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Austin Cavalier meetup update

From: David F
Sent on: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 4:30 PM

Hi Fellow Cavalier owners, I have never sent out any kind of update or newsletter (and I promise this won’t be a regular occurrence) but today I have a few things I’d like to cover with the group.  I apologize in advance for the length of this email.


1.       Cavalier meetup group milestone

2.       Upcoming meetup events

3. / My experience with Cavalier deafness

4.       Discussion board on meetup website

5.       Need organizers for meetup events


1.  Cavalier Meetup Group Milestone:


Our little meetup group has grown from less than 100 members to over 250 members in the past two years!  I guess this is a pretty good indication of the popularity of the breed!  Thanks to you all for helping to spread the word!


2.  Upcoming Meetup Events:


We had a fun meetup event at Firehouse a few weeks ago with 20+ participants.  It’s a beautiful facility and they gave us a warm welcome with a complete spread of food, wine and sodas and even a separate spread of dog treats from Woof Gang Bakery!  (Incidentally, if you were an attendee, see the note on our meetup discussion board about the coupon that they distributed at the meetup).


There are three upcoming meetups in the next few months that I wanted to call your attention to:

-          Saturday, March 16th 4:30PM – spring meetup at Zoom Room – this is a 4:30PM event because it was their only available slot on a Saturday or Sunday.  Please RSVP if you plan to attend so we can determine whether we have enough participants to cover Zoom Room’s cost.

-          Saturday, March 23rd 9AM– Mighty Texas Dog Walk – this is a fun event (when the weather is good).  We’ll find a good location to meet so we can walk as a group.

-          Thursday, April 4th 6:00PM – Yappy Hour at Lofty Dog on Anderson Lane – this is an odd day/time for a meetup but it’s a monthly event (called “Poochinis and Pedicures”) that they hold at their store.  A portion of all purchases will be donated to Cavalier Rescue USA. 


3. / Cavalier deafness:


If you are not already aware, there is an amazing website dedicated to Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and health related topics.  It is  If you have any questions about your Cavalier’s health, you may find more info on this site than even your vet can give you.


I had a recent experience with this that I wanted to share with the group.  Our 4 year old Ruby, Riley, has over the past year progressively lost her hearing until she became completely deaf.  We observed it happen as she used to hear every doorbell, every knock at the door and every dog barking outside and over time heard none of them.  We asked our vet about this problem and she confirmed that Riley did not have an ear infection but she didn’t have any diagnosis or suggestions.  After conducting some research (some on the Cavalier Health website), I learned of a treatable condition called “Primary Secretory Otitis Media (PSOM for short).  Long story short, the Central Texas Specialty Veterinary Hospital performed the procedure and one month later, Riley can hear again!  This is different than age related deafness.  If you have a young Cavalier that has lost its hearing, please see the website and feel free to email me if you have questions.



4.  Discussion board on meetup website:


One of the features of our Cavalier meetup website is a discussion board.  Anyone can post a topic on the discussion board that they would like to have the group comment on.  Please check this discussion board periodically for new messages.  One current topic is a question I posed to the group on the concept of membership dues vs. voluntary contributions.  Please comment on that when you have time.


5.  Organizers needed


Please remember that ANYONE can schedule a meetup.  We have 250 members now and that is a large enough group that we can schedule meetups in different parts of town.  One has been held in Georgetown, one has been suggested for Bee Cave – they can be anywhere.  Someone just needs to take charge.  There is little that you have to do as an event organizer – pick a place and time, put it on the calendar,  and does the rest – it manages RSVPs, sends out reminders, etc.  So no need to wait for me to schedule a meetup – jump right in!  J


Thanks for your continued participation in our group.  I hope to see each of you at one of the upcoming meetups!




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