Wellington


Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
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Home:Brooklyn Heights, NY  [I have a diary!]  
Age: 8 Years   Sex: Male   Weight: 11-25 lbs

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Nicknames:
Wellie, Wellie-Bellie, Wiggle-Worm, Little One, Baby Boy, Welles, Barky McBarky

Doggie Dynamics:
 Energy 
sleepyenergetic
 
 Intelligence 
sillygenius
 
 Friendliness 
aggressiveaffectionate
 
 Playfulness 
not playfulvery playful
 
 Disposition 
anxiouscalm
 

Quick Bio:
-purebred

Birthday:
December 25th 2005

Likes:
Bathrobe tie; plush toys that squeak, his Nylabones, Charlie his dogwalker, Lizzie, his Mom (of course!), Da Vinci - his best friend also a tri-color cavalier, Doormen, hugs and licks, traveling

Pet-Peeves:
Mom not letting him eat everything he picks up off the floor; Having his ball roll under something and he can't retrieve it, having his ears brushed. Elmo and The Pillsbury Doughboy(he barks at them - also any animals on TV.

Favorite Toy:
Rope chews, Nylabones, anything that squeaks, tennis balls, Schmutz his black octopus, Pig

Favorite Food:
Nutro Small Bites with carrots and chicken mixed in (and sometimes egg in the morning); Solid Gold treats in turkey and lamb; chocolate ice cream (or anything icy - especially ice cubes); cheese; carrots; fennel; basil; brussel sprouts, apples, mangoes

Favorite Walk:
The Promenade on Brooklyn Heights - particularly when there are lots of people out to pet him and lots of big dogs for him to play with.

Best Tricks:
Sit is good but playing with his tail, catching it and then barking at it. Also, when he greets someone he loves he wriggles and wiggles his entire body!

Arrival Story:
Wellie was born at the Northview Kennels (www.northviewcavaliers.com) in Spring Valley, Illinois on a farm outside Peoria - they also have Tennessee walking horses -and about 8 weeks after his birth, I contacted the breeder, Jean Babcock. She interviewed me and I had to wait a bit as someone else had claimed Nicholas (as Wellie was called then.) It was between myself and another woman from New York who wanted him as a show dog. I told Jean I just wanted him to love. She and her husband had to think about it but a day later Jean phoned and decided that "Nicholas" should go to me. I couldn't believe I'd really committed to a puppy as I had no experience with a puppy before but I had a lot of love to offer and had done tons of research. I flew out to Chicago in mid-March (Jean does not ship her dogs) to get him and we spent hours in Midway Airport - typical delay out of Chicago area - and the TSA people were thrilled to play with the puppy. When Wellie saw me for the first time, he clung to me and I realized I was solidly in love - still nervous about taking the best care of him, but in love. I put him on a leash and collar for the first time ever and walked him around the airport. Finally, we boarded the plane and after another time delay, we were on our way. It was his first time on a plane and then a NYC taxi back to Brooklyn Heights! Now, he's a pro at traveling and gets so excited when I take his carry-bag out of the closet. He especially loves the subway and walking around the city - so many people to ooh and aah over him! And lots of yummy things for him to sniff on the sidewalk. We've really grown together, Wellie and I and every morning we do a little dance together to VH1's Jump Start or to the 70's Station. I have a terrific dog walker named Charlie who comes twice a day to give him his exercise Right now, he's still an early riser and VERY energetic. If it's a day when I'm home, like the weekend or a day off, it's out for a walk every two hours. I call him "my gym" as he keeps me moving! He is my sunshine and I can always count on him to make me laugh. No one wiggles and wags a tail like him!

Bio:
Wellie was born December 25 and his kennel name was Nicholas. He has a brother then named Rudolph and three sisters: Holly, Noelle & Candy. They are all scattered across the US in wonderful homes. The breeder did say that no dog they have ever seen wags his tail as much as our Wellie!

Forums Motto:
You better love to be licked!

The Groups I'm In:
Cavalicious-Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Cavaliers4eva, CKCS

I've Been On Dogster Since:
April 10th 2006 More than 8 years!

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Dogster Id:
296322


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Wellington: One Happy Cavalier


End of Summer?

August 17th 2007 11:10 am
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Hello, everyone. It's now almost the end of August and we've had a busy summer. I've discovered a new favorite thing to do: Chase butterflies! They're all over the gardens here in Brooklyn Heights and when we went out to Shelter Island (Mom called it "Swelter Island" as it was so hot) I chased even more! Also, when we were out there I swam for the first time. We were walking along the beach and then I just ran to the water's edge, felt it, jumped a wave and started (dog)paddling! Mom was really impressed. She had to coax me out as it was nice and cool in the water and really hot on the beach but I espied some butterflies so out I ran!

This weekend we're down at the Jersey Shore with Aunt Maxine, Maddie and Lucy. I am so excited - they have a terrific backyard which I can run round and round in. It's supposed to be a bit cool so we'll go for long walks.

I've started my visits to The Village Nursing Home in July. Mom and I go there and I get loads of pats and kisses. I really love the people there and I get lots of treats, too.

We did meet another Wellington in the neighborhood. He's a chocolate lab who lives with his sister Waterloo. He's definitely a Wellington while I'm more of a Wellie if I may say so myself.

I hope everyone is having a great summer. Soon it will be fall and that means nice walks and lots of leaf-chasing - my favorite!

 

May 2007

May 9th 2007 6:47 am
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Guess what? I'm a Good Dog now - well, Mom says I've always been a good dog, but now I've certified with The Good Dog Foundation as a therapy dog so tonight is my graduation and I should be getting my assignment place in a few weeks. I hope to work with seniors as I get along with them great - they really love petting me!

The weather is starting to get warmer and Mom installed brand new air conditioning for me - she wants to make sure I'm comfortable as here in NYC we usually have hot summers. I also got (another!) toy and treat shipment yesterday - boy, am I lucky! I also got a cool new raincoat but of course it hasn't rained for a while.

Anyway, Mom gave me a new haircut a few weeks ago and now my ears are really short - she says I look more like a Roundhead than a Cavalier and Uncle Andrew and Charlie my dogwalker want it to grow longer. Mom thinks I look cute but the boys want me to look more manly. I think it will be short for the summer, but my hair grows fast!

This weekend is Mother's Day and I saw a card at the store which was from the dog to Mom - I couldn't buy it, but I have to say, I've got the best Mom in the world, I love her to bits and I know she loves me. My tail, as always, is always wagging and people say I'm the happiest dog they see - well, it must be true! Have a great spring everybody!

 

Time has flown!

March 23rd 2007 11:35 am
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Hi, All! I've been a very busy boy and growing rapidly although keeping trim. I'm now 18lbs at almost 16 months old so I'm pretty much full grown. I've gotten used to a lot of things - like only going to the bathroom outside (sometimes I use the puppy pads at night if I have an urge or if I'm heavy-duty playing with Da Vinci.) I also am really good at letting Mom brush me now - no knots on these ears!

One of the best things we're doing now is going to The Good Dog Foundation where I am training to be a therapy dog. I'm the youngest in my class and a little energetic, but we're working on it. I got "down" right away, "sit" okay but I don't like "stay" - I think Mom is going to leave me or something...Anyway, we meet once a week and first I have "Basic Training" for four weeks and if that goes well, then I move on to the more intense training for four weeks. Mom and I practice every day although sometimes I am better than others. Once I pass all my classes then I'll go visit people in nursing homes and kids in hospitals. I know I'll love getting petted!

I have a new dog walker named Charlie - well, I've had him for a few months already and I love him. He takes me on loooong walks around Brooklyn Heights.

My favorite thing to do now - fetch! Mom throws a soft plush ball, I get it and bring it back to her and she makes me "Sit. Stay" and then throws it again. I can do this for hours!

I still love traveling on the subway and I love visiting my other homes: Grandma and Grandpa's in Watchung, Uncle Andrew's (& Poppy's) on the Upper West Side and Aunt Maxine's (and Maddie!) on the Jersey Shore. This summer I'll be going out to the Hampton's for a few days and who knows where else? As long as I'm with Mom, that's cool with me. Talk to you soon.

Love, Wellie

PS: In January I had my Birthday Party and it was soooo much fun. Mom, Uncle Andrew & Poppy organized it and all my friends came: Da Vinci and his Mom, Sarah; Gracie the Havanese and her Mom and Dad; Auntie Margaret; Aunt Linda (who painted a portrait of me!) and Uncle Ray; Grandma & Grandpa; Aunt Susan & Uncle Mark; Debbie, Matt and Shelby the Shih Tzu; Jennifer; Mark & Milkie the Bernese Mountain Dog and of course Aunt Maxine, Uncle Nick and Maddie! We had lots of goodies for us doggies from the Barkery in Park Slope - cookies which looked like ice cream cones, treat bags with squeaky toys in it and yummy savory treats that tasted like cheddar and salmon. Mom decorated the apartment in streamers and had a tablecloth which looked like grass and napkins saying "Wipe Your Paws" and plates saying "I Smell Cake!" For the human guests there was pastries from Veneiro's on the Lower East Side and a delicious rum and cannoli cream cake. Also, Mom had cookies made up in my likeness wearing the sweater Uncle Mark and Aunt Susan gave me for Chanukah. I got LOTS of presents - including a treat jar with my picture on it and saying "Wellington's Treats" and a collar which decodes what it means when I bark. Lots of chew toys and squeaky things and we just had the best time ever! I was exhausted for two days afterwards but it was so much fun. Even Grandpa had a good time and who would have thunk that? He never really loved a dog until he had me! I am one lucky pup to have had such a fun party.

 
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