Wednesday, July 21, 2010


Hopefully the time will never come when any of us NEED this information, but it's always good to know you have the tools to help your pet, if necessary. It's a bit of a weighty topic, but try to fit in a few minutes to watch this informative video. Four minutes could save a life!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

This Week's Puzzle - Rocky and Johnny

This week, we profile too very special dogs, Rocky and Johnny.  Rocky and Johnny are brothers.  This photo was taken shortly after Johnny came to live with Rocky.   Rocky is a totally cool dog and loves agility.  Johnny is a true patriot and was born on the 4th of July!  

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Meet Reese!  Reese was rescued and is currently being fostered by one of the moderators of the Cavalier Corner Message Board.   Reese was born in a puppy mill back in 2009 and sold to a petstore.  The owner went into a Petco asking them to help find a new home for this little guy.  Arizona Cavalier Rescue went to the owner's home to pick up this cute little guy.  He was on the patio of a 2nd floor apartment in 112 degree heat.

Reese is shy at first, but gets along great with other dogs and will give you little kisses once he gets to know you.  He will be in foster care for a few weeks while her learns to enjoy life as indoor dog and to start his housebreaking.

Please check out Reese's profile on Petfinder for more photos and details on Reese and application details for adopting him.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Get a FREE 5-6 Pound Bag of any Natura Pet Food

Here's a deal too good to pass up.  We have to pass it along!

Go to this site and complete the form for a special "high-value coupon".  You'll receive a coupon in the mail for a free 5-6 pound bag of any Nutura product.  This would include Evo, Innova, California Natural and Karma.

Free is good!  Pass it along!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

English Toy Spaniels

From time to time, we post content on English Toy Spaniels, as well as Cavaliers.  Today, we bring yo a little background on English Toy Spaniels or ETs and Charlies as they are also known.  The Cavalier is a close cousin to the Cavalier, so it's some fun and interesting information to know!


As you may know, small spaniels were very popular among nobility in England in the 16th century. They were particularly favored by King Charles II , who is said to have seldom been seen without his dogs. During the reign of William III, the longer-nosed spaniels fell out of fashion and shorter nosed, Asian breeds, such as the pug and chin became popular. During this time, the small "King Charles Spaniels" were bred with pugs, chins and perhaps other breeds to create what is currently known as the English Toy Spaniel (or the "King Charles Spaniel" outside of North America). 

Some background from Wikipedia:
During the 16th century, a small type of spaniel was popular among the nobility in England. The people of the time believed that these dogs could keep fleas away, and some even believed that they could prevent forms of stomach illnesses. These dogs were sometimes called the "Spaniel Gentle" or "Comforter", as ladies taking a carriage ride would take a spaniel on their laps to keep them warm during the winter. Charles I kept a spaniel named Rogue while residing at Carisbrooke Castle, however it is Charles II that this breed is closely associated and it was said of him that "His Majesty was seldom seen without his little dogs". There is a myth that he even issued an edict that no spaniels of this type could be denied entry to any public place.

The King Charles Spaniels of this time resemble those displayed in this illustration:

...During the reign of King William III and Queen Mary II, the long nosed style of spaniel went out of fashion. The Pug was the favoured dog at the time in the Netherlands, and with William's Dutch origin, they became popular in England too. At this time interbreeding may have occurred with the Pug, or other flat nosed breeds, as the King Charles took on some Pug-like characteristics, but in any event the modern King Charles Spaniel emerged.

The dogs of that time are similar to the one displayed here:


They resemble the modern day "English Toy Spaniel". Below is an illustration of the English Toy Spaniel from the turn of the century:

Cavaliers and ETS share a common history until around 1926. At that time, Roswell Eldridge offer a price for the best spaniels of the "old type", as from the time of Charles the II. It is from this contest that we have the Cavalier.

The following Wikipedia article contains a nice, concise summary of the common history and the emergence of the Cavalier (with the exception of referring to the ETS forehead "ugly"). ... es_Spaniel

from the article...
In 1926, American Roswell Eldridge offered a dog show class prize of twenty-five pounds each as a prize for the best male and females of "Blenheim Spaniels of the old type, as shown in pictures of Charles II of England's time, long face, no stop, flat skull, not inclined to be domed, with spot in centre of skull." The breeders of the era were appalled, although several entered what they considered to be sub-par King Charles Spaniels in the competition. Eldridge died before seeing his plan come to fruition, but several breeders believed in what he said and in 1928 the first Cavalier club was formed. The first standard was created, based on a dog named "Ann's Son" owned by Mostyn Walker, and the The Kennel Club recognised the breed as "King Charles Spaniels, Cavalier type".

It is at this time the the two breeds diverge. The English Toy Spaniel is essentially the same dog that developed in the 1600s. Cavaliers were developed from the "King Charles Spaniel" and are the breed we know today. This is one of the reasons why Cavaliers are known as "Cavalier King Charles Spaniels" and it is not really acceptable to refer to them as "King Charles Spaniels". King Charles Spaniels aren't a breed in the United States and represent a different breed outside of North America.

Perhaps all of that is fascinating, but a bit more than you were looking for. :-)

The two breeds look very similar and come in the same color combinations. For English Toy Spaniels "Tris" are known as "Prince Charles" and Black and Tans are known as "King Charles". The same naming is not accurate for Cavaliers.

ETSs are generally a little smaller than Cavaliers, with the breed standard calling for 8 to 14 pounds, vs. 13 to 18 pounds for Cavaliers. ETSs also have dome-shaped heads and have a flatter face. The muzzle is very short and the eyes sit closer to the nose.

Like Cavaliers, ETSs are very affectionate, but are generally a little calmer and a bit quirkier. They are very happy and playful litlte dogs. They are known for their clown-like characteristics. They are also generally more stubborn than Cavaliers.

You can find this complete post, with additional references, on our message board.  We warmly welcome both Cavaliers and English Toy Spaniels to our forum.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Understanding you Cavalier's Test Results

Sometimes the information on your pet's bloodwork can be a bit confusing. One level may be elevated and another low. It can be difficult to understand what it means. The link below below is provided by a Seattle veterinary hospital for their own clients. It contains useful, easy-to understand information to help you understand your pet's diagnosis.

If you click on the File Name (Lab Test), it gives you a lot of other information.

The site is also full of other useful information for your pet's health.  We hope you find this site useful.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Dog Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook

Here's a resource no dog owner should be without!

This book provides accurate, pertinent and up-to-date information on health problems your dog will face. It covers emergencies, parasites, infectious diseases, skin problems, digestive disorders, reproduction, pregnancy, whelping, pediatrics, geriatrics, drugs, medications, etc.  

At the back of the book is an appendix of human over-the-counter medications and the canine dosages.  This book is 600 pages and chock-full of of great, useful information.  You'll find yourself referencing it often!

Monday, July 12, 2010

A Cavalier in the White House

Perhaps you are lucky enough to remember when there was a Cavalier in the White House.  Meet Rex, our First Cavalier!   Rex was the family pet of the Reagans and "served" in the White House from 1985 until 1989.   What a little cutie!


reagans and rex

From Wikepedia:

Rex, along with brother Fred, had belonged as a puppy to conservative commentator William F. Buckley, Jr.. Though Fred remained with Buckley, Buckley's political ally Reagan would give Rex as a Christmas present to his wife Nancy on December 6, 1985. The White House's previous canine occupant, the Reagan's Bouvier des Flandres named Lucky, had proven to be too unruly and had been moved to Reagan's Rancho del Cielo estate in California the preceding Thanksgiving. One of Rex's first acts that week was helping to throw the switch that lit the National Christmas Tree.

Rex would live in the White House from that Christmas until Reagan left office in 1989, once gaining headlines when he underwent a tonsillectomy at an undisclosed veterinary hospital. He was apparently named for Rex Scouten, the White House Chief Usher who retired in 1985. Rex was treated to a lavishly decorated doghouse, which included framed portraits of Ronald and Nancy and red window draperies. It was designed by Theo Hayes, great-great grandson of President Rutherford B. Hayes, and actress Zsa Zsa Gabor reportedly conducted a dedication ceremony for the new structure.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Cavaliers from Mars!

For today's puzzle, we spotlight a pair of gorgeous girls from our board.  Both are puppy mill rescue success stories.  Roxie was a puppy mill mama from a bad puppy mill breeder.  She's now learned what it's like to be loved and a cherish pet.  Little Ruffles is still a pup, but also a rescue from a mill.  Ruffles is is an example of a very rare solid black (or nearly so) Cavalier.  She's all Cavalier and as mischievous and loving as could be.  Ruffles came into rescue at 9 weeks.  Roxie adopted her and they've been inseparable ever since.

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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Animal Poison Control

Do you know what to do if your dog eats a bag or raisins or chocolate bar?   What if a pill drops on the ground and he swallows it?

It's a good idea to keep the number for Animal Poison Control on hand .  There are a few options.  The most well known is the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center.  Please note that all of these services, unless specifically stated otherwise, may charge a fee for their service.  Think of it like a visit to your vet.  If your dog ingested something potentially toxic, you'd run to your vet and there would be a fee for their expertise.  The Animal Poison Control Centers have veterinarians on-duty. The intake person will take your information and consult with a veterinarian on your behalf.   If your pet gets into something at home, you may have limited time to react and you may not be able to get to your vet or an emergency clinic immediately.  Animal Poison Control will advise you whether you need to induce vomiting or if other action is required.   

You may wish to print this page or save the link below to ensure you can react quickly in the event of an emergency.

Poison Control Hotlines
It's always a good idea to post close at hand your veterinarian's number, the number of an emergency clinic, and the number for the Poison Control Center. Before you call, note the time your pet was exposed to the toxin, the type of product ingested, the manufacturer's name and any ingredients you can find listed on packaging.

      ASPCA Ani-Med   1.888.721.9100

      ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center   1.888.426.4435

      National Animal Poison Control Center   1.800.548.2423 
         If you need to speak to a veterinarian there, this service will be billed to a credit card. An alternate
         number is (900) 680-0000. A veterinarian's services on this line will cost a flat fee for the first five
         minutes, and an additional fee per minute for each additional minute. These charges will be billed
         to your phone bill. (Call them for current pricing)
      Kansas State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital    1.785.532.5679
      FREE 24 hours poison control hotline for pet owners and veterinarians. Be patient. The person
         answering the phone may have to take a few minutes to consult the vet on duty. 

      Pet Lover's Helpline   1.900.776.0007

      Tuft University School of Veterinary Medicine   508.839.5395 

Friday, July 9, 2010

Choosing Pet Insurance

A frequently asked question on ours and other forums is whether it makes sense to purchase pet insurance for your Cavalier. That's a personal choice for each pet owner. There are a variety of different plans available on the market. The plans generally involve you paying your vet directly and having your vet submit a claim to the insurance company on your behalf. The exclusion and coverage varies dramatically based on carrier, so you may wish to compare providers to find the plan that best suits your needs and the reason you are seeking pet insurances. 

You may wish to consider:
  • Does the company exclude hereditary conditions?
  • Does the plan cover you rpet for life or just for the 12 month policy? (Will an ongoing condition be considered pre-existing in year 2?).
  • Does the policy have a dollar limit per condition? This could become an issue with choronic, ongoing conditions. This means that over your pet's lifetime the policy will only pay up to a set figure per condition regardless of the total cost of treatment. Should your pet's treatment exceed the limit for that condition the company will simply stop paying claims.
  • Will the company insure my older pet? (Some companies will not insure dogs over a certain age).
The link below contains information and reviews on the major pet insurance companies. By completing the form, you may receive quotes and/or receive email solicitations from a number of companies. If you don't wish to be contacted, it's also just a great resource for investigating your insurance options.

We recommend Pet Plan. Several members of this board have had positive experiences with Pet Plan. They even cover dental cleanings (where extractions are required). This is generally not covered by most pet insurance plans. They cover hereditary conditions and will insure older pets. To receive a quote from Pet Plan, visit


Originally posted in the Cavalier Corner Message Board

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Deal of the Day - Save 25% on Zuka Travel Bowls!!!

Check out these cool travel bowls!  They come in great, stylish terns and are very functional.  You'll want one for for your leash, your car and your dog bag!

The large holds 16 ounces and the small holds 12 ounces. Both come with a carabiner for easy attachment to your leash or belt loop.

Today, we are thrilled to be able to offer our readers a 25% discount for Zuka Bowls!  When you order, just use the code "BARK" to claim your discount!

You'll love them!  Click below to see more great styles and to order your own!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

The Inspiring Story of Bailey the Cavalier

This amazing little girl has a congenital knee defect, but it doens't slow her down. She likes people, kids, other dogs and cats! I ran across this video on Facebook and she is just a delight to watch. she is a perfect Cavalier in every way except her knees. Look at her go! She seems like such a sweet little girl. What an inspiration to live life to the fullest!

She is 7 months old and being fostered by Cavalier Rescue USA in California. ... sa-ca.html

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Tips on Loose Leash Walking

This is a great 3 1/2 minute video on loose leash walking.  It's a great instructional video that can help you to get your dog to walk better on a leash. The focus is on dogs who like to pull ahead, but the same principles would apply in getting your dog to catch up on walks.    

You may also wish to check out the YouTube channel of the trainer in the video.  She has a full series of great videos on training.  

This is the YouTube channel for Emily , also known as "Kikopup".  Emily specializes in positive reinforcement and clicker training.  Emily also has a dog training blog.  We hope you enjoy the video and find it useful!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Jake, Shelby and Micah

Today, we feature three terrific dogs from our message board, Jake, Shelby and Micah.   Micah is a happy, energetic guy and now about 6 months old. According to their mom,  Jake is the boss.  He tells everyone what to do and will bark at you until you obey.  He likes to referee Micah and Shelby's wrestling sessions, with LOTS of noise.  There's just one word for Shelby...sweet.  ...and gentle.  :-)  She is very tolerant of little Micah, even though he torments her.  Micah is a pistol with a capital "P".  He's so funny, outgoing, social, nosy, curious and then totally sweet when he cuddles.   These guys are a super-special trio!

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Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy Independence Day!!!

Cavalier Corner is wishing all our readers in the USA a Happy Independence Day!!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Dealing with the HOT weather!

It's super hot out there. After a few days, it really wears you down. It wears our pups down too! We recommend the Canine Cooler to keep your Cavalier comfortable! On those hot days when they are stretched out on the cool bathroom floor trying to stay cool, they'll especially love this nice cool bed. The bed contains liquid that helps regulate their temperature. It will also help keep them warm on those cold winter nights.

Stay cool!

Click for the best deal we've found on the Canine Cooler.

Rescue of the Week - Sebastian in California

This week, we profile Sebastian, a happy, happy boy being fostered by Cavalier Rescue USA in Long Beach, California.

Sebastian is a delightful, 4 year old tri boy who's a bit on the small side at 15 pounds.  He's a quintessential Cavalier and always happy to have a warm lap.  He's also  reliably housebroken and loves his walks.  There's an extensive bio of Sebastian at the Cavalier Rescue USA website.  He would make a delightful addition to any Cavalier family.  

Click on Sebastian's picture below more details on this gorgeous, happy boy and details on how to submit an application to adopt him.   

Lady from Lucky Star Cavalier Rescue

Friday, July 2, 2010

Merlin's Magical Balls --Have a "Ball" and Help Rescue

Today, we profile a great toy that's for a great cause!  Merlin's Magical Balls  are made in Hawaii and originally designed a a toy for puppy mill rescues.
These special hand made balls were originally created for Rescued Papillons that may have
never had a toy in their entire lives. Often coming from Puppy Mills these shy lil dogs needed a soft small toy that would help them blossom. Each ball is made of soft fleece and stuffed with hypoallergenic batting and a squeaker! Handmade with love in Hawaii these balls are machine wash and dryable. A big favorite of the Rescues and due to popular DEMAND we now offer them for SALE.
They might have originated for puppy mill dogs, but LOTS of dogs, including Cavaliers, love them and they are machine washable.  They are not for heavy chewers though.

Today, we profile these great toys for a great cause.  Yep, they are for Papillon rescue, not for Cavalier rescue, but a good cause is a good cause nonetheless!

You can get a sample pack of 3 balls for jsut $10.00, including postage.  They come in assorted colors and are adorable.  Best of all, you can toss them in the house and not break a thing!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Keeping Your Cavalier Safe this Independence Day

The Fourth of July is a wonderful opportunity to relax with friends and family and appreciate all that our country has to offer.  It's also nice to have some time to spend with our pets.  Often, the celebration includes fireworks, either in your neighborhood or at a public display.  As tempting as it might be, remember that it's best NOT to take your dog with you.   A dog's hearing is farm more sensitive than ours and fireworks are far louder than we might remember.  Even the calmest of dogs can become afraid when confronted with the thunderous sound of fireworks.  If taken to a display, this could cause your dog to become frighten and bolt to attempt to escape the sound.

Even if you have the distant sound of fireworks in your neighborhood, your dog could become anxious.   You may wish to put a few drops of Rescue Remedy (the pet-safe version without alcohol) to help keep them calm naturally.  You may also want to turn on the television or radio to help distract your dog from the lound noises outside.

The ASPCA offers these additional safety tips to keep your pet safe over the holiday weekend. 

Have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend!

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