Saturday, August 09, 2008

My family grows by one

Meet Cleo, my new roommate.

After nearly a year of dog-less existence I once again have a canine companion. Cleo is a 15 week old Cocker Spaniel. Her previous owners have been reassigned to Japan and Cleo can't go along. So she's decided to share my life and home.

She's a doll. She enjoyed the truck ride home, she couldn't be less interested in cats and gets along with other dogs. After a quick tour to become familiar with the layout of her new home, she's laid down next to my chair, completely relaxed. She seems to know when to be playful and when to relax. Monday we'll see how she does at work. She'll have a bed and kennel she can sleep in there, frequent walks and plenty of attention from the staff and customers.

My last Cocker couldn't make the trip back to San Diego with me due to not getting along well with Mariah, the alpha female that had been with me for years prior to the move. I found her a good home in Idaho, but regretted having to leave her behind. That was in 1995.

Thirteen years later there's once again a Cocker around the house. Of all the breeds I've owned, Cocker Spaniels have to be among the most mellow, the most naturally well behaved of any of them. They are trusting, loyal and easy going, good traits in dogs and humans alike.

We're going to relax for a little while then go for our first walk around the neighborhood. We'll see what she thinks about her surroundings.

Today is a good day.
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