Posts Tagged ‘cavaliers’
Since Parker was a puppy, he has had separation anxiety issues. I read that most Cavaliers have it in one form or another. The other day, I left for 20 minutes to pick up lunch and came home to a distressed, crated dog with soaking wet ears, paws and chest. Our solution: Let him roam the house while we are gone for short durations (meaning five hours or less). And, it’s working. I envision him sliding across our hardwood floors, like Tom Cruise in “Risky Business,” the minute we lock the door. But, like today, my husband and I always find him in the exact same place we left him.
People tell me all of the time, “It just happened one day. My child grew up.” Well, it happened to our dog, Parker. He leaped from puppyhood to teen in the blink of an eye. It took a friend to point it out. We were oblivious. Today, he weighs in at 17 pounds – much of which is his added furry coat – and enough cute to last a lifetime. Long live, Parker!
At 2 a.m., I wake up to Parker barking ferociously, leaping off the bed and sprinting to the front door. I get up, with heart racing, to take a peek into the foyer. Everything looks the way I left it the night before. Naturally, I think, “He just got spooked.” That was until I hear a deep, bellowing bark. I look out the front door’s left side window to see a Pit Bull growling at me. He and Parker spar by barking back and forth – until I finally calm our protective Cavalier. I don’t know where our visitor came from last night. But, I certainly hope this was his first and last appearance.
The first thing you learn about Cavaliers is that the breed suffers from heart problems. According to CavalierHealth.org, heart mitral valve disease (MVD) is a terminal illness that afflicts over half of all King Charles Cavalier Spaniels.
It is important to find the right breeder, who will disclose all information about the puppy’s as well as the parents’ health. I found this post as a great go-by, when searching for Parker. http://www.cavalierhealth.org/questions_for_breeder.htm. We talked to a lot of different breeders, but either couldn’t find a male Ruby or didn’t feel comfortable with their business practices.
We adopted our puppy, Parker, from Crystalridge Cavaliers http://crystalridgecavaliers.com. Prior to talking to the breeder, I had to complete an online questionnaire answering, “Where would the puppy stay during the day?” “Who is our intended vet?” “Why did we want to adopt a puppy?” etc. When we made it past this process, Reita – with Crystalridge – called us. She answered each one of the questions (noted above) and more. I could tell that she truly loved those puppies. Next, she sent photos of four-month old Parker. I looked at the photos and knew he was our puppy.