We just got back pictures from the professional photographer of Penney and Kate, our "seniors", so I thought I would post them here in the Golden Oldies forum. Penney is now 10 years old and Kate is Penney's daughter at almost 8 years old.
Penney came from an Irish breeder and was shipped to us at about 3 1/2 months old. She was and still is shy around strangers. I have always wondered if that was because she was shipped here from Ireland at that young age. Penney is in excellent health now and we have had almost no health problems with her. Her only problem seems to be with her teeth now that she is older. Despite taking really good care of her teeth, she has lost something like 4 or 5 teeth. Sure hasn't slowed down her eating though . This first picture is of her at about 4 months old with my cat Molly. Forgive me, Penney, but not the best looking Cavalier as a pup. Amazing how she has changed!
Penney got much better looking as she got older, so we decided to show her. We got hooked up with a local breeder who helped us get started in showing and then encouraged us to breed her. Her first breeding produced just one puppy, Kate, in an emergency c-section. Welcome to breeding!!!! Kate was an OK looking puppy and we initially decided to place her. Fortunately, I fell in love with Kate and told Kris in no uncertain terms that I couldn't part with Kate. Our breeder friend looked at her and thought it woud be a good idea to keep her as she had show potential. This next picture is of Kate at about 2 (?) months old with her mom Penney.
So now they are all grown up. They have a hard time, sometimes, deciding who is the alpha, but there is no question in our other dog's minds that one or both of them are. When we have a litter of puppies and the pups get to the "pesky" age, Kate generally jumps up on the couch to get away from them. Penney, on the other hand, is the one who seems to always want to play with the pups.
We had Penney and Kate into the cardiologist this late summer along with the rest of the dogs. Both of them are retired from breeding, but we like to keep an eye on them anyway. Kate came back with a clear heart and Penney was just diagnosed with a grade 1 murmer . While we would prefer a clear heart on Penney, I think a grade 1 for the first time at this age is really good. So anyway, here is the two of them in a picture taken earlier this fall by the professional photographer. Penney is the one on the right and Kate is on the left. Aren't my girls beautiful?!