Sunday, September 30, 2007

Saturday in the Park With George...

... and about two dozen other Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. Here they are. A handful of them, anyway.



We were just a bit worried about taking George to this meet-up, since he can be a bit alpha with other dogs. A Napoleon complex, perhaps. He's small enough to need to assert his authority. But as things turned out, he soon adjusted to the masses, and was chasing about with the rest of them like a pro.

We've had this breed for twenty years. In the early days, we could hardly make our way from one end of the boardwalk to the other, for people constantly stopping us to ask about the dogs. They sure are attention-getters. Cute. And smart, and loyal, and a whole lot of fun. Their owners--that's not quite right: "the people they own" might be more accurate. Or "their slaves"--are manic ("dogic") in their affection for the breed. Not me, of course... I am not blind to George's faults. He is intolerant, for example, of small children, and tends to leap up and grab at the loose ends of various forms of women's garb. Still...

We found our first Cavalier in the Bel Air mansion of a television mogul. Her full name was Margaret Rose of Bel Air, but we called her Mags, which suited her just as well. She was a gift to us from her owner, and brought us many years of delight. They do sound like a snobby lot, these Cavaliers, but at heart they're just like the rest of us, playful at times and sad at others, and almost always hungry. Anyway, our George (NOT Bush, may I remind you? HARRISON...) is at the center of this picture, running forward, having a great time...

3 comments:

robin andrea said...

What a charming and cute little dog! I hadn't heard of this breed before, but I'm fairly certain I've seen them. George looks like a fine companion. It's an interesting thing about the animals we choose to live with, they do become masters of the household, and we their slaves. Our cat, a Maine Coon named Bonsai, bosses us around all day and night.

PeterAtLarge said...

Hello to Bonsai! I'm a cat lover--still in recovery.

carly said...

There's nothing snobby about Carly Rose. Yup. Rose is her name too. Just sweet, non-agressive, and a nature lover.

She had another good time with her sister Saturday at the Silverlake doggie park. After breakfast at the doggie-friendly Back Door Bakery.

Is the meet you were at, at that park near Huntington at that cafe in the Park? We heard there can be up to eighty Cavaliers there on Cavalier day. Forgot the name of the cafe.