“Aroha means love in Maori, which was my way of connecting my now 10 year old puppy to my Kiwi roots.  My brother, who lives in Albury, gifted her to me from his [now passed] dog Lucy’s second litter.  She was supposed to be a chocolate lab [Lucy was golden and she was mated with a chocolate lab] but the litter was 6 black and 2 golden!

I have 7 year old twins and Aroha has proven to be very patient and tolerant of all the attention they give her, whether she wants it or not.  She is very much a part of the family and enjoys the comfort of indoors when we are home.  She is very good at reading my moods, sometimes heading to the back door wanting the refuge of one of her outdoor beds!  One bed is at the gate, where she lays in anticipation of my neighbours across the street, with whom she has formed a wonderfully strong bond too, coming to take her for a walk, as they do most days and in the meantime just watching the world go by.  The other is in the garage for times of inclement weather.
She has given me 10 wonderful years of amazing unconditional love as pets do and I anticipate many more.” by Esther

Hennie and Lulu

“Let us introduce you to our special Girls!


Following the very sudden accidental death of our adored Miffy, our very special black and tan  Cavoodle in May 2015, we were devastated, feeling her loss terribly, entering into a period of great emptiness.

Towards the end of 2015, Michael’s cousin Petie suggested that we  should consider introducing  another four legged friend  into our family.

Michael and I had discussed that it would be much more fun if we were to introduce a pair of puppies so that each would have a playmate for company during the long part of the day when we were away at work.

Petie suggested that a dog worth considering would be a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, as they are a good size,  are highly affectionate, extremely patient , playful,  and always eager to please.  Just as our Miff had always been.

Minds made up that the time was right,  Petie, presented us with two adorable little Cavalier puppies, litter sisters.  They are both tan and white, or Blenheim, which is named after Blenheim Palace where John Churchill first bred this colouring.   From the minute they arrived, we were smitten!  They reminded us of aristocratic  children!  Wicked but always forgivable!

Hennie the big sister, we named after Queen Henrietta Marie, King Charles the 2nds Mother.  LuLu we named after Louise Duchess of Portsmouth, the mistress of Charles the 2nd 

They are both  very happily settled with us at Fintry, and enjoying the comfortable life with walks  and enthusiastic visits to the park in Annandale.  These treks are well received, with the girls running thither and thither and socializing with dogs of all shapes and sizes, both large and small…with great enthusiasm and no hint of shyness involved!   Others in the park enjoying their good looks and sense of innocent pleasures!

Although not entitled to enter the Houses of Parliament as of right or privilege, our girls would have you believe that if living in the UK  that would not be the case!” by Janie and Michael.




“When we picked our mini schnauzer up from the breeder in Dural, we chose him because he was playful.   Mini schnauzers have grumpy old man faces, so we thought we’d call him Jeffrey to suit that face.  Our son called him De-dee before he could say the name and sometimes we lovingly just call him Dumb Dog.


He has a toy called “JJ” (junior Jeffrey) which was a stuffed dog.  Jeffrey loved him so much that he became a deflated saggy piece of material and 5 years later, he still carries him around.  It looks nothing like a dog anymore.


He is really comical and jumps around like a little lamb and when he was a puppy he would cock his leg on anything, including things he shouldn’t.  Once he stole the thong off a young man who was cuddling his girlfriend in the park.  It was very embarrassing chasing him to return the thong so they could continue canoodling.  Thankfully they enjoyed the show.” by Faye