Laurels Westies, at
DreamCatcher Hill Puppies and Rescue
A mix of current photos of the parents, grandparents, and parents when they were puppies are in the slide show. Some have already been retired and are now in pet homes.
All our Cavaliers have had health testing, and are AKC registered.
More information such as how we started with Cavaleirs, photos and health testing certificates will be posted as fast as I am able to update the website farther down on the page, which may not be that fast....
They are just as sweet as they are beautiful!
Our puppies are such clean puppies with our system! We dont encourage them to ever potty indoors, since its easy to litter train a puppy but very hard to get a litter/paper trained puppy to only potty outside. Which color puppies are your favorite?</strong> We just love them all!. Now these are puppy-dog eyes! nI find it very entertaining to watch Keith or Art be talked into handing out treats to everybody, or talked into going for a walk or picking them up and loving on them. Our Cavaliers just melt the toughest people! You just have to fall in love.
He was our only "Daddy" cavalier at the time, and is perfectly housebroken and inside all the time. We now have Quanah (2014) also and the 2 boys have no problem getting along together. They are such easy going dogs!
History of our babies, and health testing below:
(Many years ago now….) With the positive change in my family structure my fiancee, Art, and I after much deliberation decided to add Cavalier King Charles Spaniels to our family.
The history behind how we adopted our first Cavaliers, and all about them:
I always wanted colorful dogs as I have had all white puppies for over 17 years at the time of this update. My Westies and farm critters keep me very busy so to have any more dogs required another person who would love them as much as I do and be able to help ensure all the dogs still get lots of individual attention. We had discussed Cavaliers after meeting the one my cousin, Cathy, has in 2010. Jersey was a black and tan female puppy at the time, now a lovely adult whom Cathy is showing. She has the cutest face and is so loving and sweet. Art just fell in love with her when we were visiting (the puppy not my cousin!) Although Cavaliers were at the top of the list when we were researching breeds I had decided against them before really looking into them much since I had heard so many rumors about them having such bad heart problems. After research we learned there are some good breeders who have aggressively addressed the issue and have successfully done much to improve the breed. Many from good bloodlines now live a very long time. Their temperament, very loving nature, size, easy care coat, and personalities are wonderful! Plus those soulful eyes, who could resist?!
They are just so adorable its hard to describe the "cuteness" without seeing them in person. They love to cuddle and never argue with you. They couldn''t be any different then the Westies in personality, no scrappiness here! Big puppy-dog eyes say it all!! Art is calm and steady as a rock, absolutely loves dogs and puppies, always picking one up the minute hes home from work. I just love dogs and puppies of any variety, and am home 24/7 to love on and care for everybody. We decided they are the perfect breed with a loving personality for the families who aren''t "terrier types." Turns out my son also thinks they are wonderful; cute and cuddly, with no sass, just big soft brown eyes! Hmmm, I probably have worn them both out! I have raised Westies for over 19 years and I will always have them. Not everyone has the same love for a spunky, hardy, clownish terrier personality who thinks its normal to at least try to boss everyone around! Cavaliers are the perfect dog for silly playtime, and stress free cuddling! (Lots more pictures at very bottom of the page.)
They love my grandsons and play really well with the other dogs, and any of the other critters. My (adult) son, Keith, "stole" one of the puppies from our first Cavalier litter to keep for himself. So funny to see him with his tough looking American bull dog/pit bull type boy, Tate, who was rescued from the euthanasia list at a high kill shelter when Keith was in FL a few years ago, and matching colored, baby doll looking cavalier girl. She even steals his pillow at night! Roxie and Tate go everywhere with Keith. She has Keith wrapped around her little paw. Everyone who meets her just loves her. I don''t know how they do it but they are all spoiled and have Art wrapped around their little paws too :) I must be better at resisting having had terriers for so long. The Westies are pro''s at training people, and they can be bad if allowed so I have lots of practice at being firm! With the Cavaliers it just doesn''t matter, they are always sweet and adorable.
Cavalier''s are even more adorable in person. Feel free to make an appointment and come visit us! We appreciate families wanting to see parents, our home and farm where we all live. All our puppies are<strong> micro-chipped, </strong>besides<strong> UTD on vaccinations, </strong>and<strong> health care. Health and happiness </strong>of our puppies and furry best friends<strong> is our top priority! </strong>\r\n\r\n<strong>Good bloodlines like ours rarely have the health issues that are sadly very common in many puppy-mill and/or untested bloodlines. </strong>(There is a reason some people claim they haven''t tested them, they really dont want anyone to know they did not pass when they did test.) <strong>Testing is done by a specialist for CERF, or OFA for </strong>eyes,<strong> OFA''s </strong>(Hearts, hips and patellas)<strong> then CHIC certified.</strong> CERF has been bought by OFA so now eyes are also done by OFA.<strong> They have also been DNA tested and will not produce puppies with, or have curly coat- dry eye syndrome, or falling down syndrome.</strong>\r\n\r\nOf course recessive genes can carry for 22 generations so no matter how hard you try, you never know what can show up if it is something you can not test for. The testing is to greatly increase the odds that the puppies will all be healthy.
Our goal is always to have very healthy, happy puppies for families who enjoy a much softer temperament then my beloved terriers. They dont shed as much as many breeds, plus the coat feels so nice, soft and silky, you cant resist petting them! Their coat is very easy to care for. They never "test" who is the boss, as all normal terriers try! They have a very loving, sweet temperament. They love to bounce and play trying to catch a butterfly, talk about silly entertainment for us! It''s important that children and other pets are supervised around the Cavaliers as they are so sweet they could be hurt and they don''t even try to get away or protect themselves. They are energetic dogs in moments of playtime and always willing to go for a walk or hike, not hyper at all, and they always love to cuddle. Art tries not to have favorites but he just loves the Cavaliers, and is holding one any chance he gets, they are his babies!
We had annual health testing done by specialists and all 4 of our cavaliers passed everything; CERF with normal eyes, OFA cardiac checks with normals. In addition Tucker and Gretel are now over 24 months old so they had OFA patellas and hips done and passed (7-3-12). They are both now CHIC certified.\r\n\r\nSkylar and Shyanne were not 2 years old when we did the testing in April and July so we will do their OFA hips when they are old enough (must be over 24 months to get OFA hip certification). Their patellas are normal.
Update 9-24-12 I forgot all the paperwork at home when I had more dogs tested and since there is a big discount for mailing 5 at the same time to OFA I will send them in when I have a few more to test (the form is here and available to view to show they have passed). Although health testing is expensive we keep up on the yearly testing. They also have and passed CERF and OFA cardiac testing yearly. Ask to see the actual Certificates for CERF and OFA tests for parents of any Cavalier puppy you may be interested in. A regular veterinarian does not do the testing and certification. Do not be fooled by someone saying the parents of your new puppy has been checked by the vet and is healthy.\r\n\r\n<strong>
Update: In 2013 we also started to do dog rescue. Art is now also home full time taking care of all our critters, and the less fortunate dogs and horses who didn''t have a place to go that we took in
Update 2013: </strong>All the Cavaliers passed their yearly cardiac and eye testing. We need to schedule OFA hips and patellas for those over 2 years old.\r\n\r\n<strong>
Update 2014: </strong>Things went crazy this year with many many rescued dogs, see "day on the farm" page for more information. We did our yearly cardiac and eye testing. Gretel, Shyanne and Skylar have all had a couple litters of puppies so we retired them from breeding. They have been adopted into wonderful families. We kept several puppies who are our new moms now. We adopted Quanah, a beautiful blenheim boy with exceptional bloodlines, so we had an unrelated stud dog. Tucker is still here, but since the girls are mostly his daughters he hasn''t been used for breeding in awhile. Nala is new also and unrelated to both Quanah and Tucker. She had a litter with Quanah, and the puppies are adorable. We couldn''t help but keep one, Little Lana. Lana is unrelated to Tucker also. We would love Tucker to be adopted into a local home where we can still use him for breeding and he doesn''t have to share all the attention he does here. Update 3-2015. Tucker did get to go to a great home who they already have one of his son''s and their mother also has one of his son''s. He gets the full time home life and we do all health testing and will use him for breeding to Nala, the only girl we have who is not his daughter.\r\n\r\n<strong>
Update very early 2015: </strong>Discovered my daughter is having a destination wedding in April the same time as the health testing Clinic where the cardiologist and ophthalmologist will be. Art is going to stay home and he and my uncle, who lives here most of the year, are going to be in charge of getting everyone to the health clinic. I will have to set everything up as too who is going and what each dog gets tested for along with all the paperwork needed that must be brought with them to get everything registered with OFA.\r\n\r\n<strong>
Update health testing 3-2015: We took all the Cavaliers who are not pregnant and are over 2 years old who we have not retired in to the vet''s for hip x-rays for submitting to OFA. At the same time the exam needed to submit the results for patellas. Those puppies not over 2 years old as required for OFA certification for hip x-ray''s will be taken in when they are over 2 year old. The vet does the exam to determine if patellas are good or not, and only needs to submit the form stating they are good in order to have OFA patella certification. He examined patellas on Quanah, Jolie, Red, Lulla Bell, Roxy, and Nala and they are good so we will get OFA certification on them. They also all had hips x-rayed and the vet said they look like they will pass. OFA is extra picky so we will see if the will pass for certification. Looking good to a vet is much better then looking poor, or never doing the X-rays and not knowing at all. We plan to take more in to the vets this fall. We fell behind when we did so many dog rescues last year and the year before. Grace and Myra are currently both pregnant so they couldn''t go and will miss the clinic this year also.
Update 5-2015. All the hips passed OFA evaluation so all the cavaliers have OFA hips who are over 2 years old, except Myra and Grace who were pregnant. We hope to get them in for X-rays at the recommended time of 16 weeks after having puppies and 8 weeks before coming in season. Both of which can have an effect on how the hips will look on X-ray.\r\n\r\nThe annual health clinic is while I will be gone to my daughters wedding in April this year. Art is going to take the dogs, and my uncle is going with him to help. They should have fun! The clinic will have an ophthalmologist there to do the OFA eye exams, and cardiologist for OFA cardiac exam, the third and fourth exam Cavaliers are recommended to have done. OFA hips and patellas are done once in a lifetime, at a minimum required age. Eyes and heart are checked yearly. They all went last year (unless they were pregnant, or had babies). If they get OFA hips they will be issued a CHIC certification. CHIC means the breed recommended health testing has all been done for that particular dog. Tucker and Gretel we did all the recommended testing on and they are both CHIC certified, along with Red our new ruby male, and Quanah. Now our girls who are over 2 years old who got to go to the clinic will also get their CHIC certification, Lulla Bell, Jolie, Nala, and Roxy (Roxy is my actually my sons best buddy).\r\n\r\n<strong>
Update 2014: </strong>Things went crazy this year with many many rescued dogs, see "day on the farm" page for more information. We did our yearly cardiac and eye testing. Gretel, Shyanne and Skylar have all had a couple litters of puppies so we retired them from breeding. They have been adopted into wonderful families. We kept several puppies who are our new moms now. We adopted Quanah, a beautiful blenheim boy with exceptional bloodlines, so we had an unrelated stud dog. Tucker is still here, but since the girls are mostly his daughters he hasn't been "used" much.
4-2015 More Health testing updates:
</strong>Art and my uncle took all the Cavaliers who were not pregnant or had puppies to the health clinic in April 2015 while I was in Aruba at my daughters destination wedding!
They had quite a job with taking as many dogs as we could fit into the mini van in crates. I had crates in the van and each crate labeled so they knew who to put where. They did managed to forget Trinket, a Frenchie puppy…. All the cavaliers had eye exams done by an ophthalmologist, and heart exams done by a cardiologist. They were all given a go ahead that they were without genetic problems evident so fine for breeding in our program
Our first Cavalier: I adopted a Blenheim female Cavalier (Blenheim is the red and white color) puppy for Art, my fiancee, for a Valentines Day present. Shyanne, is a very bubbly girl! She at first thought the big dogs would eat her, but quickly learned they like her and now has them all wrapped around her little paw. She loves to give everyone kisses! Jasmine loves to play with her. They play keep away with a toy and run around the chairs and kitchen trying to out-do each other.\r\n\r\n<img class="alignnone size-thumbnail wp-image-600" title="Jasmine 10 months, Shyanne 13 weeks 3-11, first day here."
We then adopted a tri female puppy from the same breeder. She is Champion sired. Skylar is also a beautiful girl who loves to run and play then nap on someones lap. Shes so sweet and happy to snuggle. The 2 girls were purchased as show/breeding prospects and are very nice quality. Skylar''s blaze was thin and we weren''t told it will fade away as she grows. She is no longer show quality due to the blaze fading so much. Fortunately it has no effect on what a wonderful girl she is, her quality in any other way, or her health. All more important then how wide a white marking is on her face. I think she is the smartest of the Cavaliers we have.\
nOur new girls have excellent health tested backgrounds as we strive to be a part of those interested in improving the breed. Skylar is also Champion sired. Because the Cavalier breed has had many heart issues in the past, along with other breed issues the many uncaring breeders who don''t do health testing are adding more puppies with heart, eye, patella, and/or hip problems to the population and it really is "buyer beware". We have had both our girls already CERF (eyes) tested, patellas examined and all passed with OFA normals, an ECG run and their hearts are normal. Once they are old enough for OFA hips (24 months of age) we will have them and patellas OFA certified. We will continue to do health clearances.\r\n\r\nThe breed is so different! Jasmine or any of the Westies will wear them out playing and they will need to come lay on our lap, or cuddled up with each other for a nap, while Jasmine and the westies continue to play. They are very fast when they play and love running games, it just doesnt last as long as the other puppies.
Red, our relatively new ruby male. The color on him is not right in the photo. He has nice and rich color, doesn't show as well in the photo. Because Roxy has puppies with too much white on their face, and missing eye markings, and mostly because we happened to come across this super cute boy, we adopted Red. Bred to Roxy and the girls who have more white then red, or don't have enough color on their puppies it helps prevent all white faces on the puppies. He has a great personality too! Red is super cute, small, only weighs 11 pounds, and has passed all his health testing too. He has CHIC certified, OFA: good hips, patellas, heart, and eyes. He was 3 years old when we adopted him. He didn't have clue how to breed, but in late 2016 he finally figured it out!
We had been looking since we made the decision to raise Cavaliers for a really nice male and found an adorable male with excellent bloodlines from someone as health conscientious as we are, Carolyn Branch (October 2011.) Tucker is a adorable, very correct, heavily furnished, sweet and mellow, tri male. He loves to snuggle and cant wait for Art to sit down so he can cuddle up with him. Gretel, a blenheim female, is his best doggy friend he had grown up with and he adores her, although Jasmine has a crush on him and has been trying diligently, but unsuccessfully to steal his attention since he arrived! Gretel is a very cute, correct type, blenheim female, (who also loves to give kisses almost as much as Shyanne!) Both are almost 2 years old and Champion sired. Since they were together and it worked out we adopted both of them so they can stay together. We are very excited about Gretel and Tucker, Thank you Carolyn! They have had heart, CERF eyes, patellas checked and prelim on hips already done and everything looks good. Gretel is housebroken and Tucker is also but may mark so we may learn how to use a belly band on him to prevent accidents if its a problem since they will be house dogs. Adult male stud dogs vary in how well they can control their desire to mark their spot. (Another good reason to neuter pets!)
Tucker. Our first Cavalier male. Tucker is Champion sired, has many CH on his pedigree has OFA: good hips, patellas, eyes and heart, negative for curly coat, dry eye and falling down syndrome. He is CHIC certified. He is now in a home on a breeding contract where he gets all the attention he is use to having living in an only a 2 dog home. We may still use him for breeding when Nala comes in season since she is the only female we have who is unrelated to him at this time, otherwise he is now retired. He is a very mellow boy and perfectly housebroken, weighs about 15.5 pounds, Tri colored, or as AKC lists the color: black and white with tan points. Tri is so much easier to write we will refer to the color as tri.
Tucker is the father of most of our Cavalier moms now and the grandfather of our second generation. If you may also be interested in an adult cavalier as a pet on "loan" from us until they are retired from breeding after which time you would keep them as a pet please contact us. (Must live fairly close to us.)
Grace</strong> is Shyanne and Tuckers daughter. She is the heaviest Cavalier we have. She''s not big, shorter then Quanah, she''s just an easy keeper and like me gained weight as she got older. She is super sweet, one of the smarter cavaliers and she gets along with everyone. Myra and Grace are full sisters and look almost identical in the face, their body markings are different. I had to go look at them to be sure I have the photos in the right place! Grace had puppies when we did OFA hips and Patellas when she had turned 2 years old. She has OFA heart and eyes. She will have hip and patellas done when we can manage to time it right. Need to be done 8 weeks after weaning puppies and 1 month before coming in season for accurate x-rays. Tucker, her father is above with lots of info posted there. Her mother
Zander, our newest stud. He is from Russia, with both European and American bloodlines. OFA heart and eyes. He is only 1.5 years old so once he turns 2 years old we will get his hips x-rayed for OFA certification.
He is a sweetheart. Friends borrow him off and on as they think he is just one of the greatest. We like it for him to get more individual attention. He is housebroken and well behaved. Even stud dogs can be wonderful house dogs.
Look at that coat and he is just a baby!
One of our Daddy dogs, Quanah.
This super handsome boy with tons of coat is the main man around here. Since Tucker is the father to most of the girls we had to get an unrelated male. Quanah has OFA good hips, OFA normal patellas, and OFA normal heart! He also has eyes OFA evaluation done. He is CHIC certified since he has all recommended health testing for Cavaliers completed.
Quanah, pronounced K-whoa-nah (Art named him after an American Indian chief who had many wives and children!) Quanah is also champion sired with many CH on his pedigree. He is Blenheim colored, pronounced blen-um. Red and white would have been so much easier! He weighs about 16.5 pounds, although looks bigger with all the coat. He Loves to run around the back yard, (and loves the ladies!) We really need better photos. He is a doll and just beautiful. Seems to always be raining when I think about taking pictures, like today…. and daily for the last 3 plus weeks! He gets beautiful long ear fringe but its so much easier to care for if I trim some of it off. Now that I let the ladies ear fringe grow out and got pictures of how pretty it is I guess I should trim theirs short and let his grow out. The puppies always mess up their moms ear furnishings and I spend a lot of time grooming their ears.
Nala</strong> is tri-colored, CH sired, with a lot of CH on her pedigree. She is a lovely little lady! I wish the photos I had taken had turned out better she has the most lovely full coat! (I have now trimmed it off since she''s expecting puppies, and she''s already blowing coat since she cycled.) Nala is a sweetheart. She gets along with everyone, although will stand up to a Westie if needed. She loves to chase butterflies and play with a rope toy. Giving kisses and sitting in your lap is her very favorite thing to do. She also really loves her puppies. She cleans them so much she makes yellow saliva stains on the white parts of their coats! She never digs and even if the others dig out under the fence she doesn''t go with them. Nala has OFA hips, patellas, eyes and cardiac. She should be CHIC certified but I don''t see the CHIC certification on any of the girls. I need to call them.
Photo is Nalas very unique nesting! She didn''t want to be in her box, chose the floor instead. She has managed to dig around and wrap herself up in the sheet I have draped over Roxy''s box to keep Nala from staring at Roxys puppies, and upsetting Roxy. She knows that Nala intends to steal her babies. Roxy now though is amazingly fine with her wrapping herself all up and getting under the visual barrier. (I did pick up the food and water bowls so she does accidentally have a puppy into either. I am also right here so they couldn''t crawl through the bannister.) I wish she would go back in her box, but whatever makes them happy!
Art taking a break from the freezing abnormal temperatures outside. The Cavaliers love getting time to cuddle! January 2014. (The puppies have all been adopted.) <strong>Quanah, our young daddy dog with his paws on Arts knee</strong>, is wondering where he''s suppose to fit. He is our new puppy who''s plan is to eventually be our new daddy dog. He and Tucker get along fine plus both are housebroken. They are such good dogs
Starting with our handsome daddy dogs, Tucker, our retired daddy dog who is now a Grandpa and Great Grandpa!
All are AKC registered and health tested.
All our lovely ladies:</strong>\r\n\r\n<strong>Mom''s "blow coat" after coming in season and even more after raising a litter.</strong> They often look very short haired by the time the puppies are 7 to 9 weeks old. It takes so long for the coat to grow back in its really hard to get good photos of the moms in coat before they cycle again. As a spayed pet they will always have a lovely coat! Show people like the males to show more since the moms loose coat when they cycle even if they don''t have puppies.\r\n\r\n<strong>
nCavalier''s are even more adorable in person. Feel free to make an appointment and come visit us! We appreciate families wanting to see parents, our home and farm where we all live. All our puppies are<strong> micro-chipped, </strong>besides<strong> UTD on vaccinations, </strong>and<strong> health care. Health and happiness </strong>of our puppies and furry best friends<strong> is our top priority! </strong>\r\n\r\n<strong>Good bloodlines like ours rarely have the health issues that are sadly very common in many puppy-mill and/or untested bloodlines. </strong>(There is a reason some people claim they haven''t tested them, they really dont want anyone to know they did not pass when they did test.) <strong>Testing is done by a specialist for CERF, or OFA for </strong>eyes,<strong> OFA''s </strong>(Hearts, hips and patellas)<strong> then CHIC certified.</strong> CERF has been bought by OFA so now eyes are also done by OFA.<strong> They have also been DNA tested and will not produce puppies with, or have curly coat- dry eye syndrome, or falling down syndrome.</strong>\r\n\r\nOf course recessive genes can carry for 22 generations so no matter how hard you try, you never know what can show up if it is something you can not test for. The testing is to greatly increase the odds that the puppies will all be healthy. The about my Westies page has my philosophy and lots of information that applies to all our puppies, I simply had Westies first and wrote the page when I only had Westies and rescues