Speaking of Indiana.. for Labor Day we went to visit family in Indiana and had the chance to spend some time with the family dog Abby- an English Springer Spaniel. While up there, she celebrated her 11th birthday! I can definitely tell she’s getting older. She tires our much faster than she used to and has some added little quirks. For example, she won’t go up the stairs unless the light is on and she will only walk half way out on the boat dock. She has to be convinced to walk to the end so we can put her in the boat. She still however, loves to get into the neighbors garbage, which is a scary thing because the last time she did that, a chicken bone became stuck in her throat.
We had a great time and it was great to see the entire family. In this photo, Abby is cooling off after spending some time outside. Does anyone have an aging pet that has started to exhibit some odd quirks?
Life has been happening at a pretty quick pace recently so we have some catching up to do! It looks like we’re going to be signing the lease at that apartment complex that does the “Doggy DNA.” Even though it has some outlandish rules, it’s nice, new and close to where we need to be.
I went on a family cruise recently and the topic of dogs came up, naturally :). One side of the family has a Springer Spaniel named Abby. She’s 9 years old and for the last few years she has been very hot/cold. It’s hard to know what sets her off, but when she is set off, she will growl, run after you and try biting you. For instance, she was barking at another dog and someone told her to stop, so she started growling and came after the person trying to get her to stop. I was petting her lightly with my foot and she seemed to like it as she rolled on her side seeming to want more. When I stopped she rolled over on all-fours and growled, so I backed up. As I stepped back, she got up and came after me on her hind legs trying to bite me. I had to jump up on the kitchen island for higher ground to escape her madness.
After doing some research, we were wondering if she has Spaniel Rage? She does have dominance issues, as you can see in the picture, she shouldn’t be sleeping in the chair among other things. She really only started to exhibit this behavior within the last few years and it seems completely random. Has anyone else experienced/heard of this?
Our family has a Springer Spaniel named Abbey so I had to share this joyful video of these Springer Spaniel sisters Hope and Rosey. I hope you enjoy this as much as I do! Happy Hump Day!
For more on these beautiful spaniel sisters check out their blog!