How did we get our name Laurel Crown Cavaliers?
Being a native Californian I grew up around Bay Laurel trees for as long as I can remember. They have a very sweet succulent smell that you always remember. In school we were told how ancient Greek myths associated the Bay Laurel with their god Apollo through his pursuit of the beautiful nymph Daphne. She did not love Apollo, and so prayed for her father, the river god Peneus, to turn her into a tree. According to the myth, he turned her into the Bay Laurel tree, and Apollo decided that since he could not have Daphne as his wife, he would decorate himself with wreaths or crowns made from her branches.
The ancient Greeks used a wreath of Bay Laurel, called the Laurel wreath, to crown the winners of the Pythian Games played in honor of the Greek god Apollo. It is worn on the head as an emblem of victory. It is worn as a mark of great honor.
Every Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, in my book, deserves and is worthy of great honor and distinction. The Cavalier King Charles spaniel truly is the dog breed of Kings, or at least one king. The breed was named for a favorite boyhood pet of King Charles II of England. They are truly the most phenominal breed there is. Their characteristics are many – among them is their beauty and uncompromising loyalty. They are attractive and graceful. They are even tempered and playful. They are gentle, affectionate and free-spirited and so much fun. I wish to place a much deserved crown of Laurel wreaths on each cavalier in existence today.