Update: Scooter has moved to the suburbs!!!!
A Cocker Spaniel who previously lived in a city
Scooter spent the first two years of his life living in Baltimore Maryland. This means that our Red and White Parti Colored American Cocker Spaniel puppy was a city dog. One goal of this website is to inform people that having a dog in the city is something that can be achieved. However, it requires much more work than having a dog in the suburbs. Big dirty cities can be terrifying for a small puppy. Living in an apartment only makes things worse! With a lot of work and love we have managed to give Scooter a great life (at least that is what he tells us)!!!
How we chose our American Cocker Spaniel
Scooter is owned by John and Monica. Early in 2004 John and Monica were constantly joking around about how great it would be to have a puppy. Monica had decided on the name Scooter before Scooter was even a twinkle in his parent's eyes! At first, we wanted a Dandy Dinmont Terrier. Then it was a West Highland Terrier. Then it was a Beagle. Then we stumbled upon The Zim Family Cocker Website and we knew that Scooter just had to be an American Cocker Spaniel.
We started visiting local Cocker Spaniel Breeders (since puppy airmail is cruel and unusual) and learned everything we could about the breed. A few months into this we decided to make it happen and we started looking for litters of Parti Colored American Cocker Spaniels. We visited a breeder just outside of Baltimore who told us about a puppy for sale. Her friend has been trying to start his own show dog kennel and he has been branching out from another well known breeder around the area. Unfortunately (for him, not us!), his main Red and White Parti Colored Cocker Spaniel (for show) was a little too short and he was forced to sell him as a pet.
Monica and I piled into the car and took a 2 hour drive out to Western Maryland. We were so nervous on the ride, not knowing if the little guy we were going to meet was going to be Scooter. The minute we saw the puppies we noticed the little guy scooting around with the other dogs, like only a puppy soon to be named Scooter could scoot. The owner put the little guy on a grooming table to show him off to us. He looked so proud standing there with his little stump tail held straight out. After this demonstration, the little puppy jumped up and put his paws on my shoulder and gave me my first of many 'cocker kisses'. We knew from this moment that we had to have this puppy. A week later, we took him home and named him Scooter!!!!!!
Crate Training our Cocker Spaniel Puppy