Visiting Royalty, Escaped Dogs and a Good Time by All

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!

Dana, Samson, Elizabeth

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.

San Francisco, Here We Come!

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

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!

Sweet, Sad Good-byes


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.

New Best Friends!

Rico and Suave

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!

Mother and Daughter Say Good Bye to Each Other and Hello to Their New Families


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.

Tons of Cockers, Great Food and Fabulous People!

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.

He Snores Like a Drunken Sailor

Chewie was adopted by a wonderful couple in Shell Beach after having a very rough start in an abusive home. He was so anxious his mom had a bit of project on her hands getting him to relax and enjoy life normally. We just got a progress report from his mom that we wanted to share with you.

“Hi Elizabeth!

Chance Curled up in bed

I just saw the newsletter that you sent out, and thought that it would be a good idea to send you an update on Chance (formerly Chewie).  We’ve almost had him for two months now, and I could not imagine our lives without him.  He is 99% less anxious than when we first got him.  He’s able to just lay down and cuddle all day and be a lazy little pup, which is amazing.  When I first met him, I would never have imagined him doing this- but right now he is curled up sleeping under my arm.  He’s a pampered little man now.

Chance at the Beach

We go to the beach all the time and he loves it.  His favorite part is meeting kids- whenever he sees little kids he starts whining and trying to get to them.  He’s very gentle with them and loves playing with them.  He knows “sit” and “stay” and he taps his ball before it gets thrown for him.  He goes running downstairs and sits at the front door when “Puppy Walk” is announced.  And he and Max, our other cocker spaniel, are friends who are growing more and more attached every day.  Max got stung by a bee last week and he only wanted to curl up next to Chance, and Chance was so worried about Max- he was as anxious as the first day that we met him.

Chancey sleeps in between Trevor and I every single night, and he is a little cuddle monkey.  When he gets tired and decides that it’s bedtime he starts digging at the covers and talking to us.  He won’t get under the covers until the light is out, but once he does he is asleep in 5 seconds flat and he snores like a little drunken sailor.  He is a part of our family and we love him so much.
Chance and Max

I also wanted to let you know that we spread the gospel of rescue and Second Chance Cocker Rescue specifically.  I meet so many people at the beach and at the dog park who compliment me on my beautiful well behaved dogs, and I always tell them that they are both rescues.  A lot of people are surprised that there are rescues for specific breeds, and a lot of people are surprised that rescues can be well behaved and ‘normal’.  So I always tell them about your work and encourage them to adopt.  So many people tell us that our dogs are lucky that we adopted them, and I always always tell them that WE are the lucky ones.  Thank you so much for rescuing our little man until we could find him.  He’s a forever part of our family.

The pictures are of Chance in bed under his blankets with some tennis balls (he loves being in tons of blankets and still seems amazed that there is a whole basket of toys!), Max and Chance together, and Chance having fun at the beach.  If you ever want to tell our story as a success story for fundraising, that would be fine with us.
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Linnie and Trevor (and Chance and Max)”
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