Hi there Ian,
Harvey is a smashing dog and has settled right in. He was off lead the second day on the chase and trying to go after the ducks on the canal. For a spaniel he cant swim very well. He still has the one track mind. Whistle and call and it will be when Harvey gives up that he hears my commands. He does however really like a warm towel off after a long walk and a back scratch before curling up for a nap.
A smashing dog with a soft temperament, excellent with others (apart from annoying puppies where he stays clear of sharp teeth). I take him to the pub where he always tarts himself out to whoever will give him fuss.
Glad I contacted CAESSR and gave him a chance as a great companion for me and so far working of the exercise has lost me 1/2 stone already.
A quick update on how Peggy has been since we had her - for your information and also in case you wanted / needed to report back to her former family.
She is dear girl! She sat to attention next to me all the way home, even though she was very tired by the time she got there. I am sure she is finding things strange but she seems surprisingly laidback and she isn't showing any obvious signs of distress and is eating well. She quickly decided that under the kitchen table was one good spot, so she has a mattress under there and we have wrapped that in her blanket from home. She is being very thorough about smelling every possible nook and cranny, either in the house, the garden or out on walks. She has been a bit "take it or leave it" about chasing a ball in the garden, but is well up for puppy bouncing about if I am prepared to do it too!
She has been very sociable with everyone / dog we have met on walks, though she looks like she might prefer to leap up at passing cyclists, which we will have to watch! She seems to be very talkative and has a variety of conversational wuffs and noises....not all of which I think we are translating correctly at the moment. First thing in the morning she would rather sit by the food cupboard than go out in the garden, but I think this morning she realised the food would come quicker if she went into the garden first! She is becoming increasingly playful and I hope we can introduce her to my mother's two dogs in the next few weeks as at least one of those would be glad to have someone else to play with.
She has obviously been very well loved and brought up and we are very grateful that you allowed us to have her. She is a lovely, lovely girl and Phil is smitten!