Cavaliers as Companions
August / September 2018
Edited by Dennis & Tina Homes

Lady Hamilton

This painting of Lady Emma Hamilton with her pet Cavalier was painted by George Romney (1734 – 1802). She lived quite a notorious life being the mistress to a number of high society gentlemen. She was famously in a ménage à trois relationship for ten years with Lord Horatio Nelson and her husband Sir William Hamilton.


Summer is a wonderful time to go on long country walks with your dog, (provided that the weather is not too hot!) but it is most important to be aware of the problem of grass seeds. They can so easily get into a dog’s ear and cause serious problems. Once inside the ear it usually means a veterinary operation to remove them. The symptoms of this are for the dog to hold its head at an angle, with intermittent head shaking, and scratching furiously at the affected ear. Unfortunately, the seed hardly ever surfaces but only works its way further down into the orifice. This will of course require a visit to the Veterinary Surgery for treatment, and this usually ends in anaesthetizing the patient. As soon as you return from a walk do check their ears and coat for seeds and burs. Make sure that the ears are thoroughly combed through, both on the outer and inner side of the ear flap. Always check around the ear aperture.

Feet, pads and the fleshy webbing between the toes are the other areas that seeds seem to find their way, by burrowing into the skin. These foreign bodies will create swellings, and very often the entrance sites will become infected and full of pus. It is not unheard, that in some cases these seeds can travel great distances inside the animal, and end up in the internal organs, with sometimes fatal consequences. Seeds have been known to go beyond the ear and into the brain.

These seeds are often those which are of the variety of perennial grasses which dry out and look like barley heads. Small sections break off, and because the barbs are backward facing, the seeds travel only one way, they act like an arrow and they are difficult to remove. It is so important to try to keep your dog away from long grasses, but if they should stray, do make sure that you very keenly inspect your dog after each and every walk. Check the feet and pads, under the ear flaps and check the ears. Don’t forget the armpits and groin area. The skin is rather fine here and very prone to sharp grasses.



Fashionista Cavaliers is a new book by Mary Colburn-Green which has just been published. In our December 2017/January 2018 Cavaliers as Companions we reviewed her previous book "Cavaliers and Friends – My Two Favorite Things" and this new book is her follow up. It’s a most delightful coffee table book with 184 pages full of wonderful colour photographs of Cavaliers in all manner of dress such as those featured below.

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Fashionistra Cavaliers

Books can be ordered from the following distributors:
(UK) Jodie Price:
(USA) Bonnie Rousseau:
(Canada) Sylvie Duguay:
(Europe) Mary Colburn-Green:
(Australia) Nicole Celaban:


On 18th August 2018 a Cavalier Sports Day is being held at the Dobermann Club Showground, Hertford Road, Digswell, Herts AL6 0BU between 10.00am until 4.00pm. This is probably the very first Cavalier Sports Day and for those of you who are not going to the Cavalier Club’’s Open Show held on that day this may well be a very interesting event. There will be Obedience, Rally, Scent Work, Agility and Heelwork to Music. All Cavalier owners and their dogs are most welcome to try out these sports. There will be three training sessions held during the day. The cost is £6 per session for members of the Companion Cavalier Club and £8 for non-members. You can mix and match your sports and try three different ones during the day (if you and your Cavalier have the stamina!).

For a booking form, contact Kate Hughes Tel: 024 7659 3694 or email at


My life is likely to last 10 – 17 years. Any separation from you is likely to be painful.
Give me time to understand what you want of me.
Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my well-being.
Don’t be angry with me for long and don’t lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainment, but I only have you.
Talk to me. Even if I don’t understand your words, I do understand your voice when speaking to me.
Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it.
Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember that I could hurt you, and yet I choose not to bite you.
Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me, or that I might not understand what it is you want. Perhaps I’m not getting the right food, or any food or water, or I have been in the sun too long, or my heart might be getting old or weak.
Please take care of me when I get old. You will grow old too.
On that sad and difficult last journey, go with me please. Never say that you can’t bear to watch.
Don’t make me face this alone. Everything is easier for me if you are there, because I love you so. Tell me goodbye with your presence, no matter how difficult it is for you, remember, it is worse for me.
Take a moment today to be thankful for your pets who sadly live shorter lives than we humans.
We need to make their lives, as well as our own, a mutual relationship that has no comparison with other relationships. Your dog will not divorce or leave you. You don’t need to wait for Heaven to be surrounded by hope, love and joyfulness. It is here and now on earth and has four legs.


Why own a dog? There’s a danger you know,
You can’t own just one, for the craving will grow.
There’s no doubt they’re addictive, wherein lies the danger.
While living with lots, you’ll grow poorer and stranger.
One dog is no trouble, and two are so funny.
The third one is easy; the fourth one’s a honey.
The fifth one is delightful; the sixth one’s a breeze,
You find you can live with a houseful with ease.
So how about another? Would you really dare?
They’re really quite easy but oh, Lord the hair!
With dogs on the sofa and dogs on the bed,
And crates in the kitchen, it’s no bother you said.
They’re really no trouble their manners are great.
What’s one more dog and just one more crate?
The sofa is hairy; the windows are crusty,
The floor is all footprints, the furniture all dusty.
The housekeeping suffers, but what do you care?
Who minds a few nose prints and a little more hair?
So let’s keep a puppy, you can always find room,
And a little more time for the dust cloth and broom.
There’s hardly a limit to the dogs you can add,
The thought of a cutback sure makes you sad.
Each one is so special, so useful, so funny,
The vet, the food bill grows larger, you owe money,
Your folks never visit; few friends come to stay,
Except other dog folks, who live all the same way.
Your lawn has now died, and your shrubs are dead too,
But your weekends are busy, your off with your crew.


Don’t smell crotches, don’t eat plants.
Don’t steal food or underpants.
Don’t eat my socks, don’t grab my hair. . . .
Don’t eat those peas, don’t touch that bush,
Don’t chew my shoes, what IS this mush?!?
Eat your biscuits, drink your drink,
Get out of the toilet, get out of the sink.
Away from the litter tray, it’s for the cat,
(And must you kiss me after that?!?)
Raising a puppy is not for the lazy,
Those urchins are funny but also quite crazy.
Don’t despair through the toil and strife,
‘Cos after three years you’ll get back your life!
So let’s go for walkies, so you can do your "thing",
And maybe I’ll get back my diamond ring!>


Angel Paws, a Pets as Therapy organization based in Waco, Texas.
"In the September/October Cavaliers as Companions last year we did a feature on Angel Paws, a Pets as Therapy organization based in Waco, Texas. They are registered with Pet Partners, Inc., the national non-profit organization for Animal Assisted Therapy. One of their members is Jean Ann Jones and featured in this photo are both her own dogs plus some of their friends. They obviously love Jean Ann’s sofa! Left to right: Paisley Engelhardt, Jackson Bailey, Libby Engelhardt, Piper, Ella, Presley, Emma and foster-Cavaliers Ashley & Tucker!"


"When I needed a hand, I found your paw"

For further online Cavalier news and stories don’t forget to read some truly inspirational articles by logging on to the Pawz and Pray page at


If you have any questions about owning a Cavalier then click on the envelope to email Dennis and Tina who will only be too pleased to try and help you.

However please remember that we are not Vets or Lawyers so questions on these topics should be addressed to the professionals for advice.

Questions and answers that are of interest to other owners may be published on this page.

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