Cocker spaniel rescued after 2 weeks in Arizona desert

1-year-old Jo Jo
1-year-old Jo Jo

A cocker spaniel/golden retriever mix was found in Scottsdale, Arizona 13 days after running away from home. On June 28th, California resident Darcy Basinger was visiting family in Scottsdale with her 1-year-old cocker mix Jo Jo. She noticed Jo Jo was acting uneasy at the home. That’s when he escaped through a propped open door.

Basinger and her sister had searched for 12 days until they found Jo Jo 2 miles away near a gated community but he was too scared to approach. The next day, Darcy’s sister coaxed him with a squeaky toy and was able to grab him. They brought him to a vet. He was dehydrated, covered with cactus splinters, and lost 10 pounds. Miraculously, Jo Jo was in “shockingly good” condition, said Basinger.

A $5,000 reward for finding Jo Jo will instead be given back to the rescue organizations who posted it. Camp Cocker was one of them and the same rescue Jo Jo was adopted from.

Temperatures in Scottsdale, Arizona reach 100°F during the months of June, July and August.  The highest recorded temperature was 119°F back in 1970.

Eleven-year-old kills spaniel puppy

NY State Trooper Mark Cepiel
NY State Trooper Mark Cepiel
An 11-year-old girl in upstate New York was charged with criminal mischief and aggravated cruelty to animals. Both felony charges will be handled by the Warren County Family Court due to her age. Last Sunday the girl stayed overnight at a foster home on Lake George. When the girl’s request for a ride was denied she picked up a 13-week-old Cavalier King Charles spaniel and beat it to death against the floor and bed post. During an interview with YNN news, Cathy Cloutier, executive director of the SPCA of Upstate New York said it was rare for someone that young to act so violently. “We can’t lose fact that this child really needs some major, serious help before other victims are in her line,” said Cloutier.

Very hot here in Michigan

I had time so I gave Hoshi his bath and trim early. He was getting stinky anyways. His trim was just a touch up mostly of his paws and face. I did trim his length down again with a #7. I included a flea dip. I didn’t find any on him but I did see one this morning on the kitchen floor. It may have come from outside since we just came in from a walk.

It’s been in the 90’s the past couple of days. Hoshi doesn’t even want to go for a walk when it’s this hot. Hoshi doesn’t deal well with the heat compared to Gabby. I heard on the news the Humane Society is getting a lot of calls about dogs left out in the heat. Our air conditioner is running nonstop. It can’t even keep up. We have it set to 74 and it was 77 early last evening.

My HUGE News! The American Cocker Network

I`m gonna try to keep in touch with everybody . . . but yeah, I`ll be busy.

I bought a magazine . . . the ACN Review, which was run by a fellow named Daren Hatfield. He has had to step down from publishing it for personal reasons, and I thought it would be a shame to let it disappear, after all of his hard work. It`s a lovely magazine. Subscriptions are to the online publication, at $35 per year, for 6 issues. Hard copies of the magazine are available for purchase on demand (not on a subscription basis) after the online version is released.

I’ve done a ton of writing for other publications, but this is my first venture into publishing of any sort. I`m excited about the opportunity, but also very terrified of everything crashing down on my head LOL Fortunately I have a very talented graphic designer helping with ads (she already does all of my ads and my website), so that headache is no longer mine. The cost of ads is included in the ad price, so there won`t be any price increases.

I wasn’t sure about posting here initially . . . I did think about it, but didn’t want folks to think I was fishing for subscribers or anything.

If folks want to see a sample of the magazine, go to and click on the magazine cover (a lady with a black Cocker).