View Full Version : Why you chose a Cavalier,your opinions please...

23rd September 2006, 01:46 PM
I'd love to hear your stories about why you chose a Cavalier and how happy they make you. :flwr:

matties mum
23rd September 2006, 02:02 PM
I got a cavalier after my cocker spaniel died I wanted a dog with a tail and use to see a cavalier with his owner he was a big one and so lovely The first cavalier I got came from a puppy farm which I did not know until later he was a beautitful brown and white and was very much love I took him to my vet and find that he had got a bad heart there was no way he was going back to that place I then had Rocky who until about 3 mouths before he died had no problem with his heart so I have had loads of good times but also some sad times Aileen

23rd September 2006, 02:16 PM
When my dog died, Xena (see In Memoriam), she was 9 years old and it tore me to pieces. I cried so much it made me physically sick. I told Avi how much she loved me, and I loved her too, and I was just heart broken. Avi thought that was the dumbest thing he'd ever heard in his entire life - someone crying over a "stupid" animal.

I told him that I was going to go and find him the most lovey dovey animal on the face of the planet that he would have absolutely no choice but to fall in love with. He of course said "yeah, right.. .. " I was looking into a pug for months because I had a few as a kid and I remember them being so sweet and snorting all the time. I thought it was adorable, but the down-side to a pug was their intelligence. I don't know about ALL pugs, but mine were stupid. All 3 of them. And my granny's too. I was researching breeds online for a few months and I couldn't seem to come up with anything other than a pug.

Then we went to dinner one night with Avi's friend. We left the Pickle Barrel and walked past the pet store where I seen the most ADORABLE little red and white dog I'd ever seen in my entire life. There was also a black and white one, but there was something about the little red and white one. Avi's friend said "oh look at that how cute is he?" ANd I said yeah he is! So he ran into the store full fledged and asked if he could hold him . . I rolled my eyes of course, but when this little red and white monster was in Marc's arms it was the cutest little thing. It chewed the button off of his jacket and when he was put on the ground he humped the crap out of Marc's shoes. It was the funniest thing I'de ever seen. Love at first sight I guess you could say.

When I left the store I asked the lady what kind of dog this was and she said "Cavalier King Charles Spaniel." I was like, a what?! That was the longest name I'de ever seen!! It took me about a week to remember the name in full. WHen I got home that night I went online and took out my little piece of paper and googled the CKCs. It was the most adorable dog I'd ever laid my eyes on. When I read about their intelligence, personality, and enthusiasm for life I knew that was definately the dog for me. I wanted something I could hold onto and cuddle with at all hours of the day or night. The breed seemed like a perfect fit.

Over the next few weeks I researched as much as I could about the breed and contacted every single breeder that lived within a few hours distance. There were a few that had litters coming up, and a few who had some puppies at the time. I got pictures of them all, I even went and seen one, but this little red and white one just kept hopping back into my mind. The one that I seen seemed very subdued and laid back, and I was looking for something a little more fiesty. ;) I spoke to one of the breeders about wanting to rescue, and then about the dog I had seen in the store. She had told me that sometimes different people buy them out of stores and place them into rescues so that they have a chance at having a good life. After thinking many long and hard hours about the decision I was making, I finally decided to return to the pet store and rescue the little red and white guy. I felt like I was giving him a second chance at life, taking an unknown future for a dog and spoiling it rotten. I don't know what would have happened to Kosmo had I left him at the store, and if I was a little more well informed on the background of pet stores before I had gotten him I may have made a different decision, but one thing is certian and that is that I do not regret getting him one bit!! He's made my life so wonderful and happy. :) He's the first thing I think of in the morning and the last thing I think of before bed at night. (maybe because it co-incides with potty breaks?) hehe :) He's been the best dog I could have ever asked for and I really don't think I'll ever have another breed.. except for maybe another Xena when I get a big yard. :) Avi is the same too. He is always saying "oh Kosmo you're such a good boy." "Kosmo, did you know I love you?" hehe :)

Sorry to be long winded but this question kind of touched me and it's very personal to me. ;)

Here's the little red and white headed monster the day we brought him home.. maybe I should have used this for the sad eyes!! hehe :P


Cathy T
23rd September 2006, 02:19 PM
I had a cat who was dying of lymphoma (she was 13). The previous year my other 13 year old cat had died from kidney failure. I knew I wanted to have a pet in the house and had decided that now that I work from home a dog would be great. I happened upon a woman who had a Cavalier and I was instantly sold. I researched all smaller breeds and just kept coming back to Cavaliers. I don't regret my decision for one moment. Liked my first so much...I got a second. Love my second so much....I rescue.

matties mum
23rd September 2006, 02:25 PM
Oh what a lovely sweet little cavalier :l*v: Aileen

23rd September 2006, 02:46 PM
It was a childhood memory of "The Lady and The Tramp" the Walt Disney tale which always left a fond memory of the delightful little spanial type dog within the story.

Once I owned one when married with a family at 38, I knew I would be hooked for life.

After taking my rescue P/F Cavalier girls, it only confirmed yet again but even stronger that I would have them around me for ever, especially the little rescues.

I had a reading done once...it tied me in with a little Tan & White dog...at that time I had just owned my first Cavalier "Tilly" ....I was told to see through the sadness for they held great joy......how true was that to be.....even after her sad loss and much heartache with following Cavaliers I still gain that great joy. I didn't remember much else only those words, they struck a chord.

They will always be a part of my life, they are part of me.

Alison, Wilts, U.K.

23rd September 2006, 03:09 PM
What lovely stories, thank you. Please continue to leave your posts.

23rd September 2006, 03:23 PM
I have had dogs my whole life and when my basset hound was ailing (14.5 years old), I knew she didn't have long to live. I started researching different breeds and found websites where you can put in the traits you like in in a dog and your lifestyle and then it will show you which breeds closely match what you are looking for.

So I put in the positive traits of my viszla, basset hound and other dogs I have had and up came the cavalier to the top of each list. I had never heard of them before. So I read up on them and thought that this breed would fit me.

My bassett, named Humphrey, became too ill and I had to have her put down. The same day I found a cavalier breeder where I lived and she had a 5 month old ruby male that she was looking for a home for. I made an appointment to see him the next day.

You know you cannot leave a cavalier puppy, once you see it. So Pippin came home with me and I have been hooked on cavaliers ever since. Pippin helped me get over my lost Humphrey and he was everything a puppy and a dog can be. He was easy to train, he was so loving and he has such a good disposition with friends, family and even children and strangers.

Only cavaliers for me from here on out. No matter how much they cost and how much their health bills are!

23rd September 2006, 03:23 PM
We've had dogs at home my whole life. I can't remember ever not having one and I love _ALL_ kinds of dogs. I knew the minute we moved into our house this time last year I wanted one all of my own. I also knew I wanted a small, cuddly house dog because my parents were very strict about the dogs living outdoors, much as they loved them!

How I came to pick a cavalier isn't nearly as cute as Sara's Kosmo story (could be a movie! I can picture her in the window). I had seen Charlotte's little cavalier on sex and the city and it had kind of stuck with me, so I began to research the breed and discovered they were everything I wanted - the most lovable, cuddly, intelligent, mischevious and playful companions you could wish for. I was sold straight away. We got our first cavalier, a tricolour called Aggie last December (her birthday is coming up... 16th October!). She sadly passed away in April. This September we got our current blenheim, Rio.

Cathy Moon
23rd September 2006, 03:56 PM
This is a great topic - i love reading people's stories!

I had a little maltese mix named Tasha for 14.5 years and she had to be put down due to old age/health problems - I missed her terribly. :cry*ing: After a few months passed, I still missed having a dog in my life, so we started talking about getting one. Hubby wanted a bigger dog, and I wanted a little dog. I brought home library books about choosing the right dog for your family. We took the test in one of the books and came up with CKSC, French bulldog, and Pug. We had never heard of CKSC, so I went back to the library and brought home a book about them, which we loved, only we had never heard of them and did not know where to buy one. We also learned how expensive they are!!!

Different friends were telling us what breeds they thought would be very good for us - Shih Tzu and Havanese. We went to a dog show to get the names of breeders we could contact. It was fate. We watched the ring showing Havanese, then Cavaliers were shown in it, then Shih Tzus. We could not take our eyes off the Cavaliers! Just watching the way they moved with their tails wagging, and how friendly they were to the judge made us laugh, even the judge was amused by them!

We called the author of one of the Cavalier books, after finding her website on the Internet. She didn't have any tricolor female puppies available, but recommended other breeders, and they in turn recommended others until we finally found our breeder who had puppies available! That's how we found India, our first cavvie baby, she is like a firstborn child to me since I do not have children of my own. :lotsaluv:

23rd September 2006, 04:06 PM
What happened to Aggie? Poor girl.

23rd September 2006, 04:20 PM
Well we'd just dropped Aggie off at my mothers house while we were going away for a few days. She was holding her in her arms and just after we drove away aggie managed to wriggle her way down and ran out on the road. She made it across but on her way back was hit by a car. My mother was lucky not be hit also as she ran out after her shouting 'stop'. Unfortunately the car didn't stop, knocked our little girl down and drove off. :( :( :(
A sad story I know and a warning to us about keeping our dogs always on a leash. We were utterly devastated, but reading this board helped come to terms with it and now we have our new little blenheim to dote over.

23rd September 2006, 05:45 PM
We had several different dogs growing up that were lovely house pets..My lab was my first dog on my own and my first registered dog and my first performance dog..as he is getting older I was thinking I wanted another dog to work with but living in a condo I didn't think another large dog would work so started thinking of other breeds and wanted something with the same happy go lucky attitude of the lab..one of the other members of the kennel club I belong to had Cavs and I started to talk to her and watch some other Cavs in the agility ring..she had a litter about 3 years ago where I really tried to "steal" on of the boys she was keeping but she didn't want to give him up..LOL..I had gone to see Robbie's litter where there were only 2 boys (I actually wasn't really planning on getting a pup to the next year) and she was going to keep them for awhile to see how they turned out..when she called me when they were about 8 weeks old and said she was only going to keep one and was I interested in the other I said yes and Robbie came home to be with us

23rd September 2006, 08:42 PM
I've always liked dogs, and as a child we owned a Border Terrier for a very short period of time. He was killed on the road. Then when I was 11 or so, my parents- after being encouraged by family friends to get me a dog since I was so good with them- got us a Blue Roan Cocker Spaniel. She was 6 months old at the time, and -having been born on Christmas Day- named Holly. Two days after she came home with us she attached herself to me, much to my brother's disgust. We remained close until my family temporarily moved to Oz for 16 months nearly two years later. One month after our arrival home, and one week after I'd seen Holly once again (we left her with my uncle, and since they lived in Co Fermangh and Holly was settled, we decided not to take her away) she was killed on the road. I was devastated- it would almost have been easier if Holly had died whilst we were away.

Fast forward some twelve years, and I was finally in a position to have a dog of my own as I was moving into my own house. Since I would be living alone, a dog was pretty much a necessity- for company and a certain amount of protection. I knew I wanted something small.

My original idea was to return to my first doggy love, and get a Cocker, but then we visited my uncle who had a totally demented Cocker and I realised I had to rethink. I'm not naturally the most active of people, and I knew it would be unfair to have a dog as hyper as a Cocker in a small house, with a small yard, and comparatively limited walks. Back to the drawing board. I researched Bichon Frises and Yorkies, but rejected one on the grounds of its coat, and the other because of their size and yappy reputation. Then I remembered Cavaliers.... did the research, and the rest is history.

I got Holly II exactly three years ago now, and she's grown from a frighteningly fragile, skinny and nervous pup into a happy and healthy adult. Despite the fact that I originally wanted any colour but B/T, I adore her. My family has been cracking jokes about how Holly will be neglected when I get the pup- she won't be! :? :?

23rd September 2006, 09:01 PM
Oooooh, these stories are just making my heart melt ... :lotsaluv:

I especially love Sarah's story ... so sweet ... it really was love at first sight. :l*v:

For me, I had read about Cavaliers about about 12 years ago while in school. I told myself then ... "I want one!!!" ... It just wasn't the right time for me then ...

When I decided a few months ago that I was ready to get a dog, I'd researched again lots of breeds and again, the obvious choice was the Cavalier ... I too was so taken by their intelligence, friendliness, etc. And, well, they are also SOOOO cute. :)

I didn't know about the potential health problems and how common they were though ... that said, I think I chose a responsible breeder :xfngr: and I just love Lucky so much ... I'll take care of him no matter what (and like many of us, I'll know better what questions to ask next time around ...).

These dogs are soooo great. I ran across a sweet black & tan named "Tootsie" at the pet store today ... I think it was Lucky's first exposure to a Cavalier since I'd gotten him. That dog was every bit as sweet as Lucky. :) I'm so happy that I got a Cavalier and I'm really enjoying being a part of this community and learning all about everyone and their Cavs too. :)

Claire L
23rd September 2006, 09:29 PM
St Patrick's Day 1994! hubby and I were watching Crufts on TV and the commentator said " Cavalier King Charles Spaniels make wonderful house pets" I looked in the newspaper and found three or four ads so I decided to call. Now you have to remember here - I knew nothing about dogs. I didn't know about health problems, lozenge (thumb mark) or anything else about Cavaliers. I called a few people and they were telling me about markings etc and finally I spoke to a woman who had two pups left, a boy and a girl, so hubby and I said we would go straight away and have a look. On route we stopped off and bought a very nice wicker basket and bowls etc (just in case) and when we arrived we were brought into the house and there were two tiny little puppies running in and out of the kitchen. The lady introduced us to the Mom and Dad and I think the Grandmother Cavalier was there also.
Anyway, I couldn't make up my mind about the pups; the male was almost all white with just a sprinkling of brown and the female was almost all brown with this big white mark on the top of her head (the Lozenge) .
She was also much smaller. I sat there for a while and then the female came over to me and butted me in the leg with her head. I looked up at my husband and said "that's it! she's coming home with us!"
I sat in the back of the car with this little puppy sitting in my hand and her head resting on my chest all the way home - it was about an hours drive.

When we got home I just let her explore the downstairs part of the house and when I settled her into bed that night I put a teddy in with her and she slept most of the night- no problem. She was eight weeks old so I had to keep her in until she was twelve weeks and could get her shots etc. During those four weeks I toilet trained her and the best part was when I told her that she had to speak if she needed to go outside. I remember showing her the back door and saying "woof!" and then opening the door . I can't recall how long it took but one day we were all in the lounge and we heard the high pitched woof! and we all ran out to the kitchen to see this tiny little titch looking at the back door :wggle:

Her registered name is Daniella's Dream but we call her Rudee AKA Rudeepoohs! Babykins! Deputy! or Duckydoodles ! She has brought tremendous joy to our family and friends. She was crowned Champion Beggar at the Christmas family dinner of 1995 - a title she retains to this day :badgrin: She has graced our home now for twelve years and eight months and P.G she will be with us for many more years.

Love you Rudeepoohs xxx

matties mum
23rd September 2006, 09:37 PM
Oh I do hope so she sounds lovely Aileen

23rd September 2006, 09:42 PM
Claire, :flwr:

That had me in tears!

What a wonderful story about your darling Rudee.

Every time I see her picture I always smile, you have a true treasure in her, such a beautiful kind face.

She was obviously meant to be yours, fate smiled kindly upon you that day. I wish you also many happy years with her yet.

Rudee we all love you :lotsaluv:

Alison, Wilts, U.K.

23rd September 2006, 10:32 PM
Wow, I really enjoy reading all of these stories. It's just wonderful how everybody came to get their cavaliers. :) I love this thread so thanks Pauline for posting it! Also, where's your story?! :)

Cathy Moon
23rd September 2006, 11:08 PM
Many of us have loved and lost and loved again! :lotsaluv:

24th September 2006, 06:53 AM
The fact that I already had (at the time, two) cats was actually the main influence on my decision to get a cavalier. The cats were here first and I didn't want to stress them out with a breed prone to chasing cats especially as the cats are indoor cats! I spent a long time researching various breeds and thinking about a mix from a rescue group.

I grew up with a giant breed (Great Pyrenees) and would love one again, but that was not possible in my house with no garden! So I was looking at small breeds, which I really knew nothing about at all. I didn't want a yappy small dog nor one that is mostly an inactive house dog. I also ended up deciding that getting a purebred was better for predictability of behaviour with cats as well as adult size, barking and so on. My mother had met someone on a train trip in Mexico who had pics of her cavaliers in her wallet so actually it was my mother who first told me about this breed I'd never heard of -- even though they are so popular in Ireland and the UK. I read up on them and other possible breeds in a couple of dog encyclopedias and on the web and weighed and weighed what to do. My mother really liked how they looked so she was voting for a cavalier once I narrowed down a shortlist of breeds. No one I knew had one.

Once I started researching cavaliers, MVD really worried me though and hence I started reading a lot about health issues and quickly discovered the added problems with puppy farm and backyard bred cavaliers and also discovered that Irish cavaliers had a terrible reputation as so many are imported into other countries from puppy farms or BYBs here. It was a real eye opener, the more I read and researched... and the things I began to discover about Irish cavaliers as I looked for a breeder, became the basis of the first puppy farm piece I wrote for the Irish Times


and also the basis of a submission to the government's working group on puppy farms.

I really fell for the breed once I had a cavalier. :) Jaspar was everything I ever wanted in a dog (a lap dog ready for a 3 mile hike, a swim, or agility) and also of course was great with the cats -- and that led me to get Leo and now Lily. And at the same time, I couldn't believe how people could exploit this lovely breed and was horrified at the knock-on health problems due to casual breeding.

I never ever expected to soon after, be so involved online and offline with cavaliers...

I'd still like to get a pyrenees eventually but that will involve a larger house and a garden at some later point in my life. Between cats and cavaliers I have plenty to manage. :lol: I can't imagine ever not having a cavalier now.

25th September 2006, 07:46 AM
My son 9 was having a terrible time sleeping and had just started dog obedience. His bedroom is also up a really steep set of stairs and the goldies werent impressed about climbing up there. We have cats but they dont stay there all night. The other issue was his 18 month old sister Trinity. So I researched several breeds and came up with the cavies. I had a terrible time trying to find a reputable breeder in our state that had a litter of pups available, most werent breeding until the next year. Then one day I was looking through a newspaper that doesnt usually have ads for dogs and there was an ad for them and better yet only 45 mins away from me. I live out in the country so 45 mins is like going to town for the weekly shop. I checked with some breeders on how reputable she was and they said she was good. So we all piled into the car to go see the pups. She had 2 available 1 tri girl and 1 blenheim boy. I wanted the girl, she was really out going, but when my husband picked up the boy, it was love.
I was also out voted because of my sons. So we have Jeremy and he is the best little dog. I think I will always have a cavy in my life now.

25th September 2006, 08:05 AM
Like lots of the other contributors, There's always been dogs in my family home. After getting married we got a wire haired terrier from the local rescue home, he loves the outdoors and runs and runs in the fields near our home.
A couple of years later, some friends of ours gave us a present of ruby CKC pup (They lived with us, while waiting for their house to be completed). She was one of four from our friends CKC litter. The minute I saw here I opened my heart to her, and she now ( 2years later) rules the roost, bossing our wire haired terrier around and generally struts around with an air of happiness and confidence. I love both of our dogs, but CKC's make great house dogs and brilliant companions. She's also brilliant around children.

27th September 2006, 03:29 PM
In Jan. 2005 we had to euthanize our beloved retired racing Greyhound because she had bone cancer. It was extremely difficult and left a huge void in our lives. :( We decided to wait a while before even considering another dog.
Well, eventually I needed to fill the void she left, but we wanted a different kind of dog and one that we could travel with. The research began! I even enlisted the help of an APDT trainer/behaviorist to help us find a really good match. During our search, the CKCS kept coming up as a really good choice. So I started contacting breed clubs, going to dog shows and going online to learn all I could about the breed. When I finally met these little dogs, I fell in love instantly with thier sweetness, constantly wagging tail, happy outlook and beautiful faces. I knew that our next doggie was definitely going to be a Cavalier! :luv:
Okay fast forward to Jan. 2006, I was put in contact with a reputable breeder who had puppies available and the visits to her house began. On Jan. 29th she called me to see if we wanted to take home one of her boys, we said YES. It was the same day that 1 year before we had to euthanize our Greyhound. Funny how life works, I couldn't help but think that it was a sign somehow and just meant to be. *ng*l :d*g:
2 months later Riley came home to us and we adore him! :lotsaluv: He is my baby boy and such a wonderful little dog. He had added so much to our home and lives. He's my best little buddy and cuddle pup. I couldn't imagine a better companion.

13th November 2006, 09:56 AM
Just leaving a comment so this gets bumped up the list as I'd like to hear from all the new members too. :flwr:

molly+charlies mum
13th November 2006, 11:03 AM
i had gone out one day a brought a hanging plate with a tri cavalier on it i thought that the dog was so beautiful i got a book about them and thought they were perfect for me i waited a while as i had to get the money together and it was funny on the day i thought i would have enough my local paper came through and inside the pet section they had 4 tri puppys for sale at exactley the same amount i had so that was it i phoned up on that day and had molly home by tea time and i loved her straight away and now i have charlie who is such a lovable boy and if i had a bigger place i would have more i wouldnt have any other breed now it will always be cavaliers :D

13th November 2006, 11:39 AM
I lost my beautiful baby Ally (female daschund) on new years eve 2004…she was the love of my like and my first dog, my best friend..i cried for weeks and started to go off eating…and now instead of new years being a happy occasion for me it fills me with sadness and I start to cry in rememberance of her

…I couldn’t bear to have another dog because I wanted to preserve her memory (stupid I know..but it was a bad time)..so I waited for a year and finally decided it was the right time 2 get another dog…after lots of research and the recommendation of cavy’s from my uncle whose a vet)I fell inlove with the cavvy breed I decided to buy a cavvy…

I seriously thought I was over Ally but when I got my two I couldn’t help thinking that they were the best things that happened to me but id still rather get Ally back..for months when I had them I loved them like anything and all but found myself now and then thinking of Ally and comparing my cavs to ally which was not fair to them but I couldn’t help it. i always told them they were the best boys in the world..i could never bring myself to say best dogs because then in my opinion they weren’t..then anyway…

only about 3 months ago (they are 11mnths now) I have fully let go of Ally and have truly become 2 love monty and milo and think they are the best dogs in the world..i couldn’t imagine myself without them now and am so thankful I got them..

also since I got two I feel its double the love from them (even though it may be double the work!)..i love my boys more than anything and getting them was the best decision I ever made…im sorry to drag on like this but I have never said my feelings about this to anyone before..it all just seemed to come out.. :flwr:

13th November 2006, 11:54 AM
That's why I made this thread Nisha. We all love the heart felt stories. Your two are among my real favourites. I hope my pup grows up looking like yours. Are they really only 11 months in your lovely avatar.

13th November 2006, 02:08 PM
As much as I hate to admit it, I never knew what cavs were until I watched Sex and the City and Charlotte's character had a little blenheim girl named Elizabeth Taylor :lol:. My family used to breed Springer Spaniels, and spaniels have always been my most favorite dog, so I was instantly in love with cavs.

That was probably about 2 or 3 years ago. I was living with my parents and we had a black lab, so I knew they would not be keen on me bringing home another pet. So I thought I would be slick and start buying things with cavaliers on them (calendars, books, Christmas ornaments, etc.) so that hopefully they would get the hint that I really wanted one and I would probably be bringing one home soon. My mom would just laugh like I was kidding when I would say "I'm getting a puppy!" :roll:

Thank God that I bought everything I did. It really helped me research the breed and know what I was getting into.

So a year ago October my parents went out of town for the weekend. Josh and I drove to Nashville to pick up my little man Spencer on that Sunday. Unfortunately we took all day going around to everyone I know to show him off (grandparents, friends, etc.) and my parents were already back by the time I got home! :shock:

So I wrapped him up in a baby blanket that the breeder had sent home with him and walked in the house. My dad was sitting right by the front door watching tv, so he was completely oblivious to anything I was doing. So I walked right past him and upstairs to my mom. Well, I walked in her room and took the baby blanket off Spencer and my mom got sooooooooo mad! She started saying "He will be my responsibility, I will have to feed him, You won't take care of him, He will upset our other dog" Typical mom things.

So I just walked over and plopped him in her lap (keep in mind he was 10 weeks old and at the height of cuteness) and that was it for her. She was in love too. She was like "He is pretty cute! But I'm still mad at you!" I told her I could deal with that. The funny thing is, the next day was Monday and I had to go back to work (at the time I was working at a swimming pool store and I didn't want him around the chemicals) so she was like "I'll take him to work with me!" ;)

We got Izzy after I moved out into my own house in April of this year. Spencer had majorly bonded with my lab who stayed with my parents and he became quite the mischeif-maker in his first week alone in the new house. So Izzy came to stay and we have been a happy family ever since! :flwr:

13th November 2006, 03:20 PM
also since I got two I feel its double the love from them (even though it may be double the work!)..i love my boys more than anything and getting them was the best decision I ever made…im sorry to drag on like this but I have never said my feelings about this to anyone before..it all just seemed to come out.. :flwr:

Nisha, I could't agree more. I feel exactly the same about my boys too ;) They have made me so happy :D :D little icon_devil 's that they are!

13th November 2006, 03:24 PM
I had been thinking about getting another dog for a couple of years as my lab who had gotten me into performance events was getting older and was thinking of retiring him...he then bloated twice withing 6 weeks (stomach twisted requring emergency surgery)..and I was pretty sure he wouldn't be able to compete after that (he has since finished off 2 agility titles) but in the meantime I was thinking of getting another performance dog...because I live in a condo I was thinking a smaller breed as I just couldn't imagine 2 labs in the condo..I also wanted something that wouldn't require alot of grooming as I Hate grooming..LOL...and I wanted something with a similar attitude to a lab...kind of the happy go lucky attitude....LOL..I became friends with a woman from our Kennel Club who bred Cavaliers and the more I saw them the more I liked them..in fact the in the litter she had before Robbie's she had a boy that I just loved and really wanted to steal..(she was keeping him for her breeding program)..well her next litter was a year and half later and I was really thinking of adding my next dog the following year because I was working with Riley still and at almost 8 years I was wondering if he would accept another dog..Robbie's litter had only he and his brother..I went to look and play with them but the breeder was thinking of keeping them both so I wasn't even thinking one of them might be mine even tho I kind of took a shine to one of the boys who was a little more out going than the other..so right around when they were 8 weeks old she called and said she was probably only going to keep one of the boys and was I interested in the other boy..(at the time she wasn't really sure which one she was going to keep)..well even tho it was a year earlier than I thought I wanted one I couldn't pass up the opportunity...and thank goodness I didn't because I ended up with my Robbie Bug..(and he was the one I originally liked the best)

My Wesley
13th November 2006, 03:35 PM
I'm not even SURE how I got on to the CKCS. I have always been a lover of larger dogs, until I had some bad experiences with larger breeds, so I knew I wanted something smaller. And I don't know if it was something on tv or WHAT triggered it, but I started looking into the CKCS and everything I read and heard was so great! I knew it'd be the perfect dog for me. And then the hard part was finding a breeder near me that had a litter or one coming up that would product the Blenheim color I really wanted. Ultimately I found a breeder about an hour from me and visited and she had the most adoreable, sweet, Blenheim boy. And I just knew that was it. So, here I am, in the waiting, to get my little man in early December. Now we're just still on the hunt for a perfect name!

13th November 2006, 05:07 PM
My husband chose the breed. After being dogless for many, many years due to work constraints we finally decided we could take care of a dog properly. My husband wanted a Lab or Golden Retreiver. I wanted a small dog. He started researching dog breeds on the internet. When he came across Cavaliers, he just thought they were so cute (which they are!!!) and were supposed to be smart and calmer than most small dogs. Then he discovered one of his co-workers had two of them. When he asked her about them, she like most cav owners went on and on about how great they are. I really was completely unaware of the breed but after he showed me pictures it seemed like our destiny. I started seeing them everywhere! Finally, "Elizabeth Taylor" showed up on "Sex in the City" and that was it. We had to have one! We researched and finally found one. Audrey came to live with us 2.5 years ago. She has changed our life. My husband has three kids from his first marriage that are all grown up. But he and I have never had a child together. Well, Audrey is it!! She is our baby!! My husband just retired and I left my full-time job to spend time with him and our little girl!!!! We couldn't be happier!!!! :D :D :D

murphy's mum
13th November 2006, 09:23 PM
I grew up always asking to get a dog and always got told no, then my sister go a cavi boy called Pip( short for Pip Squeak). I totally fell in love, unfortunatly he was the runt of the litter and died in his sleep, after suffering heart and kidney problems, at around 5 years old. :( I was devestated.
A few years down the line my sister got another, called Charlie, who's a total cutie :l*v: I moved into my new house last year and rescued 2 gorgeous cats but decided at the begining of this year I was gonna get a dog. I showed my other half onto some sites that discussed the Cavaliers and he got hooked to. They are just brill :lotsaluv:
They are such enchanting characters, I've never met a nasty 1, they just want to love and be loved. They more you find out about them the more you gotta love them. I dont think I could own another breed of dog. The way Murphy snores, sigh's like life is just soooooo terrible, how he loves to snuggle and how he's never disappointed to see me :l*v:

Gingers Mommy
13th November 2006, 09:44 PM
I hope your spirits are up, or have been climbing up lately!!

I always wanted a dog. When we were young, growing up we didnt have any pets. We travelled every holiday and my parents were just not "animal people".

My husband who is so loving and would take a rock home to take care of it if need be, said I want a dog! And I said yeah me too. But we just said it, once we started thinking about it and all the responsibilities we decided the time wasnt right for us. (well I decided that knowing all the responsibilites would be on my head!)

I always knew Id want a Cavalier. I had a friend who grew up with 2 of them, and I had a friend who lived in my Building that had a ruby little boy. He was so sweet and calm and always just jumped up into my lap went I went for visits. Thats when I said to myself, If I ever get a dog, this is the breed Im getting.

So another time (it happened often) my husband said, lets get a dog, and this was it!

6 months ago I started doing my Cavalier Research (due diligence) I learned all about puppy mills, and many many things about Cavaliers and dogs in general.

I found from the AKC website the name of a breeder close by and called her. 2 weeks later I brought home what I now realize is the best thing thats ever happend to me in my life. (aside from my husband, he hates when I say that!) But even he is impressed by how devoted I am to this beautiful little creature. And we are both jealous of the attention she gives either of us!! But a good jealous!!

Thanks for letting my share my story!

14th November 2006, 12:19 AM
I’ve never been a spaniel lover, let alone a cavalier fan. I had always had terriers growing up, little dogs that like to answer back to you. I had Suzy who was a peke/JRT who nowadays would be called a designer dog. She lived to the grand age of 21. She was apart of my life from nursery school till after I had my 21st.

Didn’t think I would get another dog after that as it was too painful, but six months later I took on Dizzy a 3 year old yorkie who was just a big a character as Suzy and was know as my shadow as she was always by my side. We had many happy years together till she became ill.

Dizzy became very ill with diabetes and later Cushing’s was found to be the cause. We had two years of fighting the disease when I got a phone call from the RSPCA hospital asking if I would think about taking on another diabetic dog that needed a home or they would have to put her down.

I live at home so taking in another dog was going to be a problem and my Mum said No at first because taking care of Dizzy was nearly a full time job as her diabetes was unstable and you had to be on constant watch with her all day.

And I didn’t know much about Cavaliers apart from one I had met at a family relation home of a friend, Who was a total sweetheart. All I knew about them was they had problems with their hearts and that was all.

Well I needed to go to the hospital to pick up some insulin and suggested we could just pop in to see the dog icon_whistling . (Won’t get away with that again)

We walked into the room where they were keeping the mother cats with their kittens and SiânE was laying in a small cage looking totally lost. She nervously came out of the cage not sure of what was going on. My Mum took one look at her and announces that we would take her on.

It wasn’t easy at first, Dizzy didn’t like having a new dog in the house, but we managed to keep a balance and things settle down for the next couple of months.

Then came the hot weather and poor Dizzy body couldn’t cope and with me by her side she passed away in the night. I always called SiânE my little Angel, she never complained about having to make room for Dizzy and that Dizzy had to come first. Her Diabetes has always been stable, she always ate her food and most importantly kept it down but after Dizzy died SiânE earned her wings with all the love and comfort she gave me that kept me going. I hate to think what would have happen if she weren’t around.

I wasn’t in to spaniels before but now I am and like all of you I totally obsessed with all things Cavaliers and would have another one in a second if I could.

14th November 2006, 12:49 AM
I had at the time a 17.5 year old poodle mix and a 10 year old Lhasa. The mix was living on borrowed time although not really that ill, just out of it, I knew she really wouldn't even notice a new dog that much and I just felt I needed another dog, and started looking on Petfinder.com for a little mix of some kind. This rescue about 40 min away had one and they also were getting a Cavalier in from a neglect situation , no picture yet, so I thought I'd see them both. The rescue called me to tell me that the mix was not available, the foster was going to keep her and if I wanted to see the Cavalier, to get there first. So I did...she was shaved down, and just filthy and stained but a really sweet girl and I took her home, bathed her twice and took her to the Vet. He told me she was too thin (she wasn't) so I fattened her up no problem. I'd say she changed my life for sure, since I now have 2 adults, a 6 month old, and the litter of 6 at home now (3 went home). Oh , and my poodle mix's name was Coco and so was the Cavalier.....so I had 2 Coco's here but old Coco was deaf so it didn't matter, but it sure was fate!

14th November 2006, 03:12 AM
I think it was about 7 or 8 years ago I saw one in a magazine or a book, so I read about them and that was it, I wanted one so bad. But, I was in school and money was tight. So, zoom ahead to the fall of 2005. My sister and I are taking care of our Dad, he was dying of congestive heart failure and was on home hospice care. It's soon to be my birthday, and my sister knows how much I've wanted a Cavalier, and I had been talking about a Cavalier puppy that I knew of that was for sale.....my sister asked me if I wanted to go look at the puppy, and of course I said yes. And I finally got the puppy of my dreams....Bentley helped me get thru an awful time in my life last year. And my Poodle also came to live with me too (my Dad adored our Poodle and Bailey had lived with my Dad till my Dad passed away), and Bentley has helped Bailey become a much more calm and relaxed dog. Bentley, and Bailey too, are my whole world!!

14th November 2006, 04:16 AM
My husband's sister in CT had a gorgeous ruby named Chancey. I was really fond of him and thought he was one of the most beautiful dogs I've ever had the pleasure of knowing. He passed last Christmas, sadly, but lived a full life to 16 (which I understand is archaic for Cavaliers!)

I lost my Bull Terrier, Roxxy about 4 years ago and missed her terribly, and couldn't bring myself to get another dog for a few years. But, over this past year I've really been missing the pitter-patter of 4 feet and we made the decision to get a puppy. We started researching breeds, and had talked about getting a Cavalier, but found they were pretty scarce around here... we really didnt' think we'd find one. We just kept our eyes open for months, and I finally came across an ad from a breeder in Niagara Falls. That was it! We knew when we saw the ad we'd be bringing one of those puppies home.

Our little family is now complete :luv:

14th November 2006, 06:16 AM
this is such a great thread! i love hearing all these stories!

That's why I made this thread Nisha. We all love the heart felt stories. Your two are among my real favourites. I hope my pup grows up looking like yours. Are they really only 11 months in your lovely avatar.

:D thanks for the compliment...yea theyre 11mnths in that pic..but as you can see that was quite a bad pic they look very ungroomed!!!

14th November 2006, 08:02 AM
Thanks again for your heartfelt stories.

"No Name Pup", my Dylan will be coming home in December too. We'll have to keep in touch.

14th November 2006, 01:53 PM
You could make a lovely book from these stories and add some of the poems too. I like the poems "How could you" one and "It's only a dog" poem. Very moving.

14th November 2006, 10:12 PM
I tried to post a response yesterday but I was busy and it timed out on me.

So here it is again: My father was a King Charles Spaniel breeder in Europe (English Toy as they are known, or not, in the US) and I had about 8 to 10 growing up. My father stopped about 10 years ago and I have always told my husband stories of our Kings. In coming to the US I never saw Kings and was always happy to see Cavaliers (though there is some 'rivalry' between the two breeds they really are alike in certain ways). My husband wanted a dog; originally he wanted a Westie like my parents' because she was cute--though I've told him all the stories of the trouble she has gotten into in her life...she never listened, the Kings did! Anyways, we thought about rescuing, no Westies to rescue, bought a house, still looking, another year goes by, tried to rescue a Cavalier mix at our county SPCA, looking at Cavalier rescue, husband still wants a dog, another year goes by, see Elizabeth Taylor on Sex and the City and tell my husband how nice Cavaliers are, still looking at Cavalier rescue, try to rescue an ET but never heard back, husband still wants a dog, looked at terriers from county SPCA but they didn't feel right, felt bad about it but as it turns out they had parvo too.
Finally, a few weeks later (after feeling a bit blue about the dogs that just didn't feel right) my husband shows me the dog he wants and that he's been researching all day--it's a Cavalier. I was a bit stunned, considering he wanted a Westie. He said in his research he thought they sounded more liek us (I agree). He had already contacted breeders; after years of waiting he was ready to get a dog. We drove 8 hours that weekend to see the breeder. The breeder had one 7 month-old Blenheim boy left--he had originally been sold months before, but the people had changed their minds and wanted a tricolor female. My husband soon gave me a look that said, oh yes, I want him! Bishop fell asleep in my lap, on his back, paws up in the air, happy as can be, a few hours later and we knew we had found our dog. This time it felt right. We drove 8 hours the next weekend and knew from then on that it was the right decision. My husband is so in love with his puppy; he had a Sheltie that he adored growing up but he says Cavalier are so sweet that he wants another--a tricolor this time (we'll see). I think for me it's a reminder of my adolescence (not happy times, but times when they made me happy and be able to deal with things happening). I see a lot of my Kings in Bishop and there will always be a soft spot in my heart for them--I just prefer them because I know them so well.
My husband always reminds me that our lives are better because of Bishop, even if at first it was a bit more difficult, but I know that Bishop has forced me to drive again (faced my fear of being hit again) and calm down (why can't Cavalier be reimbursed as "stress relief" medicine?) and realize that work is not all that there is in life--petting and playing with your puppy is more important than everything else in life (the majority of the time)!

14th November 2006, 11:09 PM
Pauline, I love your puppy in the purse picture!

We lost our dalmatian at almost 15 yr. old. For the last year he had such bad arthritis we had to help/lift him up and down stairs and he was a huge male. We first said NO MORE DOGS. Of course that lasted about 2 weeks only. Then we decided we could not get another big dog as we are in our 60s. I had 7 cocker spaniels over the years. But they are alot of grooming and from inbreeding now have so many issues. When I met my neighbors cavalier, I was hooked. And now we have 4! We do therapy work with 2 of them and I think we will always have at least one from now on.

14th November 2006, 11:28 PM
My first cav i got when i worked in a pet shop and had asked if i could have a dog the owner said a small dog. About a week later a couple came in with a 9 week old tri pup and said they were on the way to the vet to have her PTS as their other dog didnt like her and did we know anyone who wanted her i took her then asked if a cav was small enough that was the begining of my love of the breed. Trida went to the bridge aged 8 then i got holly nicknamed Pigs who lived nearly 16yrs i now have 4 aged between 9yrs and 9weeks

16th November 2006, 06:41 PM
Just love these stories, keep 'em coming! :thnku:

19th November 2006, 03:27 PM
I have always wanted a dog growing up but my mom is deathly afraid of all creatures great and small so as an only child with no pets I had a pretty lonely childhood. Its strange that growing up with two parents who hated animals I would love animals as much as I do. I volunteered at my local animal shelter all through high school just to get my animal fix in check!

Since I had a long time before I could get my first doggie I had a lot of time to research and figure out what was the best breed for me. I fell in love with Cavy's sweet temperaments, gentle nature, and of course their adorable faces. When I met my husband he promised me the first doggie we would get would the one I had fallen in love with so many years ago while watching Lady and the Tramp. Since that time we have been researching the breed and reaching out to breeders and trying to attend dog shows and our love for this breed has only grown by 10 fold. We cant wait to finally have a pup hopefully next summer. The wait will finally come to an end then! :jump:

24th November 2006, 07:21 AM
There have been quite a few new members recently. Maybe they would like to leave their stories? Welcome to you all icon_welcome

24th November 2006, 08:23 PM
after my lab died crascker i wasnt going to get another dog .nothing could repace him.he was so cool and totaly hansome but the huose was so quiet and i dont work so i was so bored .i had heard that cavs.were gentle and a alot smaller and very pretty so i chose them over a jack russell .i def.choose the right breed. love him to bits.p.s. they keep your feet warm to ...........what more could a girl ask for....

19th December 2006, 04:40 PM
When our youngest daughter was about 7, she started asking for a dog.
My Husband didn't want one, he kept buying her stuffed dogs, posters of dogs, anything doggie BUT no doggie.

Towards the end of the school year, her teacher gave me her "journals" and asked me to read them.

Every single day, she wrote about dogs and how Daddy keeps buying stuffed animals...LOL

After the kids were in bed, I read the books to him, at about the 15th page he started to say, "ok, ok, I get it, I'm the ogre"!!

The next day, he stated that he would only have a Cavalier Spaniel.

I got a list of breeders from a book, called around and within 2 days we had 2 appointments set to visit puppies.

Hubby looked shocked!!! LOL

My daughter and I did the first visits alone....then the whole family went to our "choice" to see Charley.

We were all crazy about this beautiful little guy.

He came home with us just before her 8th birthday.

We were both holding him, in July, when he passed away.

Our Mary Alice, interestingly enough, came from the lady with whom we had our "first" appointment!!!

So, we didn't take her pup but she picked us as a family for Mary Alice!

I cannot imagine living without a Cavalier in the house. ;D

20th December 2006, 12:37 AM
Thank you for sharing. These stories get me all emotional! :shock: