I've been lurking here for a while, just registered today and thought I'd better do a proper introduction. I always wanted a dog growing up, but wasn't allowed, and finally this year, I took the plunge! I am now the proud owner of a gorgeous 7month old Springer Spaniel bitch called Bracken, who is just the loveliest, daftest pup ever, but who stole a big slurp of Tesco Finest Roasted Garlic Mayonnaise at lunchtime and thus frankly pongs right now! I also have a 10year old daughter with autistic tendencies who gets on fabulously with Bracken and whose behaviour has improved immeasurably since we got the pup! She has taken Bracken to loads of fun dog shows and absolutely loves showing off her dog - so far they have won 14 rosettes. She has also started to show our friends' Irish setter and is hoping to go to her first Open show at the end of the month.