Its been a lovely day for my husband's Birthday and our Wedding Anniversary, a bit fresh but dry. Got all the chores done at home and dogs run out by 11 am, so then we treated ourselves in a trip to the beach with Smudge, Millie and Henry, with lunch out as well. This was Henry's first beach run. Millie was the anchor dog, the one most likely to come back and her daughter Smudge was teaching Henry in the way of selective hearing which is very much a spaniel thing. I laugh when I read accounts of the Marlborough Spaniel laterly the Blenheim Spaniel bred at Blenheim by the Duke of Marlborough, this spaniel the smaller cousin to the then cocker type spaniels and where used to flush from deep and dense cover and very often it was for hare to be sprung up for the Lurchers, accounts say, what wonderful noses these dogs had and where quite indefatigable but the funny bit is when they say, they where prone to breaking ( to go off on a jolly, seemingly unaware of you calling them). I could not imagine hunting any spaniel breed as a pack unless you have all day set aside for retrieving them but what fun you would have.
I took along the camera and got some video footage of Henry enjoying the open space and chasing the seagulls with Smudge and Millie. Please excuse my husbands burp and my one expletive, "bloody". You will also note at times a thicker Devonian accent, its hard keeping up a facade and in my own time I am fluent in the Devonian dialect. Lol . Someone once said I sound like a Devonshire Cockney and I said to them, "That's funny, as my stepfather was a Cockney and brought me up from the age of 3 years old."
In the video you will hopefully see how active Cavaliers can be and although they can be happy fast asleep on the couch, they also are proper little sporting spaniels. Smudge is thicker set than her Mum and I often laugh and say, I think she's part Cumber Spaniel, her mum and her have very good noses and love to hunt. You will see that Henry is built to cover the ground but in more open country, although he would work woodland, he might struggle to follow Smudge and Millie into very dense cover. Smudge is like watching a bulldozer when she enters dense cover and she has real stamina, what she lacks in speed in the open she makes up for in determination.
Love watching dogs being dogs. They fit in with us so well, its nice to give them times that we fit in with them and we are the bystanders as they show us who they are, dog !
Our next litter will be from Smudge hopefully and Millie will be the Granny to the litter. Enjoy the video and beware the high pitch whistling, so might be best to keep the volume down.
Looks like the excitement of his Birthday has been to much for my husband, who is now fast asleep on the sofa beside me as I type. Lol. I think I might join him, "room for a little one ?"
P.S, Just thought that I would mention that I know it is illegal to shoot seagulls unless causing damage, and the comment in the video is a joke. The seagulls in the video are taking advantage of the tide going out, not nesting or with any young.
“The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him, and not only will he not scold you,but he will make a fool of himself, too.”
― Samuel Butler
Me with Bumble and Blottie, waiting patiently to be unleashed, November 2018
Hello, I am Jane, you might of guessed, I love dogs. We are situated in the North Devon countryside, England, United Kingdom. Our home is occupied by my husband, David, our children, pack of dogs and me.