Saint Simon's Island, Georgia





  • Female
  • Age: 6  (DOB 12/27/2014)
  • 12# 
  • Asymptomatic (G1) heart murmur, gastric issue managed with low dose of daily meds, otherwise healthy!
  • Adoption Donation: $450


 πŸ‘ Someone home much of the day/ low alone hours

🌱 Safe and secured fenced yard
🐢 Canine companion of similar size & temperament
πŸ’œ Older, gentle children okay

6 year old Joy (DOB 12/27/2014) came into our care after she was retired and released from a life of breeding. Joy arrived to us with many medical issues including a terrible skin infection which resulted in severe hair loss all the way from her chin to her abdomen. It's been amazing to see both her physical and emotional transformation over the past few months in our care. Joy is now medically cleared and healthy and ready for her next and last move.

We treated Joy for a bad skin infection, painful ear infection, and she underwent a spay and much needed dental in our care where she lost 21 diseased teeth that she doesn't miss a bit. All of her labwork including her bloodwork, urinalysis, fecal test, heartworm test, and tick borne illness test were all normal and negative. She is in great orthopedic shape with clear knees and hips and has a very mild, "barely there" grade 1 heart murmur. Her tear production is on the low end of normal so we are supplementing her own tears with an over the counter artificial tear/lubricating gel to ensure her eyes stay adequately lubricated and comfortable. We would recommend that her family continue this and also monitors her tear production with simple teear tests at her regular wellness checks.

Shortly after Joy arrived she experienced loose stools and despite all efforts to firm them up, it persisted. We dove into diagnostics to check for things like parasites, EPI, pancreatitis, etc., but all results were normal and unremarkable and she never experienced any other symptoms except for the loose stools. Thankfully, we found that she responded very well to Tylosin (an antibiotic very safe for long term use) and we have identified her lowest effective dose which is a very low dose that she takes daily. Tylosin is both very safe and effective for her and her new family will need to continue this management plan.

Joy is now up to date on vaccinations, spayed, had a recent dental, is microchipped, and on monthly preventatives. She is a tiny tot, and all 12 pounds of her will wiggle to greet you! Her fur has grown back in so beautifully and she has blossomed into such a beautiful little girl right before our eyes! Like most Cavaliers, Joy loves her food and treats and so her family will need to be 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. She eats Fromm kibble with a daily probiotic, her daily dose of Tylosin, and a spoonful of pure pumpkin, for extra fiber, mixed in. She eats her meals in the kitchen with her cavalier foster siblings but because she eats so fast and then wants to visit the others' bowls, she does need to be supervised. She has been eating out of a 'slow feeder bowl' to help slow her down a bit. She will even put on a recital while you prepare her food as she 'dances' on her back legs!

Joy's foster family describes her as sweet, active, and curious. While she can initially be hesitant and timid due to her lack of socialization, she has become more and more loving everyday and has come to really enjoy being cuddled and loved on. It is always on Joy's own terms as that is very important to ensure she initiates it versus being pushed to do something she is not totally comfortable with. It will take time for Joy to learn she is safe and loved in a new environment and for trust to be built between her and her people. Her furever family will need to be patient and have realistic expectations for her - meeting her where she is at while also helping support her in her growth.

Being fostered in St. Simons Island, Joy has come to love the beach which she visits frequently with her Cavalier foster siblings. She also really loves the freedom she has in the fenced in yard of her foster home and can often be found out there chasing squirrels and birds and patrolling her property. Because she enjoys her outdoor freedom and activities so much, we are asking that her forever home have a well maintained safe and secured fenced yard for her. She has also been practicing her leash walking and would very much enjoy continuing her daily walks through the neighborhood or the beach. This is great socialization for her as well as good for her physical health. She is not necessarily a playful girl, but she is a moderately active girl and her family should be committed to giving her these outlets for activity and exercise.

Joy is doing very well with her potty training and is reliable in her foster home as long as she is taken out frequently and given plenty of opportunities to be successful. She goes out first thing in the morning, last thing at night, and every few hours in between including right after meals. While she will sometimes take herself out through the doggie door, it is important that her family not wait for her to 'signal' or alert that she needs to go out and instead take the initiative to take her out frequently. Because she is food motivated, a high value treat following good potty behavior is a great way to reinforce. In true Cavalier fashion, she does not like to go out in the rain and may have an accident. Her foster family has a covered area for her to go when it rains which works well. Even though Joy is reliable in her foster home, please understand that accidents are always to be expected especially initially while she learns a new environment and routine.

When Joy isn't out and about on the beach, walkin' the neighborhood, or patroling her property, she loves chewing a good bone or bully stick or having a little cav-nap on the sofa. She can often be found snuggling up with her cavalier foster siblings who she gets along with very well. In addition to providing companionship, they also provide to Joy the leadership she needs. Since Joy has never been in a home or part of a family before coming into our care, she learns a lot by watching and following the lead of her furry siblings. It is crucial that her forever home have a resident well-adjusted, confident Cavalier or other dog of similar size and gentle, mild temperament for both companionship and leadership. Joy has not been exposed to cats while in our care so we are unsure how she would do living with a feline furiend.

Joy spends much of her day with her foster family enjoying both the outdoors and indoors and of course following her foster mom on the back of her heels. During the short and limited times that no humans are home, Joy stays in a puppy proofed area of the home with her Cavalier foster siblings. She can be initially upset when she sees that her foster mom is getting ready to head out, but settles down shortly after she leaves. Joy has not been crated or strictly confined in our care and we do not recommend that she is. At night, Joy sleeps in the big bed where all Cavaliers belong. We are seeking a family where someone can be with her much of the day and shower her with the time, love, and attention that she missed out on the first 6 years of her life. We feel she would do well in an adult only home or a home with older, gentle children who can understand and respect her puppy mill past and engage with her gently and appropriately. She would do well in an active family where she can be a part of the activities, but not a busy family who would lack the time to be able to devote to her. Like most Cavaliers, all they want is your time, attention, and to be with you.

Joy is still learning all about this big world around her and needs a family who will continue to slowly and gently expand her bubble and continue her socialization. She very much wants to meet people and her first reaction is to wiggle her little body up to them, but then backs away at the sign of the first reach towards her. She does best meeting people at her level and letting her come to them instead of being reached for. She is most receptive to being pet on her chest where she can see your hand. She very much wants to love and trust humans and is working on piecing that love and trust back together after it has been shattered. It has been wonderful seeing her open up to her foster mom and let down some of those walls and we know that in the right family and home she will continue to bloom and thrive - the sky will be the limit!

Joy will be happiest and thrive best in a home with another cavalier of similar temperament for companionship and leadership, someone who can spend much of the day with her, a home with a safe and secured fenced yard, and a family who will provide for her opportunities for gentle exercise, activity, and socialization. Her family will need to continue her daily eye drops, and daily dose of Tylosin. If you feel you may be the perfect match for this sweetheart, please complete an Adoption Application found on our website ( and then email us at to express your interest. Joy is being fostered in St. Simons Island, Georgia (travel there is required), and her requested adoption donation is $450