Cavaliers as Companions
December 2018 / January 2019
Edited by Dennis & Tina Homes

Cavalier Christmas

At Christmas time many people like to include their pets in the celebrations but there are a few things that you should be aware of. Some people like to give their dog a little bit of the Christmas lunch such as turkey, stuffing, a roast potato or even a piece of Christmas pudding. Unfortunately, these foods are some of the ones that can trigger a food intolerance reaction. It can cause itching and scratching or sickness and diarrhoea. Also remember that a dog can easily choke on cooked chicken and turkey bones. Never give your dog grapes or raisins as these can cause poisoning. Just a handful of grapes have been shown to cause kidney failure. The toxins may be due to a type of mould found on the skin of grapes and raisins.

Be careful that children’s toys are not left lying around, especially if they have small parts that your dog could tear or chew off and choke on. Plastic bags, balloons, tinsel, string, Christmas tree decorations, or any sharp objects can be dangerous if your dog swallows them. And please keep houseplants out of the dog’s reach as many of them are toxic. They include the ones we tend to have around at Christmas time such as poinsettias and mistletoe.

Be careful of all the chocolate lying around at Christmas time. Human chocolate should not be fed to dogs, as it contains a substance called theobromine. This can cause poisoning and even be lethal if consumed by your dog. Plain dark chocolate is even more dangerous, as it has more theobromine than milk chocolate. There have been cases of dogs dying after eating a box of dark chocolates.

Christmas Cavalier


A winter walk can be quite exhilarating, but when the weather gets very cold there are a few precautions that you should take when out walking your dog. Always keep the dog on a lead at all times; he should not be left to run wild. You need to keep the walks fairly short and you should walk fairly quickly as you don’t want to keep them out for too long.

Leave collars and identifying tags on your dog at all times. Your dog could get loose and run off long enough to suffer frostbite or hypothermia. You don’t want your dog lost on a cold winter night or in a winter blizzard. They can get frostbite on their ears just as humans can. You could put a coat on your dogs.

Watch out for road salt and antifreeze while walking your dog in the winter. Check that salt isn’t stuck in their paws. And watch out for ice, you don’t want either of you falling down. Antifreeze, which often collects on driveways and roadways, is an enticement to dogs because it is sweet tasting, but it is highly poisonous. Although it smells and tastes good to your dog, it can be lethal. Rock salt, used to melt ice on roads and pavements, may irritate footpads. Be sure to rinse and dry your dog’s feet after a walk. Wipe their paws and legs well removing all snow and salt. Towel or blow-dry your dog if it gets wet from rain or snow.

Watch for your dog limping or holding up a paw. It may have salt stuck in its paw or its paw may be too cold. Wipe their paws and legs well removing all snow and salt. Towel or blow–dry your dog if it gets wet from rain or snow. It is important to dry and clean its paws as this helps to avoid tiny cuts and cracked pads. A little petroleum jelly may soften the pads and prevent further cracking. Be extra careful when walking or playing with your dog near frozen lakes, rivers or ponds. Your dog could slip or jump in and get seriously injured.

Make sure your own shoes are suitable! This probably goes without saying, but you should make sure that your footwear is suitable for walking on icy streets. Firm footing is a must in the snow regardless, but even more so when youre walking your dog. Should they pull the last thing you want is to fall flat on your behind because your shoes don’t have adequate grip!

While most dogs are hardy creatures and tolerant of cold weather, never keep your dog out for too long when the weather is extreme. Sub-zero temperatures with a wind-chill factor can be as dangerous for dogs as they are for humans. Small dogs especially are prone to frostbite, and remember that frigid air can be damaging to a dog’s lungs.

Cavalier PresentCavalier Presents


For The Love Of DogFor the Love of a Dog
By Amanda Brookfield
Publisher: Head of Zeus Ltd

After the death of her mother and the end of a new relationship leave her heartbroken, novelist Amanda Brookfield finds her once secure world imploding. As despair deepens, she latches onto the idea of getting a puppy just to revive her optimistic spirit.

Aware that her lifestyle will not suit becoming a dog-owner and warned by friends not to give up her freedom, Amanda nonetheless cannot resist Mabel, an eight week old cross breed puppy. Arming herself with an arsenal of equipment, she soon learns that there are no short-cuts to training and caring for a dog. In the daily challenges that ensue, the constant ups and downs, Amanda realises she is starting to come to terms with her bereavement and the prospect of facing the rest of her life alone.

For The Love of a Dog charts the bigger, more poignant story about the labour of emotional recovery after the trauma of loss. Mabel shines like a light throughout, the innocent architect of rebuilding her owner’s shattered self-belief. Mabel’s own journey is equally captivating, as she blossoms into a mischievous, endearing head-turner of a companion – as affectionate as she is glorious.

Cavalier HandbookThe Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Handbook
By Linda Whitwam

Linda Whitwam has written a series of books about dog breeds including the Labrador, Cocker Spaniel, Golden Retriever and Pug. She has just completed The Cavalier King Charles Handbook which is indeed a very comprehensive book. She has done an enormous amount of research in compiling this book by contacting quite a few established breeders both here in the UK and also in the States. She goes into great depth on caring for young puppies, training and exercise, feeding and health matters. This is probably one of the very best books for people who have recently brought a Cavalier into their home and also for potential puppy owners. There is also quite a lot of useful information for established Cavalier owners and is also the ideal book for breeders to recommend to puppy buyers. At the time of writing this page the exact date of publication is not known but it is highly likely to be around 10th December and would make the ideal Christmas present for anyone who loves Cavaliers. It will be available both here and in the States from Amazon.

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Once again Barbara Garnett-Wilson and Roy Wilson have produced yet another superb calendar filled with brilliant artwork from painters of the past to contemporary artists. So beautifully produced that at the end of the year many of these pictures would be well worth framing.
To order please go to their website at where you can also see their fine selection of charming Cavalier note cards.

2019 Calendar


Photo Of The Month
"Who says that Cavaliers are merely lapdogs?"


"Dogs come into our lives to teach us about love, they depart to teach us about loss. A new dog never replaces an old dog. It merely expands the heart."

The season of good will is almost upon us. We expect that most of us are shopping for those ideal gifts. We hope that the season will bring family and friends closer so that we can share our festivities. Christmas is such a time when we all wish for tomorrow to be better than today. We hope that your dreams and expectations will be fulfilled. Here at Leogem we would like to wish all our readers all that you would wish for yourselves.

"We hope that peace, good health and happiness will follow you for Christmas
and the coming New Year."

Dennis and Tina

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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