Hello all, my name is Tawna and I live in the St. Louis area with my herd.
My husband and I have been married 14.5 years and we have a daughter who just turned 13 and a son who just turned 11. We just got a bleinhiem Cavalier puppy right before Christmas. The breeder let her go at 6 weeks, which I know is frowned upon, but I worked for a vet for years and I have raised dogs as young as 5 weeks before so I at least have some experience... She was born 11/9/08, so she'll be 10 weeks on Sunday. Her name is Alice, she is a very adorable, wonderful loving puppy as they all seem to be, the more I read about them! We had touble naming her.... My ID name here is all of her names..... my daughter wanted Alice (after a character in the new Twlight movie) , I wanted Abby, I kept accidentally calling her Bella for some reason, and she is very fast like the character Daphne from the TV show Heros, if you watch that show and know how fast Daphne is, well, then you understand how fast our Cavalier can move as well! She has been doing very well with housebreaking, the key seems to be to take her out every 45 min to an hour! We have a herd of other pets here and Alice adores them all. We have our 4 cats: Jax (obese Himi mix, 5 years old), Calvin (orange tabby about 3 years old), Sasha (one eyed pure bred Maine Coon, about 2 years old), and Jonas (yes after the Jonas Brothers, he is about 9 months old, a bright orange /white tabby, thought to be part Maine Coon.) Jonas befriended Alice right away, layed with his paw on her from the very first night and plays with her all the time, Alice adores Jonas! We also have our canine herd: Jake (8 year old Westie), Jesse (4 year old Schnoodle), Carly (3 year old Goldendoodle) and Ruby (2 year old Irish Setter, my husbands pride and joy, she is a beautiful dog with show/champ bloodlines). So far Carly plays with Alice the most, she has plenty of energy to keep up with her! And yes, 5 dogs is probably too many but they are all indoor dogs that are very spoiled, trips to the groomers, dog park, monthly heartworm pills, Frontline, thay have a toy bin full of toys, etc, etc!
Two things I am curious about....
1. Does anyone out there have a cav that looks like mine? I have seen a couple in books, Alice is mostly all white on her face, she doesn't have the "raccoon mask" that they are supposed to. We loved her white face, although I'm sure it's considered a fault in the show ring we think she's adorable!
2. Are there any other Cav owners in the St. Louis area who get together at all? (If you live near please please let me know!!!)
Well, now I've stayed up way past my bedtime....