If I had known 2 years ago what I know now about Cocker Spaniels, I would have gone looking for one bred from hunting lines, not AKC conformity. However, now we have Lady and we wouldn't trade her for the world, she's part of the family and the cat would be completely miffed if "his" dog disappeared. But we are seriously considering, if we purchase a house in the town we're living in, to get another CS from hunting lines so that G-Man has a working dog to take on his more extreme outdoor adventures.
If you're green, you're growing...if you're ripe, you're rotting!
I try to greet the world like my pets do...boundless enthusiasm, intense curiosity and no concept of yesterday and tomorrow.