Kismet - Cocker Spaniel (medium coat) Dog For Adoption
Cocker Spaniel Dog For Adoption in Houston, TX

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Organization Name: Gulf Coast Cocker Spaniel Rescue
Location: Houston, TX 77242


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Breed: Cocker Spaniel
Gender: Male Male
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Kismet

Age: Senior
Color/Markings: Brown/Chocolate with Tan
Size at Maturity: Medium
Availability Date: 12/26/2015
Location: Houston, TX 77242
Tags: Cocker Spaniel Dog For Adoption in Houston, TX
Physical Attributes
Coat Length Medium
Altered Yes
Behavioral Characteristics
OK with Dogs Yes
Energy Level Low
Activity Level Slightly Active
Other
  • Leash Trained
  • Housetrained
Personality
Personality Characteristics
  • Affectionate
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Was the Dog Found No
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Posted Breed: Cocker Spaniel (medium coat). Hey everybody, I’m Kismet! That’s right, Kismet, as in ‘Fate’… and that’s just how my foster family thinks of me. See, I came along at just the right time and my foster mom knew it was fate that brought me to her. I knew it was fate too, and quickly became acquainted with my foster family and my new digs. I love my new life, but I know that this is not my forever place. I need a family that I can call my own and that will never let me go again, because I have so much love to give! I am going to let my foster mom gush on me now, she says she will do everything she can to find me a forever home, no matter how long it takes! Kismet's estimated date of birth is 9/25/06. He is a wonderful dog with great house manners; he is house trained and crate trained, he is not a big barker (but when he does it’s actually super cute!) and all he really wants to do is snuggle with you on the couch. He is not a chewer and he is not really interested in toys, but he LOVES bones and he loves to go on walks and meet new doggie friends. Oh, and he does that super cute head-tilt thing that dogs do… it is probably the cutest thing you will ever see! When Kismet first came to us he had hip dysplasia and has recently had surgery to correct this. He is recovering well and it has vastly improved his quality of life. He will never have full mobility but he gets around just fine. Here is some information on the procedure:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Femoral_head_ostectomy. Kismet is fully vaccinated and will be neutered soon. We expect this will help with a bit of the marking behavior that is still remaining, but it has already improved greatly through implementation of a steady, reliable routine. He has some cloudiness in his eyes and we suspect that he is partially blind, but will be taking him to the eye specialist soon to find out the extent of his vision loss and to see if there is anything we can do to help. He is heartworm positive but is currently going through treatment, and would be available on a foster-to-adopt family to the right family/setting while he completes the treatment at GCCSR's expense. He also has a thyroid condition that requires inexpensive meds for the rest of his life, but he takes the pills like a champ (if you hide it in a little cheese). Don’t let his medical aliments fool you, he still has a lot of life to live and lots of love to give. He is such an easy going dog, and he really makes a great snuggle buddy! A perfect companion for those cold winter nights coming up! Email us today to find out more about Kismet! ADOPT KISMET

Cocker Spaniel

A.K.A. : American Cocker Spaniel, English Cocker Spaniel
Overview: The Cocker Spaniel is one of the most popular breeds in America. They're playful, love people, and adapt to both city and country dwelling. A Cocker needs a lot of exercise, but you'll find it a joy to have around!
Breed Group: Sporting
Weight (lbs): 24-28
Height (in): male: 14-15, female: 13-14
Colors: Black variety: solid black or black and tan. Particolor variety: any color with white. ASCOB variety: any solid color, other than black, including cream, red, brown and bown with tan points.
Coat: Silky, flat or slightly wavy, not overly long.
Character: Cocker Spaniels are intelligent, cheerful, lively, and affectionate.
Temperament: This breed gets along well with children, other dogs, and most household pets.
Care: The Cocker Spaniel requires regular grooming with a brush and comb. The ears should be cleaned frequently and a professional clipping and scissoring every 2 to 3 months.
Training: This breed requires consistency in training, but do not be too firm. He's eager to please and willing to learn, with the right approach.
Activity: The Cocker Spaniel can get by with three walks a day, although he welcomes being able to run freely now and then and enjoys swimming when given the opportunity.
Country of Origin: USA
Health Issue: This breed may be prone to major problems such as cataracts, glaucoma, and patellar luxation. Minor problems are hip dysplasia, ectropion, entropion, progressive retinal atrophy, allergies, seborrhea, lip fold pioderma, and otitis.
Life Expectancy: 12-15

More About Cocker Spaniel Breed
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    • Cocker Spaniel Dog For Adoption in Houston, TX

      Oscar

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      Breed: Cocker Spaniel
      Sex: Male Male
      Age: Adult
      Location: Houston, TX
      Posted Breed: Cocker Spaniel (medium coat). Hey all! It's me, Oscar! An energetic guy with an estimated date of birth of February 2011. I am housetrained, and I get along with other dogs and older kids. My foster mom says almost everyone loves me once they meet me. She also says I'm a tall dude, weighing in at 35 lbs. Don't worry... I'm not overweight; it's all muscle! I walk very well on a leash and only pull when I see another dog. And like a lot of people I know, I do best when I have a routine. This way, I'll remind you when it's time to eat and potty, and then everyone is happy. Did you check out my pictures? I clean up nicely if I should say so myself. I was a mess, found as a stray with 6 lbs. of matted fur on me. Yes, 6 lbs!!!!! It hurt me, all those knots and pulling on my fur to try to get them out. So, the people at the shelter in Louisiana had to sedate me while they worked on all that awful matted fur. Look what was underneath! A beauty with a nice, shiny coat and lots of spunk. I love to play with tennis balls, primarily and enjoy squeaky toys sometimes. I don 't mind playing with the other dog in my foster home and will playfully bark and growl in a fun way when I share toys with him. Barking is my favorite way to express myself, especially if I hear a loud noise, if I'm playing outside, or if I'm on a walk and see another dog being walked or approaching me. While I 'm a very fun-loving, smart dog, I do have a past that may have included some sort of abuse. I get very nervous while getting groomed and need sedatives to help make me less anxious and more comfortable during the process. For this reason, I would really like it if my owner groomed me, or if they at least took me to the same person every time so I can learn to trust them and get comfortable. Also, one time, long ago, I had a really bad ear infection and a small child pulled on my ear. It hurt me a lot, so I snapped at the child as a warning to stay away; it's the only way I knew how to tell him. No one was hurt and my foster mom never saw that behavior again, especially since my ears have been successfully treated and they're not as painful anymore. Just in case, though, a home with either no kids or older kids would be much better for me since they might have a better understanding of giving me my space. My foster mom has said I 'm very well-mannered and am a really good guy. I hang out with her nephews who are 5 years old and 3 years old quite often and we cuddle and play with no problems. I 'm healthy, neutered, and up-to-date on vaccines. I do have dry-eye, though, so will need daily eyedrops for the rest of my life. Right now, I 'm at a great foster home where I get to play with another dog, play ball in the yard, and even go to the beach to play in the waves. I hope that life is looking better for me, and just know I'll thrive in the right home. Is it yours?
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      Sasha, aka C...

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      Breed: Cocker Spaniel
      Sex: Female Female
      Age: Senior
      Location: Houston, TX
      Posted Breed: Cocker Spaniel (medium coat). Hi, I’m Sasha, a sweet little Cocker who was surrendered to GCCSR recently due to some unfortunate events that happened in my owner’s life. I first moved to live with my owner’s mom and her three bulldogs, but they didn’t like me much, tried to attack me all the time, and I was in danger of being hurt by them… so that’s how I ended up here. My estimated date of birth is October 2005. I’ve been to GCCSR’s primary vet, will see a specialist soon, and they will determine the best course of action with respect to my mammary tumors, need of spay surgery, and back issues. GCCSR will need to raise funds in order to help get me in good health before I can be blessed with my forever home. There are several dogs in my foster home of various sizes and ages and we’ve been getting along fine right now, unless they approach my toys or get too close in my space. I’ll growl a little to tell them that those are my favorite toys. I have a cute, little trick – I bring all the toys that I like over to my pillow. Doesn’t that show those other dogs that those are mine? I may growl when they get too friendly with me because my back hurts, and I am just protecting myself. I may show my teeth, but that’s it. I really don’t care to fight or anything like that. I’m going to be a great companion someday for a special owner that wouldn’t mind giving me some special attention. I enjoy getting loved on for sure. I haven’t met any children yet, yet so we are not sure if I would be okay around them. Right now, I’m adjusting to my foster home and trying to process all that has happened to me. I have been around cats, and they don’t bother me at all… but there are some young, big dogs in my current foster home, and everyone seems to think I’d be happier with smaller, more laid back dogs. The good news is that I’m housebroken (once I learn my new routine) and heartworm negative. While GCCSR will be raising funds to treat my medical issues, in the meantime, I can go to a quiet, stable foster-to-adopt home. I just need someone willing to help me through my issues and take me to my vet appointments. The folks at GCCSR believe I deserve a chance to live out my senior years with love and good health…. can you please help me?
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      Yogi

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      Breed: Cocker Spaniel
      Sex: Male Male
      Age: Senior
      Location: Houston, TX
      Posted Breed: Cocker Spaniel (medium coat). Hi, I'm Yogi! My owner surrendered me to Houston's BARC animal shelter, and they said I was 18 years of age. Thankfully, one of the nice GCCSR fosters couldn't bear to see my life end that way, so she opened her heart and home to me, knowing that there aren't very many people who want to adopt an old guy like me. But guess what??! She and the GCCSR vet think I'm younger than 18. Don't get me wrong ~ I'm still a senior guy, but they say I get around WAY too well to be 18 years old!! I came with yeasty ears and some bad teeth, but the good news is that all my lab work appears to be in pretty good shape, especially for my age. Later in February, I'll be having some much needed dental work done, and my ears should be healed by then. After that, I'll be ready for adoption!!! In the mean time, my foster mom has this to say about me: "Yogi is a smart, funny little boy. He is blind, but that does not stop him from finding his way. The first night he walked around the main part of the house learning the lay out. The next night my sister was helping him down the hall, but once he reached the den, his step and confidence grew. He still has some problems finding his way in the backyard. If he gets lost, he stops and starts howling. All I have to do is call his name and he will turn to me and start walking. He is not deaf as originally thought. He is heart worm negative and his other lab work is good especially considering his age. His teeth and mouth need attention and he had yeast in his ears. He also developed an upper respiratory infection which is being treated. Just to share a short story. When we go to bed at night, Yogi is on a bed on the floor and I am covered with my blanket. Yogi likes my blanket and reaches up to pull it down for him to sleep on. Sometimes there is still enough for me and sometimes not." Yep, I'm quite the character with a lot of life and love left in me. Won't you give me a chance to show you?
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      Honey

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      Breed: Cocker Spaniel
      Sex: Female Female
      Age: Senior
      Location: Houston, TX
      Posted Breed: Cocker Spaniel (medium coat). Hi, I'm Honey. I was adopted from GCCSR back in 2011, but unfortunately my mom is turning 80 and she's no longer able to keep up with her house and yard anymore. She has to move into an apartment, and they won't allow me to live there. Even if they did, my mom has trouble walking and balancing, so she wouldn't be able to walk me several times daily the way I'll need. I'm 9.5 years old, am spayed and up to date on my vaccinations and heartworm prevention. I'm currently living in Oak Park, Michigan, so I'm hoping to find an adoptive family nearby as I don't want to fly anywhere. That would be scary. I've lived as an only dog with my owner, but I do get along with her daughter's lhasa apso. I don't appreciate other dogs with a lot of energy or don't respect my personal space, but if you're respectful of me, I'll be respectful of you. Re: interactions with children, although I haven't had the opportunity for a lot of that, when I have, I've done just fine. Again, as long as they respect me and my space, there's no issue. Regarding my health, I've got 'typical' cocker eyes, so my vision and hearing are starting to go. From time to time I have an accident inside, so I'm hoping to go to the vet soon to see if I have an infection or if some meds might help me. I am really sad that I have to leave my mom, but she says this is best for me. I'm hoping to find someone who loves me the way she has the last 6 years. Are you that person?
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    • Australian Shepherd-Unknown Mix Dog For Adoption in Houston, TX

      Crosby

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      Breed: Australian Shepherd-Unknown Mix
      Sex: Male Male
      Age: Adult
      Location: Houston, TX
      Posted Breed: Australian Shepherd / Mixed (medium coat). Hi, I'm Crosby!! I was picked up as a stray in Corpus Christi, and sadly my owners didn't come to find me at the shelter. Someone sent the folks at GCCSR a picture of me and claimed I was a cocker mix, but I have to be honest... now that I'm sharing a house with some cockers, I don't think I look much like them. My foster parents say that's okay and that I can be an honorary cocker, so I guess that's okay with me. The shelter estimated me to be 5 years of age, but my foster family thinks I'm younger given my energy level and the way I love to play and chew up toys. They also say I'm a really good boy and very smart. I can sit, stay and shake... and my foster dad is working with me on ROLL OVER. I love to play, will bring you my favorite toy, and just love to please you. The only bad habit I have so far is marking, so I have been wearing a belly band for about a week and am doing much better. And once I'm neutered, my foster mom says she thinks all of that will stop. I'm just too good of a dog not to.... I just have to learn my new routine in my new home. We promise to tell you more about me as my foster family learns more. The good news is I'm up to date on vaccinations, heartworm negative, and microchipped. Do you think I'm the one for you?
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    • Cocker Spaniel Dog For Adoption in Houston, TX

      Bentley

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      Breed: Cocker Spaniel
      Sex: Male Male
      Age: Adult
      Location: Houston, TX
      Posted Breed: Cocker Spaniel (medium coat). Hi, I'm Bentley, my estimated date of birth is 2/14/2010, and I'm currently being fostered in Lake Charles. I’ve become quite the chow-hound and love my food. When my foster mom picks up my empty bowl after meals, I put my front paws in it and stand there to see if she understands that I would like to have a little bit more!!!! I also LOVE soft, squeaky toys and will walk around all day with one in my mouth if you'll let me, although I have occasionally also been known to 'make it snow' with them as well. I enjoy snuggles from my human, too, and have started sleeping in bed with my foster mom. I feel most secure and comfy this way. I’m about 90 percent reliable with potty training. I always do my business when taken outside, but I’ve had a few accidents inside and have used the towel left on the floor as my ‘toilet’ during rain storms. I'm even learning how to use the doggie door. I cannot even explain this myself, but I have a bad habit of sometimes peeing on my foster brother's feet. Other than that, I get along great with other dogs!! I do okay with older children, those who can respect my space and won't sneak up on me and scare me, or who aren't too loud and animated. I'm current on vaccines, neutered and had a double cherry-eye tuck performed, which is healing quite nicely. I will, however, be on daily eye drops for the rest of my life, like a lot of other cockers, for a chronic dry eye condition. I almost done with my heartworm treatment, and will be available for adoption after my next follow-up appointment this month (November). All in all, I’m just a handsome, sweet and silly guy looking for the right forever family to call my own! If I sound like a good match for your family, please submit an application today!
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      Sully

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      Breed: Cocker Spaniel
      Sex: Male Male
      Age: Adult
      Location: Houston, TX
      Posted Breed: Cocker Spaniel (medium coat). Hi, friends. My name is Sully, I am a sweet boy with an estimated birth date of January 2008. I am a fairly healthy boy. I came into the rescue testing positive for Heartworms, but I have completed my heartworm treatment. Per the doctor’s orders, I am able to resume my regular activities! Hip hip hooray! I have cataracts, and I have been seeing rescue's eye specialist regularly. We will be discussing which path we will take with my cataracts in the coming months. It looks promising. I may be eligible for cataract surgery in my left eye, but only time will tell, and we will discuss options with my eye doc! I certainly don't let the vision issues keep me from living a regular dog's life. I live it up! Like Superman, I have my kryptonite, and yep, you are right if you guessed squeaky toys! My foster mum spoils me. She goes on the hunt for the best squeakers for me when she goes shopping for toys. Aren't I lucky?!! Though estimated to be 8, my foster mum says I behave much younger. I am a busy body at home. I am always on the move. Unless it is bedtime, I am rarely seen taking a nap. Always exploring, and I have a natch of finding mischief. You will not have a dull day with me. In my foster home, I have three doggie brothers, and we get along just fine. I also have kitty brothers, and though I mean no harm, I do chase them around the house. I am slowly learning they do not like to be chased, so it is certainly a work in progress. When I am not curiously wandering about the house, I love my daily walks. I love enjoying the new smells and sounds around me. Due to my vision, I do appreciate caution when introducing me to new dogs. I have not had any issue meeting new dogs similiar to my size, but my foster mom did note I did not do well when meeting puppies or big dogs. She will work on introduction with me, and hopefully, with time, I will improve. It is also should be noted that you should be careful during feeding time and water breaks. I do not care for it when other dogs stick their heads into the same dish as me. I am slowly learning basic commands. I am working on sit, and my foster mum will continue to work with me as she learns how to teach me due to my vision. I walk very nicely on the leash. I just need some direction sometimes so I don't bump into things. My foster mum has been taking me on many trail hikes, and I have done exceptionally well. I love them! It should be noted I am not much of a cuddler, but I don't mind getting picked up for a snuggle. I just don't stay long. I also do enjoy the loving butt scratches. I wiggle my little bottom for you as a sign I am enjoying this sign of affection. I'm such a silly boy, aren't I?!! Since you are here, take a look at my pictures. I am handsome fella. Don't you think? If you are interested in adopting me or have any questions, don't be afraid to ask. Do not let my lack of vision or age scare you off. I certainly do not allow these small details get in my way, and so shouldn't you! I have quite a lot of love to give, and I have a long life ahead of me.
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      Lexis

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      Breed: Cocker Spaniel
      Sex: Female Female
      Age: Senior
      Location: Houston, TX
      Posted Breed: Cocker Spaniel (medium coat). Hi, I’m Lexis, my estimated DOB is 1/09/2006. I'm a buff and white female Cocker Spaniel. The animal shelter people and my foster mom say that I am a very sweet and affectionate girl. I love giving my foster smooches all over her face!!!! I was an owner surrender after being in my home for years, but I started getting a bit territorial over my owner and she didn’t like that. I tend to be a little protective of my food around other dogs, so I should be fed separately and kept out of the kitchen when food is being cooked. I really don’t mind the other dogs, but I want to be the boss and can bully them if you let me. You see, I need someone who is not too easy-going, as I will take advantage of them if they let me. I like structure and routine. I like being a bit of a princess, and I think I deserve that at my age. I just want a quiet, calm atmosphere to hang out in; and, I know there is a special human out there that feels the same way. We can be best buddies and enjoy a chaos-free life together. You know, like hanging out in the yard or porch, car rides, walks, calm play, sunning ourselves. I like to go on walks and chase squirrels, chipmunks, and other vermin around the yard. My foster mom walks me on the gentle leader and she says that I do a terrific job. I don’t bark much in the house, but I’ll answer other dogs in the neighborhood when they start ‘talking’. I'm heartworm negative, spayed, up to date on vaccinations and ready for my forever home. I have had two mammary tumors removed and both were benign, so I'm ready to begin my happily ever after. I am on a prescription diet and some inexpensive meds that I'll need to continue for the rest of my life, but I've got a lot of love to give, and quite a bit of energy for a girl my age! Please submit an application to adopt me today! ADOPT LEXIS
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      Holly

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      Breed: Cocker Spaniel
      Sex: Female Female
      Age: Senior
      Location: Houston, TX
      Posted Breed: Cocker Spaniel (medium coat). Hi, I’m Holly, a sweet, lovable senior girl with an estimated birth date of December 2001. Don't let my age fool you!! I'm still a spunky, somewhat independent dog who prefers canned food (I just love my breakfast and dinner), soft toys and my space. While I’m affectionate and enjoy lots of love, I sort of prefer it all on my terms. I'm affectionate with my foster family, letting them know I want to be held by nudging their leg with my 'halo' or my nose. My 'halo' is something I wear when I walk. It fits on me like a vest, and it helps me avoid bumping into things since I'm both blind and deaf. I appreciate when someone touches my head or back prior to just scooping me up in their arms so I don’t get startled. For this reason, a quiet home would be best for me with no children, or older children. I am not overly playful with other dogs due to my inability to see and hear, but I don’t mind them around. I get along with the other foster dogs in my home, and even enjoy the groomer. I’m a senior girl that still wants to look her best! Every now and then, I'll have an accident inside, but I'm working on that. My first couple of days out of the shelter were a little scary with a trip to the emergency vet, but the kind folks at GCCSR did full labwork, xrays and ultrasounds of my heart and abdomen, and with some meds and a prescription diet for my kidneys, I was released. Since then, my health has continued to improve and all my levels are holding steady. I do have a heart murmur and a slight cough, which we believe is likely related to the heartworm infection. I'm current on vaccinations, and my vet is currently deciding the best point at which to spay me amidst my other treatments. In the mean time, If you have a lot of love to give and wouldn't mind sharing your home with me, please submit an application! I'm ready to begin my happily ever after! ADOPT HOLLY
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