Susan Wilson

After the year without a dog….welcome Cora

Posted on: November 16th, 2018 by Susan 2 Comments

To rescue or not to rescue, that was the question.  Having spent a great many years writing about dogs in difficult situations; having ‘rescued’ our last dog who came to us through an organization that brings unwanted puppies and dogs up from the south; and, having supported, advocated, and admired the wide flung variety of rescue organizations in the US, it seemed as though I didn’t want to adopt another rescue dog.  I don’t admit this lightly.

It took a long time to be able to even consider bringing a new dog into our home.  We were devastated by our old dog’s passing and it took an act of great courage to open our hearts to more anguish as, inevitably, we will go through that grief again.  When we adopted Bonnie, we took on a dog of an unknown, and unknowable, quantity.  Now, with grandchildren, other dogs in the family, and a hope to do more traveling now that my husband is within hailing distance of retirement, we needed a dog that was a known quantity.  After months of research, conversations with owners and advice from a dog trainer, we settled on the Cavalier King Charles spaniel.  It took several more months to locate a puppy.  Finally, happily, we found Cora.

It’s been a month.  She’s gone from infant to toddler, so to speak.  Meaning, her personality is developing and the opportunities for mischief abound.  As her breed was advertised to us, she is immensely trainable (or we’re very trainable) so ‘accidents’ have been kept to a minimum.  Also, as advertised, she’s complete lap dog, content to nap for an hour in my lap which explains why I’m not working as much as I should be. It’s really hard to type with a puppy in your lap.  Really, really hard.   I’m trying right now.

Lap warming.

By the way, her name, Cora,  is in honor of the Red Sox manager, Alex Cora…who, it turns out not only won the division championship on his birthday but mine as well.  If she’d been a boy, we’d have named her Mookie.  Cora watched the Red Sox clinch the World Series with us.  Bear in mind, she was born in New York.  Fortunately, we got her before her team loyalties were formed.

Cora watching the Red Sox win the World Series

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2 Responses

  1. Sherry fink says:

    Hi Susan..after 30 years of dogs asa dog groomer and pet care, I am so excited with your books. I am retired and spending time on Sanibel Island, Florida and reading The dog who saved me. It is wonderful,,thank you. Sherry

  2. Lauraann Murphy says:

    Core is just beautiful! Queen Victoria was “mum” to a Cavalier King Charles spaniel named “Flash”. Cora chose her family well.
    I finished reading “The Dog Who Danced” last night. I was deep in the book every evening after work, hoping for the recovery of Mack. I was there for each step of journey, having gone through some of these events in my lifetime, my dog has always been a part of me. And each time I loose one, I too say I’m done with the heartbreak. Time heals and my heart can’t tolerate not having another faithful companion by my side again, so insearch of a rescue I went this last time. There are no bad dogs, only bad humans who don’t relate and bond with these wonderful gifts from God.
    I have ordered your additional books and cant wait for them to arrive. Thank you for your stories.

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