Litter sisters, Crystal Caprice and Rosina Sunset were born on 13 June, 1982 of Lochbuie Renegade and Silverset Rock Crystal.
It was with Patty that I was introduced to S.E.C.T.D.S. obedience in 1985.
Patty (Crystal Caprice) died on 12 December, 1996, of kidney failure at the age of 14½ years. Jennie (Rosina Sunset) died 5 months later, a month under her 15th birthday, from a tumour. With no alternative, both dogs were given sleep, with their dignity still in tact.
Both were diagnosed with a very slight heart murmur at the age of 12 years, due to old age. The murmurs were not treated, as they were too slight, and the 'girls' quality of life was good, right to the very end.
Both dogs went everywhere with me. As well as the usual walks, there were trips to Scotland, where they loved running in the woods, weekly ringcraft classes and a few shows. They enjoyed being involved and it kept them young. Jennie was placed 3rd in Veteran, beating my Hovis (Leebren Cinnamon Fizz) into 4th place at South Eastern Counties Toy Dog Society show in April 1997, two months under her 15th birthday. The judge was astonished at her age.
Both dogs were fully vaccinated every year, from the age of eight weeks, right up to the very end.
Bet Hargreaves, who has done so much archiving on heart problems with Cavaliers, had the details and their pedigrees for her records.
As an added piece of interest, at eighteen months old, Patty and Jennie appeared on BBC TV's "Blue Peter", along with 98 other dogs and handlers, publicising a sponsored 'stay', organised by Essex dog clubs, in aid of the Winged Fellowship Trust for the disabled The event raised over £2,400. I still have the video footage, showing close-ups of both my 'girls'.
It is five years now, since I lost both my 'old girls'. I miss them still, but they both enjoyed good, interesting, long and healthy lives. They were a pleasure to have and I am very proud of them both.
Jan 2002. sent to Cavalier Magazine -