March 29th, 2013

mojosbabbles:

Please read and share, lets help stop puppy farming now!

Thank god this little guy went to a loving couple xx

August 4th, 2012

The full moon rises through the Olympic Rings, hanging beneath Tower Bridge, during the London 2012 Olympic Games - August 3, 2012.

The full moon rises through the Olympic Rings, hanging beneath Tower Bridge, during the London 2012 Olympic Games - August 3, 2012.

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June 24th, 2012
Merlot & Macey love Lady & The Tramp! x

Merlot & Macey love Lady & The Tramp! x

May 19th, 2012

Why Own A Cavvie?

Why own a Cavvie? 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 Cavvie is no trouble, and two are so funny.

The third one is easy, the fourth one’s a honey.

The fifth one delightful, the sixth one’s a breeze,

You find you can live with a house full with ease.

So how ‘bout another? Would you really dare?

They’re really quite easy but oh, Lord the hair!

With Cavs on the sofa and Cavs on the bed,

And crates in the kitchen, it’s no bother you’ve said.

They’re really no trouble, their manners are great.

What’s just one more Cav and just one more crate?

The sofa is hairy, the windows are crusty,

The floor is all footprints, the furniture dusty.

The housekeeping suffers, but what do you care?

Who minds a few noseprints 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 all live the same way.

Your lawn has now died, and your shrubs are dead too,

But your weekends are busy, you’re off with your crew.

There’s dog food and vitamins, training and shots.

And entries and travel and motels which cost lots.

Is it worth it, you wonder? Are you caught in a trap?

Then that favourite dog comes and climbs in your lap.

His look says you’re special and you know that you will

Keep all of the critters in spite of the bill.

Some are for showing and sometimes to breed.

But all are for loving, they all fill a need.

But winter’s a hassle, the dogs hate it too.

But they must have their walks though they’re numb and you’re blue.

Late evening is awful, you scream and you shout

At the Cavs on the sofa who refuse to go out.

The Cavs and the dog shows, the travel, the thrills,

The work and the worry, the pressure, the bills.

The whole thing seems worth it, the Cavs are your life.

They’re charming and funny and offset the strife.

Your life-style has changed.

Things won’t be the same.

Yes, those Cavs are addictive and so is the dog game!!Sky Blue Cavaliers

May 15th, 2012

mojosphotography:

My submission to this amazing project :-D

May 7th, 2012

Calling ALL Cavaliers to unite ask your owners/people to give 100% participation & pass this info on to others. I encourage all breeders to not only cheek swab their dogs they own, but to contact all of their pet owners in asking them to do the same. 
Doctors who see Cavaliers for these health issues to pass this info on to owners. I think we can form a village to help move this mountain by giving support in getting these …cheek swabs done. Please read how you can help.
There is a group of researchers who are investigating the genetics behind Cavalier health issues. We are asking for your help and support at no cost to you. Post this to your FB, I have on Jill Scan. I condensed the info into a doc below. 
The group is Van Andel Research Institute in Michigan and they are working on Cavalier genetics for SM, MVD, and early hearing loss. They were working on only hearing loss in the Cavalier, but have expanded their efforts to included SM, MVD & early hearing loss.
They are a non-profit and the tests (cheek swabs) they need to do the research are free. 
This is a call out to ALL owners of a Cavalier to rise to the occasion to support this research. This is vesting just a wee bit of time to protect preserve the love this breed gives so freely to us. Please read below as to how you can help and FAQ. 

1-1st is to E-mail to Linda see #11 below to get swabs for your dog(s) AND send this on to any others for them to participate. 

2- You will also be automatically added to their database and get updates on how things are progressing. 
If/when they locate the genes controlling these diseases you will automatically be sent the results for your dog(s). 
(This can directly benefit one’s breeding program and the future of Cavaliers)

3-Your dogs’ identities will be protected. 

4-There are no age limits, as long as the dogs are weaned. 

5-It does not matter where the dog is, in what country, it’s breeding/pedigree, registration etc.

6-They need swabs from a total of 1000 Cavaliers, including ones that have been MRI’d clear, and those that have been MRI’d with SM, as well as bunches of “unknowns” or unscanned dogs. 

7- If your dog is deaf or hard of hearing, make mention of this in your e-ml to let Linda know, she will send you a special kit for those dogs. It’s a different collection for hearing.

8- You will fill out a short questionnaire that will be emailed to them in about the first of September. The questionnaire should take less than 10 minutes for each dog that a swab was sent in on.

9- All individual results are confidential! 

10- A bonus is that everyone that sends in swabs now those dogs their genetic code will be in that database and as results become available for markers could qualify for additional free testing, and results prior to the final publishing of the marker.

11- E-ml Linda lynwoodstudio@yahoo.com and request the quantity of swabs needed for your Cavaliers. Be sure to include your name, email, mailing address along with the quantity of swabs needed. 

12- Be sure to include on each dog’s cheek swab as to how this dog fits into the goals outlined below, include identification of that dog name & registration # DOB owner’s name written on the label for each cheek swab. More info is better than not enough. The reason is if the research team has any question they know which DNA they are needing more information on and also will help them to know at a glance what group this dog’s DNA fits into as to the parameters they are looking for to compare in trying to find the genetic mutation. 

There are already participants from Canada, Australia, Alaska, and I believe England. The more the better to get as much diversity & get the #’s for the genetic profiling they need below. This group is well versed in canine genetics and has discovered the genetic links for diseases in other breeds of dogs. 

Some further info on this research team from Linda: 
All Clumber spaniels breeders bank DNA for research with them. A Clumber breeder/judge at the CKCS national took enough swabs back to Alaska for Cavalier owners because of Van Andels great help in Clumbers. I spoke with this Clumber person who impressed upon me their work. She did not expound on specifics but said that Van Andel’s research saved her breeding program!! Talk about a passionate believer! This is even more motivation for us to make sure we get our Cavaliers into their research. The more I learn of this research group, the more I am so impressed! 

Linda is a volunteer contact person for cavaliers and not affiliated with Van Andel nor has any interest other than is a CKCS breeder that knows this needs to be done
Again, I can not thank you enough. We have nothing to lose and everything to gain. The plus side is that we, as the participants could gain valuable genetic information free of charge and it is confidential! 
Goal: 
1,000 general population cavalier swabs across the US 

100 early onset hearing loss

100 MVD clear 

100 with MVD 

100 MRI cleared of SM

100 symptomatic of SM

Fully Weaned puppies to geriatrics. As you see, all cavaliers qualify! There is simply no reason to not do this.

If your dog is deaf or hard of hearing, let Linda know and she will send you a special kit for those dogs. It’s a different collection.

With all my heartfelt thanks, for doing a good thing for the dogs & their future, 
Linda Baird Lynwood Cavaliers

Please email Linda at lynwoodstudio@yahoo.com and request the swabs for any Cavaliers you have see #11 above for the info needed to include. 
It’s a chance to get some real data about these awful conditions. For anyone who has lost a loved dog to one of these conditions this is a way to remember them, to try to help the dogs now and in the future.


Please reblog xxx

May 2nd, 2012
It is with great sadness that I have to tell you that Gizzy went to the Rainbow Bridge last Friday morning. The medication used to treat her severe SM had damaged her kidneys beyond repair. She had only just celebrated her 6th birthday. 
Although Gizzy is no longer suffering, we are very upset and are feeling the hole left in our lives where she was.
Luckily the remaining Sky Blue Cavaliers (Jessica, Alfie, Merlot & Macey) are keeping us busy and helping us smile xx

Gizzy 16/04/2006 - 27/04/2012

It is with great sadness that I have to tell you that Gizzy went to the Rainbow Bridge last Friday morning. The medication used to treat her severe SM had damaged her kidneys beyond repair. She had only just celebrated her 6th birthday. 

Although Gizzy is no longer suffering, we are very upset and are feeling the hole left in our lives where she was.

Luckily the remaining Sky Blue Cavaliers (Jessica, Alfie, Merlot & Macey) are keeping us busy and helping us smile xx

Gizzy 16/04/2006 - 27/04/2012

Valuable advice x

April 14th, 2012

Introducing the 2 newest recruits to the Sky Blue Cavaliers!

Macey was born on the 20/2/2012 and came home last night.

Merlot was born on the 3/1/2012 who is Jessica’s son x

December 8th, 2011

I rescued a human today.

Her eyes met mine as she walked down the corridor peering apprehensively into the kennels. I felt her need instantly and knew I had to help her. I wagged my tail, not too exuberantly, so she wouldn’t be afraid.

As she stopped at my kennel I blocked her view from a little accident I had in the back of m y cage. I didn’t want her to know that I hadn’t been walked today. Som………etimes the shelter keepers get too busy and I didn’t want her to think poorly of them.

… As she read my kennel card I hoped that she wouldn’t feel sad about my past. I only have the future to look forward to and want to make a difference in someone’s life. She got down on her knees and made little kissy sounds at me.

I shoved my shoulder and side of my head up against the bars to comfort her.

Gentle fingertips caressed my neck; she was desperate for companionship. A tear fell down her cheek and I raised my paw to assure her that all would be well.

Soon my kennel door opened and her smile was so bright that I instantly jumped into her arms. I would promise to keep her safe. I would promise to always be by her side. I would promise to do everything I could to see that radiant smile and sparkle in her eyes. I was so fortunate that she came down my corridor. So many more are out there who haven’t walked the corridors. So many more to be saved. At least I could save one.

I rescued a human today.