Loranka's Enchanted Knight at Hathersage
Welcome to Hathersage Cavaliers, a small kennel located in Napa, California, where my dogs are considered part of the family.
I acquired McKenzie, my first Cavalier, in 1997, from a breeder in Washington State. (Happily, at 12 years old McKenzie is still going strong and looks and acts much younger than her age.)
With the encouragement of McKenzie's breeder, I enrolled in handling classes and began taking McKenzie into the show ring. Although McKenzie took second place more often than first, I enjoyed showing her and decided to look for another puppy. In 1998, a fortuitous trip to England with Judi Geldermann resulted in my bringing back Karabel Krystal Rose (Michaela), a beautiful Cavalier puppy from Jo Blunt. Michaela eventually became my foundation bitch, producing three outstanding litters in her lifetime.
Today my involvement with the breed includes showing in the American Kennel Club and in the original parent club, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club, USA (CKCSC,USA). Since 1998 I have been the newsletter editor for Cavaliers of the West (COTW), the western regional arm of CKCSC, USA, and am past president of COTW (2002-2006). I breed occasionally, and all breeding stock is health tested for heart, eyes, hips and patellas with the first three tests conducted by board-certified specialists. Breeding for health and temperament are my top priorities.