Closing out my intro week with my 1st Friday Favorite~
Our 4th and most important member of ‘wicks nest’ is the sweet guy you see in so many of my pictures. The little man I’m referring to is our adorable Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Cal.
How to describe the sweetest dog in the world…
Cal is an ‘old soul’ who we were lucky to find through a chance meeting with a breeder when he was just 9 months old. We were originally looking for a puppy but once we met the breeder in person she said she felt as if we were the family Cal’s been waiting for. Yes, she really said this (I swear she really believed it!) and yes we totally fell for it! ;) She then launched into a story telling us that Cal was born a runt and given away not once but twice the first several months before she rescued him. She was told the reason was that he just wasn’t ‘Show Dog‘ material. She then explained that he was wayyy too gentle a guy to be up on a stage and shifted from house to house so she took him home and started searching for that right family.
We are so lucky that noone discovered how truly wonderful Cal is. He’s a sweetheart who has never met a stranger, just wants to be close to someone at all times and still loves the world after all he’s been through. I know… everyone says this about their dog but I’m serious when I say that everyone who meets Cal falls in love. The entire neighborhood adores Cal along with Mike, our UPS guy who gives him the occasional treat and our mailman who stops to pet him whenever possible. He’s a very popular guy for such an insecure fellow. ;)
I’m sure you’ve noticed that Cal is almost always in the background of most of my photos, sleeping happily away… I’m convinced he was born snoozing. ;) I have never met anyone – dog or human who can sleep as much as he does. The few minutes a day that Cal is awake, well… he spends following me around, keeping my shadow company. When I’m taking pictures of my home I know he’s always somewhere in the vicinity so rather than moving him out of the way I simply adjust things to include him. How could I not?
Cal is 11 now and like many Cavaliers he’s developed a slight heart murmur. We are making sure to appreciate every moment we have with him and feel so lucky to have been chosen as his family. I’m sure I’ll be sharing many more decorating and well, just plain ‘ordinary life’ shots with this beautiful soul. It’s simply too hard to avoid.