This week I had an opportunity to capture pictures of our springer spaniel, Gulliver, and his two cousins, Cooper and Mabel, so I am departing from my usual photowalking routine to post their pictures.
Having caught a nasty, lingering cold, my excuse for not taking a photowalk, I figured today would be a good opportunity to introduce the pooches and shine a little bloglight on them.
Gulliver originally lived with our daughter and son-in-law, but he has ruled the roost (to mix metaphors) at our house for about 12 years. He’s our second “springer,” and was adopted into our family when he was a very young pup. As a senior dog, he has lost most of his hearing and slowed down quite a bit, but he still enjoys an evening walk in the park and seemingly can tell time because he knows when the daily mail (and dog treat) delivery is due.
Cooper, a Portuguese water dog, joined our daughter and son-in-law’s household when Millie, their first English sheepdog, died. At first, they were in no hurry to get another dog, but pretty quickly realized that they needed a dog around the house. That’s when they “found” Cooper, a delightful, lovable, energetic ball of black fur.
The last of this trio is Mabel, who erroneously thinks she’s a lapdog! Walk into their house and sit down, and Mabel will want to bounce into your lap (and no, she doesn’t ask permission first). She’s a great watchdog though, as the people who come to their door or walk up the sidewalk past their house quickly discover. If she doesn’t know you, she isn’t going to open the door and invite you in.
That’s the canine branch of our family or part of it…at least those that live nearby. All our children and grandchildren have dogs, except for the eldest granddaughter who lives in an apartment with her cats! They all seem to agree with me that a family isn’t complete without a pet (or in some cases two or three) in the house.
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What a wonderful picture of Gulliver! He seems to know he is posing. Shows a certain amount of gravitas–certainly suitable for a pooch up in years. I really like it. Cooper and Mabel are shining stars, too. Mabel is so white. How do they keep her so clean? All three have the well-loved look. I think perhaps I commented on the wrong post. I thought you wanted my thoughts on the Lingenfelter trio, but I believe you really wanted them on another post. Just one more mistake for me. Beth is safely home. She will call tomorrow.
Hope Alison is doing well and not in too much pain.
Great that Beth had a good trip and is safely home! Thanks for commenting on the pups. The only way I can get Gulliver’s picture is to use my phone. If he sees the big camera, he runs, but he doesn’t know the phone can take his picture too.
Would have to agree, a home is not a home without at least one of these!
One of our daughters has three dogs; the other two daughters each have two. Bob and I are contented with Gulliver.