🌱 Safe and secured fenced yard, preferred
🐶 Canine companion of similar size & temperament
🏡 Someone home much of the day
💜Gentle children okay
Last month we welcomed in 5 year old (DOB 3/7/2014) Granger after we was retired and released by his breeder. Sadly, we understand that Granger spent the first 5 years of his life living outside. Instead of being apprehensive about being inside and truly a part of a family, Granger completely embraced it! He is thriving in his foster home as a beloved pet and is now ready to find his perfect furever family!
Granger's intake vetting revealed healthy eyes, ears, hips, and skin. A mild, asymptomatic heart murmur was detected, likely from the onset of mitral valve disease / insufficiency common for a middle aged Cavalier. While his left knee is tight, he does have a right luxating patella that doesn't give him any trouble or discomfort. His fecal, heartworm, and tick borne illness tests were all negative. His bloodwork was was all normal. He did arrive with a urinary tract infection which he was treated for and cleared of. He also underwent his neuter surgery and dental cleaning while in our care which he recovered well from. Over time, we have come to the conclusion that Granger may have some hearing impairment, which is common for Cavaliers. He is learning and responding well to hand signals to accompany a vocal command. Granger is now up to date on vaccinations, neutered, had a recent dental, microchipped, and on monthly preventatives. He is not on any medications and does not require any vetting outside of regular wellness check at this time, however, as with all detectable heart murmurs, we recommend that a baseline echocardiogram is performed by a veterinary cardiologist.
Handsome Granger has a beautiful rich ruby coat and stunning chocolate brown eyes 😍 He weighs 18.5 pounds but could stand to gain a few. We feel that 21 pounds may be his ideal weight. He is enjoying his food and finishing his meals, and has come to learn to love treats which he expects after coming in from pottying outside. Granger has a safe and secured fenced in yard in his furever home which is where he is taken out for pottying. To ensure potty training success, he is taken out frequently - first thing in the morning, last thing at night, every few hours in between, including right after meals. He is doing very well with his potty training, especially following his neuter surgery. When he cannot be directly supervised indoors, he wears a belly band as a precaution. Please know that continued training is always needed in a new environment, and that accidents are to be expected.
Granger's foster mom describes him as an absolute lover! He is extremely sweet and affectionate but definitely starving for attention and love, making him a bit clingy and needy. We feel he is making up for his 5 years as an "outside breeding dog". It is likely that over time his neediness will diminish some as he comes to learn that he is forever safe and loved and that attention and love isn't going away. In the meantime though, he needs a family who will embrace his closeness and be able to give him the extra reassurance he needs and shower him with endless love, attention, and affection. He soaks up all the petting, belly rubs, chin scratching, and hugs and kisses he can get ❤️ He likes to stick like velcro to his people and would be happiest and thrive best in a home and family that can spend much of the day with him.
During times when no humans are home, Granger stays in a puppy proofed gated off area of the home. While he certainly prefers to be with you, he does well being alone for short periods of time. When his humans are home, Granger has access to everything in the home and enjoys spending time both outside in the yard and inside on the heels of his human. He is enjoying short leashed walks as well as car rides in his snoozer car seat. He loves evenings where everyone relaxes on the couch and he can wedge himself behind you and curl up around your neck! At night he uses the pet steps to get up onto the big bed where he sleeps very well snuggled up nice and close. As you have probably gathered by now, Granger has no concept of "personal space"!
Granger shares his foster home with multiple other Cavaliers who he gets along with very well and we think he would love a home with other Cavaliers or another dog of similar size and mild temperament. That said, if the resident dog really values his or her personal space, that would not be a good match with Granger. He would also do best with dogs who are used to and welcoming of sharing their home and humans with another dog as Granger certainly isn't shy about asserting himself for attention. He does very well in a "pack" and would do well in a multi-dog household as long as there was plenty of love to go around. There are cats in Granger's foster home and he has proven to be 'feline friendly' 🐱
Stranger? What's that?! Granger knows no stranger and welcomes the love and attention of any who will give it to him! The more hands and laps the better so we welcome applications of families with gentle children. He is very social, friendly, outgoing and does not scare or startle easily. He would do well in an active family as long as they have the time and capacity to devote to spending time with him and giving him the attention and affection that he longs for. We also feel he would be happy in an adult only home as long as there was an individual who worked from home, was retired, or only worked part time away from the home.
We feel Granger would be happiest having a safe and secured fenced yard in his furever home as that is what he is used to. He would love a canine companion or two (or many!) and does well with dog friendly cats. He would love to be part of family where he could be with his humans much of the day and would do well in a home with gentle children. His biggest need is attention and affection and it is imperative that his family have the time to devote to him. If you need personal space, Granger isn't the guy for you! He needs a family who will embrace having a velcro dog! Owning Granger means never feeling lonely, and always feeling loved 💕 If you feel you are the perfect match for this sweet, handsome lover boy, please complete an adoption application found on our website and then email us at CavalierRescueAL@gmail.com to express your interest. Granger is located in Perryville, Missouri (travel there is required), and his requested adoption donation is $500.