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    Ruby here,

    Sydney got to tell you about our trip to the University, so its my turn to continue telling you about our trip to Charlottesville, Virginia. While we were in Charlottesville, we stopped at some really neat places and we learned a lot. One tip. When you come, you absolutely must drive over to Crozet (pronounced Crow-Zay) just west of Charlottesville and get a pizza at Crozet Pizza. It is in a really really old building and is very very tiny. Here is a picture of the counter and kitchen.






    However, don’t let the look fool you. Crozet Pizza has some of the best pizza outside of New York City that Sydney and I have ever eaten. In fact, it’s so popular you’ll need reservations just to get in on weekend evenings. How do we know what it tastes like? Notice we are not in this picture. That's because they wouldn't let us in to eat or sit on the counter and have our picture taken. So, since they wouldn't let us eat in the restaraunt, when we got home, Sydney and I picked up the phone and ordered out. We ordered a large pizza with everything. Well almost everything. We didn't order anchovies because we consider that cat food and won't dare let it touch our lips. Roll in it yes, eat it, no. We had it delivered and charged it to Dad's credit card. It cost Dad $235 plus the cost of a pizza for delivery, but I'm sure he gladly would have done it for us if we could have asked him. He's still trying to figure out how that pizza entry got on his credit card bill right below the doggie treat store. Don't you dare tell!

    Shortly after our tour of campus and food at Crozet, we were off to Monticello, which is about 4 miles outside of town. We’re not sure if everyone out there knows what Monticello is famous for, so let's have a little quiz shall we? Declaration of Independence? Third President of the United States? Commissioned Lewis and Clark to explore the Northwest United States after he made the Louisiana Purchase from France?

    Okay, Okay already. Many of you already have the answer, but for those who missed American History day in school, it’s Thomas Jefferson.

    Thomas lived on top of a really high hill overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains with some very pretty views. He was famous for writing the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia in 1776 with John Adams and Benjamin Franklin. Sydney and I have seen his draft with his handwritten notes at the Library of Congress in Washington and the actual Declaration of Independence at the National Archives. They wouldn’t let Sydney and I in during the day, so we popped in late one night during one of our treat runs and got to see them both without all the tourists bothering us. I’d let you in on our secret entry way, but someone would blab and then Sydney and I couldn’t get back in for our private showings late at night.

    Oh, yeah Monticello. Here are Sydney and I lounging by the garden with the Shenandoah Valley back behind us. It was such a pretty view.




    Here we are in front of the house where all the tours start. We’d like to show you pictures of the interior of the house, but alas they wouldn’t let us in to tour the house. More doggie discrimination. When will these historic locations ever learn that we are Cavaliers are not just your everyday run of the mill dog. For pete’s sake, we were the favorites of royalty for years and had the run of palaces and castles. Sheesh, our mere presence would lend an even greater air of dignity to an already dignified location. Instead, we can’t even get into someone’s house who probably would have welcomed us with open arms had we had the opportunity to visit while they were still alive. Don’t worry, I left a comment card voicing my concern.





    After that fairly obvious snub, we moved around to the other side of the house and gardens. Of course, this is probably the side of Monticello that we think is the most beautiful and the view most people are familiar with. Here we are lounging on the lawn.









    Since this was only a day trip, we were soon forced to leave Monticello and Charlottesville and head home. It was an eventful day and we hope you have enjoyed our little tour of Charlottesville. Maybe some day when you visit Washington, you can drive down and enjoy the sites too. Next week we are off for vacation and a few weeks in the Hamptons and New York City. We'll post pictures when we get back. Happy Fourth of July everyone!!!!!!!!!!


    Bark On!

    Ruby and Sydney in Virginia
    Last edited by Sydney; 2nd July 2007 at 03:24 PM. Reason: Fat paws

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    I just caught the reason for your edit....fat paws! Monticello is beautiful. What gorgeous scenery. Thanks for sharing. And I'm enjoying my history lessons at the same time!
    Cathy
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    Ruby Here,

    Just wanted to take the time and wish Sydney a very, very, very. . . . .

    Happy Birthday.


    She turns 2 today and I wanted to present her a little gift like she gave me when I turned 1 last January. I cheated and included some pictures of when she was just a puppy and Mom and Dad had just brought her home. You've never seen them before so I hope you and she both enjoys them. Happy Birthday Sydney. I'm glad you're my "sister".

    Turn your volume up and sit back and enjoy!

    http://www.onetruemedia.com/shared?p...edium=text_url

    Ruby in Virginia

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    Happy Birthday Sidney
    lady and amber

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    What cuties! I love these photos!
    Mom to Bailey (born 06/14/06)

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    Happy birthday Sydney you beautiful girl!!
    Cathy
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    Mom to Bailey (born 06/14/06)

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    Sydney, you are my idol. Tri-colors RULE!! Rubies drool (just kidding, Ruby...). Have a great birthday.

    My mom loves the picture of you on The Lawn at UVA (what's so special about a lawn, anyway???).

    Star, almost 8 months old
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    Gosh I missed this informative visit to these historic places -- I was out in the US the week of the 4th and didn't get much reading done on the board then. What a fun post!

    Jaspar, Leo and Lily enjoyed learning about the US and seeing those great pictures, and couldn't agree more that too many people are far too uninformed about the importance of cavaliers in history and that this breed has seen more insides of castles (and for that matter, backsides of royalty and aristocracy) than you could shake a stick at, so they don't get why they should be barred from the kinds of places where they once walked the hallways. No dogs allowed, indeed!

    A happy b-day as well...
    Karlin
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    In memory: Lucy Leo
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    Ruby here,

    Sydney and I have been out of touch for a short period and we wanted to get back and tell you why. For those in the US who keep up with Cavalier Connection and rescue, you will be already aware of this story so please bear with us as we relate it to others here on Cavalier Talk. Mom and Dad have been actively working a Cavalier rescue here in Virginia. We have rescued five beautiful Cavalier puppies and have turned them over to Cavalier Rescue USA and we would like to share some photo's. I know they aren't travel photo's of us on adventure holiday, but we feel they are loads more important. Anyway, here is our story.

    Last weekend was a busy one for Dad and Mom. To keep this from gettng too long let me begin with the day we picked our treasures up. On Saturday Dad and Mom drove down to to southern Virginia and picked up five Cavaliers from a backyard breeder who was getting out of Cavalier breeding, the details of which we will spare you because it was so heart wrenching. They were kept outdoors and had an old travel trailer with a hole cut in one end for their house. It didn't have any air conditioning but it was in the woods and all the dogs had their hair cut short to keep them cool. However, that being said, they were in amazingly good condition considering their situation. Enough discussion on their condition, let me now introduce you to five beautiful amazing Cavaliers:

    Emerald (or Emma as Mom and Dad call her) is the oldest at four years old, is very tiny at about 13-14 pounds, and is a very special little Blenheim. She is very small but has a heart bigger than anything we've ever seen considering what she has been through. She loves to give kisses and will attempt to wash every square inch of your face if you'll just hold her. She has had three litters with her first being when she was about 18 months old. Her second litter was when she was about 2 and her third and last was when she was 3. She will steal your heart and all she wants is to be held. Here is Emma:





    Sapphie is the two year old black and tan female, weighs the most at 18+ pounds, and truly the most adventurous of the lot. She has tried tunneling out of the yard once since we brought her home and every where she goes, all the others follow along behind her like a little five-car freight train. She is also the most vocal and will let you know it if you try and leave the yard without her. Here's Sapphie:




    Opal is a 2 year old female tri-color weighing in at around 12 pounds. She is very very cute and will follow you around just waiting to get picked up and hugged. She is a little introverted, but if you squat down to her level she will quickly jump up on your leg to give you some kisses and begs to be picked up so you can hug her. She also is a toy and treat horder. The night we brough them home, we gave everyone a small treat and if anyone dropped theirs, Opal was right there to pick it up and take it back to her crate. Here's Opal:






    Aggie, a tri-color, is also 2 years old, and may be pregnant. She was bred on Aug 5th. She is so adorable and all she desperately wants is to be held oh so tightly. Whenever you kneel down, she runs over, jumps up on your thigh, and buries her head in your chest and just remains motionless. She will break your heart. If pregnant, she is due to deliver her litter around the first two weeks of Oct. Here's Aggie:






    Last but by no means least is Rudy. Rudy is a two year old absolutely beautiful solid ruby just like me. Our names are very similar so when Mom calls one of us we both come running. He is very very very shy and somewhat withdrawn but seems like he is getting better. He experienced his first walk on a leash, his first car ride, his first meal at a human restaurant outdoors, and his first human store with more people in one place than he has ever seen in his entire two years of life. Rudy is getting along great with Sydney and I. Here's Rudy:




    Rudy has a hard time being the only boy in a house full of females and everytime they see him getting attention, they all come running over and push him out of the way so they can get some petting. Dad felt a little sorry for him and so after their morning exercise in the backyard, he let Rudy in first to let him get a little quality one-on-one. Looking over at the back door, this was the result. Nothing worse than a woman scorned.




    So that is our story. All the dogs were turned over to Cavalier Rescue on Sunday, except for Rudy who Mom and Dad are fostering. All the dogs have been deprived of human touch and companionship for so long, all they want is to just be held and petted and caressed. Mom and Dad tried their best to keep the attention coming to all of them on the one night they spent at our house. Saturday night they all slept in the kitchen for the first time in clean kennels with soft bedding and lots of good food and water. There was a thunderstorm with lightning all night, but they were so safe and secure for the first time in their lives that they never made a peep all night. Although we wanted them all to stay, Mom and Dad signed them over to Cavalier Rescue since we can never keep 5 more dogs here in the house much less travel with that many. Once they are vet checked and spayed/neutered, they will be adopted to good loving homes where they will be loved and pampered for the rest of their lives as they so rightly deserve. They will be listed on the Cavalier Rescue USA web site for the Southern Region, but with dogs this old they probably won't even have to be listed they will go so fast. Although we couldn't keep all five Cavaliers, the good news is that Rudy is staying here with us for a while. Don't tell anyone, but Dad and Sydney and I are are trying to get Mom to let Rudy stay here permanently with us. It will be a new adventure learning to live with a boy dog, but he is such a sweetheart, we can't resist him. Mom's only concern is it makes traveling harder with three dogs versus two. With just Sydney and I, Mom can take one of us and Dad can't take the other. Do any of you have three babies and can give us any advice on travels with three. Anyway that's our story and that's how come we haven't been traveling lately. Now that we have successfuly completed this task, we can now get back on the road and supplying you with more adventures. Hope you enjoyed the update and always support rescue.


    Ruby and Sydney in Virginia

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