- Someone home much of the day
- Active, playful furry furiend
- Older, gentle children okay
- Fenced yard, preferred
At 5 months of age, sweet baby Gatsby was released into our care due to what was believed to be a congenital heart defect which required diagnostics and care that his family was unable to provide. Upon intake, Gatsby was evaluated by our cardiologist who was able to diagnose him with severe pulmonic valve stenosis. In order to repair this, Gatsby would need a procedure called a balloon valvuloplasty to open up the narrowed part of his heart thus allowing normal pressure and blood flow. Without the procedure, Gatsby could experience sudden death.
On February 28th Gatsby underwent a successful, routine balloon valvuloplasy at Auburn University and a normal recovery! This is a curative surgery and Gatsby is expected to live a completely normal, long, quality life. He is due for his final 'pressure check' with the cardiologist on April 25th. At this time he will be taken off the beta-blocker that he is currently taking twice a day with his meals. He will also be cleared at this time to undergo his neuter surgery. Gatsby is now almost 7 months old and has clear eyes, hips, and knees. He is up to date on vaccinations, microchipped, on monthly preventatives, and healthy. He is a growing boy weighing a healthy, hearty 22 pounds of big ole goofy puppy!
Gatsby is very much your typical puppy - his day consists of play, play, play, recharging (naps), toys, treats, and love! Like all puppies, he is learning potty training and doing well as long as he is taken out frequently and provided lots of opportunities to be successful. Gatsby should go out first thing in the morning, last thing at night, and every couple hours in between and since Gatsby is treat motivated, a special, high value treat should be used after good potty behavior to really reinforce it. Gatsby should be monitored when taken out to potty to make sure he goes before coming back in - sometimes he can get distracted with play! It is important for puppy families to understand that accidents are 100% to be expected and a part of puppyhood.
As mentioned, Gatsby is very food and treat motivated. He is a very enthusiastic eater - Gatsby's motto is "not a single kibble left behind!" If given access to, Gatsby will eat all of his foster brother's food in addition to his own, and so separate and supervised feeding is important. In addition to treats and food, Gatsby loves to snack and chew on anything he can get his little paws on and so having a selection of appropriate chew toys is important. Although he has many doggie toys and chews in his foster home, his favorite things to find are socks and sticks from outside and his favorite game is to run from you when you try to confiscate his goodies - silly boy!
Gastby shares his foster home with another young, playful Cavalier who he has really enjoyed! These two boys can be found chasing, playing, napping, going on walks and playing tug of war together. We feel it is really important that Gatsby be adopted into a family with another active, playful Cavalier, or other dog of similar size and temperament, for both play and companionship. Gatsby has a lot of puppy energy and having a furry friend helps to keep Gatsby busy, occupied, and out of trouble. He also shares his foster home with human sisters who he loves very much. We feel he would be very happy in a family with older, gentle children who can shower him with love and attention.
Since puppies require a lot of time and effort, we are seeking a family with someone home much of the day to devote to his training and providing the stimulation and engagement he needs. Gatsby spends his day helping his foster mom who works from home and who is able to tend to his needs. During short periods of time when no humans are home, Gatsby stays in a spacious xpen with his furry foster brother. Like with all puppies, appropriate containment when not able to be supervised is important for their safety. At night, Gatsby sleeps in the big bed with one of his human foster sisters. He is very sweet and very cuddly!
Gatsby is a very social, friendly, well adjusted puppy who likes to meet people and explore new things. He can be startled by thunder and other loud, sudden, startling, or new noises. One silly thing about Gatsby is that he turns to jello when you go to pick him up making him feel like dead weight and difficult to get a good handle on. He is also a clumsy, goofy guy who can sometimes be a bit like a bull in a china shop! He is a total lovebug and sweetheart who will shower both his two and four legged friends with lots of kisses!
We are so thrilled that we were able to fix sweet Gatsby's heart and give him the normal, happy life that all puppies deserve. Now all that’s left is his perfect forever family! If you feel you are the perfect match for the Great Gatsby, please complete an adoption application found on our website and then email us at CavalierRescueAL@gmail.com to express your interest. Gatsby is being fostered in Birmingham, Alabama (travel there is required), and his requested adoption donation is $650.