If you are sat now reading this with your Cavalier or Cavapoo sprawled over your lap and you never saw their Mother with them, then please read the post below that I'm sharing from the Cavaliers are special (https://www.facebook.com/cavaliersarespecial) facebook page, because one of them may be the Mother or the father of your dog. If you did not see the Mother of your dog, then they most probably came from a puppy farm.
'This is what freedom looks like-
All my dogs are ex breeding rescues, who lived horrific lives in sheds, neglected even though they had serious health issues, never feeling the gentle touch of a human hand, not knowing what it was like to be a beloved pet.
We rescued Bella (7) first, as a terrified 2-ish year old. Her little body was terribly thin and filthy. She was so scared that she stayed in her bed for a month, when we first brought her home, except for little timid ventures to the park. I used to carry her outside to toilet and used ham or cheese to tempt her paw by paw, out of her bed. It took a month to gain her trust and I worked hard to teach her that a human hand was not a weapon but had delicious treats or gentle touches for her. She has the double whammy of a grade 5 heart murmur and an awful neurological defect, SM which are both genetic. Bella taught me so much and inspired my passion to fight for puppy farmed dogs.
Then came my two oldies, Chrissy puddin (10 & 1/2) and Revvy (12). They were used for breeding until August 2013, when they were advertised as free on preloved. I collected them from Lincolnshire and was proudly shown their tiny cages, the plastic shed they had lived in with 20 other cavaliers. Both were horribly neglected. They had never worn a collar, been lead trained, walked in freedom outside.
Chrissy is blind and deaf due to neglect, she has no muscle tone and spins in circles after being confined in her tiny cage for almost 9 years. She was dreadfully matted and filthy having lived there and produced litter after litter of puppies for years. She should have "retired" at 6 but her previous owner kept breeding from her until she was nearly 9! Her battered body is ravaged with neglect and crippled with arthritis but she is the most loving, trusting little dog. To say she lives in a dark and silent world, she immediately trusted me.
Revvy (12) has a grade 5 heart murmur and is deaf too, due to neglected and awful ear infections. He was used as a stud boy in the same place as Chrissy. They were the last ones to go on the puppy farm as the "breeder" was retiring and was giving these two away because he couldn't sell them. Revvy is such a character. He is noisy and messy, greedy and gets anxious but he is the gentlest and most loving boy. When you look in his eyes, the love that you feel from him is humbling.
Nellie (7) is my latest rescue and was born, lived and used for breeding in a horrid kennels, until she could produce no more pups. Then she was advertised in a vets window for £50, unspayed! Luckily my friend saw her advert, told me and we got her to rescue with Pendle Dogs in Need. I fostered and failed, adopting Nellie in February. She has 2 hernias and should never have been bred from but these greedy people don't care about health problems, just money. She had to have 25 teeth removed as her mouth was an infected mass of pus- it smelled like something had died in her mouth! She has 5 remaining teeth as some were already missing. Poor Nellie is still learning to be a pet but to see her running free and loving that freedom, is truly rewarding. She is still blossoming and learning to trust humans, though I am honoured to know that she trusts me 100%.
All my dogs have considerable health problems which have been caused by neglect and also bad genetics. However this didn't stop their breeders from squeezing litter after litter out of them. In fact, after somebody researched Revvy and chrissys KC registration, it was discovered that they are half siblings, though shockingly this didn't prevent them from having pups together.
My poor little dogs never knew a moments peace during their past lives but I vowed to each one that they would only know love, safety and comfort with us. These sweet dogs have given me so much love and brought such purpose into my life, since my kids have grown up and have left home. I am the lucky one, I feel humbled to have them in my life.
Sorry for such a long post but as you can tell, I am passionate about fighting for better laws on breeding, fighting against Backyard Breeding, fighting against puppy farming.
Please share my post and join me as a voice of freedom. Always ask "where's mum" if you do buy a puppy, don't be afraid to shop around & do your research. Ideally adopt a rescue dog, they are so rewarding.
"This is what freedom looks like"-
We have to keep spreading the word, fighting for those forgotten dogs, it could be a freedom post for many more.'
- Julie Hargreaves
This is why you should always see the Mother with your puppy. These Cavaliers are lucky and they are having their moment in the sun, to feel the rain on their coats, to feel the frost tingling at their toes. There moment to run and feel the wind through their hair, to see the changing of the seasons and be loved. Maybe these Cavaliers are the parents of the dog on your lap now or maybe the parents of your puppy never made it out of the puppy farm. We can stop this by asking, "Wheres Mum?"
The petition for the Kennel Club (KC) to stop registering Cavaliers unless the parents are MRI scanned and heart checked is nearly up to 20'000 signatures. Please click on the link
https://www.change.org/p/the-kennel-club-stop-registerin-g-cavalier-king-charles-spaniel-puppies-unless-their-parents-are-mri-scanned-and-heart-tested and sign. You can also leave a message about why you have signed the petition. Big thanks if you already have signed the petition..
“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.