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Following is the story of My Girl, Clairee Kayte. Her photo shoots can be found below this text.

My friend Laura, who was a Cocker Spaniel breeder, had produced a nice chocolate male puppy named Jesse. She told me she was going to breed him, when he matured, to her little black bitch, Kaytee. We both waited for Jesse to mature, and anxiously anticipated the breeding.

Jesse had finally matured and one day Laura brought Kaytee and Jesse to me to groom. As I groomed Kaytee, I fell in love with her. I also noticed that Kaytee happened to be in heat. After the dogs were groomed, Laura came to pick them up. I told her about Kaytee. Laura called shortly after she left the shop. I was surprised to hear from her so soon. She said, “Jesse and Kaytee are tied on in the back seat right now!” That was pretty funny since she had a new car, and she was cheufering two-Cockers having a hot date in the back seat. This was all very exciting to two crazy dog ladies. I told my husband about the back seat episode.

In the time it takes to make puppies, Kaytee whelped her litter on October 13, 2007. I had told Laura I wanted a black female puppy from this breeding resembling Kaytee from the get go. I started working on my husband to no avail.

At about four-weeks of age, the puppies lost their mother in a freak accident. Laura and I were devastated over the loss of Kaytee. The puppies had just started solid food the morning Kaytee died. Laura nurtured the puppies, and the puppies thrived. Losing Kaytee made these puppies even more precious. There would be no more Kaytee puppies.

My husband still didn’t want me to get any more dogs. I watched as most of the puppies were promised. It was killing me. I finally told my husband I was going to visit Laura and see the puppies. I had talked with Laura about the black female puppy that was not promised yet.

When I walked into Laura’s kitchen, there were two-puppies romping around. One was black and tan and one was all black just like Kaytee. I said to Laura as I pointed to the black puppy, “That’s not her?!” Laura shook her head in the affirmative. The puppy was so beautiful and looked just like Kaytee. “I said without hesitation, “I gotta have her!”

After my lightening decision, Laura, her daughter, and I decided to go out to eat. It had been a long day, and we were starving. At the restaurant, my phone rang. It was my husband. He asked me what I was doing, and I told him we girls were having supper. The next words out of his mouth were, “Ya got the puppy, didn’t ya?” I said, “Well yeah.” He got over it pretty quick when he saw how beautiful the puppy was.

Jodi Grace Murphy, a world famous competitive groomer whom I admire and adore, had a beautiful black and tan Cocker competition dog named, Claire. At the time, most of My Girls’ names started with “CL”, so I named my black puppy after Jodi’s Claire. I gave the puppy the name of Clairee. Clairee was also given her mother’s name of Kaytee. I just dropped the second “E” off of Kaytee and added it to the end of Claire, making it Clairee Kayte. Clairee’s AKC registered name is Kaytee’s Black Cameo in memory of her mother.

I will never forget sweet Kaytee, and the gift she gave me in Clairee Kayte. My Clairee is a darling, brilliant black, petite girl, weighing about 16-pounds. She is gentle and sweet like her mother was and has a delicate nature. She is timid and doesn’t go to many people right off. She has a tender heart, and she is ever so endearing. When I am sitting at home, all of a sudden, Clairee will gracefully pop in my lap. I call her my “Black Velvet Sweetheart", because all she wants to do is be held and loved. All she wants to do is love me. Clairee is very trusting of me, looks to me for everything, and she is truly My Girl.

Black dogs are difficult to photograph, and Clairee isn’t as comfortable in front of the camera as the rest of My Girls. Clairee truly is more beautiful than her pictures. Enjoy my photo shoots of my “Black Velvet Sweetheart". You’ll think Clairee is a sweetheart too.

Clairee-Small Collection

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Created 22-Jan-12
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Clairee-Small Collection

Clairee--Butterfly--2009

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Created 22-Jan-12
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Clairee--Butterfly--2009

Black Magic Woman--2009

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7 photos
Created 29-Jan-12
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Black Magic Woman--2009

Black Velvet Sweetheart--2010

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10 photos
Created 5-Feb-12
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Black Velvet Sweetheart--2010

Easter--2010

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14 photos
Created 22-Jan-12
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Easter--2010

4th of July--2010

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Created 30-Jan-12
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4th of July--2010

Stripes--2010

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Created 29-Jan-12
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Stripes--2010

Easter--2011

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Created 29-Jan-12
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Easter--2011

May Day--2011

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5 photos
Created 26-Jan-12
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May Day--2011

Santa's Little Helper--2011

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8 photos
Created 5-Feb-12
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Santa's Little Helper--2011

Clairee In Winter--2011

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15 photos
Created 5-Feb-12
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Clairee In Winter--2011

Black on Black--2014

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Black on Black--2014