The Cavalier Chronicle

December 2015

Editor's Mesage

Welcome to the last newsletter of the year! I have enjoyed doing the newsletter so much! Please email me at and let me know if there are topics you'd like me to feature! For those of you who missed the Puppy Picnic in November, hope you will enjoy all the pictures in this issue! It was a great success and so much fun for kids, adults, ad dogs! It was fun to see so many children there this ear, running around and having fun-- our future handlers! Special thanks hanks to Sue Bess for taking all the fabulous photos. And, as always, thank you to Bart and Linda Whitmire for hosting this event. Hope everyone enjoys the Holiday season. See you next year!

Holly Brookins


Huge congratulations to Paula Ayers and Brenda Martz of Brookhaven Cavaliers are in order!

UK, CKCSC, USA & AKC CH Brookhaven Believe It Or Not


#1 Cavalier UK - System

#2 Cavalier and #1 Dog - Cavalier Club System

#2 Cavalier - Dog World System

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ACKCSC Rescue Trust- Volunteers Needed!

If you haven't signed up to be a volunteer with Rescue in Georgia, we desperately need you! Rescue does not just entail fostering (although we do need foster homes!)-- we also need volunteers to help transport, make phone calls, network, email, and do home visits. There is a very small core group of dedicated volunteers and we need help! Please contact me if you would like to learn more-- Holly Brookins, I am including the link to the Volunteer Application- please consider filling it out! We would love to bring more members onboard in 2016!

Pictured is Cameron Brookins, "rescue ambassador" with one of our foster girls!

CKCSC of Greater Atlanta Specialty Judge's Critique- David Kirkland, Rokirk Cavaliers

CKCSC of Greater Atlanta Specialty Critique

Thank you to the CKCSC of GA for inviting me to judge their specialty and to the exhibitors for bringing their dogs. It is always an honor to be asked to judge a specialty and I thoroughly enjoyed myself both in and out of the ring. Special thanks to Sue Bess for handling all of my arrangements and to Ken Bess for toting me around. Although not required for this show, I offered to write some comments on the main winners. I hope you all find them useful in understanding my decisions. Perhaps, they can be published in your club newsletter. Finally, thanks for the Cavalier coasters which now occupy the coffee table in our den. The trophies offered at this show were exceptional!

Almeara Extra Extraordinary (Whitmire) Eye-catching well-broken blen pup only 6 months old with so much ring savvy and presence for his tender age. Truly full of himself. Balanced silhouette with correct bone for his size. Sound mover with level topline and properly set-on and carried tail. Sweet expression from well-placed, large, dark eyes, nicely proportioned skull accompanies a filled and cushioned muzzle. Difficult to miss the many virtues of this youngster. Happy to award him WINNERS DOG and BEST PUPPY. I will be interested to watch him mature. I understand he also won the sweepstakes. Congratulations on a wonderful day!

Tudorose Rhythm N Blues (Mixon) Another lovely blen youngster nearly one year of age and sharing many of the same virtues. Rich, dark color and silky coat, slightly off-square outline, short-coupled body with adequate bone to match. Pleasing head with large, dark eyes and well-cushioned muzzle in correct proportion to skull. Very exuberant youngster albeit a bit uncontrolled at times; but, I saw enough of his movement to know he is sound in all directions. His many qualities earned him RESERVE WINNERS DOG.

Brookhaven I’m No Angel (Ayers/Martz) The winner of a very competitive BBE class. This well-broken blen girl was pressed hard by her rivals but proved victorious due to her overall balance and structure. A pleasure to go over; well-ribbed, short-coupled with proper amount of leg, good bone and short hocks. A picture in side movement; crested neck flows into level topline and on to a well-set and carried tail. Let’s not forget her classic head; sweet, feminine, enchanting expression, large well-placed dark eyes, well-filled muzzle and jet black pigment. A bit shy of coat which called even more attention to her correctly balanced silhouette. She was the one I wanted to take home. Happy to award her WINNERS BITCH, BEST OF WINNERS, BEST OF BREED and BEST BBE. Congratulations on a fantastic day!

Almeara Look At Me (Whitmire) Charismatic, lightly marked blen in glorious coat and condition. So sound in movement anyway you look carrying a level topline. Balanced silhouette with good bone, body substance and short hocks. Sweet expression from large dark eyes, dark pigment and well-cushioned muzzle, a pleasure to stare at her face. So much to admire about this girl. I was back and forth in my mind between her and the winner and it came down to the smallest of detail. An abundance of virtues earned her RESERVE WINNERS BITCH.

Signature Day Dreamer (Couture) Lovely correct-sized blen dog with a well-broken coat of rich color. Fully mature with short-coupled well-ribbed shape. Level topline and correctly set and carried tail. Excellent mover coming, going and around exhibiting good reach and drive. The most beautiful large, dark eyes on a masculine head with well-cushioned muzzle. His many virtues of breed type earned him BEST OF OPPOSITE SEX. Congratulations on your win!

Ch. Aranel Avenger (Talley, Smith, Aldous) Well-broken blen of a good rich color and correct silky coat. Proper short-coupled silhouette although a bit underdeveloped in body due to his young age. Excellent bone, solid topline. Masculine, correctly shaped head with large eyes and well-filled muzzle. Sound coming and in profile but needs strength in the rear. Happy to award him SELECT DOG.

GCH. Manor House Right As Rain (McCaslin) Blen girl in excellent condition. Although not plentiful, her coat glistened. Her abundant ear feathering framed a face with gorgeous large, dark eyes and full muzzle complimenting her sweet expression. Well-made throughout, sound movement in all ways with level topline and properly carried tail. Quality bitch whom I have previously given top awards. I just preferred the size and femininity of the eventual winner. Easily deserving of SELECT BITCH.

GCH. St Jon Copper River(Wehking) Really admired this dog’s pretty face and kind expression. Beautiful coat of a dark, rich, ruby color. Good substance and bone. Sound coming, going and around with tail carried right off his back. His topline could be stronger. Happy to give him an AWARD OF MERIT.

GCH. Chantismere Chi Chi (Talley) Sweet faced girl with rich blen color. Sound mover coming and going. Good to go over; but, unfortunately she dropped her head going around the ring which spoiled her outline. I suspect this occurred since her handler moved her much too fast. Still in all, she easily deserved an AWARD OF MERIT.

Karvale Brookhaven Finn THD CGCA (Utych) Never easy to judge the Veterans as all of them touch my heart and I want to award all of them first. This blen caught my eye due to his well-conditioned silky coat, solid topline and properly constructed body. I was happy to award him BEST VETERAN. I would like to congratulate all of the entered Veterans with ages ranged from 7 years to 13 years! All of them in excellent well-muscled condition. Thank you for bringing them.

Member Spotlight: Beth Arenburg

1. How long have you been involved in Cavaliers? - since about 1985

2. How did you choose the breed (or did it choose you?) - My Husband, Rick, and I were attending the wedding of one of his cousins. It was held at the home of Kathy Powers. After just about everyone had left, Kathy let her dogs out and we fell in love. It was not until the summer of 1990 that we got our first one.

3. Tell us about your first Cavalier.- The first one came from Kathy Powers, a blenheim girl. We named her Sydney. She was a sweet loving little girl. Whenever we took her somewhere, when she was ready to go home she would sit at the front door, staring at it until we finally left. She passed away at 8-1/2 yrs. with mitral valve issues.

4. Are you involved in any Cavalier activities (breeding, showing, rescue,Cavalier meet-up groups)? - Not at this time.

Holiday Treats with Dr. Judy

Here is an article that Dr. Judy wrote for Naturally Savvy. She says, "Tis the season to treat your dogs to a little something special!"!

Trainer's Corner: Stocking Stuffers for your Pet!

Global Dog Training owner, author, (and fellow Cavalier owner!) Tonya Wilhelm shares her favorite stocking stuffers for your pet!

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The Book Nook: Mondo Man-Smartest Dog in all the Land

Review by Holly Brookins

A few years ago, back when I was a teacher, I had the honor of having my 3rd grade class featured in Janet York's latest book about Cavaliers- Mondo Man: Smartest Dog in all the Land. Janet came to my school, Sarah Smith Elementary in Buckhead, along with her photographer, Jan Stitzel (formerly of The Winning Image). We all had so much fun photographing all of the images you see in the book to go along with the story line. The letters that you see in the beginning are actual letters written to Janet by my students regarding ideas for her next book. What a surprise we had when she wrote to us and shared that she would like to feature us, along with her Cavalier Mondrian, in her newest book. There are many Atlanta landmarks mentions such as the Fabulous Fox theater! Once the book was published, it was time to attend the book release party at Janet's gorgeous home in NYC. I was also lucky enough to attend Westminster that weekend. What an experience! If you love Cavaliers and you love books, this is a great add to your collection. You can order it from Amazon or Janet's website. She has several other Cavalier-related Children's books that you might enjoy! My favorite, (aside from Mondo, of course) is Corneel at the Plaza-- the pictures and artwork are magnificent..

Holiday Pet Safety!

Reminders to keep Fido safe this Holiday season!


CKCSC of Greater Atlanta “All Hallows” Specialty
Almeara Visionnaire “Stevie” – best junior in puppy sweeps under judge Kathy Gentil
Karvale Brookhaven Finn THD CGCA – best veteran in show under judge David Kirkland
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Cavalier Puppy Picnic

The day of the Cavalier Puppy Picnic at Linda Whitmire's Field of Dreams dawned bright and brisk! Perfect weather for a get-together with our Cavaliers! We had so much fun, food and fellowship. Enjoy some of the pictures below taken by the talented Sue Bess. Thanks to all the volunteers who came together and made yet another puppy picnic happen! Hope to see you there next year.

Club Reminders!

Trophy Fund
Please consider making a donation to our Winter Specialty Trophy Fund! We will be acknowledging all our donors with a ringside poster and also on our website. You can make a donation online on our website at :
Or, download the form from the website and mail in a check! Your donations are needed to support the wonderful trophies we provide at our Specialties!

Membership Renewal
Have you renewed your CKCSCGA membership for 2016 yet? You need to renew by December 31, 2015. Our treasurer, Claire Ellis, mailed out renewal packets in mid November, so please be sure to turn in your membership renewal. You can also renew online at:

Winter Specialty Show
Our Winter Specialty will be held on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at the Atlanta Expo Center South, in conjunction with the Cherokee Rose Cluster Shows. Come celebrate 15th annual Specialty with us! We will have cake and punch at ringside, along with a small silent auction. Close date for the show entries is Saturday, February 6, 2016 and our show superintendent is MB-F.

Our judges will be: Erica Venier (Orchard Hill US) for regular classes, Collette Jaynes (AKC) for Puppy and Veteran’s Sweeps and Audrey Lycan (US) for Junior Showmanship.

ACKCSC 2016 Calendars – Thank you to everyone who purchased one of our calendars! We SOLD OUT! If you would still like to have one of these beautiful calendars, you can order one online at the ACKCSC website store:

Need Some Sunshine?

Do you know a Club member who needs some sunshine? Please contact Maureen Miles and she will send a card on behalf of membership to brighten that person's day! Maureen can be contacted at 770- 460-9197 or