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Posted by: Shen
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Charlie Likes her cushions. They were ours but Charlie have hoarded them for herself. She'll burrow under those cushions and sleep there during daytime. Sometimes she sleeps on top of them, but only after spending a few minutes scratching them to make them flatter! She'll have to get up a few times because the cushions never become flat.
Category: General
Posted by: Shen
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Charlie communicates in different ways. Usually it's through the use of body language but sometimes through sounds. If she is protesting, she'll give a low growl that sounds like "ooo ... ooo". She usually does that when she refuses to have her paws washed after a walk in the streets or when she refuses to be moved from her resting positions. We'll then replied "ah-ah, ooo ... ooo", meaning, "NO GROWLING!" and she'll obey straight away.

Charlie says "come, follow me" by first scratching us with her front paws and then walking ahead and looking back to make sure that we are following her. She calls me for meals when the table is set. She's a "messenger" and a good one too! We can ask her to call anybody in the house and she'll understand what to do - and to make sure that they follow her. What a clever dog!

Charlie has a very good memory too. I once played a "hunting game" with her where I hid several pieces of fruits all over the place and she was to hunt for them, and she loved it so much! The next day, at the same time, she reminded me to play the same game with her again! Now it's routine, we play this game with her every day. First we'll ask her to go into her cage and wait. She'll run off at once and stay there until commanded to search. It's so fun to see Charlie hunting because she sniffs the air so intensely and even walks on two legs :-)
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Posted by: Shen
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Charlie takes her bath every Saturday morning, yes, once a week. She loves bathing and would sit in the tub very still while we clean her with lukewarm water from the shower. When bathing Charlie, we would also talk to her and how she loves the attention! Whenever we said "Charlie shake shake", Charlie would shake vigorously to rid herself of excess water. We experimented with various types of doggie shampoo but have yet to discover the best ... Charlie seems to "feel itchier" a few days following her bath. We have tried everything from organic shampoo, oatmeal shampoo to all types of moisturizing shampoo!

To dry Charlie, we put her in her cage which is lined with two towels, and we blow her fur with a hairdryer. Charlie was always cooperative and would roll on the towel to get the excess water off. After a while she would be totally dry with beautiful fluffy fur which also smells terrific! When all that is done, Charlie would drag her towels out of the cage and bring them away to play and chew! She loves to play with towels :-))

Some believe that dogs should not be bathed too often, maybe twice a month or once a month. But Charlie tends to smell a little off approaching one week after her bath. Since our sofa and cushions are her favorite spots for naps, we must make sure that she is kept rather clean. When we are resting, Charlie would always climb right on us and settle down on our chest or lap for a nap!!

Cavaliers are extremely sensitive dogs who are aware of their owner's feelings. They are also very communicative - ours definitely is! In this photo, Charlie is looking at me "hiding" her treats for her treasure hunt! We use a lot of positive reinforcement / praise to teach our doggie patience and obedience. Charlie is absolutely a joy to have.

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Posted by: Shen
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Charlie is now 2 years old and in human age, that should be 14 years of age. We still treat her like a little baby because she is soooo cute ;-) Charlie is eating alot, especially table scraps (plain cooked rice) given by my wife. We are trying to reduce Charlie's weight now that she is 15 pounds, whereas before, we kept her at 14 pounds. I am also reducing the amount of her daily snack (dry food) to 15 kibbles as opposed to 20 kibbles. We don't want to reduce her intake so drastically and suddenly, but we'll try it discretely.

However, on Saturdays, I do spread a little bit of peanut butter on small pieces of bread as a special treat for her. Charlie also enjoys her hunting game which involves placing tidbits of food around the livng room for her to hunt. We place cranberries, blueberries, bread crumbs and pine seeds here and there and it is such a comic to see her sniff here and there.

Charlie has a selected number of doggie friends. There are three other Cavaliers which she likes, one Sheltie, one Springer Spaniel, one standard Collie, and one Yorkshire Terrier. She is very shy and submissive with Golden Retrievers, but is definetely afraid of English Cocker Spaniels, Bernese Mountain Dogs, German Shephards, Corgis and other species of dogs.

We truly believe that our Charlie was born at the rump of the litter and that is why she is extra sensitive, very timid with other dogs and her surroundings, but she is a very friendly dog. We treat her as if though she is part of our family and we still love her very much.
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 Cavalier King Charles - Flock Print
Cavalier King Charles - Flock Printtest
I drew this Cavalier King Charles picture - inspired by Charlie. I have a picture of Charlie in my diary, a T-shirt with Charlie's picture when he was a puppy, and a picture of Charlie on my office table! My husband hangs two pictures of Charlie around his neck whenever we're out.

Charlie and our family are inseparable. Last Christmas when we were away for 10 days, Charlie lost a pound or two even though she was well cared by our helper who also loves her very much. We missed her terribly. When we came home, she was ecstatic, and she gained back all the weight that she'd lost. Yes, I think Charlie missed us when we were not around.