Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Last week, I mentioned that there was something very special pending in my life without mentioning what it was. If you happen to be a Facebook friend of mine you already know, since a good friend posted a picture showing it: We've adopted a new puppy!
Those of you who read my posts know we lost our older Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Lexie, last October. She was particularly special, and losing her left our other Cavalier, Mystie, without canine companionship. Mystie certainly rose to the occasion and started stepping into Lexie's paws at times, doing the kinds of things Lexie had done like telling us when it was time to eat.
But we've generally had two Cavaliers at a time for many years, and I began looking for a puppy. We fund an adorable one, though the timing wasn't perfect because of some upcoming plans, but we've worked out the details--I hope.
I'm a hypocrite, you say? You know I'm a proponent of pet rescue. But I've been addicted to Cavaliers for many years, and the breed has a lot of health issues. Caring breeders pay attention to that and attempt to minimize them in their lineage. The few rescue Cavaliers there are sometimes come from puppy mills, so their health could be in jeopardy from the first. And in case you're wondering... yes, despite those concerns, I did look.
Anyway, last weekend we picked up Cari! Her registered name will be Compatible Constellation, but we got to nickname her. Cari is short for Carina, which is a constellation, and it also means beloved in Italian.
So how are things going? Our household is in happy turmoil. Cari had had a little bit of training from her wonderful breeder but we're working on a variety of things including, of course, potty training. Cari is an attention sponge but we're making sure to give Mystie a lot of attention, hugs and time to herself. They get along okay, but of course they're both Cavaliers.
Time is an issue and my computer time has been reduced, which means so has my writing time. We'll all get used to one another so I'll have more flexibility as Cari gets older and better trained.
Oops! She's awake in her playpen now, and I need to go hug her and take her outside... Wish me luck!
p.s. The photo is one we got from her breeder.