Arborfield Field Spaniels


CH Arborfield A Heart Act To Follow, RN

Dodger - Best of Winners :Major

Whelped: November 17, 2005



The Tale Of Three Littermates:

When I bred Tokenin 2005, I chosePromisefor myself.Since I didn't have homes waiting for all the puppies, I had to keep several of the puppies longer than normal and I formed a strongattachment to the little blackpuppyI called Dodger.At the age of 8 months Dodger went to live in CO with Bill and Carole at Rainbow Fields.I sawDodger twice after he went to live with Bill and Carole, and both times I said "I shouldn't have let you go."As difficult as it may be at times,one must be practical,and I knew he had a good home.Dodgerremembered me both times he saw me, several yearsafter leaving.He wouldstand with both front feet on my lap "talking" and carrying on about every aspect ofhis life with Bill and Carole.Carole would shakeher head and say"he doesn't talk to me like this".In 2007Dodger's brother Blue was returned, and he proved to haveway too much energy to live with us in my small home.Not a day passed that I didn't say "I wish you were Dodger....." which certainly wasn't fair for Blue because although very active, he was sweet and loving.In early 2009Bill and Carole told me they had found a home forDodger ona cattle ranch in MO.I said " found a home for Blue.....I want Dodger back."So Blue went to live on a ranch where he couldrun to hisheart's content, and Dodger came home to live with me and sleep on my bed.What was curiousabout Dodger's return was that we moved to a new home while he was in CO, yet when he came home he behaved like he knew exactly where he was and had merely stepped away for a few hours.:

...And then there's Promise.Due to her lackadaisical attitudeaboutparticipating in ANY activityI wanted for her(conformation shows, motherhood, agility, rally...)Istarted looking for a good home for Promise early in 2009.I felt she might prove difficult to place because of her sensitive nature. In the summer of 2009 I was approached by an ex-coworkerwho wanted my help finding her the perfectdog.I had an AHA! moment when it occured to me that this home would beperfect for Promise.Lisa worked from home, was calm, quiet, thoughtful, sensitive....all perfect for Promise.So Promise went to live with Lisa and her teenaged son Lucas and as they say lived happily ever after and she lives a contented life as a couch potato.

Bill and Carole put all Dodger's single points on him, and I was very lucky to put one major on him during the 2009 specialty weekend in WI.He earned his second majorfor his CH and his RN on the same day in November 2009.

I always regretted letting Dodgergo in the first place, but at the time I felt it was the right thing to do.I'm just thankful I got a second chance with my boy and that all three littermateshave found the forever homes they deserve.