Butterscotch is one of those lucky rescue dogs that never made it onto the RMCR Web site. On the day that she was surrendered by her former owners, she went to an adoption event in Colorado Springs. Chad and Tara happened to walk by and noticed her. After talking it over, they decided that they would like to give her a new home. They submitted an application and after it was processed, they welcomed her into their home and are now calling her Astyn. Tara wrote to say that she fits right in to the home and that she really wanted to play with the resident cat. At first, the cat wasn’t so crazy about having a canine sister, she was getting braver and we assume that by now they’re good pals!
Kris sent the following update on Komiko and we thought we’d share!
Komiko is settling in nicely, and has made it her mission to rid our yard of squirrels. However, as she can’t climb trees, I think the squirrels are having more fun harrassing Komiko than the other way around. We have also found out that Komiko does not like carrots or lettuce, but loves tomatoes, and steals them from my garden. We have a good routine going, and she is ready every morning to take Kolben for a walk to school, and then to return to go on a car ride to take Karston to school. She looks forward to that every morning, and wonders why we don’t do it on the weekends. She seems to be quite “protective” while on the leash with other dogs. This had me a bit concerned, so I took her to the doggie park to see what her behavior would be, and she was just fine, so I think it is truly a bit of a protective mode. She is a very happy dog and minds very well. She walks well on a leash, but when we go to a more high-grassy area, her flushing instinct kicks in, and she is in heaven: Nose to the ground, running through the high grass in hopes of flushing out some birds. She loves people and kids. We have had many compliments about how beautiful she is, and we all agree: Her coat is shiny and soft, and she is just a very nice-looking dog.
Posted 1 year, 8 months ago at 2:40 pm. Add a comment
Dodie sent the following note to us about her new life with Zebie, who she now calls Poppi. We’re so happy to have been a part of this perfect fit!
I lost my 14 year old cocker last November 3rd. From January through April I fostered a cocker/terrier mix. Then I knew that I wanted/needed to have my own little girl again. I looked on-line at various sites, and found a pretty little dog I was interested in, but she was already in a foster to adopt situation. I kept watching, and Zebie (now Poppi) appeared, and I quickly sent an application in to adopt her.
Within a couple of weeks, John called, and asked if I wanted to meet Zebie. “YES! I DO!” I met her at her foster mom’s home on a Sunday afternoon, fell immediately in love with her and brought her home with me. She made herself right at home while I acquainted her with her ‘outhouse’ and various other things – like her bed, her crate, and her toy box — all those important things, and she just settled in. She was napping soundly 30 mins. after we got home.
She’s been here with me now, for a month. Its as though she’s been here all of her 6 years. She loves playing with the neighbor’s dogs through our shadow box fences, and occasionally we exchange ‘play dates’so they can all really play together for an hour or so. She loves her Kong treat ball – empty or full, having her ears scratched and her belly rubbed…and very big, very wet kisses if you happen to be within 6″ of her tongue!! Naps are also high on her list of things to do.
She doesn’t like to have me out of her sight for too long, but is o.k. when I have to run an errand or two. She’s still a little skittish when people/friends visit, if she’s not yet met them. They all know to approach her gently and let her make up her mind when she’s ready to befriend them – it doesn’t take all that long. She does have to check them out pretty thoroughly however.
She’s very, very good at making me laugh, its like having my own, personal, little clown around all the time.
I’m so thankful to the RMCR for getting us together. I am amazed at their professionalism and caring and effort – not only for the dogs, but for the new owner(s) as well. Just is very nice to know there are caring people like that, to find these little dogs new and happy homes. And I thank them for all their work and concern and thoroughness.
Posted 1 year, 8 months ago at 6:52 am. Add a comment
Today truly was a lucky day for a little boy named Tonic. Dumped at a shelter with his brother and sister at barely eight weeks of age, his future could have been very grim. Instead, he came to Denver. His sister caught the eye of Becca, but it was Tonic who would go home with them in the end. Wrapped in loving arms, their vehicle filled with everything he would need to grow up happy and loved, including the perfect little brown collar and lead, they took off to start their new lives together. Before leaving, however, they allowed us to capture the moment that will remain in our hearts for a long time to come. Have a good life, Tonic! And blessings be upon John and Becca! Because of you, Tonic is one lucky boy!
Posted 1 year, 9 months ago at 8:36 pm. Add a comment
Missy, a Cocker mix, arrived in the Rescue a scared, distrusting and defensive dog who had known life only as a too-small crate in the basement. After four months with RMCR, she had blossomed into a playful, happy, confident little girl who loved to be with her people. Nancy was looking for a new companion after losing her beloved Cocker, Copper, and expressed an interest in Missy. When Missy showed up to the adoption event, looking super cute after a trip to the groomer, Nancy fell in love! Missy’s foster mom knew it was a good match when Missy curled up next to Nancy after a few minutes with her, and then saw Missy trot off happily with Nancy to her new life. We wish Nancy and Missy all the best!!
Posted 1 year, 10 months ago at 6:55 pm. Add a comment
Matt and Tami adopted Tucker and Mojo on Easter (2011) weekend, and have been enjoying their company ever since. As first time dog parents, they had a lot of learning to do, but Tucker and Mojo have seemed to train them quite easily. They have quickly become members of the family, and they can’t imagine not having them around. It has been so fun to watch their personalities evolve as they have become more comfortable in their new home.
They’ve been taking “the boys” to obedience classes for the last few weeks, and have seen a remarkable improvement in their behavior and comfort. They are both very affectionate, but in different ways. They both like to snuggle on their mom’s lap (which she loves) and follow both of them around from room to room when they are home. They also very much enjoy “helping” their dad work out in the garage.
They were very excited to be able to take them camping, hiking, and on outings. They really seem to enjoy spending time together outside, and this picture shows them on a recent outing to the mountains.
Posted 1 year, 11 months ago at 11:01 am. Add a comment
Bear came to us from Utah in February and was adopted, but he misbehaved and chased the owner’s cat unmercifully, so they brought him back. The same day, Mitch and Bonnie came to our adoption event at the Southlands Petco and saw him. They fell in love and he’s now in a happy, loving home. Here’s what they have to say about Bear and RMCR:
We adopted the Bear about a month ago and he has been nothning but a joy. He must have a very loving foster home because he was so full of life and joy. He is pure Cocker, has lots of love to share, so funny and full of energy. Bear just loves his new sister dog and she is so happy to have another friend to spend the day with. We didn’t expect him to adapt to our house and routine so fast, but he is so smart. Like he had been here his entire life. Everyday there is something new to his personality. He likes to go for walks, play with his toys or just hang out in the back yard. He is so cool. My Sandy who was our first cocker died last October after 14 great and loyal years and we were heart broken, but Bear has shown us that we can start over and be happy. Thank you, Cocker Rescue; you do great things in dogs and peoples life . THANK YOU.
Posted 2 years ago at 1:18 pm. Add a comment
Sean, Deb and Allison were looking for their first family dog when they saw Ace at one of our adoption events. He’s a friendly boy who loves people, but there were other dogs they wanted to see as well so they held off for another week and visited him again at a another Petco adoption event. It was a hard choice to make since a couple of dogs caught their attention, but after talking it over at lunch, they came back and announced Ace was the one! Deb and Allison sat on the floor and Ace immediately jumped into their laps and snuggled. He had adopted them as well!
Posted 2 years, 10 months ago at 8:31 am. Add a comment
Happy Tails Books is looking for great stories about adopted Cocker Spaniels and Cocker-mixes. Sending in your story has many benefits: Your dog will be immortalized in print, you’ll be helping to raise awareness about Cocker rescue, and each contribution moves our rescue toward a greater annual donation from Happy Tails Books’ annual sales.
It doesn’t matter if you believe yourself to be a good writer or not – the important thing is that your story is emotional, interesting, has a clear point, and gets submitted soon. Happy Tails Books will help you make it pretty (if necessary). Purebred and mixed-breed dogs welcome as are stories from fosters and forevers.
Lost Souls: Found! Inspiring Stories About Cocker Spaniels will be the fourteenth book in Happy Tails Books’ breed-specific series about adopted dogs. Story guidelines and a submission form are located at http://happytailsbooks.com/submit.htm.
The submission deadline is July 30, 2010, but don’t wait until then to submit your story! Earlier submissions have a better chance of making it in the book.
Posted 2 years, 10 months ago at 1:02 pm. Add a comment
Normally, our Happy Tales are about rescued dogs that find new forever homes, however we had to make an exception when it came to Harley Henry. Harley’s owner, Rod, was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis several years ago and is now in a wheel chair. Rod was facing a move into an assisted living situation that would not allow dogs, so he contacted RMCR to help place Harley into a new home. Harley never really assimilated into life at his foster mom’s home. He moped around and looked out the window, hoping that Rod would show up to get him. On weekends when he went to adoption events, he stuck close to the male volunteers, following them wherever they went and sitting in their laps. Then Rod called – he’d found an assisted living complex that allowed dogs and asked if he could take Harley back! As you can see, the reunion was touching. Harley knew within three miles of home that he was on his way back and was standing in the window looking for his house. All of us at RMCR fell in love with Harley and we are so pleased that he could be reunited with Rod. Best wishes for a long and happy life, gentlemen!