About Us

We have always been dog lovers, having grown up on a farm in Michigan, but we went many dog-less years due to work schedules and the presence of small children in the house.  But, when my son Andrew was 11, we felt he was ready for a dog.  We researched different breeds, and settled on the Cavalier because of their gentle temperment, beautiful demeanor and manageable size. 

We had no idea that our first Cavalier - Don Diego De La Vega, or "Diego" - would start us on our journey into showing and breeding these extraordinary dogs.  We had Diego about two weeks and we knew we needed another one.  Diego was a puppy mill dog, and we realized right away that despite his sweet personality that he was not what we'd imagined - so we began our search for a show breeder and found them in Texas.  Once we found "Sophie", our love of this breed was solidified.

My father bred prize cattle on the farm, so it was only natural that I began to think about showing Sophie.  After a year, we found a trainer and handler for her, who showed Sophie with some success.  We became acquainted with Scott Sommer, a BIS handler and Westminster winner, and he showed Sophie to her Championship and a national ranking!  We were hooked!

What has ensued since then is a careful breeding program, with new dogs introduced into our group from time to time, and a slow but sure progression into showing our own home-bred dogs.  We love the English look in our Cavaliers, and strive to improve upon all aspects of the dogs in each breeding - health, temperament and conformation.  We are blessed with these small family members and are grateful for their success in the show ring and the recognition they have received.

We moved to Johns Island a few years ago to provide more space for the dogs to run and play.  Johns Island is next to Kiawah Island a little bit south of Charleston, SC.  Johns Island is where most of the areas horses are stabled, and there are several show kennels here as well.  Its a lovely location for us and our dogs!

Our News

Next Year's Breeding Plans 

We are presently planning on three litters next year - maybe four if we aren't too worn out - with the first litter expected in May, and then the next litter 2-3 months later through the end of the year.  We want our Show Team to finish up their championships and to mature before they are bred.  I'll post when there's a new litter on the way!!

Update to 2021 Breeding Plans 

Hi all;  Its July and we have our second litter of the year on the ground now.  They are 8 weeks - 6 beautiful tricolor puppies, 3 boys and 3 girls.  Most are committed to wonderful families who have been waiting for a long time for a puppy.  This was my second litter this year - started in January with our first breeding and these puppies from the second litter will go home in mid-August.  I'm not sure if I will do another litter this year or not, as I'm looking forward to a few months where I can sleep through the night, am not supplementing puppies every two hours, picking up puppy poo and washing puppy pads all day.  I think I'll make a final decision in September.  If I do take a break, I will have my next litter in Spring of 2022. Have not picked a sire yet, so don't know if it will be a Blenheim or Tri litter.  I'll keep you all posted in the meantime.

Our Breeding Plan for 2021 

There has been a real shortage of Cavalier puppies born this year by responsible show breeders due to COVID-19 and the impact it has had on the dog show circuit.  I have inquiries almost every day about available puppies. I've thought about this quite a lot, as many inquiries are from families who've lost their dog and who are looking to add one of these wonderful pets to their household.  I expect to have three litters this year to try to help these families while I continue my program to breed my next show puppy. If you'd like me to alert you when I have a litter on the way or on the ground, please see my Contact Us page and select "Add Me to the Mailing List" on the form.  I will only send out notifications when there is real litter news.

Puppies on the Way 

We are happy to report that we will have some puppies in early February, 2020 - we expect that they will be both Tricolor and Blenheim puppies.  We are hojping for a nice show puppy in this litter, but all others will be available as pets.  Let me know if you are interested!  

Gigi's Done It Again!! 

We were not sure if this was going to work or not this time...there were a few challenging moments....but it DID work and we have about five or six puppies on the way.  Gigi was bred to a lovely Blenheim boy from Shreveport.  We have high hopes for a show puppy from this litter, which will be both tricolor and Blenheim puppies.   But, its not likely that all of the pups will be show puppies, so if you have an interest in a beautiful pet, let me know.  

Gigi's Sweet Babies! 

Gigi is our sweet girl at home, and she's had two lovely puppies out of Verheyen Jared, a beautiful boy from England and an AKC Champion.  We love these little boys!  We are going to run one on to see if he is going to be a show dog,  but his sweet and gentle brother is looking for his new family!  Let me know if you would like to know more about this sweet three-month old puppy!

Its Been An Amazing Three Months 

After a really busy spring, I realized it was time to throw a couple of my fur babies out into the show ring to see what happened.  Imagine my shock, surprise and total joy at my two little angels!  Zoe is now a Grand Champion, and Jamie is a Champion!!  These great honors are even more sweet because Zoe is the child or Rumor, who is the child of Lilee and who was the child of my first show dog, Sophie.  Not only that, but Zoe was a tiny 4 oz baby when she was born, and I had to tube and bottle feed her for three weeks to save her life.  My boy Jamie is a complete dreamboat - entrusted to me by one of England's best breeders - and I ws very anxious to see if the judges agreed with me.  They do!!  Here is my lovely girl Zoe and my heartthrob boy Jamie!

 

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Welcoming our new babies!! 

Caroline is the proud mother of five puppies today.  It was a tough road but we made it!  They are all healthy, vocal and hungry.  Here's our very first picture!

Kavalor Sweet Carolina at LaurelWind is a New Champion!! 

And Caroline did it in style!  Caroline's three major wins and most of her other points were from Cavalier specialties, including winning Winner's Bitch twice at Eukanuba last year!.  Many thanks to Caroline's judges who recognized her qualities, to Michelle Jones for showing her to her championship and to Karen Galipeault for entrusting her last puppy girl to me to raise, show and love.