🌱 Safe and secured fenced yard required
🐶 Canine furiend of similar size & temperament
🏡 Someone home much of day/ low alone hours
💜 Adult only home
🚘 Veterinary cardiologist within reasonable driving distance
Back in April we welcomed sweet Daffodil in after she was released from a life of bad breeding and taken in by an all-breed rescue who lacked the resources to meet her needs. We extended an offer to help which was accepted. We have spent the past few months getting Daffodil healthy and learning all about her and what she needs to thrive in her furever home.
Tiny 8-year-old Daffodil (DOB 2/4/2013) is now up to date on vaccinations, spayed, had a recent dental, is microchipped, and on monthly preventatives. While in our care we treated her for intestinal parasites and corneal ulcers, all of which are now cleared up. She also had a mammary mass excised that biopsy confirmed was benign, and a dental where she lost 15 bad teeth that she doesn't miss a bit. At this time, all her lab work including her heartworm and tick-borne illness test, fecal test, urinalysis, and bloodwork are all normal and negative.
Daffodil is in great orthopedic shape with clear knees and hips, but has “dry eye" which is a prevalent congenital eye issue in the breed that results in low tear production. Sadly, her dry eyes had been neglected which resulted in the discomfort, visual impairment, and corneal ulcers that she arrived with, but now on the right treatment plan she is seeing very well, her eyes are very comfortable, and her dry eye condition is now well managed with 2 daily eye drops - Tacrolimus (a tear stimulant) which costs about $14 a month, and PredAcetate (an anti-inflammatory) which costs about $24 a month. She receives both of these prescription eye medications twice a day and is likely to be on them for life. Additionally, she gets an over the counter lubricating gel in her eyes throughout the day to provide extra comfort and lubrication. Her tear production should be monitored at regular wellness checks in case any adjustments need to be more to her eye drops.
Because a significant heart murmur was detected at her vetting, Daffodil also received a cardiac evaluation and echocardiogram in our care which revealed her moderate mitral valve disease (MVD), another common congenital Cavalier issue. She is asymptomatic and to help slow down the progression of the mitral valve disease, she has started on 1.25mg of Pimobendan/Vetmedin (cost about $19/month) twice daily to support, which she will be on for life. Daffodil will also need to remain under the care of a veterinary cardiologist to best monitor and manage her MVD, and she is due for her next echocardiogram in December 2021. If applying, please be sure there is a veterinary cardiologist within reasonable driving distance.
Daffodil had never been in a home environment prior to arriving into our care but is making great progress on her potty training. Typical of former breeding dogs, she needs ongoing training and supervision. She should be taken out first thing in the morning, last thing at night, and every couple of hours in between including right after meals so that she has frequent opportunities to be successful. Daffodil receives a treat and plenty of praise immediately following good potty behavior and that positive reinforcement is important to continue. She will not 'signal' or alert you when she needs to potty, so it is important that her family take initiative to take her out frequently and can be home much of the day to be able to support her continued training needs. Please understand that accidents are always to be expected, especially initially as Daffodil learns and transitions to her new environment and routine.
Daffodil's foster mom describes her as sweet, gentle, cautious, but curious. She spends much of the day with her 2 Cavalier foster sisters, 3 dog-friendly kitties, and foster mom. During the short and limited times where no human is home, she hangs out in a large gated off kitchen area with her Cavalier foster siblings. She is never crated, and foldable gates are used to section off her safe space. A potty pad is left by the door just in case and is usually dry if she is only left for a couple of hours. At night, she also sleeps in the kitchen and does have some anxiety being separated from her human at bedtime, so she gets a “Licks” supplement to help calm her. She would love to be invited into the big bed or in a comfy dog bed right next to the big bed where she can sleep soundly knowing you are near. Daffodil is picked up to be put on and off furniture and to reduce the risk of a fall, is never left unattended. Now that she has learned and can manage steps, a set of pet stairs onto the couch and bed would work well to enable her to safely access furniture on her own.
Little 11 pound Daffodil eats Fromm Salmon and Tunalini kibble with a little added water twice a day for her meals. Like most Cavaliers, she is very food motivated and is very excited for her meals and treats! Her favorites are Fromm cheese treats, cooked carrots, cooked string beans, blueberries, Greek yogurt, and pumpkin. She really enjoys the pumpkin and Greek yogurt frozen in ice cubes as a fun summer treat! She also takes an Omega 3 supplement daily to help support healthy skin and coat. Her family must remain committed to continuing her strictly portioned meals, limited healthy treats, and daily activity/exercise to ensure she remains at her ideal weight and best health.
Daffodil often follows the lead of her Cavalier foster sisters but also has a mind of her own curiosity wise. She 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. She will bark for attention and want to be picked up by her foster mom whom she trusts, although she can be skittish with those she does not know until trust has been built. Feeling safe and cuddled in her foster mom's arms, she will fall asleep. When not cuddled up with her special human, she can often be found napping with her foster siblings. Her furry friends are teaching her all about routines, cuddles, toys, that humans are good, and all the things she should be allowed to enjoy in her new life. Daffodil will be happiest and thrive best in a home with another resident Cavalier or other dog of similar size and gentle temperament who will welcome her in and show her the ropes. She also gets along with the dog friendly cats in her foster home, too.
Daffodil is a tiny 11 pounds and requires a safe and secured fenced yard that is designed to keep small dogs from slipping through the slats. She has learned stairs and can do them if they have a closed back, or else the risk of her slipping through could occur, especially if she gets startled. She is also learning to be on a leash and in the beginning stages with progress. Her new family is encouraged to keep practicing, in a safe environment and not with a lot of noise, traffic, people where she could easily startle and would risk her safety. She is excited when her harness comes out, as she knows it's time for an adventure! She loves stroller cruising and especially loves the car rides that go by Starbucks for puppuccinos! Both stroller walks and car rides are excellent and safe ways to continue her socialization. Her new family will need to provide her with an elevated car seat so she can watch the world go by when out for a ride. She would probably enjoy a “carrier pouch" as well, as she loves to be with her human.
Daffodil lived in a bad breeding operation her whole life with little to no positive human interaction, so socialization is an ongoing process for her. Sudden movements and reaching over her head are startling to her, so her new family should be careful to approach her slowly and gently and use hands under her head where she can see your hands and know your intentions. Although she is rightfully cautious with new people, when the introduction is appropriate and she is given ample time to check them out, she warms up well and enjoys their gentle love and attention. Overall, she has done amazingly well in her foster home- getting out for car rides, strolls, and visits which all expose her to new things in a careful, safe, and controlled way with her “person” nearby and furry siblings along to give her confidence and reassurance. Expectations for a dog coming out of such situations should be realistic and her new family will need to be committed to carefully and safely continuing her socialization. You cannot “force” a dog into being social and there is no timeline that should be put upon her. Lots of gentle love, time, and putting forth the extra effort and special accommodations to ensure only positive experiences will help with establishing trust and is at the start of where growth can occur.
Daffodil will be happiest and thrive best in a quiet, adult only home where someone can be with her much of the day to shower her with the gentle love, affection, and attention that she has missed out on for so long. She needs a home with a very safe and secured fenced yard and with another furry companion of similar size and temperament for companionship and leadership. Her family must remain committed to her daily eye and heart care. If you feel you are the perfect match for this adorable, sweet, curious, cuddle bug please complete an adoption application found on our website (TheCavalierRescue.org) and then email us at CavalierRescueAL@gmail.com to express your interest. Daffodil is being fostered in Chesterfield, Missouri (travel there is required), and her requested adoption donation is $400.