Sunday, September 23, 2012

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

Hi Sue!

Bailey had her final series of shots yesterday. Dr. DiMayo is crazy about her. He loves her temperament. After he finished his exam, he took some time to talk to me about our routine. He was very pleased to hear we continue to go for three walks a day and that we've begun using sleigh bells to potty train. He said he's recommended them to many clients, almost always with great results, which is the case here (although there is a down side-Chica can hear them from anywhere in the apartment and comes running, so it's harder to sneak out with just Bailey.). He thinks she might hold on to her puppy teeth for a bit yet as they didn't finish coming in until about two weeks ago. He gave her another clean bill of health. She's up to 11.6 lbs now. Before we know it she'll be as long and tall as her big brother.

We continue going to puppy socialization on Wednesday nights. She is most comfortable with the dogs who are about her size and like to roam around and smell things, but sometimes she gets sucked into a game of tag and then I've got the noisiest kid on the playground. Everyone there loves to pet her and hold her and are always telling me how soft and cute she is.

Alex took her for her first haircut two weeks ago. They said she loved everything but the blow out. Since we don't use my hair dryer on her I wasn't surprised to hear this. She came back smelling wonderful with the cutest red bow in her hair. I just wish it had stayed in longer than an hour. After it fell out I put one in that I bought with clips instead of a rubber band so I could get a few more pictures of her.

We haven't decided what we want to do with her coat yet. Alex says he wants to keep her in a full coat, but he also says he wants to train her to flush out birds and I think she'd be excellent at it. She's always tracking when we go on our walks and she watches and studies Chica and Curley so intently, then mimics what they do, especially Chica. We'll see...but I think she'd look so stunning in a full coat. Her color is just gorgeous, Sue!

She has long since mastered sitting, but is not very interested in "down", at least not on command. She does it most when we go for a walk. If Chica and Curley get to sniffing a tree or are taking care of their business, she'll take the opportunity to lay down in the grass and take in the world around her, at least until something moves. Once or twice now she's seen a blowing leaf and it's fascinated her, so I'm really looking forward to taking her to the park this Fall. It's going to be so much fun to watch her play in the leaves. I can only imagine what the first snowfall will be like (although I hope that's far off yet...). On our morning walks she likes to lick the dew off the grass blades as she strolls through them.

That's about it for here. We hope all is well with you, Mike and the family!


"Biscuit" from Harriman, Tennessee~


Our precious Baby Biscuit is really enjoying the beautiful fall weather we have been blessed with in East Tennessee. He is even more playful and friskier than usual! It must be wonderful to have his energy.

Best Wishes Always,

Biscuit and Kay

"Disney" from Silver Spring, Maryland~

Hi Sue,

I am sharing some pictures of Disney that I took today. He's 19 months old and still a bundle of loving energy. One of his nicknames is Mr. Playful.

He is a sweet boy. He follows us everywhere. One of his favorite tricks is to jump in the air and catch toys that we toss.

I am looking forward to seeing what pictures you post this year around Halloween. The High Calling Cockers web site is so fun around holidays.

Take care,


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

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

Hi Sue

Bentley met two girls a few weeks ago...Carolina, a King Charles cavalier 1 yr old and Lilly, a 3 yr old cocker....he ran and played in the rain and had a great time. He then met my sister's dog, Petey, and plays super hard wih him. I have to get ahold of Sarah, Bailey's  (Glory) mom to get a play date scheduled.

Bentley now weighs in at 10 lbs. He was 5 when we got him 8 weeks ago.

He got his first big boy haircut on Saturday!

He still goes to sleep at 8:15 pm! And up around 4:45 am.

Best to you and yours!

Kathy and Bentley

"Miss Bailey Glory" from Buffalo, New York~

Hi Sue!

Bailey got her hair cut last week for the first time since she’s been home and they put a cute little red ribbon on her that lasted all of an hour.  Took this with my cell at last Wednesday’s puppy socialization.  She LOVES playing on those plastic kiddy slides, as you can tell.


Monday, September 17, 2012

"Ranger" from Hot Springs Village, Arkansas~


Hope you and your family are doing well.

I can't believe our little Ranger is almost 10 months old. He is doing really well at doggy school. People comment all the time about how calm and well-behaved he is for being so young. He's going to be a GREAT Reading Therapy Dog!
Ranger LOVES his constant companion, his big yellow lab sister, Heidi. Heidi does tease him by dangling a toy in front of his face, just to get him to chase her. But isn't that what big sisters do?


Hot Springs Village, AR

Sunday, September 16, 2012

"Miss Emily" from Quincy, Massachusetts~

Hi Mama Sue,
It's me Emily stopping in to say hello! We are
having beautiful Fall weather up here in Quincy,
and I am really enjoying playing in my yard amongst
all the flowers,pumpkins and hay stacks. Yesterday while
traveling along on "Emily Ave." to the far corner of the
backyard, I noticed to my surprise that a big old corn
stalk had invaded my domain again this year. Just so
you know, Mama Sue, it didn't scare me this year.
I gave it a few barks and sniffs but that was
that. Last year it really scared me, but not this year because
I am a big girl now.

This year for Halloween I'm going to be a pumpkin. Mom
tried my costume on me today and took these pictures..hope
you like them.
Mom says to tell you she loves your blog and reading about
all the adventures and misadventures of my High Calling
Cocker family.
Love you Mama Sue,
Your Little Emily

"Shane" from Oyster Bay, New York~

Shane and his big, fluffy toy~
Hi Susan:

Shane is doing great and had a good day today running after tennis balls
that I hit with a bat for him to chase.

He LOVES chasing balls! And he also loves fluffy toys with squeaky
things inside :)
Here are a few pictures of Shane with a big fluffy toy that I bought for
him yesterday.

John and Grandma and Grandpa

Saturday, September 15, 2012

"Drummer" from Grand Junction, Colorado~

Hi Sue!

I saw your little note on the "Upcoming Litters" page offering first dibs on
the next two litters to those who have missed out due to other's technological
advantages. I remember waiting all night for your email when Starr had her
litter 3 years ago. My concern back then was the time difference between NY
and CO. And after all of that I ended up with Drummer instead of Lady (aka
Betsy). I'm sure with all of the new technology out there that those of us who
are less "tech-savvy" would miss out. I'm glad to see that you found a fair
and just way to help those who have tried for so long and want a puppy so
On another note - Drummer had a little adventure (or is that "misadventure") a
couple of weeks ago - one that I hope is NEVER repeated. Glenn had taken him
out for his final walk before bedtime and, after Drummer did his "business",
he went exploring in our FENCED yard (please note the word "fenced" - as in
"chain link"). Glenn was hoping to get to bed a little early that night, but
Drummer took off after something in a dark corner of the yard. Glenn put the
flashlight on it, but wasn't sure what it was until he saw the tail with the
white stripe go up in the air. He yelled for Drummer to come, but Drummer
didn't heed the command immediately. Glenn couldn't smell anything until
Drummer rushed by him to go in the house. I'm in our bedroom and I hear "HE'S
BEEN SPRAYED!!!!!" while Drummer runs right to me. What a night! Needless to
say, we didn't get to bed early that night. Thankfully, Drummer was "only"
misted and didn't get a full "hit", but, believe me, it was potent enough to
stink up the whole house and give me a sore throat. The only thing that I had
in the house to use on him was canned tomatoes, but that didn't work too well.
It was hard to sleep that night and I took him to the groomer's the next day
where he was washed FOUR times. He came home smelling a little better - if a
skunk with a coat conditioner smells "better"! He LOOKED beautiful, but you
sure didn't want his face near yours!
It's been 2 weeks and, at times, I think that the smell is fading. Then
Drummer licks his lips or takes a drink and then he smells bad all over again!
I can't imagine what his food must taste like to him.
Glenn had to leave town a couple of days after this happened, so we secured
the fence in areas that we thought were possible skunk entrances for the time
being. We'll be adding an additional fence OVER our chain link to make sure
that this doesn't happen again. In the meantime, we have to patrol the yard at
night before we let Drummer outside to do his "business".
Hopefully, we don't have a repeat of this adventure ever again!
Just thought that I would share!
Have a great rest of the day!

Mary :o)

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

"Miss Natasha" from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida~

Natasha in New Mexico~

Lou asked Natasha to pose for a photo (we don't have enough pictures of her). She might not have been too happy - looks like she is in a wind tunnel. This was about the time my hat blew off my head as well.

Note from Sue:

        I love "borrowing" posts about Natasha from Sharon's Travel Blog as they drive across country! She is such a gifted writer!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

"Miss Abby" from Chesapeake, Virginia~

This is Mike and his adorable family. He flew to Buffalo two years ago, picked up Abby, flew home and met his family at their airport, surprising them with delight!  I felt like I knew Mike "forever" because he reminded me so much of our oldest son, Mike.  :")

Hi Sue,

Abby turns two this month and I just thought I’d check in and send a few pictures.

I flew up to Niagara Falls from Virginia Beach on the day after Thanksgiving 2010 to pick her up. I still remember how small and fragile she seemed wrapped in her baby blanket. She sat in my lap the whole flight home and never made a sound.

Fast forward two years: Abby is the most fun, social and playful dog I’ve ever known. She has boundless energy, but she seems to know when it’s time to cuddle, when it’s time to play and when it’s time to get serious. She’s happiest chasing tennis balls and she loves to trail run. She’s up to about 15 miles a week. In the house, she’s just happy being wherever I am.

I live just outside of Washington, DC now, so “Abs” and I meet plenty of people. Whether we’re running on a bike trail, sitting outdoors at a restaurant or just taking one of our daily walks, I get regular comments from total strangers about how cute or how well behaved she is. I can trust her off the leash in most situations and she’s a perfect “heeler” when she’s tethered. Her step mom and I have put a lot of time into training her and it’s paid off a hundred fold.

Abs truly brightens up my every day. I can never be in a bad mood when she’s around. If I am, she always seems to know how to turn it around. She’s become a part of my life like no other pet I’ve ever owned. I only hope owners of other High Calling Cockers are having as much fun as we are.


Remembering our heroes~

There are no words to express the sadness of that day...September 11, 2001.  We all remember exactly where we were and what we were doing when we witnessed this horror and tragedy.  May the good Lord comfort the families and friends of the people who lost their lives that day.  May God always bless America.


Monday, September 10, 2012

"Miss Natasha"....Mama Sue strikes again~

Natasha is looking pensive as she waits for Lou to bring lunch. She wants nothing to do with the Dog Wash.

Note from Sue:

         Lou and Sharon live in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, and have spent the summer on a house boat in Camden, Maine.  Now they are traveling across country.  This picture was taken in St. Louis, Missouri.  My goodness, they are so blessed to be able to take in all our country has to offer, and share it with all of us, blessing us in turn.  I love to "steal" pictures of Natasha off Sharon's blog.  Thank you, Sharon!!!  :")

"Jaime" from Newport News, Virginia~

Jaime is such a sweet puppy ! We sure love him! We start obedience classes this week. Thanks !!


"Miss Schatzie" from Palatine, Illinois~

Schatzie 2012

Kennedy with Schatzie...all shaved down for summer.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

"Miss Taffy" from Westbury, New York~

Hi Susan,

Sending a picture of our beautiful Taffy at 16 months. Hope all is well with you and your family. :-)


Beth and Rick

Friday, September 7, 2012

Happy 5th Birthday to Lulu,and greetings from Bailey too from Wellesley, Massachusetts~

Hi Sue,

I wanted to check in and say hi on Lulu's 5th birthday! She's a really happy girl and she and Bailey love each other so much! We can't imagine life without them. Hope you and your family are doing well.


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Vacation photos from Susan and George, Indian Harbour Beach, Florida~

Hi Sue!

How funny that you produce "singing cockers"!  LOL
We just spent a week in Jackson Hole, Wyoming- what beautiful country! We rode horses, hiked, went to Yellowstone and Grand Teton-   Susan and George and "the boys"

Note from Sue:

          My deepest apologies to Susan and George for not seeing this email before now.  They sent it to me way back in June!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Happy Birthday, Bonny! (from L'Anse, Michigan)

Hi Mama Sue,

I hopes yous 'members me....your bestest wee *peanut* Bonny. Guess what mama Sue, today is me birfday and I is turnin' into sumpin' called 5 years old. Mama Sharon says it seems like only yesterday when dey came and gots me and brought me home.

Anyway, I got a funny song sung to me by my folks...YIKES!! Did I gots a new toy, and later we will have cake....but firstest I gets to go wif me daddy Syd to take a bag to de garbage guy....and dat guy will give me cookies!!

I wish't all yous doggies could have a wonderful forever home like me!
I luv yous mamma Sue...gotta go see me dad cuz he is callin' me.....Bye, Bye

Note from Sue~

Happy Birthday, Bonny!  Below is the link to Sharon and Pastor Syd's beautiful blog about their two
High Calling Cockers, Bonny and wee Betsy.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Bonny & Betsy's Clan Chatter

Monday, September 3, 2012

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

Hanging out froggy style

Truly enjoying that bone!

Hi Sue!

Happy Labor Day!! Gosh....another hot one here in Buffalo. It must have hit 90 today and humid. I am beginning to look for the coming of Autumn.

Bentley got to meet the greyhound down the street Saturday morning. Joey is 9 years old and a beautiful rescue greyhound. Needless to say, Bentley scooted between my feet. Then later in the day the neighbor's shih tzu and another relative's pet shi-poo greeted Bentley at once. He was a bit more comfortable because they were closer in size.

Not too much to report this week.

He is chewing less human parts lately. I have been giving him rawhide twists and they seem to do the trick for gnawing. He also loves ice cubes.

He steals one shoe from anyone that walks in. I went to my Mom's the other night and he kept on bringing in shoes, sneakers and slippers! The new thing is the geese and ducks flying...he keeps his eyes on them for quite a bit. The squirrels are starting to tease him, running on the top of the fence and then jumping on the shed roof. He also watches airplanes!!

Still going to sleep about 8:15pm or so and sleeps right thru till next am 445am. He still requires a few naps...otherwise he gets a little out control. He is sure an active puppy when he is up!
Best to you and yours!

Kathy and Bentley Buffalo, NY

"Miss Lacey" from Lewiston, New York~

Hi sue we are fostering another litter of kittens from spca and of course Lacey again believes they belong to her!! She is playing with her new baby here!!

She is kidding her new baby here!!

Kitty sitting her babies here!!!!

"Miss Natasha" from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, currently vacationing in Camden, Maine~

"The dog", freshly laundered.

Natasha checks out Ben, as he moves a boat. She seldom reacts to people on other boats, unless it's someone she knows.

"The dog" has had just about enough schooner watching, and takes a brief nap.

Note from Sue:

        I hope everyone takes a few moments to check out Lou and Sharon's Blog.  There are some gorgeous pictures on there of their summer in Maine Sharon's Blog