I love your spaniel Mike. One of my favorite breeds although I never had one. Had to put to sleep my old red merle Australian Shepherd last year at 15. I still miss her. I have a 15 year old cat that grew up thinking Pumpkin was her mother and six old sled dogs left from the team I used to have, ages 10 to 15. The fifteen year old is practically toothless and has gotten selective hearing too.