A Sunday at home with Alice, Pete and JD the Cavalier King Charles
Alice & Pete adopted JD (yes originally named after the Scrubs character) the Cavalier King Charles just over 5 years ago and in that time he’s become a double breakfast bluffer, an avid bed humper, and even has an alternative persona called ‘weekend dog’. Out of all the Cavvies I’ve met, he certainly is one of a kind.
I walk into the living room and JD immediately takes cover under the dining room table. He’s a bit shy, but it’s not long until he pokes his seal-like head out in exchange for some treats. He’s a clever little guy and he soon associates the sound of the shutter with a biscuit reward. He sits calmly and patiently, but not in an unnatural or posey way. We become friends. Alice and Pete tell me he’s very food motivated, so much so that he often tries his luck at two breakfasts.
A Pet Stories shoot always involves a bit of playtime, with dog and owner/s just playing the usual games that are part of their routine. I knew JD was pretty special, the moment I hear his playful little wails while playing half-way fetch (he doesn’t bring the ball all the way back). He likes to whine and growl until he gets the ball, where he takes it to his favourite corner of the rug, nibbling at it but also protecting it until it’s taken and thrown for him to bring back (ignore) again.
JD is often quite vocal. He doesn’t necessarily bark, but is prone to the odd harmonic howl. It’s a big part of his morning/night time routine, with most mornings starting with a howl and a demand to be moved into Alice & Pete’s bed for a leisurely lie-in.
The shoot was gifted to Pete for Christmas, and from the off Alice tells me about JD and Pete’s bond …
I can see JD’s cheeky side coming through in just the few hours that I’m shooting. He spies his bed, discreetly tucked into a corner with his toys covering it up. A tactful move on Alice and Pete’s behalf as JD likes to have a good old hump of his bed on a daily basis. Although this is very much part of his personality, it’s not necessarily picture worthy. Ha! JD is quite an independent little chap. He’s used to his home comforts and his routine. Alice tells me how anti-social he can be when it’s just the two of them at home.
JD is such a city dog that when he’s in the great outdoors he can sometimes get a bit overwhelmed. I’m told about some of the sticky situations the trio have gotten into.
As with every Pet Stories shoot, I asked Pete & Alice to summarise JD in three words, but understandably, as JD is such a little character I got a variety of options which I could choose from. I myself couldn’t decide as I loved every combination of words. So as we come to the end of JD’s story, here’s a really really good summary to close on.