“Hello! My name is Nico. I’m a cocker spaniel and I weigh 30 pounds.  On St. Patrick’s Day this year I will turn 12 years old. You’d think that would mean I’m a lucky boy but lately I have had a run of some bad luck. I’m hoping life is about to take a turn for the better! I need to find a new home, one where I won’t have to deal with the very large, young dog that is now in my home. She just wants to play but it scares the heck out of me! I believe I could live as an only dog but it would be nice to live with another friendly but mellow, mature dog my size or smaller.

“My best friend is another cocker, but sadly my friend is very ill and soon it will be time to say goodbye. While I’ve spent my life with this dog, I’m not always crazy about other dogs and boy do I have a good reason not to be! I was attacked by a neighbor’s dog and that was painful and traumatic. While I recovered physically, it left me with emotional scars. I get nervous around new dogs and especially dogs that are bigger than me. I have lived with cats, they are no problem. Kids are good too as long as they are gentle and kind.

“As I mentioned, I’m accustomed to my cocker best friend being around for company when our humans leave the house. I have been good at holding it quite a while for potty breaks when necessary. I hope my new family will remember I will need time to acclimate to a new home, a new schedule and learn that when they leave the house, they will be returning. I do bark but my people will tell you that I am an “average” barker. I can do stairs at this point of my life. I don’t require much exercise and I will admit to not being great on leash. I bet I could learn to walk nicely on a leash and enjoy getting out to smell. We cockers love to use our noses and explore (safely) if given the opportunity to do so.

“I am a little hard of hearing, this is common in older cockers. We cockers need regular grooming and care for our eyes, ears and skin. While I don’t take any medications currently or have any known health issues, my adopters should be prepared to take on the expense of all of my grooming, good quality dog food and care for the rest of my days. I am not a “cheap keep” but I am worth the extra care.  In exchange, I will  keep you company by becoming your shadow and I will love you with my entire heart!”

Nico is located in Vancouver, WA. For contact information please email: referrals@olddoghaven.org

This is not an ODH dog; we urge prospective adopters to do their own evaluation.