BREED:Newfoundland AGE:1 1/2 COAT:Long hair, black OBSESSED WITH:Separating pairs of shoes LIKES:Phrenology, roller coasters, infared photography DISLIKES:Human rights abuses, wicker furniture, wasteful government spending GUILTY PLEASURE:Cat food DISTINGUISING CHARACTERISTICS:"Leaky pen" tongue, droolitis, big-boned WTW CLIENT SINCE:3/08
BREED:Cavalier King Charles Spaniel AGE:8 COAT:Long hair, brown/tan/white OBSESSED WITH:Snuggling (DUH!) LIKES:Styling mousse, Kung Fu, Curly Fries DISLIKES:Leather pants, stucco, compressed air GUILTY PLEASURE:Macrame DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTIC:Blatant indifference WTW CLIENT SINCE:3/08
FUN FACTS ABOUT NEWFOUNDLANDS!
* The Newfoundland is a large, usually black, breed of dog originally used as a working dog in Newfoundland. They are known for their sweet dispositions, loyalty, and natural water rescue tendencies. It is widely opined that this breed has greater physical strength than any other dog species. The Newfoundland dog is known to save many people who are drowning because they have webbed feet and amazing swimming abilities.
* International Kennel clubs generally describe the breed as having a sweet temperament. They are often referred to as the "gentle giant." They have deep barks, are easy to train and are known as guardians, watchdogs and good with children.
* During the Discovery Channel's second day of coverage of the AKC Eukanuba National Championship on December 3, 2006, anchor Bob Goen reported that Newfoundlands exhibit a very strong propensity to rescue people from water. Goen stated that one Newfoundland alone once aided the rescue of 63 shipwrecked sailors. Today, Kennel Clubs across the United States host Newfoundland Rescue Demonstrations, as well as offering classes in the field.
* An unnamed Newfoundland is credited for saving Napoleon Bonaparte in 1815. During his famous escape from exile on the island of Elba, rough seas knocked Napoleon overboard. A fisherman's dog jumped into the sea, and kept Napoleon afloat until he could reach safety.
* Boatswain - pet of English poet Lord Byron and the subject of his poem Epitaph to a Dog
* Brumus - Robert F. Kennedy's dog
* Faithful - First dog of President Ulysses S. Grant
* Nana - dog of the Darlings in Peter Pan
* Sgt. Gander - the mascot of the Royal Rifles of Canada who was killed in action at the Battle of Hong Kong when he carried a grenade away from wounded soldiers. For this he was awarded the PDSA Dickin Medal retroactively in 2000
FUN FACTS ABOUT CAVALIER KING CHARLES SPANIELS:
* The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a small breed of dog usually considered one of the toy dog breeds. It is a small spaniel with a substantial silky coat of moderate length, often with a mild wave, and long ears. The breed originated in the 20th century, though it has its roots in the older King Charles Spaniel of the Restoration.
* The breed is highly affectionate, and some have called the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel "the ultimate lap dog" or the "love sponge" of dogs. Most dogs of the breed are playful, extremely patient and eager to please. As such, dogs of the breed are usually good with children and other dogs.
* Cavaliers have been known to exhibit traits in common with cats, such as perching in high places (the tops of couches, the highest pillow, etc.), cleaning their own paws and can also show some birding qualities. Cavaliers have been seen to catch small birds in mid-flight that are flying too close to the ground.
* The King Charles Spaniel was so named because a Blenheim-coated spaniel was the children's pet in the household of Charles I. Charles II went so far as to issue a decree that the King Charles Spaniel could not be forbidden entrance to any public place, including the Houses of Parliment. Such spaniels can be seen in many paintings of the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries.