You will like the reader!
A virtual springer ate my digital camera cable (translation: I lost it and the camera power supply) and I bought a USB SmartMedia reader for $20.
I love it. It downloads files 10x faster than my camera did.
So go easy on that pup of yours!
As an aside, my family had a springer spaniel a long time ago. He was a great dog. I am sure that my Dad will ask you all about your pup in due time.