Fall is the best time to go out and take photos. The dogs love the cooler weather and according to them, anytime is a great time to play ball or frisbee. I haven’t taken many photos lately so it was great to play with my camera again.
Hopefully we’ll have a chance to take some more fall photos before the weather changes. I’ve done some updates to my website, mostly in the Our Dogs section. Everyone went to the CFSO’s annual heart and eye clinic and got fresh heart and eye certificates. All of that info on their pages has been changed to be current. I have also taken some photos for a Grooming post that I hope to have done soon. A lot of people ask me about what products to use and how to groom their Cavalier at home, I did a post like this awhile ago but it’s definitely time for an update. Dirty boy Finn got to be the model for it! He’s very clean and smelling good for the moment.
I hope to be at the Aurora and District Kennel Club show that is being held in conjunction with the Canadian Pet Expo, November 23-25th at the International Centre. The CFSO is hosting a booster, so it should be a great turn out. Hope to see everyone there.
At the end of May we welcomed two litters born within a few days of each other. I don’t usually breed two girls so close together but the timing was right. We much prefer to have warm weather puppies here so that they are able to go outside and enjoy the nicer weather. Half sister’s Lolly and Ebby both free whelped their puppies and have been fantastic Momma’s ever since. They are now 5 and 5 and a half weeks old, right at that super cute snuggling stage. Since Lolly’s were born over Victoria Day Long weekend with a royal wedding happening the same weekend, they all have royal names.
This little girl is Tori, she reminds me so much of her Momma Lolly, just in another colour.
Rose has the sweetest little temperament, very happy and outgoing
Anne is our bully at the moment, big, strong, athletic, confident and BOSSY. She’s always on the go!
Harry is our little guy. He was born half the size of his littermates and struggled to gain weight. I was just going to start supplementing him with tube feedings when I decided to try and see if Ebby would nurse him. Ebby is a bit of a “helicopter mom” and her two rubies were born very large and strong. She was so full of milk and there was way more room for little Harry without being squished out by his bigger siblings. It worked, Ebby fed Harry for the next 3 weeks as her own. He’s still smaller than everyone but doing great so far.
Will is very sweet and laid back. He loves a good snuggle and is very much a go with the flow kind of guy.
4 days later we had our two rubies born. We named them Ron and Ginny and of course they had their adopted little brother Harry. Ron reminds me a lot of Daddy Reese, while Ginny looks a lot like her Momma just in a ruby jacket. We’re thrilled to have both of them.
All puppies are spoken for and I am not taking inquiries at the moment. We’re just sharing because…cute puppy pictures!
The few days leading up to our departure for Chicago were very stressful. I was in the midst of organizing an MRI clinic for Cavalier breeders that was going to be held the day before we wanted to leave for the show. As we started to pack and finalize plans, the weather forecast started to become really concerning. The forecasters were calling for an ice storm of historic proportions. It quickly became apparent on Saturday as weather models finalized that we had to leave immediately or risk not arriving to the show for several days later.
After getting home from an early morning trip to London, Norma and I, Rex, Ruffi, Lexi, and Taz quickly packed the car and managed to get on the road by Saturday at 2pm. In our area the weather was already very nasty. There was freezing rain everywhere and lots of accidents. Just to the south east though was still unaffected by weather, if we could make it 30 minutes in that direction and change our trip to go around the lake in the long direction we’d be just fine. We made it to Cleveland that night and met up with our travelling friends for the week, Joanne and Sara. The drive on Sunday was through a lot of cold and heavy rain, the dogs would end up coming back to the car soaking wet and shivering after our potty breaks.. I should have packed their jammies but they were happy to be snuggled into their warm crates for the journey.
The show itself was wonderful as always. For anyone who is new to the breed and thinking about becoming involved, it’s the perfect opportunity to connect with breeders and see some beautiful examples of our breed. I was very proud of my dogs and how they handled the trip. Ruffi is a seasoned traveller at this point but it was the first time I’ve taken Lexi and Taz on a trip away from home for that long. Everyone quickly settled into hotel life.
Monday afternoon was Puppy Sweepstakes. Taz and Lexi had their first opportunity to go into the show ring. Taz is my perfect little show man, he knows exactly what the game is and shows so well for his age. Lexi on the other hand…. let’s just say it’s a work in progress. Taz placed third in his large junior puppy dog class. I was thrilled with the placement and most importantly how he showed and handled himself. Lexi pulled me around the ring and spent most of the time on her two hind feet. Wild woman!
That afternoon I attended the ACKCSC judging seminar with Ruffi that was put on by the club. They had a Cavalier that fit well within breed standard for each colour so that judges could have a visual representation of standard during the seminar. It’s sole purpose is to educate judges that are attempting to complete their license or wanting to further understand our breed. I have started the process of becoming a judge myself and understand how important these seminars are to educate on specific standards and the finer nuances of breed type.
Tuesday was the start of the official dog classes. Taz showed in the morning and received 4th in his class among some very nice puppies. In the afternoon Rex had his turn and Norma showed him beautifully to a 4th place in his class.
Wednesday was the girls turn. Lexi showed SO much better. No placement in a huge junior puppy bitch class but her but her much improved behaviour in the ring was a major win in our books! In the afternoon Ruff showed like her usual rock star self and was 3rd in open black and tan bitches. The judge Charlie Fippin and I were channeling somewhat similar wardrobe vibes but her photo turned out gorgeous as usual. So proud to own and have bred this girl.
Thursday was the Best of Breed competition and a rest day for us. We spent the day watching beautiful dogs ringside and not having to worry about showing our own. We’d make up for that sitting around though on Friday where we showed all 4 in the regional specialty under judge Michael Forte. Taz placed 4th in the junior puppy dog class and Ruffi was 2nd in the open black and tan bitch class.
Saturday we were all exhausted and packed the car early to get on the road and come home. The trip home was shorter, thanks to not having horrible weather to deal with. It was a fantastic but tiring week of beautiful dogs and good friends. I am thankful everyday for the journey that my Cavaliers take me on. I’ve met so many wonderful people and getting to share this incredible breed with others is just the very best. My dogs were thrilled to get home and take advantage of Norma’s huge fenced in field for a good run/roll/swim. So much for my clean and pampered show dogs! Muddy, wet, and tired, gotta love it.
Our next major show will be at the end of June for the Cavalier Fanciers of Southern Ontario regional specialty. If you are in the area and want to come and watch/see some beautiful dogs, you are more than welcome! I’ll also be judging my first sanction match on Friday June 8th, in Orono and there might be some exciting news to share later next week. Keep your fingers and paws crossed!