Not sure if a lot of people will 'get' this thread but if you do then hopefully you can give me some advice. As you know we have Glen who is a 9 1/2 month cocker spaniel, he was bought as a pet but to work as well. Well after seeing a couple of trainers, we've been told he wont be ready to work until he is 2years old. So OH has already joined a shoot, starts in October and it cost quite a bit of money. Now he needs a dog to be in the shoot so we agreed we would get another dog, already trained. A bitch has came up called Milly who is 4years old, she is being sold cos she's not good enough for field trials but good enough for what we would need her for. I'm just feeling a bit confused as to whether this is the right thing or not, i suppose i'm looking for reassurance more than advice. I've come to the conclusion that OH will get another dog whether its this one or not so giving in to the inevitable really. Do you think we are crazy?? Can this actually work? Having a 9month dog and 4year old bitch??? Also she is used to a kennel so will be a slow introduction to the house and will stay out in kennel to begin with. Its all a bit scary really but i know no matter if its her or the next one, OH wants a dog this summer and he thinks the sooner the better to bond and train before shooting season.