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Bruce H
8th December 2007, 11:23 PM
We just got back pictures from the professional photographer of Penney and Kate, our "seniors", so I thought I would post them here in the Golden Oldies forum. Penney is now 10 years old and Kate is Penney's daughter at almost 8 years old.

Penney came from an Irish breeder and was shipped to us at about 3 1/2 months old. She was and still is shy around strangers. I have always wondered if that was because she was shipped here from Ireland at that young age. Penney is in excellent health now and we have had almost no health problems with her. Her only problem seems to be with her teeth now that she is older. Despite taking really good care of her teeth, she has lost something like 4 or 5 teeth. Sure hasn't slowed down her eating though :lol:. This first picture is of her at about 4 months old with my cat Molly. Forgive me, Penney, but not the best looking Cavalier as a pup. Amazing how she has changed!
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2272/2096515686_9b18d1631d.jpg

Penney got much better looking as she got older, so we decided to show her. We got hooked up with a local breeder who helped us get started in showing and then encouraged us to breed her. Her first breeding produced just one puppy, Kate, in an emergency c-section. Welcome to breeding!!!! Kate was an OK looking puppy and we initially decided to place her. Fortunately, I fell in love with Kate and told Kris in no uncertain terms that I couldn't part with Kate. Our breeder friend looked at her and thought it woud be a good idea to keep her as she had show potential. This next picture is of Kate at about 2 (?) months old with her mom Penney.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2246/2095738765_91db97e662.jpg

So now they are all grown up. They have a hard time, sometimes, deciding who is the alpha, but there is no question in our other dog's minds that one or both of them are. When we have a litter of puppies and the pups get to the "pesky" age, Kate generally jumps up on the couch to get away from them. Penney, on the other hand, is the one who seems to always want to play with the pups.

We had Penney and Kate into the cardiologist this late summer along with the rest of the dogs. Both of them are retired from breeding, but we like to keep an eye on them anyway. Kate came back with a clear heart b*n*n* and Penney was just diagnosed with a grade 1 murmer :(. While we would prefer a clear heart on Penney, I think a grade 1 for the first time at this age is really good. So anyway, here is the two of them in a picture taken earlier this fall by the professional photographer. Penney is the one on the right and Kate is on the left. Aren't my girls beautiful?!
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2291/2096515822_e8d20eda45.jpg

lady and amber
8th December 2007, 11:38 PM
They are beautiful :)

hbmama
8th December 2007, 11:53 PM
Oh my gosh! They are a beautiful pair and both have such a regal aura about them! I can see why you are both in total :luv: !!!!!

Charleen
9th December 2007, 12:44 AM
They are both BEAUTIFUL! I really enjoyed reading their entire history with you.

Lynn
9th December 2007, 01:08 AM
They are truly stunning!!!! I loved reading their history too. Thank you so much for sharing that with us!

pinkpuppy
9th December 2007, 05:22 AM
They're not only beautiful girls. Love their precious expressions. Who could resist these two?

Jen
9th December 2007, 03:07 PM
Great picture, Bruce, they are really stunning.

shippers
9th December 2007, 05:03 PM
They are two lovely blenheim girls. Thanks for sharing that with us it was a lovely story. :)

Karlin
9th December 2007, 06:22 PM
Oh they are really lovely! It is fascinating to see how heads change, isn't it? I can increasingly see how the ones with promise go wrong and the ones that don't quite add up can really improve. It must placing puppies a hard choice for breeders! PM me sometime with the Irish breeder -- curious to know who got you started. :)

sins
9th December 2007, 07:36 PM
They're absolutely beautiful ! It's a delight to see such healthy cavaliers and in such great condition too.
Penney's half brother is my Daisy's sire, he's about the same age as Penney and is in good health(he lives about 3 miles from me).
If Daisy looks helf as beautiful when she's ten, I'll be thrilled.
Sins

murphy's mum
9th December 2007, 09:54 PM
Aw they really are a beautiful pair, it's great to see how she has changed over the years:)

Cleo's Person
10th December 2007, 12:40 AM
Wow they are a truely stunning pair. You must be so proud of them, especially in the most recent photo. :luv:

BarbMazz
10th December 2007, 12:43 AM
Wonderful pictures, Bruce, especially the last one of the two ladies at the photographers. The dark green is stunning with their beautiful colors!

*Pauline*
10th December 2007, 01:00 AM
It is incredible to watch how they change. They look so sweet. What are their personalities like?

Bruce H
10th December 2007, 01:36 AM
Thanks so much for the kind comments.

Penney's personality around the house with us is very typical Cavalier. BUT, when other people come over she won't come near them. She will bark at them for a minute or so, then go lay down somewhere; there are only a couple peole outside of us that she will let pet her. I also think she is getting slightly hard of hearing; somtimes I can talk to her when she's sleeping and she won't wake up until I talk quite loud or touch her.

Kate is just the opposite around strangers. She has to be the first one to greet strangers and insists of licking them. She is very much an over-the-top dog.

The one thing both Penney and Kate share is their hatred of the Great Evil Dyson:lol:. Those two fruit loops just go crazy when we try to vacume the floors. We now have to crate the two of them when we vacume.

tuna
10th December 2007, 02:35 AM
lovely ears. wish my nemo would grow his ears longer!

ice-cavi
10th December 2007, 08:59 AM
They are both strikingly beautyfull ,and I think Penny was adorable as a puppy too :luv:

Barb B
10th December 2007, 03:34 PM
I visited Kris a week or so ago to show off Star, and see the beautiful B&T puppies. Miss Penney does let visitors know who is the boss of the house!

mrsfarmer
10th December 2007, 05:37 PM
Both are stunning! Penney doesn't show her age at all. They look the same age!

Rj Mac
10th December 2007, 06:54 PM
They are both stunning Bruce, and a real credit to you and your wife :)

Elaine 2
10th December 2007, 10:15 PM
They're beautiful girls

jcj528
11th December 2007, 02:55 PM
What beautiful ladies you have! Congratulations on both of them. May they keep you company for many more years

Denise G.
11th December 2007, 08:48 PM
Absolutely stunning, Bruce! It's amazing how much their faces and heads changed as they grew up. Great story--thanks for sharing it with us!

aperfectsonnettt
14th December 2007, 05:39 AM
Love the pictures (though you have heard that throughout the many responses prior to mine.) If Veda and Piper grow to be half as beautiful as Penny and Kate at an older age, I will be more than happy.

Also, have been meaning to ask you Bruce, Just how many cavaliers do you and kris have as your own?

coconut
14th December 2007, 08:13 AM
Oh Bruce they are so beautiful looking! They look more like sisters than mother and daughter. You should be so proud of ur two beautiful girls!!

Bruce H
14th December 2007, 10:15 AM
Also, have been meaning to ask you Bruce, Just how many cavaliers do you and kris have as your own?

I'm almost embarassed to say how many we have: 15 :eek:! It sounds like a lot (and is), but it doesn't seem like a lot most of the time. I think it's because when we had 5, one more was barely noticeable; when we had six, one more was barely noticeable; and so on........ So let that be a warning to everyone :lol:. The only time it becomes a lot more work is times like right now when we have a girl in season. Keeping the girls and boys separated is like dealing with 2 separate households of dogs. It also is a problem with vacations. Kris and I are very much like farmers in that we can't even go somewhere overnight together because someone has to take care of the kids. It's been quite a few years since we had a vacation together.

On the plus side, we always have a dog in our lap; there's never a shortage of dogs looking for a lap! Believe it or not, I think it's all the dogs that keep me sane when things are insane at work. I can come home from work, be greeted at the door by my herd of adoring fans and collapse on the couch and be buried in dogs. Very relaxing.

Soooooooooo, anyone looking for an extra dog :lol:?

aperfectsonnettt
14th December 2007, 03:38 PM
oh my god!!! that is MORE than insane, you are so so very lucky.. That must be heaven and i bet a day doesn't go by that you don't feel like THEE most loved man on earth! That seems like such a handful, do you mind me asking what you and Kris do for jobs? Do you work outside of the home?

Bruce H
14th December 2007, 06:12 PM
I'm an architect and work outside the home for a small 15 person firm. Kris's full time job is the dogs (and keeping track of me :lol:). There is no way we could have anywhere near this number of dogs unless someone was home full time. Back when we had 7 or 8 dogs, Kris had a work-from-home job, but even that eventually got to be too much.

Wrigs Mom
17th January 2008, 02:53 AM
Bruce! I'm catching up on the message board and saw these pictures! Kate and Penney are beautiful....such seasoned veterans!

Kris

Mary
17th January 2008, 10:30 AM
Oh my goodness. They sre so beautiful!!