Health: MVD managed with a daily medication, otherwise a healthy senior girl!
Adoption Donation: $250
ABBY | CANTON, GEORGIA AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION 🏡 Someone home much of the day/ low alone time 🌱 Safe and secured fenced yard 💜 Gentle older children okay 🚘 Driving distance to veterinary cardiologist
🛑 If you do not check ALL of the above requirements, your application will not pass the screening process for consideration. We do not compromise on these requirements as we feel they are essential to a successful adoption with Abby.
MEET ABBY 🐶 Sweet Abby came to us as an owner surrender when her former family found it difficult to care for her due to their busy schedule and financial hardships. It's been our pleasure to have Abby in our care when she needed us, but she is now ready to find her furever home - a family who has the time and ability to shower her with so much love and ensure that her every need is met in her golden years. 12 year old Abby (DOB 10/10/2010) is going to be a wonderful new addition to a very lucky family! MEDICAL 🩺 Abby is a healthy senior gal who is now up to date on vaccinations, spayed, had a recent dental (with 5 extractions), microchipped, and on monthly preventatives. Upon intake we treated Abby for ear infections and a urinary tract infection which she is now cleared of. All of her labwork including her fecal test, heartworm and tick borne illness test, bloodwork, and urinalysis is now normal and negative. As to be expected for a senior Cavalier, an audible heart murmur due to Mitral Valve Disease (MVD) was detected at her intake vetting so she underwent an echocardiogram which revealed just very mild changes/remodeling to her heart due to her insufficient mitral valve. To help slow down any further changes and progression of the disease, she has started on a twice a day heart medication (Pimobendan). The monthly cost of this medication is about $14/month. Overall, this is great news for a senior Cavalier, but she does need to remain in the care of a veterinary cardiologist so that her MVD can be best monitored and managed, therefore we are requiring that her family be within reasonable driving distance to a veterinary cardiologist. Her next echocardiogram is due June 2023. Other than the MVD, Abby is in great physical shape with just normal, typical aging changes. We do have her on a daily joint supplement to help support her aging joints. FOOD & POTTY HABITS 🥘 Abby arrived into our care a bit overweight but has slimmed down to her ideal weight of 19 pounds. Unlike most Cavaliers, Abby is a bit of a slow eater and sometimes needs encouragement to start her meals or even needs to be hand fed the first few bites to get her going. Since she is a slower eater, she is fed away from her Cavalier foster sibling so she can take her time without being encroached upon. Abby eats standing on a rug where she has more traction and stability under her and is more comfortable when she dines. Although she takes her time with her meals, she is quick to snatch up a treat, like her favorite Fromm Crunchy O's. She has learned the "treat schedule" and makes sure her foster humans stick to it! She takes her twice daily heart medication with a little dollop of peanut butter as she doesn't like pill pockets. Her family must remain committed to continuing her strictly portioned meals, limited healthy treats, and age appropriate daily activity to ensure she remains at her ideal weight, best health, and best self! Abby has proven to be reliably potty trained, having no accidents since her UTI has cleared up. That said, she is given plenty of opportunities outside to be successful - being taken out first thing in the morning, last thing at night, and every few hours in between including immediately after meals. She is let out into the safe and secured fenced backyard in her foster home for pottying. She moves around slowly in the yard and often needs time to find the perfect spot so she shouldn't be rushed. She would do best in a relatively flat yard and with a few to no steps out to access it, otherwise be prepared to carry her, for her safety. Please know that even though Abby is reliable in her foster home, accidents are always to be expected, especially initially while she transitions to another environment and routine. PERSONALITY 💕 Abby's foster mom describes her as a gentle, sweet, and curious girl. As a typical senior, she spends a large part of her day taking cav-naps. She loves soft beds with blankets on the floor for napping when a lap is not available. She is a great cuddler and is very loving! After plenty of rest during the day, Abby finds bursts of energy at after dinner time where she enjoys a nice neighborhood stroll or even a game of fetch and chase with toys. You know she is ready to play when she raises her bottom in the air and pounces! She loves walks and is a fabulous walker, trotting right along with her much younger cavalier foster siblings. She also likes to pay attention to what's going on in the house and will set out to explore on her own. Mostly, she loves her humans, but especially her foster dad - it is his lap she prefers for her morning and afternoon nap, but will settle for foster mom's lap or a comfy bed if he is unavailable. She also loves being with her Cavalier foster siblings and can often be found cuddled up with them. ROUTINE ⏰ Abby loves her beauty sleep and will sleep in well past eight o'clock, if the schedule allows it. She has no problem being the last one out of bed and has to be physically awakened in the morning and lovingly carried out of bed to get up and out for pottying. After breakfast she finds a comfy spot, preferably a lap, for a morning nap. Abby enjoys a leisurely schedule in her foster home where she spends much of the day with her foster family where she enjoys free roam of the house and plenty of sunshine and fresh air out in the yard. In true Cavalier fashion, Abby wants to be wherever her humans are. In the evenings, after dinner, Abby enjoys a nice walk around the neighborhood or along a hiking trail where we really see her come to life! She brightens right up when her harness and leash are brought out and can even become vocal with excitement! She is an excellent walker, prancing at a fast pace and becoming extra animated! Then she gets a full body rub-down and massage before finding her perfect spot on the big bed where she sleeps peacefully with her foster family. Abby doesn't feel comfortable or confident using pet steps to get on and off the bed so she needs a lift up and down. We are seeking a family who will continue to invite her into the big bed to sleep with them. While Abby spends most of the day with her foster family, during short periods of time where no humans are home Abby and her Cavalier foster siblings have free roam of the safe, puppy proofed home where she has plenty of space, comforts, and companionship. Abby has not been crated, or otherwise strictly confined, while in our care as she doesn't need to be and we do not recommend that she is. Abby does well left for short periods of time but of course she is happiest being with her people. We are seeking a family where someone can be with her much of the day and where she will have low alone time (and lots of lap time!) SOCIALIZATION 💜 Abby is a well socialized and friendly girl. She is always happy to meet new people, shows appropriate curiosity and excitement, and enjoys receiving their attention. She has a particular fondness for men and seeks out her foster dad or male visitors for attention and affection. It would be wonderful if her furever home had a male who was able to devote time and attention to sweet Abby. We have not found her to be scared or startled by much of anything, but if there is a lot of noise or activity in the home she can be overwhelmed and resorts to a quiet safe place, like a closet, for some peace, quiet, and safety. We feel that Abby would be happy and do well in an adult only home or a home with older, gentle, well behaved and dog savvy children who know how to engage with her gently and appropriately and who understand that she is a senior dog who is not particularly playful or active and needs her space and boundaries respected. She is a gentle, mild girl who would appreciate a more quiet, relaxed, peaceful home without a lot of noise or activity. Sweet Abby gets along very well with her 2 other Cavalier foster siblings and quickly became a part of the pack. She can often be found cuddling up with them and while she doesn't initiate play with them, she draws comfort from being around them and certainly enjoys their companionship. We feel Abby could be happy and do well as an only dog in the home but only if she was able to be with someone most of the day and where she would have very little alone time and opportunities for socialization with other canine furiends. Otherwise, she would be happiest and do best with another adult Cavalier(s) or other dog of similar size and mild, gentle temperament, for companionship. She has not been exposed to any cats while in our care so we are unsure how she would respond to living with a feline furiend. IDEAL FAMILY & HOME 🏡 Most importantly, Abby needs a family who has the time and ability to shower her with so much love and attention and make her an included and important member of their family. Therefore, we are seeking a home where someone can be with her much of the day and provide for her age appropriate activities, be committed to continuing her favorite daily walks, and give her plenty of lap and cuddle time. Being a senior gal, Abby does have some needs and preferences when it comes to accomodations in her home and would do best in a 'senior dog friendly' home with either carpet or area rugs and little to no steps and stairs. If there are steps, her family must be able and prepared to carry her up and down and also give her a lift on and off furniture with also plenty of comfy dog bed options on the floor for her. We are also seeking a home with a safe and secured yard for pottying purposes and so she can continue to enjoy her outdoor freedom. Lastly, her family must live within reasonable driving distance to a veterinary cardiologist to ensure her heart disease can be well monitored and managed. HOW TO APPLY 💻 Abby is a healthy, happy girl who is seeking a furever family to enjoy her golden years with. She still has so much life and love in her and will be such a wonderful addition to a very lucky family. If you feel you’re a perfect match for adorable Abby and meet all of her requirements, please fill out an adoption application found on our website (TheCavalierRescue.org) then email us at CavalierRescueAL@gmail.com to express your interest. Abby is located in Canton, Georgia, and travel there is required. Abby doesn't particularly enjoy car rides and so ideally we are seeking a home without long car travel home. She does need an elevated car seat for both her safety and comfort and will ask that her family provide her one. Abby's requested adoption donation is $250.
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