English Cocker Spaniel Breed Magazine - Showsight

MeMe the ECS and her friend Peach entertaining a friend.

and Juno are two very special Reading Assistance Dogs who have been featured in their local newspapers for their service to the local students. Th e kids at Juno’s school have even dedicated books to the library in Juno’s name and Juno’s owner brings spe- cial bookmarks and stickers with her photo on them which the kids love to receive. Th ere are also quite a few English Cockers who work with psychologists and therapists. Tucker, Myrtle, Annie and Sid all live with therapists and not only go to work with their humans but also have patients of their own. It turns out that English Cockers are very good at keep- ing secrets, and sharing something deeply painful with a canine therapist is the first step in the patient being able to share their pain with their human therapist. English Cockers also have an a ffi nity for working with children on the Autism Spectrum. Several ECS are constant com- panions and best friends to these children and their canine companions are invalu- able to their communication with the world and in learning how to relate to another being. To sum it all up, English Cocker Span- iels are truly captivating creatures and those of us that have the great pleasure of sharing our lives with them are among the luckiest people on earth.

Daphne’s niece, Natalie, continues a family tradition.

to his bed and he reached up to pet her when tears began running down his face and he said, “You are the most beauti- ful girl I have ever seen.” His whole out- look was improved by this little dog and he could not wait for Sundays when “his Daphne” was coming to see him. English Cockers visit hospitals, nurs- ing homes, and especially love to visit children’s hospitals. Beverly Craft, who visits Hospitals and Nursing Homes with her ECS, MeMe and Rita along with their “honorary ECS” Peach, is also a Tester/ Observer for her local Th erapy Dogs Inc. Beverly says that along with bringing joy to the residents Th erapy work is truly rewarding for the dogs and owners and she highly encourages owners to give it a try. ECSCA past Junior member Zena Brenner has been doing Th erapy work with

her ECS Cruz since she was a High School student. Th ey especially loved visiting the students in the local school districts Spe- cial Education classes. Zena is a perfect example of how getting kids involved in dogs through Junior Showmanship can lead to great things in life as Zena has been awarded multiple scholarships and is now on her way to Graduate School in Austra- lia. We are all very proud of her success and continuing service to her community. English Cocker Spaniels also make outstanding Reading Assistance Dogs. When a child is having problems with reading, and is reluctant to read out loud, the kind face and loving look of an Eng- lish Cocker helps the child read to the dog with no trace of judgment. Th is often gives the child the confidence to eventually read out loud to their teacher and class. Robin

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