Cavaliers as Companions
February / March 2020
Edited by Dennis & Tina Homes


Needlework Cavaliers

This absolutely stunning textile artwork was created by Nisa Kiley who is a self-taught textile artist based in the beautiful county of Herefordshire, (quite close to us). Here the majestic countryside provides her with a rich and varied source of inspiration.

Most of her work depicts natural landscapes which are worked in a vast array of colours and textures. She designs and makes unique wall hangings in many styles, incorporating unusual techniques to achieve a pleasing result.

When she was asked to create a piece featuring Cavaliers, she was at first a little unsure of how to approach the subject. Carefully she studied the many photographs that her client had emailed her and concluded that the main focus should be on the large expressive eyes and the wonderful ears that these dogs possess. To give motion and playfulness to the art work she added some falling leaves to the background.

To see more of the wonderful textile wall hanging that she creates go to:

For commissions she can be contacted at:


Back in June 2018 we wrote a piece here in Cavaliers as Companions about dog toys. We thought that we’d mention again some of the hazards as we recently heard of a case where dog had a nasty freak accident with a squeaky ball. The ball broke up and the squeaky metal bit got really embedded in her tongue. She was dreadfully unwell for about four days and required extensive veterinary treatment. Sadly, she lost chunks of her tongue. She eventually made a full recovery and can now eat and drink normally again, however it has sadly left her with a somewhat forked tongue.

Toys are important to dogs. They prevent them from becoming bored when left alone and can stop behavior problems, such as destructive chewing or digging. Most dogs will play with just about anything they can get their paws on, regardless of injury to themselves, so you must be very careful in deciding what items to allow for play, particularly if the play is to be unsupervised. Any toy given to a dog should be appropriate for your dog’s size and strength. There are big dogs who are very gentle and small terriers that will "kill" and tear any toy apart, so it is best to watch how your own dog uses his toys to get an idea of how he interacts with them. For example, some dogs will treasure a soft toy for the rest of its life, carrying it around like a baby, whilst others will pull the stuffing out in ten seconds flat. This often has nothing to do with the breed but rather with the individual personality of the dog.

Generally speaking, any toy with small, detachable parts (such as glass eyes) is unsafe. You can make them safer by removing ribbons, strings, eyes, or other parts that could be chewed or ingested, but if you are unsure it is best to avoid. Even soft toys without small parts can be dangerous if your dog likes to rip and tear as he could ingest the stuffing which might be toxic or cause intestinal blockages.

Another potentially dangerous toy is rawhide chews. These are pieces of cow skin which have been chemically treated, stretched and then dried into a variety of shapes (i.e. knots, sticks, rings). Not only can the rawhide break off into small chunks which can scratch or puncture your dog’s gastrointestinal tract, it can also be a severe choking hazard once it is thoroughly wet, as it becomes a thick, sticky mass that could get stuck in your dog’s throat. Pig’s ears and trotters can also be dangerous: the pressure from chewing often breaks the fourth premolar tooth. Bacteria then work their way up the fractured tooth into the root, resulting in abscess.

Most household items do not make good toys. These include things like socks, shoes, treated wood, cardboard boxes, plastic bottles, etc. Not only does this teach dogs bad habits and the wrong things to chew, some of these materials contain toxic chemicals; others can be easily shredded and swallowed, causing intestinal blockages. Wood and plastic can become lodged in gum tissue, causing painful injuries and infections.

Sticks and twigs can very dangerous – they can easily snap and sharp ends or splinters embed themselves into your dog’s mouth. They can also bounce back when thrown and impale a dog that is running to catch it. Do not play fetch with sticks – use a properly designed rubber dog toy instead.

As far as safe toys go balls make great toys for dogs and most love a game of fetch. Nowadays, pet stores stock a variety of rubber balls, tennis balls and even footballs specially designed for your pet. Kongs are a good dog toy – these are hard rubber chew toys in a variety of shapes, all with a hollow centre which can be stuffed with treats. They keep a dog entertained for hours and have been made to withstand even the toughest chewers and they now come in a range of types. Nylabones can be OK as long as you keep a check that they do not become too worn and are only given to a dog while under supervision. Puzzle toys such as treat balls, are another wonderful source of entertainment for your dog. You fill the hollow centre with dry treats (e.g. dog biscuits) and then your dog has to roll the toy around, with treats falling out at random from strategically placed holes. They can keep a dog occupied for long periods of time alone.

Cotton rope toys, usually twisted and knotted at both ends to make a bone shape, are also popular and generally safe although a poorly made rope toy may not withstand constant tugging and pulling and your dog may swallow a string or two. So it is best that they are used under supervision. As with all toys, always regularly check for wear and tear and replace when necessary.


Should dogs be given garlic? Over the years there has been substantial debate about this. It is true that in general dogs should not be given garlic, onions or shallots in large amounts as it can be highly detrimental to their health. However, in smaller amounts garlic can be quite beneficial to a dog’s overall health. Garlic is high in inulin, amino acids, sulphur, zinc, potassium and phosphorus. It also contains vitamin A, C, calcium, magnesium, manganese, selenium, germanium and B-complex vitamins. It supports beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract and eliminates harmful bacteria. It is also a great aid against flea infestation.

Many years ago we were told by an old dog breeder that the best way to avoid fleas on your dogs was to regularly give them garlic. Being a great sceptic, I thought that this was a bit of an old wife’s tale. However, we decided to try this and we can say with great honesty that we very rarely ever get fleas on our dogs. Garlic doesn’t kill fleas, but it emits an odour on the dogs which we can’t smell but fleas hate it and tend avoid staying or laying eggs on the dog’s coat.

It is not wise to give fresh garlic to a dog as you can easily overdose it. But there are a number of companies that produce garlic tablets purely for dogs. These include Dorwest Garlic Tablets, Dorwest Garlic and Fenugreek, Denes Liquid Garlic for Cats and Dogs and Johnson’s Garlic Tablets for Cats and dogs.


Sunlight Soap

In 1884 Lever & Co first began producing Sunlight soap. In just three years they were making 450 tons of Sunlight soap a week and William Lever purchased a large plot of land on which he built Port Sunlight – a large factory on the banks of the Mersey opposite Liverpool, with a purpose-built village for its workers providing a high standard of housing, amenities and leisure facilities. Sunlight soap soon became extremely popular in Britain. In the early years of the twentieth century a Cavalier was used in adverts and posters for Sunlight Soap as can been seen below.

Sunlight Soap Advert


I’ve always been fascinated by pub signs, particularly old signs. Here are three that feature Cavaliers.

Royal Dog and Duck Pub Sign
This is the sign outside the Royal Dog & Duck in Flamborough, Yorkshire

Dog and Badger Pub Sign
This is the pub sign for the Dog & Badger in Medmenham, Buckinghamshire.
The picture of the Cavalier is copied from the well-known painting by George Stubbs

The King Charles Pub Sign
There are countless pubs throughout the UK called The King Charles and I’m uncertain of the location of this one.
Nevertheless, a very interesting pub sign.

HeartsHappy ValentineHearts

Valentine CardValentine Card

Valentine CardValentine Card

With Valentines Day fast approaching here are some Cavalier Valentine cards we have found


Lost DogLost Dog: A Love Story
By Kate Spicer
Publisher: Ebury Publishing
ISBN: 9781785039195

Kate is a middle-aged woman trying to steer some order into a life that is going off the rails. When she adopts a lurcher called Wolfy, the shabby rescue dog saves her from herself. But when the dog disappears, it is up to Kate to hit the streets of London and find him. Will she save him, as he has saved her – or will she lose everything?

As she trudges endlessly calling his name in the hope she may find him, she runs into other peoples’ lives and finds allies amongst psychics, bloggers and mysterious midnight joggers. Trying to find her dog tests her relationship and her sanity, to its limits – and gets her thinking about her life, and why things have turned out as they have for her. The book is a brilliant, life-affirming memoir about both the myth of modern womanhood, and the enduring mystery of the relationship between human and canine.

The Wisdom of Old DogsThe Wisdom of Old Dogs
By Elli H. Radinger.
Publisher: Mirror Books
ISBN: 9781912624744

A dog is for life, but an old dog’s wisdom is forever! Full of practical advice and uplifting stories this book reveals how dogs can be a constant source of wisdom, comfort and love in their old age. Living with an old dog is both a joy and an adventure unlike any other. This book perfectly encapsulates the wonder and the wisdom older dogs can bring to our lives. From living in the present and enjoying each moment as it comes, to teaching us about patience, enduring love and forgiveness, this book has it all. A must-have for all dog-lovers.

A Dogs PromiseA Dog’s Promise
By Bruce Cameron
Published by Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781529010084

A Dog’s Promise is the heart-warming and uplifting story about one dog who fulfils his promise and helps a family who needs him the most, from W. Bruce Cameron the international number one bestselling author of A Dog’s Purpose. Bailey knows one thing for sure: all dogs who offer unconditional love, just like him, are destined for heaven. But before Bailey can rest in peace, there’s one family in particular that needs his help. A family that is on the verge of breaking apart. Bailey knows that helping this family means he won’t remember his previous lives, and the other families that he’s met and loved, but sometimes making the sacrifice to help those in need is its own reward. Deeply emotional and beautifully told, A Dog’s Purpose will speak to dog lovers all over the world who know that their pets are sent to them for a reason and that their love can heal all wounds.

Pawz and PrayPawz & Pray
By Leila Grandemangend
Published by SunnyVille Publishing
ISBN: 978-0-9975658-2-9

We are avid book collectors. In fact we have around 160 books just on dogs alone! We often find that with many books, particularly novels, once we have read them they are placed in one of our book racks and they tend to stay there. Reference books, such as books on gardening or travel, we may occasionally take out of the rack and check up on something. However, occasionally we find a book that is never put away and finds a permanent place either on the coffee table or on the desk, or even there on the bedside table. Pawz and Pray is most certainly one of these books that you never want to put away.

The first edition of Pawz & Pray was published back in 2014 to great acclaim from so many people. This latest revised and updated edition is an absolute marvel, with so many heart-warming stories and devotionals that are so uplifting that you find it so hard to put the book down. The sub title of the book is ‘Finding Joy in the Journey with God, Family and Furry Friends’, and with 130 short stories Leila Grandemange takes you on a journey through many situations that may at first appear dark and confused but are soon filled with hope and light when you embrace the love of God. Dogs have often been like angels to Leila and the antics of her beloved Cavaliers and her Poodle are used as anecdotes in so many of these stories. Although the stories, scriptures and prayers in the book enable you to focus more deeply to the love of God, the book has lots of humour and amusing tales that many dog owners can identify with.

The book is available from Amazon at:

and further details can be found at:

To see a short trailer for the book on YouTube go to:


A lady with her spaniels by Friedrich August von Kaulbach (1850-1920)

A lady with her spaniels by Friedrich August von Kaulbach (1850-1920)


Frozen in time!

Frozen in time!


"A dog can express more in seconds with his tail than his owner can with his tongue in hours"

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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