I was on cloud nine last Sunday.
Those of you that have been reading my blog know that I've had some difficulty getting in the Christmas Spirit this year. That changed abruptly when I received an invitation to a Christmas get-together at the Barking Dog Ranch in nearby Apache Junction, AZ.
This was not just any get-together mind you! This was a Christmas luncheon for a group of Phoenix area friends, lovers and owners of English Cocker Spaniels AND their dogs!!
Why was attending the party such a big deal for me? Well, twenty some years ago, give or take a few, I was deep in the middle of the AKC dog show conformation world and English Cocker Spaniels are my 'breed'. I was not a big time breeder or competitor but I am proud to say that I produced a few Champion dogs. As I no longer breed or compete in the show ring anymore, I have only one ECS left and Alfie is back home in Indiana. Every winter I spend in Arizona I go through withdrawals for this special breed.
I can't explain how devoted to English Cockers that one can become. It just occurs. There is something unique about them. Their long silky ears, zany antics, merry attitudes. And so much more!
So when Sunday came along, I could hardly wait to attend the Christmas gathering. Yep......it was kinda like a kid on Christmas Eve waiting for Santa to come.
I didn't count the total number of dogs at the party but this picture has seven and that's not all of them!
Isn't that the most beautiful mush face you've ever seen!!!
The black and white puppy with his back to us is about 3 months old.
And his better side!
Ok, I have to show some of the two-legged attendees too!
The host of the event, Dave Kaubisch.
THIS is what it's all about, right Marla?!
How many dogs can you count?
Dinner is served (with just a few ECs underfoot)! English Cockers are such chow hounds they are just waiting for someone to drop food on the floor!
The food was outstanding! Turkey, ham and so much more.
Our wonderful Host and Hostess at Barking Dog Ranch, Terry and Dave Kaubisch.
It doesn't get much better than this. Relaxing with your best pal on your lap after a wonderful meal and the Superstition Mountains behind you.
Gathering after desert and coffee.
And for the finale.......this was the best desert!
Such a great time was had by all. Dave and Terry were awesome for opening their home and providing such a wonderful meal. Humans went home full, dogs were exhausted. And me.....I went home with.....visions of English Cocker Spaniels dancing in my head!