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Our Beloved Dogs Alex, Jessy And Doc. Our English Springer Spaniels.

Updated on February 10, 2018

This is Alex

Our dog Alex and my husband.
Our dog Alex and my husband.


Alex on the hill behind our house.
Alex on the hill behind our house.

Springer Spaniels and Our Alex.

This is about our Alex and Jessy our two great dogs. We have found English Springer Spaniels are the best dogs for us.

Our first Springer was Alex. We adopted him from the animal shelter. He was found wondering around in the woods and no one ever claimed him. He was a beautiful dog. Everyone liked him and he was the best dog we ever had. We have had plenty of dogs. I believe someone must have paid a lot for him he look purebred.

I went to the animal shelter and saw him outside in the backyard all by himself. At the time, he wasn't up for adoption. I had my husband stop by to take a look at him. He said he thought he would be a nice dog for us.

We ask them to keep him for us once he was ready for adoption. The day we brought him home I told him his name was Alex. He seemed to understand and from that moment on he came by the name.

It was just a few days or so after we got him, my Dad got sick and we had to travel down south. We had to take Alex along and we were surprised at how well he traveled and at how friendly he was with everyone.

I think at one time he was loved very much by someone. He may have been lost from one of our many vacationers that come here. The vet figured he was only about 2 years old. We were just glad to have him.

He let us know we were his family and he loved us and our cats. He always tried to do exactly the right thing and never cause any trouble.

We found out shortly after we got Alex that he had lumps. The lumps were found when we had him neutered. They were checked and removed but never found cancer in them, not too long after that a lump was removed from his back still did not show cancer.

One day while Alex and I were sitting on the dock (his favorite place) I noticed a small lump on his nose. Very fast in a week that lump grew large. We had it removed, it was cancer, but the vet thought he had removed all of it. We soon knew he was wrong this was in June and as time went by Alex seemed to slow up. He didn't care about going in the water as much. He seemed to drop weight.

Winter came and we knew Alex didn't have much time. One night he walked all night and would get in bed with us and lay his head on our back and whine. The next day Christmas Eve Day, he had to be taken to the vet. The vet said it was time, he was in pain and we had to have him put down. It was a sad Christmas without Alex.

We know that his last year was a happy one. He had enjoyed the lake and people that came around while we were building a new house.

He was a happy dog. I like to think Alex is now with my Dad and my Dad is watching over him until we get there. I missed Alex more than any dog we ever had. My daughter and I still cry when we talk about him. We don't know how he won our hearts over in such a short time.

Alex's collar.
Alex's collar.

This is Jessy

Jessy and Our Granddaughter
Jessy and Our Granddaughter

Our English Springer Spaniel Jessy.

This is Jessy. After Alex died we wanted another dog. We knew another dog wouldn't take Alex's place, but we never go without a dog.

I saw an ad in the paper "for sale Springer 6 months old". I called the lady and she said she wanted nothing for him she just wanted him to have a good family. When we saw Jessy we knew he was a good dog and he came from a good family with kids and other dogs. Jessy was very wild at first, but we didn't give up on him. There were times when he was so wild I told him I was going to take him back to his old home.

All the people who lived on our little road were summer people. They all loved Jessy. He would greet each one when they came up to their cottage.

He would visit with Pete, the old man next door. Pete and Rosalie came up often and they loved to see Jessy as soon as they arrived. Everyday Pete and Jessy would sit in the lawn chairs. Pete said he would always talk with Jessy.

When George another neighbor and nephew to Pete came to his cottage Jessy would always go to greet George.

Some of our other neighbors would come up to their cottage and if Jessy didn't show up they would come over to get Jessy so he could play with their kids. He loved the kids and they loved him. They would bring Jessy home by boat. Jessy would be sitting in the front of the boat like a big shot.

Jessy never went where he wasn't wanted. Only to the people who loved him. Our neighbor's yard was so close it was hard to tell where our yard ended and their yard began. Our neighbor Bob caught him running after a chipmunk in his yard and yelled at him. Jessy came home with his head hung low and never went back in their yard. The neighbor kept asking me why Jessy would never visit with him. I told him he yelled at Jessy and he would never go where he wasn't wanted.

When my husband would go in the boat and left Jessy home Jessy would jump in the water and follow my husband to the other side of the lake. My husband would have to pull him into the boat.

Jessy also liked to go down on the lake with the ice fishermen and on most days that was with our son or my husband. Ice fishermen always had treats for him.

One day when he was about 10. It was early in the spring, Jessy went on the lake with our friends, and our son they were ice fishing. Jessy ran across the lake with our son's dog and fell into open icy water he couldn't get out and no one could save him. Our son's dog did get out.

Jessy wasn’t found until Easter then he was buried where he could see his beloved lake. I like to think he's sitting by his friend Pete and they're talking to each other. I can remember how upset Pete was when he found out Jessy was gone. Pete and Rosalie passed away not long after Jessy. We missed our Jessy and we missed Pete and Rosalie our nice neighbors.

This is Doc

Doc checking out the land.
Doc checking out the land.

Doc Running After Deer.

Our English Springer Spaniel, Doc.

This is Doc I put an ad on Craigslist and that's how we found Doc. He was 16 months old. He's a very funny guy.

He was a gun dog from SD until he didn't hunt the way they thought he should. They passed him from this person to another person. He's now with us and here to stay. The people who owned him were getting ready to give him to rescue. We adopted him from the family. I hated taking him from his family but I knew they were upset with him. I saw four little kids with big eyes watch us take their dog away. He had been having accidents in the house. The guy tells us this as we're walking out the door with Doc. He also said the man in town made up his own dog food and they were feeding it to Doc. He gave us a bag of food before we left. I threw the bag of dog food in the trash as soon as we got home. I knew the food was very likely causing the accident problem with Doc. It turned out that the dog food was the problem. He doesn't have accidents. He only had one when we first brought him home. Once the homemade dog food was out of his system he never had another accident.

He has a happy face. His tail never stops wagging. Doc is great. He is so funny and he knows exactly what we are saying to him. When we say, "do you need to go potty” he runs for the door.

By 8:00 Doc is ready for bed and wants to be put in his crate. My husband always tells him to give me a kiss goodnight and he does. Some nights he's in such a hurry to go to bed I get just a fast nose nudges, but he always runs over to me.

He loves the cats and our other dog Reno.

He also loves deer and goes a little crazy when he sees them. He will run out of the yard after them and then not know how to get home. I have noticed this week he sees them so much that he seems to be calming down about them. We had to get a wireless fence for Doc.

We had to go out of town last weekend and left him with our daughter. He was in a full panic with us gone. It will take him awhile to get used to us leaving.

We found out how smart he is when we got him neutered. The vet told me to check him each day for infection. I told Doc to lie down and let me check your wewe. He would lie down and spread his legs. He still will do that if we say "Let me check your wewe." The kids in the family think that is so funny.

Doc trying to pretend there's no cat!

Reno, Max and Doc

Beloved dogs.
Beloved dogs.

English Springer Spaniel Wins Westminster

February 14, 2007

English Springer Spaniel Is Westminster's Top Dog......James, an English Springer Spaniel, won Best in Show at the 131st annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York, Feb. 13. ..........

James - who is formally named Felicity's Diamond Jim - is a therapy dog who works with Alzheimer's patients.

Spaniels date back to the 1500's when these sporting dogs first started showing up in historical documents as coming from Spain to Europe.

In the 1800's, these dogs were separated into two groups, "cocking" spaniels, weighing less than 25 pounds were chiefly used for hunting woodcocks, and spaniels weighing around 40 pounds became known as "Springers" and "Field", and were used to "spring" game for hunting net.


A medium sized dog with medium to long, wavy hair, the Springer Spaniel weighs around 45 to 55 pounds and stands approximately 19 - 21 inches high at the withers. A very photogenic dog, Springers do require weekly grooming, and its luxurious coat can seem to pick up the oddest things.

The tail is typically docked on Springer Spaniels, and there are four accepted colors: black and white, liver and white, blue or roan. Black and white and liver and liver and white may or may not have tan markings.

The Springer is an affectionate and easy-going family dog, and its alertness and attentiveness make it the ideal hunting companion. An intelligent dog, and eager to please, a Springer is easily incorporated into a family setting. Its long-legged build puts it in the front of the spaniels for speed.

I think they're happy dogs always with a smile on their face

James, won best in show

The Death of Alex and Jessy
The Death of Alex and Jessy | Source

Dogs Left In Hot Cars


Call 911 if a child or children are left in a hot car or help right away.

Never leave a dog in a parked car. On a mild 73º F day, the temperature inside a car can reach 120º F in 30 minutes. On a 90º F day, the interior of a vehicle can reach 160ºF in minutes

We see this happening all the time in the spring and summer here. There are dogs left in hot cars barking and no one coming to help. Feel free to call the police if you see a dog left in a car. Don't call 911 for a dog but do call the police station and let them know a dog has been left in a car.

Dog left in car.
Dog left in car.


The Death of Alex and Jessy
The Death of Alex and Jessy | Source

Police Dog Dies In Hot Car!

During warm weather, most people use common sense and do not leave their dogs in the car. So how do you explain the tragic death, Bandit a K9 officer whose partner, Sgt. Tom Lovejoy, forgot him in the hot patrol car this past August? The five-year-old Belgian Malinois was in the vehicle for 12 hours before Lovejoy found him dead. Temperatures in Arizona that day had reached 115. After a two-week investigation by the county sheriff, Lovejoy was arrested. The investigation determined Bandit was in the car from about 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on August 11. During that time, Lovejoy ran errands, napped and went out to eat with his wife. What's worse, Lovejoy is a 15-year police veteran and head of the K9 unit. He's a policeman how many children has he taken out of hot cars or seen left in hot cars. How could he have been such a fool?

Animals have rights this dog was not a thing just because he was a police dog. He had the right to a clean bed, food, water and to be safe, not be left in a car to die.

Update on Doc

Here’s an update on Doc. He has settled down and turning into a very nice dog. He is easy going but when the UPS man came to give me a package Doc did nothing until the man stepped towards me than Doc stepped between me and the man and had a low growl. I was shocked he had never done this before. He only gave a warning.

He's afraid of the flyswatter I think the people who had him before must have hit him with it and he's afraid of storms. When it storms he gets as close to us as he can.

He loves the yard and pays very little attention to the deer now but goes crazy when the bear or wolf is in the yard and he can smell it.

The groomer loves him and she said he never gives them a problem.

Doc always lies next to me when I'm on the computer. I noticed he would keep smacking his mouth so we checked inside his mouth and found a growth on the side of his teeth. It looked awful and I was worried. The vet said it is very common it's called epulis and she removed it right away. He is doing so much better. He was also very good at the vets office they all loved him and he, of course, had to give the vet's cat a kiss.


May 2012

Doc is very lonely now. We had to have our dog Reno but down this month. He was 14 and could hardly walk. Life was getting to hard for him and we decided we had to do something. He is now buried on the hill under the big tree.

We're not ready for another dog. Doc will have to be an only child dog. My husband took him in to be groomed today. Like I said before ladies love him and are always happy to see him. He comes in with a smile on his face and so happy to see them. My husband is the person he loves the most.

Doc watching for squirrel.
Doc watching for squirrel.

Oct 2014 We Had To Have Our Lovely Doc Put To Sleep

Yesterday we had to have our Doc put to sleep. He had lost so much weight and with my husband being so sick we didn't notice until my son called to tell us Doc wasn't eating. We first thought maybe he just missed us. We were at an out of town hospital at the time and had been there for awhile with my sick husband.

The vet gave us the sad news. our Doc had cancer and there was no hope for him. This was so upsetting to all of us our son cried all the way to the vet when he took Doc in. My husband has really been upset by his death. This dog thought my husband was the best thing that ever walked. Our dog Sheldon also misses him and keeps looking for him.

We buried him under the big tree next to Reno and with the rest of our pets.

My husband, Doc and Blackie
My husband, Doc and Blackie | Source

My Husband.

Shortly after Doc passed away my husband passed away. I was holding my husband’s hand and telling him we would be ok and he could go and not worry about us. I told him his parents would be there waiting for him and all the people he loved and Doc and Alex would also be there. My husband said, “Will Jessy be there?” I told him Jessy would also be there. Early one morning when I left the room and our son was sitting with his Dad As he passed away. Doc will be there to meet him.

My Dogs

We adopted Sheldon our little Chihuahua the year before my husband got sick. He was on the list to be euthanized and was saved by rescuers here. He was in a shelter in California brought to our shelter and we adopted him. A funny nice dog and thank goodness I have him to keep me company.

Sheldon never lets me get far away from him, but I thought he needed another playmate. I adopted Bean. Bean is a long haired Chihuahua.


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    • moonlake profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from America

      Au fait, Thank you for stopping by. We ended up adopting another dog we figured Doc needed a frien.

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      C E Clark 

      7 years ago from North Texas

      What great dogs you had and what great memories you now have of them. Excellent photos, too. I really enjoyed reading about them all. We had several dogs when I was growing up on the farm, but unfortunately I developed allergies to them and all animals. I really miss not being able to have a pet.

      Hope you're having a good weekend. Voting this up and sharing.

    • moonlake profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from America

      Barbara Kay, We loved our Springer’s and still have Doc. Alex the dog at the top of the story we only had a year he was the smartest dog I ever saw.

      We now have adopted a new dog decided we shouldn't get any more big dogs so we got a Chihuahua. He is the funniest little guy and our Springer loves him and he’s so glad to have someone to play with again since our Reno died.

      Thank you so much for stopping by.

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      Barbara Badder 

      7 years ago from USA

      We had a Springer Spaniel named Abby. Springers are the most intelligent dogs I've ever known. The article made me a little sad thinking about her.

    • moonlake profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from America

      torrilynn, Thank for coming by and leaving a comment. I appreciate the vote.

    • moonlake profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from America

      Peggy W, Thanks for stopping by. We sure missed the dogs when they were gone.

      It is sad about the police dog I don't know how anyone can be so thoughtless. I appreciate the vote and share.

    • torrilynn profile image


      8 years ago

      moonlake, i really enjoyred reading your hub, the pics that you included were inspirational and reminds me of my do. nice hub. voted up.

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      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Aww...reading this hub tugged at my heartstrings! Hearing about your dogs brought back many memories of ours as well. Loved the photos and videos. So nice that you have gotten so many of your dogs from shelters or from people giving them up for one reason or another. They obviously all have a good home and life after you adopt them.

      So sad to hear about that police dog being left in a car to suffer and die. Amazing that a policeman did that! He of all people should have known better!

      Up and beautiful votes for the stories about your pets + sharing.

    • moonlake profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from America

      tillsontitan, I guess the title would make people pass this hub up. We have been lucky with our Springers. I can't say that about all the dogs we've owned but we loved them all. Thanks so much for stopping by and reading my hub and thanks for the vote.

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      Mary Craig 

      9 years ago from New York

      I almost didn't read this because of the title, but the picture led me in. I've written several hubs about dogs and one about English Springer Spaniels. I must say I did enjoy your hub and the stories about your dogs. How lucky you were to have such well-behaved dogs that loved you as much as they loved you. Voted up.

    • moonlake profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from America

      Cutters, You are so right the SPCA would be the ones to call and find how a person should handle a dog left in a hot car. Thanks so much for stopping by.

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      9 years ago from South Carolina

      Different states have diff regulations. 911 is not always the correct path. You should call the local SPCA or find the number to Animal Control and keep it handy. You will find the outcome more to your liking... Love the hub btw

    • moonlake profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from America

      Another dog left in Car.

      BELOIT (WKOW) -- Authorities are reminding people with this week's heat wave -- be sure to not leave children or dogs in a vehicle, even for a very short period of time.

      In Beloit, police responded to a reported animal cruelty investigation at the Wal-Mart parking lot on Milwaukee Road Tuesday afternoon.

      Police found a 2-year-old pit bull locked in the vehicle. Police say the dog was in extreme distress. The doors were locked and there was not much ventilation in the car. It was 86 degrees outside at the time.

      Officers tried to contact the owner and when they couldn't, they broke out the windows of the vehicle and attempted to rescue the dog. The animal died at the scene. It had been left in the vehicle for nearly four hours.

      Anisha Butalla of Wausau was arrested for Felony Mistreating an Animal Resulting in Death.

      Butalla had reportedly left the dog in the vehicle for several hours while she was attending a court matter in Janesville. Butalla returned to the scene sometime after rescue personnel were on scene. Butalla is being held in custody at the Rock County Jail pending a court appearance.

    • moonlake profile imageAUTHOR


      12 years ago from America

      I thought I would add this to my hub we called our 911 for a dog being left in a hot car and they yelled at us and told us never to call 911 for a pet again. After watching Primetime tonight with John Quinonies the police there said to call 911 for pets left in hot cars, this was in New York. If busy N.Y. police can help a pet I don't know why they can't here.

      So I guess my advise on calling the police station was wrong maybe check with your own city and see what they expect you to do. Really I wouldn't know what the regular police station number is and here the stores where we shop won't call police they may hand us a phone book but that's about it. I guess they don't care about pets here as much as NY.

    • moonlake profile imageAUTHOR


      12 years ago from America

      Funny film of Doc and our cat Wannabe.

    • moonlake profile imageAUTHOR


      12 years ago from America

      Thanks for stopping by my hub. Will become a fan if I HAVEN'T ALREADY.

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      Debby Bruck 

      12 years ago

      Wonderful hub. Enjoyed the stories, photos and safety precautions. Can tell you love your pups. I plan on creating a hub talking about taking care of pets with homeopathy. Maybe become a fan and you will be notified.

    • moonlake profile imageAUTHOR


      12 years ago from America

      In my comment above I put sole should have been soul. I'm the person who can't spell so if anyone sees where I have spelled something wrong I won't mind if you let me know.

    • moonlake profile imageAUTHOR


      12 years ago from America

      Thank you.

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      12 years ago

      wonderful article.

    • moonlake profile imageAUTHOR


      12 years ago from America

      I see the rabbit in the left hand corner at the bottom of the picture.

      Our Springer Doc came form a pheasant farm in SD. I heard they got rid of him because he ranged to far so he was passed from one person to another before we got him. Like I said in my hub he likes to run deer. We really don't care how he hunts we don't use him to hunt. He's just a pet.

      The black dog in the picture above is half German Shorthair (RENO). His Dad was a beauty looked like the young dog in your picture. The other half is black lab. He is the worst dog we have ever owned. He's so neurotic he's smart but at 10 years old he has not changed. We don't know what makes him the way he is we have tried everything with him to change his ways but nothing works and at 10 we give up. He is a kind hearted sole so I guess that alone makes him a good dog.

      Thanks so much for comments.

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      Ken Devonald 

      12 years ago from Edinburgh

      I love gundogs, and their training. I had one beautiful English Springer bitch, but needed to be very careful to keep her under control. Once she got beyond 30 yards you could not control her.

      With my experience now I would love another springer to train, but we now keep German Shorthaired pointers. I have published a picture of my pointers with a rabbit (see if you can spot it) at The rabbit wasn't hurt - unlike some dogs, pointers are very good at just locating game and then letting them run away.

    • moonlake profile imageAUTHOR


      12 years ago from America

      After your post I started counting the dogs we have had through the years. Lindy was our first got her from a shelter when she was tiny and we had only been married a couple weeks she lived to 14. Then there was Mandy, Taffy, Sabrina,Susie, Refus, Tantum, Kelly,Heidi,Danny,Jessy,Reba,Reno,Alex, and Doc. We have rarely had just one dog at a time that never lasted long we usually ended up with two.

      Thanks for your comments and signing my hub.

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      hot dorkage 

      12 years ago from Oregon, USA

      That's the curse, a typical human can live through 5-7 dogs so they will die on us. My girl Violet is only 3, but she'll get old probably before I keel. that's just the way it is.

    • moonlake profile imageAUTHOR


      12 years ago from America

      Thanks for stopping by. So sorry about your Yorkie but to glad to hear you have another dog to help you with the pain. Sad to lose a pet .

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      Jamie Havican 

      12 years ago from Englewood Florida

      My Yorkie died in April,I know how it feels I had her for eight years.Now a have Charley hes a mini dachshund,and hes helped me get past the pain of losing her

    • moonlake profile imageAUTHOR


      12 years ago from America

      Thanks for comment..Your right everyone has their favorite dog breed. I'm also partial to mutts. I like most dogs very few that I don't care about having.

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      12 years ago from Texas

      Great article and lovely pictures. When you have a favorite breed of dog, that's the kind you always want. I am partial to American Bulldog types, and no other will do!

      Poor Bandit! What a sad story!

    • moonlake profile imageAUTHOR


      12 years ago from America

      Thanks to all of your for checking out my hub and for your comments.

    • moonlake profile imageAUTHOR


      12 years ago from America

      Your so right it was had to believe what happened to Bandit.

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      Eddie Perkins 

      12 years ago

      Good article.

      I've always loved dogs, but we haven't had one since Barbie and I have been married. (She wants me all to herself:)

      Very sad though when they die and especially Bandit. What a tragedy.

      Thanks for sharing. ~ eddie

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      Scottie JD 

      12 years ago

      What a wonderful article. But I am still first, and foremost an Airedale terrier fan, as you saw in my hub. Enjoyed this one

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      12 years ago from NYC

      This was a very beautiful hub

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      12 years ago from Moseley

      I cannot believe what happened to Bandit. I can't believe this veteran of the force and head of the Canine Unit would do this to his friend and partner. This dog should have been revered and raised up and instead was left to die an undoubtedly excruciating death. I hope this weight never leaves the officers mind. At least we know Bandit is at peace, though far too soon.


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