Cavaliers as Companions
October / November 2018
Edited by Dennis & Tina Homes

Portrait of a Girl with her Dog

"Portrait of a Girl with her Dog" by the Italian artist Pie Francesco Cittadini painted in 1677.

Jane Bowdler (1929 – 2018)

Jane Bowdler

We were so sorry to hear of the passing of Jane Bowdler on 20th September at the age of eighty nine. Jane was the daughter of Amice Pitt who was one of the founders of the breed in the 1920s. Jane owned and showed Ch Daywell Roger who was the very first Cavalier champion and who gained his first challenge certificate while still a puppy at the very first Cavalier championship show in 1946. Over the years she had judged Cavaliers in many countries and also judged the Cavalier Club’s championship in 1980 and Crufts in both 1964 and 2000.

Her great grandfather was Sir John Everett Millais, the pre-raphaelite artist. In 2012 Tate Britain in London held a pre-raphaelite exhibition with many of Millais’ paintings on display and Jane was invited along as a guest. Oddly enough Millais had included toy spaniels of the Cavalier type in two of his paintings. One was called "A Maid Offering a Basket of Fruit to a Cavalier" painted in 1849 and another was a portrait of Dorathea Mary Thorpe with a Ruby and Blenheim spaniel painted in 1882.

Dorathea Mary Thorpe
Dorathea Mary Thorpe

A Maid Offering a Basket of Fruit to a Cavalier
A Maid Offering a Basket of Fruit to a Cavalier


The Companion Cavalier Club held its first Cavalier Sports Day on 18 August at the Doberman Club Showground in Hertfordshire and Kate Hughes sent us her report for the day:

"The venue was ideal and the weather comfortably warm. We had three one and a half hour sessions during the day, introducing the 22 dogs who attended to Obedience, Rally, Agility or Scent work. The trainers were all experienced in introducing people and dogs to their sport, everyone had a lot of fun, and several people left determined to find a local class to carry on with their new sport. At the end of the day, each of the trainers had three rosettes to give to the pupils they felt best deserved them, and everyone went home with a bag of Fish4Dogs and Feelwells goodies.

The clubhouse provided hot and cold drinks and biscuits throughout the day, and getting together with their picnic lunches was an opportunity for participants to catch up with old friends or make new ones. Everyone who attended, and many of those who couldn’t come this year, have asked for a Sports Day again next year, so look out for information and a date – all Cavaliers and their owners are welcome."

Learning Agility
Learning Agility
Presenting Trainer&rs Special rosettes
Presenting Trainer’s Special rosettes at the end of the Sports Day – on the right is Obedience trainer Eleanor Hogan.
Competitors and organizers
Competitors and organizers of the Cavalier Sports Day.


Many people think that seven years of a dog’s life is the equivalent to one year in human terms. This is not really true. Although average longevity varies from breed to breed below is the average comparison of dog years to human years.

  Dog’s Age   Human’s Age  
  2 months;   14 months  
  3 months   3 years  
  6 months   5 years  
  8 months   9 years  
  12 months   14 years  
  18 months   20years  
  2 years   24 years  
  3 years   30 years  
  4 years   36 years  
  5 years   40 years  
  6 years   42 years  
  7 years   49 years  
  8 years   56 years  
  9 years   63 years  
  10 years   65 years  
  11 years   71 years  
  12 years   75 years  
  13 years   80 years  
  14 years   84 years  
  15 years   87 years  
  16 years   89 years  
  17 years   95 years  


Ice Cream Stall
Italy is renowned for having the best ice cream in the world, but around Lake Garda there are places that not only sell great flavoured gelato for humans but also ice cream for dogs!


Canine ConfidentialCanine Confidential
By Marc Bekoff
Publisher: Chicago University Press
ISBN–13 9780226433035

For all the love and attention we give dogs, much of what they do remains mysterious. Just think about different behaviours you see at a dog park. We have a good understanding of what it means when dogs wag their tails, but what about when they sniff and roll on a stinky spot? Why do they play tug-of-war with one dog, while showing their bellies to another? Why are some dogs shy, while others are bold? What goes on in dogs’ heads and hearts? And how much can we know and understand?

Canine Confidential has the answers. Written by award-winning scientist and lifelong dog lover Marc Bekoff, it not only brilliantly opens up the world of dog behaviour, but also helps us understand how we can make our dogs’ lives the best they can possibly be. Rooted in the most up-to-date science on cognition and emotional fields that have exploded in recent years. Canine Confidential is a wonderfully accessible treasure trove of new information and myth-busting. Peeing, we learn, isn’t always marking; grass-eating isn’t always an attempt to trigger vomiting. There’s still much we don’t know, but at the core of the book is the certainty that dogs do have deep emotional lives, and that as their companions we must try to make those lives as rich and fulfilling as possible. It’s also clear that we must look at dogs as unique individuals and refrain from talking about "the dog".


Photo Of The Month
"Fancy meeting you here!"


"Fall in love with a dog, and in many ways you enter a new orbit, a universe that features not just new colours but new rituals, new rules, a new way of experiencing attachment."
Caroline Knapp

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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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