🏡 Someone home at least part of the day
👀 Remain under care of veterinary ophthalmologist
🌱 Safe and secured fenced yard, preferred
💜 Older, gentle children okay
Charlee came into our care after she was dumped in a shelter by her family in poor shape. We were not provided any information about her so we have spent the past few months learning all about her and her needs and getting her back to her best self. With her medical needs now well managed and Charlee now ready for her next and last move, we are seeking her perfect match furever family to take over her care and to continue to show her what real family means.
Charlee arrived anemic from a flea infestation and her skin and coat were in poor shape. She had painful bacteria eye infections and her eyes were very "'bugged out" and inflamed which we later learned was due to corneal edema - meaning her corneas were water logged and swollen. Thankfully her heartworm test, tick borne illness test, fecal test, urinalysis, and bloodwork (outside of the flea anemia) were all normal and negative so we were able to move forward with her spay surgery and much needed dental where she lost several bad teeth. Soon after she visited with our ophthalmologist to start the appropriate treatment plan for her eyes. Charlee is on 3 different eye medications - Sodium Chloride which helps remove fluid, and Optixcare which lubricates the eye, both which can be purchased over the counter, and then Tacrolimus, a tear stimulant, which is a prescription. Together, these medications have proven to effectively manage her corneal edema. She does need to remain in the care of a veterinary ophthalmologist for monitoring and to adjust any meds as need be. At this time, since her condition is well stabilized, it is recommended she be rechecked with an ophthalmologist every 6 months. The approximate monthly expense of the 3 drops is $60/month.
While we do not know Charlee's date of birth, her medical team feels she is around 10-11 years of age. Like almost all older adult Cavaliers, Charlee has a heart murmur due to mitral valve disease / insufficiency. Although her murmur is rather mild and she is asymptomatic, as with all audible murmurs, we always recommend that a baseline echocardiogram is performed so that any progression of the disease can be best monitored. Lastly, Charlee has mildly 'loose' knees and starting to have some aging joint changes, so we have started her on a joint supplement to help support her. That said, she has no problems getting around and shows no signs of pain or discomfort.
Charlee has been impressive in the potty training department where she has yet to have an accident in her foster home! That said, she is taken our frequently and given plenty of opportunities to be successful. She is taken out first thing in the morning, last thing at night, and every few hours in between. She is very food motivated and so a special high value treat will really help to reinforce her good potty behavior in a new environment. Although she has been reliable in her foster home, please understand that accidents are to be expected as she learns and adjusts to a new home and routine.
Charlee is a petite little girl at just 14 pounds. Like most Cavaliers she is a total foodie and so it is important that her family is committed to continuing her strictly portioned meals and limited healthy treats so that she maintains her ideal weight for her best health. In addition to food and treats, in true Cavalier fashion, she also really enjoys spending time with her special human as well as napping 💤 Charlee's foster mom describes her as sweet and low key... except for when her humans come home from work where she gets super excited and will tap dance with joy 💃 and shower you with kisses 💋 After being abandoned by her family, this over the top greeting seems like her way of showing you her appreciation for coming back home to her. Since becoming comfortable with her surroundings and learning she was safe and loved in her foster home, she has transitioned from wanting to have her humans in her sight at all times to feeling much more secure, confident, and less needy.
Charlee has substantial hearing loss and night time vision loss and these deficits can lead to some defensive behaviors. If she does not hear or see you approach her, she can be easily startled and she may react with a defensive growl or bark. At night or outside in the dark she can get scared and wants to know you are close by her. Her foster family keeps a night light on at night so that she can at least see some shadows and feel less uneasy. Due to hearing loss she does not always wake up when her person comes up and appreciates a nice gentle wake up with gentle petting or else she can wake up frantic. She has come to respond very well to hand signals and we would encourage her family to continue to communicate with her that way and with gentle touch. Understanding her deficits makes it possible to make implement these small but important accommodations for her.
During the day when her humans are away Charlee stays in a gated off area of the house with a comfy bed and does very well. When her humans are home she enjoys hanging out on the porch, exploring outside in the yard, or relaxing in the family room. At night, she sleeps in the big bed with her humans and furry foster siblings. She uses pet steps to get on and off the couch and the bed and this gives her the independence to go where she wants to go to nap or relax. Charlee would be happiest in a family where someone could be home with her much of the day, which is also what is best for her eye drop regimen. She requires her eye drops in the morning, mid day, and evening.
Charlee shares her foster home with many other Cavaliers who she gets along with well. She doesn't 'engage' or play with them but enjoys their companionship. We feel she would thrive best in a home with another mild, gentle dog of similar size or temperament. We also feel she could do well as an only dog but ONLY if it is a situation where she is with a human most of the day. We also feel she would enjoy a home with a safe and secured fenced yard as that is what she is used to, though she has proven to be a good leash walker and we are open to considering homes without a fenced yard and who is committed to frequent leashed walks instead. Per our adoption agreement, we do not allow our dogs to be off leash outside of a safe and secured fenced yard.
Her foster feels the perfect family for Charlee is an adult only home or a home with older, gentle children who can understand and respect her special needs. She needs a family who is committed to continuing her eye care with visits to a veterinary ophthalmologist and sticking to her eye drop regimen. Charlee needs a family who has the time to devote to showering her with plenty of attention and unconditional, gentle love especially as she adjusts and adapts to new surroundings. She needs a family who can ensure her comfort and safety and most importantly is patient and understanding of her when she is afraid or startled and willing to make the necessary accommodations to help her feel safe and secure.
Charlee is a super sweet senior who is deserving of the most wonderful home, family, and life. She has come a long way since her arrival and will continue to do so well in a family and environment conducive to her needs. If you feel you are the perfect match for Miss Charlee and ready to open your heart and home to her, please complete an adoption application which you can find on our website, and then email us at CavalierRescueAL@gmail.com to express your interest. Charlee is being fostered in Perryville, Missouri (travel there is required), and her requested adoption donation is $250.