Mindy was my first Cavalier. We had a young Golden a the time and we wanted another dog but not one so big. It was suggested to us that Cavaliers have similar personalities in a smaller package. Mindy was 8 months old when she came to us. She came from a breeder who had planned to show her but she hadn't turned out. It was love a first sight. She attached herself to me for the next 11+ years. Sadly, she went to the e bridge in March just a month after her 12th birthday. She had been healthy and relatively active up until this winter (even doing some agility training at 11). I still miss her terribly but I'm so grateful she was in our lives.
When our Golden died just after our youngest moved away to school Mindy was devastated. I had thought they co-existed well but didn't realize how lonely she'd be as an only dog. Since the day I got Mindy I wanted a Cavalier puppy so Max came to live with us in November 2008. He was 8 weeks old and a bundle of energy. By then Mindy was 10. Although I'm sure there were days when she wished to be an only dog Max gave her a new lease on life and she even played with him, chasing him around. Max worshipped the ground she walked on and pretty much made a pest of himself as far as she was concerned. I spent a lot of time playing with him to give her a break. In the summer of 2009 we found a lump in Mindy's lymph gland. Even though the tests (until we finally got the biopsy done) came back negative I suspected cancer. While she was still healthy Rylie came to join us. He and Max played together and he seemed to know that Mindy was the boss. She did, however allow him to snuggle up with her.
The vet was unable to remove Mindy's lump and she started to go downhill from the time of the biopsy. We tried her on a course of low dose chemo to try and delay the inevitable but it sapped all of the energy out of her so we took her off, made sure she was comfy and set out to enjoy the last months we had with her. When the tumour grew to the point it started to affect her breathing we knew it was time to say good-bye. It took Max a long time to get over it. Now I have my two boys and I can't imagine life without them.
Mindy Tri - Feb/97
Max - Ruby - Sep/08
Rylie - B&T - June/09