Everyone who meets Jerry falls in love with him. He is a loving, sweet boy who would make a perfect family dog if only he could see. Due to juvenile cataracts he is blind at the young age of 3 years. He has forgotten what color the grass and sky are but he what he misses most is the love on his family’s faces. We want to give him back his sight so he can live a normal long life and find a new family to love. His surgery will be $2,000.
When my family decided that we wanted to foster a dog we immediately chose a cocker spaniel because the breed has given us a combined 30 years of happiness. We also initially wanted a younger dog placed with us so that we could have a play companion for our 6 month old cocker as well as a running partner. That was all before we met Charles, a 10 year old cocker. Charles is very content to sit back and let the younger dogs wiggle about and introduce themselves to potential adopters. Once the younger dogs lose interest Charles steps in. We were immediately drawn to his calm demeanor and his willingness to stay close for that pat or scratch,ensuring he’s not overlooked because he’s considered “too old” to be fostered or adopted. We have discovered that an older dog, most of the time, knows basic commands, is house trained, and in the case of a cocker, is used to grooming. They tend to adjust quicker but remain cautious, so eager to please. As any dog enters their senior years it’s imperative that they have a stress free life, instead of worrying where they will end up next and perhaps never having someone know what their real name is. They have already given us so much; fostering a senior is an opportunity for us to give back to them. In the few weeks we have had Charles we have watched him change from a slow, depressed cocker to a goofy character who now has a spring in his step when he walks. Due to Charles’ age and calm demeanor he was easily accepted by our two older cats, as well as a puppy. We highly encourage everyone to consider fostering a senior dog. It’s an opportunity for these dogs to spend their senior years in a loving, warm, caring environment and a way for us to give back to such a loyal, affectionate breed.
We want to take this opportunity to thank a special group of our donors. They are our Monthly Donors and they include:
Steve and Debbie Weyrauch
Our monthly donors are especially important because they give us a set, dependable income that quickly adds up. They are the backbone of our work. For as little as $20 a month you can vaccinate 12 dogs a year. For $25 a month you can spay or neuter 6 dogs a year. For $50 a month you can offer 6 dogs a vet exam, vaccinations and spay/neuter them. If you would like to join us as a monthly donor just add us to your monthly bills or sign up to donate via your credit card. Help us make a difference, one dog at a time!
This years Santa Barbara Cocker Reunion Picnic was a resounding success! We had a blast. The food was amazing, the auction and sale items a big hit and it was so wonderful to see so many of our Cocker ‘kids’ in one place. Diana Maenhout and Kate Silsbury won first and second prize on the raffle and both donated the whole $750 right back to SCCR. You ladies ROCK!
We had two exciting dramas unfold that day. Prince William and Duchess Catherine decided to play polo at the Polo fields 1/2 mile from our freeway exit on Saturday but the anticipated traffic was thankfully not an issue. Then our little Dani, a 1 year old sweet Cocker girl who is up for adoption decided that she would slip her collar and take off in to the Carpinteria hills right at the start of the picnic. She gave us all a heart attack until we realized that she may not be willing to be caught but she was not going to go too far. So she spent the whole picnic, wading in the stream, running through the underbrush and checking out all the picnickers in the whole park. After everyone went home, Shannon and Elizabeth lured her in with chunks of our BBQ chicken. She thought it was as delicious as we did and munched her way right into an x-pen. She was filthy, covered in poison oak and exhausted, but I think she had a great time. Brat!
We even finalized three adoptions on Saturday, Reese, Sauve and Magnus all went to their new homes.
SCCR is looking to expand to the Bay Area and we need volunteers. We need fosters, people to pull from shelters, transport, do home visits, adoption counseling, volunteers to work events and who knows what all. Do you have a talent or skill that you would like to offer? Contact Elizabeth Mazzetti at 805 687-4674 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are starting out by pulling a 5 year old girl from the San Jose shelter next week. We have found a wonderful foster home in Antioch and are looking forward to working with Lynda and her family. Patti, also from Antioch has helped us with home visits and transportation. Our goal is to build a team of 20-30 volunteers from all over the Bay Area to cove the northwestern part of California. We are rescuing Cockers, one dog at a time!
June was a hard month for us here at SCCR. We had to say goodbye to not one but four of our sweet old boys and one not so old. Three of our Sanctuary kids, Paulie, Cookie and Clifford passed away. They came to us old and grey but full of love and life. Their foster families loved them like their own and gave them perhaps the best last years of their lives. They had snuggles, cuddles, treats and long walks. We also feel so lucky that we had the opportunity to get to know these special dogs and offer them the best quality of life we could for as long as we could. We would not have missed it for anything. If you would like to be a part of our Sanctuary program we are always looking for new Sanctuary foster homes. Your donations make this program possible, without you each one of these dogs would have never made it out of the shelters.
We also had to say good-bye to two of our adopted dogs last month, Sonny and Bo. Sonny and Bo were adopted from SCCR 5-6 years ago as happy, healthy boys. We remember them in their prime, sweet and loving boys. Sonny just passed away of old age. It was quite a surprise to us because we just remember that handsome young man who got old and grey on us while we were not looking as the years slipped by. Bo surprised all of us when he was diagnosed with cancer. He was too young, too sweet and too much in love with his mom to go, but go he did. We are so thankful that Sonny and Bo had such wonderful parents. Gil give Sonny a life any dog would envy and is thinking about adopting two more SCCR dogs in Sonny’s honor. Bo and Debbie were a love match. They were inseparable. Bo’s life was too short, but that boy was Loved.
Rico and Suave are two absolutely adorable 6-9 month old buff puppies. We do not get puppies in very often and it is always fun when we do. These two were a hoot. They were silly, sassy, sweet and all boy. Well it didn’t take long to find them wonderful homes. Both puppies were adopted this week. Suave went home Monday with Magnus, a 6 yr old cocker and Gil, a single gentleman, who is a long time cocker owner. He reports that both dogs are settling in well and he loves the puppy energy in the house. Rico went home on Wed to a family with a 7 year old boy named Zach. Zach and Rico (now Jack) were best friends from the second they lied eyes on each other. They rough house, play tag and keep away until they are exhausted then they rest and are up and at again. They are in heaven!
Samantha and Diane were a mother, daughter pair that came in from the LA shelter. They were very sweet but became hysterical when they were introduced to another dog. We decided to split them up and see if their behavior changed any. It was exactly what they needed. Samantha, the 1 year old daughter caught the eye of Teya, a Santa Barbara woman who had adopted Marlow from us six years ago. Marlow was now 8 years old and wanted a little sister. We brought Samantha over to meet him no sure what to expect. After a gulp of surprise she decided he was pretty ok and Marlow was in love. We were also a little concerned about her eyesight. She seemed to have a depth perception problem. When she had her vet exam we were surprised to learn she was blind in one eye and partially blind in the other eye. We had no idea. We will be taking her to the eye specialist and we will let you know what she says. We hope we can restore as much of her sight as possible, but in the mean time Marlow has taken her under his wing and protects her from anything she is fearful of.He is a marvolous big brother and exactly what she needed.
In the mean time Diane, the moma, was fostered with a sweet, self-confident Cocker named Dresden. She very quickly became bonded to him, making us certain she would do well in any new home. She ended up being adopted by a wonderful couple from Madera. They plan on getting her a buddy as soon as we can find her the right match.
A big thanks to Sue from Cocker Connection who helped us rescue these two girls.
The Sacramento picnic last Saturday was a resounding success. We had a huge turn out and the prettiest group of Cockers you have ever seen. The food was fabulous and the raffle prizes amazing. It was a perfect day and everyone had a wonderful time. Carole Barone not only won first place on the cash raffle but she got picked for second prize too! Then she donated all $750 right back to SCCR!! Wow, we love you Carole!
Thank you, everyone, for your help in making this event a huge success.