All in the Family


Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Jacques was put down on January 4th, 2010. He was taken to four different doctors in three different states and was ultimately taken to Auburn where he was diagnosed with severe bilateral hydrocephalus. I refused to allow invasive brain surgery on a dog who had barely had time to experience life yet and we put him on an intense drug plan to reduce the production of cerebrospinal fluid in his brain. In the span of half a month, he couldn't see, walk or hear, and couldn't eat without assistance, his food having to be liquidated. I've dreamed of owning this dog for four years, I researched and saved for two. In the end, I could have bought 4 cavaliers for the money I spent trying to keep my precious puppy alive, and the emotional toll, I think you can imagine. It's only our nature to want to blame someone. I don't want to blame the breeder and have made a conscious decision to believe her when she says she has had no prior experience with the condition, but these tragedies are a result of bad breeding, fair and simple. Altering nature's course for 'covetable traits' such as small ornate skulls, abbreviated muzzles and mapped-out coat patters is only going to result in the case I present to you today, and it adversely affects everyone. I won't delete his profile and blog,, in hopes that someone someday might be educated and warned, whether it be a dog owner, someone looking to adopt or purchase, or someone in a similar situation. I'm far from swearing off dogs but I can't say when I'll be ready to unpack Jacques' things and decide what will be handed down to the next puppy. Please please please please be careful in your choices, do your homework and exhaust all resources before making any decisions. Grill your breeders, make them uncomfortable if you have to. I wish no one had to experience what I have, but I know its inevitable so I pray for those who do and who have. Feel free to email or comment. All warmth, Katy

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Comments (14)
Nov 20, 2009 Tango!
Jacques is very handsome, such a cute Cav puppy. Chicken and Beef Treats from Tango!, firmly owned by Micky.
Nov 20, 2009 D0G LOVER 100%
WOW wat a cutie patotie lol
Nov 20, 2009 DailyPuppy Admin
Jacques is adorable.
Nov 20, 2009 Oliver & Henry's Mum
What a lovely little fellow! Hugs from Oliver & Henry, and their Mum in London, Ontario
Nov 20, 2009 wolfgirl66
Nov 20, 2009 GoldenOwner&Love
!DAILY PUPPY ALERT! he is soo cute! ckcs are my second favourite breed :) and he is the cutest!!! -- please comment ony my dogs..please!?
Nov 20, 2009 Limmyluver
AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW ! So So So So SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I but he would make a great DP! I am deffinatly adding him to my favorites! Have a great life little one and luvs 4 U! Come check out my Bichon Frise, Limerick, and please leave a comment! Thanks!!!
Nov 20, 2009 K9Girl
awwwwwwwww! he's REALLY cute!
Nov 20, 2009 scdoxielove
Jacques... absolutely adorable!
Nov 20, 2009 Heather
What an absolutely adorable puppy - those eyes. Jacques is the cutest little guy. Snuggles & tummy rubs to you from Oscar P.
Nov 20, 2009 anneg
Oh he is the cuttest. Lot's of hug's and kisees Jacques from the gang.
Nov 20, 2009 Gert&Duke
What a gorgeous, precious pup!!!
Nov 20, 2009 LoveMyMarvin
awwwwww this is a real cute pic right heere!! i love this breed! thanx so much for posting this cutie! C.K.C spaniels always have such a cute expression on their faces! lotta love ~MAX~
Nov 20, 2009 oopsidaisy
so adorable
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