As I mentioned in my last post, it ended up taking me 5 months to actually get around to writing about the house move! What I failed to mention however, is that in those 5 months, mine and Mr B’s lives changed forever!
Welcome…our beautiful new member of the family…Leo.
Now, at just under 4 months old, he is our absolute world and we have never been happier.Through all the stress and constant disappointment of trying to move (and failing!), he has made us smile every day. So (because it’s a great excuse for puppy pictures!) I thought I would just fill in the gaps of his first four months on earth…
Having decided that a Beagle (Mr B’s choice) was too much hard work, and a Lab (my choice) was too big for our first dog, we decided on a breed that had the best of both worlds…a Cavador! A beautiful mix of Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, and a Labrador, they were the perfect size and temperament we were after…the only issue being they are so rare in the UK that there are only 3 recorded breeders. Let the hunt begin!!
After joining numerous groups on social media, I met K, another UK based Cavador lover who was also struggling to find a pup. We immediately bonded over our dilemma and decided we would find a breeder together. Within a few months, K was messaging me saying she had managed to find a breeder who had just had 7 Cavador puppies…based in Wales! She was driving there straight away, so we waited for photos and feedback. They didn’t disappoint. At only 3 weeks old, we immediately fell in love with a little boy who was a perfect mix of the two breeds. The stunning honey lab coat, with the most beautiful white markings on his feet, face , and tail!
We knew then that we had to have him…
It wasn’t until 3 weeks later that we managed to make it down to Wales to visit the puppies for ourselves…and it was worth every minute. We finally arrived (after what felt like an eternity of driving!) at a chocolate box cottage in South Wales, where we were greeting by the most adorable excited puppy whimpers. I barely had my shoes off before heading straight for the kitchen, making sure I was sat amongst all 7 puppies…becoming a climbing frame for their tiny feet.
I could have stayed there forever…and then we saw him…his beautiful honey lab coat, and stunning white stripe on his face, toes, and tuft of hair at the end of his tail. Mr B and I just looked at each other and knew that he had to be ours. We secured him on the spot, making sure he had the most cuddles from us before we left.
How were we going to wait another 3 weeks before we could take him home!?
It was definitely an “interesting” journey home. He wasn’t car sick, and didn’t make a mess, but he cried and cried, to the point where I nearly cried! Our poor little boy, so upset to be leaving his mum. I gave him so many cuddles to calm him down, he ended up asleep on my lap for most of the journey back. Once home, he was a lot more settled, and spent hours exploring his new surroundings. It was hard to believe he was finally with us!
At 12 weeks old, K and I decided that the brothers should meet up! We had kept in touch the whole way through their journey, and thought that it would be lovely to get the brothers together. Living just down the road from us (I’m pretty sure it was fate), made it easy to visit, and keep visiting regularly.
The pups absolutely loved it and spent the day play fighting and sleeping, running circles around all of us! K and I still say we can’t believe how lucky we are to have found our boys.
Now, at just under 4 months, Leo has certainly made a massive impact on Mr B and I. Having recently returned from our first holiday together (blog post to follow!), it is clear to see he has well and truly become a Bailey.
So that’s us…my beautiful boys and my perfect little family ❤️🐾