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I am a new member and am so glad that there is a site such as this one. I would like to find any owners who have bought their puppy from the same breeder as ours. The reason for this is that I would like to know the health of my puppies' relatives, in particular their siblings. Let me explain why - In March 2007 we bought a 12 week old black & tan girl and in April 2007 an 8 week old blenheim girl from the same breeder. In December 2007, when our blenheim was just 10 months old, she died suddenly. When the vet first saw her, he suggested that it may be SM and arranged for an MRI in the morning. I called the breeder and explained what was happening, but she told me that no way could it be SM and that she just needed some rest and that it wouldn't be a good idea to put her through MRI and that vet's only want the money. Unfortunately, we listened to her and cancelled the MRI appointment that morning. By that evening, our beautiful little girl died in the veterinary surgery. I now know why the breeder did not want her to have the MRI. It would have revealed what the 'inherited' problem was. The vet could only say death was a neurological disorder as an autopsy would not have been conclusive. I contacted the Cavalier Club by email asking for answers and if they had heard of any other cavaliers with this problem. They did not even acknowledge. Neither, did the breeder show any signs of compassion. I would have thought they would want to know what problem there was with one of their puppies, but they weren't bothered. Now, our black and tan, who is not yet 2 has been referred to a specialist centre for eyes. The vet has diagnosed cataract. The appointment is for tomorrow morning and I am so nervous. What if she goes blind. The tests will reveal the source of this problem. I suspect, obviously that it is inherited. Is it a coincidence, even unfortunate, that the two puppies, bought from the same breeder have had severe problems. It just can't be. So, if any of you out there have bought your cavalier from this breeder, I would love to hear from you. This particular breeder shows in a big way and is well known in the show circles and cavalier club. They are in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire and they also run a cattery. So any of you out there know who I mean, please, please, please get in touch. Thanks

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