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Nicki
8th March 2012, 11:18 AM
Have been VERY busy!!

Tania started at 5am yesterday and the team joined her during the day, they finished setting up at 6ish last night :yikes

They did a fantastic job:

http://i1245.photobucket.com/albums/gg594/mleighfi/P3071162.jpg


http://i1245.photobucket.com/albums/gg594/mleighfi/P3071159.jpg


I think the stand looks amazing!! Thank you all for your hard work, we hope it is a very successful Crufts, both in terms of selling all the wonderful goodies and of helping new and existing Cavalier guardians.


:thnku::thnku:


Also to Oscar's bakery who have very kindly donated 100 boxes of their yummies :thnku:

ashleighelizabeth
8th March 2012, 02:55 PM
That looks wonderful!!!!

susandavis1
8th March 2012, 03:11 PM
:w*w: the stand looks fantastic, well done to Tania and the team cl*p. Wishing you every success at the show

Sydneys Mom
8th March 2012, 03:40 PM
Looks amazing!

MadeleineSarah
8th March 2012, 04:22 PM
Looks amazing!
I'm looking forward to seeing it for real tomorrow! :)

Jasperxxgabby
8th March 2012, 07:38 PM
Looks amazing, wish I was there to see it for real, I would love to meet people from the forum :)

Sabby
8th March 2012, 07:44 PM
Just got back from Crufts about an hour ago. When I went to see everybody at the Cavalier Matters Stand they were really busy. Bought a wonderful Cavalier Charm necklace and the awareness band. Be there again tomorrow.

Wonder how they got on saw a few Show people looking from a distance.

tealcisgod04
8th March 2012, 07:46 PM
WOW!! looks increadible!!

Karlin
8th March 2012, 07:57 PM
I go to a lot of professional industry shows (in tech and business) and must say that stand is AMAZING and just so beautifully done and welcoming! I would so love to have been there to come and say hi or help on the stand -- instead am out in California helping my mom after her knee replacement (kind of like fixing luxating patella is how I see it -- though she doesn't have to have crate rest... :lol:).

Tania and Cavalier Matters have without doubt, the BEST source of high quality cavalier items and if you can't get to Crufts, do please browse her website and shop where all sales go to help our breed! :D Maybe some of the show people will pick up some informative leaflets on the stand. :D

All this goes to show how committed cavalier owners can make a huge, HUGE difference in educating pet owners and puppy buyers and organising at grassroots level, a more significant source of funding for research than comes from more formal channels.

And LOVE the new slogan: "Supporting research, rescue, & reform."

Go, gals, go!!!

LovesJellyBeans
8th March 2012, 08:04 PM
Those little stuffed animal Cavaliers look adorable... where can I get one?

Nicki
8th March 2012, 09:53 PM
http://cavalier-gift-shop.org/soft-toys/cat_8.html :) :)

Karen and Ruby
8th March 2012, 10:42 PM
Hello all!!

We've had a great first day here at Crufts. Been here since Wednesday lunchtime although Tania was here very early Wednesday. We managed to get the stand set up by around half 6 and we're back in at 8am to start selling today.
We were avoided by most breeders although had a few people from different regional clubs pop by.
Sold out of a few items although have lots more to sell. We expected a bit of trouble from certain people but we had a really peaceful day.
Spoke to lots of people with sad tales which is always very emotional but also put many potential Cavalier owners on the correct path x
Exhausted now so off to bed but will update tomorrow evening again x

Calandra
9th March 2012, 01:00 AM
That looks really great! I only wish I could be there to see it in person! :)

Karlin
9th March 2012, 06:00 AM
We were avoided by most breeders although had a few people from different regional clubs pop by.

But you'd think breeders would support better breed health, more informed puppy buyers and breed rescue! :-p

Davecav
9th March 2012, 09:46 AM
They probably avoided the stall because it is manned by people who have been very opposed to show breeders, rather than because they don't agree with health promotion. They don't get much praise from the people on this forum even though a lot of them are trying their best.
Even as a pet owner I have picked up very strongly that there is no love lost. :( It would be good if bridges could be built, rather than knowcked down - by both sides.

Kate H
9th March 2012, 09:56 AM
I think that some breeders who are trying hard on the health front feel they don't get any recognition - they all get tarred with the same brush (see the two examples in my post about the Cavalier Club show on 3 March). It takes a lot of time, thought and money to breed healthy Cavaliers, so praise to those who do it (and shame to those who don't!).

See the Cavalier Matters team tomorrow!

Kate, Oliver and Aled

sins
9th March 2012, 10:43 AM
Fair point Kate,
I mentioned those two champions back in January,to illustrate how much has changed in the last few years.

There are two brand new champions in the Uk since the start of 2012.
Both fine cavaliers and both over 2.5 years,fully health tested and a credit to their owners and to the breed.
This is very good news and shows that top breeders don't have to sacrifice breed type for health.

A little nod of acknowledgement for them and the other club breeders who have been scanning and testing for years wouldn't have gone amiss.There are now very many breeders who have invested heavily in health,from the top down to the newcomers who are starting their first open shows and breeding their first few litters.
Truly health focused breeders aren't looking for pats on the back or to be put on a pedestal in any way,mostly,they just feel that they're doing their job properly. Noone feels complacent about health testing,or take any results for granted,but in the current climate,and especially the calls to stop breeding,they must feel like Sisyphus rolling that darned boulder up to the top of the hill,only to find it the top of hill is not where they thought it was,and it just rolls back down again and again...despite the enormous efforts.
If pet owners are for breed health,then you must also be for breeders..respecting the efforts of those who are trying to keep the breed going, through some very challenging times.
Sins

tuppenlil
9th March 2012, 11:02 AM
They probably avoided the stall because it is manned by people who have been very opposed to show breeders, rather than because they don't agree with health promotion. They don't get much praise from the people on this forum even though a lot of them are trying their best.
Even as a pet owner I have picked up very strongly that there is no love lost. :( It would be good if bridges could be built, rather than knowcked down - by both sides.

Just to set the record straight on the team running the Cavaliermatters stand yesterday:
One of us is married to a breed club secretary
Two of us are championship show judges
Two of us will be stewarding at the next breed club championship show
Two of us have been breed club health reps
One of us has been a breed Club chairman
Three of us have exhibited for many years

and last but not least: many of our closest friends are show breeders and exhibitors, and breed club committee members :)

Maggie

Brian M
9th March 2012, 11:42 AM
Helllo Davecav

I am a member of an area Cavalier Club and good friends with its President ,I also speak and exchange emails with many and have the utmost respect for the health focused show breeders and I do have faith in them for what they are doing to develop happy ,healthy Cavaliers ,and if I do ever want another little one to join my four it is them I will turn to as without them who would I turn to .
I also am very appreciative that we have people on CT like Margaret ,Maggie and Sue who have such a wealth of experiance that we can all go to for advice and support ,so I think it has to be be a good mix from both sides of this unfortunate divide ,so as Sins points out I am for the club breeders and I do respect and thank them for what they are doing for our Cavaliers .
Also like you Davecav I wish that the bridges could be rebuilt and then we could all pull in the same direction .

Spangly
9th March 2012, 03:34 PM
I went to visit 'our' stand yesterday and it is fantastic. I was so pleased to meet Tania, Margaret, Karen and everyone se whose names I have forgotten but made us very welcome.
The stand did look very professional, as well as interesting.... and I just had to buy things even though I've already got a houseful of Cavalier things.
I especially loved the egg cups and salt and pepper mills.
Thank you to everyone there for all your hard work and dedication to a wonderful cause. You really are amazing!

meljoy
9th March 2012, 04:10 PM
Looks fantastic....well done to all who have obviously worked so hard.
cl*p

Autaven
9th March 2012, 08:41 PM
I was there yesterday and today - bought things both days and I'm proudly wearing my SM Awareness bands, I bought 3! I was too shy to say anything really and no doubt will be by spending more money tomorrow :P

Stall looks lovely!! :)

Karen and Ruby
10th March 2012, 07:09 AM
I was there yesterday and today - bought things both days and I'm proudly wearing my SM Awareness bands, I bought 3! I was too shy to say anything really and no doubt will be by spending more money tomorrow :P

Stall looks lovely!! :)

I'm going to listen out for a Scottish accent today then!! Make sure you introduce yourself!!!

Autaven
10th March 2012, 05:32 PM
I was again too shy and again bought more stuff! Was my last day today after a long drive I'm home. Next time you should put on name tags as I'm not sure exactly who it was who served me! :P

Hope you have had a successful weekend, I'm sure of it as the stall was always filled with people :)

lindylou
10th March 2012, 06:05 PM
hi
it looks fantastic i wish i could have been there and well done to everyone that was involved

Karlin
10th March 2012, 06:39 PM
Funny, I have found few truly health focused breeders who are afraid of groups or individuals working for breed health. :rolleyes:

But many breeders will be 'tarred with the same brush' as long as the clubs do so little that the only way people get accurate information is by going to pet owner-run websites and while there's still so much denial about SM, or while you have a couple of well known US breeders this week on a public email list (including the main list admin!) telling pet owners they really needn't bother finding MRI-testing breeders (they can recommend their friends instead who have 'never had a case of SM'...they'd rather 'trust the line and what they've seen'... sound familiar? At least UK breeders, who have done a lot of testing and know the reality of how many are affected, are far better than that and credit to them, absolutely, for using testing programmes) and using totally misleading 'statistics' about the likelihood of affected dogs from certain types of breeding.

As more breeders make their commitment to health more visible by having dogs in MateSelect and listed with the BVA/KC CM/SM scheme, the easier it will be for buyers and those concerned about health to celebrate the good ones. :D I really look forward to that being a meaningful database. :thmbsup:


Even as a pet owner I have picked up very strongly that there is no love lost.

I've always thought that as a pet owner you have always had a curiously high famiiarity with individual show dogs and breeders and insight into what breeders might be thinking and doing! icon_nwunsure


Next time you should put on name tags as I'm not sure exactly who it was who served me! :P

That's a great idea -- it's always great to find out who people are in 'real life' :D. Maybe they'd also need to use their CavalierTalk username on the nametag too... :lol:

MadeleineSarah
10th March 2012, 08:46 PM
I had a great time on Friday.
My friend Kate and I shopped till we dropped. I very much enjoyed meeting everyone at the Cavalier Matters Stand and am happy to say I am now a member of the Companion Club offered by Margaret and was very interested to talk to Carol.

I must say Margaret and Carol it felt like I was meeting someone famous as I had seen you both on the telly! ;)

I think everything you are doing is brilliant and will help in anyway I can.

Madeleine

cavluvver
11th March 2012, 05:48 PM
Hiya, haven't been on for a while as some of you will remember my son had a large thyroid tumour in his neck and yes it was malignant and he has had to have two surgeries to remove it and the thyroid. He has to go to Christies in afew weeks to have a radioactive iodine drink and then, fingers crossed, he will be ok. So I haven't had a lot of time to chat. But I'd like to take a moment out to congratulate Tania and the others on the stall, also Margaret and Carol, on all their hard work and constant struggle to create awareness of syringomyelia and mvd and to also thank them for all the support that they have given to me and many of us on this forum. It's people like you that really make a difference and may someday hopefully make cavaliers a healthy and pain free breed again. Also, someone told me today that there was a piece on the Crufts coverage about cavaliers and syringomyelia. Is this true and, if so, is there a link to it as I missed it and would love to see it.

BIZA
12th March 2012, 10:41 AM
I wish i had been able to go to Crufts but couldnt this year. The stall looks brilliant maybe it a good thing i didnt go otherwise i would have spent too much.Its really good to know that there are more breeders that are doing the health test and are really trying to improve the health and not letting this lovely breed die out because of health. Is there a list somewhere of the breeders that are testing as i lost my young boy aged only 6 yrs and am now worried about getting another one and have said never again but the thought of living without a cav just isnt right as i have had them for over 30 yrs now mainly pets but did a bit of showing but never bred

Kate H
12th March 2012, 03:33 PM
Margaret C on this forum knows most of the health-testing breeders and keeps a private list. Send her a private email and she'll probably be able to suggest someone.

Kate, Oliver and Aled

PS to Cavluvver - so pleased your son is doing well.

Karlin
12th March 2012, 04:41 PM
So sorry cavluvver about your son; hopefully all will be OK after the next procedure. We'll all be thinking of you and sending good wishes!

Yes Margaret is good to contact regarding puppies or I can refer you to someone in Ireland if you wanted to come across by ferry, Liz. :)

BIZA
12th March 2012, 06:43 PM
Thanks for your replies i will contact Margret i sometimes wish i was in Ireland when there are cavs to foster. The kennels i usually foster for seem to have managed to get a couple of the farmers to give up (well actually they relised that the pups werent selling and they were giving more and more to the kennels and it wasnt worth them carrying on) no doubt someone else will ask her to take some soon

Kate H
12th March 2012, 07:56 PM
If you're interested in fostering, I'm sure Many Tears, near Swansea, would love to hear from you! They get a lot of Cavaliers from puppy farms (I got my Aled through them), often older ex-breeding bitches who desperately need some tlc. They like them to be fostered (and eventually adopted) by households with other dogs who can take them under their - no, not wing! paw, and show them the ropes.

Kate, Oliver and Aled

Margaret C
13th March 2012, 06:50 PM
I really enjoyed being on the stall at Crufts. It was wonderful to be able to put faces to so many names from the forum and from the Companion Club facebook page.

The downside was so many stories of cavaliers with SM & some heartbreaking videos on mobile phones showing little dogs in obvious distress.

The upside was a great many very generous people shopping and donating and a good natured, hard working sales team of wonderful women led by the amazing Tania.

I was especially pleased to meet 'Spangly' aand her sister & really touched to receive the gift of 'Daniel the Spaniel' ( http://www.cavaliertalk.com/forums/showthread.php?40984-Daniel-the-Spaniel ), who from then on presided over the stall as Stall Mascot. Tania took some photos of him so I hope one will go up here when we all get ourselves sorted out again.

If anyone is looking for a puppy, I'm always happy to try & help although I am snowed under with emails at the moment so there may be a delay in replying.

Cavluvver, I will have my fingers crossed for your son and hope that things begin to get better and easier for you soon. We are thinking of you.

Tania
13th March 2012, 08:34 PM
I was especially pleased to meet 'Spangly' aand her sister & really touched to receive the gift of 'Daniel the Spaniel' ( http://www.cavaliertalk.com/forums/showthread.php?40984-Daniel-the-Spaniel ), who from then on presided over the stall as Stall Mascot. Tania took some photos of him so I hope one will go up here when we all get ourselves sorted out again.


Daniel The Spaniel Does Crufts :-D


Daniel the Spaniel keeping an eye on his new owner.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7198/6980122487_8e09ec1dc1_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/32708555@N03/6980122487/)



Daniel the Spaniel taking a peek at the crowds.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7189/6833992614_2e144ebb6e_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/32708555@N03/6833992614/)



Daniel the Spaniel checking out the Jigsaws

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7053/6833988570_78827fd78b_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/32708555@N03/6833988570/)


Daniel the Spaniel - dreaming of boiled eggs or has he got his eye on that pretty little Tri.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7044/6833985352_f666aa534b_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/32708555@N03/6833985352/)



Everyone Loves Daniel the Spaniel cl*p Best in Show

Karen and Ruby
13th March 2012, 10:30 PM
Ha ha ha, Tania those pictures are so so funny!!

loopylucy
14th March 2012, 12:17 PM
omg i am in love with this stall i went back like 3 times haha

Karlin
14th March 2012, 06:48 PM
Ha! I'd have spent spent spent too... instead being 6000 miles away, I ordered a few things on the website but have my eye on a few other items too!

RubyPoppyCKC
19th March 2012, 10:53 PM
I bought some lovely items off your stall Keep up the good work ladies you are all an inspiration to many Cavalier owners xxxxx

Nicki
20th March 2012, 08:39 PM
Just love Daniel the Spaniel!! Brilliant photos Tania :)

Nicki
20th March 2012, 08:47 PM
You can buy the knitting pattern [download] for Daniel here http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/daniel-the-spaniel $6

Just found his own site, there are some absolutely wonderful other patterns too - love the Dachschund!

http://www.ravelry.com/stores/oliver-boliver-designs


BTW if anyone would like to make one or more of these for us to auction or sell in the shop for Cavalier Matters [supporting Rupert's FUnd, the Cavalier Collection Scheme and Irish Cavalier Rescue] we would be MOST grateful!!

Margaret C
20th March 2012, 10:30 PM
The amount raised at Crufts has now been announced. I will leave Tania, who deserves all the credit for the stall and the merchandise, to post the final amount.

Spangly
20th March 2012, 11:41 PM
Just to let you know that Tania has asked me to knit some for the shop, so the needles are clicking away and I will make one for the auction. It is an easy pattern to knit, if anyone is considering it, except for the ears, they take me a bit longer than they should!! I've also done the little Dachshund, but sold him on my last Xmas stall.
My newest knitting pattern is for 2 little budgies on a swing....it is soooo cute!

Margaret C
20th March 2012, 11:55 PM
My newest knitting pattern is for 2 little budgies on a swing....it is soooo cute!

Photo please

Spangly
21st March 2012, 12:36 PM
Hi Margaret
I haven`t knitted them yet, but the link to the pattern is www.debibirkin.com/natural_animals (http://www.debibirkin.com/natural_animals)
Don`t they look sweet! Mind you I love budgies, my dad used to breed them many years ago.

tealcisgod04
21st March 2012, 01:02 PM
You know what would be amazing? A T-shirt with the 4 flying cavaliers on! Its such a great image!

Margaret C
21st March 2012, 02:01 PM
You know what would be amazing? A T-shirt with the 4 flying cavaliers on! Its such a great image!

We were selling them at Crufts and hot pink polo shirts with just two of the flying cavaliers embroidered on them.
I don't think Tania has managed to get them displayed on the website yet.

Karlin
21st March 2012, 02:17 PM
but the link to the pattern is www.debibirkin.com/natural_animals

Wow! What wonderful patterns. That guinea pig looks real!!

Tania
21st March 2012, 08:55 PM
Now Now ladies, I think that is enough talk about guinea pigs and budgies, this is a forum for the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel DOGS :jmp2:



Total raised at Crufts is 5,074.45p - monies will be donated to research and rescue, will let you have details soon.

I would still be setting up the stand if Karen, Margaret, Sandra and Vicki had not helped the day before. In addition to these ladies, Carol, Jan, Maggie and Sue were very supportive and we would not have achieved this without their help. So a GREAT BIG thank you from me.


Apart from raising money, we helped a great number of people who either had sick Cavaliers or sadly lost one. There was a great interest in the new club and people were very appreciative of everything we are trying to do to help owners and the long suffering Cavaliers.

We were fortuntate to have an artist (Charley) spend a few hours with us drawing charactertures, Charley gave her time free and charged 3.00 per picture. Charley raised a total of 60.00 which is fantastic when you think she was with us for only a few hours. I have posted some of her work below. I have asked Charley to draw some designs for a couple of tee shirts, I have seen some drafts and I think you will love them.

Charlie who? I wonder...

http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6213/6854733808_6c31a323ca_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/32708555@N03/6854733808/)





http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7195/6854732664_eafe14908f_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/32708555@N03/6854732664/)



http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7279/6854731130_1351c207d4_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/32708555@N03/6854731130/)



This is not a Cavalier :yikes


http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7061/6854732312_e500988b6b_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/32708555@N03/6854732312/)


This is one of the tee shirts we were selling, also have polo shirts, plus we have clocks too. Will try and get them on the shop this week.


http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7038/6857769752_b349cd5d09_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/32708555@N03/6857769752/)

sins
21st March 2012, 09:05 PM
Well done!
That's an amazing amount,
Sins

Nicki
21st March 2012, 10:05 PM
:w*w:cl*pcl*pcl*pcl*p:w*w:cl*pcl*pcl*p



what an absolutely fantastic total, :thnku::thnku: so much Tania, and to all of your helpers too.


The cartoons are fabulous!! so kind of Charley.


Really sad about the poorly Cavaliers, that must be heartbreaking to hear so many sad stories

Karlin
21st March 2012, 11:05 PM
Just extraordinary: what an incredible team you all make!

The drawings are charming. :)

I think a t-shirt with just the image of the flying cavaliers would be lovely too! Will have to go look for the new things on the website (just got my goodie box from the shop in the mail -- thanks so much Tania! Jaspar is in love with the added flying duck! :lol: Well -- he flung it all over the place but then he also carefully licked it as well. :rolleyes: I ill have to order a couple of more toys now the next time around... :D ).

susandavis1
22nd March 2012, 09:25 AM
What a fantastic achievement :jump:. Well done to Tania and the team for all the hard work and dedication cl*p

Kate H
22nd March 2012, 10:07 AM
A fantastic total! Thanks to everyone who worked so hard.

Kate, Oliver and Aled

Sabby
22nd March 2012, 10:07 AM
Well done to Tania and all the helpers. This is a great amount of money you have raised and think of all the people you have helped and advised. Great achievement.

Charlifarley
22nd March 2012, 02:45 PM
Well done all of you, that's a fantastic achievement.