Thursday, August 30, 2012

Duchess from Farmington, West Virginia~

Hi Susan,

I hope that everything is well with your family. It has been a while since I got in touch with you. Been a busy summer. Kodi and Duchess and Bristal are doing fine. They are really healthy and the most loving cockers in the world. They live to make us happy and are so loving. We enjoy their company so much. I will send a couple pics for you to see your babies.

Ed & Shelia

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

"Cubby Jr" from Southport, Connecticut~

Hi Sue!

The new pups are adorable. I continue to enjoy checking into the web page.

All is well here. We had a great summer. Here are a few pics of our Cubby boy.


Tuesday, August 28, 2012

"Cosby" from Westville, Florida~

What a cuddling pair!! Awww

"Cosby" from Westville, Florida~

There's nothing better than taking a nap with one of Sue's Highcalling Cockers!!....Lol....I CALL THIS THE CALM BEFORE THE STORM...LOL

Post about the 9-11 dogs featured below, from Sasha's mother~

Hi Susan.

Thank you for your kind wishes.

It is a privilege to be able to care for and prepare dear Sasha for her life as a "big girl". We are definitely blessed!
Every time there is a new litter of High Calling pups, I can't help but think of all the new love that has just been created!

I was very moved by the 9/11 photo tributes. I still get choked up when I think about it.

In Sept 2001 the daughter of a friend was very concerned about the paws of those courageous dogs as they searched through burning debris and ashes. Through her small company, Muttluks, she donated shoes to protect the dogs of 911.


Ground Zero - Muttluks Helps New York

Muttluks has long been known for its altruistic actions and integrity. In 2002, Marianne Bertrand, the founder of Muttluks, was awarded the “Be kind to Animals” Award by the Toronto Humane Society for Muttluks’ donation of over 850 sets of boots to the 300 Search and Rescue dogs at Ground Zero on 9/11. The Muttluks shipment to Ground Zero made history as it was the only item to cross the Canadian/US border on a day the border between the two countries was closed.

"Cosby" from Westville, Florida~

Good night Sue,

We are all getting ready for Hurricane Issac tonight!! We all had our baths, including Cosby's!! These pictures that I sent is just after his bath. I'm trying to play a game with Cosby tonight on my bed. While he's distracted playing with one of his squeaky toys, I start to brush him nice and quick and gentle with his ears. And when he's a good boy I give him a little treat. These pics show Cosby being impatient and wanting his snack!! I love these new bath products I used for the first time tonight! The groomer from Petsmart recommend what she used on her pet, making it last longer, it's called white citrus, ULTRA GLOW, by KONG in style. Also the Asian Pear, Magical Deodorizing Spray, by "I LOVE{heart} PET HEAD". Cosby's coat feels so soft and silky and smells like he just been professionally groomed!!...LOL

We pray tonight for our panhandle that everyone will be safe and secure. Caleb's school is closed tomorrow but should be open on Wed. Also, my church tonight is open for shelter tonight and tomorrow. My family is here at home, and we are prepared for any major things that might happen, like power being off for a day or more. We are expected to get tons of rain and heavy winds. I hope the rural carriers delivering the mail tomorrow will be fine and get back quick to the post office. Issac could be a category 2 by the time it hits landfall. It looks like it's heading toward Louisianna. Yaw keep us in your prayers, and will do the same for you!! God bless everyone and especially to all the High Calling Cocker Family!!!

In His care,

Sherry and Cosby

Monday, August 27, 2012

"911" Dogs Today~

Yes, I love cocker spaniels the very best, but the following dogs really touched me by reading about their service on September 11, 2001. 

9/11 Dogs Today

Nearly 100 dogs worked at the trade center ten years ago; only 13 are left.

THESE OLD WONDERFUL FACES SAY IT ALL... These are the surviving dogs that worked the trade center that are still alive but retired, they are heroes too. Their eyes say everything you need to know about them. Just amazing creatures

True heroes of 9/11 still with us today

Abigail, above, was deployed on the evening of September 17, searching for 10 days

while Tuff arrived in New York at 11:00 pm on the day of attack to start working early the next day.

Bretagne and his owner Denise Corliss from Cypress, Texas, arrived at the site in New York

on September 17, remaining there for ten days

Guinness, 15, from Highland, California, started work at the site with Sheila McKee on

the morning of September 13 and was deployed at the site for 11 days.

Handler Julie Noyes and Hoke were deployed to the World Trade Center from their home in Denver

on September 24 and searched for five days.

Kaiser, 12, pictured at home in Indianapolis, Indiana, was deployed to the World Trade Center

on September 11 and searched tirelessly for people in the rubble.

Merlyn and his handler Matt Claussen were deployed to Ground Zero on September 24,

working the night shift for five days.

Moxie, 13, from Winthrop, Massachusetts, arrived with her handler, Mark Aliberti,

at the World Trade Center on the evening of September 11 and searched the site for eight days.

Red, 11, from Annapolis, Maryland, went with Heather Roche to the Pentagon

from September 16 until the 27 as part of the Bay Area Recovery Canines.

Tara, 16, from Ipswich, Massachusetts, arrived at the World Trade Center on the night of the 11th.

The dog and her handler Lee Prentiss were there for eight days.

Scout and another unknown dog lie among the rubble at Ground Zero,

just two of nearly 100 search and rescue animals who helped to search for survivors.


During the chaos of the 9/11 attacks, where almost 3,000 people died, nearly 100 loyal search and rescue dogs and their brave owners scoured Ground Zero for survivors. Now, ten years on, just 13 of these heroic canines survive, and they have been commemorated in a touching series of portraits entitled Retrieved. The dogs worked tirelessly to search for anyone trapped alive in the rubble, along with countless emergency service workers and members of the public.

Traveling across nine states in the U.S. from Texas to Maryland, Dutch photographer Charlotte Dumas, 34, captured the remaining dogs in their twilight years in their homes where they still live with their handlers, a full decade on from 9/11. Their stories have now been compiled in a book, called Retrieved, which was published on the tenth anniversary of the attacks. Noted for her touching portraits of animals, especially dogs, Charlotte wanted Retrieved to mark not only the anniversary of the September 2001 attacks, but also as recognition for some of the first responders and their dogs.

"I felt this was a turning point, especially for the dogs, who although are not forgotten, are not as prominent as the human stories involved," explained Charlotte, who splits her time between New York and Amsterdam. "They speak to us as a different species, and animals are greatly important for our sense of empathy and to put things into perspective."


Sunday, August 26, 2012

More from "Miss Bailey Glory" from Buffalo, New York~

"Miss Bailey Glory" from Buffalo, New York~

Hi Sue!
It's been a full week in the Cedeno house! We started out last Saturday at the vet for our second series of shots, then headed down the road to my friend Kathy's house to spend some time playing with her Keeshound, Molly. Molly competes in Obedience and her next competition is September 8th. I'd like to check it out, see if that's something I can do with Bailey in the future.

Sunday we finally got the kids to Emery Park in East Aurora. I've been trying to get them out there for weeks, but it's either been too hot out or raining. They had so much fun! I was glad I had Dad's camcorder with me. We were able to get our first family photo! I'm looking a little worse for wear, but everybody else looks adorable! I've yet to find a hair product that can defeat WNY's humidity. Yet another reason I'll never live in Florida...

Monday would have been Peanut's 11th birthday, so Chica and I went up on the roof to send him a balloon. He sent us a beautiful sunset in return (with God's help, of course!). Then I took my three beautiful kids for our final walk of the day and allowed my thoughts to reflect on the 10 wonderful years we had with him in the peace and quiet of a beautiful late Summer evening.
Wednesday Bailey went to puppy socialization for the first time at Dog Days of Buffalo. She started out playing with a Black Lab pup named Maybe, but Maybe got too excited and was playing a little too rough for Bails, so she spent the rest of the hour either trying to hide behind me or hiding in anyone else's lap when I wouldn't let her hide behind me. Fortunately a Chocolate Lab, named Hazel, who was just as roudy showed up to occupy Maybe. I think this week they're going to be over with the big dogs. Bailey did bond with a Cane Corso named Dozer, who was as uncertain as she was about the Labs. They were cute and I hope he's back again this week. They are having an equally hard time getting Dozer and their senior German Shephard together as I am Bails and my seniors. If she'd just quit pouncing on their heads while they're sleeping I'm sure things would go much smoother :)! We're going to try again tomorrow night at Canine & Company and see if we do a little better...then Mommy may treat herself to something sweet across the street at Antoinette's...

Friday we celebrated Chica's 10th anniversary. I cannot believe it's been a decade since we found her at a gas station in Puerto Rico, so sick with mange and worms the vet said she wouldn't have lasted much longer. We are so blessed and lucky to have her for our very own! God truly does work in wondrous ways!

After five weeks, Alex gave me a "day off" yesterday. He took care of the kids while I headed out on an outing with a friend. When I got home around 5:00, Bailey was in her crate, Chica was gated in our bedroom, Curley was looking relieved to see me, and Alex was looking frazzled. He swears he just put her in her crate five minutes before I walked through the door and Chica WANTED to be gated in the bedroom. In actuality, he did not take them for an afternoon walk and then tried to bribe them into good behavior with boiled chicken-it worked for as long as it took them to gobble down the chicken...I wish I had Nanny-cams in the apartment...
I hope things are going well with you, Mike and the entire family. You all remain in our nightly prayers and we are so thankful to you for our precious little Bailey. Our family would not be complete without her!



"Miss Sasha" from Toronto, Ontario, Canada~

Hi Susan

Hard to believe that our beautiful Sasha is now 8 months and 19.8 pounds.

She is an absolute joy. I took some photos this morning so I thought I would send these along.


Friday, August 24, 2012

"Miss Mia Rose" from Seaford, Long Island, New York~

Fourth of July

Playing with brother, Jack

Hi Mama Sue,

I wanted to send you recent pictures of me. I will be 2 years old in February. I hope Rosie and Rio are doing well, kiss them for me please.
Love Mia Rose from Seaford, Long Island NY

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

"Bentley" (Patton) from Buffalo, New York~

Here is a pic of my son Tommy & Bentley!


Happy Anniversary! Good news about Mike and Madison!

Bentley is doing well. He had his shots on Monday the 20th and now is 7 1/2 lbs at 12 weeks. He gained 2 1/2 in a month! He is now starting to go in his crate during the day by himself for naps. Boy, he does need atleast 2 long naps otherwise he gets like a tazmanian doggie!!! Just like a baby, he starts to get cranky and frustrated, then you know it is time for him to go for nap! Sleeping usually from 8:15pm till about 4:45 to 5 am...right thru the night without any need to go out.

He is a little shy with strangers at first, so I dont force him. I let him figure out when he wants to check them out. He is doing extremely well sitting in the car. He is getting smart in the am, when I am walking out the door he wants to go with me, just like a kid!

I cant believe how one month has flown by already. He has truly added a spark to quiet home!

Sarah emailed me the other day and we are going to try to get together for some puppy socializing soon. She said Bailey is very active. I cant wait to see if Bentley & Bailey will recoginize each other! I will let you know of the outcome.

Have a great week!!

Best to you and your family!

Kathy and Bentley Buffalo, NY 8/22/2012

"Biscuit" from Harriman, Tennessee~

Hello, Sue:

Happy Anniversary wishes are being sent to you and Mike from Baby BIscuit. We are also hoping that Mike and Baby Madison are on the road to a complete and speedy recovery.

Baby Biscuit recently celebrated his first year anniversary since arriving in East Tennessee. It's hard to believe that the precious, ten pound puppy John picked up at the Atlanta Airport is now such a beautiful, full grown Cocker Spaniel. As you can see from the picture, Biscuit and Cocker Clancy are almost identical!
Best Wishes Always,

Kay, John, Biscuit, and Cocker Clancy

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

"Miss Gracie" from Raleigh, North Carolina~

Hi Sue,

Gracie posed for me the other day - with the help of some yummy treats. Thought you'd enjoy a new photo of her! She is growing up fast, loves being my constant companion, and especially enjoys our long walks. We start a beginner training class soon and I think it will be such fun for both of us.

Enjoy the late summer!


Monday, August 20, 2012

"Miss Chelsea" from Belleville, Ontario, Canada~

Hi Mama Susan -

Bet you thought we fallen off the face of the earth!  First, we hope you, Mike and the gang are all well.  We have had such a very busy year.  What a joy our puppy has been!

She has a beautiful disposition and loves everybody.  Healthy as a horse, eats well, settles down at night perfectly, loves her walks and above all her parents!  We go up to Collingwood frequently, and she just romps with Sherry & Doug's two cockers.  She knows where she is the minute we come off the hightway to their subdivision.  Their vet and best friend thinks she's a real gem!  He E-mailed Doug at school one day and asked if Stu & Kay got their puppy from a "Susan Martin" in Amherst, NY.  One of his clients apparently got a puppy from you.  He named your vet as well.  However, we could not find out who!  Shawn & Kelly were off on a cruise at the time.

We took Chelsea to handling classes at Pet Smart here in Belleville and had a picnic with her.  They train them in a section and teach them to sit, stop and stay right in the aisles with people meandering thru.  She graduated in 6 weeks (one night per week).  The gal we had has 5 big dogs at home that she rescued - 2 are Bull Mastiffs and one little pug!  She brought one to class and it just sat in the corner and let all the other dogs climb all over it.

Our next door neighbor got a large dog because he drives a transport and she works and one of her daughters is alone a lot.  His name is Dexter and what a beautiful disposition he has - he comes near the fence and Chelsea retrieves back a bit but lets out little woofs and whimpers and her bum goes up in the air and her paws down.

My family gave me the greatest 75th birthday surprise.  (I'm 2 1/2 years older than Stu) This was to have taken place on Easter weekend, but Taylor was writing final term exams on Easter Monday.  On the Saturday, March 30th, the day after my birthday, we all hopped in the Van and drove to Hamilton to pick up Taylor.  Meanwhile, Grandma was bursting to know what was happening..  They took me to Toronto, my old hoetown and we had English tea at a very posh restaurant called the Old Mill.  From there we got back in the Van and just drove and things started looking familiar to me and we pulled up in front of my childhood home (which I left at marriage 50 years ago)!  Did I choke up!   Then on to my elementary school, my High School, The Church where we were Married which is gone!  All the others have expanded into hue buildings.

Then we went to the University of Toronto, where #2 Grandson will be going in September.  He got a Letter from U of T advising that they were going by his mid-term marks and will be giving him one of a very few Presidents Scholarships.  He is going to do International Studies and will speak 6 languages fluently at the end of four years.

Well, Chelsea is downstairs having her birthday brush!  She is so good and very intelligent.  She sleeps with Stu as I started sleeping in the guest room after I had both knees replaced and we found we both sleep better.  I get up with her at 7:20 each morning and spend a half hour playing ball with her outside.

On the 27th, we will go up for Liam's High School Graduation -  he has been chosen Valedictorian.  In April he was in Florida with the school band at Disney World.  In May he took courses in how to run a "Relay for Life" campaign sponsored by the Canadian Red Cross.

One of his music teachers was diagnosed with cancer and they were sending him to the Mayo Clinic.  Tis man has been his mentor all thru High School. Well, that kid went out into the highways and by-ways and with the help of a student committee, he got fantastic entertainment.  Everything was set up around the track includin a stage they had scrounged from some business in town.  Walking and running began at noon and went thru till midnight.  Water tables were set in frequent spots and BBQ's all around the grounds.  Sherry said the Luminiere finale was absolutely beautiful.  All te kdis lined up around the track with their Lanterns along with teachers and towns people and sang for half an hour.  It was the hottest day of the year at 30 Celsius (about the same in Farenheight).  Their goal was $25,000.00 and they made over  $55,000.00!

Last weekend we stayed glued to the TV watching the Queens Jubilee celebrations - it was pouring rain all weekend - so we did not feel guilty.  We still have strong British ties being first generation Canadians.  Both sets of parens from Scotland.  When I was a kid, we were a British Colony and lived under the British Flag in Canada and I had a passport to go over to Buffalo (wastime) to visit relatives.  Under my picture, it read British Subject by Birth!  Occupation School Girl!  Guess they had not used the term student in those days.  Wish my parents had kept it.

MUST GO - BUT BELIEVE ME, WE ARE THE HAPPIEST COUPLE IN THE WORLD NOW and can't believe how depressed we became after Penny died.  Of course, the trip to Australia whacked us out and the accident after we came home.  Althought we thank God for saving our lives and without injuries.  I still get flashbacks, but it reminds me of our favorite hymn, "How Great Thou Art". 

Lots of woofs and licks and God bless you folks across the pond!

Kay, Stu and CHELSEA!

Hello Susan,

       We've been sending you E-mails and assuming that you were receiving them.  I was using a program called Corel Word Perfect and never was advised by the Server that they were not getting through.  It's the programme that's popular in Canada and is very "user friendly" but I don't think that you got any of them.  I should have sent them using Micro Soft Word which you know and is universal. 

In any case that's why I'm using the mail this time - I did not want you to miss the news about Chelsea's first birthday.  She's priceless and we love her dearly.

With kindest regards,

Kay and Stu

Note from Sue:

I apologize to Kay and Stu for not getting this on the blog sooner. Snail mail from Canada to the "states" is notoriously slow...and couple that with the fact that I had to find time re-type this, I am a great many weeks late.  But better late than never!   God bless Kay, Stu and Chelsea!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

"Miss Emily" from Quincy, Massachusetts~

This morning my friend Bogie came over to play and we had a lot
of fun.
Hi Mama Sue,

It's me Emily just writing to say hello and tell you how happy we all
were to hear Papa Mike is home from the hospital and feeling much
better. Please give him a kiss for me...
Last week we had a lot of rain up here in Quincy, but that didn't stop
me from going on a walk with my brother. Mom just put my new raincoat
on me and off we went - - JUST WALKING IN THE RAIN



Hope you like the pictures and of course, we always look especially
forward to seeing Mama Starr's new babies.

Your Little Emily

Happy Birthday, Cosby, from Westville, Florida~

My heart is full tonight....what a precious blessing....Happy 1st Birthday ......

Carly and Cosby having a yummie and fun time with cupcakes!

Caleb and Cosby - Best friends forever!!!
Cosby is like his cupcake - SWEET!!!