A little bundle of puppy joy


How it Begins
A puppy is a puppy is a puppy.
He’s probably in a basket with a bunch
of other puppies.
Then he’s a little older and he’s nothing
but a bundle of longing.
He doesn’t even understand it.
Then someone picks him up and says,
“I want this one.”
~ Poem by Mary Oliver from her book Dog Songs (2013) ~

A week ago today, feeling a mix of nervous anticipation and excitement, I drove to collect the newest addition to the family. No, not a baby, but something I confess I find much cuter: a little bundle of puppy joy!

She’s a 14-week-old Cavalier King Charles spaniel with a beautiful nature: playful but also calm and gentle. These little spaniels have a long and regal history, dating back to the King Charles spaniels — now bred separately — in the sixteenth century. And in eighteenth-century portraits of wealthy aristocrats, you can often spot a spaniel sitting delicately at a lady’s feet or on her lap, as my dog loves to do.

Queen Victoria even had a Cavalier King Charles. Her spaniel Dash was a tricolour (black, chestnut and white), while mine is a Blenheim (chestnut and white), named after the stately home of Blenheim where they were first bred.


Princess Victoria and her spaniel, Dash, painted by George Hayter in 1833. Public domain image from Wikimedia Commons.

There are some moments when, as Suzanne Collins wrote in The Hunger Games, you would be quite happy to stop time and live in that moment forever. Sunbathing on the lawn in glorious autumnal sunshine with a sleepy puppy curled up on my chest, her head framed by the bright blue sky, was one of those moments for me this week.

Today has also been filled with puppy cuddles. And if you have any suggestions for puppy names, I’d love to hear them. We are thinking of Aimée, or possibly something else which ends in an ‘e’ sound (Sylvie? Esme?)…

Leave your name suggestions in the comments section below. 🙂


29 thoughts on “A little bundle of puppy joy

      • Have to agree. I have had Bonnie (Scottie), Katy (hound), Libby (hound), Candy (Collie), Frosty (mutt), Woogie (spaniel mix), Freckles (cocker spaniel), Frisky (spaniel mix), Dusty (pit bull), Bob (mutt), Louie (rat terrier), Gudrun (German shorthair pointer, & presently Luc (German Shepherd mix from a French friend who had to give him up). Needless to say- I am old, & these beloved best friends of a long life, rescues & “tuck-ups” all. (“Tuck up” with me along the way in parks & roadsides.) They are all cherished in memory & ongoing with Luc at 15 yrs. old & hanging on.
        My cats have had more grandiose names, but don’t often come when called, except at dinner time.

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  1. Oh my goodness, that is one darling face on a puppy! I actually quite like Sylvie, it’s graceful but still playful at the same time. I admit that I wasn’t much a dog person before but with my office being a dog-friendly one and various coworkers bringing in their dog, I’ve grown to appreciate them much more. They’re just so loving that it’s hard to resist. 🙂

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