View Full Version : A New Beginning: Meet Sawyer

25th August 2013, 12:47 AM
Four months ago, our dear Butters passed away. This weekend, my husband, son, and I welcomed our new family member. Meet Sawyer.

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We had anticipated bringing home his brother, a beautiful tricolor. However, when we saw those eyes, we just melted. We knew he had to be the one.

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Our son, Leon, doesn't quite know what to think yet. But, we have a feeling they are going to be great friends.

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This has been such a bittersweet moment for us. We are looking forward to getting to know this little love bug.

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Sydneys Mom
25th August 2013, 01:07 AM
Congratulations! I couldn't be happier for you. Sawyer is beautiful and I am so glad you have another love bug in your lives. Leon and Sawyer are going to be great friends especially since they will be growing up together.

25th August 2013, 05:32 AM
Oh wow congrads!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm SOOOOOOOOOOOOO happy for you guys. He is beautiful! I love his name too.

25th August 2013, 01:55 PM
Oh that is just fabulous news, I'm so thrilled for you all. He looks to be a really special wee Chap already.
You can never replace a beloved companion but a successor helps fill the gaping hole they left...

We wish you many happy, healthy years together, and hope that Leon and Sawyer will be the best of friends.

Love my Cavaliers
25th August 2013, 05:44 PM
Oh, you're going to have your hands full!!! Congratulations!!! The picture of Sawyer and Leon together is so absolutely adorable. They will just do everything together. I also love the picture of him on his back. Too cute. Have fun getting to know him and also remembering the fun times you had with Butters.

25th August 2013, 06:18 PM
He's a keeper! Adorable pictures. Nice to have baby and puppy growing up together, but my are you going to be busy!


25th August 2013, 08:05 PM
He is absolutely adorable. Welcome home, Sawyer! I can see that he is loved and adored already.

26th August 2013, 02:29 PM
Congratulations :*nana: He wont replace Butters in your heart but he will certainly fill the space for cavalier cuddles he left behind. I hope you have many happy years together....he looks adorable by the way XX

26th August 2013, 03:00 PM
Such a cutie! And your baby is adorable; what a good time they'll have growing up together!

27th August 2013, 04:42 AM
Oh my goodness, he's precious! Congrats!! :)

28th August 2013, 10:03 AM
Congratulations on Sawyer and also your little son Leon, you are going to have lots of happy times as they grow up together, I am sure you are going to be very busy.

20th September 2013, 06:42 PM
It has been one month since Sawyer joined our family. Raising 2 teething babies has been a challenge, but I can't imagine my home without this little guy.

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Sawyer is such a wonderful trouble maker, and is constantly finding creative ways to surprise us... he certainly lives up to his name. I don't think my underwear, socks, or shoes will ever be safe again. My husband and I have placed a set of doggie stairs up to our couch, and Sawyer loves sharing his "prizes" with us after galloping around the living room showing them off. Our previous cavalier, Butters, was never much of a retriever. However, Sawyer is quite the natural. We have been trying to curb his chewing habits with plenty of cow hooves, stuffed animals, and Himalayan chews... the Nylabones and bully sticks (our previous go-to chews) really didn't do much hold his attention. As our vet says, "He certainly is the most enthusiastic cavalier I have ever met." I am pretty sure that is code for... absolutely nuts. However, after seeing our Butters so sick, I can say it is a welcomed blessing to see such an energetic little guy. We have been enjoying plenty of walks, with Leon in the stroller and Sawyer trotting by his side.

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We have been working on the training basics including sitting and staying, soft mouth, and appropriate manners around our 5 month old... particularly NO JUMPING! Positive reinforcement has been going very well for him, taking into account a lot of the Ian Dunbar basics. Sawyer is so smart and wanting to please. We had some concerns with teething on our son, Leon, when he first arrived; but, Sawyer has been learning quickly. We now can trust the two together, of course with supervision. I am sure in a few months we will be having the reverse problem, teaching our son how to be gentle around little Sawyer. For now, we are enjoying just watching the two entertain one another.

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... and, during the spare moments that Sawyer has fully expended his puppy energy, I can't help but admire how absolutely adorable he is

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20th September 2013, 09:33 PM
Your two babies are both so precious! I can't imagine you get much down time.

20th September 2013, 11:40 PM
Fabulous pics. Two sweet babies with sweet pink baby tummies!! :rotfl:

Sydneys Mom
20th September 2013, 11:53 PM
Two sweet and beautiful babies.

21st September 2013, 04:12 AM
cute pics...your baby is precious, and so is the dog.

21st September 2013, 09:17 AM
Wonderful piccies!!! what a treat - :thnku:

21st September 2013, 12:48 PM
Thanks for sharing such wonderful pix of your two babies. Definitely brought a smile to my face this morning as I sipped my coffee. I can see you are doing amazing job bringing up Leon and Sawyer, as well as being an awesome photographer!


21st September 2013, 11:49 PM
Wow Leon is growing so fast! My pediatrician says Mr. Monster is not shy and seems to have a "quest for learning" which I know FOR SURE means your kid is nuts :fool: Pair that with a happy nut-ball cavalier and that about explains my two youngest babies. Yes, it can sometimes be challenging to live with "the crazy youngings" but boy is it fun. Fletcher has a special affection for Mr. Monster's underwear. Actually I think it only because Mr. Monster goes chasing after them and it becomes a huge game.

22nd September 2013, 08:28 PM
Sawyer looks like the sweetest puppy. Congratulations!

Love my Cavaliers
22nd September 2013, 10:49 PM
Oh those cute little baby rolls on Leon!! You are feeding him well. I love those meaty thighs!! He is one good-looking boy! And Sawyer of course is adorable beyond belief. It will be so cute to hear what Leon calls him when he starts to talk. The question of the day is: Do you get any sleep between the two of them?

23rd September 2013, 03:57 PM
He is so cute .................................................. .........................................
Wilson at that age ......http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Zzjzr1PhLSM/UjSg-1Hg4iI/AAAAAAAAAmE/47g9JppFxUk/s320/IMG_0326.JPG

24th September 2013, 12:31 AM
It certainly is a challenge raising both at the same time... but it would have been much more difficult having 2 mobile babies! Leon is not quite crawling yet, so it has been much easier to train Sawyer while Leon pretty much stays in one place. Sleep truly is where I am falling short most of the time, but Sawyer coming to live with us didn't change that much. My husband and I just coordinate Sawyer's middle of the night bathroom breaks with Leon's nighttime feedings ;-)

I am very fortunate to have a lot of help. My sister lives with my husband and I now, so having 3 hands makes a huge difference. Otherwise, it really would have been impossible for us

Sydneys Mom
24th September 2013, 12:58 AM
My husband and I just coordinate Sawyer's middle of the night bathroom breaks with Leon's nighttime feedings
Sounds like you have excellent multi tasking skills! :slp: :v*cuum: :dogwlk:

24th September 2013, 10:50 PM
adorable, enjoy!!