Friday, September 28, 2012

Fall photo fun

We love fall around here for so many reasons.

For me it means:
Quilts with flannel backing
Warm cups of tea
Comfy sweaters
Bubble baths and
Dragging my camera everywhere with me to capture the amazing colours.

For the doggies it means:
More frisbee for Zo
Tons of ball for Nika
Chipmunk hunting for Mylee
and the puppies never tiring of chasing each other around the yard. 

Yesterday morning I decided I needed fall pictures of everyone.  It was a beautiful day, and we all needed some fresh air! I got a ton of great photos but have picked a few to share tonight.

Our beautiful Zoey
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And her incredible tail.  She is determined to win longest tail at the picnic next year!
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Mylee and Kismet.  Kismet had just interrupted Mylee's sunbathing.
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Our resident gorgeous "Mom"!
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Something caught Nika and Kismet's attention...a chipmunk perhaps?  Can you tell these two are related?  Molly and Nika are half sisters making Kismet her... niece?
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Our handsome man looking for trouble
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Rawr!  Let's play!
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The beautiful Queen herself.  She had another completely boring Vet check this week (we love those kinds of checkups!).  She was finally big enough for my comfort level to do her first booster.  Parvo and distemper only of course.
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We adore her so much.
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Kismet and Loki - adorable trouble x2
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To a gorgeous fall weekend!  Ours will be filled with warm mugs of tea, puppies and photos...the best kind of fall weekend there is. 

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Where can you find 150 wagging cavalier tails in one place?

The Cavalier Fanciers of Southern Ontario picnic of course!

The picnic is my favourite Cavalier event.  I love all of our speciality shows, health clinics, education seminars, and other events... but there is just something extremely special about the picnic.  It's entirely about celebrating our breed, and fabulous owners.  There is always a ton of good food to eat, gorgeous cavaliers everywhere, and lots of laughs.  You just can't go wrong with that.

Like usual, I had a ton of work to do in a short amount of time.  Between helping with setup, sewing last minute snoods, cooling coats, and drying coats, making food to bring, bathing 2 dogs and 2 puppies, and putting together my Chinese auction donation baskets, my weekend flew by.  Honestly.. I'm still exhausted.

Zoey, Mylee, Loki, and Kismet all were on their best behaviour at the picnic.

This probably won't be much of a surprise but guess who stole the show?

Queen Kismet of course.
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She loved meeting all of her faithful subjects, and prancing around the middle of the paddock to the sound of awwww!.... the Queen is far too cute for her own good.

Once again I didn't get nearly enough pictures at the picnic.  Not only did I not get enough pictures, I didn't get any of poor Kismet actually at the picnic!  (If anyone has photos of my dogs at the picnic they'd like to share with me, I'd love to see them!)

Loki spent most of the afternoon wrestling with his brother Bucky who he hadn't seen in 3 weeks.  It was quite the reunion.  They had a blast together.

Why do I gotta be behind bars?
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Zozo looking gorgeous
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This year's theme was the Olympic's.  The Woodmere girl's came fully decked out in Olympic vests!
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The auction table
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A snapshot of the relay races.  Poor Zoey was trying to figure out why her boyfriend(and relay race partner) Charlie ditched her, and she decided she just wasn't into races this year without him.
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Mylee and Zo, all picnic'd out and ready to go home
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And not picnic related at all... everyone is now eyes open wide and doing really well.  More of these pictures coming soon!

Hello baby girl!
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Not entirely clear in focus, but oh so cute
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Thank you to Kim Hergott for the amazing work she put into the picnic. You did a fantastic job.  The picnic would not be a picnic without the dedicated group of volunteers that make up CFSO.  No one enjoys setting up, cleaning up, or taking down, but without it there isn't an event to enjoy.   It's hard work, but the same core group always manages to get it done, and everything always falls into place.

If you live in Southern Ontario and enjoy coming out the picnic, or want to support Cavalier events, please consider joining the Cavalier Fanciers of Southern Ontario as a social member.   It's a $10.00 a year membership that enables us to support our incredible little breed and the responsible breeders who protect it. 

The count down begins until next year.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

New Arrivals at Embee

On Sunday, Molly's half sister Nika gave birth to 5 beautiful puppies.  3 boys and 2 girls.  All are doing incredibly well.  They love to eat!

Nika was offered to me on a breeding lease by her owner and breeder Norma Moffat (Brinklow Cavaliers).  Although the timing completely sucked, and it was never my intention to have two litters so close together, opportunities are funny things....they always seem to present themselves when you least expect them. 

Thank you so much to Norma and Lang for trusting me to whelp and look after their beautiful girl. She's a joy to live with and we are very much enjoying her time here.

Poor Nika was very big and uncomfortable!  This is two days before she delivered.
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Only a few days old
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Ruby boy
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Black and tan boy affectionately known as "Fatboy"
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Tri boy.  Nika was bred to a black and tan dog but both of them carried the parti colour gene so we knew having a parti colour was possible.  He does look kind of funny in with his whole colour siblings but his little white feet and pink toes are adorable.  
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Black and tan girl
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Another black and tan GIRL!
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Nika feeding her little ones
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This is a funny picture I shared on Facebook the other night.  Nika adores playing fetch.  She thinks balls are the greatest thing ever.  Much to our other crazy ball dog in the house (Zoey), Nika has taken to gathering up every ball she can find and putting them in with her babies.  She always neatly arranges her babies on one side, and her precious balls on the other.   
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No Loki and Kismet pictures tonight but they are both doing really well too.  We'll have lots more puppy pictures to share in the next few weeks.  I hope no one minds!