suz commented that they should make doggie boots for wet, muddy days. well, suz, they do!!! they actually make rain boots, cowboy boots, tennis shoes, mary janes, saddle-oxfords, etc... i had thought about getting her a set because they are precious but decided that she probably wouldn't want to wear them (and they are relatively expensive... (like about the same price as a nice pair of human shoes, ha!!!)).
now, if katherine were still this age, i might not be able to resist:)
bren was surprised that i gave maggie a bath after our walk. mag gets a bath about once every 2 weeks (and a puppy-cut once a month) and has since she was 6 weeks old. thus, i don't normally bathe her after going for a walk:) however, when we returned from that particular walk, she was wet, filthy, and smelled. so, as soon as we walked into the house, she received not one but two baths... as she sleeps (every night) on her HALF of the bed... between john and me:/
you may recall this story.
(her half in the middle;)
heidi asked what kind of spaniel maggie is. heidi, maggie is a cavalier king charles spaniel (aka "ROYAL LAPDOG"). cavaliers come in four accepted varieties: blenheim (white and red), ruby (solid red), tri (white, tan and black), and black and tan (maggie).
further, the ckcs's are very intelligent (like ocd intelligent), playful, and most of all DEVOTED!!! they aren't dogs that can be left alone for very long periods of time because for over 400 years they have been bred to be lap dogs and companions. for this reason, cavs require the same amount of attention that a small child does. although highly intelligent, they are not street-wise at all!!! most breeders will not even sell one of their pups unless the buyer has a fenced in yard.
(with maggie, a fence/leash is a MUST!!!)
molly, a fellow cavalier owner, wondered (after making a comment about maggie's nose being to the ground while she was walking me in the clip i uploaded) if cavs are used for anything (e.g. police dogs, etc...).
i'm not really sure, molly. cavs do have a keen sense of smell; but, lol, the officer would have to peal his pooch off his lap to get her to go to work, no???
i don't know if you know this or not. king charles I (obviously) loved this breed; he had a pack that were always with him whether in the castle or on a hunt (during his reign the cav was the only dog allowed to go on hunts because of its "toy" size.)
additionally, king charles I had many women (besides his wife, i know, imagine that???). each of his women including his wife was provided with a cav. the cavs provided these women (respectively) with endearing companionship, warmth, and (most importantly) the cavs kept the fleas off the king's women, which was VERY important at that time due to the spread of the BUBONIC PLAGUE by fleas!!!
and too, king charles I's children had several of the small spaniels for play.
lastly, king charles I's son (king charles II) was so fond of the breed that he declared that the cavs would be allowed in all public places:)
i'd like to share one last thing about maggie. maggie was/is indirectly given to me by my mosses, which makes her all the more special and beloved. i adore keeping this little part of him close: so, she is almost always by my side:) according to john, when i am away from the house, she mourns (for lack of a better word) my absence... with real tears!!! it is so bad (on her part) that when john and i went out to dinner a couple of weeks ago, she was so excited when i returned that she hyperventilated.
john??? he just shook his head:b
we are just a wee bit co-dependent, i would say:D
love and God's blessings,