Cavaliers as Companions
November / December 2017
Edited by Dennis & Tina Homes

THE ARTWORK OF LISA HOSSLER

Due to us moving house we are only having one main feature this month, but what a feature! We are presenting some of the fabulous Cavalier artwork by Lisa Hossler from the USA who is both a Cavalier owner and an extremely talented artist. As well as painting and pottery sculpture she also specializes in stained glass artwork. We asked her about both her artwork and how she became involved with Cavaliers and here is what she said:

"In first grade when asked what I wanted to be when I grew up I answered "an artist on horseback." After all, this wrapped up both my loves – Animals and Art – in one package. Throughout my childhood we had every imaginable pet: newt, fish, turtle, parakeet, mouse, gerbil, hamster, guinea pig, rabbit, cats, dogs and even a horse!

Art continued to be my favourite subject in school and it was my major in high school and college. I met my husband in high school and around the same time I fell in love with what I thought was the most beautiful dog in the world – the Samoyed! I asked my parents if we could get one but by this point in their lives they were pretty much done with all the pets and told me to wait until I left home. After I graduated from college I married my high school sweetheart and the day after our wedding day I picked up our first Samoyed, G’Jisas Negweh, a name suggested from a Native American woman I was working with, which translated to great white bear of the sky.

In the art field, I worked as a Graphic Designer and as an Art Director in advertising. It wasn’t long before I wanted another Samoyed, but this time I did my research and looked for a serious breeder with beautiful healthy dogs and met Sue Dye (Nerak), who pointed me in the direction of a litter with a puppy available. When I bought G’Jisas Jeeya, I was told she had promise as a show dog and I was given a contract to sign where I agreed to show her. I signed up for handling classes, started showing her, and after her first Best of Breed I caught the show bug. Samoyeds were our only breed for 18 years and we showed and finished many American and Canadian Champions from the bred by classes, with a few specialty wins, like the time I took a 5 pt. major with a 9 month old puppy I bred who competed against top wining Samoyeds with professional handlers on them.

We were also involved in obedience, therapy work, rescue and sledding. My father-in-law, William Hossler, who is an AKC and UKC judge now, came along with me in the early days to help me show dogs and he eventually caught the show bug too and started showing a lot of dogs for other people. Because he would come home with dog show magazines, my mother-in-law discovered a beautiful Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy in one of the magazines. He ended up buying her a Cavalier puppy from Jean Tremblay (Halfmoon) of Canada to keep her company while he was away showing dogs.

Eventually my young children both fell in love with our first Cavalier, Heavenly’s Angelena, a Tricolour out of my in-laws second litter. My son promised his Grandfather that if we got Angie, he would show her and as a 10 year old he ended up taking a Best of Breed with Angie when she was only 14 months old. My daughter, who is 4 years younger, also got involved with Junior Handling and when she was only 10 years old she made it into the top 15 Juniors showing Cavaliers. Brenda Rath (Breven) was my mentor showing Cavaliers in the AKC when I was new to the breed. Her studs provided me with the dogs I have today. More recently, while searching for a whole colour breeder, Katherine Kates (Darane) encouraged me to join the original club, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club, USA and now I am a member of that as well as the Cavaliers of the Northeast Club and I am a member of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club of Northeastern New York. Cavaliers have been our only breed for almost 12 years now and I am proud to be recognized as an AKC Breeder of Merit. Currently I have two spayed Cavaliers; Shelby, an 8 year Tricolour, and Sasha, a 7 year old Blenheim, but I am searching for my next show dog, a whole colour, who will accompany me to dog shows where I will combine showing with selling my Cavalier artwork.

My days of working for advertising agencies are over. I went back to college and got my Master’s Degree in Education when my children were young and for the past 12 years I have been teaching Art in my local community at our public middle school with children ages 11–14. Teaching Art allows me to share what I grew up loving to do in school and affords me a lot of family time, which of course includes time with the dogs and time to create my own art.

Recently I was encouraged again by Kathy Kates to bring my art to shows and sell it. I embarked on my first adventure into selling my art this past Summer. Over the Summer I created 20 pieces of Cavalier themed artwork and took them to the Cavalier Specialty Show in Sturbridge, MA, where I sold half of the artwork I had created. Not a bad beginning. When I returned home from the dog show I reluctantly joined Facebook after much encouragement from those I met at the show. I had really been avoiding Facebook because as a teacher I didn’t want to put my personal life out there. So I opened a Facebook account with my kennel name, Heavenly Cavaliers, and invited new friends to my business page, Heavenly Cavaliers Artwork. Facebook is how Dennis found me and why you are reading this article, so that’s pretty cool!"

Lisa at a dog show with her Black and Tan Sophie
Lisa at a dog show with her Black and Tan Sophie

Below are just a few examples of Lisa’s artwork

Preston Butterfly Acrylic
Preston Butterfly Acrylic
Yarn painting
Yarn painting
   
Black and Tan Puppy
Black and Tan Puppy
Cavaliers around a bonfire candle
Cavaliers around a bonfire candle
   
Cavalier Bobble-head
Cavalier Bobble-head
Recycled Flip Flop Shoe
Recycled Flip Flop Shoe
   
Clay vase with handles and lid
Clay vase with handles and lid
   
Clay dog head bowl
Clay dog head bowl
Tricolour side of bowl
Tricolour side of bowl
   
Cavalier tessellation
Cavalier tessellation
   
Assorted fragments of coloured glass
Assorted fragments of coloured glass in Lisa’s studio from which she makes some outstanding stained glass pictures as seen below.
   








You can see more of Lisa’s Cavalier artwork on her website www.heavenlycavaliers.org
   

PHOTO OF THE MONTH

I guess this is yet another bad hair day!
"Waltz or a Foxtrot?"


THOUGHT FOR THE MONTH

"If it were not for the honest faces of dogs, we should forget the very existence of honesty."
– Queen Victoria



For further online Cavalier news and stories don’t forget to read the regular Chatterbox page at www.cavaliers.co.uk and for some truly inspirational articles log on to the Pawz and Pray page at pawzandpray.com


QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

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