It’s a Cavalier party, ya’ll!

Sometimes when you least expect it, God plants just the right person in your life. At just the right time.

If you’ve followed my blog, you know that I lost my Cavalier King Charles Spaniel- Lucy nearly two weeks ago.

The pain has been terrible. Really, really terrible.

But for all the terrible moments, it’s as if Lucy has been sending us signs.

Signs that she wanted us to move on with a happy life. Signs that she wanted us to love another Cavalier again.

The first sign occurred when Brian spotted an older man walking a Lucy clone on his way home from work.

He walked through the door and said “I saw a Lucy on the way home. It’s a sign”.

A few days later the only Cavalier breeder in town just so happened to be in the LSU ticket office paying for his season tickets. At the exact same time my husband was walking past the window. Brian knew him from working at LSU and because of our affiliation with Petropolitan- the doggie day spa where Lucy was the unofficial mascot, we knew he bred Cavaliers.  Brian shared with him our story about losing Lucy and some general questions about his choice of veternarians. He offered his kindness and his home  anytime we wanted to visit his Cavaliers.

Once again,  Brian came home and said “Aimee, it’s a sign. Lucy is sending us signs”.

I’m not sure Cleve (the breeder) expected me to email so soon. But I did. And I totally imposed myself onto him and his precious little family of Cavaliers.

Our play date was set for Sunday afternoon and I went bearing cupcakes from Frosted BR and an open heart.

I was warmly embraced by Mollie, Millie, Rhett, Ellis Hugh, Ace, Ivan, Rudy, Penny, and Gracie.

They were everywhere! I could’ve taken photos of them all day long, but I was trying so very hard to be polite to this person I had just met,  and not get mistaken for the dog paparazzi.

Ace was so very excited to have some new guests over to play.

(I’m not sure what my camera did to the pup’s right eye!)

Rudy wanted to just chill next to me, but not Ace. Ace was the puppy of the bunch and he liked to give kisses. REALLY give kisses.  And he was obsessed with licking my head! He must’ve liked my shampoo.

While this little sweeetie (Millie? Gracie? I’m not really sure)  just wanted to melt me with those puppy dog eyes.

Several years ago, Cleve’s wife was suffering from liver complications. As she began to get more ill, she researched pets and sought one that would provide her some comfort. A companion. A special friend that would rest when she needed to rest.

They purchased thier first Cavalier and named her Mollie. She fell in love with Mollie and wanted to breed the dogs and one day show them. Unfortunately, she passed away prior to receiving her liver transplant.

Cleve continues to breed the dogs in her honor and surrounds himself with his “family” of gorgeous Cavaliers.

I learned that my pain over losing Lucy pales in comparison to his loss.

I am incredibly blessed for his kindness and generosity and for allowing me to share the afternoon with him and his sweet, sweet little brood.

I’ll be “borrowing” a few furry friends when Brian begins traveling for football this Fall.

I’ll be missing my Lucy more than ever, and I’m so incredibly thankful to have someone so willing to share his Cavaliers with me!

Slowly, but surely you guys, I’ll be getting my happy back.


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    marie says

    Its not too often I see something about cavaliers. I just teared up reading this. My family as well just tragically lost our first cavalier a couple months ago. They are by far the sweetest dogs ever! Our dogs name was Duffy and I am looking forward to the day we get another cavalir! Thanks for sharing!

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      I am so very sorry to hear about Duffy. I know all too well how much space these little dogs occupy in your heart. So loveable and sweet and it’s just awful when they’re not around. Lucy was my first Cavalier and my entire world. If you ever need to talk, please email me!

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    I have been following your posts about Lucy. I have a Cavalier names Lyla and cannot imagine losing something so precious! Sorry for your loss! If you are ever thinking about getting a new puppy Far Horizons Farms out of Elgin, TX has great puppies!

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    How absolutely sweet and precious they are! What a blessing Cleve is to share his story, and his babies with you.
    I know that our angels are watching over us and still giving that unconditional love we are used to. Remember to do everything in your own time, don’t let anyone influence you into doing something you don’t feel comfortable with. That’s one thing I have learned in this journey, that there is no shame in loving an animal so much that you yearn for them when they are gone.

    Loves from myself and Ronnie :)

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      Congratulations!!!! Welcome to the Cavalier world! I have 3 and they are perfect. People who don’t have one don’t even know what they’re msinisg. I got all mine at different ages and all have perfect temperaments. They all sleep in a dog pile. They act as if they all grew up together and are bonded for life. I’ve met about 20+ Cavaliers in my lifetime and I’ve never met one i didn’t like.

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