“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!
“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