Our daughter was 5 years old and Crufts Dog Championships Show was on television - how could we resist that combination. The result by the summer was that Beauty a golden cocker spaniel became part of the family.
It was a sad time when we lost Beauty at the age of nine, and we said we would not go through that again. Bur surreptiously we were all looking at adverts in the local papers, and within a month we had Colleen - a 2 year old gentle blue roan cocker
Colleen died suddenty at seven years old at a time when there were other stresses in the family. We could not imagine family life without a dog and that had to be a cocker spaniel.
So within a few months we had puppy Casmir (Cass) - an orange roan cocker - she had such a distinctive colouring, she became well known around our small town and lived to the grand age of 13.
I always felt that if Cass starred in a Disney cartoon, she would be the Princess. Judge for yourself here!
[Based on an earlier posting in the 2011 series 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy]