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Old 10-27-2013, 11:23 AM
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Hi, I'm new and have a very sad story to tell.
I had a cocker spaniel called Sid. After a day of having him he got sick with parvo and we almost lost him. After a week of vets care he pulled through this was February this year. On Thursday hubby came home and Sid ran out. I caught him in th park and he was having such fun decided yo stay a while. Something scared him and he ran right out the park I ran after him where he sadly got hit by a car he died in my arms.
We are devastated utterly my kids are too. Nothing seems the Same now and I am finding it hard to forget what I saw.
My kids would like another puppy after Xmas but I'm not too sure I just can't imagine my life without one but it's so painful.
People think we are mad as its just a dog!!!!!!
I know last time we did wrong by getting him the breaded seemed dirty and he hadn't been vaccinated but my heart always rules and I had to take him home with me. My question is where can I find a list of good honest breaders of cocker spaniel and should I get another am I being silly? Sid was my world and my kids and we miss him so badly I will never replace him but would another help?
I am sorry to join with such a bad story but don't know where else to turn for advice. Many thanks xxxxxxx
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Old 10-27-2013, 11:53 AM
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I am so sorry for your loss! I know Sid was part of your family and that you are your kids loved him like that.

I stick with mutts, so I'm not to much help when it comes to breeders, but from what I learned on DF a good place to start looking for a breeder is the AKC and breeder clubs.

When you find a breeder that you think is a good one a few questions to ask is what titles the bitch and dog have. Ask to see the health records on the dogs those should include genetic test results for common genetic diseases in the breed. Ask to spend time with the dogs, and if it would be possible to contact people who have purchased puppies from her. Before sending any pups home the breeder will have taken it to the vets, had it given it's first vet check and started it on it's first round of puppy shots. NO reputable breeders will send a pup home before it's 8 weeks old and nearly all of them will wait till the pup is 8 to 12 weeks.

Start researching breeders now. Most good breeders have waiting list for their puppies because the generally will not plan a liter unless they have homes lined up for the potential puppies. Also be prepared for the breeder to interview you. A good breeder will not let a puppy go to just anyone, they want to know that the puppy is going to someone who will be a good fit for it, who will care for it properly, and who will take care of it for it's whole life.
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Hi and welcome, so sorry for your loss, hope all goes well with your decision.
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