In 2008 when my pekinese died, I decided to adopt an older cocker.  Over the years I took in mutts from the street and from shelters.  They all got along with the cats in the house, but when a dog died there was an empty space another dog.  Thus, an older dog that gets along with cats was my only stipulation.  When I saw Flash081's picture, I knew he was the one.  Because of his microchip installed by the breeder even his birthday was known.  He was a blond well bred Cocker Spaniel like the family pet I grew up with.  Flash was leary of the cats at first.  He was outnumbered by 8 cats but in a few days time he saw that they were only curious about him and he settled in.  We took little walks daily and of course he had a busy nose and a voracious appetite.  As he got older he lost the right eye to disease but was always cooperative when being medicated.  Up to the last months, Flash enjoyed life with great aplomb.  The neighbors knew his "story" and the kids liked to pet him.  We got thru the long winter but I knew that time was running out.

I am glad to have had Flash for the last 6 years of his life and am grateful to all the caring people involved in rescue and rehabilition of dogs and cats.  When I am ready, I will certainly adopt another rescue dog.

Flash [ADOPTED AUGUST 12] is a ten-year-old male who came to us from a shelter where he came in as a stray. We were able to trace him through his microchip and found him to be Cocker royalty. It was hard to believe that this handsome boy would ever end up in an animal shelter. We contacted his breeder in Saskatchewan Canada. She was more than willing to take him back but it really didn't seem practical to travel all that distance. It was decided that Shorewood would keep him and find an appropriate home. Unfortunately he was terribly matted when he came to the shelter and had to be shaved down. It will be a while before Flash will again look like the show dog he once was. He has a fantastic pedigree with 20 champions in 4 generations. We did neuter him and he had to have a couple of teeth pulled but he is healthy and ready for his forever home. Flash is housetrained and crate trained and is good with everyone both animal and human.