max, Muffin, Maggie, Murphy, & Mollie, most of them until death. Shortly after becoming a wife, I knew my husband’s Beagle, Jester would out live my aging animals and I just couldn’t have that. So, we rescued a 4-mos Tri-Color Cocker from Fountain, CO and renamed him Marty. We unexpectedly lost Jester to lung cancer & we decided that Marty, age 5, would be the last animal we would own. Marty appeared happy being solo.
For several weeks, Marty and I surfed Cocker rescue websites. Not wanting to adopt, just tracking those who disappeared from the week before; celebrating those who found forever homes. We saw a picture of a brown dog named Max who showed up for many weeks. I gently told my husband I have never owned a Chocolate Cocker and since his name began with an “M” – need I say more? I think my husband was en route to get Max before I could get my shoes on. Four months after losing Jester, Maxx, now a 4-letter name, was welcomed by Marty in Feb 2012.
Maxx’s first week with us was a challenge with his dominant personality and struggles with various things – the sound of plastic grocery bags, going under tables, shoes out of place, laundry in disarray – but he knew how to use a doggie-door, walked okay on a leash, and always had an inquisitive look with his deep brown eyes and bubble-gum colored tongue. Sure, he has some OCD issues, but who doesn’t? Microchip numbers are now 15 digits, but since Maxx’s was only 10, I concluded he must have been chipped as a puppy. So, my mission was to learn of his past, which was not easy, but successful. I found his former owners and here is our story.
Maxx and his biological sister, Molly, were purchased together at 8-weeks old. Six years later, their lives changed when their retired owners moved into a smaller home/yard and their doggie door was no more. Molly adapted well, but Maxx: not so much. After his personality changed and he started marking inside the house, his owners worked with a trainer and their vet, but Maxx was not having any of that nonsense. His owners drove him to a local animal shelter, but their heart hurt too much and they couldn’t let him go so they all went back home. Some time later, Maxx’s attempt to attack & bite another dog caused his owners to succeed on their second attempt. Since being in a noisy shelter and sleeping on a concrete floor is different than the warmth and love found in a home, Maxx became undesirable to the lookie-loos. A worker at the shelter placed a call to RMCR and he was soon in a foster home.
When his former owners and I first spoke early in 2012, I could hear how my call brightened their day – and changed both of our lives for many future months. His former owner said, “My husband and I cried when we had to give him up, he was one of our babies. We were so excited to hear that he found a wonderful home and a doggie-brother to live with. Maxx definitely needs running room and we could no longer provide that since downsizing after retirement. It was such a blessing to hear from Maxx’s new owners and it makes us feel so good knowing he found a perfect home for his needs.”
They still have Molly, who is solid Black. We talk at least 4-5 times a month and share pictures/stories of our boy. I found out Maxx’s real birthdate and was notified last year when his doggie daddy died due to a spinal problem. His dad was Chocolate but his mom was not a full Cocker. Since Maxx is 17” at the shoulders, I wanted to know more. I performed a DNA Breed test and found an ancestry of Australian Terrier, Collie, and Malamute.
My husband and I have taught Maxx a few things, e.g., how to sit for his dinner, “high five”, & “leave it”. On the other side, he has taught us about his daily trancing routine, he will get into the tomato garden no matter how Fort Knox-like it is, his nightly neighborhood watch shift is 7p-8p, and he can do a several 360-degree spins in a row to scare away anything outside the yard’s concrete wall, which usually results in icing his ankle later that evening. He must have known he was taking the place of a Beagle, because he will break out in song with 2 hound-like howls when it’s time for dinner. Regardless of how he came into our life, he left a loving home as a young boy and was welcomed as an adult dog into another. Although Marty was okay being solo, he is happier having an older “brother from another mother.”
Dear Rocky Mountain Cocker Rescue,
Wow! How much things have changed for J.T. and I.
At the end of August, we were adopted. We now have a loving dad, mom, and a cool new brother. J.T. and I never thought we would think a cat is cool but our brother, Mr. Pas is way cool. J.T. even kissed his face and he was okay with that. I think he may even have liked it. Weird huh?
What is more wonderful than our new brother is our new parents. Our Dad and Mom give us tons of love everyday. They tell us all the time how glad they are that J.T. and I have become part of the family. Even after J.T. and I have had a couple of accidents in the living room and the dining room. Our Mom just cleaned it up, showed us where we are suppose to go, and gave us cookies when we went in the right spots. Most of all, she hugged us and told us she still loves us. J.T. and I know where to go and where not to go now so it’s all good.
Our parents take great care of us. They not only give us lots of love, they feed us awesome food, take us for walks, and let us sleep on their bed with them. Boy, it’s so warm and comfy. Best of all, my Dad plays with us. He makes the light come up for me so I can chase it. I don’t know how he does it but I chase that light all over the place. I can never seem to get it though. It always disappears. I have fun watching Dad play catch with J.T. to. Boy can J.T. run fast and he has so much energy. We keep our new parents busy but J.T. and I know they love it by the huge smiles on their faces.
J.T. and I both agree that we have been so blessed to have become a part of such a wonderful family. We couldn’t be any happier. Thank you Rocky Mountain Cocker Rescue for everything you did for us and finding us such an awesome home.
Can you believe it? Cute little Muppet (as RMCR called her) was found wandering the streets of Adams County. She was picked up by law enforcement and put in their pound. Weeks went by yet no one came to claim her, so she was picked up by RMCR.
The Christmas before, Elaine had lost her beloved 14 year old Cocker to cancer. She had been searching the rescue sites online, but wasn’t convinced her heart could handle another dog. Then she saw Muppet on the RMCR site and knew she was the one. She rushed to fill out an application, only to find that Muppet was already taken. Sadly Elaine began looking at some of the other available dogs. Then she got word that two possible adoptions had fallen through, and she could go pick up Muppet if she wanted her.
Well, she did go, and by the time they got home, they were already bonding. Millie (her new name) is affectionate and gentle. When Elaine comes in from work, she wiggle and jumps high in the air, practically doing a back flip in excitement. Millie started off shy and hesitant, but is gaining self-confidence daily. She especially loves balls, walking, and any time she spends with Elaine’s grandchildren. Everyone who meets her remarks on how sweet and beautiful she is.
A quote from Elaine – Sometimes I hear my granddaughter talking to Millie, she says “Millie you’re my best friend!”
Here’s a story of a cute little dog named Mr. Magoo told by his foster family. He left his home and went astray. He felt like a misfit as no-one quite knew what he was, but he knew exactly what he was looking for… the perfect forever home. He started out at the rescue headquarters where he got a new hairdo and met a lot of nice other dogs looking for a home. Shortly after that, he moved into his foster home where he showed how much he loved kids and other dogs and most importantly that he loved to snuggle. He loved to wrestle with his 50lb furry foster sister, but was a bit annoyed that she could pin him with her paw and he couldn’t really do much about it. Magoo’s foster mom made a list of what his perfect home would be – kids, activity, a dog his size that loves to play, someone to throw balls, and lots of love and tender care. Well, Magoo began playing with the neighbor Bischon, Maxwell. They were perfect playmates. Maxwell and his family quickly fell in love with Mr. Magoo. While Mr. Magoo had been out at Adoption Fairs meeting new potential families, he knew that he already found his. Then it dawned on his foster mom that yes, Maxwell’s family had everything Magoo would ever want. Maxwell’s family waited as patiently as possible to get the news that Magoo would be their new baby boy. So, Mr. Magoo’s scary start on the streets, ends with a very, very happily ever after as he settles into his new home with 3 loving human sisters, a big “twin” brother and permanent live-in playmate, and two awesome parents to make sure he never has to feel like a misfit again.
To be continued by his forever family…
The old adage that “third times a charm” is how we think we came to get our Emmylou. We had two Golden Retrievers in the last 30 years and after the last one passed on, we decided that we needed to downsize. Our third dog was going to be a Cocker Spaniel. I had seen several postings on facebook from a good friend Linda Parker who was fostering cockers at that time, and went to the web-site and saw a Sassy on there that captured our hearts. We were to learn that we were third in line for her.
I watched the web-site almost everyday and saw a Gigi and told John we wanted her, as she had just been posted. We found out that we were not the first in line for her either. I was about to give up and John told me that he would find me a great little girl and not to lose hope. A week later, he told me he had a “Gem” for us and she would be coming from a shelter in Wyoming and would be at a foster home for a while. I know that I must have written a dozen e-mails to both John and Molly, Emmylou’s foster mom during that short week!
We picked her up on August 2, 2012 and it has been the start of a very loving relationship for the three of us. She let us know right off that day that the bay window and my recliner were hers!
She is our “cocker-bunny” as she keeps watch on the refrigerator and whenever the door is open, her nose is on the bowl of freshly cut carrot sticks.
She does love green beans too, and is learning to pick her own in our garden, but hasn’t quite got the ”picking” down yet. She will eat just about any vegetable and loves most fruits, especially cantalope and watermelon. Her daddy Darrell will share his cantalope and watermelon off his fork in the mornings with her. She is so gentle taking it off his fork, I just can’t scold them for doing that.
Emmylou has brought such happiness to our home since losing our beloved Katie girl. She makes us laugh everyday and I thank the Lord for making us wait for that third cocker as she was the one that was meant for us! Thank you John and Molly for putting up with all my e-mails and calls about Emmylou.
Yes, sometimes you just have to wait for that special someone to come into your life and maybe the third times a charm?
Casey in on our February 2014 calendar page. Here’s a short story about Casey’s job…
Our home in Steamboat is primarily glass across the front. Casey loves to sit in the windows and bird watch. He thinks it’s his personal mission to keep our yard free from magpies and robins and takes it very seriously. He’ll race to the dog door taking the corners in controlled slides, and lap the yard to confirm we are bird free. The only thing he dislikes more than birds in his yard are hot air balloons in his sky. He has a special bark reserved just for hot air balloons!
-Tom and Shirl C.
We adopted our beautiful Meikia on 9/2/12 after fostering her for 2 months. We just fell in love with her face, personality and gentle heart. One would never know she came from such a bad situation; she is so unbelievably gentle and brave.
From day one she has been a wonderful delight for us, our family and our other 2 cocker kids. When Meikia arrived from OK, she was very sick and needed a lot of care but she is tough girl and she made it through with flying colors. She is silly with her toys and loves her Dad (Dean) so dearly that her butt wiggles so hard she falls over when he gets home and gives her love-ns. She spend hours at a time in his lap.
Since adopting her we have discovered she has multiple heart issues, but we keep her as healthy as possible through natural and medical treatments which have already helped her past the 6 month prediction.
We are looking forward to many more years with Meikia.
She is a smart, gentle, silly, happy, energetic loving girl who needs to be with us where ever we are. She loves being on our boat when it zips through water; she watches the waves and enjoys the face splashes; she is our navigator!!
She is the light of our lives and we thank God that RMCR rescued her for us.
-Dean and Linda P.
We have had 2 other cockers, both of which captured our hearts. The first was playful, happy and very outgoing, we got Jordan as a puppy and we were fortunate enough to have him for close to 17 years. When we lost him we both lost a huge piece of our heart and then………… Sammy was our second and he was certainly was an angel in disguise, he was perfect, not at first of course, he was a puppy mill dog that our vet estimated at 2, he had mange, was fearful of all humans and it literally took us close to 2 years to bring him out of his shell, at times I felt we would never win his love and trust, but oh when we did there is nothing in life greater than the unconditional love that he gave us, and he made it very clear we were his heroes(but the reality is he was our hero). This last February we lost him and felt our hearts couldn’t possibly hurt more and were determined he was our last because we were so devastated.
In April we decided our lives were very empty and our home was as well. You ,we never had children and so our dogs had become our life. That is when I came across the RMCR. We found SnoopyDog and he has brought back the life and love in our house that we were so missing. He goes several times per week to visit my Dad at the Veterans Home and runs in and jumps on his lap immediately, wagging his tail and of course wanting the treats that Dad has for him. My in-laws are the babysitter when we leave town and he has made himself very much at home. They love him and, when we pick him up, they are wondering when he will come back.
SnoopyDog has brought life back to my husband and I. He is currently going to Obedience Class and is doing quite well. Our entire neighborhood is so happy to see a new face that always seems happy and willing to give them love.
Stace and I are forever grateful to Claire and Simon who fostered Snoopy and certainly provided him with the love and support and set him up for success in his new forever home with us.
Thanks RMCR and thanks to Claire, Simon and Rocky……………..we will take very good care of SnoopyDog!
-Stace and Linda S.
This is the story of a beautiful black cocker named Molly. She is approximately 3 years old but still has a lot of puppy energy in her. She loves to play with all her toys. Her favorite is her ball so we play Molly Ball every day. She has a private trainer who has helped her with some of her fears and anxieties. She loves to train. She goes to daycare twice a week so she can play with other dogs and meet new people. She loves it.
In the beginning, Molly seemed shy and insecure. That didn’t last long when she found her new home and got the love she needed. She is smart, strong willed, independent, and has a mind of her own. At the same time she is also very loving, sensitive, and sweet. Molly still has her tail. It goes non-stop all day long.
Molly is an absolute gem. She brings great joy and happiness not only to me but to everyone she meets. Thank you, cocker rescue.