🐶 Canine furiend of similar size & temperament
🏡 Someone home much of day/ low alone hours
🚘 Veterinary cardiologist within reasonable driving distance
💕 MEET BISCUIT
Big Boy Biscuit’s journey to rescue started off in May when he was sprung out of a Califronia shelter at the end of his “stray hold” after no family ever came for him. He had no identification tags, no microchip, and no records so we knew nothing of his history or background. But his physical appearance clued us that he had been through some hardship - he was underweight, had a damaged, non-functioning eye, painful ear infections, and had trouble walking. We have spent the last few months getting Biscuit strong and healthy and learning all about him and what he needs to thrive in his furever home. While we will never know his past, we can ensure for him a wonderful future by finding him his perfect forever home and family.
We don’t know Biscuit’s exact age, however, the ophthalmologist guessed his age to be around 7 years old. He is a larger Cavalier at 28 pounds, but this is the ideal weight for his frame. Biscuit came to us in need of a neuter and dental which he underwent in our care and lost 6 bad teeth that he doesn't miss one bit. All of his labwork including his fecal test, heartworm and tick borne illness, urinalysis, and bloodwork were normal and negative. We did have to spend some time clearing up his ear infections and his new family will need to be diligent about cleaning his ears 2x a week with a Keto ear flush to help prevent and manage any fungal and bacterial growth.
Because a significant heart murmur was detected at his intake vetting, Biscuit also received a full cardiac evaluation and echocardiogram when he first came into our care. Like most adult Cavaliers, Biscuit has mitral valve disease (MVD) and has just mild changes to his structural changes to his heart due to the insufficient valve. He is asymptomatic and to help slow down any further progression of the mitral valve disease, he has started on 2.5mg of Pimobendan/Vetmedin twice daily (about $23/month), which he will likely be on for life. Biscuit just had his recheck echocardiogram to see how he was responding to the medication and not only was there no further progression of the disease, but in fact his parameters had improved with the chambers of all normal size! Biscuit will need to remain under the care of a veterinary cardiologist to best monitor and manage his MVD, and is due for his next echocardiogram in January 2021. If applying, please be sure there is a veterinary cardiologist within reasonable driving distance.
Biscuit also met with our veterinary ophthalmologist where we learned that his "underdeveloped" and non-functioning left eye was actually due to significant trauma to the eye. The damaged eyeball had shrunk and regressed back due to the trauma and injury, and needed to be removed to prevent secondary issues. Biscuit did wonderful with his left eye removal surgery and has a beautiful and healthy remaining right eye. Having a healthy right eye ensures he is able to see and navigate safely and well but obviously he is not able to see things that are directly to his left.
Lastly, Biscuit was reluctant to walk at intake and was wonky when on his feet which warranted radiographs to be taken. The images revealed that Biscuit has some spinal abnormalities including spondylosis and intervertebral disc disease (IVDD) which has resulted in some hind end weakness and ataxia. This has improved greatly since his arrival with the help of good groceries, gentle 'exercise' and movements, a daily joint supplement, and Gabapentin - an affordable medication that relieves nerve pain. His overall strength and stability continues to improve! Due to his condition, we are seeking a home that has limited stairs, and plenty of carpet/rugs for his safety and confidence. His forever family must be mindful of his abilities and limitations.
While he came to us in rough shape, Biscuit is now a healthy and happy guy. He is now up to date on his vaccinations, neutered, had a recent dental, is microchipped, and on monthly preventatives. He is on the Pimobendan for his MVD, the Gabapentin for his IVDD, a daily joint supplement chew, and cleaner for his ears twice a week.
🥘 FOOD & POTTY HABITS
Twice a day, Biscuit eats Fromm Hasen Duckenpfefeer kibble with a little dollop of soft food to hide his medications. Like most Cavaliers, he is very food motivated and is very excited for his meals and treats! His favorites are Fromm cheese treats, crunchy-os, goat’s milk, watermelon, berries, Greek yogurt, and pumpkin. He really dislikes fish flavored anything along with veggies, but enjoys watermelon frozen in ice cubes as a fun summer treat! Biscuit drinks water regularly throughout the day and night so it’s important he has access to water wherever he spends his time. His family must remain committed to continuing his portioned meals, limited healthy treats, and daily activity/exercise to ensure he remains at his ideal weight and best health.
Biscuit has been very impressive with his potty training and has only had 2 accidents in his foster home! He’s comfortable pottying being let out in the safe and secured fenced backyard as well as being taken out on a leash. To make sure he continues to be successful, he needs to be taken out first thing in the morning, last thing at night, and every few hours in between. He will not 'signal' or alert that he needs to go out so it is important that his people take the initiative to take him out frequently, giving him plenty of opportunities to be successful . Please know that even though Biscuit is reliable in his foster home, accidents are always to be expected especially while he transitions to a new home and routine.
💜 BISCUIT’S PERSONALITY
Biscuit’s foster mom describes him as 🎶“just happy, happy guy, just a happy, happy happy guy!” 🎶 He wants to soak up all of the love he can and will definitely nudge your hand to let you know he isn’t ready for you to stop petting him. He’s a loyal little shadow and loves nothing more than being right with his people. He’s also a sucker for belly rubs and not shy about rolling over to request them!
Biscuit enjoys spending most of his day with his foster mom where he is either snuggling right up next to her or snoozing in his bed close by her. But his favorite place is frolicking in the grass outside where he loves to roll around and just soak up the sun and feel the breeze through his fur! At night, he sleeps on the big bed where he can sleep soundly knowing his people are near. Sometimes he uses the pet steps to get off the bed in the middle of the night and sleeps on his dog bed or cooling mat on the floor. The bedroom door is closed or else Biscuit may roam in the middle of the night.
Biscuit is a great traveler and rides calmly and happily in the car buckled into the seat. Because he is great on leash, more outings and 'adventures' are possible for him. He loves his short, gentle, daily leashed walk around the neighborhood (with plenty of time for sniffing!) which are great for his orthopedic issues. For longer trips and adventures, a stroller would be perfect for him. While we haven't noticed him interested in any toys yet, we wouldn't be surprised if that may still be to come with some time and once he's settled into his home. He does enjoy chews and bully sticks.
Although we do not know details of Biscuit’s past, it is clear that he has put it behind him and ready to be loved and doted on. Biscuit often follows the lead of his Cavalier foster brother, but also has a mind of his own curiosity wise. He certainly does not want to be left out and is the first one to notice when foster mom has moved and is quick to get up and follow on her heels. He is very attached to her and doesn’t care to be left with others. We would expect his transition into a new home to be initially difficult for him, so his family must be realistic with their expectations and timeline for him and show him patience as he adjusts to yet another home, family, and routine.
Biscuit is a social butterfly and is happiest and most comfortable being the center of attention, every stranger is just a belly rub potential! Biscuit would make an excellent therapy dog as he is well behaved and spreads his love and joy to everyone! Biscuit will thrive best in a home with another resident Cavalier or other dog of similar size and gentle temperament who will welcome him in, show him the ropes, and provide for him the constant companionship that he loves. He has not been observed with cats, so we are unsure how he would respond.
We feel he would do well in an adult only home or a home with gentle children. He has had plenty of opportunity to mingle with the neighborhood kiddos and like a true therapy dog in the in making, he does excellent and enjoys all the gentle affection and attention he can get. Everyone is an opportunity for love!
☀️ HIS IDEAL FAMILY
In true Cavalier fashion, Biscuit loves nothing more than being with his person whether that's relaxing on the couch, going to the beach, or enjoying a leisurely stroll around the neighborhood together. We are seeking a home where someone can be with him much of the day so he will have little alone time. He is excellent in an office setting so a dog friendly workspace would be great too! Especially during times when no humans are home, Biscuit needs another canine furiend for companionship.
Biscuit loves the sun and fresh air, so a home with some kind of safe outdoor space (patio, balcony, fenced yard yard) would be ideal for him. However, he is very good on a leash, so could do well with a family that’s committed to taking him out on leashed walks. A big bonus would be someone who would take him on regular social adventures!
He requires a home environment that will be safe and conducive for his orthopedic needs and limitations which ideally has limited steps/stairs and plenty of carpeted areas and rugs so he can move safely and confidently about. If there are unsafe stairs in the home, we would require that they be gated off and Biscuit carried up and down. In his foster home, he uses pet stairs and ramps to access furniture, but occasionally still needs a little assistance. He should be discouraged and prevented from doing any jumping.
💻 HOW TO APPLY
Biscuit is a sweet, happy, social, goofy guy and is now well medically managed and ready to start his next chapter as your best friend. If you feel you’re a good fit for Biscuit and meet his requirements, please fill out an adoption application found on our website (TheCavalierRescue.org) then email us at CavalierRescueAL@gmail.com to express your interest. Biscuit is located in Lake Forest, California, and travel there is required. His requested adoption donation is $400.