Carol Ann Pittston, PA 7/14/2011 11:39:50 PM Wonderful article & very informative history of the dog. My parents never owned a dog, we had cats. At that time I never gave it a thought to have a dog. On the other hand-my husband grew up with a cocker spaniel. Needless to say- when our youngest child turned 6 he even surprised me one day and said" I picked out a cocker spaniel puppy from a litter. That was 1986 and we have had dogs since then. We have a Springer Spaniel Alex, & a Brittany/Pointer,Boomer. They are truly mans Best Friends. Always waiting for us when we are out with very waggly tails and happy barks.