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Just The One!

For those of us limited to just one Setter...there must be more people than just me :-(

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Are you limited to one dog by choice, or would you have more if possible?

Started by Sheree Parrish. Last reply by Louise Perry Apr 25, 2012. 20 Replies

I used to have 14 dogs/bitches, a mixture of English Setters, Irish Setters and Pointers, I was in my element, they were the loves of my life and I miss those days, it was only 3 years ago but it…Continue

Debarking an English Setter

Started by Finding_Beau. Last reply by Sherry Miller Aug 18, 2011. 40 Replies

I checked and this discussion has already been started on this site. I read a few comments. I could not read the complete discussion. I decided to raise this discussion again in this group because…Continue

Storing food for one dog

Started by Sheree Parrish. Last reply by Cornelia Feb 20, 2011. 0 Replies

When I had all of my dogs, (14 at one time), I would buy my complete food in bulk and my freezer was full of meat to add to it. The complete never had time to go stale as a 15kg bag would last a week…Continue

Comment Wall

Comment by Alison Neale on January 26, 2011 at 1:12pm
I am limited to just one setter at the moment but i am very happy with this, i dont think i would have another as now is not the right time. Who knows what the future will bring, i think it would be an English but i have always wanted to have a full set so maybe a Gordon who knows.
Comment by Eunice Marott on January 26, 2011 at 2:32pm
it is my choice. I have always just had one and a couple of cats. I am not into showing and I just enjoy Molly's company. She is such an good dog and back to training soon when they resume after the summer holidays. Too hot here now. She really loves that and I can see going maybe further. We live in the suburbs and I think one dog is enough.  
Comment by Finding_Beau on January 26, 2011 at 4:20pm
Hi Sheree, I hope it is okay that I joined your group because I am currently owned by 4 English Setters but I was in a similar situation to yourself a few years ago. I have owned English Setters for 20 years. I have never been interested in breeding. I purchased Jessie to show in 1990 but she was diagnosed with serious hip displaysia. Jessie meant more to me than showing. None of my English Setters have ever coped with being left alone. For instance Jessie's companion was a longhaired dachshund, Benmore. If Benmore had to stay at the vet, I had to ask a friend to mind Jessie while I was at work. The reasons I have owned more than 1 dog is because I have always had to work full-time and because I grieve very deeply and what usually happens is that at some time another dog is "sent" to me. Due to ill health and other reasons I did not work for a while and during this time I only owned 1 English Setter, Hobson. Because I was with him all the time, he was happy being an only dog. The reason Rose came to our family is that I was phoned by a woman who knew about my search for Beau who did not want to keep her anymore. She was 7yo and not in a healthy state and I could not refuse her. Then later on that year Hammer was retired from the show ring and I was asked if I would take him. I could not refuse Hammer either because he is Beau's litter brother. My life would feel empty if I was not owned by an English Setter. Susan.
Comment by Rhys Davenport on January 26, 2011 at 4:34pm

Hi Sheree

I'd love to join, does having one English and one Irish count?


Comment by Henry's Mom on January 27, 2011 at 3:31am

Hi Sheree, Thank you for inviting me to join "Just the One". I have enjoyed my boys and girls over the last 45yrs. The most at one time was 5 Red's and Red and White's. They are all so wonderful in their own special way.

Henry is "Just the One" now and totally spoiled!!!! But is very well behaved, A super star. Bye the way I see I am number 13. This is my lucky number..

Comment by emma bell on January 27, 2011 at 7:53am

Hi Sheree,


Thanks for the invite! Great idea!


Mind you, if I manage to get a Red and White, does that mean I'll be thrown out?!?!?! Lol!

Comment by Mike Brown on January 27, 2011 at 8:59am

Hi Sheree,

Although I don't fit the profile..( wehave 12 ES) ..I do like your initiative and when your message not send in error or kicked out..:).. will join.

Now putting on my fire suit...but think one dog is ofeten a so called humanized dog as most of these dogs have no equal companion, no reference, no equal mate to play with, seek comforting,learn from another 4-legged etc. No crtics mend!..just my opinion!


Best regards,







Comment by Agnieszka Rola on January 27, 2011 at 10:24am
:) I'm in!
Comment by Sheree Parrish on January 27, 2011 at 10:30am

Hi all :-)

I'm absolutely thrilled that you have all joined, and please don't worry if you have more than one, I certainly shan't leave when I finally get another...(not sure if Hubby is monitoring my messages so have to be a bit coy!! lol)

I have to admit that I do humanise Henry to a certain extent, I don't like to leave him incase he gets lonely, whereas when I had all the others I didn't work from home so they were left for a certain amount of time each day, but I didn't worry too much as they had each other for company.  I have Henry with me all day during work, and then he will come into the lounge with us of an evening....he does sleep in the office/family room or the hall/utility overnight...hubby has drawn a thick line when I mentioned him coming into the bedroom overnight too haha.

Thanks again..looking forward to chatting :-)

Comment by Agnieszka Rola on January 27, 2011 at 10:41am


my "only one" is almost always with me - free time, holidays, many parties, sometimes at work, sleeps in our bed (if he wants), etc. and I don't think it will change even when there will be two :)


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