-Young, active canine playmate
-Safe and secured fenced yard, preferred
-Gentle children okay
-Low alone hours/plenty of opportunity for activity
4 month old Baron (DOB 9/3/2019) came into our care by no fault of his own - after buying him off Craigslist his former family quickly came to realize that taking care of a puppy was more than what they were prepared for and felt they could not adequate meet his needs. We were happy to help and welcome him in and are now seeking a family who IS fully prepared and that can perfectly match his needs.
Baron arrived to us healthy and up to date on his puppy vaccinations. He visited with one of our partnering veterinary clinics where he received a thorough physical exam, a microchip, and fecal test. His heart, knees, and hips are are congenitally sound and clear at this time. He does have very, very mild ectropion (where the bottom eyelid rolls outward). His does not roll out enough to expose the conjunctiva (tissue in bottom eyelid) which can cause some dryness, but as a precaution we are using an eye lubricant on him twice a day just to keep the conjunctiva nice and lubricated and happy. Physical exam revealed that Baron has one testicle that has not descended. At his age there is still a chance that it could drop. When age appropriate, Baron will need a neuter and if the testicle still hasn't dropped by that time, then the neuter procedure will involve removing the testicle from the inguinal area. Baron is healthy, up to date on puppy vaccinations, microchipped, on monthly preventatives, and his fecal test was negative.
Baron is a big boy at 20 pounds! While all of his "papers" passed on to us list him as a purebred Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, his markings and size have us wondering if he may have some other Spaniel in him (perhaps Cocker or Springer). We decided to move forward with a DNA test as it could provide valuable information to his adopting family. We do not have those results back yet (we expect to have them the last week of January). Baron is a growing boy and eating 3 meals a day which he is always very excited and eager for. He is eating Fromm puppy food and enjoying treats throughout the day for being a good boy! Lots of small, high quality treats should be on hand to help with training, as well as lots of positive reinforcement.
Baron is a young pup and still working hard on potty training. To ensure continued potty training success, he is taken out frequently at routine times—first thing in the morning, last thing at night, every few hours in between, including right after meals. Lots of praise and a treat following good potty behavior will help to reinforce. Supervision in the yard is important to ensure that potty business has been taken care of as he can easily be distracted or too caught up with playing to remember to go. Accidents can be minimized with frequent trips to the backyard and close supervision, but please know that accidents are always to be expected with puppies and especially as Baron transitions to a new home, environment, and routine.
Baron's foster mom described his as super sonic 💨 , a total lovebug 💕, and brilliant 🌟 ! She says, "he is about as sweet as you can get and just wants to be friends with all. He is active playful, loving, and smart!" Baron shares his home with 3 other Cavalier foster siblings and he is happiest when he can get one of them to play with him. Baron and his foster brother Jack love to wrestle, romp, play chase, and tug of war. Baron plays very hard and has a lot of energy! He can be found sprinting around the yard just for fun! He loves toys and will hunt out toilet paper rolls! He seems to have a particular like to tissue and papers and so anything within his reach is up for grabs. It is very important that his forever home be able to maintain a "puppy proofed" home for his safety and to keep him out of trouble.
Baron needs LOTS of opportunity to be active and expend his puppy energy. He needs play, engagement, stimulation, interaction, plenty of space to be able to run around in and playmates to run with. While sprinting and "wrestlemania" make up most of the day, in true puppy fashion, he also runs out of battery and needs to recharge 🔋. He is very sweet, cuddly, and snuggly and will happily and contently nap in your arms. He loves to be held like the baby that he is, and loves to give and get plenty of kisses and love. At night, he sleeps in the big bed with his foster family where after a rich, full day he sleeps very well. He wakes his foster mom up in the morning with lots of kisses on her face 💋! He is happiest being closest with his people and would not do well or be happy being separated at night or left alone for long periods of time during the day.
Baron's original home did not have a fenced in yard and was one of the reasons it was not a match. While Baron has also been working on his leash walking and certainly would love adventures out, we really feel that he needs ample outdoor space to rip and roar - we would love to find him a safe and secured fenced in yard in his furever home... the more room the better! His former home also didn't have any playmates, which is ESSENTIAL for Baron! We feel he would do well with playful 2 and 4 legged friends. He would love having another young, active, playful spaniel or other breed of similar size and temperament who can meet him at his energy level, and we feel he would also do well with gentle, appropriate children. He would not do well in a busy family who wouldn't have the time or energy to devote to him. He needs plenty of opportunity for engagement and activity as well as being showered with love and attention.
Baron is a friend to everyone he meets and knows no stranger. He is confident, friendly, well socialized, and a very well adjusted little pup. Sometimes he "tinkles" a little when he is extra excited and enthusiastic meeting people, but this is a fairly common puppy behavior that will go away with time. Although he plays hard, he plays very fair and nicely with his furry foster friends. He even shares his home with a feline friend. The cat is very dog-smart and knows better than to take off running in which case we feel pretty confident that Baron would chase, for fun. We feel he could learn to live harmoniously with a cat, if the cat can learn to live with him 😉
Baron spends most of his day with his foster mom and has very low alone hours. He is not used to be crated or being left alone for long periods of time. For this reason, and for being able to continue his potty training needs and give him plenty of interaction and activity, we are seeking a home where someone can be with him much of the day. We feel he would be happiest in a home with another young, active furry playmate, and a safe and secured fenced yard to rip and roar in. If you meet Baron's requirements and have the patience and energy to keep up with this playful and delightful boy, please complete an adoption application found on our website, and then email us at CavalierRescueAL@gmail.com to express your interest. Baron is located in Daphne, Alabama (travel there is required), and his requested adoption donation is $650.