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Sydney
20th October 2006, 04:03 AM
My sister Sydney is asleep on the couch in the living room, and since I don't have anyone to play with right now, I'm posting some pictures of myself.


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Lani
20th October 2006, 04:40 AM
what a little sweetheart!! :lotsaluv:

Linda
20th October 2006, 05:06 AM
:D :D :D :D

Just absolutely adorable from one Ruby lover to another.

lorin
20th October 2006, 05:24 AM
Gorgeous-how old???

molly+charlies mum
20th October 2006, 12:15 PM
very pretty :d*g:

Sydney
20th October 2006, 04:07 PM
Ruby was about 7 months old when this picture was taken. Her sister Sydney is about 6 months older. Ruby will be 1 year old on January 27 and Sydney will turn 2 years old in July.

Linda
20th October 2006, 04:58 PM
So can we please please see some updated pictures of your sweet little girl. Pretty Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeze. :D :D :D

Sunna
20th October 2006, 05:22 PM
What a gorgeous girl! :flwr: I agree with Linda, please show us more pictures ;)

Remali
21st October 2006, 04:32 AM
Oh how cute, she's really photogenic!!

Nisha
22nd October 2006, 10:45 AM
oh she is so adorable!!! just like sydney! a real looker

Maxxs_Mummy
22nd October 2006, 11:26 PM
What a clever girl you are, Ruby. Posting those pics all by yourself! Brains as well as beauty :flwr:

Sydney
23rd October 2006, 05:40 PM
My ability to post is our little secret. Mom and Dad don't know I have such a talent and I don't want them to know. They aren't very good with the computer and once they find out I'm computer literate, there will be no end to the requests they'll have for me. You know the kind, "Ruby, can you develop our web page?", "Ruby, can you set up our email?" Ruby, Ruby, Ruby. I'll never get my naps in with all the requests they'll have. Anyway, I'll post more pictures as soon as I can find that darn CD with my pictures on it. I have a nice picture of me me in Bar Harbor, Maine. I will post them tonight after Mom and Dad go to bed.

Ruby

molly
23rd October 2006, 07:00 PM
Oh Ruby, you are too cute! And FUNNY! Can you please come to my house after you set up Mom and Dad?

Sydney
24th October 2006, 02:10 AM
Okay, it took forever, but Mom and Dad are finally asleep and Sydney and I have finally gotten to log on. Sydney is here with me and wants to make sure I give her equal time. We promised everyone more pictures, so here they are. Of course, Sydney being the oldest, wants her pictures posted first, so I'll indulge her this one time. Anyway, we both got to go to Maine this summer. As you can see, we saw light houses and went to the top of Cadillac Mountain outside Bar Harbor. As you can probably tell, it was REALLY, REALLY windy and my eye's watered and our ear's blew, but it was so, so much fun. We also had the run of Acadia National Park and saw lots of wildlife, but Mom and Dad never once let us off our leashes. We promised them we would come right back, but they didn't let us. Despite that, it was really so much fun. Ooops, we gotta go, we hear Mom and Dad stirring and we can't let them know we are online. Sydney's already run back to bed, better go. More pictures later.

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Lani
24th October 2006, 02:11 AM
Oh, Ruby!!! Those are some really lovely pictures!! :snap:

Did you take them yourself too ... with the self-timer? :-)

Cathy Moon
24th October 2006, 02:52 AM
Nice photos! :D

RockNRollCav
24th October 2006, 03:43 AM
Ruby and Sydney - where are you from in Virginia, I am also from VA - in NoVA. My name is Corgan and I'm 7 months old. I think you, Ruby, are especially cute! :l*v:

Sydney
25th October 2006, 02:05 AM
Well, actually its not Ruby, its Sydney. Ruby is in the other room so I'm filling in for her online while she's busy. We do that for each other whenever we can. Mom and Dad are outside so I have to be quick. The pictures in Maine that Ruby posted yesterday were taken by Ruby and I. When Mom and Dad were busy looking at the scenery, Ruby and I would pick up their camera, strike a pose and snap away. icon_whistling What was even funnier is Dad thought Mom took the pictues and Mom thought Dad took the pictures. Its really funny to see them so confused. :lol: Of course, we'll never tell. As for the photo of us together in front of the lighthouse, that was taken by a passing Labrador Retriever to which we will ever be grateful. We originally asked a passing Dachshund, but he was so short he kept cutting our heads off in the picture. As for us, we're headed off on another road trip this weekend down to Colonial Williamsburg and Surry. If we can we'll look for some more opportunities to grab the camera and snap some photo's and post them as soon as we can. I hope Mom and Dad never find out about this web site or we have some really significant explaining to do. But then again, probably not as much explaining as if they find us taking the car out late at night to pick up some doggie treats. :drivecar:

Sincerely
Sydney and Ruby

Cathy T
25th October 2006, 04:34 AM
You guys are pistols. You best not be taking that car out without mommy and daddy knowing. Here's a tip...refill the gas tank and roll back the odometer...they'll never know! :lol: :lol: Oh and don't forget to put the seats back to their positions.

Looks like you all had a wonderful summer. What great trips your folks take you on.

Sydney
30th October 2006, 02:06 AM
Hey everyone! Ruby and Sydney are back. Mom and Dad have gone out to dinner so I am taking the time to log on and get everyone who has been following our adventures a little update. I noticed in a previous post that there might have been just a tad bit of scepticism about Sydney and I and some of our abilities. Just to put that to rest let me relate a little story. The other night when I snuck down to make my last online post, I thought I was all alone. Turned out, Sydney was waiting and just as I logged onto Dad's computer, there was a big flash :shock: and standing there with the camera and a huge grin :) was Sydney and this was the result:

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Sydney thought she really had me over a barrel and was probably thinking, "Boy, do I have her where I want her. Whatever I want she's going to have to give me or this picture just may have to find its way onto Cavalier Talk. From now on, I'm taking first choice on food, first choice on toys, the list is endless." Of course I didn't just fall off the proverbial bone truck, so I nonchalantly showed her this little beauty:








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And best of all, this shot from one our little late night runs to the doggie store for treats:








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Now normally, I work the gas and brake pedals, but as you can see, I am conspicuously absent in this shot. Plausible deniability is worth a fortune, wouldn't you say? Anyway, needless to say our rare sibling rivalry is now over and we are back to supporting each other 100%. After all, we can accomplish more together than we can apart and besides, who will we lay on the pillow with on Dad's lap if we are mad at each other.

Anyway, Mom and Dad took us to Colonial Williamsburg this weekend and we even took a ferry across the James River. OOPS! :yikes Mom and Dad just drove up so I gotta run. I still have to clear the computer cache and history before they walk in or we're busted for sure. Sydney can post our pictures of Williamsburg tomorrow. Check back for an update and some new adventure in the lives of Sydney and Ruby from Virginia.

Ruby.

Lindsay
30th October 2006, 02:12 AM
:rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:

Too funny!!!!!!

alibunnylady
30th October 2006, 02:19 AM
ROFL!! Lovely story of your adventures you little bundles of mischief, mustn't let Bertie find out or he will be copying you two! lolol!

Alison

Sydney
1st November 2006, 06:56 PM
Hi. We're back.

Just wanted to give everyone a little update on our weekend. Mom and Dad drove us down to Colonial Williamsburg this last weekend and we had a really good time. Of course Sydney was constantly on the prowl for squirrels and when she saw one, off she would go dragging Dad behind her on the leash. She was telling me later she knows she could catch one of those pesky little beasts if she didn't have the additional weight of a grown man holding her back. I have to admit she is about the fastest thing on four legs I have ever seen. But Dad keeps telling her you better be careful what you wish for because if you ever catch one of those little fur balls with teeth, you'll regret it. Sydney doesn't listen so she keeps trying and Dad keeps preventing it. Anyway, here are some photos of our weekend adventure.

This photo is of Sydney and I in front of the Royal Governors Palace. I think I can understand how all my ancestors could get used to living their lives on the lap of royalty in homes like this:

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While we were waiting for our pictures to be taken, we saw a really good looking boy cavalier walk by and, I hate to admit it, but he was quite the looker. :l*v: As you can see he turned both of our heads to get a glimpse, but thats okay, a girl can look can't she?

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We took a stroll down the Duke of Gloucester street and ended up down in front of the Capitol Building. Had a group of colonists firing their guns is the air, which immediately cause Sydney a moment of panic, but I soldiered on and got this picture.

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All right, all right, already here's Sydney too. Equal time I guess:

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Next weekend, if the weather is nice, we are going to Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington. Mom and Dad volunteer there a lot and we are allowed on the grounds. More pictures to come.

Sydney and Ruby in Virginia

merlinsmum
2nd November 2006, 01:36 PM
Sounds like Sydney and Ruby are right little adventurers!

Can't wait for the next instalment! :D

Maxxs_Mummy
2nd November 2006, 03:31 PM
What lovely pics of you both. Looks like you're both as clever as each other so no fighting and arguing ;)

You're both as beautiful as each other anyway :flwr:

LauraD
2nd November 2006, 07:01 PM
I just found this thread! :rotfl: cl*p Not only are you two gorgeous, but brilliant and funny too. Your parents must be so proud. :lotsaluv: I love reading about your adventures and seeing the pics, what a great life you have. :D You must continue to keep us all updated.

Sydney
3rd November 2006, 01:11 AM
Don't worry. There will be a new adventure this weekend and then some more photo's. Mom and Dad are always strapping us into our Lookout II car seats so we are nice and safe and then we're off again. We go just about every single place Mom and Dad go which tends to cut into our nap times but that's okay because we are with Mom and Dad. We'll post more because after all Sydney and I are always looking for new adventures. As you can see from our series of photo's, some of these adventures bring out the little icon_devil in us and others which bring out the little *ng*l in us. Of course, we are Cavaliers so the number of angel times far out number the little devil times. But you Cavalier owners know all about that don't you.

Ruby and Sydney in Virginia

Nisha
3rd November 2006, 10:12 AM
haha you guys are so cute and very intelligent doggies! ;) :lol: love hearing about you and your adventures..keep them cominG!

Sydney
3rd November 2006, 02:11 PM
Nisha,

Ruby is busy doing something outside with Mom. Thanks for note. Just wanted to let you know that Mom and Dan traveled to Australia last year. They loved it so much that when they brought me home for the first time they named me Sydney because they absolutely loved their time in Australia. More adventures to come.

Sydney in Virginia

Sydney
12th November 2006, 02:12 AM
Ruby and Sydney are back in the house,

Ruby and Sydney here. Let me begin by apologizing to all who have been anxiously awaiting our newest adventure. It seems Dad had to take a trip and he took his lap top with him which meant Sydney and I were out of communication. It got so bad at one time Sydney suggested we drive down to the library to use their internet computer. :sl*p: Let me count the ways that would be wrong. Number one we would have to drive in broad daylight and there is no way Sydney looks human in daylight, even if she is wearing her driving hat. Second, we all know they don't let dogs in the library, not even cute Cavaliers like us. Third, neither of us have learned to sign our names yet, so how would we sign in at the registry desk. Luckily, Dad is home and we are back in the show, baby. Anyway, just a little bit about our latest adventure . . . . . .

It being Fall in Virginia, Dad let us come outside while he raked leaves and while he was in the back yard, Sydney and I got these pictures of each other:


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Oh did that sun feel good on our backs. We could have laid there all day long, but Dad decided to put us back in the house while he finished. This was a development which was not acceptable at all, so we had to come to the window, get his attention with a few little whimpers, and then unleash on him the dreaded Cavalier pity stare. Just to cover all our angles, I gave him the "Let me out now!" stare and Sydney gave him "I have a little tear of saddnes!" look. What do you think, break your heart too, huh?

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Of course, it worked like a charm. Dad could never resist the power of the Cavalier stare so he quickly dropped his rake, grabbed Mom by the hand, the car keys, us, and we were off for Mount Vernon. It was such a beautiful day and we so enjoy being in our car seats and watching the Virginia countryside go by. We passed some horse farms and Sydney barked, but she is always a lot braver behind the car window than when face to face. Before we knew it we were walking through the gates of Mount Vernon, home of George Washington and America's first President. But that will have to wait until tomorrow because Mom and Dad just drove up and everyone knows we can't get caught on the computer. They still think we are the everyday, run of the mill Cavaliers, but this will continue to be our little secret, won't it? You'd be surprised what we Cavaliers can do when you humans aren't watching. What do your Cavaliers do when you are away? Maybe we will give you a clue in our next posting from Mount Vernon.

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Cathy T
12th November 2006, 03:29 AM
:lol: :lol: I couldn't tell you the last time I laughed so hard! Hubby had to come in and find out what I was laughing about and it got him going to. Ruby and Sydney...you two are a pair of the most original Cavaliers I've ever had the privilege of knowing. Ever thought about writing a book? Jake and Shelby are enjoying living vicariously through all of your adventures. And you are truly wonderful little photographers. Keep it coming guys!

LauraD
12th November 2006, 04:17 AM
:lol: You two are such great photographers and both so photogenic! You get to go on lots of adventures, you lucky girls. Mom and Dad are very good to you. And no worries we'll keep your secret and they will just think your "run of the mill dogs". ;) :thmbsup: I agree that doing a book would be a great idea! Thanks for updating us on your latest adventure.

Sydney
17th November 2006, 01:07 AM
Ruby and Sydney here, :*bay:

Just another note to pick up where we left off. We may get interrupted because Mom is out to the store and Dad is down stairs watching football. We are taking a chance by writing everyone with one of our parent's in the house, but we feel it's really important to not disappoint anyone who might need a little "Ruby-Sydney" update.

As we were telling everyone when we last left, we had just strolled through the gates at Mount Vernon. Mom and Dad volunteer here and so we get to go a lot and when we go, boy do we have a ball. The estate just opened two brand new museums and they are really nice. Although I'll have to admit, I was a little miffed that they wouldn't let Sydney and I go in to the theatre to see the orientation film. :cry*ing: I guess educational outreach doesn't extend as far as the canine world. I was so upset about being kept out of the theatre, I let them know my feelings on my visitor comment sheet I dropped off as I left. icon_whistling Of course, wouldn't you know it, they called when Mom and Dad were home so I didn't get an opportunity to explain the advantages of having Cavaliers being educated too. But Sydney and I laughed so hard upstairs listening to them talking on the phone and saying they hadn't left any comment card. This is like the pictures we took in Maine. Mom thought Dad and Dad thought Mom. Thank goodness I signed Mom's name instead of my own. It was so funny but I still don't think I'm going to get to see that darn film.

Our first stop was in front of the mansion on the bowling green. I'll have to admit this is one nice place. I think Sydney and I look rather regal on the green and lend an air of respectability to the estate, don't you think?

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And then came the big wooly sheep and we have quite the story to tell about our little encounter with those guys. You'll love this story. But that story and more pictures will have to wait til tomorrow because we see headlights in the window and that means Mom's home and that means food. We have so much more story to tell but we don't want to carry on too much and get caught or wear out our welcome with you.

Ruby and Sydney in Virginia :paw:

Cathy T
17th November 2006, 02:40 AM
What wonderful pictures. Glad you sent them that comment card...sounds like a bit of doggie discrimination to me! Can't wait for the next installment!

arasara
17th November 2006, 02:53 AM
This is the most fun I've had in weeks. I don't know where I've been with all of these installments, but somehow I missed this thread entirely.. :yikes :yikes

You guys are too clever .. you had me laughing al the way through and both Kosmo and Avi were looking at me like I am nutball.

I can't wait for tomorrow's installment..

You'll never wear out your welcome! :flwr:

molly
17th November 2006, 06:29 PM
Wooo-hooo! More Sydney and Ruby adventures. You 2 get me LOL! I think we need to organize a protest march for doggie discrimination. And tell them the movie they should be showing is Lady and the Tramp! can't wait for the next installment of your fun adventures! :lol: :lol:

Maxxs_Mummy
17th November 2006, 11:01 PM
Ha! Bet your Mom was confused when she got that phone call :lol:

You two are soooo clever and gorgeous too - my boys are quite smitten with you both. They'd like to know if you want to book some air tickets on your Daddy's credit card and come to stay?

Sydney
18th November 2006, 04:59 PM
Ruby and Sydney :updte:

Thank you all for the gracious comments about our ongoing adventures. :thnx: We agree that doggie discrimination is rampant just about everywhere we go but especially in restraunts and movie theaters. Although we are supposed to be sworn to secrecy, we would like to share a little secret with you. We are not the only Cavaliers who are online. There are plenty more Cavaliers out there just like us. We have our own web site, we call it "Human Talk: All About Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Owners". We had originally planned to call it Cavalier Talk, but you humans managed to snatch that one away from us before we could purchase the domain name. I still for the life of me can't imagine why you want to call it Cavalier Talk anyway. A more appropriate name would have been Human Talk or Human Talk About Cavaliers, but then again you humans can sometimes mystify us with what you do. Anyway, doggie discrimination is a never ending thread on our web page and many of the cavaliers you own are regulars, although we are swon to protect their identity. Maybe in one of out future posts we can provide more detail on the Cavalier web page and some of the topics. Sorry, but we can never give you the URL because many of our fellow Cavaliers wish to remain annonymous just like we are with Mom and Dad. Oh, by the way, as for going to England, we've already maxed out Dad's credit card in our late night runs to the treat store. He keeps calling the credit card company and complaining about fraudulent charges because he hasn't bought any doggie treats lately. Looks like we may have to switch to Mom's credit card for a while.

But I digress. Back at Mount Vernon. After a few more moments of rest and relaxation on the bowling green, we decided to take Mom and Dad down to see some of the animals on the estate. First stop was the sheep pen. Mom and Dad got distracted talking to one of the animal keepers, so I snuck the camera out of Mom's purse and snapped this picture of Sydney in front of the sheep.


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However, just as soon as I took it, one of those smarty pants sheep got a little mouthy and said we looked really cutesy in our harnesses and then rubbed it in by saying it was too bad we couldn't be free to roam the pasture like them. Now it was on. No one talks to my sister and I like that, so I handed the camera to Sydney, raised my head, and marched right over to the two biggest loud mouths there and said:

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Listen here you big bags of sweater yarn, if I hear one more smart remark about our apparel or any other aspect of life I will come right in there and take one of those horns off and shear you to within an inch of your life. Of course, they backed down right away and apologized so I had some more pictures taken in my triumph.

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Notice my grin. I can't wait to go back this next Spring and see them again after they had a little haircut and see them when they are standing there stark naked. Lets see who might need a little harness then to help cover up.

After putting the peanut gallery back in its place we strolled up to the back of the mansion. As nice as the view was from the front of the house, it was even nicer on the back. Mount Vernon overlooks the Potomac River and the views are spectacular. They have chairs set up on the porch for all the humans to sit in but we preferred the cool feel of grass. As you can see from many of my pictures I post, I prefer laying to standing, while Sydney is ever vigilant for the ever present squirrels to make their appearance so she can drag Dad behind her. :dogwlk:

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While we were at Mount Vernon we saw lots of horses, tons of Red Devon oxen, a smattering of mules, flocks of chickens, and of course some smart mouth sheep. Before long it was time to go so we headed back to the car and home. I hope everyone enjoys our little adventures. We are headed out again next week, but Mom and Dad haven't told us where yet. Sorry, I was a little long winded, but Mom and Dad are off visiting some friends and we have the run of the house for several hours. Stay tuned. No telling what little adventure the two of us are liable to get into. Update you soon.

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Ruby and Sydney in Virginia :paw:

Maxxs_Mummy
18th November 2006, 09:01 PM
Heya Woobs, shaym yoo can't yooz yor Dads card no more, yoo cood avs cum ta meye hows an stayd wiv mee an Maxxy. Yoo ar the saym colour all over az I am on me fweckuls an me blobs :lol: Luv CharlEe xxxxx

Nisha
19th November 2006, 04:07 AM
i havent been able to look at this thread in a while..just been reading over everything and you guys crack me up! :lol:


Nisha,

Ruby is busy doing something outside with Mom. Thanks for note. Just wanted to let you know that Mom and Dan traveled to Australia last year. They loved it so much that when they brought me home for the first time they named me Sydney because they absolutely loved their time in Australia. More adventures to come.

oh they liked Australia did theY! hmm they have nice taste!! ;) too bad you guys couldnt make it ;)

oh and the sheep thought you guys "cutesy" huh..you girls are such male magnets!

Claire
20th November 2006, 12:23 PM
Me, Woody and Oz missed this the first time, Sydney and Ruby you have had us giggling -mum always keeps the laptop on the large table but we are going to try and stand on each other to get it :lol: - good luck in keeping the laptop usage secret icon_whistling We aren't going to tell your mum and dad cos we like your adventures so much..

Sydney
1st December 2006, 03:19 AM
FINALLY, Ruby and Sydney here,

Before we begin, we both want to tell you how much fun this American tradition of Thanksgiving can be. Today was our first experience with this holiday and we think it is our most favorite because, as you would probably expect, it involves food, lots and lots of food. Yummy Yummy. While Mom and Dad didn't spoil us with too much food, (they said we had to watch our girly figures), we did notice our bowls had significantly more on this day than yesterday. After our big meal we took the best nap in front of the fireplace that I think either of us have ever had. Mom and Dad's bowls must have had lots and lots too because they soon joined us in doggy slumber. At least we think they napped because when we went to sleep there they were, in our dreams with us, playing and running and even barking just like us.

Of course, we've been dying to get back on line, but with the holiday, we couldn't get a moment just to ourselves until today. We've had the strangest weekend I think ever and we are hoping maybe someone out there can help us understand it all. Let me explain. Normally we wake Mom and Dad up with lots and lots of licks to their faces, but this weekend, they woke us up. After our regular morning walk, Dad bundled us up and put us into our car seats:







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As you can see, they're great seats which allow us to see out the windows while at the same time, we are safely harnessed into the seat belt which keeps us snug and safe. Anyway, I digress. We kept asking and asking and asking but Mom and Dad weren't about to give up the goods and reveal where were we going. So, just to amuse ourselves, Sydney and I engaged in one of our favorite traveling past times, the notorious message signs. Let us give you a little example. While Mom and Dad aren't looking, we pull out some paper and a marker and before you know it, we have little Cavvie signs. Next step is to wait until we come up to a stop light and when some humans pull up next to us, this is what they see:









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I think my sign is better but what do you think? Problem is Sidney usually gets more treats than I do which I never understand. Maybe one day I can get a little peek-a-boo at that sign of hers.









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After a few more miles and many more signs, we arrived in the mountains of the Shenandoah Valley and Mom and Dad got us out of the car and we were in heaven. For as far as we could see it was nothing but tree after tree after tree. Mom and Dad said something about a holiday called Christmas and something about a Christmas tree. We don't know what this holiday is and so far it didn't involve oodles of food, but we were outside and running. Anyway, we spent several hours walking among all the trees and even I was getting tired when all of a sudden, Mom and Dad stopped, saying something about what a beautiful tree.

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Perplexed as we were, nothing prepared for what happened next. Dad dropped to his knees and cut that sucker down and THEN started dragging it down the mountain. After arriving at a house at the bottom of the mountain, Mom and Dad went in to pay for the tree, but even as we watched them walk away, we knew they would be back.

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When they left, they didn't say anything, so Sydney and I just naturally assumed anything so important had to be guarded with insane jealousy, so we struck our most vicious poses to protect it from any marauding deer or wild bears. Sydney really had a serious look but it was probably because she had seen a squirrel. Leave it to Sydney to leave the hard work to me.

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It worked because not one bear stole that tree. Sydney and I thought we were going to leave that tree but the next thing I know is Dad is loading that tree onto the TOP OF THE CAR. He then put us back in our car seats, and we drove home. I am so confused, WE HAVE NEVER DRIVEN A TREE HOME BEFORE! I'm not sure what we are going to do with it, but hopefully, once we find out more information, we can provide some answers in our next post. I've rambled on way too long so until next time.

Ruby and Sydney in Virginia
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Joanne M
1st December 2006, 04:22 AM
Gorgeous pictures. If I were in the Maine Office of Tourism, I'd want to use them on brochures. Sydney and Ruby, please come visit me the next time you're in New England. I need a tutorial!

Edited - After I left my Maine comment, the rest of your pictures loaded. Sydney and Ruby you are well traveled ladies. I look forward to more of your adventures.

You are riding in style. Where did you buy your car seats? I would like one too, I have to stand up in the back seat to look out the window in my car.

molly
1st December 2006, 04:28 AM
LOL. Sydney and Ruby I loved your new adventure and your window signs had me cracking up! Can't wait until you write to Santa.

Sydney
2nd December 2006, 04:52 PM
Ruby here,

Mom is upstairs cleaning :v*cuum: and Sydney and I are laying here watching Animal Planet this morning because they are showing a special on Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. Pretty interesting about our ancestors. Anyway, Mom and Dad got us our car seats at a local pet shop. They are called Lookout II car seats and you can find them on line. Anytime we are in the car we ride in our car seats and they are ever so nice because we are always belted in but we can still stand up, turn around, and sleep. If you'll notice, I have my harness on while Sydney has her Puppia on. Mom and Dad buy Sydney harnesses but she has a bad habit of chewing her way out icon_devil and ruining the harness, so she is relegated to wearing only her Puppia. I prefer a harness to my Puppia, guess I like to reveal a little more skin so I leave my harness alone. Also, we've been on another road trip :drivecar: which we will tell everyone about soon. Until then here is a little clue to where we were:













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Gotta run for now, because you know that tree we brought home on top of the car? Mom and Dad have dragged that big green monster into the house now. This Christmas holiday is a little bewildering to us Cavaliers and I can't quite figure it out. :? We'll post some pictures soon and you can see what I mean.
Trees in the living room. You humans crack me up sometimes. :rotfl:

Ruby and Sydney in Virginia :paw:

Joanne M
2nd December 2006, 05:50 PM
Ruby and Sydney go to Washington. Now maybe we'll turn some things around.

sarahg
2nd December 2006, 05:51 PM
What great pictures :l*v:

Sarah Xxx

molly
2nd December 2006, 07:28 PM
Ruby and Sydney go to Washington. Now maybe we'll turn some things around. :rotfl:

Joanne M
3rd December 2006, 01:17 AM
Ruby and Sydney, my niece Elizabeth and I have been taking turns reading your adventure stories outloud to each other. I really think you should publish a children's book, or actually since I'm adult and I love these adventures, the book could be for everyone. Now I'm giving Elizabeth a chance to type and make her own comments, and ask her own questions. She is a very smart six year old girl.

my names elizabeth and i wanted to know if your pearents waer (were) dogs or hyoumens (humans) and if they waer (were) dogs how you get your car. i like all your advedchore (adventure) stories. well bye my dog tucker says hi and bye too. i hope i haer another story of yours byebyebye everyone

(Elizabeth comprehends and reads words that she can't always spell.)

Sydney
4th December 2006, 04:19 AM
Ruby and Sydney here,

What a nice note Elizabeth. Sydney and I hope you love Cavaliers as much as our Mom and Dad love us. However, you must promise us you will never ever tell our Mom and Dad about everything you have read about us. icon_whistling They don't know about our special talents. They think we are simply two regular run of the mill Cavaliers who must be continually pampered and spoiled. If they ever find out we can do so many things on our own, they might stop driving us around and insist we drive them. Wouldn't that be funny. Two Cavaliers in the front seat of the car with one driving and the other reading the road map and navigating and, in the back seat, would be two humans with their heads out the windows, ears blowing in the wind, tongues hanging out.

As for your questions, Sydney and I have human parents now but were born to two wonderful Cavalier King Charles Spaniels near Dublin Ireland. (Although neither of us have the same parents, which means we are not true sisters, we have grown to love each other just like sisters. :hug: ) Dad used to work in Ireland and knew some breeders and when the time was right to own a Cavalier, he flew over with Mom and bought Sydney from a man who was a good friend and more important, a reputable breeder, and then flew back home to America with her. About six months later, another breeder called because they knew Mom and Dad wanted a sister for Sydney and particularly a Ruby Cavalier. He just happened to have a stunningly beautiful little Ruby Cavalier who was solid red "ME, ME, ME". Mom and Dad flew back to Ireland and I got my first chance to meet my new human Mom and Dad. It was then my adventure with my human parents began. I was so excited because I could tell my parents would treat us with so much love and I have been right. Sydney and I love our new human parents and they love us as you can see from our pictures and all the places we go together.

As for the car, well technically we don't own a car. We sometimes run out of dog treats and just can't wait for Mom to take us, so we have to borrow one and the most convenient one belongs to Mom and Dad. So when it gets dark, Sydney grabs Dad's coat, a driving hat, sunglasses, 8) and the car keys, and we are off for the treat store.

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I operate the gas pedals and brakes and Sydney just yells out "GAS" Ruby and then "BRAKES" Ruby whenever she wants to go and stop. We are pretty good and are careful not to get any police tickets. People look at us at stop lights but Sydney never makes eye contact and when the light turns green, Sydney yells "GAS" Ruby and off we go, tires smoking because I sometimes don't know my own strength. At the treat store Sydney stands on my shoulders and passes a note telling the clerk what we want and then we charge it on Dad's credit card.

Well, I'd better go now Elizabeth. I've talked way too much and Sydney and I are all tuckered out from all this writing as you can see.

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By the way, tell Tucker hello for us and keep your eye on him especially when he thinks you are asleep. We aren't the only Cavaliers that have special talents out there.

Ruby and Sydney in Virginia :paw:

Joanne M
4th December 2006, 04:57 AM
Thank you. I've left a message for Elizabeth with her mother so they can check your post tomorrow.

Good night Ruby, Good night Sydney.

Joanne M
8th December 2006, 11:11 PM
dear sydney and ruby,

elizabeth here i got your post today i think
your veryvery clever dogs also very smart dogs too you'll haveto
make a scrapbook your like my cousin tucker hes very smart like
you you shoud be on americas funniest home videos i wish i could
meet you in human i mean dog haha dog friends haha again your so
funny do you do stand up comedy.hahahaha

elizabeth and tucker bye bye

moniechris
9th December 2006, 05:33 PM
Boy do I love you guys!!! My fiancee thinks I am nuts but I am dying laughing and trying to explain this post is impossible, you just have to read it for yourself. You guys are better travelled than I am!!! Lucky girls!!

Sydney
11th December 2006, 02:04 AM
Ruby and Sydney here,

You know that big tree that I told you about in my last online post? Remember me telling you about Dad dragging it INTO the house? I was really afraid my Mom and Dad were quickly accelerating straight to the looney bin when they set it up in the corner of the living room. So to ease my mind, I went online to the Cavalier King Charles web site (sorry the URL is available only to us Cavaliers) and went to the chat room we Cavaliers call "General Discussion on Quirky Human Traits" and posted a question on this holiday called Christmas. Luckily some other Cavaliers who had been around for a few years (and who shall remain nameless for obvious reasons) quickly responded and explained everything we wanted to know about Christmas. Of course, like everything online you have to careful about the information you get. Some Cavalier told us that a giant rabbit brought Christmas presents and left them under the human pillows. We thought that was a little strange until a well seasoned Cavalier told us that was wrong and that Cavalier had mixed up two completely different holidays with something you humans refer to as the tooth fairy. Anyway, we have the right information and now it is all making perfect sense and I don't have to worry about Mom and Dad going crazy. So Sydney and I are going to pitch in tonight when Mom and Dad are asleep and you know what we are going to do? That's right.....we are both going to sneak down and decorate that tree for them. This is going to be great because Mom and Dad are going to come down stairs tomorrow morning with us at their feet and the tree is going to be all decorated. :yikes They won't have the slightest clue it was us. Maybe Sydney and I will leave a Cavalier Sign (like we do in the car) leaning up against the tree that says Santa's elves were here and they decorated that tree. This is going to be hilarious. I wish you could be here to see their faces in the morning. I'm almost rolling on the floor now I'm laughing so hard just thinking about it. :rotfl: We'll take pictures while we work and post them sometime this week. :snap: Anyway, while Sydney and I are decorating, why don't you listen to a little Christmas carol video that I put together. I'm getting gooooood at this computer stuff.

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Ruby and Sydney in Virginia :paw:

moniechris
11th December 2006, 02:12 AM
I LOVED the carol video! One of my favorite Christmas songs of all time :D I can't wait to see your handy work ladies!! Won't mommie and daddie be surprised!! icon_whistling

Sydney
17th December 2006, 03:11 AM
Ruby and Sydney

Mom and Dad are fast asleep now and we have slipped out of bed and have started decorating this big tree in the living room. Thank goodness Dad got the boxes of decorations out of the basement before he went to bed. Although we both could have carried the boxes upstairs, why go to all that trouble when you can let Dad do it for us. Kind of like driving.

Where do I start. Some Cavaliers sent us pictures of their owner’s trees from last year so we have an impression of what we are supposed to do. First, we have assigned tasks. Sydney is responsible for getting the step ladder out of the closet while I am busy getting all the lights ready. I think I should have taken the job of getting the step ladder out. These lights are really frustrating me. First, they are all tangled and I have lights everywhere.







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Secondly, I plugged the lights in and I have several bulbs burnt out. Then I have to somehow get to the top of the tree and start wrapping the lights round and round and round. This is going to mean I’ll have to stand on Sydney’s shoulders like she does when we go to the treat store. I never thought this could be that hard but talking to some other Cavaliers online, we have been told that you humans sometimes get really frustrated with lights too so we will soldier on.


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After I finally got all the lights up, I was so tired I could barely crawl out from under that tree. Next year, I'm gonna be responsible for the step ladder.





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After stringing all the lights, we started hanging ornaments and it all went much quicker until Sydney found an ornament that looked a little like her. Of course, she had to parade it around the house but of course the only ones who could see it were Sydney and I. Sydney wanted to make sure it got hung in a place that everyone who walks in can see it right away. Once she got it hung from the tree she had to step back and admire her handy work .

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. . . . . and admire her handiwork

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. . . . . and admire her handiwork, sheesh get over it already!

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Personally, I think it’s a little crooked and would be much better looking with another color Cavalier on it, if you know what I mean. After it was all said and done, I think we did a pretty good job on that tree and so took some time to step back and take a few pictures of us while we admired our handiwork. Sydney was responsible for setting up the camera to take the next shot so you can see us admiring our work. Yeah, right. So much for me admiring our work. Next time I'll take the group shot.




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After our work was done we had one more task left and that was to throw Mom and Dad off the trail the next morning. To keep them from thinking it was us that had decorated that tree, we had to make up some of our Cavalier signs, like we use when we are in the car, and leave them for Mom and Dad to see when they got up the next morning. Since I am the better speller, it fell to me to come up with the sign. Our plan was to make Mom and Dad think some elves came in during the night and decorated the tree while we ALL slept, so I went to work and here is my result. Think it will work to draw attention away from Sydney and I?







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After I had finished my handiwork, we left it in a conspicuous location before slipping back up the stairs and back into bed.

The next morning Mom and Dad came downstairs and immediately stopped at the bottom of the stairs with the most priceless looks on their faces. I never knew humans could look so funny. I think their mouths must have been big enough to drive a truck into. Of course, Mom asked Dad why he decorated the tree during the night. He said he didn’t decorate it so it meant Mom decorated it. Of course, Sydney pointed out our Cavalier sign which caused even funnier looks on their faces. They still haven’t stopped talking about that decorated tree, how it got that way, and the elves. Of course, Sydney and I are still laughing so hard, we think we might have to use some puppy pads. :rotfl: If everyone remembers, in our last post online, I told you I would take a picture the next morning so you could see the expression on Mom and Dad’s face. While I was ready, I am afraid I was laughing so hard I wasn’t paying attention and, as you can see, had my thumb in front of the lens.

:oops:





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Oh well, take my word for it, their expressions were priceless and Sydney and I will be talking about this adventure for the rest of our lives. I guess looking at the calendar, Christmas is getting closer. In our next post we will share with you our Christmas list and what we would like to get. We don’t know who we are supposed to give the list to, so we are going back to the Cavalier Web site and post that question and see if any of our fellow Cavaliers know.

Hope your tree is up.

Ruby and Sydney in Virginia :paw:

Joanne M
19th December 2006, 02:44 AM
Hi Ruby and Sydney. This is Joanne and Elizabeth. I want to compliment you on the beautiful tree. You did a great job decorating it.

I have some information for you. The person you give your list to is named Santa Claus. He comes into your house on Christmas every year and he leaves boxes with gifts inside under the tree. I hope you get everything you want. I wrote many letters this year, and most of the things I want are electronic.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Lots of Love,
Joanne, Elizabeth and Tucker too :)

Cathy T
19th December 2006, 05:26 AM
Oh what fun!! I hadn't checked this thread lately and didn't realize I had missed so much. Jake and Shelby sure wish they went on even half the adventures you gals do! While they didn't manage to decorate the tree themselves this year....they did a great job of assisting John and I. And Jake hasn't peed on any presents....yet!!

Can't wait to hear about your further adventures. Take lots of pics!!

merlinsmum
20th December 2006, 01:48 PM
Hi Ruby and Sydney,

Our mum tells us that the pressent get sent off to santa and then we have to be good boys to get them back :yikes Looking at our calender I don't think we'll have time to make up for our naughtiness.........................

Hope you two have been good so santa brings your pressies

Merlin & Oakley

Cicero's Mummy
20th December 2006, 03:09 PM
hey Ruby and Sydney!!

You have been to two of my FAVORITE places!!!!

Williamsburg and Mt Vernon!

I bet Williamsburg was tons and tons of fun! Did you like all those mansions!

Well... keep us updated!

LauraD
20th December 2006, 06:08 PM
Oh Ruby and Sydney, you smart girls! What a sweet thing to do for your Mom and Dad, they'll never know it was you! :D We love reading about your adventures, sounds like you will all have a wonderful Christmas.

Sydney
23rd December 2006, 09:44 PM
Ruby and Sydney

Thank you all so very much for the information on Santa Claus. Between the postings from you (thank you so much) and the discussions with all our other Cavaliers on the Cavalier web site "Human Talk - The Cavalier Chat Room on Human Owners", we are getting hip on this dude called Santa. Also, by keeping our ears open, we've also heard Mom talking about this jolly old fat man, with a beard, wearing a red suit called Santa Claus. Apparently he comes down a chimney, (if you have one, if not he has other ways to get in), and then leaves us presents under the tree we decorated. Now normally, anyone coming into our house uninvited will hear about it from Sydney and I. But if this Santa guy is hauling down some doggie treats and chew toys, well let's just say we can make a bit of an exception, can't we Sydney. Reading some of your posts it appears we have to put together a list of presents we would like Santa to bring us and then mail it to Santa. Some other Cavaliers said it was too late to send a list to Santa now but we have a feeling that if Santa is half the person we have read about, we could have our list arrive on Christmas Eve and he would still answer all our wishes. But just to make sure we have all our bases covered, we are getting down to business. First of all we had to wait until Mom and Dad left. Once they were gone, Sydney got some paper and pens down and she started first. Before Sydney had gotten much past her name at the top of the list, Sydney thought she saw some headlights coming down the drive,

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And boy, did we scramble out of the kitchen and disappeared up the stairs as fast our little legs could carry us,

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We disappeared up the stairs and slipped back onto our pillows when suddenly Sydney remembered she had left her list on the kitchen table.







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Luckily it was a false alarm and it wasn't Mom and Dad. If they had come in and found her list on the table, we would have been busted for sure. Quickly getting back to work, Sydney completed her list first but only because she had a cup of coffee to keep her awake.

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And this is what Sydney is asking Santa for this year

Endless Dreams of Running
Basking in the Sun
Unconditional Love
Coming Home After a Trip
Unexpected Treats

And while you're at it Santa, Sydney also wants you to bring her

Extra Large Box of Squirrels
New Driving Gloves
Lady and the Tramp DVD

Once she finished her list, I started mine, but trying to figure out what I want Santa to bring me is really hard work. Before I knew it, I had accidentally dozed off. Guess I should have done like Sydney and had a cup of coffee too:


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A little bit of a nap must have helped, because when I woke up I figured out that this is what I want Santa to bring me on Christmas



Lots and Lots of Wet Kisses
Peaceful Afternoon Naps
A Soft Chewy Squeak Toy
A New Pillow And My Favorite Spot in Front of the Window
Unexpected Treats
Mom or Dad's Lap to Curl Up In and Nap

And of course I could also use the following if its not too much trouble Santa:

A New Laptop All My Own
Any Book on Programming in C++ And Java
A Vera Bradley Handbag like my Mommy's

After finishing our list, we knew we had to mail it somewhere but no one knew the right address, so we are taking a guess and sending it to someplace called the North Pole. We're not exactly sure where that is, but we have total faith in the U.S. Postal Service.

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And mailed it during one of our late night runs to the doggie store for doggie treats.

Looks like we have yet again come to the conclusion of another Ruby and Sydney adventure. Our only task left is to prepare for Santa's arrival. We understand it is a tradition for human children to leave Santa a plate of cookies and a glass of milk. In honor of that tradition, I practiced leaving Santa a plate of our own goodies, with hopes he would enjoy them while he is here, but of course Sydney just COULDN'T resist and had to go take some.

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I told her if she did something like that on Christmas Eve, Santa might not leave any presents for her. Sydney whined about how she liked treats and couldn't resist but promised she would behave on Christmas Eve.

Well, better run. Mom and Dad are back from the store. Only a few days left until Christmas. We'll get back with another posting on Christmas Eve. Until then, so long everyone and make sure you have everything ready for Santa. We do.

Ruby and Sydney in Virginia :paw:

Cathy T
24th December 2006, 02:01 AM
Ruby and Sydney - hope you both have a wonderful Christmas. I have a feeling you will get everything on your list...well...maybe not everything :lol: I'm sure your list will get to Santa as long as you posted it to the North Pole. Everyone knows that's where Santa lives and I'm sure the postman up there is very familiar with his house. I've so enjoyed your stories....have a nice restful Christmas and we're looking forward to your future tales!

moniechris
24th December 2006, 09:09 PM
Wesley asks that if you get a box of squirrels, do tell where to purchase one for himself!! :lol:

Sydney
25th December 2006, 12:07 AM
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Ruby and I would like to thank all of you who have participated in our adventures
and wanted to take this wonderful opportunity to tell you . . . .

Merry Christmas to all . . . . .

. . . . .and to all a Good Night.


Ruby and Sydney in Virginia :paw:

moniechris
26th December 2006, 01:03 AM
ooooooh!! What a beautiful picture!! You ladies look like the ghosts of Christmas past!

Sydney
30th December 2006, 12:55 AM
Ruby Here,

Santa came to our house! Santa came to our house! Sydney and I must have been good this last year because we cleaned up. Of course, it was a bygone conclusion we would get something because, after all, aren't Cavaliers good all the time? But it's good to have Santa validate that fact. Sydney and I got lots and lots of squeaky toys, chewy sticks, bags and bags of treats, and a really cute ball with 10 different colored balls inside. That is it on the left: (Sydney is off the all the rest of my goodies but that's okay, I have my favorites)

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Sydney and I take turns taking all the little balls out of the big ball, squeaking them a few times, and then scampering off to hide them all around the house. Mom and Dad keep finding them upstairs, downstairs, on the stairs, etc. We also got a little extra credit when we put one under the cushion on the sofa and it made Mom jump and squeal when she sat on it. We also got a new house to replace our current residence in the kitchen. We like it there because its warm and we can keep an eye on Mom and Dad there best.

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Oh yes, I got Sydney the driving gloves she asked for and the large box of squirrels. There's a lot, I got a gross (144) with a good discount. She lets one out occasionally and chases it across the yard but it scampers up the closest tree and disappears. Everyone in the neighborhood keeps complaining that there seems to be more squirrels this year and we just smile and keep looking cute. Now we are ready for the New Years holiday and we understand from Mom that you humans make promises to yourselves for the New Year and call them resolutions. In the spirit of the holiday, Sydney and I have come up with some resolutions of our own which we would like to share with you now. What do you think?


Ruby and Sydney's New Year's Resolutions

I will not wake Mommy up by sticking my cold, wet nose on her bottom.
I will not chew my Dad's toothbrush and not tell him.
I will not chew crayons or pens, especially not the red ones, since it seem to cause Mom to think I was bleeding.
When in the car, I will not insist on having the window rolled down when it's raining outside.
I will not drop soggy tennis balls in the underwear of someone who is sitting on the toilet.
We do not have a doorbell. I will not bark each time I hear one on TV.
I will not steal my Mom's underwear and dance all over the back yard with it.
The sofa is not a face towel. Neither are Mom and Dad's laps.
My head does not belong in the refrigerator.
I will not play tug-o'-war with Dad's underwear when he's on the toilet.
I do not need to suddenly stand straight up when I'm lying under the coffee table.
I will not roll my toys behind the fridge.
The garbage collector is NOT stealing our stuff.
I must shake the rainwater out of my fur BEFORE entering the house.
I will not eat the cats' food, before or after they eat it.
The computer's mouse is, unlike a real mouse, inedible.
I will stop trying to find the few remaining clean pieces of carpet in the house when I am about to throw up.
I will not throw up in the car.
I will not roll on dead seagulls, fish, crabs, etc., when we go to the beach.
"Kitty box crunchies" are not food.
I will not eat any more socks and then re-deposit them in the backyard after processing.
The diaper pail is not a cookie jar.
If you can help us think of any more, let us know.

As soon as the New Year's holiday is over, Sydney and I can start where we left off before the holiday's, with our last adventure in Washington D.C. We have lots of stories to tell and pictures to share. Don't worry, it won't be our last trip. In the New Year, Mom and Dad are taking us on lots of trips here in Virginia and we may even get to see Queen Elizabeth. She has promised to come to Virginia to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown in 1607. We are also going to spend time in the Hamptons in New York, (Mom grew up there), Charleston, South Carolina, and maybe for our big vacation a trip to England, Scotland, or Ireland. More to come so try to keep up.

Ruby and Sydney in Virginia :paw:

Cathy T
30th December 2006, 01:00 AM
Oh my....somebody sure got spoiled by Santa...and good for you!! I love the New Year's Resolution....did anyone also tell you it's a tradition to not keep at least 90% of them? :D

Sydney
30th December 2006, 01:05 AM
Ruby here,

90%? :yikes Uh, no. No one said anything about actually keeping them. We thought it was a good joke. I'd better go tell Sydney. I thought we could for sure keep one or two, but 90%. Not sure I like New Year's like I did Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Ruby and Sydney in Virginia :paw:

moniechris
30th December 2006, 02:05 AM
If you happen to see Wesley or Cody on one of your cavalier sites...be sure to let them know about the cat food one....The litter box is NOT a 24 hour all-you-can-eat buffet!! :yuk:

Lani
30th December 2006, 02:09 AM
Awww ... Sydney and Ruby ... love those resolutions and those pics of your Christmas loot!!! :)

Sydney
30th December 2006, 03:32 AM
Ruby Here,

TO Cathy T. Whew, for a moment there I thought you meant we had to actually KEEP 90% of our resolutions. Its much better knowing we only have to keep 10% or less. I think Sydney and I can keep 10% or so.

Ruby and Sydney in Virginia :paw:

Joanne M
30th December 2006, 04:04 AM
Dear Ruby and Sydney,

It looks like you had a wonderful Christmas. I love your new pink house. Tucker has one, his is blue, unfortunately he chewed through the door panel, I roll it up and keep it open, though he rarely uses it. I cannot wait to tell Elizabeth about the latest update to your adventures. Your Resolution List is hilarious.

ELIZABETH here, New Year's Eve Day:

my auntie said i could leave you a post well first of all lets say i hope you have a happy new year. thank you for all your stories. Bye.

Maxxs_Mummy
1st January 2007, 05:18 PM
Love your latest pics girls :D Glad Santa Paws came and left you some lovely presents - you must have been good :lol:

are your folks going to bring you to England with them? Make sure they don't leave you behind if they come over - there's plenty of other Cavaliers here for you both to meet :D

Om's Mom
2nd January 2007, 12:35 AM
:thmbsup: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :w**h**: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: cl*p
Omlete, here on my lap, and I just found and read this entire thread :lol: :lol: :lol: What a treat and a great way to start our new year. :thnku: Thanks Ruby and sydney for the great journey with you two.

Om is squirming around here. I think she plans to check in with you on your secret site Human Talk: All about Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Owners

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Om's Mom & OM

Sydney
3rd January 2007, 02:25 AM
Hey everyone, Sydney here checking in. Ruby will be right back, she's busy with her Christmas stuff.

Just wanted to take a moment and respond to a few posts from our Cavalier friends out there. We would like to respond to everyone who reads about our adventures, but its difficult when you don't want your Mom and Dad to catch you. As a warning to all the Cavaliers out there who have been reading about us. Don't get caught reading these or you'll never get any rest around the house. Trust me, your owners will always be forever trotting you out in front of the neighbors to do a little soft shoe (yes we Cavaliers are notoriously good dancers/tail waggers), having you run errands for them in the car, programming their computers, etc. Our parents don't know about this web site but your parents do, so if you want to communicate, try our web site or log on here under an alias. Bottom line is be discrete and only log on when Mom and/or Dad is out of the house. Anyway, here we go:



TO OMLETE - Drop us a line on Human Talk. We have a lot of really good chat rooms and topics going on. When we Cavaliers pool our knowledge and work together, the world is our oyster. In fact, it's in the chat room "Treat-a-holics" that we can identify the best treat stores within a 15 mile radius of your home if you enter your zip code. This comes in handy for those nights when you are absolutely famished and your humans are asleep in your favorite spot on the couch :slp: and you must take a drive on your own.




TO DONNA, MAX, and CHARLIE - We'd love to come to England with Mom and Dad and meet all of our English Cavalier cousins. I think we can come now because some of our Cavalier buddies on Human Talk have told us that we can now get a doggie passport and as long as we have our rabies shots current we don't have to worry about quarrantine! If that's right, Ruby and I will start practicing our driving on the right. Maybe if we are in your area, we can drive by and pick you up on one of our late night "English" treat runs. :drivecar: Know of any good treat stores in your area? If you do, log on after Mum goes to bed and lets chat.




TO TUCKER (and Elizabeth) - Duuuude. Don't chew through the flap, they'll know you did it. Listen, log onto Human Talk and go to the chat room titled "Silly Humans - Think You Can Contain Me?" and you can read about all the ways our owners try to keep us contained and the ways we can get out without leaving a trace. There are even ways you can roam around and then put yourself back in making your owners think you were never out. For instance, Mom and Dad zip our container up. But we found out from this chat room, that if they zip it up that means they are going out for something, so if you wait until they leave and then use a small paper clip . . . ooops, humans read this so go to our web site. We've got all the straight answers on how to get out of ANYTHING without leaving a single trace. :lol:



TO WESLEY and CODY - Don't worry. They were only resolutions and from what I hear humans make them and break them all the time, so go ahead and eat up. Besides, this was one resolution Ruby and I will probably be able to keep because MOM AND DAD DON'T HAVE ANY KITTY'S! :jump: Oh yes, you can find out where to purchase boxes of squirrels on our web site under the chat room "Treat-a-holic". See our post to Omlete above.



Better run for now. Mom and Dad are coming back from next door. I'm still trying to get all my pictures together from Washington D.C. and once they are together, I'll post them online and tell you about our method of straightening house in the capital.

Ruby and Sy....er, wait........... SYDNEY and Ruby in Virginia :paw:

lorin
3rd January 2007, 05:56 AM
Sydney & Ruby have huge fans here!!!! :)

Sydney
7th January 2007, 05:50 PM
Ruby and Sydney Here,

Many of you have emailed me and asked about our Washington DC pictures. Well, I've finally gotten some free time from my extremely busy and hectic schedule involving naps, chewies, and of course play time with Mom and Dad. With a short lull in the action, I can now post my pictures from one of our weekend trips into Washington. While these photo's were taken prior to Thanksgiving and Christmas, Sydney and I were so busy with our holiday adventures, I haven't gotten around to showing you until now.

This was going to be so much fun, because Mom and Dad both work in DC during the week so it's sometimes hard to get them to go back downtown on the weekends. But after enough begging and pleading, we finally convinced them it was in their best interest to take us and show us the sites, educationally speaking that is, if they ever expected us to get into one of the better universities when we grew up. So, based on that argument, off we went. Sydney has been downtown before, but this was my first trip and I could barely contain my excitement.

I soon found out that there are way too many things to see and do and to cover it all in one day would be expecting too much, so it was suggested we start at the Capitol.

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It seems that this is where something called Congress meets. I don't think this must be a very friendly group because Dad's always mad at them come April 15th. But I'm not so sure because the American humorist from Oklahoma Will Rogers said some really funny things about these people called Congress. Things like;

"The country has come to feel the same when Congress is in session as when the baby gets hold of a hammer."

Or

"If I studied all my life, I couldn't think up half the number of funny things passed in one session of Congress."

Sounds like a funny bunch of people so I was a little miffed when I tried to go in and hear some of their jokes and the policeman said "No Dogs Allowed". And they call this a Democracy. I don't think so, at least not until dogs get to vote. So it was up to me to bring a little humor to the mall. Here I am striking my best Congressional pose and saying, "Vote for me and I'll give you a bazillion doggie treats and all the squirrels you can chase." As you can see, even Sydney thought this was really really funny and was laughing hysterically.

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Enough fooling around because we had lots more to see, so we snapped a picture of each other and moved on

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Next stop was the Washington Monument. Boy was it ever big. Sydney and I stood at the bottom and looked straight up and from our vantage point it looked like a really big delicious bone. Tell me what you think;

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It was at that moment we saw a hot dog stand and boy did that get my attention. I would love a hot dog with lots of chili and cheese on it, yuuuummmmmmm.






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Just down from the Washington Monument is the new World War II Memorial. It was so pretty and very popular because it is one of the newest monuments in Washington.

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Of course, Sydney wanted her picture taken so she could send it to some of her relatives back in Ireland,

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And I had her take my photo just so we would be even,

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Directly behind the World War II Monument is the Lincoln Monument. We didn't have time to walk down there, so maybe on our next trip we can get some good photo's for you.

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We continued our stroll around the ellipse to the White House. This is where the President lives. We understand a few Presidents have owned Cavaliers. I'm sure that's probably what got them elected. Put us on your campaign literature and you wouldn't even have to campaign. What do you think?

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By now it was starting to get late, so Mom, Dad, and Sydney and I started back to the car, but not before stopping at the Jefferson Memorial at the Tidal Basin. This Monument to Thomas Jefferson is very pretty and is very popular during Cherry Blossom Festival in April. If you ever get a chance, you should really come to Washington in the Spring to see the Cherry Blossoms. I know I'll be there and maybe we can meet.

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Well I've rambled on too long and there was so much we didn't see like the Supreme Court, Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Museum, the Franklin Roosevelt Memorial, Arlington Cemetery, the Pentagon. The list seems endless. But we'll talk Mom and Dad into taking us back downtown soon and we'll give you another update when that happens. In the meantime, keep checking back in because I have a special treat for all of you coming soon. I think you will all like it very much. Gotta run, we hear the key in the door so Mom and Dad are back.

Ruby and Sydney in Virginia

Cicero's Mummy
7th January 2007, 06:05 PM
What a cute trip!! Can't wait to see those holiday photos!

Joanne M
7th January 2007, 07:39 PM
Dear Ruby and Sydney,

It's been many years since I've been to Washington D.C. Thank you for showing me around. Your pictures are gorgeous, the sky is so blue and provides the perfect backdrop to the monuments, and of course to you. I look forward to your next trip, the Lincoln Memorial is one of my favorites. Your mum and dad are lucky to have two such well behaved cavaliers to travel with. Did you get lots of attention from the other people visiting the sites? If I were there, I would have introduced myself to you and asked lots of questions. I can't wait to show these new photos to Elizabeth, she looks forward to your posts, and each time she visits the first thing we do together is login to Cavaliertalk and look to see what Ruby and Sydney have been up to.

Elizabeth promises to have a long talk with Tucker about chewing on his doggy den. It's so warm here today, he's been basking in the sunshine laying out on the back deck. He fell asleep listening to Cat Stevens. He's got excellent taste in music.

Have a good week.

Cathy T
8th January 2007, 04:01 AM
Oh the educational experiences you two get...you're a shoo-in at the University of your choice. Jake and Shelby never made it to college but like to pretend they did
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Sydney - you run and you've got our votes!!

Sydney
8th January 2007, 03:56 PM
Cathy,

Thank you and we're hoping for University of Cavalier. :rah: Its the cavalier equivalent of Harvard and its pretty much all telecourses (living in a dorm might tip Mom and Dad off) but it all depends on our CSAT (Cavalier Scholastic Apptitude Test) results.

As for Jake and Shelby, their college outfits are stunning. As for going to college, its never too late, but they may already have their degrees and just haven't told you about them. Its not like we can frame our diplomas and hang them on the wall. Otherwise, I'll have them check the Cavalier College Financial Aid chat room on the cavalier web page.

Ruby and Sydney in Virginia :paw:

Sydney
15th January 2007, 04:59 PM
Sydney here,

Well another weekend has come and once again Ruby and I find ourselves back on the road again traveling to another historic location. Mom and Dad like to go somewhere almost every weekend so why should this long weekend be any different. Where did we go this time? Here are a few clues. It's a little more than an hour by car from our house. It's home to the oldest state legislature building in the country still in use today, and its home to the US Naval Academy. For you history buffs, that can only mean Annapolis, Maryland.

Mom and Dad took us to Annapolis there to see the sights, but I think they are really hoping we will both one day apply and be accepted to the Naval Academy. We thought all those Midshipmen walking the streets looked really cool in their uniforms. Maybe Ruby and I can submit our applications one day and put Mom and Dad's pictures on them. If we get accepted, won't the Academy be surprised when we show up as Plebes and they see we are really cute Cavaliers. How could they possibly not let us attend after seeing how cute we are but especially after they see how well Ruby can handle a 34 foot twin masted schooner in quartering winds. But in case they do reject us, we can always have applications waiting at West Point and the Air Force Academy, heh?

Annapolis is the capital of Maryland and is located on the Chesapeake Bay. It is an old city founded in the 17th century and has the cutest downtown. Mom and Dad and Ruby and I walked up and down the street and ate at the best Deli in town with the biggest sandwiches we have ever seen. It's also the location of the oldest State House still in use today and was even the capital of the United States at one time. And I bet you thought the US Capital has always been in Washington. I couldn't remember all the facts so I took a picture of the historical marker outside to show you. Mom and Dad like the fact that George Washington was here.













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I assume at this point you would like to see this historic structure, so here are a few photos Ruby and I had taken while we walked around town. Pretty building isn't it?




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Well, I guess that will do for this little update. Mom and Dad are taking us to Philadelphia next weekend. I overheard them talking about some big bell there with a huge crack in it. Why you humans would keep a broken bell is beyond me, but maybe after I see it, I'll understand better. What Ruby and I are really looking forward to however, are the famous cheese steak sandwiches we keep hearing about that Philadelphia is famous for. We might have to use the dreaded Cavalier pity stare to get a bite of one. We'll post pictures as soon as we get back. Also, don't tell Ruby, but her birthday is coming up and I have a special birthday present for her which I will post for all of you to see and share. I think you will all be pleasantly surprised and I hope Ruby likes it too. I've really been working hard on it.

Ruby and Sydney in Virginia :paw:

Cathy T
16th January 2007, 05:53 AM
Oh made me so homesick...I actually had some tears while looking at the pictures. I moved to San Diego 30 years ago from....Annapolis!! My favorite city in the whole world (okay, haven't been to that many but it's still my favorite). I lived in Annapolis for 5 years. Dad was a teacher at the Naval Academy (mechanical engineering) and I used to "help" him teach. Okay....I was actually scoping out which midshipman was going to be my husband. They just didn't seem to be that intersted in a gawky, gangly, brace-faced 10 year old girl :lol: I get back to Annapolis every couple of years since my brother and his family are now living in the same house we lived in. Oh how I miss Annapolis...thanks for taking me back for a while. Loved the pictures!! As I looked at them through my tears. ;)

Laura&Lia
18th January 2007, 10:27 AM
What a smart cuties!!!! You have lovely dogs!!!!

(I hope my Lia knows writing as well as Sydney and Ruby!)

I want to make a trip like this!!! :flwr: :drivecar:

Dottie
18th January 2007, 09:34 PM
Ruby was an adorable puppy and has grown into a beautiful grown-up girl!!! Sydney is beautiful as well! :flwr:

Joanne M
21st January 2007, 12:36 AM
Elizabeth and tucker here. The bell with A crack is called the liberty bell. I love the pitcuers of D.C. I learned alot from them because I don't know alot about it. I'm in 1st grade. Do you go to doggy school? Have a nice time in Philadelphia.

Andrea&Diva´s mom
21st January 2007, 04:47 PM
Dear Ruby and Sidney

What a smart cavs you are !! :lol:

keep up the stories they make my day :D

Maby you could teach Andrea an Diva how to write, I can be so lazy updating news on there website. :cffee:

Sydney
27th January 2007, 02:15 PM
Happy Birthday Ruby, :hppybdy:

You turn one year old today and I am so glad that you came to live with us. I wasn’t really sure about you when you first arrived. I know I growled a little and stayed as far away as possible. You probably were wondering why I wasn’t very friendly and whether this was going to be a good place to live. I guess I was a little concerned about sharing Mom and Dad with someone. But over the next several weeks I grew to know you and over the last several months I have grown to love you. We now play together, eat together, sleep together, and without you I could never drive to the treat store. We’ve had a lot of adventures you and I. To celebrate your birthday and to show you, and everyone who reads this, how much you mean to me, Mom, and Dad, I’ve created a small gift for you. Hopefully it brings back good memories by looking back at all of our adventures together. Happy Birthday Ruby.

Love,
Sydney in Virginia :paw:

(Make sure your sound is turned up)
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merlinsmum
27th January 2007, 03:32 PM
Sydney, what a lovely birthday present for Ruby

:hppybdy: Ruby

Zippy
27th January 2007, 04:41 PM
Aww, that was just lovely!

One of my favourite songs too! :)

:hppybdy: Ruby :flwr: :flwr:

Cathy T
27th January 2007, 04:48 PM
That was beautiful! I loved the ending picture...so cute!

Happy birthday Ruby. You are such a special little pup!

Joanne M
27th January 2007, 07:46 PM
Elizabeth and Tucker here frist of all HAPPY BIRTHDAY Ruby what A good sister you have for doing that for you. Did you geta lot of cool presents. I bet you did becouis your so cool. I love the video. love elizabeth

Andrea&Diva´s mom
27th January 2007, 11:45 PM
HAPPY BIRTHDAY RUBY !!
love the video it´s so sweet
hope you had a nice day :D

:mexwav:

Maxxs_Mummy
30th January 2007, 12:44 AM
:hppybdy: Ruby, sorry it's late I have been busy celebrating my son's birthday - it's the day before yours!
Hope you had a lovely day :flwr: Sydney how lovely of you to do that picture show for Sydney, you are one very clever little Cavalier :lol: :flwr: xxxx

Sydney
3rd February 2007, 02:13 AM
Ruby here,

Well, my birthday has come and gone and I just wanted to thank all of you for your birthday wishes, they were so sweet and so special to me. I'm so glad you care about me and my birthday. I was as surprised as you were and so touched by Sydney's birthday gift. It was so nice to see our pictures again in a montage video and I hope you got a chance to see it too. I knew Sydney liked me but I didn't know she cared about me so much. I think I cried a little tear while I watched the montage with her. I put my paw around her neck and gave her such a hug. :hug: I have to admit I didn't know if Sydney liked me when I came home for the very first time with Mom and Dad, but it wasn't long before we were the bestest of friends. :l*v: I'll have to come up with something for Sydney on her 2nd birthday in July.

The web site Sydney used is quite popular on our Cavalier chat room. It's a little secret but I can reveal to you that Cavaliers can take some really funny pictures of our human owners and we have put them together into some really funny montages and posted on our web page. In fact, you should see some of the pictures in our Human Gallery. We Cavaliers can catch you humans in some unique and funny pictures when you aren't looking - and of course least expecting it when in the presence of your Cavalier. Of course, many of these photo's mirror the kind of photo's you take of us, like when you are curled up asleep with your significant other, when you're getting a bath . . . . uuhhh maybe I should just stop here. Since we can't exactly be sure of your reaction if you were to see them, it's just one more reason I can never give out the Cavalier web address. Trust me though, they are hilarious. :lol: and they make us Cavaliers laugh so hard every time we see them.

Oh yes, I'll post our photo's from Philadelphia soon. All I can say is yummy yummy yummy was that cheese steak gooooood in my tummy. cl*p (Yes Dad snuck me a small bit of steak while Mom wasn't looking but I'll never tell)

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Sydney
7th February 2007, 04:00 AM
Ruby and Sydney here,

I am so sorry. I know I promised you an update from our most recent weekend road trip and you've been patient. Mom and Dad have FINALLY left us alone so here goes baby.

Our last road trip was to Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love, home of Benjamin Franklin, the Declaration of Independence, and of course the Philadelphia Eagles football team. It was just a weekend trip a couple of weeks ago and we had lots of fun and learned a lot. First stop was at Carpenter Hall. I overheard Mom and Dad saying something about the First Continental Congress and 1775. All I know was these cobblestones were really, really cold on my bum and Sydney was looking for squirrels, quite possibly flying squirrels by where she was looking. We thought it was cool, but we were ready to move on.

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We wandered up the street and stopped at Independence Hall. This is supposedly where something called the Declaration of Independence was signed and where the Constitution was drafted. Right across the street was a huge bell with a crack in it. We're not sure why you humans would keep a bell with a crack in it, but whatever floats you boat. Because there were so many important things that had happened here, we had a photo taken for our scrapbook.

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Mom and Dad took us around to the other side and were talking to one of the Park Rangers. We knew we had to take a few pictures for this posting to Cavalier Talk so we were looking for someone to help. The selection wasn't that good so we finally had to settle on a passing Giant Bull Mastif. I'll have to admit, he was huge and he made Sydney and I nervous. And as you are about to see, he wasn't all that good and didn't seem to be all that bright, but we couldn't be real picky. First picture, he didn't have the flash on and this was the result

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After showing him how to turn on the flash, he snapped away and we weren't even ready

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Finally, he got it right and we could finally go

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However, before we left downtown, let just say one thing, PHILADELPHIA CHEESE STEAK SANDWICH. Oh, My, Gosh. Daddy gave us a teeny tiny bite and it was so good, I think that just for the slightest instant, Sydney and I passed out from the taste. At least I assume we both passed out. Knowing Sydney and I, if one of us had not lost conciousness they would have taken a picture of the one passed out on the sidewalk just for giggles. If you're ever in Philadelphia, GET A CHEESESTEAK. You humans are so lucky, you get to eat a WHOLE sandwich.

After our taste of paradise, we headed back to our hotel room. We stayed at a really nice hotel downtown. We could tell it was nice because the Concierge brought us our own water bowl and offered a doggy bed, but Mom and Dad brought ours, so I tipped him big time - one giant liver treat. You should have seen his face when I put the treat in his hand and slammed the door. He seemed to appreciate it.

Next day we were off on some more sightseeing so we drove out to Valley Forge and man, oh man was it ever REALLY, REALLY COLD and the wind was howling and blowing like a banshee. Mom and Dad put our coats on to keep us warm which helped immensely. We don't often get a chance to wear our coats, we we had to stop and model at the Memorial Arch at Valley Forge National Park.

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Sydney had watched the movie "Gone With the Wind" on pay-per-view in the hotel room the night before while Mom and Dad were out eating. In honor of that event she struck her most appropriate Scarlett O'Hara pose and said, "As God as my witness, I'll never be hungry again". I laughed.
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Sydney kept telling me to do something funny and she would take my picture, but I was so cold and I just wanted to get back in the car.
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But after listening to Mom and Dad talk, this is nothing compared to what is was like during the American Revolution. Seems George Washington and all his troops spent the winter here in 1777. They say it was the coldest winter in memory when they were here. The American’s didn’t have much winter clothes and very little food. Here is an example of one of their huts. I think this cabin was a reproduction, I don't think their huts were nearly this nice.

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After that we drove over to the house General Washingtons used as a Headquarters. It was a lot nicer than the huts but then again he was the General. It nice to be the general. I took pictures of the inside but Sydney and I weren't in them so I didn't think you would be interested.

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After that it was time to get back in the car and head home to Virginia. We had a good time telling you about our most recent adventure and we can't wait to go on our next road trip. Mom and Dad haven't told us where we might be heading off to, but when we get back we'll give you a complete update.

Ruby and Sydney in Virginia :paw:

Cathy T
7th February 2007, 04:29 AM
I just love reading about your adventures. You are two well traveled Cavaliers!! I think you've seen more in your little lives than I have in all my 40 some odd years!! How lucky for you. How neat that you all get to travel together. Can't wait for your next adventure!

Barb B
20th February 2007, 06:53 AM
Dear Ruby and Sydney,

I know that spring isn't far away in Virginia, and I do hope your Mom and Dad will take you soon to Charlottesville. :drivecar: It is really beautiful there, and you can see Monticello and the University of Virginia, both built by Thomas Jefferson. I was a student at UVA many years ago, and would love to see pictures from there, with that special Ruby and Sydney perspective.

Of special interest to you will be the fact that the UVA sports teams are known as the Cavaliers! Surely your Mom and Dad will buy you t-shirts while there.

I know you can't reveal your special powers by coming right out and asking for a trip to Charlottesville, but the two of you are so clever about making each of them think something was done by the other human in the house. So perhaps you could just leave the laptop on with a picture of Monticello showing, or at the UVA website, and you'll be set.

Any help you could give on encouraging a Charlottesville trip would be greatly appreciated!

Maxxs_Mummy
20th February 2007, 01:30 PM
:w*w: Girls, lovely photo's as usual :flwr: Glad you both had a lovely time and I agree with Cathy T - you are far more travelled than I am :lol:

My boys love your coats and have asked where your folks bought them. I think they are hinting that they'd like some too. They have matching ones at the minute but neither of them like them very much :roll:

Sydney
21st February 2007, 02:23 AM
Ruby and Sydney here,

Mom and Dad have stepped out so we'll be quick.

Cathy

Thank you and yes we have traveled a lot. I hear there is a topic in one of the other chat rooms about all the places you humans have traveled. :drivecar: After we are done here, maybe we can go find it and do a synopsis of all the places we've been. Of course, we haven't traveled nearly as much as Dad but then if it weren't for his job and travels he wouldn't have found us in Ireland and brought us home. Spring will soon be here and our travels will begin once again. Stay tuned and let us know if there are any places you would like to see us go.

Barb

That's so exciting and its good to see your grasp of Virginia geography is better than our grasp of Minnesota/Michigan geography. :D We go to Charlottesville a lot. My human big sister graduated from the University of Virginia so we've been there a lot. I think once the weather warms up that will be one of our first Spring trips. It is a very pretty campus and like you said was designed by Thomas Jefferson. And of course, what would a trip to Charlottesville be without a trip to Monticello. And we'll even toast to your health over lunch at the Boar's Head Inn. So stay tuned and keep checking back because we will post pictures as soon as we get back. Hopefully, like Cathy and Annapolis, we'll bring back good memories. Any requests for specific pictures?

Maxxs_Mummy

Glad you liked our pictures of Pennsylvania. Mom and Dad got our coats last year at a local pet boutique. They are made by a company called Foggy Mountain Dog Coats. We like them a lot because they slip over our heads and then are secured with a Velcro belt around our stomachs. They are really warm and we can stay out a long time even in the coldest of weather. You can find them at www.dogcoat.com so log on and make sure you get lots for your fur babies.

Gotta run cause we hear the key in the door. Another post coming tonight after Mom and Dad go to bed.

Ruby and Sydney in Virginia :paw:

Barb B
21st February 2007, 06:20 AM
Dear Ruby and Sydney,

Oh course, I should have known that two such clever girls as yourselves would be well acquainted with The University. I would be so thrilled to see a special photo of you on the Lawn. I was a poor college student at the time, so ate dinner only once at The Boar's Head. But a good education puts you on the path to a well paying job, which puts you on the path to adding a Cavalier to the family, so things have worked out well.

When did I earn my B.A. and M.A. you ask? Well, some people refer to that time as "back before the crust of the earth cooled," but then, those people would be rude, wouldn't they? It was probably only a few decades before your older sister went there. Gosh.

So far, Star's longest trip has been to the mailbox. But she is most excited to start her travels and perhaps even find something worth taking a picture of, and then posting for you. She is still a ways from adding typing to her repertoire though, as she now regards a keyboard as a fine chew toy.

We look forward to spring, and a resumption of your travels.

Your friends, Barb and Star

Sydney
24th February 2007, 03:30 AM
Ruby and Sydney here,

Sydney and I apologize for not posting recently but it snowed and sleeted here in Virginia and we haven't gotten to travel anywhere exciting. But of course that doesn't mean we weren't busy and as a result we find ourselves here to relate another one of our adventures.

Naturally, after it snowed we were allowed to go outside and play and we had so much fun sliding around on the snow. The most fun was when Mom put an empty plastic Coke bottle on the snow. Both Sydney and I would chase it and knock it across the snow and it would go spinning away and we'd chase it and we'd go spinning. If you've never let your Cavalier try it, next time it snows let them out with a plastic bottle and watch them have some fun. Soon Mom and Dad got tired and went inside to take a little nap.

For those of you who have been following our posts, you probably already know that leaving us alone to our own devices only leads to more misadventures and this is another case where you'd be right. Sydney and I were looking around for something new to do when we saw a neighbor shoveling the snow off their driveway and sidewalk. Of course, knowing how helpful we can be around the house, we raced over to the shed and pulled out the snow shovel with the intent of helping Dad keep our driveway clean. Both of us wanted to help but we couldn't decide who would go first, so we tossed a coin to decide . . . . . . and promptly lost the quarter in the snow.

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We must have dug for an hour looking for that quarter and when we found it, it was heads and I had won. Of course, I thought the shovel was a little large for such a small girl like me, and looked for one slightly smaller but quickly realized our "Dad" shovel was all we had, so we had to make do.


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So I promptly went to work, shoveling snow and ice. After just a short time I had worked up a sweat and decided shoveling snow was as difficult at stringing Christmas lights on the Christmas tree (See my Christmas posts). It wasn't long before I was pooped, so I quickly looked around and over my shoulder for Sydney and of course found her playing with a stick and having a lot more fun than I was.

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Okay Sydney, its your turn to shovel so I can play. She dropped her stick, looked up and said, "I'm watching to make sure a squirrel doesn't sneak in and steal our snow, keep going and I'll protect you". Yeah right, snow stealing squirrels.

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So like the little trooper that marks me as a true Cavalier, I went ahead and finished the driveway, the sidewalk, and most of the street, and when it was all said and done, I think I did a bang up job, but I was exhausted. I proceeded to head into the house and jumped up in the big comfy rocking chair by the window to admire my front yard handiwork.

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After Sydney came back inside, we both went upstairs where Mom and Dad were taking a nap and none the wiser to my little shoveling antics. Oh, the neighbors called later in the afternoon and told them they saw Sydney and I out shoveling, but Mom and Dad just thought they were crazy and had been drinking again. We just smiled and Sydney curled up in Dad's lap while I curled up next to Mom. As we drifted off in peaceful slumber we knew that once again our secret talents were still safe from Mom and Dad and every other human. All humans that is except for you, the readers on Cavalier Talk. But you're all sworn to secrecy, right?






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Bark On!
Ruby and Sydney in Virginia :paw:

Joanne M
24th February 2007, 02:01 PM
Bark on! I love it.

Ruby and Sydney you've given me some great ideas. I can't wait to take a soda bottle on the snow with Tucker, we've got lots of it in our yard. Shoveling, who knew! Tucker won't have to sneak my shovel out of the shed, I'll be strapping it to his paws!! Great to hear from you again.

Sydney
3rd May 2007, 03:48 AM
Ruby here,


Sydney and I apologize for not writing more over the Winter, but Dad has been traveling a lot for his job and he always takes his laptop. He has a cool job and travels all over the world and this time we begged and pleaded for him to take us with him. However, all the pleading and dreaded Cavalier pity looks were unsuccessful and we were left home with Mom. I guess in the long run it was probably better that we didn't go because we got to stay home with Mom and enjoyed long walks and laying around in our own back yard until he got back. However, Winter is over, Spring is here, Dad is back home, and Sydney and I are once again ready to start back on our road trips traveling all over the US.

In order to kick off our Spring/Summer/Fall travel adventures, we have decided we should always begin locally so Sydney and I took some pictures of each other in our back yard one day when Mom was gone.


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As you can see, I have grown some since the last time you saw me and I weigh almost as much as Sydney now. It won't be long before I'll be able to drive and Sydney will have to operate the gas and brake pedals during one of our late night runs to the doggie treat store while Mom and Dad are asleep. That would be neat and maybe I can wear Sydney's driving hat and sunglasses.

Anyway, I think our first real road trip of the year will be next weekend. Although we haven't decided where Mom and Dad should take us, we are leaning towards either Jamestown or Charlottesville in the Blue Ridge Mountains. I think it may be Jamestown because they are celebrating the 400th anniversary of its founding. Queen Elizabeth is coming to Virginia on Thursday to help Virginia celebrate, so maybe we can talk Mom and Dad into taking us to Richmond to meet her too. Just in case, Sydney and I have been practicing our curtseys. I pretty much have mine mastered, but Sydney keeps falling over when she tries to put one paw behind the other. It must be the skirt. Meeting the Queen would be so cool. Wherever we go, we will be sure to take lots of pictures and share them with you when we get back. Oh, aren't travel pictures so much fun. It's good to be back.

Bark On!

Ruby and Sydney in Virginia

Cathy T
3rd May 2007, 04:11 AM
Boy have I missed you!! So glad you're back after that long long winter. Your backyard pictures are gorgeous...aren't you the lucky gals to have such a gorgeous backyard. Keep practicing those curtsies...you may need them!! How cool would it be to meet THE queen?!!

Caraline
3rd May 2007, 04:17 AM
Sydney & Ruby, not only are you both extremely good looking, but you are both so clever. Try eBay when mum & dad are sleeping. You'd be amazed what you can get. Don't let a little thing like a password stop you. Humans are quite predictable so it's possible they've used your names as passwords. Failing that, just start up your own accounts. I am sure mum & dad have left their credit cards laying around somewhere.
:*bay:

Scouty girl
7th May 2007, 09:37 PM
Sydney and Ruby so good to see you back and posting. We can't wait to hear and see about your upcoming adventures. They are always so exciting.

Sydney
10th May 2007, 03:54 AM
Ruby and Sydney Here,

More on our weekend trip to Richmond and Jamestown to see the Queen coming up but that will have to wait for now. Right now, we wanted to pass on some really exciting news for all of our human Cavalier owners out there. You know how you humans are always creating new rules and then insisting, nay, demanding that we follow them. It seems every time we turn around, we are provided a new opportunity to mind. You know what we're talking about, "Stop that digging", "Get off that couch/bed", "Don't chew on that", "Get down, you're dirty", and the notorious, "No, No, not on the carpet. Do that outside". Well, we've noticed that sometimes you humans misbehave so it's about time you learned some Cavalier rules.

For the last several months we have been running a poll on the :cool: secret Cavalier web site "Human Talk" to determine the rules that Cavaliers would levy on humans if we could only reveal our talents. Cavaliers from around the world have been contributing what they feel are important rules and after much discussion, the list has been whittled down to those that we all agreed are indispensable in our efforts to make you humans a little more manageable around the house and in public. Now that the list is compiled, Sydney and I have been asked by all our fellow Cavaliers to present it to you. Just so it doesn't appear as if we are lecturing you and to make it a little more entertaining, Sydney and I have posted a few illustrative photographs to help clarify. Without further ado, I present to you.......




RULES FOR CAVALIER OWNERS



I will not bathe my dog after he bathes himself in the mud puddle.
I will not push my dog away when she wants a hug after playing in a mud puddle.



Good example: I don't need a bath, I need a hug. So hug me already you big goof!

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I will not drag my dog away from the interesting sniffing spots.
I will drop whatever I'm doing and take my dog out as soon as he/she asks me to.
I will not tell my dog to hurry up already when he's looking for just the right spot to take care of business.
I will not stare while my dog is doing his business.
I will not feed the cat before I feed my dog.
I will get rid of that cat.
I will not bring home any more cats.
I will never eat until my dog has tasted what I have and approved it for me.
I will share everything I eat with my dog.
I will not confuse my dog by throwing snowballs for him to fetch.
I will not ask my dog to play fetch with a boomerang.
I will not whine and complain "My arm is tired" after only throwing the ball 127 times.

Good Example: Come on, get up and throw this ball again, you big baby!


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I will set up the kiddie pool every day it's hot - even in December.
I will not leave my dog at home any time I go in the car.
I will allow my dog on the couch.
I will not hide my dog's ball in a place where I know he couldn't possibly retrieve it and then ask him to go get it.
I will not take shredded, soggy, yummy tennis balls away from my dog.
I will not sneak around the backyard wearing funny clothes to test whether my dog is a good watchdog.
I will stop referring to my dog's necklace as her "collar."
I will not cut my dog's nails.
I will not abandon my dog for trivial reasons like "going to work".
I will not wake my dog when I come home from work.
I will not come home from work and feel the sofa/bed to see if it is still warm from where my dog was sleeping "illegally".
Bad weather is no excuse for not walking my dog.
I will open the back door as soon as my dog sits by it.
I will not laugh at my dog for being confused over not being able to find the lump of ice that he buried earlier.
I will not run out of treats.......ever!
I will always carry cookies and treats.
I will not make my dog pose for pictures with some fat stranger in a red suit.
I will try much harder to understand my dog's language.

Okay, got it. If after reviewing this list you find that you've violated some of these rules, don't feel badly.:eek: We still love you madly :luv: and you probably just didn't know better. So just like we must be trained to go outdoors, we have taken it upon ourselves to train our humans. Please post these in your home and promise you will follow each and every one from now on. And for all you Cavaliers who see these rules posted on the refrigerator, you're welcome and lets get back to work on our next list.

Bark On!

Ruby and Sydney in Virginia :paw:

Sydney
29th May 2007, 04:22 AM
Ruby and Sydney Here,

We're back but we have to make it quick, because Mom and Dad are out unloading the car! That's right, we were away on a little road trip. We went to Savannah, Georgia and Charleston, South Carolina on a little holiday. Well, for Mom and the two of us it was a little holiday, but for Dad it was work. He was invited to speak at a conference in Savannah and so he took Mom and us along to enjoy the trip. Our first stop was Savannah. Savannah is really a pretty city that was founded in 1733 by an Englishman named James Oglethorpe. It seems all the people he brought with him all had something called debt. Not sure what debt is but if it means getting to live in Savannah, we would like to have some debt too. After sailing up the Savannah River, Oglethorpe pitched his tent on his first night at the top of the bluff overlooking the Savannah River and today that spot is marked with this really cool bench where Sydney and I took our first picture:


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Anyway, Savannah has a big park about every two blocks. This is us in one of the parks with a statue of Oglethorpe. This is also the Square where they filmed Forrest Gump.




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We must have walked all over the city. But we didn't walk everywhere. We took a carriage ride and really enjoyed having those big horses pull us all over town. They did pretty much everything we told them to do and after our ride we took our picture in front of them to celebrate our mastery of the equine breed.




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Notice them hanging their head in shame. We also ate at some really good restaurants including some really good Southern food at Lady and Sons owned by Paula Dean. Not sure who she is but supposedly she is on TV. Of course, Sydney and I couldn't go in but we did get to eat at another famous restaurant that was by far our best stop on the entire trip. Like to know why it was our favorite place? We knew it was our favorite when the minute we drove up. What do you think? I think the name sums it up, huh?




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We must have walked and walked and walked all over town and we really got tired by the end of our first day. Sydney even passed out asleep on the sidewalk when Mom and Dad stopped for a little snack.




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I, however, lasted until we got back to the hotel room where I couldn't hold out any longer and promptly fell asleep in Mom's arms.





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Sydney soon joined Mom and I on the bed and we all quickly dozed off. I hope we left room for Dad on the bed, but if not, then I hope he scooted us over.




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Better run now because Mom and Dad are coming back in the house now with our suitcases. I'll log back in later and give you some more updates on our trip. You'll want to check back in because I ran into an alligator the next day and we have a picture to prove it. Besides we still have pretty pictures of Savannah to show you, tell you about Charleston, and a really funny story about us driving Mom and Dad while they slept. See you soon.

Bark on!

Ruby and Sydney in Virginia

Cathy T
29th May 2007, 05:36 AM
Oh I am so jealous!! I would love to do all of the sightseeing you all get to do. Savannah and Charleston are two of the places I would most like to visit. Looks like you all had a great time and were quite tuckered out by day's end. Can't wait to hear about your alligator encounter :o I love that your stories tell us so much about history too!

Rj Mac
29th May 2007, 04:13 PM
so adorable, just want to reach into monitor and scoop her up!!!!!:D :D :D

Cleo's Person
29th May 2007, 05:14 PM
Ruby and Sydney, Delighted you ladies are back online. I love to hear all about your adventures. Looking forward to the next installment. :D

Sydney
3rd June 2007, 11:14 PM
Ruby and Sydney here,

I've got to hurry, because Mom is downstairs and I still have to tell you more about Savannah and Charleston. When I last left you, I had mentioned a little run in with an alligator. It all happened when we drove out to see Fort Pulaski on Cockspur Island right outside Savannah. Fort Pulaski was an Army fort that was Robert E. Lee's first engineering project as a Lieutenant right of West Point. It was started in 1820 and finished in 1847. During the Civil War, it was taken by the Confederate Army and was thought to be invincible. However, Union artillery nearly destroyed the fort with a new invention called rifled cannons which could hit the fort from several miles away. On April 11, 1862, after only thirty hours of bombardment and with one corner of the fort gone, Confederate troops inside Fort Pulaski surrendered to Union forces on Tybee Island.

Here we are next to one of the big Confederate cannons inside the fort.

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Now the alligator. As we were leaving, we crossed the moat that runs around the outside of the fort and Sydney looked down and saw a creature in the water. She called down to it and said, "What are you?" and the creature said, "I'm a giant brown-green squirrel. "Why don't you jump in here and try to get me."


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Now you tell me whether you believe this is a giant squirrel? But, as many of you know, Sydney loves to chase squirrels. All she had to hear was the word squirrel and she started to leap into the water to chase it into any trees that might happen to be close by. Luckily I stopped her just in the nick of time by grabbing her tail just as she started to leap over the edge and said, "Now Sydney :swear: , when was the last time you ever saw a squirrel that was brown-green, swimming in the water? And oh, by the way, how many squirrels have you ever seen with teeth like that one, and with scaly skin?" Of course, it caused her to pause for a moment and it was then that we overheard a Park Ranger tell Mom and Dad about alligators and how they eat things; things like Sydney if they could. Sydney looked at me. I looked at Sydney. Needless to say, we merely laughed at that old conniving alligator who tried to fool Sydney and I. That old alligator trick might have worked on a fish or a turtle, but you can't fool two intelligent Cavaliers like us, well at least not one intelligent red head Cavalier. Thank goodness I was there. Sydney owes me one of her treats. Someone's coming I think. I'll be right back.


Ruby and Sydney in Virginia :paw:

Cathy T
3rd June 2007, 11:26 PM
Whew....it's a good thing you are way smarter than that nasty old alligator!! And a good thing your sissy was looking out for you.

Sydney
6th June 2007, 12:47 AM
Ruby and Sydney Here,

Hey, hey everyone. Sorry about that last little delay, but I came as close to being caught as ever. As you are aware, I was telling you about our adventure with the alligator at Fort Pulaski and I was typing away and Mom walked in on me. I had to think fast and luckily I had one of my squeaky toys right next to the laptop. So I quickly grabbed it and jumped down and gave her my best Cavalier pity stare. I made her think I had just climbed into the chair to get my toy. Good thing she didn't notice the computer was on and I was logged onto Cavalier Talk but that was a little too close for comfort for me. From now on either Sydney or I wall have to keep a lookout while one of us is on the computer.

However, I digress so back to my updates on our most recent trip. After Fort Pulaski, we drove back into Savannah. Savannah was the first settlement in the new colony of Georgia and served as the capital for a very long time before the capital was permanently moved to Augusta in 1786. Here we are in front of the old capital building, now City Hall, at the end of Bull Street. Sounds like the perfect street for politicians.



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Savannah is located right on the Savannah River and was famous for exporting cotton during the 18th and 19th century. We stopped for a short break while touring along River Street, where most of the old cotton warehouses have now been turned into shops and restaurants and snapped this picture while we watched the cargo ships come into port.



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While we were on River Street, we came across this statue called "The Waving Girl".


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Why's it called the waving girl? Simple. It's because she's waving silly. No not really. Here's the story.

Just after the Civil War in 1868, a girl was born at Cockspur Island near Savannah. The child was named Florence Martus, the daughter of an ordnance sergeant at Fort Pulaski. From an old stone pier on the north shore of Cockspur Island young Florence first saw the passing ships coming and going to Savannah with cargoes to and from the farthest corners of the globe. The small child was fascinated by these ships and waved her handkerchief as they passed by. Sailors on the ships often waved back.

A few years later Florence went to live with her brother, a light keeper, in a small cottage close by the riverbank, about five miles up river from Fort Pulaski. From this time on she waved at every ship that passed with her dog at her side "a table cloth or towel by day, a lantern by night". (Note: Although the dog in the statue isn't a Cavalier, we think her dog was one of us. After all, only a Cavalier would so joyously welcome every visitor every day for so many years.) For more than 44 years she never missed a ship, and each ship, as it passed, returned her salute with three blasts of the whistle. Many stories were told of this small girl, who finally grew to be a white-haired old lady. Florence Martus passed away in 1943, but her efforts live on in the stories and legends of the Waving Girl of Savannah and a statue was erected to her memory on River Street in Savannah.

After leaving River Street, we then walked through the old Colonial Park Cemetery. During the American Civil War, Union troops camped out in the cemetery and removed some of the headstones. After the war, no one knew where the headstones belonged so they simply stacked them up along the wall at the back of the cemetery. Seems a little sad to Sydney and me:

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Anyway, Savannah was beautiful with lots of pretty houses and beautiful parks and we hope you can all visit here one day. All the trees had lots and lots of Spanish Moss hanging from their limbs which was pretty like this driveway to a nearby plantation.

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Or this park in Savannah.


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Oh yeah, before I forget, here we are in front of the house made famous by the book, "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" and was also in the movie "Glory". Sydney and I haven't read the book but we'll have to now. We have seen the movie "Glory" though and in the movie the house was supposed to be in Boston. Have you ever seen such a beautiful big palm like the one by the front porch ever survive a Boston Winter?


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Dad's speech at the conference was over and we were off for home, but not before a little side trip to Charleston to see the sites and also buy some sweet grass baskets from a very special lady who'll we'll introduce you to in our next post. See you soon.

Bark On!

Ruby and Sydney in Virginia

Cathy T
6th June 2007, 01:50 AM
Great pictures! Savannah looks beautiful. Maybe one day I'll get there! Thanks for the posting of the picture of house from Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil....I just loved that movie!!

Sarah J
6th June 2007, 03:21 AM
Love the pic of the pup in the basket. So adorable!!:D

Scouty girl
6th June 2007, 09:09 PM
Rudy and Sydney,

As usual I always enjoy your posts. Thanks so much for sharing those great picture of Savannah with us.

Sydney
14th June 2007, 04:00 AM
Ruby Here,

Hmmmmmmmm. Let me see, where did I leave off. Oh, yes, we had just left Savannah and were heading to Charleston. We stopped in Charleston because Mom loves sweetgrass baskets and we have a very special friend that we want you to meet. But first you have to know something about sweetgrass baskets before you can truly appreciate our newest friend.

Sweetgrass baskets are made from a marsh grass that smells so fresh and sweet, people call it sweetgrass. Baskets are made by twisting sweetgrass into long ropes and then coilong them together into a basket. Making sweetgrass baskets has been part of the Charleston community of Mount Pleasant for more than 300 years. Brought to the area by slaves who came from West Africa, basket making is a traditional art form which has been passed on from generation to generation. Today, it is one of the oldest art forms of African origin in the United States.

Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, an old village and modern suburb on the north side of Charleston Harbor, enjoys the distinction of being the only place where this particular type of basket making is practiced. Here, the descendents of slaves from West Africa continue the tradition.

Here is a close up of one of these very beautiful baskets:



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But the art form is in danger because sweetgrass is declining and disappearing due to the ever increasing private development of the coastal islands and marshlands where sweetgrass grows. And basket making is not easy. Rigorous craftsmanship and long hours of work are involved in making these baskets. Even for the most experienced basket maker, a simple design can take as long as twelve hours. A larger more complex design can take as long as two to three months. Because it takes so much work, young people are less and less interested in learning how to make these baskets and there is a danger this art form may disappear.

Now that you know something about these beautiful baskets, let Sydney and I introduce you to one of the basket makers. It was during one of Mom and Dad’s trips that they met a wonderful person by the name of Maebell Coakley. She has lived in Mount Pleasant all of her life and her and her family have been making baskets for a very long time. She is a very sweet lady and she has some of the prettiest baskets. It was our first time to meet her and since she is so sweet and treated us so well, we did something we have never done before. We let her in on our little secret about our special Cavalier talents and she was mightily impressed. At first she didn’t believe us so to prove we are truly as talented as we say we are, we waited until Mom and Dad were busy looking at baskets and then we asked Miss Coakley to pose and we snapped this picture of our new friend in front of some of her baskets in her basket stand. Of course only after she signed an oath to never divulge anything she learned about us to anyone, which caused her to laugh but she signed it anyway.

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And she returned the favor by snapping this picture of us as we stayed cool on the floor of her stand.


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Here Miss Coakley is signing one of Mom’s baskets so Sydney took some time out and snapped a picture of me and our friend.


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We hope that you too can get to Mount Pleasant and visit with Miss Coakley and purchase one of her beautiful baskets to take home with you. Just don’t ask her about those two special Cavaliers who visited her stand and took her picture. She promised to never tell anyone about our talents. But we did promise to come and visit her again very soon.

After waving goodbye to Miss Coakley, we headed off back to Charleston. However, I've got to log off now because I got a little long winded on this post telling you about sweetgrass baskets and now my little paws hurt. In my next post we will share some pictures of Charleston.

Bark on!

Ruby and Sydney in Virginia :paw:

laurenlyn1
14th June 2007, 06:09 AM
looks like you two had fun. just think of all the toys your could put in all those baskets!

Sydney
17th June 2007, 04:00 PM
Sydney here,


As we discussed in our last posting, we had just left Maebell Coakleys with all our baskets and were heading into Charleston. Charleston, South Carolina is a short drive North of Savannah, Georgia and is right on the Atlantic Ocean. Charleston got its start way back in 1663 when King Charles II gave eight English Lord Proprietors all the land from Virginia to Florida. However, it wasn’t until April, 1670 that the ship CAROLINA anchored in what would become Charleston Harbor. The colonists have arrived and ten years later, settlers would move to and settle what would become Charles Towne, the oldest English city south of Virginia. During the American Revolutionary War Charles Towne was the fourth largest municipality in the colonies and the richest on a per capita basis. The revolution led to the birth of the State of South Carolina with Charles Towne as its capital. In 1783, after the end of the Revolutionary War, Charles Towne was renamed Charleston. Charleston thrived with shipping and cotton during the nineteeth century. But it was in Charleston that the secession of the American South from its cousins in the North began. In 1860 the Ordinance of Secession was signed and six months later the Civil War began when troops in Charleston bombed Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor. After the Civil War and the abolition of slavery, Charleston was forever changed. The production of wealth withers. Left at the edge of American history, sultry, decaying, until the 1930's when concerned citizens began the first historic preservation program and Charleston was saved.


Our first stop was the farmers market held in Marion Square where we always stop when we are in Charleston to buy some really good grits. For those of you who don't know what grits are, I'll have to explain later. After leaving the market we walked down to the Battery overlooking Charleston Harbor and Fort Sumter. Along the way we passed some incredibly beautiful old homes and stopped and visited with a lot of people who commented on what cute doggies we are and what was our breed. Forgetting where we were, Ruby started to tell them, until I stopped her and reminded her that Mom and Dad were standing right there. Mom and Dad told them we were Cavalier King Charles Spaniels named after the English King from which their town is named. Of course whenever we go, we always get stopped and complimented on our looks. But whenever anyone asks about us Mom and Dad always take the time to educate people on being very careful when wanting to buy a Cavalier. They will tell them if they are ever interested in buying one of us to be very diligent when talking to Cavalier breeders and question them extensively on some of the health issues we face. They also tell them to never, ever buy one of us over the Internet or a newspaper ad. They also give them the web site for the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club here in the US to get more information and get a list of breeders who have agreed to abide by very specific breeding protocols.


Sorry, back to Charleston. Arriving at the Battery, we stopped for a rest and a few photos. This peaceful park offers unprecedented views of Charleston Harbor and Fort Sumter, while a look back across the
street promises fantastic images of beautiful Charleston mansions. Enormous oak trees provide serene shade to the park and is a great place to take a break and cool off. The park has cannons used to shell Fort Sumter in 1861, two seacoast mortars, and lots more. During the early 18th century, the park was used as the home of the gallows, where Stede Bonnet - the "gentleman pirate" - and dozens of others were hanged. That was scary but Mom said there weren't anymore pirates. Here we are with the park and one of the beautiful homes behind us.



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I really like the color pink and so couldn't resist having my picture taken in front of a really pretty home along the Battery walk. I've always suggested to Ruby that we should paint our house pink while Mom and Dad are at work. Our only problem is we can never remember to buy the paint while we are out on one our late night trips. Besides, Ruby doesn't think we can get the whole house painted and get everything cleaned by the time Mom and Dad get home.



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Here we are in front of the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon. Built by the British as the Exchange and Customs House in 1771, American Patriots were held prisoner here during the Revolutionary War, playing a huge role in American history; and is one of the three most historically significant buildings of colonial America to include Philadelphia’s Town Hall and Boston’s Faneuil Hall.



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After a quick tour of the Old Exchange, we stopped off at the Old City Market. Built in 1841, it stretches back for several blocks and features small shops, restaurants and a flea market with everything from produce to antiques. And, if you can't make it out to Miss Coakley's, you can hear the dialect of Gullah ladies as they weave and sell handmade sweetgrass baskets.




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Here we are in front of St. Michael's Episcopal Church. Completed in 1761, St. Michael's Episcopal Church is the oldest church edifice in the city and one of the few city churches in America to retain its original design. It was here that George Washington worshipped during his tour of the South in 1791. The clock and ring of eight bells in St. Michael's steeple were imported in 1764. Except for short absences (during the Revolution they were returned to England as a prize of war, and during the Civil War they were burned and had to be sent to England for recasting), these bells have shared the lives of Charlestonians for over 200 years. I think all this history was getting a little boring to Ruby though. Mom and Dad had promised to take us to the beach on Sullivan Island and we were ready to go.




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We were really glad to get out the ocean. We were really hot and couldn't wait to get into the water. Ruby was splashing around in the water trying to catch sea gulls and after she came out, I told her she looked really silly all wet and took this picture of her while Mom was looking for sea glass.





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Excuse me! Ruby's here. I might have looked funny all wet and Sydney laughed but before she finished laughing, I snatched the camera from her paws and took this little gem. Sydney didn't laugh at me much after this.



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The next day, we headed home to Virginia and a long awaited rest. I think next weekend we are headed off to somewhere in Virginia. We'll let everyone know where that might be when we get back and post our pictures. Have a happy Father's Day and we'll see you all very soon.

Bark On!

Ruby and Sydney in Virginia

Emma n Renco
17th June 2007, 04:03 PM
Awww she's lovely... love seeing that ruby's get even more beautiful as they get older... looking forward to more pictures ;-)

Cathryn
17th June 2007, 04:28 PM
Well it looks and sounds like you all had a wonderful time! I quite agree that you couldn't possibly paint a whole house pink in just one day and I can only imagine the rows over who gets to hold the ladders! :lol:

Thank You so much for your wonderful "guided tour" around Charleston, fantastic, really enjoyed reading that!! Looking forwards to another guided tour soon!!

BTW you both looked great wet through and you both manage to take great :snap: of each too!! Well done!! ;) ;)

Cathy T
17th June 2007, 04:37 PM
Loved reading about your adventures in South Carolina. Believe it or not....my brother and his family live in Mount Pleasant...and I've never been there. Guess I'll have to make the effort now after seeing those wonderful pictures. I've read several books about the southern water areas, in particular Sullivan's Island, so it was very cool to see pictures of you both there.

Can't wait for the next installment of your adventures. You two seem to go to all of the places I'd love to go to or miss with an aching heart. Does me good to see some pictures of you two enjoying them so much.

Sydney
25th June 2007, 05:51 PM
Ruby here,

Another weekend has come and gone and we were on the road again for another adventure. And what an adventure it was because Ruby and Sydney were off for college in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Charlottesville is about 2 hours south of where we live and is located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It is the home of Thomas Jefferson and his home Monticello as well as the University he founded, the University of Virginia. We have a funny story about the University. When Sydney and I were looking for post secondary schools to attend, we were surfing the web and found a school with a nickname The Cavaliers. Of course, we felt we both would have lots of company with all those cavaliers running around campus by attending the University of Cavaliers, so we immediately applied. What fun it would be sitting in the stadium on a crisp Fall afternoon with thousands and thousand of other Cavaliers watching our team beat the pants off our arch enemy rival upstate kitty cat team. Only afterwards, sadly, did we realize that was only the official nickname for the University of Virginia. It seems it is a humans only school so, although we were not accepted, it still holds a special place in our hearts just for its nickname.

Anyway, Thomas Jefferson founded the university shortly after returning to Monticello after his two terms as President ended. His university opened in March 1825 but it is not the oldest school in Virginia. The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg is the oldest in Virginia and would have been the oldest in the entire US if it were not for that snooty Harvard. Oh, well, at least we have Jamestown. Anyway, Jefferson had always wanted to start a University based on science and reasoning, instead of theology and religion. He imagined what the perfect University would look like. He called his idea an academic village and started drawing plans for the buildings that a University needed. His idea was to have a central building for the library modeled after the Parthenon in Rome, which he would call the Rotunda The Rotunda would over look a central Lawn and a view of the Blue Ridge Mountains at the other end.

Here is Sydney resting in the grass in front of the Rotunda. This being June, and right after graduation, there were lots of weddings going on and there were brides everywhere having their picture taken in front of the Rotunda. Of course, they all wanted to take Sydney and I home, but we like living and traveling with Mom and Dad, so we respectfully declined.

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Of course what is a picture of Sydney without a picture of me.



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And both of us together. We are pretty much inseparable.



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On either side of the Rotunda, the University would have houses for the teachers and rooms for the students, all connected to one another. Jefferson built ten houses that he called pavilions. Teachers taught classes downstairs and lived upstairs. The pavilions and rooms opened out to a grassy yard called the Lawn.

Here is Sydney and I with some of the pavilions behind us. We could have been very comfortable in one of these rooms. However, notice I am also giving Sydney one of my looks. She had that look in her eye she gets whenever she sees a squirrel nearby and is about to give chase. She makes me nervous when she gets this look outdoors. I was afraid Dad was going to have to chase her down. :dogwlk: which would not look very good in such a proper place.

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In between some of the one-story student houses are professors homes. They are connected to the students rooms. I am not sure Sydney and I would like to live next door to our professors. We like to party way too much and our professor would always be pounding on the walls and screaming, Keep that barking down over there, or I will flunk you for sure. Here is Sydney and I in front of one of the Professors homes on the Lawn. A lot bigger and a lot nicer than the students rooms but I guess you rate a little higher when you are the teacher.



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Alas, after a short visit, our visit to the University of Virginia Cavaliers was over and it was time to head off to see Thomas Jeffersons home Monticello.

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Sydney and I took one long last view of the Lawn, and thought of what life could have been like had this really been a University of Cavaliers. All those Cavaliers, all that squirrel chasing, all those trees, all those spots to mark. Oh well, our search for higher education will continue. Tell you more soon.

Bark On!

Ruby and Sydney in Virginia

Cathy T
26th June 2007, 04:48 PM
Sounds like you all had a wonderful time. Oh....I definitely see that look in Sydney's eye....the squirrel look. :D

Karen S.
26th June 2007, 05:39 PM
She's beautiful!

Cleo's Person
27th June 2007, 04:51 PM
You ladies go to the best places!! Thanks for posting all the photos. Ruby - I can see why you might get that loook from time to time! :dogwlk:

Scouty girl
27th June 2007, 09:20 PM
Sydney and Ruby,

Thanks again for sharing your travelling pictures us. You are both just so adorable.

Rudy, your coat is really growing out and you look beautiful. Of course Sydney is equally as beautiful.

Looking forward to your next outing.

Sydney
1st July 2007, 11:19 PM
Ruby here,

Sydney got to tell you about our trip to the University, so its my turn to continue telling you about our trip to Charlottesville, Virginia. While we were in Charlottesville, we stopped at some really neat places and we learned a lot. One tip. When you come, you absolutely must drive over to Crozet (pronounced Crow-Zay) just west of Charlottesville and get a pizza at Crozet Pizza. It is in a really really old building and is very very tiny. Here is a picture of the counter and kitchen.




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However, don’t let the look fool you. Crozet Pizza has some of the best pizza outside of New York City that Sydney and I have ever eaten. In fact, it’s so popular you’ll need reservations just to get in on weekend evenings. How do we know what it tastes like? Notice we are not in this picture. That's because they wouldn't let us in to eat or sit on the counter and have our picture taken. So, since they wouldn't let us eat in the restaraunt, when we got home, Sydney and I picked up the phone and ordered out. We ordered a large pizza with everything. Well almost everything. We didn't order anchovies because we consider that cat food and won't dare let it touch our lips. Roll in it yes, eat it, no. We had it delivered and charged it to Dad's credit card. It cost Dad $235 plus the cost of a pizza for delivery, but I'm sure he gladly would have done it for us if we could have asked him. He's still trying to figure out how that pizza entry got on his credit card bill right below the doggie treat store. Don't you dare tell!

Shortly after our tour of campus and food at Crozet, we were off to Monticello, which is about 4 miles outside of town. We’re not sure if everyone out there knows what Monticello is famous for, so let's have a little quiz shall we? Declaration of Independence? Third President of the United States? Commissioned Lewis and Clark to explore the Northwest United States after he made the Louisiana Purchase from France?

Okay, Okay already. Many of you already have the answer, but for those who missed American History day in school, it’s Thomas Jefferson.

Thomas lived on top of a really high hill overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains with some very pretty views. He was famous for writing the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia in 1776 with John Adams and Benjamin Franklin. Sydney and I have seen his draft with his handwritten notes at the Library of Congress in Washington and the actual Declaration of Independence at the National Archives. They wouldn’t let Sydney and I in during the day, so we popped in late one night during one of our treat runs and got to see them both without all the tourists bothering us. I’d let you in on our secret entry way, but someone would blab and then Sydney and I couldn’t get back in for our private showings late at night.

Oh, yeah Monticello. Here are Sydney and I lounging by the garden with the Shenandoah Valley back behind us. It was such a pretty view.


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Here we are in front of the house where all the tours start. We’d like to show you pictures of the interior of the house, but alas they wouldn’t let us in to tour the house. More doggie discrimination. When will these historic locations ever learn that we are Cavaliers are not just your everyday run of the mill dog. For pete’s sake, we were the favorites of royalty for years and had the run of palaces and castles. Sheesh, our mere presence would lend an even greater air of dignity to an already dignified location. Instead, we can’t even get into someone’s house who probably would have welcomed us with open arms had we had the opportunity to visit while they were still alive. Don’t worry, I left a comment card voicing my concern.



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After that fairly obvious snub, we moved around to the other side of the house and gardens. Of course, this is probably the side of Monticello that we think is the most beautiful and the view most people are familiar with. Here we are lounging on the lawn.

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Since this was only a day trip, we were soon forced to leave Monticello and Charlottesville and head home. It was an eventful day and we hope you have enjoyed our little tour of Charlottesville. Maybe some day when you visit Washington, you can drive down and enjoy the sites too. Next week we are off for vacation and a few weeks in the Hamptons and New York City. We'll post pictures when we get back. Happy Fourth of July everyone!!!!!!!!!!


Bark On!

Ruby and Sydney in Virginia :paw:

Cathy T
4th July 2007, 05:39 PM
I just caught the reason for your edit....fat paws! :D Monticello is beautiful. What gorgeous scenery. Thanks for sharing. And I'm enjoying my history lessons at the same time! :D

Sydney
27th July 2007, 08:00 PM
Ruby Here,

Just wanted to take the time and wish Sydney a very, very, very. . . . .

:hppybdy: :hppybdy: Happy Birthday. :hppybdy: :hppybdy:


She turns 2 today and I wanted to present her a little gift like she gave me when I turned 1 last January. I cheated and included some pictures of when she was just a puppy and Mom and Dad had just brought her home. You've never seen them before so I hope you and she both enjoys them. Happy Birthday Sydney. I'm glad you're my "sister".

Turn your volume up and sit back and enjoy!

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Ruby in Virginia :paw:

lady and amber
27th July 2007, 08:10 PM
Happy Birthday Sidney:lotsaluv:
lady and amber

Jessieca
27th July 2007, 11:03 PM
What cuties! I love these photos!

Cathy T
28th July 2007, 02:08 AM
Happy birthday Sydney you beautiful girl!!

Jessieca
28th July 2007, 02:39 AM
:hppybdy: :hppybdy: :hppybdy:

Barb B
28th July 2007, 08:28 AM
Sydney, you are my idol. Tri-colors RULE!! Rubies drool (just kidding, Ruby...). Have a great birthday.

My mom loves the picture of you on The Lawn at UVA (what's so special about a lawn, anyway???).

Star, almost 8 months old

Karlin
28th July 2007, 11:30 AM
Gosh I missed this informative visit to these historic places -- I was out in the US the week of the 4th and didn't get much reading done on the board then. What a fun post!

Jaspar, Leo and Lily enjoyed learning about the US and seeing those great pictures, and couldn't agree more that too many people are far too uninformed about the importance of cavaliers in history and that this breed has seen more insides of castles (and for that matter, backsides of royalty and aristocracy) than you could shake a stick at, so they don't get why they should be barred from the kinds of places where they once walked the hallways. No dogs allowed, indeed!

A happy b-day as well... :rah:

Sydney
29th August 2007, 04:09 PM
Ruby here,

Sydney and I have been out of touch for a short period and we wanted to get back and tell you why. For those in the US who keep up with Cavalier Connection and rescue, you will be already aware of this story so please bear with us as we relate it to others here on Cavalier Talk. Mom and Dad have been actively working a Cavalier rescue here in Virginia. We have rescued five beautiful Cavalier puppies and have turned them over to Cavalier Rescue USA and we would like to share some photo's. I know they aren't travel photo's of us on adventure holiday, but we feel they are loads more important. Anyway, here is our story.

Last weekend was a busy one for Dad and Mom. To keep this from gettng too long let me begin with the day we picked our treasures up. On Saturday Dad and Mom drove down to to southern Virginia and picked up five Cavaliers from a backyard breeder who was getting out of Cavalier breeding, the details of which we will spare you because it was so heart wrenching. They were kept outdoors and had an old travel trailer with a hole cut in one end for their house. It didn't have any air conditioning but it was in the woods and all the dogs had their hair cut short to keep them cool. However, that being said, they were in amazingly good condition considering their situation. Enough discussion on their condition, let me now introduce you to five beautiful amazing Cavaliers:

Emerald (or Emma as Mom and Dad call her) is the oldest at four years old, is very tiny at about 13-14 pounds, and is a very special little Blenheim. She is very small but has a heart bigger than anything we've ever seen considering what she has been through. She loves to give kisses and will attempt to wash every square inch of your face if you'll just hold her. She has had three litters with her first being when she was about 18 months old. Her second litter was when she was about 2 and her third and last was when she was 3. She will steal your heart and all she wants is to be held. Here is Emma:

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Sapphie is the two year old black and tan female, weighs the most at 18+ pounds, and truly the most adventurous of the lot. She has tried tunneling out of the yard once since we brought her home and every where she goes, all the others follow along behind her like a little five-car freight train. She is also the most vocal and will let you know it if you try and leave the yard without her. Here's Sapphie:


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Opal is a 2 year old female tri-color weighing in at around 12 pounds. She is very very cute and will follow you around just waiting to get picked up and hugged. She is a little introverted, but if you squat down to her level she will quickly jump up on your leg to give you some kisses and begs to be picked up so you can hug her. She also is a toy and treat horder. The night we brough them home, we gave everyone a small treat and if anyone dropped theirs, Opal was right there to pick it up and take it back to her crate. Here's Opal:


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Aggie, a tri-color, is also 2 years old, and may be pregnant. She was bred on Aug 5th. She is so adorable and all she desperately wants is to be held oh so tightly. Whenever you kneel down, she runs over, jumps up on your thigh, and buries her head in your chest and just remains motionless. She will break your heart. If pregnant, she is due to deliver her litter around the first two weeks of Oct. Here's Aggie:


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Last but by no means least is Rudy. Rudy is a two year old absolutely beautiful solid ruby just like me. Our names are very similar so when Mom calls one of us we both come running. He is very very very shy and somewhat withdrawn but seems like he is getting better. He experienced his first walk on a leash, his first car ride, his first meal at a human restaurant outdoors, and his first human store with more people in one place than he has ever seen in his entire two years of life. Rudy is getting along great with Sydney and I. Here's Rudy:


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Rudy has a hard time being the only boy in a house full of females and everytime they see him getting attention, they all come running over and push him out of the way so they can get some petting. Dad felt a little sorry for him and so after their morning exercise in the backyard, he let Rudy in first to let him get a little quality one-on-one. Looking over at the back door, this was the result. Nothing worse than a woman scorned.


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So that is our story. All the dogs were turned over to Cavalier Rescue on Sunday, except for Rudy who Mom and Dad are fostering. All the dogs have been deprived of human touch and companionship for so long, all they want is to just be held and petted and caressed. Mom and Dad tried their best to keep the attention coming to all of them on the one night they spent at our house. Saturday night they all slept in the kitchen for the first time in clean kennels with soft bedding and lots of good food and water. There was a thunderstorm with lightning all night, but they were so safe and secure for the first time in their lives that they never made a peep all night. Although we wanted them all to stay, Mom and Dad signed them over to Cavalier Rescue since we can never keep 5 more dogs here in the house much less travel with that many. Once they are vet checked and spayed/neutered, they will be adopted to good loving homes where they will be loved and pampered for the rest of their lives as they so rightly deserve. They will be listed on the Cavalier Rescue USA web site for the Southern Region, but with dogs this old they probably won't even have to be listed they will go so fast. Although we couldn't keep all five Cavaliers, the good news is that Rudy is staying here with us for a while. Don't tell anyone, but Dad and Sydney and I are are trying to get Mom to let Rudy stay here permanently with us. It will be a new adventure learning to live with a boy dog, but he is such a sweetheart, we can't resist him. Mom's only concern is it makes traveling harder with three dogs versus two. With just Sydney and I, Mom can take one of us and Dad can't take the other. Do any of you have three babies and can give us any advice on travels with three. Anyway that's our story and that's how come we haven't been traveling lately. Now that we have successfuly completed this task, we can now get back on the road and supplying you with more adventures. Hope you enjoyed the update and always support rescue.


Ruby and Sydney in Virginia

ppotterfield
29th August 2007, 04:26 PM
Ruby:

I am so proud of you and Sydney and your human Mom and Dad for what you have done. And to think I live right next door to you in West Virginia and did not know this was going on! A very special wiggle butt dance to all of you from me and special WooWoos from my Clumber sister Hadley. Very well done! :thmbsup:

Buddy as dictated to

Cleo's Person
29th August 2007, 05:04 PM
Wow! What a lot of news to catch up on.

Firstly Sydeny Happy Birthday for last week. I loved your video.

You guys and your parents are fantastic to have rescued so many other cavs. I enjoyed hearing all about your foster siblings. I'm so glad that you maybe - might - possibly be keeping Rudy. He looks like great guy and I'm sure your Dad will appreciate evening out the testosterone levels somewhat! Looking forward to hearing how it all works out. Well done again for rescuing all those cavs.

jcj528
29th August 2007, 05:16 PM
What a sweetheart! Thanks for sharing her with us.

ppotterfield
30th August 2007, 03:44 PM
I am replying to bump this up. This is a very long thread but go to #140 and read Ruby's wonderful story of a rescue of five Cavaliers in Virginia. Yeah, Ruby, Sydney and your human Mom and Dad!!

merlinsmum
30th August 2007, 04:05 PM
Way to go Ruby and Sydney! You have your humans well trained, just a pity you can't keep all the gang with you.

Love and licks

Merlin and Oakley:dogwlk:

Cathy T
30th August 2007, 05:06 PM
Way to go!!! Hooray!! Five freed beauties!!

Scouty girl
31st August 2007, 12:54 PM
Wow, Ruby and Sydney you guys are fantastic!! You should be so, so proud of your Mom and Dad for rescuing these five beautiful little dogs.
They are all tugging at my heartstring, but Emerald, she's a looker.

Sydney
6th November 2007, 05:17 AM
Ruby and Sydney here,

We've been away for a while and you haven't heard from us but we have a very good reason why. Instead of forcing you to listen to either one of us explain why we have been gone, we'll let the reason itself explain.

Hi everyone. I'm a little nervous so I ask that you be patient as I tell my story. My name is Duncan but most of you may remember me better as Rudy. I'm the ruby male who along with my four sisters, was rescued by Ruby and Sydney, a story you read about in Ruby's previous post. My sisters have all been adopted and have moved on to their permanent homes and from conversations I overhear, it appears they are very happy and very, very loved. The only one left without a permanent home was me and I was beginning to get worried that maybe no one wanted me. I was trying to be really really good and well mannered, even going outside to go to the bathroom. But maybe it wasn't good enough and ultimately no one would ever love me too. However, this last week, just as I was beginning to think that all hope was lost, Ruby and Sydney's Mom and Dad, my foster parents sat down with me. I thought at first that maybe they were about to give me the bad news that I was finally going back to my previous home and I was very afraid. I have grown to love my foster Mom and Dad and have really grown to love my new sister's Ruby and Sydney. We play in the back yard and we all go places together in the back seat of the car. Ruby has even shown me how to make signs and type on the Internet. I didn't want to leave but was prepared for whatever my foster parents were about to tell me. As I braced for the worst, my foster Mom and Dad surprised me by suddenly giving me the biggest, hardest hug I think I have ever gotten and said the words that I was beginning to think I would never hear - that my foster home and family is now my permanent home. I was now finally in my permanent life time home and could scarcely believe it. Maybe I was dreaming or that I hadn't really heard what they said. I looked over at Ruby and Sydney and they smiled and nodded yes. They knew this was coming but had kept it a secret. I can't express how happy I am now. I can now be a permanent part of a real family, helping Ruby and Sydney drive to the treat store, fool Mom and Dad at Christmas, and best of all getting to travel all around seeing things I can never imagine.

To celebrate, Mom and Dad bought me a brand new harness and packed us up for our first official road trip as a new family. Our first trip was to the Shenandoah National Park about a two hour drive away from home. It is sooo pretty with the mountains and the changing colors of the trees. We saw lots of deer and five big black bears. Ruby and Sydney said that was nothing, that they had seen an alligator during one of their trips. Not sure what an alligator but I can't wait to go with my new family and see one now. In celebration, Ruby took this picture of her new brother.



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She told me that it is common practice to take pictures of each other while on road trips and to post them online for all our human friends like you to share. Not sure who you are, but Sydney said you were out there. After a long day, we arrived back home and I quickly curled up on Mom and Dad's bed and fell to sleep.


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I dreamed of my new family and what my life will be like in this wonderful new home. Maybe someday in the future I can explain a little about my previous life and how dramatically improved my life is now that I am finally a wanted, cherished, and loved Cavalier. Or better stated, I am finally "home".

Duncan in Virginia

Oh, and Ruby and Sydney in Virginia too :paw:

shippers
6th November 2007, 09:42 AM
I've just sat and read this whole thread! It really had me laughing :lol:. What a great story at the end. I'm glad Duncan has found his forever home where he will be loved. I must say Ruby and Sydney are clever little dogs!! Can I ask what the car seats are called and if I could buy one online? How do the dogs strap in?

jcj528
6th November 2007, 02:24 PM
WOW, Duncan! What a wonderful home you have gotten. Your friends in Miami are so happy for you.

Why don't you talk your Mummy and Daddy and your two sisters into a road trip to Miami. There's loads to see here!

Sue.k
6th November 2007, 02:42 PM
I have just found this thread and read it all, its just brilliant, you guys just have the best life! Keep us posted, so happy for you Duncan that you have found your forever home :)

Cathy T
6th November 2007, 04:22 PM
Welcome home Duncan!!! I had a feeling you were already living with your permanent family ;) So, how do you like being the only boy with two sisters? Makes you feel even more special doesn't it?! And wait until you get to go on all of those adventures. Your sisters post the most wonderful stories and pictures, but watch out, they're going to teach you all kinds of things, and may even get you into trouble a time or two, but that's what it's all about, being a part of a family. You'll get to see the most amazing things. You are a lucky little guy to be surrounded with so much love!!:luv:

Eeva
6th November 2007, 07:12 PM
What a wonderful story and you are so beautiful, Duncan :luv: I laughed and I was in tears, thank you for sharing it with us.:p

Scouty girl
6th November 2007, 08:20 PM
Oh Duncan, I am so happy for you. You had me crying at work! You are going to have such a wonderful life. Rudy and Sydney have the best adventures ever and lead such colorful lives. Can't wait to hear about all of the fun places the three of you will go with Mom and Dad. Please keep us updated we so enjoy reading your posts.

Cupcake Love
6th November 2007, 11:32 PM
Duncan your story brought tears to my eyes - you truly have wonderful parents. Congratulations on your new home! :)

ppotterfield
7th November 2007, 02:31 PM
Hey, Duncan, you look like you have settled right in and that Ruby and Sydney are showing you the ropes. My Clumber sister Hadley says she is showing me the ropes too but she mostly gets me in trouble. We live on the other side of those beautiful mountains you visited, in West Virginia. Keep us posted on your adventures and maybe one day we will run into each other on your travels.

From Buddy who is on restricted computer use so this was dictated to --

Scouty girl
30th November 2007, 08:17 PM
Just curious to know how Duncan is getting along in his new home with Sydney, Ruby, Mom and Dad.

Sydney
2nd December 2007, 04:30 AM
Duncan here,

I am so happy now that I have found my permanent home that words can never describe. :jmp2:

I just had my first holiday called Thanksgiving and boy did I eat. I ate so much that I bet if I wore a belt, my belly would've hung over it. We haven't gotten to take any big trips yet because my sisters have been so busy teaching me many, many useful skills. Ruby has taught me to use the computer and I have been so busy chatting :blabla: with my fellow Cavaliers on "Human Talk". Sydney has taught me to drive and we have been to the treat store three times since I got here. :drivecar: Sydney even let me drive the last time. She chilled out in the passenger seat wearing her sunglasses and listening to Dad's ipod. :cool: She was rocking and rolling and snapping her paws. Ooops, I gotta run because I hear Mom and Dad stirring in bed upstairs. Ruby and Sydney told me to never let them find me using the computer or engaging in any other human activity. I'll get back soon and will tell you an absolutely hilarious story about us going out to get a tree for Mom and Dad. I still don't understand but Ruby said they didn't either when they saw it for the first time last year. She said its got something to do with a giant fat man in a red suit. Can't wait to hear about this one. Stay tuned.

Duncan in Virginia :paw:

ooops, sorry... and Ruby and Sydney in Virginia too! :paw:

Cathy T
2nd December 2007, 05:06 PM
Ah Duncan....sounds like you're really living the good life now. And Ruby and Sydney are such good big sisters to teach you all of their little secrets.

ppotterfield
3rd December 2007, 02:36 AM
Hey, Duncan, my human Phyllis has blocked our access to Human Talk, both the one for Cavaliers and the one for Clumbers. She will let us dictate to her on Cavalier Talk and her Clumber Lists so here I am. So glad you are doing well and are settled in. Hope you enjoy the Holidays. Christmas can be both a blessing and a curse. There are lots of extra treats and pampering but there are also extra humans around who can take your spots on the sofa. Not all of them understand that no room on the sofa means you gotta move to their lap. The big man in the red suit gets cookies and other goodies left for him by the humans. Last year Hadley and I got there first and by the time Santa arrived there were just crumbs. He did not seem to mind. Still did lots of Ho Ho Ho's and we did Woo Woo's back at him. Nice guy! Take care and keep us posted.

Dictated by Buddy (Bud Bud) to

merlinsmum
28th December 2007, 02:44 PM
hey Duncan!

How'd your Christmas go with your forever home?

Merls and Oaks

P.S - say hi to Ruby and Sydney for us

katiecoos
28th December 2007, 06:00 PM
What beautiful photos she is so pretty.

Sydney
2nd January 2008, 03:48 PM
Duncan here,

I'll give everyone an update and post some photos on my first holiday in my forever home soon. Mom is here and I can't type right now. Can't wait to tell everyone about my adventure with Ruby and Sydney and our trip to get a Christmas tree.

Ruby and Sydney and Duncan in Virginia :paw:

Sydney
3rd January 2008, 04:10 AM
Duncan here,

Ho! Ho! Ho!. My first real Christmas has come and gone and thanks to my new forever family, it was better than I ever could have imagined. Ruby and Sydney told me all about their Christmas last year and, like you, I could even review their adventures on this thread, so I was really anxious to get started. Anyway, one day right after Thanksgiving, Ruby and Sydney woke me up very very early. They said this year they were going to save Mom and Dad the trouble of going to get a Christmas tree by going to get one for them. Since I have never experienced a human Christmas before, I really didn't understand, but I rubbed the sleep from my eyes, and rolled out of my bed, careful not to wake Mom and Dad. While Mom and Dad slept, we all bundled up in our winter coats, grabbed the car keys, quietly slipped out the front door, and silently drove away. Arriving in the woods while still dark, Ruby and Sydney were a little afraid. But having already spent the first two years of my life living in the dark woods in a trailer, I wasn't afraid and so grabbed their paws, and led them into the dark. At first it was a little difficult finding the appropriate tree in the woods, but after a diligent and exhaustive search, we finally came to a unanimous decision on the perfect specimen. We also had to hurry because it was starting to get light and we had to get home. Before we cut it down, Ruby said Mom and Dad liked to take a picture standing in front of it, so I had Ruby and Sydney stand by the tree and I snapped this picture.

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Sydney wanted to get a picture of all of us together as a new family, so when a raccoon happened to wander by, we asked her if she would kindly mind snapping a photo of us. She obliged and of course, wouldn't you know it, just as she snapped the picture Sydney looked down and, thinking she saw a treat, screamed "oh goody, someone lost a chewie!" Turns out it was just a dead leaf but it made Ruby look and so, well here's the result. That's me on the right. Notice, how attentive I am. When you are in the woods, you can't be distracted by fake chewies. Thank goodness I was there to protect these girls.

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As you can see, the sun was starting to some up, and we were way behind schedule.

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If we didn't hurry, Mom and Dad would be awake when we drove up and that would not be a good thing. So we hurriedly cut that tree down and pulled and pushed that tree all the way back to the car. After quickly securing it to the top of the car, we were off for home and not a moment too soon. As soon as we got the tree in the house and crawled back into bed, Mom and Dad started to stir. Of course, to them we had been sound asleep all night, so we dutifully stretched and yawned like good little sleepy Cavaliers. Of course, when Dad walked down the stairs the last thing he expected was a tree in the doorway and darn if he didn't tumble right over it. Of course the three of us stood at the top of the stairs and giggled and gave each other "high five" paws on another successful Cavalier adventure. Dad struggled to his feet and stood there for the longest time scratching his head and wondering how this magical Christmas tree got all the way home on its own. :confused: Mom swore she didn't do it and of course three small Cavaliers could never have pulled off such a feat, could they. icon_whistling Of course, the three of us will never tell. I think I'm going to fit in here just fine. More on my Christmas adventure tomorrow and how Ruby and I waited up for Santa. Good night all!

Ruby and Sydney and Duncan in Virginia :paw:

ppotterfield
3rd January 2008, 03:28 PM
Ruby, Sydney and, of course,Duncan:

Thanks for sharing the story and photos of your adventures. We had a wonderful Christmas on the other side of the mountains. Of course, I was my usual laid-back self, even just "staring" for treats, while Hadley, my Clumber Spaniel sister, went bonkers over a fake talking bird named Squawker McCaw Parrot. She is still stalking it while I take lap naps on the sofa. (When she barks it barks back at her so why bother?) Looking forward to Chapter Two of Christmas 2007 at your house!

Dictated by Bud Bud to his secretary (and human Mom)

Sydney
7th January 2008, 04:54 AM
Ruby here,

Just a little update on our Christmas adventure with our new brother Duncan. Christmas was fast approaching and we all had to get ready. Just like last year, we made our Christmas list's and showed Duncan how to do his. He said he didn't need any presents because he had already gotten the best Christmas gift any Cavalier could have and that was a permanent home with parent who loved him desperately. But we convinced him that was really a cool gift and everything, but he should really ask for some cool gifts. So he made a list and we all mailed them off to Santa just like last year. Only this year we made sure Mom and Dad were gone just to avoid a scare like we got last Christmas, remember? Since Sydney made her list first, she agreed to keep watch while Duncan and I did our lists. Sydney kept watch by the door

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and occasionally she would see a car coming and yell "Car coming! Car coming!"




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and we would drop our pen's and scamper to our bed's, only to find out it was a false alarm and it really wasn't them.

Anyway, Christmas Eve was upon us before we knew it and we all collectively decided that this year we were all going to work together to stay awake and catch Santa as he came down the chimney. As you can see, we were all very attentive.

Sydney watched the back door:

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And Duncan watched the front door:


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After I told Duncan that Santa always comes down the chimney, he joined me on the couch in front of the fireplace. Mom said she would keep us company and help us watch. We diligently watched that fireplace as if the devil himself were going to steal it. We both had our eye's wide open eager with anticipation and excitement.



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It wasn't long before I lost Duncan. Those boys can never stay awake can they girls?


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And I guess it wasn't long after that I dozed off



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But we knew Sydney would keep an eye out for Santa so we weren't too worried. Little did we know that over on the other couch this was what Santa saw when he came down the chimney:



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Well, so much for catching Santa sliding down our chimney this year. The next morning we all woke up to some wonderful toys and treats. In the next post, we'll show you what we got and the special presents we ordered for Mom and Dad online.

Ruby and Sydney and Duncan in Virginia :paw:

Scouty girl
7th January 2008, 08:53 PM
What an exciting Holiday the three of you had, along with Mom and Dad of course. I can't wait to see pictures of your presents.

pinkpuppy
8th January 2008, 03:10 AM
This is so adorable. Can't wait for the ending.:)

Lilyput
9th January 2008, 03:10 PM
She has the most adorable face! And those big eyes.. No wonder they have us wrapped around their little paws!:)

Sydney
13th January 2008, 01:29 AM
Duncan here,

As you could see from Ruby's post, we had a really good Christmas. We woke up very, very early and licked Mom and Dad until they got up. Once awake and on their feet, we ran down the stairs and immediately saw that Santa had come. We got a new bed, new chewies, and lots and lots of new stuffed toys. I couldn't resist and I had to take this picture of Ruby in our new bed surrounded by some of our gifts and toys. Notice she got a really good kneecap to chew on and, take my word for it, boy are they yummy, yum, yum.


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Of course, Ruby looked away and before she knew it, Sydney had dashed in and stolen her kneecap (the chewie toy, not HER kneecap). I snapped this picture of Sydney with the chewie. I've never seen somone so miffed as Ruby when she discovered what Sydney had done. I now know what the saying "(You know what) hath no fury like a woman scorned" means. You can be sure I'm never going to make either of them mad. Notice our toy basket behind Sydney? As you can tell that despite getting lots and lots of new toys for Christmas, we really weren't wanting for anymore, eh?


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Of course, I got lots of really good gifts too. But despite getting lots of really good toys and chewies, Ruby and Sydney and I weren't about to forget our Mom and Dad and so we all chipped in our treat money. We got Mom and Dad two Cavalier calendars, a Cavalier appointment book, a Cavalier leash holder, and a book "My Life with George" by Judith Summers which tells the story of life with one of us Cavaliers. But despite getting Mom and Dad lots of really good Cavalier stuff, I knew I had to do something really special for both of them. So wanting to keep it a secret, (I didn't even tell Ruby and Sydney), I saved all my treat money for the last three months. Because of everything they have done for me and helping to save me and my sisters, I got them a very special gift - the boxed set of books by Barbara Garnett-Wilson, "The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel in Fact and Fancy" and The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel - A Tribute in Art". Here I am pulling them out from under the tree just as Mom and Dad thought there were no more gifts. To say they were surprised would be an understatement.


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Mom and Dad were so surprised but I feel it was the least I could do for them considering all they have done for me this year. They gave me such a big hug and even Ruby and Sydney were surprised and gave me a big paws up. I wish I could do more to tell them how much I appreciate them and how much I love them, but I guess lots of licks and kisses will have to do.

After Christmas was over and we had cleaned up all the paper and boxes and bows we spent the afternoon at Mount Vernon (yes, Mount Vernon was open on Christmas) and we managed to snap this picture of us with Mom. Isn't she pretty?







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Ooops, sorry but I had to edit the picture. We argued and argued about it but Ruby and Sydney told me I couldn't put any pictures of either of them on the web page because someone may recognize them,tell them about our very special abilities, and ruin it for all of us. So, as much as I would love to show you a picture of my new Mom and Dad, I love going to the treat store, driving the car, etc., so grudgingly have to agree with Ruby and Sydney. But at least you can have a Christmas picture of the three of us. I hope you enjoy it.

Before we knew it, the day was over. It was so exciting and Ruby, Sydney and I were so very tired but so very content. Soon it was late and after a little bite to eat, I gave Mom and Dad a lick goodnight and silently went up the stairs and climbed onto the bed. It wasn't long before I had dozed off and was quietly dreaming of my very special first Christmas in my new forever home.


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As I close out this posting, Ruby and Sydney and I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and wish you a very happy and prosperous New Year. We hope you have enjoyed our adventures this year and we feel so fortunate to be able to represent all Cavaliers out there and educate the humans on what life is really like from our perspective. I hope you stay tuned because soon we once again start our travel adventures and we all three will make sure to keep you well informed on where we go and what Cavalier mischief we can get into. And Cavalier mischief is exactly what it will be, and as long as Mom and Dad don't find out about our very special skills, let's just say it will be a very interesting year now that I am along for the ride. I can't wait.

Ruby and Sydney and Duncan in Virginia :paw:

ppotterfield
13th January 2008, 07:46 PM
Duncan:

I gave my human Phyllis the boxed set of Barbara Garnett-Wilson's "The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel in Fact and Fancy" and The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel - A Tribute in Art"! Great minds think alike. My human aunt Kathy had to help me pick it out and order it since I am not as good on the computer as you guys are!

Looking forward to more of your adventures with Sydney and Rudy!!

Bud Bud as dictated to

cosmic81
15th January 2008, 03:55 AM
this is the best post!
one day i will do the same with my doggies!!!

Scouty girl
9th April 2008, 04:08 PM
It's been such a long time since we've heard, or saw, any posts from Sydney, Ruby and Ducan. Can't wait to read and see pictures of their spring and summer adventures. Also, we need updates on how Duncan is doing.

ruby2
9th April 2008, 04:17 PM
oh ruby is so fabulous. She is very like my ruby.

Hope you post some new photos soon.....:flwr:

ruby2
9th April 2008, 04:19 PM
just realised that photo was taken oct 2006? Is that right? Thats when that thread was put on.

Are you there ruby????

We would love up to date photo's.:)

Scouty girl
9th April 2008, 04:31 PM
just realised that photo was taken oct 2006? Is that right? Thats when that thread was put on.

Are you there ruby????

We would love up to date photo's.:)

Sydney, Ruby and now Duncan's posts are an ongoing project.....always updating with new adventures.

merlinsmum
12th April 2008, 04:25 PM
They must be very busy on new adventures as they haven't managed to sneek onto the 'puter in a good while.........

Rj Mac
14th April 2008, 05:23 PM
looks like the 3 of you had a good christmas, im glad that Duncan is settling in well with you, and you both showed him how to do his list to santa, you are good sisters to him

Sydney
15th April 2008, 02:36 PM
Ruby here,

Sydney, Duncan and I must really apologize for being a toodles bit lazy on keeping you up to speed on our adventures. We have been so very busy all winter what with the three of us sleeping, eating, winning the Alaskan Iditarod dog sled race (more to come on the win and the controversy after we crossed the finish line), sleeping, eating, putting a new kitchen addition on the back of Mom and Dad's house while they weren't looking, sleeping, eating, Duncan unearthing a large dinosaur bone in the back yard and trying to keep it secret because he loves dinosaur bones, and of course prepping for our upcoming travel season. We'll update everyone on these adventures and more this weekend. Oh, yes we'll have pictures too. Gotta run for now because we have a roof on the addition to install before noon and Duncan has his tool belt and hard hat on and he's raring to go. You know you can never keep those boys away from the tools. Ta Ta.

Ruby, Sydney, and Duncan in Virginia :paw:

Cathy T
15th April 2008, 04:40 PM
Isn't it amazing that we've been a part of the adventures for so long? I always look forward to new stories from these guys. Now...go get that roof on!!!:)

Scouty girl
17th April 2008, 05:33 PM
Ruby, The three of you better hurry up and get the roof on the new kitchen addition before the weekend. That way you'll have more time for new adventures.

Sydney
22nd July 2008, 09:02 PM
Duncan here,

Sorry we have been gone so long without an update. That's not like us but we have been so very busy. I know many of you have been waiting with baited breath on a Ruby, Sydney, and Duncan in Virginia update. I am putting together some pictures of our house building endeavor which I will post later tomorrow. What I'm really excited about is historic news for all you humans out there who are interested in Cavalier history. Hold onto your hats . . . in my research on the Internet, I have found photographic evidence :snap: that our Cavalier ancestors were on Noah's Ark. I'll post the evidence that I have found soon. In the meantime, here is a little photog of me to tide you over.

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As you can see, I am getting bigger and stronger playing with my sisters Ruby and Sydney and absolutely adore my new parents. Can you believe its been almost a year since I arrived at my new forever home. I'll bark at ya latah but I'm so excited about my news and I'm sure you will be too when you see the pictures. First the addition, then the Ark.

Ruby and Sydney and Duncan in Virginia :paw:

Cathy T
23rd July 2008, 04:15 AM
Waiting with baited breath!! Welcome back Duncan, it's been ages since we've been updated. My how you've grown. I can't believe it's been a year already!!

Mom of Jato
23rd July 2008, 05:58 AM
I have just read all of your stories- what fun you all have!!! All 3 dogs are just beautiful. :D

Sydney
23rd July 2008, 02:49 PM
Sydney here,

After our return from Alaska where we ran in the Iditarod dog sled race, we overheard Mom and Dad talking about putting an addition on the house and extending the kitchen. They were getting estimates and talking to contractors and figuring out how this was going to be done. One night, on the way to the treat store, we were once again stopped at a traffic light when all of a sudden Duncan popped up in the back seat and said, "Hey you guys, why don't we build the addition for them ourselves." Duncan, turns out, is really, really good at carpentry and electrical, and after talking about it, turns out Ruby is good at architecture drawings as well as heating and air conditioning, and I'm really good at plumbing and concrete work. So after much discussion, it was decided. We would have to work quick, but we would build the addition. Of course, we've also stopped letting Duncan sit in the back seat all by himself. After the Alaska trip which we'll tell you about later, and now this, he has way too much time on the way to the store to think up new adventures for us.

The next morning Mom and Dad stepped out to see some friends and we started right away. Duncan, looking as if he has done this before, took charge and came out with his tool belt, hammer, and hardhat. I began by furiously digging and digging and finally got the foundation in. Duncan jumped in and began framing, so while he worked up a sweat, I paused atop the mountain of dirt to admire my handiwork.

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After Duncan finished the framing we both realized if we wanted to get this addition and porch done before Mom and Dad got home we were going to have to hurry but we couldn't find Ruby. Ruby was responsible for the air conditioning and heating and we didn't have any air conditioning ducts in and thus couldn't proceed with the drywall. We stood in the partially complete doorway and desperately called and called for Ruby!


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Of course Ruby, being the sensitive artistic one and never satisified, was off reworking her architecture drawings and making last minute changes to her plans. We found her way out back in the shade looking at the partially complete addition and thinking about ways to make it nicer.





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We told her we didn't have much time before Mom and Dad got home and she'd better hurry up and get her task done. She quickly grabbed her sheet metal shears and got the duct work in. We were working like . . . . well, like dogs, and before you knew it, we had completed all the work in a record 5 hours. I still don't understand why it takes humans weeks and months to build a house. I guess one more reason why we don't want Mom and Dad to know about our talents, huh?.

Now that we are done except for a little painting, what do you think of Ruby's design and our handiwork?

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We were really tired after all that work so we had Ruby take a picture of Duncan and I on our new porch where we plan on spending lots of time just like this chilling out and thinking up our next adventure.


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And this is exactly where Mom and Dad found us when they walked through the door and found their new addition. To say they were surprised would be an understatement. Of course, we weren't going to tell. Now that you know another reason why we have been so busy, we will update you on Duncan's historic find soon. Toodles.

Ruby and Sydney and Duncan in Virginia :paw:

rosiesmum
23rd July 2008, 08:45 PM
WOW, you did a wonderful job there - do you fancy coming here and doing a bit of work for me?

Can't wait to hear about Duncan's historic find!

ppotterfield
24th July 2008, 06:15 PM
Good job on the addition! Our backporch, leading from house to the deck, needs to be rebuilt and she has been putting it off. Maybe Hadley, my Clumber sister and I, should just do it -- you three are an inspiration!!!

My human Phyllis loves the story of Noah's ark, in fact she wanted to name me Noah but was out voted!! Waiting to hear the news!!!

Buddy as dicated to --

Cathy T
24th July 2008, 11:47 PM
That's it....I'm moving in with you guys!!!:)

angelmommy
25th July 2008, 02:21 AM
what a sweetie :)

angelmommy
25th July 2008, 02:24 AM
awww theyre all gorgeous :):-p

jld
25th July 2008, 04:00 AM
Way to go.....beautiful job, I must say. You three are so talented as well as very good-looking. Some dogs just "have it all".;)

Cleo's Person
25th July 2008, 07:10 PM
Wow guys! Amazing job on the addition. Now I have a bathroom that really needs updataing. How do you fancy a trip to Ireland to sort it out for me? I know you love visiting historical sites, so I could definitely take you round some of them as part payment if you felt like the trip....

Looking forward to hearing all about Duncan's find, and the Alaska trip.

arasara
27th July 2008, 07:28 PM
:eek:wooowweee!! You guys sure are talented ;) maybe when you are up for another trip, I can hire you to do my deck :lol::lol:

Duncan looks just beautiful.. I can't believe it's already been a year! :eek:

How do your parents find travelling with three cavaliers as opposed to two? :dogwlk:

Salgal
1st August 2008, 03:46 AM
OMG shes so cute! I love the one in the basket!:flwr:

Sydney
1st August 2008, 04:23 AM
Duncan here,

Now for my historic news. One day while Mom and Dad were busy, I was in the back yard chewing my dinosaur bone, which I found this last winter, when my eye caught something shiny hidden in the dirt. I began to dig frantically and finally uncovered a really old dirty rusty box with some funny writing on it. I quickly but carefully dragged it into the house and called for Sydney and Ruby. Excitedly, we opened it up where we found some pictures and the following note:

To whom it may concern:

To begin, we are three Cavalier King Charles Spaniels who belong to an individual by the name of Noah, his wife, and their three sons. We would like to relate to you, the finder of our box, with a very strange tale. The funny thing about this story is, while we didn’t live anywhere near any water, it seemed our owner was told to build a giant boat which he calls an Ark. Its so-called purpose was to ensure that Cavalier King Charles Spaniels were saved for the enjoyment of future generations, which at the time, was a little bewildering to us, because we don’t know what we needed saving from. Turns out, the concept of a boat in the desert wasn’t nearly as crazy as it may have seemed because one day it started to rain. And it rained. And it rained. And before it stopped, the whole world was covered in water. But we are safe and sound on this giant boat, and thank goodness it’s so big. Not only did Noah and his family save Cavaliers, but he had enough room to save two of every other living creature on the earth. So, here we are, three Cavaliers and about a bazillion other animals. Our purpose in relating our story is to let all Cavaliers in the future to know about our story, see our pictures as proof, and to illustrate to future generations how smart Cavaliers are. So we have put our evidence in this waterproof box and thrown it overboard. If someone finds it one day, please share our story. Our names are Sydney of Arimethea, Ruby of Boaz, and Duncan of Gilead. Noah went to great effort to save Cavaliers, so we hope that when this is found, Cavaliers are still beloved like they are now and his efforts were a success.

Well, to say we were stunned and surprised would be an understatement. We looked at each other and realized the history that we held in our paws. Cavaliers had invented the camera. Of course, since they were so smart, so long ago, we just had to be related. So we all ran to get our pedigrees, which go back several thousand years, and what a coincidence. It turns out these were OUR relatives. We were so excited to finally see pictures of them and we knew we had to share them with all of you. So, without any further delay, here are probably the most historic pictures ever discovered:

Here is the first picture showing the Ark under construction. The caption says, “ The Ark is about 75% complete. We think our owner is crazy for building such a big boat when we aren’t even close to water. That’s us at the bottom of the picture. And funny thing is, a whole lot of animals are just starting to randomly show up.”

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Caption: "Here's Ruby helping Noah's son. Hopefully future Cavaliers will know construction as well as we do.":


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Caption: “Here we are with the completed Ark. Notice how big it is and how many animals are all onboard. Boy does it ever smell like a barnyard. Turns out building was a good idea after all, because it rained so hard there is no dry land to be seen anywhere around”


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Caption: “Here’s a closeup of us with Noah. He’s a kind man and really loves us a lot. That’s Sydney of Arimethea in the middle, Ruby of Boaz on the right, and that's me, Duncan of Gilead on the left."



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Caption: “Sydney of Arimethea hasn’t learned good manners yet and continues to jump up on Noah to get attention. Hopefully, future Cavaliers will be just as friendly and loving as we are, but will have better manners”



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Caption: “He was so kind, that if you’ll notice, he even included a Cavalier doggie door just for us, but how we can use it on the water is beyond us. At least we can go fishing from it”

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Caption: “We get a little bored since we’ve been floating for 40 days and 40 nights, so we pass the days by talking with all the animals. Notice we had a bit of a problem getting eye level with the giraffes. I had to get a boost from Sydney of Armithea to talk to them and it still wasn’t enough. Notice Mr. Noah had to modify their pen. They are a lot taller than he thought”


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Caption: “Finally, if there is any doubt that this boat was constructed primarily to save Cavaliers, Noah painted this on the side so everyone would know beyond a shadow of a doubt the purpose for such a big boat”


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The box had tons and tons of more pictures that were absolutely hilarious. Like the one with Ruby of Boaz surfing behind the boat, and Sydney of Arimethea wearing an eye patch, using a fake peg leg, and saying ARRRGGGHH, matey. However, this posting has gotten way too long. Maybe someday soon we can show you more of them. But as you can see, Cavaliers are indeed special, but we can't show Mom and Dad these photo's or they'll make the connection between the three of us, our ancestors, and the new addition. So for now, I guess our historic little secret will have to remain our historic little secret. Except with you.

Ruby and Sydney and Duncan in Virginia :paw:

Scouty girl
2nd August 2008, 12:41 AM
Ruby, Sydney and Ducan,

It's so good to see you all posting again, I think everyone missed your whimsical adventures. I can't say enough about how beautiful your new addition is. The windows are gorgeous, I don't know which one of you picked them out, but you did an excellent job.

Noah's Ark is spectacular. How lucky was Duncan to find that buried box?

I can't wait to read more about your travels. I'm waiting for the Alaska details and of course the pictures that the three of you took.

Cleo's Person
4th August 2008, 12:15 PM
Wow guys! What a find! Imagine, CKCs on Noah's Ark, but of course, how else would we all get to spend time with you?

Thanks for sharing the amazing and historic photos you found. Looking forward to hearing all about your trip to Alaska.

ppotterfield
5th August 2008, 07:29 PM
Oh, my goodness, I love the Noah's Ark!!! My human has one but it is very small in comparions to yours and it fails to include any Cavaliers, or for that matter any Clumber Spaniels either. Did your human make it (duplicating, of course, the original)? It is wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

Cathy T
5th August 2008, 08:21 PM
I'm always so excited to read about your latest adventures. You tell your stories in such an entertaining fashion!!! What an ark!! Wow, is that ever beautiful.

You guys seriously need to get your stories published!!!:lotsaluv:

Juniors Daddy
7th August 2008, 12:51 AM
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hi everyone im new to this . i have seen some lovely dogs on here but then again there aint one cavalier that aint . i got a black and tan and his name is junior . he is by far the most loving dog ive ever know n..ive had ya typical rotweillers and english bulls . but junior is by far my most favourable ..its like a human connection with these lil fellas.

Sydney
22nd September 2008, 02:47 AM
Ruby here,

We are a little out of sequence here, but we were excited to tell you about our big construction project first, then our historic photo's, and now the Alaska trip. This will catch you up on our winter adventures as we prepare to relate for you all our travels during the summer. As we told you in one of our postings, we were in Alaska running the Iditarod Dog Sled Race this last winter. You may be saying that's impossible and, unlike our other whacky adventures which are all true, surely we must be making this one up. You're probably saying the Iditarod is a grueling cross county 1150 mile race, run in the dead of winter in Alaska, only by experienced teams of professional sled dogs, to commemorate a heroic delivery of emergency medicine during the winter of 1925. Well, you would be right but only if you did not take into consideration the unknown super powers of the Cavalier. So let's get you caught up, shall we.

One night this last winter, during one of our late night runs to the treat store, we were sitting at a traffic light when all of a sudden Duncan popped up in the back seat (again just like the addition) and said, "Why don't we try running in the Iditarod Dog Sled Race in Alaska?" Sydney looked at me, I looked at Sydney, and as nutty as it sounded, we knew we had found our next adventure. After all, it was winter and we hadn't been traveling and we were getting a little bored. So, we agreed we should give it the old Cavalier try. Next thing we know we are sitting on the kitchen floor, looking at a map of the US and mapping our quickest route to Alaska. One thing we discovered quite by accident; your human maps are a little deceiving. What appeared to be a distance of only about 18 inches turned into a trip of almost a week! Needless to say, we had plenty of quality time in the car together and sometimes things got a little crazy on such a long trip because we all had to take turns driving. Duncan is still fairly new at the driving thing and was all over the road for the first few miles, and it was apparent by the pictures he snapped. First I got a little woozy and queasy from all the driving and Sydney thought it was real funny.




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A few miles down the road, I was fine but now it was Sydney's turn being a little queasy. I know what if felt like having just been through it so I didn' laugh. Instead, I got really close to comfort my big sister:






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Eventually we had enough and we yelled at Duncan to stop taking pictures, keep his eyes on the road, and quit weaving all over the highway. He just laughed. Sheeesh, boys, but he straightened up and drove carefully and safely the rest of the way using the cruise control! That's all we need is to have to call Mom and Dad, tell them we wrecked their car outside Davenport Iowa and can they please come and get us. But oh what a cross country adventure we had, and the stories we could tell. What a hoot! We'll save you all the embarrassing details but the story about Duncan and the dance hall girl at that saloon in Laramie, Wyoming was very exciting. You know how the girls can't resist the charms of such a handsome Cavalier boy. We barely got out of town on that one, but as they say, "What happens in Laramie, stays in Laramie." :drivecar:


Anyway, to make a long story short, we arrived in Anchorage, bought a sled (with Dad's credit card), bought enough dog treats for a few days on the trail, and when the gun sounded at the starting line, we were off. Needless to say, even with the weight of enough doggie treats to equal the weight of a human and the supplies the other sleds were pulling, we were quickly ahead of the pack thanks to the strength of three Cavaliers. In fact we got so far ahead, I quickly took the initiative to try and even up the odds for the other sled dogs and jumped on the top of the sled, kicked back and enjoyed the view all the way to the finish line. I have to admit I looked reeeaaaaal good up there on that sled. My ears were flying back in the wind and the snow, my snow goggles were on tight, my knit cap was low on my head, and I kept growling at the packs of wolves that constantly nipped at our heels, and in between yelling at Sydney and Duncan, "Mush, Mush, (sledding terms) quicker, quicker." However, we didn't want to win in only one day and make it look too easy, so just to make it look fair, we did stop and enjoy the Alaska wilderness. This allowed us to cross the finish line about 30 minutes ahead of the closest team of sled dogs, thus bringing honor and glory to Cavaliers everywhere. However, when we went to collect our trophy, the organizers disqualified us and wouldn't give us the trophy, take our pictures as the winning team, and even confiscated all our pictures and memory cards from our camera. Their rational was that it just wouldn't look good for three Cavaliers to beat all those professional sled dogs. How could they ever explain how a team made up of only three Cavaliers beat other professional dog sled teams with 12 or more great big sled dogs per team. So we were forced to pack the car with our sled, our goggles, mittens, and hats, what was left of our treats, and slowly made our way home arriving just in time for Duncan and Sydney to slip into our comfortable bed and drift off to sleep. After all, they had run virtually the entire race all by themselves:




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I on the other hand, stayed up long enough to write this story for your benefit before I too felt my eyelids get heavy and was forced to curl up and join my sister and brother, safe in the knowledge that we were, and are, the Iditarod champions.


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P.S. You should have seen Dad's face when he went out to get the paper the morning after we got back and found a giant dog sled strapped to the top of the car. We posted a picture of him and his expression on the Cavalier web site "Human Talk". Too bad you can't see it. Every Cavalier who sees it can't stop laughing. Stay tuned because in our next post we'll tell you all about our summer travel adventure. I won't spoil it now, but the three of us climbed the 3rd highest peak on the East Coast of the US, so watch for our story.

Ruby and Sydney and Duncan in Virginia :paw:

In case you would like to know more about the Iditarod race and the dogs involved, you can find out more at the official web site (of course without our pictures):

http://www.iditarod.com/

Scouty girl
27th September 2008, 04:55 AM
Ruby, Sydney and Ducan,

Wow what a trip. I'm so sorry that your pictures were confiscated. I would have loved to see them. The three of you are quite savvy.

I can't wait to read and see your summer adventures. Duncan needs more adventure, he's a little behind and needs to catch up with his sisters.

ppotterfield
29th September 2008, 09:46 PM
Ruby, Sidney and Duncan:

Thanks for the travel log. Bud-Bud saw the photos over on Human Talk but would not let me see them!! Bet they were a hoot.

Looking forward to reading about your summer adventures/

Cathy T
4th October 2008, 02:01 AM
Wow....what a trip you guys went on!! What a shame you weren't able to bring back any pictures...but I believe you!!!! Can't wait to hear about what you did this summer.

Sydney
5th October 2008, 02:52 AM
Ruby Here,

Many of you are probably looking to see if we have started our stories from our most excellent summer vacation. However, we are afraid our tales will have to wait a few days. Sydney and I are ever so worried. Our brother Duncan went in to have a bad tooth fixed last week and the doctor said he found a few sores on his gums and on his tonsils. Given Duncan is only a little over 3 years old, the doctor doesn't think its cancer and he thinks it may only be an infection. But just to be safe rather than sorry, he took a biopsy and sent it to a pathologist. In the event it is only an infection, the doctor also started Duncan on some antibiotics. We are all very, very worried and are afraid it may be something so serious, and we don't want anything to be wrong with our brother. So until we get the results back on Monday or Tuesday, we are going to take a short break to support Duncan. We hope to be back next week with good news so we can resume our story. In the mean time, please think of Duncan.

Ruby and Sydney and Duncan in Virginia :paw:

Cathy T
5th October 2008, 05:30 AM
Sending all of my love and warm wishes to Duncan!!!

Cleo's Person
5th October 2008, 02:14 PM
Lots of good thought on their way to Duncan.

ppotterfield
6th October 2008, 02:30 PM
Oh, Ruby and Sydney, I know you know you are worried and afraid. Hang in there and we will all hope and pray that Duncan is okay.

ice-cavi
6th October 2008, 04:53 PM
Best wishes:xfngr:

Sydney
7th October 2008, 03:17 AM
Ruby here,

Thank you to all of you who been thinking and sending good thoughts and writing to show your support for Duncan. It has given him so much pleasure to read all your posts. He even read them again this morning over breakfast and they made his tail wag so hard. But we finally got the call this evening from our Vet that from one respect we were anxious to receive while at the same time were dreading beyond imagination. After probably the longest days of our lives, the Vet called this evening to give us the results of Duncan's pathology test. It was very hard to answer the phone when we saw it was the Vet's phone number. Dad reluctantly picked it up and when he didn't say anything for a few minutes we knew the news wasn't going to be good. And then, all of a sudden, the biggest smile that we have ever seen broke out on Dad's face, he gave Mom a big hug, then they both gave Duncan a huge hug, and we knew then that Duncan was going to be okay. The Vet told Dad that the test had come back late this afternoon and it was benign and there was no indication of cancer. To say Duncan, Sydney, and I were estatic would be putting it mildly. You can't imagine the relief that the test results provided and we knew that our new brother was not seriously ill. We were so happy and, after so many days of the pressure of not knowing anything, we couldn't contain ourselves with the news. Duncan dashed out the back door and started running around the yard and we were chasing him and we were all barking. Duncan has another appointment with the Vet on Wednesday for a follow up and will have to stay on his antibiotics for a few more weeks.

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Duncan wants to thank you all so very, very much for all of you who have been thinking of him during the hardest few days of his life. It helped him through it all knowing so many people were supporting him. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you all.

Ruby and Sydney and Duncan in Virginia :paw:

PS We are going to take a few days to catch our breath and then we will get back to where we left off before our recent adversity to tell you about our summer vacation and show you our vacation pictures.

*Pauline*
7th October 2008, 11:58 AM
I've only just seen this now, I'm sorry you had to go through this worry and I'm very happy it's all going to be ok. :D

Shelli
7th October 2008, 02:13 PM
So glad to hear that Duncan is going to be ok. You must all have been so worried :flwr:

Cathy T
7th October 2008, 07:25 PM
Oh hooray!!! I had a big smile myself when I got the part where Dad got the great news!! What a relief!

Chelle & Rex
7th October 2008, 11:26 PM
I'm so happy to hear Duncan will be ok :D What a relief.

I'm really looking forward to hearing about your summer adventures when things are back to normal there!!! :hug:to all of ye!

Sydney
10th October 2008, 03:58 AM
Sydney here,

Duncan had his follow up at the Vets today and he is doing very well and the lesions and inflammation are almost completely gone now. We again thank all of you for your kind words and thoughts. It saw us through a very hard time. Of course, Duncan was a poor sight when he came home from the Vets office that first evening after his surgery so he curled up in one of the wing chairs in the kitchen. Mom and Dad didn’t mind considering what he had been through. Notice his little shaved right leg where they had the IV in. We felt so sorry for him and we occasionally helped him lick his leg.

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But now that our significant and extremely stressful medical event is behind us and Duncan is going to be fine, lets move on to our summer trip. Of course, after the new addition, the historic discovery that Noah’s Ark was built specifically for Cavaliers, and then the Iditarod dog sled race, it was summer and once again time to hit the road on some of our summer travel adventures.

First stop was New York for a few days in the Hamptons. The Hamptons are located on the far eastern tip of Long Island New York, about 2 hours east of New York City. It is not merely one small town or place but pretty much refers to the entire eastern tip of Long Island. It has many small villages with names such as East Hampton, Southampton, Bridgehampton, etc., which is why it is simply called “the Hamptons”, and it is also famous for being the vacation spot for multi-millionaires and movie stars.

We go to the Hamptons every year because Mom was born in Southampton and raised in the village of Sag Harbor, New York where her family still lives. Sag Harbor was settled in 1707 and just celebrated their 300th anniversary. It is an old whaling village and was once the largest port in New York, even exceeding the port in New York City, although today it is much smaller and the place where the huge luxury yachts dock. It has managed to retain the charm that so many cities in America have lost with a walkable downtown with tree lined sidewalks. While we wish we could take all of you for a visit so you can see how pretty it is yourselves, we can show you a few pictures. Here is but a small portion of Main Street. (Mom and Dad walk down in the mornings to have coffee and pastries from Schiavonis Market with us and we all sit on a bench and watch all the people. Mom and Dad drink their coffee and everyone comes by and tells us how cute we are.)

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The movie theater which doesn't have 15 screens,


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And the Five and Dime store:

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After coffee, we stroll over to the wharf and see all the yachts. We are afraid we took this picture on the day after Labor Day and a lot of the really really big boats had already left, but we still like to hang out in Marine Park and watch the boats come and go.

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On the walk back home, we always love to stop at the Customs House. Remember how we told you the port in Sag Harbor was bigger than New York City? Well, because of all the ships that came into Sag Harbor, President George Washington created the first Customs House in New York in Sag Harbor in 1790 to collect customs taxes. Of course, we don’t really care about the taxes, we just love the big yard and whenever we pass by, Ruby and Duncan and I pull on our leashes with all our might just to make sure we get to play in the big front yard. I guess all that sled pulling in Alaska paid off, huh?

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That's enough for this posting. In our next update, we go to the beach and you can't miss Duncan's first visit to the ocean. There's no telling who we'll run into at the beach in the Hamptons, so check back with us to find out who we hobnob with.

Ruby and Sydney and Duncan in Virginia :paw:

Cathy T
10th October 2008, 04:06 AM
Oh Duncan....you look so bereft!! But so glad you had Sydney and Ruby to help you mend. What scare you gave us all!!

The pictures of Sag Harbor are beautiful. What a unique little town. Looks like you all had a great summer. Can't wait to hear more.

Hugs little man!!

Shelli
10th October 2008, 12:36 PM
Glad to hear you're on the mend Duncan :flwr:
Those photos are lovely, looks like you all had a great summer. Looking forward to hearing more :)

Sydney
14th October 2008, 04:20 AM
Sydney here,

Of course, what the Hampton's are known for are their beaches. And it is the beach time that we really look forward to when we can hobnob with the rich and famous without Mom and Dad crimping our style. So, after our walk downtown and before it gets too hot, Ruby, and Duncan, and I sneak out of the house, load up in the car with our beach chairs and umbrella, and drive down to the ocean. This was Duncan's first trip to the ocean, so the minute I stopped the car, Duncan was off. He couldn't wait to feel the sand on his paws and the surf on his face.

The ocean was so exciting to him, he ran from one end of the beach to the other, over and over again.

First he ran to one end . . . .

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Then he turned around and ran back to us and kept right on running and ran to the other end with his ears extended to increase the cooling effect:

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After a few trips back and forth he finally started to wind down . . . . .

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and finally settling down with me to explore the sand in a more leisurely fashion as always with an eye for something dead and stinky to roll in so as to have a nice smell we could all enjoy on the drive home. Of course, after we get back, Mom and Dad always get in the car and always look at each other wondering where that stench could ever have come from. ;)

Notice also how we have the entire beach all to ourselves which is pretty amazing but it helps us keep our secret talents really secret.

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Ruby doesn't like her picture taken at the beach, because she says all that sand and salt water makes her hair all messed up and she isn't pretty, so I made sure I got at least one picture of her. My desire to take her picture when she least expects it probably goes way back to the time she snapped that photo of me typing on the computer for Human Talk at the dining room table (remember?). I really thought it was so very funny, but she chased me all over that big beach wanting to delete that picture, but I kept the memory card so you could see:

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Our time at the beach was fairly limited, because we had to get back before Mom and Dad missed us and reported all of us and the car as being stolen. But we had a fun day and as we were leaving, we told Donald Trump, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Leonardo Dicaprio that we'd have to catch them later (sorry no pictures, we promised them their privacy when we get together but boy are they a hoot).

After a full day at the beach for Mom and Dad (nap time for us back at the house), it was time for our favorite part of the day - DINNER! Mom and Dad drove over to Montauk to eat some really good fresh seafood at Montauk Harbor. And since we are already there, we always like to stop and walk around Montauk light house. Like the Custom's House in Sag Harbor, this light house was also commissioned by President George Washington to help guide the ships into safe waters on their way to Sag Harbor.

While we were there, Duncan managed to snap this picture of me and Ruby so you too can see what the light house looks like. I think he’s beginning to get the hang of using the camera but he still sometimes takes a picture of his paw instead of us.

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Before we knew it, our time in Sag Harbor was over but if you are ever in the Hamptons in the summer, be on the lookout for three Cavaliers in downtown Sag Harbor or passing you on the way to the beach. It was now time to move on to the next leg of our trip, traveling to Vermont by way of Connecticut and Massachusetts. We'll update you on what we saw and what we did along the way. Can't promise much mischief, but if you know us, we're bound to find something interesting along the way. Just ask our best buddy Jack Nicholson - right Jack?

Ruby and Sydney and Duncan in Virginia :paw:

chloe'sdee
14th October 2008, 01:23 PM
What an inspiration you are Duncan. Being that we live close enough for a nice drive out to the Hamptons, I almost never think to go. What a great idea for some nice fall pictures. My husband was working in Sag Harbor towards the end of the summer. I'm sure he didn't know about it's history. He will now, thanks to one smart puppy;) Thank you for sharing and glad you're feeling better.

Sydney
5th February 2009, 02:35 AM
Ruby here,

Sorry we have been gone for a while. We have been so busy. First was the little medical relapse with Duncan, who is better thank you. Second, there was of course Christmas. We hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. But I will have to admit that while everything about our little secret is still secret, Duncan's second Christmas with us caused Sydney and me a frightful scare. It seems as much as we warn Duncan about not doing anything that will reveal our secrets to Mom and Dad, lo and behold what should happen but Mom caught him making his Christmas list. However, to Duncans credit, he thought very fast and . . . . . . well, lets just save that little story for another time. Let me just say that so far our little secret about our talents remain a secret and you will laugh when we tell you how. But first, we have to finish telling you about our vacation trip.

After we left Sag Harbor New York, we took the ferry from Orient Point, New York across Long Island Sound and landed at Groton Connecticut. Driving north across Connecticut and Massachusetts, we soon arrived at our destination, Burlington Vermont.

Burlington is such a pretty town located on Lake Champlain and directly across from New York state. The weather was so very warm and splendid, so we ended up spending a lot of time down by the water relaxing and taking in the sunshine. Here is Sydney getting a little bit of sun:

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And then there was Duncan who decided he too needed a little time basking in the sun himself:

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Personally, I think I cut the most striking pose by the waters edge, but since its my turn to tell this segment of our story, I guess I will have to leave it out. But just for the record, you would have been very impressed with my look.

Continuing on through Vermont, we stopped at the Ben and Jerry ice cream factory. Darn what a shame that all three of us are lactose intolerant because we could have eaten that factory right out of business. Thats okay because I would occasionally bark at something and when Dad looked away I would lick his ice cream cone. I though it was funny when he kept saying that ice cream didn't last nearly as long as it used to.

After leaving Burlington, our next stop was Stowe Vermont, which is famous for its skiing, but as you can see from this picture, there wasn't any skiing going on while we were there.

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And of course, no visit to Stowe would be complete without stopping at the Von Trapp Family Lodge. Most of you are familiar with the Von Trapp family from the Sound of Music so you are aware that the real Von Trapp family, after escaping from Austria, settled in Vermont because it reminded them so much of their beloved Austria. They opened a lodge in the mountains above Stowe and Capt Von Trapp and Maria are now buried here. Although we found out later, dogs are not allowed, but we did manage to sneak this picture before we left.

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Dad lived in Germany for almost six years so he was telling Mom later how he could see how much it would remind them of Austria because the lodge looked like so many of the houses and buildings in Germany and Austria. Hopefully, one day you can visit Vermont and see Stowe and the lodge too.

Leaving Vermont, we drove on to New Hampshire and saw a Moose which Duncan and Sydney barked at but it didn't budge. I asked if we could take it home as a pet, but Mom and Dad didn't listen. Sydney said later that if we could have only gotten Mom and Dad out of the car, we could have put that Moose in the back of the car and snuck it home, but they never got out.

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Our trip continued to New Hampshire and the highest mountain peaks on the east coast of the United States, Mount Washington and then onto Massachusetts. But that's where I'll have to end my little story for tonight. I have got to run now because Dad is coming down the stairs. Check back in and I will show you where and how the American Revolution started.


Ruby and Sydney and Duncan in Virginia :paw:

ppotterfield
6th February 2009, 07:37 PM
Oh, thanks so much for the update and the travelogue. When you stay away too long we all miss you!

Cathy T
7th February 2009, 05:15 PM
What beautiful places you've been!!! The Von Trapp place is gorgeous!! And that moose??!! Oh my gosh...he's huge!!

Sydney
17th September 2011, 04:26 AM
Ruby here,

As they said in the movie Poltergeist, "They're back." That's right, we are back. I know, I know. You are thinking, "Where have you three little scamps been and what trouble could you have possibly gotten into that would prevent you from writing us for so long." Let me just say that it is a long and almost tragic story and we will catch everyone up in our next post. In the meantime, the trio is back and ready to once again give you a glimpse into our sometimes wacky but always adventurous universe. So for now sit back, enjoy, and we will catch you up in no time at all.

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Ruby, Sydney and Duncan in Virginia :paw:

*Pauline*
17th September 2011, 08:46 AM
Welcome back ;) Can't wait to hear your next post!

Sydneys Mom
17th September 2011, 05:48 PM
Hi, I have a Sydney too, he's 11 yrs old. I'm looking forward to reading about all your old adventures and then the new ones. can't wait to get to know you all.

ppotterfield
18th September 2011, 07:50 PM
Hey, neighbors from across the mountains in Ol' Virginia. Over here in West Virginia we have been wondering and worrying a little about what you all have been up to and where you have been. Looking forward to an update soon!

Sydney
21st September 2011, 02:24 AM
Ruby here,

It is so good to be back. For those of you who have been following our post and are curious about our absence, Duncan has posted a note in the General Cavalier Health forum on the reason why. Let me just say that we almost lost Sydney due to a severe case of meningitis but she is now recovering and progressing nicely. In response and to celebrate, we are back to bring you more of our crazy travel Cavalier adventures.

When we last left you we were in Vermont. Sydney and Duncan had met a friendly moose and we were considering options on getting it into the car to take home. Our plans changed when we saw that moose go to the bathroom. We do not have a poo bag nearly big enough to clean that up so we decided to leave mr. moose right where we found it and we were off to New Hampshire and the top of Mt Washington. This mountain is the third highest peak East of the Mississippi River, with the tallest being Mt Mitchell and Clingmans Dome in North Carolina. Mount Washington once held the world record for directly measured surface wind speed, at 231 mph (372 km/h), recorded on the afternoon of April 12, 1934. Although this record was surpassed by Cyclone Olivia in 1996, Mt Washington still holds the Northern Hemisphere and Western Hemisphere record. The winds get so strong on this mountain, the observation house is actually chained down with logging chains to keep it from blowing away. Talk about a wind that would blow your Cavalier ears back, I think that would be it.

Of course confronted with such a challenging mountain, we had to climb it. So after a rigorous climb to the top (while asleep on the back seat of the car), we naturally had to take this photo of us successfully summiting the peak. We got the idea from watching humans climb to the top of a mountain called Everest, so we figured we had to do the same since I'm sure these two mountains are about the same height. Notice Duncan being the gentleman and blocking the wind from mussing up the girls hair.

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Once we had successfully summited Mt Washington, we were off to Massachusetts for a little Revolutionary War history. Our first stop was in Lexington, right outside Boston. According to our history lessons, there seemed to be a small disagreement between our American humans and their British cousins a long, long time ago. From what we Cavaliers can deduce, some of the biggest arguments between humans always seem to occur between family members. Seems like such a shame but we Cavaliers liken it to a disagreement over a bone, so we understand. It got to be so unfriendly that on April 19, 1775, Paul Revere and William Dawes rode out of Boston to warn the people of Massachusetts that British regulars were coming to confiscate militia weapons, gunpowder, and supplies from the village of Concord. In response, the Minutemen of Lexington, so named because they could be ready to fight in as little as a minute, gathered at Buckman Tavern to await the British arrival. We marked this historic site (no Duncan did not mark it in a boy Cavalier way - but he thought about it) with this photo of us in front of Buchman Tavern. Notice, I am more interested in a passing bird and Duncan just needs a nap. Sydney was pretty indifferent to the whole history lesson.


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As the British marched into town, the American Minutemen left Buckman Tavern and marched onto the Lexington Common in order to block the British advance and this is where the story gets ugly. Seems everyone had guns and someone, no one knows whether they were British or American, fired a shot. This caused the British regulars to fire. No matter the dispute over who actually fired first, when it was over 8 Americans were killed and 10 wounded. One British soldier was wounded. While the British regulars marched on to Concord, the people of Lexington began to gather their dead. Today, the Lexington Green is a lot more peaceful and just a perfect place for a little Cavalier to rest her weary feet. I like how Duncan is always on the lookout for trouble and makes sure no one starts any.


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Before leaving, we made one last stop at a statue to the Minutemen of Lexington and then . . . . .

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Car is coming. Gotta run for now. You all know the reason why if you've kept up with the narratives of our trips. Next we are on to Concord and it has nothing to do with grapes or grape juice, just another history lesson. Can't wait.

Ruby, Sydney (recovering nicely thank you), and Duncan in Virginia. :paw:

Holly
21st September 2011, 02:57 AM
Ruby, those are great pics!! I teach 3rd grade and we are just learning about Paul Revere's Ride and the Revolutionary War. I wonder, if I PM you my email address, would you send me some of the pics you took there so I can show my students? They LOVE my Cavaliers and they would love to see pcitures of you in front of the places they are learning about! I bet they would find history much more interesting if it included Cavaliers.

Nicki
21st September 2011, 01:40 PM
It's fantastic to have you back, we're really missed your adventures and wonderful photos!

Sorry to hear that Sydney was so ill, sounds very scary, off to read that thread.

Sydney
21st September 2011, 02:43 PM
Holly,

We would be pleased to send you copies of any of our photo's. Anything to help those young human students learn about history. Sydney does most of our editorial work and is our creative designer, so if you send us your email address and what you would like to see, we will have her get right on it. Boy, oh boy, if Mom and Dad ever find out what we're doing here, we are in really big trouble. Our little secret.

Ruby, Sydney, and Duncan in Virginia

mommytoClaire
22nd September 2011, 08:59 PM
Hi Ruby, my name is Claire, and I just got done reading your, Sydney and Duncans great adventures. Let me back up a bit.

My mom has been hanging out on CT for about 9 months now. And generally I'm not interested. But the last day she has been laughing and showing me pictures of 2 cute Cavalier girls, and most recently making over that cute redhead Duncan. Well yep, that got my attention, as he sure is a handsome dude (btw I'm a redhead too!).

Anyway, mom is busy getting ready to go to a football game, and I took the opportunity to pop on and say hello (while she wasn't looking, of course, have to keep the Cavalier 'powers' secret). But most important, I wanted to say how sorry I am over the tough go you've all had with Sydney. I'm just glad she is better. Give her a gentle hug from me.

Okay, need to run......mom is on a mission, and I don't want her to notice I was using the iPad.

Talk again soon, and I'll be sure to check out 'Human Talk'. I bet we could write a book about all we know about humans.....

Mandy and Molly
30th September 2011, 02:08 PM
Lol!

This is the funniest thread i have ever read!

I have been cracking up going through it! Love the photos and love hearing the adventures :):lotsaluv:

Karen and Ruby
1st October 2011, 09:41 PM
Hi Sydney, Ruby and Duncan,

Charlie and Ruby here!

This thread started before we were born soo we have been reading this over the last couple of nights! We think you are very funny!

Charlie really likes Ruby, he thinks you are very beautiful......... oh hang on....... \Charlie here!!! I just said she was very pretty and reminded me of you! You said that Duncan is very handsome!!!

Ok ok get off you little scamp! Anyway, mummy used to take me on lots of adentures, ive been on Steam trains and everything! Charlie has never been on an adveture as mummy is on her own now but she promised to take us on holiday next year!

denali
1st October 2011, 10:51 PM
Hi Kokoda here!

I love reading about your travels. You lucky dogs to go so many places!

My mummy was looking into getting a car seat for my travels and I love the look of yours.
What is it?

Lots of Licks,
Kokoda

Sydney
2nd October 2011, 12:33 AM
Duncan here,


After leaving Lexington, like the British soldiers on April 19, 1775, we marched on to the village of Concord. Unlike 235 years ago, we went by car, my prefered method of travel. As the British marched out of Lexington, word spread quickly about what had happened and, like disturbing a hornet's nest, local American militia had quickly begun to gather from far and wide near Concord. When the British arrived in Concord, they split up, with some searching the village. Others marched out of town to search a local farm where arms and ammunition were thought to be stored. It was this group that met the militias at the North Bridge over the Concord River. It was here at the North Bridge that we stopped and grabbed a photo - but sadly, without us.

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These two forces now confronted each other at the North Bridge. Before long a shot rang out, and this time there is certainty from depositions taken from men on both sides afterwards that it came from the British ranks. It was likely a warning shot fired by a panicked, exhausted British soldier from the 43rd Regiment of Foot, according to the British commander Capt Walter Laurie's letter to his commander after the fight. Two other regulars then fired immediately after that, shots splashing in the river, and then the narrow group up front, possibly thinking the order to fire had been given, fired a ragged volley before Laurie could stop them.

Two of the Minutemen, Private Abner Hosmer and Captain Isaac Davis, who were at the head of the line marching to the bridge, were hit and killed instantly. Four more men were wounded, but the militia only halted when Major Buttrick yelled "Fire, for God's sake, fellow soldiers, fire!" At this point the lines were separated by the Concord River and the bridge, and were only 50 yards apart. The few front rows of colonists, bound by the road, and blocked from forming a line of fire, managed to fire over each others' heads and shoulders at the regulars massed across the bridge. Four of the eight British officers and sergeants, who were leading from the front of their troops, were wounded by the volley of musket fire. At least three privates (Thomas Smith, Patrick Gray and James Hall, all from the 4th) were killed or mortally wounded, and nine were wounded. Today one of the British soldiers is buried in Concord and two are still buried here at the North Bridge.

This photo shows us playing the British soldiers and facing the American militia. The obelisk in the background is where the British actually stood all that time ago. Sydney was afraid someone was going to fire a musket again, so she was keeping an eye peeled just in case the British came back and fired another shot. Ruby kept looking off in the direction the American's marched from in 1775 and was screaming, "They're coming. They're coming." This just freaked Sydney out even more. As for me, I couldn't get the timer on the camera to work and could never get back and pose in time before the stupid thing went off. This is the best shot out of about 50 that I tried.


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Of course, equal time for the American militia, so we turned around and faced the way the American's were looking, towards the bridge, during the battle. The statue behind us was erected in 1875 on the 100th anniversary of the battle and represents a farmer who leaves his plow and picks up his musket to defend his land and liberty.


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The British quickly retreated and, in their long march back to Boston, had to battle the militias the entire way suffering significant casualties. So, the die was cast. What might have been was no more. The American Revolution had begun. A famous American poet made this battle famous 50 years later when he wrote a poem called the Concord Hymn. The most famous portion I'll recite here and which appears on the statue at the North Bridge:


By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to Aprils breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood,
And fired the shot heard round the world.



From Concord, we made our way back to Virginia and one more trip was complete. We have lots more stories to tell and we still haven't shown you any pictures of Boston which we took while we were there. Maybe in a future post we will show you Boston from our perspective. Just a hint of what's to come. I've been working diligently in the basement to try and recover any photographic proof of our victory in the Iditarod Dog Sled Race and I think - - - I think I might have been successful. Stay tuned and I will let you know and hopefully show you. Right now I have to run. Hope you learned something today. I know I have.

Ruby, Sydney, and Duncan in Virginia :paw:

mommytoClaire
2nd October 2011, 12:59 AM
Oh Duncan, finally, I was worrying something had happened. I can't type long, but certainly appreciate the history lesson! I am young, and haven't learned much of that.

Hope things are going well, and looking forward to your next adventure. And of course, we never caught up on the Hamptons, and Boston. So I'll be waiting patiently, or not so patiently, as my mom said I am NOT patient.......oh gotta run, here comes mom.

Claire

mommytoClaire
2nd October 2011, 01:17 AM
False alarm, it was just the silly cat.

When I was talking about being young, and not knowing all that, well, my mom has never told me all those stories.....I think she must have been sleeping that day in history class.

Heh, is your human dad a history professor or something? He takes you all this historical places, and has even worked along the way......I was just curious.

Sydney
5th October 2011, 04:07 AM
Ruby here,

Remember our post on how we won the Iditarod Dog Sled Race in Alaska and they denied us the win. Turns out it wouldn't look too good if three Cavaliers won the most difficult sled dog race in the world over so many other dog teams. If you also remember, they took the memory card from our camera so we wouldn't have any evidence. Weeelllll, it turns out they didn't get all our pictures after all. Duncan was down in the basement the other day running some serious forensics on our memory card and he was able to recover a few pictures. So, without further adieu, we present the proof:

During the race, whenever we got too far ahead of the rest of the teams, we would stop and take a little break to let everyone catch up. Here's Sydney enjoying a little respite in the howling Alaska snow:

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Of course, as soon as the snow storms rolled in, Sydney got back on the sled and I had to pull the sled for the next 60-70 miles. It wasn't easy as you can see:


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Duncan found pictures of us on the winners stand after we crossed the finish line way ahead of the other dog sled teams. We are watching with great anticipation as they brought the trophy in from the right side of the stage to present to us. Notice we still have a ton of snow stuck to our fur illustrating this was no picnic and we are one tough Cavalier dog sled team:


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And, since I'm writing this post, a little close up of me:


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It was about that time the judges came in from the left to inform us that they weren't going to present the trophy to us because . . . well you know the rest of the story. Notice our look of shock and astonishment:


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The saddest part is the look on Sydney's face after they took our trophy away. She worked so hard to get us across the finish line and I know it just crushed her little heart for them to take it all away for such a silly reason. Duncan however was just looking for where we parked the car so we could get back on the road and get home to Mom and Dad.


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To console her, I quickly rushed over and gave her a great big hug and we slowly walked back to the car. Just to let you know, we quickly rebounded on the trip home because in our hearts we know we won the race fair and square and now we even have the photo's to prove it. Oh, and Duncan rebounded on the way home because we also stopped off in Laramie, Wyoming just so Duncan could . . . . . we'll, let's just say we stopped in Laramie. (Read our Iditarod post. You'll get it.)

Ruby, Sydney, and Duncan in Virginia


P.S. Winter is just around the corner. Hope you have your coats all warmed up and ready to go.

Sydney
19th October 2011, 05:00 AM
Duncan here,

Okay, after the rather serious story of our trials on the Iditarod, its time for a little humor. So without further delay:

Whatever human said "LET SLEEPING DOGS LIE" evidently sleeps with Cavaliers.

Many of you have your Cavaliers sleep in a crate at night which, by the way, is a topic of great interest on the Cavalier web site Human Talk. We wont go into detail here about how we feel about this issue here, but while putting us in a crate is totally appropriate and probably should be encouraged, we want you to know that Cavaliers love nothing more than to sleep with our beloved humans at night. But before you allow this to occur, we feel it is necessary to warn humans beforehand that our pack instincts, which we really cant control, can lead to some interesting sleeping arrangements, or at least interesting to you humans. You see, when you brought us into your lives, you unwittingly entered into a pack arrangement with us. This arrangement is as ironclad and unbreakable as any contract you will ever enter into. So, before you bring one (or more if you dare) Cavaliers into your bed, be aware of the following rules:

Rule Number One: The deeper the sleep the heavier the Cavalier.

The first thing you humans discover when you bring us onto your bed is the striking difference in weight between an alert, awake Cavalier and a Cavalier at rest. Many humans develop spinal deformities rather than rent the heavy equipment necessary to move their snoring cavaliers to a more appropriate part of the bed. Humans who sleep with Cavaliers most often spend the entire night contorting themselves into ever stranger positions whenever we stir during the night, not so much in order to ensure our peace and tranquility, but merely to keep from having to move us. In case you have your doubts, just look at Sydney and Ruby while they sleep. Look heavy don't they?

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Rule Number Two: Cavaliers possess superhuman strength while on a bed.

Cunning cavvies can steal precious space in tiny increments until we have achieved the center position on the bed - with all the covers carefully tucked under us for safekeeping of course. Weve learned the stretch and roll method is a very effective technique in gaining this precious additional territory. Sometimes less subtle tactics are sometimes preferred. Then there are a few of us more jealous cavaliers who can worm his/her way between a sleeping couple and with the proper spring action from all four legs, shove a sleeping human to the floor. That one is a good one. We like that one if for nothing more than the look on your face as you reappear at the edge of the bed. It makes us laugh. Here's a shot of me looking at Dad sprawled on the floor late one night after giving him an accidental shove.

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Rule Number Three: The deeper the sleep, the louder the Cavalier.

As humans invariably cling to the edge of the bed, wishing they had covers, some of us may in fact begin to snore at a volume you would not have thought possible. Once that quiets down, the Cavalier dreams begin. Yipping, growling, running, kicking. Your bed becomes a battlefield and playground of canine fantasy. It starts out with a bit of "sleep running", lots of eye movement and then, suddenly, a shrieking howl blasted through the night like a banshee wail. The horror of this wake-up call haunts you for years. It's particularly devastating when we insist on sleeping curled around your head like a demented Daniel Boone cap.

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Rule Number Four: When the Cavalier wakes - you wake.

The night creeps on and you fall asleep in the 3 inches of bed not claimed by us. The single Cavalier dreams on quietly now and if you have more than one, then the entire heap of Cavalier flesh sleeps on - breathing heavily and occasionally kicking. Then, too soon, it's dawn and the pack stirs. You must understand that whichever Cavalier awakens first, they have a duty and responsibility to wake the pack and each Cavalier has a distinctive but normally unpleasant method of accomplishing this task. One may position itself centimeters from a face and stare until you wake. The clever Cavalier obtains excellent results by simply sneezing on your face. Others merely romp all over your sleeping bodies, usually coming to rest on your head. Of course, our favorites are those Cavaliers who love to wake their humans with the ever-loving insertion of a tongue on your face or in an unsuspecting ear.

So, why do we put up with this? There's no sane reason. Perhaps it's just that when we come into your home, we're a pack and a pack sleeps together at night - safe, contented, heavy and loud.

Ruby, Sydney, and Duncan in Virginia

robbieswan
19th October 2011, 07:26 AM
This dog is the prettiest dog I have ever seen !

Sydney
19th October 2011, 04:13 PM
Ruby and Sydney here,

Why thank you very much for the compliment. It was very nice and let us just say you are quite the good looker yourself. After seeing your post, Sydney and I were having a serious discussion last night about which one of us you were referring to. Duncan got tired of the discussion and only wanted to go to sleep, so we have agreed you were probably talking about both of us. Duncan is in the other room and he said he didn't think you were referring to him since, as a big strong male, he can't be pretty. Handsome, dashing, debonair and the most interesting dog in the world for sure, but never pretty.
:xctly:

We are off to our next big adventure. Duncan came across some pictures of the two of us when we were mere pups and he is wanting to post some of them. Oh, and he will include more of his sage advice and Cavalier guidance on preparing to live with a new Cavalier puppy. We admire him for doing it because he's a little bummed. Turns out, since he only came to live with us when he was about 2, Mom and Dad don't have any pictures of him as a puppy. So he has agreed to live vicariously through us and include the very first picture Mom and Dad took of him despite him being about 2 at the time and no longer technically a puppy. See you soon!

Ruby, Sydney, and Duncan in Virginia :paw: :paw: :paw:

Sydney
2nd November 2011, 03:04 AM
Duncan here,

The other night I was downstairs recovering our Iditarod photos. As I sat there watching the little green light on the hard drive blinking away I had time to think What is some really good Cavalier advice I could provide to humans. Then it came to me. Many of you seem to really love us when we are puppies. So, having been a puppy myself at one time, I thought I could provide a little invaluable insight. Insight to those who dont have a puppy but are wondering what life would be like if they were to ever acquire one. Like to practice before making a huge commitment, because it is a huge commitment? A commitment that, if you are very fortunate, can go for 10, 11, 12, or even more years. If you think you are ready, here are few tips to help you prepare. Oh, and Ive included a few photos to keep you focused on the task at hand. Pictures of my sisters Sydney and Ruby when they were puppies. Id include pictures of me, but I was adopted when I was 2 and therefore am afraid I lack pictures of myself as a very young pup. So let us begin your preparation for a puppy:




- Pour cold apple juice on the carpet in several places and walk around barefoot in the dark.
- Wear a sock to work that has had the toes shredded by a blender.
- Immediately upon waking, stand outside in the rain and dark saying, "Be a good puppy, go potty now -hurry up - come on, lets go!"




Here is Sydney shortly after starting her life with Mom and Dad. Notice she is already looking down the road and thinking, "When will Ruby and Duncan get here so we can start our adventures?" Always a forward thinker our little Sydney.

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- Cover all your best suits with dog hair. Dark suits must use white hair, and light suits must use dark hair.
- Also float some hair in your first cup of coffee in the morning.
- Play catch with a wet slimy tennis ball.
- Run out in the snow in your bare feet in the middle of the night to close the gate.




Here's Sydney being forced to pose with some pumpkins by Mom and Dad. She wasn't real pleased because she didn't like Mom and Dad taking her picture. She prefers those spontaneous shots taken by either me or Ruby.

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- Tip over a basket of clean laundry, scatter clothing all over the floor. Extra points if you can get some muddy with tiny paw prints.
- Leave your underwear on the living room floor, because that's where the dog will drag it anyway. (Especially when you have company.)
- Jump out of your chair shortly before the end of your favorite TV program and run to the door shouting, "No no! Do that OUTSIDE!" Miss the end of the program.




Here's a shot of Ruby. Mom and Dad tell her this was how she was delivered to their doorstep. She's highly skeptical.

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- Put chocolate pudding on the carpet in the morning, and don't try to clean it up until you return from work that evening.
- Gouge the leg of the dinning room table several times with a screwdriver no really, go and do it now, I'll wait - it's going to get chewed on anyway.

AND THE MOST IMPORTANT AND CRITICAL PUPPY ATTRIBUTE OF THEM ALL AND MAKING IT ALL WORTHWHILE?

- Take a warm and cuddly blanket out of the dryer and immediately wrap it around yourself on the coldest day of the year. This is the feeling you will get when your puppy falls asleep on your lap

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Now get out there and get that puppy and see what love is all about.

Ruby, Sydney, and Duncan in Virginia. :paw: :paw: :paw:

Sydney
3rd November 2011, 07:51 PM
Ruby here,

The three of us are often light hearted and fun loving but we wanted to share something very serious and special with you. This is the ultimate story of the love between a young soldier and his military working dog, Corporal Kory Wiens and Cooper. Both were killed together in Iraq and were buried together in Cpl Wiens hometown in Oregon. Read the UK Daily Mail story attached and then watch the Youtube video below. No matter what, as dog lovers this story should help remind everyone to remember ALL those in harm's way, even if they have four legs. We think that's what Cpl Wiens would have wanted.


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2055235/Army-honours-fallen-soldier-Kory-Wiens-military-dog-Cooper-killed-Afghanistan.html (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2055235/Army-honours-fallen-soldier-Kory-Wiens-military-dog-Cooper-killed-Afghanistan.html)#

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=R_jWCM2VSdg (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=R_jWCM2VSdg)

Ruby, Sydney, and Duncan in Virginia :paw: :paw: :paw:

ppotterfield
4th November 2011, 01:18 PM
Rudy, Sydney and Duncan:

Thanks so much for all your wonderful posts this Fall. BudBud and I always enjoy them and so do our Clumber girls. Keep them coming.

mommytoClaire
4th November 2011, 04:31 PM
Great puppy buying guide.......

lucidity
4th November 2011, 05:25 PM
Love the stories of all you guys' travels!! Can't wait to see more pictures of your adventures :D

I'm wondering... could you please post one entry describing how all the 3 of you travel around in the car? Did your mom and dad install an extra seat at the back for Duncan? Do the hotels etc. allow 3 dogs? How about when you travel somewhere that you have to fly to? Do all 3 of you tag along or do you go to a boarding place/dog sitter's home?

Sydney
8th November 2011, 01:43 AM
Love the stories of all you guys' travels!! Can't wait to see more pictures of your adventures :D

I'm wondering... could you please post one entry describing how all the 3 of you travel around in the car? Did your mom and dad install an extra seat at the back for Duncan? Do the hotels etc. allow 3 dogs? How about when you travel somewhere that you have to fly to? Do all 3 of you tag along or do you go to a boarding place/dog sitter's home?

Ruby here,

We'd love to explain the logistics of our trips. However, did you want to know how we travel with Mom and Dad on how we travel on our own like our trip to Alaska? Tell you what, we'll gather some photo's to illustrate both. Give us some time and we'll be right back in a few days with a story on how you humans can travel with your pets safely and comfortably. And as a special treat we will also try something we often don't do. We will copy one of our postings from "Human Talk" on the unique way we travel without our Mom and Dad, incognito of course8-). All your Cavalier's get a big kick out of reading about these trips we post on the web site. And for those humans who don't keep a close eye on their little ones AT ALL TIMES, many of them have replicated our treat store trips on their own. Hope you've been keeping an eye on the odometer. We'll be back with an explanation very soon!

Ruby, Sydney, and Duncan in Virginia :paw: :paw: :paw:

lucidity
8th November 2011, 03:02 PM
Ruby here,

We'd love to explain the logistics of our trips. However, did you want to know how we travel with Mom and Dad on how we travel on our own like our trip to Alaska? Tell you what, we'll gather some photo's to illustrate both. Give us some time and we'll be right back in a few days with a story on how you humans can travel with your pets safely and comfortably. And as a special treat we will also try something we often don't do. We will copy one of our postings from "Human Talk" on the unique way we travel without our Mom and Dad, incognito of course8-). All your Cavalier's get a big kick out of reading about these trips we post on the web site. And for those humans who don't keep a close eye on their little ones AT ALL TIMES, many of them have replicated our treat store trips on their own. Hope you've been keeping an eye on the odometer. We'll be back with an explanation very soon!

Ruby, Sydney, and Duncan in Virginia :paw: :paw: :paw:

That's great!! I would love to hear about how you travel with mom and dad AND how you guys went all the way to Alaska on your own. I'm having trouble figuring out how to transport Cadence and Lyra in the car without having to use crates (Lyra hates being in the crate while we're in the car). Plus the crates are bulky and really hard to fit into my small Mazda. It'll be good to know how to strap the dogs in safely so that they don't try to wrestle in the car while I'm driving!

Sydney
14th December 2011, 06:02 PM
Ruby here,

We are finally back but we have definitely not been idle. As requested by Lyra and Cadence (through their human we're sure) we've taken the time while we've been away to gather some information and pictures on how we travel about from one interesting adventure to the other. Now we are back to share some of our valuable insights and tips for you humans who wish to travel more in the company of your beloved pack.

Where to begin . . . . . Let us start with our really long trips with Mom and Dad where we go somewhere for several days .

For long trips, Mom and Dad had to find a way to keep us securely fastened so we couldn't wander around the car or be hurt if we were in an accident. We know that many humans transport their Cavaliers in crates as your first choice. While this is a totally acceptable way of moving us from one point to another safely and securely, it is really beneath Sydney and Duncan and I. Being confined to a crate - never. So we convinced Mom and Dad that a crate was not our preferred method of travel for long road trips. We suggested they purchase us nice comfortable warm car seats that would keep us safe and secure in the event of an accident, while at the same allowing us to watch the scenery as it whizzed by the back seat windows. After a rather arduous search, Mom and Dad came across a company called Snoozer Pet Car Seats. Yes, of course we found it for them after a little late night web surfing. We left the web site up on their computer so they would know about these seats. Sometimes we think our Mom and Dad can be a little helpless. Here is the web site for those who might be interested:

www.snoozerpetproducts.com (http://www.snoozerpetproducts.com)

They purchased each of us a medium Lookout II car seat. You could probably get away with using a small if your Cavvie is small but we like to really stretch out when we travel. All three fit perfectly in the back seat of the car and its the perfect size for a Cavalier and allows us to stand up, turn around, and lay back down. It also prevents us from playing together in the back seat and being a distraction. They have a simulated lambs wool lining that can be removed and washed and even has a hidden drawer underneath the seat to keep our leashes, toys, etc. Here is a photo:


http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7152/6496325183_530480dd69_z.jpg


Each seat is held securely and firmly in place with the seat belts which loop across the back of the seat.


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And now for the most important part of all. We are held securely in place by a web belt with a hook that loops around the secured seat belt and then connects to the buckle on our harness. This prevents us from jumping from one car seat to the other or get into other mischief. We are never allowed to roam about the car unbelted whenever the car is moving and we hope you do the same for your Cavvies. Our parents never hold us in their arms while the car is moving because if we have an accident the air bags could hurt us our even worse. So we stay buckled into our seats using this strap. (Oh, and ALWAYS take our leads off once we are buckled in. You don't want to leave the lead connected to our harness and accidently leave part of it hanging out the car door to catch on something as you are driving.)


http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7153/6496323345_e0b24e44c8_z.jpg

Now to put it all together, I've asked Duncan to jump up in the car seat and model how it all fits together. Duncan is a little reluctant. Turns out he feels it is not very masculine to be asked to model something. He doesn't think a big strong strapping boy should ever have to "model" anything. He's also afraid this picture will show up on "Human Talk" and the other male Cavaliers will laugh at him. We promised we would not post it except on Cavalier Talk so he was a good sport this one time and agreed.


http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7144/6496326039_8d12d19467_z.jpg


So now you can see how we travel long distances. But what about short trips around town and where to stay and eat? That will be in the next posting along with some everyday travel tips for you and your pet. After that we'll explain how we travel without Mom and Dad. You don't want to miss that one. Especially the photo's of our luggage. Duncan will explain, but when he tells you about my suitcase, make sure he has pictures to prove what he says. He says I pack a lot for our trips, but I don't think so. Be back soon with more travel tips and more photo's.


Ruby, Sydney, and Duncan in Virginia :paw: :paw: :paw:

islewriter
14th December 2011, 10:13 PM
And what a star :) really adorable.