Coco is at the Baldwin Shelter with a euthanasia date coming up tomorrow. We had a call from a wonderful woman offering her a foster home and now we are working on how to get her pulled and transported in to safety. We will need some help with her medical costs. She is blind from Glaucoma and will need surgery. Can you help us, help Coco?
Update on Coco:
We took little Coco in yesterday for blood-work and to schedule her two surgeries. We got the news from the blood-work this morning. Poor Coco has had diabetes and it has been untreated for so long that she has organ damage, severe enough to make the surgeries not possible. It is breaking our hearts but we have to say good-bye to this sweet, brave girl. The vet says she is suffering too much to delay. So it is with heavy hearts we say thank you all for your help and wish Coco a gentle trip over the rainbow bridge.
We thought we would save another deserving girl in Coco’s honor. There is a Cocker at Lancaster Shelter who was kicked in the eye and ended up losing it. We will be pulling her asap. For everyone who made donations for Coco, we would like to use these to pay for this new one.
Aug 28 – “Woofstock” in Rocklin – 9-3
Aug 6–Dog adoptions at The Pet House, on Calle Real in Goleta, CA 12-4pm
Aug 10--Second Chance Cocker Rescue is sponsoring a Cocker Spaniel Beach Social. Come with your Cocker Spaniel or small dog and join us in an off leash romp at Hendry’s Beach in Santa Barbara Aug 10th and every month on the 2nd Wed from 5-7pm.
Aug 13–Dog adoptions at The Pet House, on Calle Real in Goleta, CA 12-4pm
Aug 28–Wags and Whiskers, Girsh Park Goleta
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.