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    A few photos, I delievered the Rupert Leaflets. Then spent a few hours watching

    I have a couple from the showring but I havn't posted as I am not sure if I am allowed to.

























    Tania and The Three Cavaliers!
    Dotty!- A Sweet Little Tri
    Molly - Pretty Tri Dougall - Gorgeous Blenheim

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    Hi T

    Did anybody say hello and did you know anybody and did you introduce yourself ,I bet it was good I wish I could have gone and seen all those superb Cavaliers and loads of them .
    Brian M

    Poppy the Tri, Daisy the Blen, Rosie the Ruby and Lily the B & T

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    Well done on delivering the Rupert leaflets.The venue looks wonderful,in spite of the clouds...should be a fantastic weekend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian M View Post
    Hi T

    Did anybody say hello and did you know anybody and did you introduce yourself ,I bet it was good I wish I could have gone and seen all those superb Cavaliers and loads of them .

    I mainly sat outside and chatted to some cavalier pet folk . I don't really know anyone in the show world.
    Tania and The Three Cavaliers!
    Dotty!- A Sweet Little Tri
    Molly - Pretty Tri Dougall - Gorgeous Blenheim

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    I so badly wanted to go but my car failed an MOT .

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    Hi

    We must devise some sort of badge just for our members so we know each other ,friend or foe ,any ideas
    Brian M

    Poppy the Tri, Daisy the Blen, Rosie the Ruby and Lily the B & T

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian M View Post
    Hi

    We must devise some sort of badge just for our members so we know each other ,friend or foe ,any ideas

    A Badge with "CT" on it
    Tania and The Three Cavaliers!
    Dotty!- A Sweet Little Tri
    Molly - Pretty Tri Dougall - Gorgeous Blenheim

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    I'm just about recovered from my epic day yesterday, so I'll give my impressions of Blenheim and then have go at downloading my photos (in spite of Karlin's careful instructions, I'm still not good at reducing size!).

    The day was a bit epic because I was travelling from Coventry to Blenheim by bus. Lots of rain in Warwickshire - which made me wonder why I bothered to bath 2 dogs on Friday, but it was worth it when they dried out and had lovely silky coats. Got to Leamington all right via 2 buses, then got on a third bus to Stratford - driven by a driver who had never done the route before; one wrong turn, directed back onto the right road by the passengers! Then the windscreen wipers failed - in pouring rain - so every so often he had to stop, get out and wipe the windscreen clear... Finally got to Stratford (still raining hard), found the next bus (to Chipping Norton in Oxfordshire), got on - and it promptly broke down (beginning to think I have a bus jinx!). 45 minutes later we got started, arrived at Chipping Norton - and Oxfordshire was dry! Caught a bus to Woodstock, a short walk to Blenheim Palace, and we finally arrived an hour later than planned.

    Still in time to enter the fun dog show, so Oliver did Musical Newspapers (made very complicated by gusts of wind blowing the newspapers everywhere!) and Aled did The Dog the Judge Would Like to Take Home (fortunately she didn't want my Aled!). The weather was sunny but windy - ideal for the dogs. There was a big marquee, with indoor rings for the Cavalier/Charlie match and other events, and lots of stands - a display of the dogs who had won BIS at the Club Ch show since 1954, a bookstall, a Health Information Table (saw Tania's leaflets), a tombola, the auction stuff, a raffle of a lovely quilt depicting Cavaliers (auction and raffle proceeds both going to health research), and a few of the usual trade stands.

    Outside there was a ring for the fun classes, which was also used for a demonstration by the Clever Cavaliers display team, and for a parade of the finalists for Companion Cavalier of the Year (which Oliver was in). A lot of the prominent breeders were helping with the organisation, so not many top show dogs around, but quite a lot of the smaller show breeders there, enjoying their dogs. It's a pity Tania couldn't stay until lunchtime, because then she could have seen Oliver and I strutting our stuff and identified a fellow CT-er! Because I've shown Oliver in the past, and still go to Club shows (mainly to get free heart checks!), I knew several people and sat with friends, which was mutually useful for dog-holding and photo-taking! Oliver's breeder was there - on crutches; she had a knee operation and the hospital managed to break her leg in the process!

    Lots of people from overseas, and quite a lot of pet owners who had heard about it and just come along.


    Highlights of the day for me:
    • My little Aled not only coping with a crowd and about 150 Cavaliers, but really enjoying himself - playing (flirting!) with passing Cavaliers, being fussed, behaving impeccably in the ring, staying with strangers when I was busy with Oliver without a murmur, spending hours on buses - he was great.
    • The couple from the Czech Republic that I met on the train back from the Malvern show last year and met again at Stoneleigh this year, who came and said hello and gave me a 2011 Cavalier calendar (in Czech!).
    • At the end of the Clever Cavaliers display (which finished with some agility), everybody - pet owners and show people alike - piling into the ring to have a go on the agility equipment.
    • The Fancy Dress class, which included a Goldilocks (a Blenheim in a curly wig) with three teddy bears! Winner was a black and tan with head framed in rose petals and sitting on a plant pot - a Dog Rose!
    • Taking Oliver into the ring for the Cavalier of the Year parade - the winner was a girl from a family whose 16-year-old son had been badly injured - Abbie has accompanied and supported him every step of his rehab, a very worthy winner. Oliver got a certificate, a toy and a bag of Royal Canin CKCS food.
    • The number of breeders I spoke to who are now routinely scanning their breeding stock (and almost all of whom have at least one dog with SM, which is really waking them up to reality). The more these breeders encourage other breeders to scan, the better!
    • The several people I spoke to (including on the Health Table) who expressed deep appreciation for Rupert's Fund.
    • Buying Dennis and Tina Holmes' new book, 'The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel: The Origin and Founding of the Breed' - absolutely fascinating, with a lot of photos I'd never seen before, and copies of the original KC registration forms for the earliest dogs (some with parents frankly labelled 'Crossbreed'!). It costs 8 and should be available through the bookshop on the Cavalier Club website.
    • Having a chat with Dennis Holmes (Leogem) who organised the Cavalier of the Year; he praised Cavalier Talk for its info and support for owners with SM Cavaliers, and said what a shame it was, with CT and CC, that just a few nasty people spoil things (not all on one side!). His very handsome young dog (18 months and scanned A) has just won its first CC and people are already asking to use him at stud(!), and Dennis is saying no ways, not until he is at least 2.5 and rescanned clear. I really think there is a little puff of a wind of change...
    • Chatting to the owner of an antique shop in Woodstock, who came out to say hello to my dogs. He'd heard about the Cavalier weekend and cannily got in a stock of antique Staffordshire dogs and had been gobsmacked by his sales - many of them, he said, to breeders and judges from overseas.
    • The Japanese family who stopped to make a great fuss of the dogs while I was waiting for the bus in Woodstock, including a blind boy who loved the feel of their silky coats.
    • The driver on the bus home who when I produced my pass and 1 for the dogs' fare (50p each), looked at Oliver and Aled and asked how old they were, and when I said (slightly mystified!) 9 and 3, said with a completely straight face 'That's all right, dogs under 10 go free'!
    We left home at 6.30 am and got home at 9.45 pm, and I have two very tired dogs today (not to mention a rather tired human!). But it was a good day.

    I'll have a go at my photos tonight!

    Kate, Oliver and Aled

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kate H View Post
    I'm just about recovered from my epic day yesterday, so I'll give my impressions of Blenheim and then have go at downloading my photos (in spite of Karlin's careful instructions, I'm still not good at reducing size!).

    The day was a bit epic because I was travelling from Coventry to Blenheim by bus. Lots of rain in Warwickshire - which made me wonder why I bothered to bath 2 dogs on Friday, but it was worth it when they dried out and had lovely silky coats. Got to Leamington all right via 2 buses, then got on a third bus to Stratford - driven by a driver who had never done the route before; one wrong turn, directed back onto the right road by the passengers! Then the windscreen wipers failed - in pouring rain - so every so often he had to stop, get out and wipe the windscreen clear... Finally got to Stratford (still raining hard), found the next bus (to Chipping Norton in Oxfordshire), got on - and it promptly broke down (beginning to think I have a bus jinx!). 45 minutes later we got started, arrived at Chipping Norton - and Oxfordshire was dry! Caught a bus to Woodstock, a short walk to Blenheim Palace, and we finally arrived an hour later than planned.

    Still in time to enter the fun dog show, so Oliver did Musical Newspapers (made very complicated by gusts of wind blowing the newspapers everywhere!) and Aled did The Dog the Judge Would Like to Take Home (fortunately she didn't want my Aled!). The weather was sunny but windy - ideal for the dogs. There was a big marquee, with indoor rings for the Cavalier/Charlie match and other events, and lots of stands - a display of the dogs who had won BIS at the Club Ch show since 1954, a bookstall, a Health Information Table (saw Tania's leaflets), a tombola, the auction stuff, a raffle of a lovely quilt depicting Cavaliers (auction and raffle proceeds both going to health research), and a few of the usual trade stands.

    Outside there was a ring for the fun classes, which was also used for a demonstration by the Clever Cavaliers display team, and for a parade of the finalists for Companion Cavalier of the Year (which Oliver was in). A lot of the prominent breeders were helping with the organisation, so not many top show dogs around, but quite a lot of the smaller show breeders there, enjoying their dogs. It's a pity Tania couldn't stay until lunchtime, because then she could have seen Oliver and I strutting our stuff and identified a fellow CT-er! Because I've shown Oliver in the past, and still go to Club shows (mainly to get free heart checks!), I knew several people and sat with friends, which was mutually useful for dog-holding and photo-taking! Oliver's breeder was there - on crutches; she had a knee operation and the hospital managed to break her leg in the process!

    Lots of people from overseas, and quite a lot of pet owners who had heard about it and just come along.


    Highlights of the day for me:
    • My little Aled not only coping with a crowd and about 150 Cavaliers, but really enjoying himself - playing (flirting!) with passing Cavaliers, being fussed, behaving impeccably in the ring, staying with strangers when I was busy with Oliver without a murmur, spending hours on buses - he was great.
    • The couple from the Czech Republic that I met on the train back from the Malvern show last year and met again at Stoneleigh this year, who came and said hello and gave me a 2011 Cavalier calendar (in Czech!).
    • At the end of the Clever Cavaliers display (which finished with some agility), everybody - pet owners and show people alike - piling into the ring to have a go on the agility equipment.
    • The Fancy Dress class, which included a Goldilocks (a Blenheim in a curly wig) with three teddy bears! Winner was a black and tan with head framed in rose petals and sitting on a plant pot - a Dog Rose!
    • Taking Oliver into the ring for the Cavalier of the Year parade - the winner was a girl from a family whose 16-year-old son had been badly injured - Abbie has accompanied and supported him every step of his rehab, a very worthy winner. Oliver got a certificate, a toy and a bag of Royal Canin CKCS food.
    • The number of breeders I spoke to who are now routinely scanning their breeding stock (and almost all of whom have at least one dog with SM, which is really waking them up to reality). The more these breeders encourage other breeders to scan, the better!
    • The several people I spoke to (including on the Health Table) who expressed deep appreciation for Rupert's Fund.
    • Buying Dennis and Tina Holmes' new book, 'The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel: The Origin and Founding of the Breed' - absolutely fascinating, with a lot of photos I'd never seen before, and copies of the original KC registration forms for the earliest dogs (some with parents frankly labelled 'Crossbreed'!). It costs 8 and should be available through the bookshop on the Cavalier Club website.
    • Having a chat with Dennis Holmes (Leogem) who organised the Cavalier of the Year; he praised CavalierI did have the Talk for its info and support for owners with SM Cavaliers, and said what a shame it was, with CT and CC, that just a few nasty people spoil things (not all on one side!). His very handsome young dog (18 months and scanned A) has just won its first CC and people are already asking to use him at stud(!), and Dennis is saying no ways, not until he is at least 2.5 and rescanned clear. I really think there is a little puff of a wind of change...
    • Chatting to the owner of an antique shop in Woodstock, who came out to say hello to my dogs. He'd heard about the Cavalier weekend and cannily got in a stock of antique Staffordshire dogs and had been gobsmacked by his sales - many of them, he said, to breeders and judges from overseas.
    • The Japanese family who stopped to make a great fuss of the dogs while I was waiting for the bus in Woodstock, including a blind boy who loved the feel of their silky coats.
    • The driver on the bus home who when I produced my pass and 1 for the dogs' fare (50p each), looked at Oliver and Aled and asked how old they were, and when I said (slightly mystified!) 9 and 3, said with a completely straight face 'That's all right, dogs under 10 go free'!
    We left home at 6.30 am and got home at 9.45 pm, and I have two very tired dogs today (not to mention a rather tired human!). But it was a good day.

    I'll have a go at my photos tonight!

    Kate, Oliver and Aled

    BLENHEIM PALACE SHOW

    In case any-one is interested in the early days of our Cavaliers, I did have the Original Registration of the Card which said that the Parents were Cross-Bred

    This was sent to me by Margaret Barnes ,who is still alive to-day, she had mated a Cavalier B/T called CREST By CANDLELIGHT to a Cocker Spaniel Bitch called Suntop Joyful hoping to give the Cavaliers Healthier and Longer Lives which were in the Cocker Spaniel Suntop Line.

    This was in the early 1950's.

    After 3 Generations of Breeding back to Cavaliers ,the Third Generation was Eligible to be Registered by the Kennel Club as Cavaliers.

    SUNTOP SPILLIKEN born 1952.

    Also Suntop Red Riding Hood, born 1952

    Suntop Peggoty born 1954.

    These were some of the Cross- bred Cavaliers at that time.

    As a piece of Information a Cavalier who was Recently MRI Scanned did not have CM/SM ,and the Pedigree could be traced back to this Mating by the Cocker Spaniel SUNTOP JOYFUL

    I have now passed on the Folder with all this information to Carol ,who has done so much to make the Cavalier World aware of the SM Problem in the Cavalier Breed.

    Bet
    Bet (Hargreaves)

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    Hope these give you a taste of Blenheim! I've made them a bit small but hope you can see them...

    Kate, Oliver and Aled


    Clever Cavaliers doing stays



    Retrieving a balloon tied to a dumbell - I intend to teach Oliver to do this!



    General view


    Have a Go Agility - everyone had a go!


    Cavalier of the Year final - Kate and Oliver

    Cavalier of the Year - Kate and Oliver being interviewed by Dennis Holmes


    Fancy Dress class


    Goldilocks and the three bears!


    My friend Philippa with Lollipop Lady on the left and Pirate on the right


    Winner of the Fancy Dress - The Dog Rose!

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