I said the blog tonight would be like waiting for a bus, the last bus has just arrived. Margaret contacted me back in 2011 and from that first contact she then had a pup from Dolly's litter born the end of 2011, with Reggie the Dad, it was Reggie's first ever litter. When they took Bella home they also had their old boy Bobbie a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, who then passed away around six months after Bella joining them.
Margaret has felt since then that Bella would benefit from having another dog as a friend for Bella and a new friend arrived for Bella about a month ago. Margaret contacted me to tell me about it. I then asked if they would like to tell their story and journey to finding Ruby, so yesterday this email arrived, a letter from Bella to her Dad, Reggie. Thanks Margaret, I mean Bella and I hope others enjoy reading about your journey as I have.
Dear Dad, (Reggie)
It's Bella here, do you remember me? my Mum is Dolly and she had me in October 2011. I now live with my human Mum Margaret and her husband Steve and various other animals in leafy Buckinghamshire.
I thought I had better tell you how I am as it's a long time since I have written. My human parents first had a dog in 1985 a Cavalier named Millie, she lived until she was 16, they tell me she was very silly and for her last 18 months was pushed around on her walks in a doggy wheelchair. She was very independent and wouldn't walk from home but loved to walk around the park. They also had Bob who they got when Millie was 6, who I lived with for 6 months, he was lovely and had been a PAT dog - that is Pets as Therapy dog
for three years, visiting a nursing home and giving love and cuddles and getting lots of love and biscuits from the residents. He was 12 when he was put to sleep as he had a cancer in the top of his nose between his eyes. Everyone was so upset when he went but I did my best to help Margaret and Steve.
I have been happy playing ball (I have over 30, different sizes and weights) I can catch and sometimes head them back and Mum and Dad try and catch them. I tell them when I loose them under the furniture and even show them where they are with my barking. I am very good at communicating with my voice and my paw, touching them when it's meal time and when I need to go to the
Unfortunately I have had a little trouble with other dogs being quite scared of some, but never Cavaliers. Also if I don't know what something is I would rather not get too close, like wheelie bins covered in sticky paper with flowers on them.When someone comes to the house if I know them I am OTT with the love and
kisses but if I don't know them and they have a bag I like to hide behind Mum.
I am getting carried away a bit Dad, the reason I have written is to tell you all about my exciting news....... about four weeks ago Mum was coming home from swimming (I am not allowed to go) and she passed the RSPCA shop in our little town. In the window were four dogs needing homes, two of which were Cavaliers. Mum rang the lady at the RSPCA and she told me all about the dog family which needed a home.
There were four of them, they had lived with an old lady and man and when the man died two years ago the lady couldn't manage to walk the four dogs she had. One was a Labrador spaniel cross, two cavaliers, and a very frightened three year old Spaniel cross named Ruby. Oh Dad this lady loved her dogs so much they were very over weight, one of the Cavaliers weighed 18 kg. They should weigh 9 kg!!The lady wanted Mum and me to meet Ruby and a friend took us to the Kennels where I got to know her and Mum sat on the floor (how she thought she would get up again I don't know) and Ruby just clung on to Mum she was so frightened. She hadn't been walked on a lead for two years outside and HATED being in the noisy kennels, but at least she was with one of the Cavaliers.
Mum said Bella would love to have her at home so the next day a lady came around and looked at our house and garden to make sure Ruby couldn't get out and would be safe. The next day the friend took us back and we collected Ruby. She was very scared and had never seen so many things but gradually with me giving her lots of kisses and Mum giving her oodles of hugs she relaxed.
Now four weeks later it's as though she has always been here, I love her very much, she has barked at me a bit and I know to give her space but the biggest problem is she doesn't know how to play. I have put her on a teaching programme and it is working. I now go out for walks with my tail held high and am not worried about strange things and other dogs anymore. Ruby is very brave with other dogs and nothing seems to worry her except for walking on a
collar and lead, but even that is getting much better. We have been on holiday and we had such fun, me off the lead playing in the sand and Ruby on a long lead enjoying all the new sights and sounds.
She took over my bed but Mum bought me an even better one, Mum tells me I have such a good nature and don't know how to be nasty. Plus I love children - I wonder why. I have a friend Ellie who rings up to come and play with me she is 11. Oh yes something else Ruby has learnt yet - the Reggie Rumble Mum calls it, to me it is just run run run as fast as I can all around the garden and the house and be so silly that Mum and Dad just laugh. The chickens hide (Ruby looks like a fox a bit and the chickens are a bit frightened of her but not me).
Oh dear I am getting tired paws writing Dad, I would love you to meet my new Sister Ruby, she is very pretty but not as pretty as me. She does howl a bit sometimes but even that is slowly going. My human Dad, Steve, was away when Ruby arrived and she howled at him to begin with but now she loves him so much.
I have put some pictures of us in with this letter, can you read it to Dolly Mum please and any of the other dogs who want to know what a wonderful life I am having and what a wonderful NEW life Ruby will have living with me.
Have a rest Dad I think you are owed it!!
P.S, Sorry Dad I meant to tell you that Ruby and her friends were not taken away from the lady, she realized that they needed a home where someone was able to look after them properly. She was sensible and got in touch with her daughter in law who
took them to the RSPCA.
A very happy ending
“The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him, and not only will he not scold you,but he will make a fool of himself, too.”
― Samuel Butler
Me with Bumble and Blottie, waiting patiently to be unleashed, November 2018
Hello, I am Jane, you might of guessed, I love dogs. We are situated in the North Devon countryside, England, United Kingdom. Our home is occupied by my husband, David, our children, pack of dogs and me.