CELEBRATING 100 YEARS
Jeanie Montford wrote "If you know the history of our breed you will realize that Katie was there at the beginning, the very beginning and won Best In Show in 1946 at the very first Cavalier Club Championship show ever with Belinda of Saxham. Not many breeds can count among their number one of the very original founders of the breed still with us. I am very proud to say that Katie's last Cavalier was a boy from me......Can & Am Ch Elvenhome Boykinia. She had lived with Cavaliers for 72 years when he died." Inspirational, Katie.....Many Happy Returns
Katie with Belinda and judge Mrs Jennings
WHAT WERE THEY TALKING
The photo above was sent in by Dennis Homes (Leogem) of Tina meeting the comic poet Pam Ayres. She is a very clever and hilarious British poet and Dennis tells us he has most of her books. One of her poems goes
Had a Little Work Done:
O Botox, O Botox, I’m ever so keen,
To look as I looked at the age of sixteen.
Induce paralysis, do as I ask,
Give me, O give me, a face like a mask.
O take up a surgical bicycle pump,
And give me some lips that are lovely and plump,
Young men will stagger and say ‘Oh my God!
Here comes Pam Ayres …and she looks like a cod!’
....... anyone have an idea for a photo caption on their conversation?
Kari Sundkvist (Glittertind) in Sweden has been very poorly lately and gave her friends and family quite a scare. Hopefully, she is now on the mend and we look forward to seeing her back around the Cavalier ring soon. Regards to Dan and the girls...we miss you, Kari. Come visit the UK soon
A PIECE OF CAKE
The yummy photo posted by Shelley Walker in New Zealand prompted me to look at other Cavalier cakes. Here is a selection.....
The three judges officiating at the main classes at the weekend of shows in Orlando were Norma Inglis (Craigowl) Brenda Martz (Brookhaven) and Michelle Chapman (Ellemich). It was lovely to spend the run up to Christmas in Georgia and Florida and the welcome in the South was as warm as ever. Here are a few pictures of the winners over the 3 days
Best in Show...CH JADESTONE LEGEND HAS IT JW
Reserve Best in Show....CH KEAN LA TI DA JW
Best in Show...CH CARMAS PENNE PASTA AT CRIZWOOD
Best in Show and Reserve Best in Show...new CH MIMRIC AMERICAN HEARTTHROB
Best in Show.....CH KEAN LA TI DA JW
Best in Show and Reserve Best in Show....CH JADESTONE LEGEND HAS IT JW
after the day's showing there is always "let your hair down" time.....
Pat and Juhan Mixon
the following article was written in the 80s by Heather Seager (Waggoners) who lived in Suffolk in East Anglia.
Nadine Schiefner's mum Petra is in intensive care in a hospital in Germany and needs our support and healing thoughts. Nadine thinks it would be a terrific boost to Petra when she wakes up to feel all the warmth and get well greetings (caring comments have already appeared on Facebook) from all over the world. If friends would like to send Petra a get well card to help brighten up her hospital room when she is finally moved to rehab this would give much needed positive energy. The address is Nadine Schiefner. Am Graben 1. 53902 Bad Muenstereifel. Germany. If UK and overseas Cavalier friends are going to be at the club show or Crufts, the cards can be passed to Tanja Engel to save on postage. All the best, Petra..we are rooting for you
CANNY CAVALIERS CERTAINLY CAN
The Canny Cavaliers Obreedience team.
Team member Roxanne Hobbs writes "The Canny Cavalier team only managed to get to half of the heats this year, but still finished 3rd in the National League Table, qualifying us for the final at Crufts 2017 on Thursday 9th March.
The competition consists of a round of team heelwork which is marked on keeping together as a team as well as the normal obedience heelwork.
Each of the four dogs then has a set exercise to carry out:
Send away to bed
Stop on Recall
Retrieve an article
The team consists of
•Lucy Dawson and Luphenex Let Me Entetain You (aged 6)
•Philippa Biddle and Hearthfriend Hazel Nutkins (aged 7)
•Roxane Hobbs and Wynncliff Lady Karly of Beaconsfylde (aged 12 and a half)
•Barbara Taylor and Taybar Annabella (aged 8)
•Kate Hughes and Ruby Roo Girl (aged7)
•Chris Clements & Cloudywing’s Charlotte of Luphenex (aged 5).
All 6 dogs and handlers have had a chance to compete in the heats and have all done really well. We have had a lot of fun doing it too! Most of the dogs are also successful show dogs, with 4 out of the 6 being veterans - proving that Cavaliers not only have beauty and brains, but can be healthy and long lived dogs.
If anyone is coming to Crufts on the Thursday as well as Breed day, why not pop along to the obedience ring around 4pm and support the Canny Cavaliers Obreedience Team."
Interesting photos from Dorothy Berry (Kurranulla Dalmatians & Cavaliers) in South Africa. "Samantha, the Cavalier, was bred by a friend of mine. Her owners spend a lot of time on the water, usually in kayaks, and Samantha always goes with them. One time the place they stayed at, the owners had recently adopted a Caracal or Rooikat (red cat) which had been orphaned. They named him Ricki. For that weekend he and Samantha became firm friends as you can see from the photos. The caracal is an African lynx and is nocturnal, so for Samantha to curl up with him in his bed in the daytime was perfectly natural!
A couple of golden oldies owned by Fiona Bunce (Tanmerack)who lives in France
Blenheim is Tanmerack Pola Negri who just turned 14 on 12th February 2017. Sired by Ch Homerbrent Illusion out of Tanmerack Greta Garbo. Seen here with her tricolour cousin Triodan Tintoretto de Tanmerack who will be 15 on 31st May. Sired by Tanmerack Botticelli out of Avenest Moonlight avec Triodan. Looking good, Pola and Tintin
A Plymouth Cavalier who swallowed a toy train has survived the ordeal after being rushed in for emergency surgery. Cyril got his paws on a Thomas the Tank Engine toy at the family home. Owner Lesley Mellor noticed something was wrong when the nine-year-old stopped eating and started being sick. Lesley from Torpoint rushed him to the Plymouth PDSA Pet Hospital, where x-rays showed the train toy lodged in his belly.He was taken straight to the operating theatre, where PDSA vet David Jones carried out the life-saving surgery. David said: "Whenever a dog swallows a foreign object, there is a very real risk of a blockage in the intestines, which could be fatal. So once we'd x-rayed Cyril we took him straight into theatre to operate. Surgery like this is very risky, because you never know what you might find, or what damage the object might have caused. Once the toy train carriage was removed, Cyril was back on track and recovering. He was well enough to return home the next day
William Secord owns the only gallery in North America devoted exclusively to paintings of dogs. "The William Secord Gallery doesn’t seem like the kind of place where dogs run free. Hardwood floors gleam with polish. The gallery’s three display rooms are filled with ornately framed art, all carefully hung on walls painted the deep, flawless shades of a Grandparent’s parlor. The decor here is quietly and firmly elegant— the kind of place where nervous mothers might pull their children’s hands away from everything in sight. Walking around while waiting, I allow the plush rugs to absorb my careful steps, and I wince whenever a bare floor creeks beneath my feet. I am surrounded by antique tables and sideboards bearing carefully arranged copies of Secord’s two lavish books, Dog Painting, 1840-1940: A Social History and Dog Painting: The European Breed. The world’s leading authority on dogs in fine art is a tall man with slicked back hair and a calm face. He wears a dark suit accentuated by a razor sharp, silver silk tie. He stands with his feet together as he shakes my hand, and I notice he speaks with a cultured and vaguely European accent. I then learn Secord is Canadian. “I grew up on a farm in the eastern part,” He smiles. “With border collies.” I ask if he prohibits real dogs from visiting the gallery, and Secord reacts as though I have just proposed something against the laws of nature. “I can’t have a dog gallery without dogs!” he happily declares. “Everybody brings their dogs here.” He describes how his furry guests are welcomed with dishes of water and special biscuit treats. He tells me all this matter-of-factly. As we enter his office, Secord apologizes for the mess. Spread all over his desk are materials for a new book— another volume on dog art, this one based on the AKC’s collection. We begin our chat and he tells me how he went south for college, heading for Carlton in Minnesota. After graduating with honors in Art History, Secord attended graduate school at New York University. After academia, he worked at the American Museum of Folk Art. While there, he learned from the museum’s director, a dog person, about the American Kennel Club’s plans for a Museum of the Dog. The eminently qualified Secord became the founding director and led the museum through its early years. The AKC, however, decided to move its rapidly growing collection from New York City to a huge, historic home outside St. Louis. Secord wanted to stay in New York and he wanted to open the only gallery in North America solely devoted to fine art depictions of dogs. So, selling paintings from a downtown loft, he tried to raise money for his own exhibition space. Quite successfully. The William Secord Gallery opened in 1990."
Pamela Dennis Hall, Recumbent Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, 2009. Courtesy of William Secord Gallery.
THE FAMILY SILVER
The first formed Cavalier Clubs in the UK such as The CKCS Club and The Scottish Cavalier Club have some impressive Silver trophies that date back to quite early days of the exhibition of Cavaliers. In this day and age it seems that fewer winners want to take the perpetual trophies on offer. Such a shame as they are steeped in History and I feel it is quite an honour to be following in the footsteps of past masters in the breed. Some of these, such as the two shown below are really interesting.
The Pargeter Phyllida Bowl for Best Puppy in Show at the Cavalier Club Championship show presented by Barbara Keswick (Pargeter). Famous names that have won this trophy include Ch Sunninghill Perseus of Loch Fee, Ch White Collar Worker, Ch Pargeter McBounce.
This trophy was obviously one that had been in the Millais family as it is inscribed...."won by G G Millais on Feb 15th 1877 and presented by A J Clarke-Kennedy Magd Coll Cambridge". Intrigued I tried to find out something about G G Millais.
The legendary Amice Pitt (Ttiweh)was born 1897 and was Amice Millais before she married Sydney Hewitt Pitt. Her father, born 1856, was Sir Everett Millais (and he was the first born son of the illustrious pre Raphaelite Artist Sir John Everett Millais.
The second born son, born 1858 (and therefore Uncle to Amice|)was George Gray Millais. It appears he was a student at Cambridge when he contracted typhoid fever that killed him at age 20, two years after sitting for this painting done by his father. No idea what George excelled at to win this trophy.
24th February 2017