Feeling a Little Cavalier

Our friends are well aware of how crazy we are about our dogs.  And when I say crazy, I mean off-the-wall mad.  There are times when Hubby even feels that he ranks below the dogs on the totem pole (what he doesn’t know, and hopefully you will remain mum, is that he is even below the goldfish).  We love to snuggle, cuddle and dote on our dogs.  We take them everywhere with us as long as they can fit in the car (Pixie, the young female, has surpassed the weight restriction on commercial airlines).  So I have wanted to write a post, a little ode to our dogs, Gigi, Pixie Mae and Charlie, our dear Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.

Our first Cavalier was sweet Gigi, who was a gift for my 30th birthday.  She was loyal, loving, and very, very spoiled.

Gigi Pie
When we brought home our 1st child, Gigi would not leave her side for any reason…well, maybe to eat

When it comes to Cavaliers, one is not enough.  So after the birth of our 3rd child, we adopted Sir Charles III, or Charlie, lovingly know as le chasseur des lapins (chaser of bunny rabbits).

Hubby with Gigi (left) and Charlie (right)

We had 10 wonderful years with Gigi, who left us for doggie heaven in May of 2010.  She died just 5 days before Hubby’s birthday, and all he wanted was another Cavalier. Along came our (then) little Pixie Mae.

Charlie didn’t know what to make of Pixie at first, but he warmed up pretty quickly.

At first, he wasn’t wild about sharing his bed (“Mom, please get this interloper out”)

We have made a mission out of converting people to Cavaliers.  When my brother and his wife became empty-nesters, we gifted them with a Cavalier to fill the void (my hermano was not thrilled to start off, but he soon came around…).

Hubby, Charlie, a fabulous niece of mine, with the newly arrived Clover

How did he come around, you ask?  You just have to experience the wonderful qualities of Cavaliers.  They are the most easy going dogs.  They enjoy the daily walk, but don’t obsess over them.  They are just as happy hanging out in bed with you when you are sick.

From climbing Montecito Peak in Santa Barbara…
to the red rocks of Sedona (watch out for those red paws!)…
…to hanging out when I am sick.  (“Mom, can I please have the Kleenex when you are done with it?”)

They love to travel, play barbies and dressing up.

In the Texas Hill Country
Poolside with My Little Pony
Pumpkin and Sweet Pea

My only word of warning…do not get a Cavalier if you are not ok with having dogs on the furniture.  They enjoy the finer things in life.

Via the Waterlogue iPhone app…super cool if you don’t already have it
The weather has broken here in AZ and I am going to spend the day outdoors…Happy Fall!
xo M
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Nina Pham, the nurse being treated for the Ebola virus, and her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Bentley.
All photos by Marci Symington for texaztaste.blogspot.com

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