I have owned cavaliers since 1976, when we bought a tricolour puppy for my daughter’s eighth birthday. She won two classes at a fun show and started me on a long career of showing and breeding dogs.
In 1992 I bred my once-in-a-lifetime Cavalier, Monty ( Champion Mareve Indiana ) who became a leading stud dog with Champion children all over the world.
At this time I was the UK Cavalier Club Health Representative so I was well placed to try and raise awareness of the rapidly spreading problem of SM within the breed. In 2008 I appeared in the documentary ‘Pedigree Dogs Exposed’, which publicised the issue, and this led to my removal from my position within the Cavalier Club Committee.
I still continued to work to improve the health and welfare of Cavaliers. Like Carol I gave evidence to the APGAW and the Bateson Reports on dog breeding and have campaigned for official BVA/KC screening schemes for CMSM and Mitral Valve Disease.
I am also a member of the Expert panel to the Advisory Council on the Welfare Issues of Dog Breeding and a trustee for the CavalierMatters Charity. (+)......read more
I started the Cavalier Collection Scheme in 2007. This project helps owners volunteer their cavaliers for post mortem and cell tissue donation to heart, pancreas and SM research. The scheme pays for all collection costs and for individual cremation and the return of the pet's ashes to the owner. The Collection Scheme has been said to be "probably unique in the world" and to have "allowed studies that would otherwise not be possible"
I am the Founding Member of The Companion Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club which was launched in January 2012. The Club aims to speak for cavalier pet owners and with 200 members having joined within the first six months we are now applying for Kennel Club recognition: www.companioncavalierclub.co.uk