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    Default Hello, new Cavalier owner from Northern California

    Hi, My name is Kathy, and I have the dog of my dreams.

    One month ago today I got Rudy. (I want to change his name, but haven't come up with anything yet.) His birthday is Feb 10, 2006.

    His Sire is Happy Pappy and his Dam is Szikasdombi Roulet. I haven't completed his AKC forms yet because I am still pondering names.

    He eats Solid Gold Hundchen Flocken (Puppy Food) His breeder feed only natural and organic foods. He gets half a boiled chicken thigh mixed with his food. I was using the chicken 2 X daily, but thought it was a bit much, so have decreased it to 1X.

    I got Rudy for a bargain because he cannot be bred or shown. He has an underbite. It is very slight, but it is there. All of his other features and coloring are show quality. But, as I haven't any interest in showing, this works out perfectly for me. He is a Blenheim.

    I've done a lot of reading on this site in the last 24 hours, what a wealth of information you have. Of course now I am scared to death about some of the diseases and disorders I have learned about.

    How should I proceed to make sure that these things are screened for? Like at what age should I have him checked for various things?

    I LOVE this little dog like crazy.

    I saw the "cheap toys" thread, and I have one to add. I accidentally dropped an ice cube on the floor, and he went crazy over it. So I have continued giving him some. He puts it in his mouth, then throws it across the room, chases it, and throws it again. He'll hold it in his mouth for a while, then spit it out and lick his leg I'm guessing he is warming his tongue back up.

    My schedule and his housebreaking are at odds. I'm afraid we are backsliding. I got a baby gate and keep him in the kitchen while I am at work, but he gets up in the middle of the night and poos on the floor, no matter how many times I take him out before bed. Any tips there. Crating at night is not an option, his presence, snuggled against my back, in bed is required.

    A couple of questions; What is a kong? A dog toy? And what is homing?
    I saw that mentioned a couple of times.

    I look forward to spending a lot of time here. I'm so happy I found this site. Cavaliers are very rare in my area, I've only met one person so far who knew what he is. I may just let people keep on thinking he is a cocker or springer puppy, makes him less of a target of theft.

    Oh, and about this barking thing....PIERCING!!! Right now, he just knocked a wine bottle out of the recycling bin and he is really letting it know who is boss. Bark, bark, bark, etc etc etc.

    Another, OH, are they all hungry all the time. I know that I am feeding him enough, but he wants to eat every minute. I am feeding him 2x daily.

    About the name thing, I read a lot of the ones suggested, I really liked Baxter and Dudly, but I want something softer.
    Incredibly proud mom to Toby, my baby, and the amazing 8 year old Max who has found his forever home.

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    Hi Kathy! Congratulations on your new Cav! I am fairly new too. I got my little ruby boy Lucky just a week ago and I'm looking forward to seeing pictures of your puppy and hearing about his antics as he grows up. Can you post a picture of him? I think we'll need to see his sweet face to suggest suitable names.
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    I don't have a digital camera, so don't know when pics might come. I did ask the breeder to email me some of her pics, then I can copy them.
    Incredibly proud mom to Toby, my baby, and the amazing 8 year old Max who has found his forever home.

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    I am sure others will have suggestions, but here are a few from me. You might also get inspired more as you just read through old posts. I LOVE the names of everyone's Cavs on these boards and they just seem to suit each of them so perfectly!!!

    Not being able to see your baby's face, I'd suggest the following as fun possibilities based upon the fact that he is a Blenheim:

    Cookie
    Biscuit
    Rusty
    Button
    Bailey
    Bentley

    Some of these are names of some of the people on the board too and they are some of my favorites.

    My Cav also loves his food ... I've joked a few times about changing his name to "Piglet" (along those lines ...maybe "Pooh" as a name for little guy ...?)

    I was also thinking ... since he's the "dog of your dreams" ... maybe a name that conjures magical and mystical qualities .. Merlin? Star? Angel?

    Maybe someone else has some ideas along those lines. Lucky got his name because I got him the first week of a new job and when I got him out of his crate I unknowingly sat him in a field of 4 leaf clovers ... so it was fated he should be known as "Lucky."

    I have lots of ideas for girls names ... but I fell in love with Little Lucky and I didn't want him to have a complex, so Penny and Tulip had to be shelved as names ... for the time being.

    Good Luck! I bet you get some GREAT ideas here and find a name for your baby in no time!!
    Lani
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    Lani,
    I love the mystical idea, I actually have spent hours looking up names of elves, gods, etc. I just cant settle on one. In the meantime, he has been Rudy for 8 months, and may not like having his name changed.

    The breeder had told me his name before I saw him and I thought, I reallhy don't like Rudy for a name. But then I saw him and it just fit him.
    But....I still want to change it.

    Ummm, I wonder if you can name a boy destiny, call him desty....no, I guess not. desty sounds like testy or nasty. See how I am??? Impossible.
    I do like Bailey...I have a cat named Bailey.
    Incredibly proud mom to Toby, my baby, and the amazing 8 year old Max who has found his forever home.

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    Hi, and welcome! I'm new here too! Your dog sounds so adorable! I got my Cavalier, Bentley, last October, so our "anniversary" is approaching! And, I also have a Toy Poodle named Bailey.

    When I was trying to think up a name for Bentley, I did a search online for dog names and I also did a search online for British names, seeing as the breed originated in England....and that is how I found the name Bentley!
    ~Renee, Bentley & Bailey & Maddie

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    Hey, I just thought of this.....you mentioned the name Destiny..or Desty....
    Well, before I came upon the name Bentley, I almost named him Desi. Not sure if that name appeals to you tho, but I thought it was kinda cute.
    ~Renee, Bentley & Bailey & Maddie

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    Another idea ... we were just doing a google on the Greek god of Dreams .. that's Morpheus ... Maybe Morph? That's a kinda fun name. I also like Desi ... but you'll know best what suits his little personality and you have to call him that for years to come once you settle on it.

    I also know what you mean about the breeder's name fitting him ... My Lucky was originally "Murphy" and sometimes I call him "Lucky Murphy" because the name Murphy really does suit him too ...
    Lani
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    I thought of a good English name on my way to the store.

    Chauncy. Is that how it's spelled? I'm thinking I like this one. Thanks for the thinking English tip.

    What I ususally do is try out the name for a day, combining it with Rudy, like Rudy-Chauncy, so he know I'm talking to him.

    I can see this one said cutely like CHAUN-SEEEEE.
    Incredibly proud mom to Toby, my baby, and the amazing 8 year old Max who has found his forever home.

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    Chauncy is a really cute name, and it's easy to say.....like when you want to call his name.

    ~Renee, Bentley & Bailey & Maddie

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