🎾 Opportunity for play/activity
🌱 Fenced yard, preferred
💜 Older children okay
When we found Cooper listed for sale on Craigslist we jumped in to ensure his safety and well being. We have had the pleasure of caring for and getting to know Cooper for the past couple weeks now and this big guy with an equally big personality is now ready to find his perfect furever home. Cooper is an almost 3 year old (DOB 1/17/2016) sweetheart who although he is a big boy in stature, has been overfed. Cooper weighed 36 pounds at intake and is down 3 pounds already. We anticipate that his ideal weight should be about 26 pounds so he has a few more ponds to go. He is responding very well to the weight loss plan we have him on and will ask that his family continue to follow it. Moving forward he should always have strict portioned out meals, limited, healthy treats, and the opportunity for daily exercise and activity.
Upon intake, Cooper saw our veterinarian for a wellness check. Already up to date on vaccinations and already neutered, we an off some labwork and gave him a good once over. We were pleased that his fecal and heartworm tests were negative and that his bloodwork and urinalysis were normal. His physical exam revealed that he is congenitally sound at this time with clear eyes hips, knees, and heart. He had some burned skin and fur on the front of his neck which our veterinarian attributed to the use of a shock/electric collar. He had an ear infection which has since been treated and 2 lipid deposits were found in his eyes which are likely from a poor diet and which do not require any treatment. After we microchipped him, he was all set - he is up to date on vaccinations, neutered, microchipped, and on monthly preventatives. He is healthy, not on any medications, and does not require any vetting outside of regular wellness checks.
Cooper appears to be reliably potty trained and has not had an accident since being in our care. He does not "ask" to go outside and so it is important that his humans take the initiative to take him out frequently to give him opportunities to be successful. He should go out first thing in the morning, last thing at night, and every few hours in between especially while he learns yet another new home and routine. While in foster care Cooper has been let out into the safe and secured fenced yard for pottying, he is also comfortable pottying walked on leash with a harness. We were told by his former family that Cooper has some food "guarding" tendencies so we have been proactive about managing that by feeding him in a designated area away from the other dogs in the foster home. We have not seen any evidence of these guarding behaviors with treat time or around food yet but we certainly haven't "pushed" it. This is very easy to manage by feeding his meals in a crate or in a separate area or room.
During the day if no humans are home, Cooper stays in a comfy crate which he is comfortable in, but since he is reliably potty trained would also likely do well in a puppy proofed area of the home. At night, Cooper sleeps very well in the BIG bed with his human and Cavalier foster sisters. Like so many Cavaliers, he likes to sleep on the pillow right above your head. He would love to be invited into the BIG bed in his forever home.
Cooper's foster mom describes him as the sweetest dog! In true Cavalier fashion, he loves to be close to his humans and is extremely affectionate and loving. At almost 3 years old, Cooper still has plenty of "puppy" energy which comes in bursts but he is not inappropriate and quite well behaved. His favorite things are belly rubs and playing fetch with tennis balls so his forever family must have plenty of time for both =) In many ways he is the balance of cuddly and sweet and active and playful. Cooper is very friendly and social and knows no stranger. He wastes no time throwing himself at you, belly up, asking you to rub his tummy! He is also full of kisses for all! Cooper is super sweet and silly and radiates joy and love.
Cooper has two other Cavaliers in his foster home which he gets along with very well. One of his foster sisters is willing to play with him which he very much enjoys. We feel he would love another playful Cavalier, or other dog of similar size and temperament, in his forever home. We also feel he could be happy as an only dog as long as he was able to be with his human much of the day and there was plenty of time for play and activity as well as socialization opportunities with other dogs. We were told by his former family that he did not get along well with the cat in the home and for that reason we are seeking a feline free home. We also feel as though Cooper could thrive in a home with older children. He can be easily startled and scared by loud or sudden noises and so we feel that older children or an adult only home would be best. He is quite sensitive and would appreciate a more peaceful, gentle environment and handling. We feel that the use of a shock collar has sadly caused him to be hypersensitive.
Super Cooper is super special! He is a teddy bear in a Cavalier suit and has so much love to give. He would be happiest in a warm, gentle, peaceful environment with plenty of time and opportunity for activity and play as well cuddles and snuggles. He needs a family committed to continuing his weight loss plan and that will provide for him daily exercise with leashed walks and his favorite activity of fetch with plenty of belly rubs in between. If you feel you are the perfect match for Cooper, please complete an Adoption Application found on our website and then email us at CavalierRescueAL@gmail.com to express your interest. Cooper is being fostered in Birmingham, Alabama (travel there is required), and his requested adoption donation is $550.