Cavaliers as Companions
December 2017 / January 2018
Edited by Dennis & Tina Homes

NEW CAVALIER BOOK

Cavaliers and Friends

"Cavaliers and Friends – My Two Favorite Things" by Mary Colburn-Green is a fabulous new Cavalier book unlike any other book on the breed and is one that will be an ideal Christmas present for any Cavalier lover. The book starts as a personal journey on why Mary became passionate about the breed and decided to devote the remainder of her life to helping Cavalier rescues and breeding healthy Cavaliers. The chapters include beautiful photographs of Precious Puppies; Cavaliers and Kids; Rescue Cavaliers (with touching personal stories); Sporty Cavaliers; Show Cavaliers; Regal; Funny Posers; and Golden Oldies. This book is filled with a vast array of beautiful photographs from her Cavalier owning friends. She will be donating half the proceeds of the book to some Cavalier Rescue organisations. The book is 144-pages of colourful delight. For details on how to order please go to
http://blue-dragon-publishing.com/books/cavaliers-and-friends-my-two-favorite-things/


BEAUTIFULL CALENDAR FOR 2018

 2018 Calendar

Once again Roy Wilson and Barbara Garnett-Wilson have published another superb Cavalier calendar featuring some beautiful artistic masterpieces from the 19th century to the modern day. For the past five years Dog Writers Association of America have been awarding their calendars the prestigious Maxwell Medallion for "Best Calendar of the Year". The 2018 calendar is meticulously designed and lovingly created helpmate and is a work of art any Cavalier lover will relish every day of the New Year. The beauty and appeal of this award-winning 12" x 24" calendar are sure to delight both the art lover and the Cavalier enthusiast. Here are examples of the January and September paintings.

Sample PageSample Page

For details on how to obtain a copy please go to: www.laughingcavaliers.com/wp/calendars/

Christmas Decoration
CHRISTMAS COOKIES FOR DOGS

If you are thinking about giving your dog a treat this Christmas, here is the perfect gift! Fill his Christmas stocking with homemade Christmas cookies for dogs.

INGREDIENTS – You will need the following ingredients to make the dog Christmas cookies: 1/2 cup cornmeal (which is sometimes marketed as maize flour or polenta), 6 tablespoons vegetable oil, 2/3 cup water or broth (chicken, beef or even OXO gravy), 2 cups of whole wheat flour, and red or green food colouring (optional).

MIX THE INGREDIENTS – Mix the cornmeal and the whole wheat flour then add the oil and water (or broth). You can also add some food colouring if you want red or green bones (you can split the dough and make both colours). Mix the mush with your hands. If it’s too wet, add some more flour. If it’s too dry, add a bit more water (or broth). Do not be overly concerned about getting it just right. As long as you can roll it out then that’s fine.

CUT AND BAKE THE DOG CHRISTMAS COOKIES – Roll out the dough with a rolling pin on a floured board then cut into shapes. These could be holly shapes or Christmas tree shapes or whatever takes your fancy. Place them on a baking tray lined with wax paper and bake at 180 degrees C (350 degrees F) or gas mark 4 for about 30 to 35 minutes (over cooked is better than undercooked). Remove from the oven and let cool. Store in plastic bags and give to dogs for Christmas!

Holly Decoration
THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

On the first day of Christmas my puppy gave to me
The fairy that was on the Christmas tree.

On the second day of Christmas my puppy gave to me
Two broken Christmas lights
And the fairy that was on the Christmas tree.

On the third day of Christmas my puppy gave to me
Three punctured ornaments
Two broken Christmas lights
And the fairy that was on the Christmas tree.

On the fourth day of Christmas my puppy gave to me
Four crunched up window candles
Three punctured ornaments
Two broken Christmas lights
And the fairy that was on the Christmas tree.

On the fifth day of Christmas my puppy gave to me
Five chewed-up stockings
Four crunched up window candles
Three punctured ornaments
Two broken Christmas lights
And the fairy that was on the Christmas tree.

On the sixth day of Christmas my puppy gave to me
Six yards of soggy ribbon
Five chewed-up stockings
Four crunched up window candles
Three punctured ornaments
Two broken Christmas lights
And the fairy that was on the Christmas tree.

On the seventh day of Christmas my puppy gave to me
Seven scraps of wrapping paper
Six yards of soggy ribbon
Five chewed-up stockings
Four crunched up window candles
Three punctured ornaments
Two broken Christmas lights
And the fairy that was on the Christmas tree.

On the eighth day of Christmas my puppy gave to me
Eight tiny reindeer fragments
Seven scraps of wrapping paper
Six yards of soggy ribbon
Five chewed-up stockings
Four crunched up window candles
Three punctured ornaments
Two broken Christmas lights
And the fairy that was on the Christmas tree.

On the ninth day of Christmas my puppy gave to me
My wreath in nine pieces
Eight tiny reindeer fragments
Seven scraps of wrapping paper
Six yards of soggy ribbon
Five chewed-up stockings
Four crunched up window candles
Three punctured ornaments
Two broken Christmas lights
And the fairy that was on the Christmas tree.

On the tenth day of Christmas my puppy gave to me
Ten Christmas cards I should have sent
My wreath in nine pieces
Eight tiny reindeer fragments
Seven scraps of wrapping paper
Six yards of soggy ribbon
Five chewed-up stockings
Four crunched up window candles
Three punctured ornaments
Two broken Christmas lights
And the fairy that was on the Christmas tree.

On the eleventh day of Christmas my puppy gave to me
Eleven unwrapped presents
Ten Christmas cards I should have sent
My wreath in nine pieces
Eight tiny reindeer fragments
Seven scraps of wrapping paper
Six yards of soggy ribbon
Five chewed-up stockings
Four crunched up window candles
Three punctured ornaments
Two broken Christmas lights
And the fairy that was on the Christmas tree.

On the twelfth day of Christmas my puppy gave to me
A dozen puppy kisses And I forgot about the other eleven days.
Author Unknown

Holly Decoration
SOME CHRISTMAS POEMS
(To get you in the mood for the festive season here are four seasonal poems)

Winter Wonderland
(To be sung to the tune of the same name)

Dog tags ring, are you listenin’?
In the lane snow is glistenin’.
It’s yellow, not white – I’ve been there tonight,
marking up my winter wonderland.

Smell that tree? That’s my fragrance.
It’s a sign for wand’ring vagrants:
"Avoid where I pee, it’s my property!
Marked up as my winter wonderland."

In the meadow Dad will build a snowman,
following the classical design.
Then I’ll lift my leg and let it go, man,
so all the world will know it’s mine-mine-mine!

Straight from me to the fencepost,
flows my natural incense boast:
"Stay off of my turf, this small piece of earth.
I mark it as my winter wonderland."

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The Night Before Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas,
And all through the house,
The puppies are squeaking an old rubber mouse.
The wreath which had merrily hung on the door,
Is scattered in pieces all over the floor.

The stockings that hung in a neat little row,
Now boast a hole in each of it’s toes.
The tree was subjected to bright-eye whims,
And now, although splendid, it’s missing some limbs.

I catch them and hold them, "Be good I insist!"
They lick me, then run off to see what they’ve missed.
And now as I watch them, the thought comes to me,
That theirs is the spirit that Christmas should be.

Should children and puppies yet show us the way,
And teach us the joy that should come with this day?
Could they bring the message that’s written above,
And tell us that most of all, Christmas is love!

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A CHRISTMAS POEM FROM THE DOG

Eyeing lampposts, digging holes,
Drinking from the toilet bowls . . .

Playing games of "tug-o’-war,"
Putting scratch marks on your door . . .

Rolling over, playing dead,
Getting dog hair on your bed . . .

Scaring folks who bring the mail,
Chasing cars, as well as tail . . .

Barking, begging, heeling, howling,
And also, on occasion, growling . . .

Romping through a field of grass,
Sneezing, snoozing, passing gas . . .

Sniffing everything I see,
Peeing on the Christmas tree . . .

Woofing, wagging, chomping, chewing . . .
These are things I sure love doing!

Happy Christmas!

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CHRISTMAS WATCH DOG

Tonight is my first night as watchdog,
And here it is Christmas Eve.
The children are sleeping all cozy upstairs,
While I guard the stockings and tree.

What’s that now, a noise on the rooftop?
Could it be a cat or a mouse?
Who’s this down the chimney,
A thief with a beard?
And a big sack for robbing the house?

I’m barkin’, I’m growlin’, I’m bitin’ his butt,
He howls and jumps back in his sleigh.
I scare his strange horses, they leap over the gutter,
I’ve frightened the whole bunch away.

Now the house is all peaceful and quiet again,
The stockings are safe as can be
Won’t the kiddies be glad when they wake up at dawn
And see how I’ve guarded the tree!

Xmas Laurel

SOME CUTE CHRISTMAS VIDEOS

This video shows a whole load of Cavaliers walking in the Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, USA with the marching band in their Christmas Scottish Parade 2008.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QmNZKS8BRg

And here are two more that I’m sure you will find amusing:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2LmlidHdoQ

www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMxdo5jL8DE



Merry Xmas from Tina and Dennis


THOUGHT FOR THE MONTH

"If it were not for the honest faces of dogs, we should forget the very existence of honesty."
– Queen Victoria



For further online Cavalier news and stories don’t forget to read the regular Chatterbox page at www.cavaliers.co.uk and for some truly inspirational articles log on to the Pawz and Pray page at pawzandpray.com


QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

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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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