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We are Jo & Geoff Cunliffe from Wigan, Lancashire in the North West of England. We have been married since 1996 and collectively have owned various breeds and latterly English Springer Spaniels for many years (more than we care to mention). Originally we had the working type of Springer and more recently the show type. We currently have three Springers that share our lives (and home and sofa with!!) who are firstly pets and secondly show dogs.
Coming from Wigan, Geoff cut his teeth (and a few other parts of his body) on Rugby league playing professionally for Wigan in the early 80's - he is more of an armchair supporter nowadays but still follows their progress with interest. His other interests include travelling - of which we both enjoy and keeping fit.
Apart from foreign travel my main enjoyment is our dogs and showing which seems to take up most of my spare time. I enjoy the preparation of the dogs for the ring and the showing but I think that the best part is meeting others of a like mind in and around the show ring. We have met some wonderful people and some real characters over the years we have been in the showing 'game' some of who have become really good friends. We have a great 'doggy' social life and if the show is a distance away then we take the opportunity of making a weekend of it staying in a hotel and managing to relax and celebrate any wins we have along the way.
We love this beautiful breed and always say that if we had more time and/or space would have a house full - although sometimes when you see the state of the house it looks as there are a lot more than four living here!