I'm a dog person too... With a preference for English Springer Spaniels.
(I also like Australian Shepherds and Border Collies)
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I had an English Springer once.... Darndest dog I ever owned. I loved her a lot though.
When she got really old, she was staying at a friends place -- lots of country, no city. But one day she wandered onto the road and was hit by a car...... As she lay dying, my friend got his handgun and got ready to put an end to her suffering. Suffering was something that she had developed into an art form over her long life, but now, having been struck by a car when she was so old and feeble --- well it was time...... She took one look at the business end of that gun, yelped, and RAN back onto his property and hid under the house. She lived another year after that.....................