What’s not to love about Emma? Would you take home this English cocker spaniel if she needed a place to go?
She gets into mischief, like any puppy, trying to chew the buckle off my shoe.
Or investigating an age-old sprinkler which happens to work better than the newer one we had (but this may be a thing of the past when Emma gets through with it).
But wait! Don’t you already have a dog? you ask.
Yes, we have our English springer spaniel, Ruby.
Ruby — “Puppy from Hell”, “Monster Puppy,” — Ruby who turned out to be a sweet, biddable and loving pet and an excellent bird dog. She wasn’t always like that though.
Here is Ruby looking sweet (and don’t forget that looks can be deceiving).
Then the devil came out in her and she put me through my paces as I tried to turn a very bold dog into an obedient one. She had a mind of her own, strong-willed, and single-minded.
After ruining my summer making me nearly give up all hope of turning this monster puppy into a decent dog, she miraculously changed into the most wonderful dog you could ever hope to have. It happened soon after her first heat. Seems all she needed was a shot of hormones. Ruby is sweet and loving, and at the same time she’s a persistent and tenacious bird dog. She’s the best.
She’s gentle and loving and now, heartbroken, because she thinks her place in our hearts is threatened. Of course we love them both. In time Emma and Ruby will become like good sisters to each other.