This past Sunday afternoon I found myself in a sea of brown, black and white furry bodies, flowing ears, swishing tails, panting tongues, pairs of adoring eyes, and general doggie play time exuberance: it was like the squares of a checkerboard gone amok in an Alice in Wonderful fantasy.

Several dozen King Charles Cavalier Spaniels and their human families gathered at a “rescue” reunion benefit luncheon at Meg Gardner’s Wingfield Farm to celebrate the happy conclusion of a huge rescue undertaking by the Foundation a year prior.

Event host Hilleary Bogley, Middleburg Humane Foundation Founder, welcomed everyone to the anniversary event to thank them for their generosity and support in finding a place in their home and hearts for these adorable bundles of love, some of which were splayed flat out under a chair, chasing the children in the pen, or just quietly being held by its human.

We enjoyed a scrumptious lunch (doggie treats were of course provided!) while being serenaded by local favorite Gary Smallwood on his acoustic guitar (what a great voice!), and were later treated to a walking tour by Mrs. Gardner through her beautiful gardens. And of course, loads of family reunion photographs were taken. “Say caa-va-lier!”

Happy tails, indeed.