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Cavadors and Camping – would you??

Louis the Cavador at Eweleaze with Jerry

Louis the Cavador at Eweleaze with Jerry

Well we have for three years in a row now and I can attest that Cavadors camp really well! We visit a fabulous site in Dorset every year called EWELEAZE FARM which loves animals. We always go in a big group and all four families have two daughters and at least one dog – who are also all male!

Louis loves that fact that he has all of us all of the time for the holiday and that we all sleep together and he is not left out! We generally leave him on a long tie out cable so that he can wander about our own site without actually bothering anyone else as I don’t think he would be able to resist another tents bacon breakfast for long!

Louis awaiting breakfast

Louis awaiting breakfast

Louis the Cavador at Eweleaze Farm

Louis the Cavador at Eweleaze Farm

We love to laze about on site, taking hours over breakfast and then sliding easily into a cider lunch. Afternoons we ramble across the headland to a pub called The Smugglers Inn which is about 2 miles and we get back in time for sunset and a cook out over an open fire along with a raucous old sing song.

Louis and Jerry sunset at Eweleaze Farm

Louis and Jerry sunset at Eweleaze Farm

In the wig-wag gang we have our Cavador, a pair of Cockadors, a Cockapoo, a Pooschon and a very exotic Chiuwawa cross Pomeranian (oh and early on we had a visit from some friends with a golden retriever puppy). Then there is Jerry. We have no idea what he is but in festival terms he is very much the Bob Geldof of the camp.

Sometimes the dogs do act as a pack – someone walking a bit close to our camp with several dogs can arouse a chorus of barks from them all which can be a little un-nerving I guess but from our point of view it means that we don’t get people pitching right on top of us which we prefer! The dogs also don’t mess within the camp either which helps when you have barefooted kids running everywhere. Infact it is the other animals that wander freely around the entire campsite (Alpacas, sheep, miniature ponies and goats) who create the mess – marauding through encampments!

Jaz and the Alpaca at Eweleaze Farm

Jaz and the Alpaca at Eweleaze Farm

Naughty Shetlands at Eweleaze Farm

Naughty Shetlands at Eweleaze Farm

Louis is stick and stone obsessed and will spend hours on the beach finding a stone, picking up stone, burying stone, digging up stone, barking at stone…repeat. He is also a water dog so loves swimming and as Eweleaze has it’s very own beach with access from the site which allows dogs we have had some wonderful days on the beach with him swimming in the sea with the girls.

Louis the Cavador at the beach

Louis the Cavador at the beach

If you like camping and you are after a really chilled site then this place is heaven. All the space in the world with fantastic views and the most fabulous sunsets. The children get great freedom and we don’t see them for hours on end – returning when they are hungry!

Sundowner at Eweleaze Farm

Sundowner at Eweleaze Farm

The dogs love having us with them all the time. Every now and then we did have a morning chorus of early barking if someone decided to walk past our encampment a bit close but generally Louis slept happily in his bed next to us (we have a double height air bed which we managed to keep him off of). At home he is not allowed upstairs in the bedroom so this is real treat for him!

Eweleaze Farm

Eweleaze Farm

The odd bit of food snaffling goes without question as kids leave their plates on the grass but with so much exercise every day we tend to turn a blind eye to the dogs making the most of the opportunities.

Louis the Cavador

Louis the Cavador

I guess not all campsites are the same and we got very lucky with Eweleaze as it suits all of our needs but we can highly recommend taking your Cavador camping!

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Louis in the forest

Louis the Cavador

Louis the Cavador

Took this pic of Louis earlier this week and just had to share it!!

Cavadors like Company!

So sorry it’s been such a long time – I’ve been writing a food blog for the last six months (check it out at http://designrestaurants.wordpress.com/) and I’ve become rather obsessed with cooking and eating out.

Elphaba’s owner emailed me recently however with news that they have another Cavador!! We are so jealous – they have called her Oreo – how cute is that? This prompted me to update the blog and I’m so pleased to see how many visitors we’ve had.

What is interesting about Helen’s new Cavador, Oreo,  that she is super tiny still – even though she is 8 months old she is still only 10KG and they don’t expect her to reach more than 12kg. Elphie is around 20kg and Louis is 22kg so this is a big difference.

So Elphie took a little while to get settled with her new pal but now they adore each other. Check out these pic’s. And exciting news – Oreo’s breeder has just had another litter of Cavador’s!  These lovely pup’s are so very rare and litters don’t come along very often. Message me for details (Breeder is based in UK).

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The Family is Complete – Louis’s Brother Has Found Us!

Exciting week!! We are so delighted that Louis’s brother’s owner found us on YouTube and has been in touch. We are delighted to introduce Max!

Louis catching up with his bro!

Louis catching up with his bro!

Here is Louis checking out Max online (Don’t they look like they are Skyping??!)  – they are so incredibly alike its, well like they are twins which I guess they are (well triplets of course!). Max now has his own page so you can see some more pics of him. He is so handsome – those melt you eyes and velvet ears and Max has a distinctive white spot on his nose.We think Max is ever so slightly bigger than Louis – he was the biggest pup-  but I’ll report back on weight!

Max has the same adorable personality as the other two pup’s and sounds a little shyer than Louis – he had a poorly tummy when he was tiny and didn’t get to meet so many people or dogs early on which his owner thinks may have had an impact.

It’s fantastic to have contact now with both Louis’s brother and sister – and means we can update the site with info about all three gorgeous Cavadors.

Now the challenge is on to get these three special dogs together! Have a look at Maxy’s own page to see this beautiful boy!

Please play ‘Hide the Teddy’ with me?

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Louis and Rufio watching the Olympic relay from the office!

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Louis’ new lounger!

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