Well, we decided to tell the kids ahead of time -- I was thinking of doing that, anyway, but after what everyone said it seemed like the best way to go. We told them over the weekend and then took a trip to the pet store to buy some supplies. The kids especially enjoyed looking at bowls and toys. They are very excited!
We have talked to them a lot (in bits & pieces, so we can keep their attention) about what will be required to care for him, and all of the things we need to do to keep him safe.
The hardest part is picking out a name! It's hard to get five people to agree. We have a list, hope to narrow it down to two or three, then we'll wait till we get him home to decide what suits him.
Can't wait to join in on the discussions here as an official Cavalier owner! Hope everyone has a great week.