Friday, January 27, 2012

11 months old

All of a sudden...

This girl is looking very mature.

I think Miss Sadie will get to venture into the show ring soon. She may even get very lucky and make that adventure not with me, but with someone special.

Mylee has major ear envy. Sadie's are already twice as long as her little red ears!
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Pretty girl
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Chillin
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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Sweet Potato Chews

Mylee and I thank you for all the well wishes and good thoughts. I'm very happy to say she is feeling *much* better.

From my Iphone - A happy and feeling better little red dog
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Yesterday we spent a cold Saturday afternoon making one of our favourite treats, sweet potato chews. I love them for my dogs because they are very digestible, low in calorie, high in fibre, and help to keep their teeth clean. They love them for one reason... they taste good!

Previously I was purchasing these treats from a local manufacturer. At $10.00 a bag for only a few pieces they were an occasional treat around here rather than a staple. As much as we both loved them.... the girl who grew up on a potato farm couldn't stomach paying that price for approximately one large potato worth of product. Lucky for my dogs, farm girls are very resourceful. :)

Homemade sweet potato chews - to make your own follow these simple steps: (I apologize in advance for the Iphone photos, I don't like to mix my camera with baths or cooking!)

Step One
Preheat your oven to 230 F. Wash two large sweet potatoes. Leave the skin on.

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Step Two
Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper. Parchment paper works best. If using foil use cooking spray or olive oil to ensure they don't stick. We used aluminum foil. Can you spot my kitchen help?

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Step Three
Slice the sweet potato into approximately 1/4 inch slices. All lengths and shapes work well so don't worry if they aren't perfect.

Ready to go in the oven
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A better shot of my kitchen help :)
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Step Four
Bake for approximately 2-2.5 hours. Longer if they seem a bit mushy. Flip them over once at about 1 hour. The goal is to completely dehydrate/dry them out! They will turn brown in places.. that is a good thing.

Just out of the oven and cooling
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Step Five
Let them cool completely before giving into the cute little faces who are waiting patiently. Store them in a sealed container.

Are they ready yet?
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In a container by the cookie jar
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Enjoy, and let us know what you think if you decide to try them out! I'd also love some more healthy and easy dog treat recipes to try. What is your favourite?

Friday, January 13, 2012

Days like these are hard

Our weather has been all over the place. We've had rain, snow, freezing temperatures, above normal temperatures, and all within a 6 hour period.

My little red dog is not doing well today.

Some people still refuse to believe that chiari malformation is the true root of Mylee's problems.

They've challenged, they've made off hand comments to others, they have been plain ignorant.

On days these none of it matters.

Days like these are hard.

Zoey, A comforter spaniel doing what she does best
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Not feeling well
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Tomorrow will be better
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This girl always knows
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Beautiful girl
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When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Second Annual Pet Blogger Challenge

I normally do not participate in too many blog hop type posts but this one struck me as different. What a great way to reflect on your blog and evaluate where you are going and why.

Pet Blogger Challenge Jan. 10

1. When did you begin your blog?

My first post is dated as March 30, 2010. It really doesn't seem like its been almost two years since I started to blog!

2. What was your original purpose for starting a blog?

My original purpose for starting this blog was to celebrate and show the world what a beautiful, versatile and wonderful breed we are fortunate to call our own. On the not so obvious side of things I also started this blog to help me get some practical experience before applying to a highly recognized and very competitive public relations program. It worked. :)

3. Is your current purpose the same?

Although this blog has definitely evolved over time our focus still remains the same. At its very core Embee Cavaliers is a place to celebrate our beautiful breed. It is a celebration for those working hard to ensure this breeds healthy future. It is a place for education, insight, and feedback. I love what we have evolved into.

4. Do you blog on a schedule or as the spirit moves you?

Blogging on a schedule would never work for me. I blog when I feel like it and when I have time for it. Sometimes that ends up being a few posts during a week. More often than not though my blog posts are a pure reflection of how busy my life is at the time.

5. Are you generating income from your blog?

Generating income from my blog is not my purpose at this time.

6. What do you like most about blogging in general and your blog in particular (bragging is good!)?

I have loved meeting and speaking with Cavalier owners all over the world. Cavalier owners for the most part are very much like our breed. Friendly, caring, and compassionate. I have also loved creating a space that is educational to cavalier owners and future cavalier owners. It is truly my way of giving back to a breed that I care so deeply about.

7. What do you like least?

The internal timer in my head that says I'm overdue for another blog post! (like today)

8. How do you see your blog changing/growing in 2012?

I would like to continue on the path we are on. I want to generate content that serves a purpose. I am not a believer of creating content just to have content. I'd also like to hold some more giveaways, revamp some of my pages and links, and make a commitment to bring my camera to more places and not be afraid to share more of the pictures that I take on this blog.

Pictures like these;

A Cempa Cavalier's baby transforming from puppy to beautiful show girl
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Convincing Woodmere babies to look at the camera at the same time.
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A Wug baby learning about the show ring - Scarlett or Sprite?
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Turretbank Merlot vs. barking stuffed toy at handling class ... :)
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Brinklow Cavaliers - Mother and Son
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And a Cavalaine baby checking out handling class for the first time
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What would you like to see from us? Is there content that you enjoy more than others?





Sunday, January 1, 2012

2011 - That's a wrap!

While trying to fall asleep in the early hours of 2012 I had time to reflect on what a year its been. 2011 was extremely busy for us. We had lots of highs and of course a few lows, but overall its been an incredible year.

Here are some of our "doggy" highlights for the year;

We bought a beautiful house with a gorgeous yard and moved for what was hopefully the last time for many years to come. It is *so* nice to be settled and rooted somewhere. Our house and yard is perfect for us and the dogs. The girls adore their yard and take their job of chippy (squirrel's) patrole very seriously. Mylee is thrilled that we still have lots of bunnies and mice at our new house to make her hunting adventures always exciting.

Ears up and alert, bunny?!
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In the early summer we welcomed Sadie into our little pack and are anxious to see what the future holds for her. She has the sweetest temperament, beautiful structure, and comes from extremely healthy lines. Sadie offers us many different directions we can take with our breeding program. Right now her job is to grow up and offer a good friend who was desperate to have a cavalier some comfort and joy. A job she takes very seriously!

Beautiful long ears for a baby, one of my favourite pictures of her.. of course I had to catch it on my Iphone
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In July, I was elected as the Education Director for the Cavalier Fanciers of Southern Ontario. I am very excited to implement some important initiatives for our breed that I have in the works. Details coming *very* soon. If you live in Southern Ontario and have a cavalier, keep this fresh in your mind. There is something special being planned specifically with you in mind. :) *hint* The picture below is a clue.

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In 2011 Embee Cavaliers hosted our first giveaway. It ended up being a huge sucess and although a ton of work, I enjoyed every minute of it. I've gotten several pictures back of adorable faces in snoods and we successfully raised money for the CKCSCC Health and Education Committee through the sales of our folders. I plan on overhauling my snood page very soon with some of the photos we received. The CKCSCC still has lots of cavalier two pocket folders available for sale. They are $3.00 each or 4 folders for $10.00. If you are interested in purchasing any please contact me. We are going to plan a few more giveaways for 2012!

CKCSCC Health and Education Committee's 4 pocket folder
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Thankfully 2011 was also a fairly healthy year for my girls.

Mylee
Continues to do incredibly well on her current medication for severely symptomatic chiari malformation. Most days on medication you would never know anything was wrong with my little red dog. I am so thankful for everyday we have with her that she is doing well.

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Zoey

In 2011 Zoey developed pyometra. This was the ultimate doggy low for us this year. My beautiful spunky girl was so sick and we easily could have lost her. Thankfully she recovered very well from her emergency spay and antibiotic treatment. She also was MVD clear by cardiologist this year at 5 years old. A milestone that I hope many more cavaliers will reach in the future. Link
My all time favourite photo of Zoey

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Molly

Had a beautiful, clear MRI scan, and passed her heart and eye clearances. We are so thankful for this girl.

The Princess

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Along with her health, Princess Molly and I had a wonderful 2011 in the show ring. She is a complete joy to show. Molly is well on her way to completing her Canadian Championship and finished the year by going Reserve Winners Bitch at the Elora Gorge Kennel Club on Thursday Dec. 29th in a competitive entry. I'm fairly new to the show ring and choosing to show a black and tan princess has been an interesting introduction to the world of dog shows. My girl has done well though and I am proud of her.

Look at her face? Does this girl enjoy showing or what? Thank you to Lisa Lott of Wug Cavaliers for this photo of Molly in the ring this summer

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Earlier in the year. Another photo I adore of my girl in the ring. Thank you to my good friend Debbie Souch - Bark'n About for this gorgeous picture of Molly in the show ring

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That's our Coles notes version of 2011. We wish you and your dogs a happy and healthy 2012.

I want to thank you so much for your continued support of this blog.

Blogging can be very time consuming and coming up with content and posts is sometimes challenging. It is you the readers who make this blog what it is. Because of you I am motivated to create content that is insightful and practical while keeping with my goal of celebrating our beautiful breed.

2012 we're ready to find out what you have in store.