🏡 Someone home most of day/ low alone hours
🌱 Safe and secured fenced yard, preferred
🐶 Active, playful canine companion
💜 Gentle children okay
Last month we welcomed sweet 1 year old Liam (DOB 11/12/2018) into our care after he was surrendered to us by his family due to no fault of his own. Liam is a 16 pound tall, lean tri-guy with stunning and unique markings. He came to us already neutered and up to date on vaccinations, but visited our partnering vet clinic for the rest of his intake vetting needs and so we could learn more about him and his health...
Liam's intake vetting revealed that he is healthy and congenitally sound with clear eyes, hips, knees, and heart. His fecal test was negative, his urinalysis was normal, his heartworm and tick borne illness test was negative and all his bloodwork was normal except for an elevated thyroid value. Having no symptoms of hyperthyroidism, we decided to wait a few weeks and then recheck it. Upon recheck, his thyroid panel was completely normal. Liam is up to date on vaccinations, neutered, microchipped, and on monthly preventatives. He is healthy, congenitally sound, not on any medications, and does not require any vetting outside of regular wellness checks at this time.
Liam had some potty accidents when he first arrived into his foster home which is normal for a dog transitioning into a new home and routine. He is provided plenty of opportunities to be successful and has been reliable for the past few weeks now that he has acclimated. Liam should be taken out first thing in the morning, last thing at night, and every few hours in between including right after meals. Rain or shine (or even snow), Liam is happy to run out and take care of his potty business when he is let out. A high value treat and lots of praise immediately after good potty behavior will continue to help positively reinforce potty expectations. Please know that with all of our dogs continued training is always necessary and that accidents should be expected, especially while transitioning into a new environment and routine.
Liam eats twice a day and has proven to have some quirky eating habits. He is not very food motivated and seemed perplexed at the idea of eating out of a bowl when he first arrived. His foster mom transitioned him from hand feeding to eating off the floor, to a plate, shallow dish, and now he is eating out of a bowl but still with a bit of hesitation, and often taking some pieces out of the bowl and then stepping back to chew and eat them. Additionally, he will not eat while the other dogs in his foster home eat. He stands back and waits for them to finish eating before he will start on his bowl. Meal time will call for a little bit of management to ensure no other dogs get to his food since he takes his time and often steps away from his bowl.
Liam's foster family describe him as playful, perceptive, and soooo cuddly. They report that he loves to play with both two and four legged friends and is great at "reading the room". If you are relaxing or under the weather, he will happily just be with you and lay with you, and if the time calls for more activity, he is right in the middle of it all. In true Cavalier fashion he is a little shadow and is always under foot. He follows you around the house, sits at your feet while you're cooking, gets ready in the bathroom with you - prepare to never be alone! He is also quite a little snuggle bug and will stick his nose right into your neck for ultimate cuddling or reach his paw out to touch you.
Some of Liam's favorite things (in no particular order) are humans, soft blankets, treats, chews, and falling asleep in the baby boppy lounger 😂 But his most favorite things of all is just to be with his people. He is pretty much down for anything as long as he is with you. Like so many Cavaliers, Liam does not like to be alone and away from his humans. His foster mom works from home so he gets to spend most of the day with someone. He is content to rest in his bed or in foster mom's lap while she works with frequent trips to the backyard for pottying and play. Liam is also content to enjoy a chew or toy by himself and keep himself entertained and happy. He will even resort to throwing his own toys to fetch them!
His favorite part of the day though is when it is time to go on a car ride with his foster mom to pick up his human foster siblings from school. Once home, the pups and kiddos play and Liam spends the evening with them as they read, take baths, and watch TV. Once the kiddos are asleep, he moves to foster mom and dad's room and falls alseep with them in the big bed. We feel it is important that his furever family will welcome him into the big bed. During very limited times when no humans are home Liam stays in a puppy proofed area of the home with his Cavalier foster siblings. He does bark some when he is left and as we already stated, he does not like to be left alone. This may improve as he gets older and less clingy and also once he settles in to where he will be for forever, but Liam would be happiest and least stressed being part of a family where there was someone home much of the day and where he would have low alone hours.
Liam shares his foster home with 2 other young Cavaliers who are great playmates for him. Liam is still very young and has plenty of puppy energy. He would thrive best in a home with another active canine playmate of similar size and temperament. He also enjoys cuddling up with his furry foster brothers and their companionship, in general. He definitely tends to be a follower and looks to the other dogs to know what to do or what is expected or appropriate, often standing back to observe before jumping in. He really values both human and canine companionship. He has not been around cats while in foster care so we do not know how he would respond to sharing a home with a feline friend.
Liam is very kid friendly and very much enjoys his 4 human foster siblings. The children range in age from 1-9 years old and he has an appropriate relationship with them all - sleeping under the crib of the 1 year old, lying with the 4 year old until she falls asleep, chasing balls with the 6 year old, and going on walks with the 9 year old. Because he is still very much a puppy, he will get into anything that he has access to and doesn't know the difference between his toys and the children's things, and so maintaining a puppy proofed home and being able to limited his access to things that could be dangerous or get him into trouble is very important. We have discovered that he can easily clear a baby gate and so anything off limits needs to be behind a closed door. Gentle, appropriate kiddos would be a 'plus' in his furever home, but he would also be very happy in an adult only home as long as he could be with you much of the day, had a furry playmate, and was provided plenty of opportunity for play, activity, interaction, and engagement.
Liam enjoys his safe and secured fenced yard in his foster home so he can safely rip and roar in. He loves being outside in the yard for running and playing but also for sun bathing and relaxing. He also enjoys leashed walks and checking out new sights and smells. He would love a home with a safe and secured fenced yard where he can run free and also a family who will continue his leashed walks. He is a puppy with lots of energy and enjoys both of those outlets. Liam's foster family says that he can sometimes be a goof ball - he has been known to fall asleep with all 4 legs up in the air, he "purrs" when you rub his belly, and will bury himself complete under pillows. He is also not the most graceful dog and tends to run into things when he is playing or running right into his furry foster brothers.
Liam can be a little timid with new people initially but does not take long to warm up. He may bark initially at a stranger but if they sit down and extend a friendly hand, he will bravely approach and quickly become friends. And once you become BFFs, he will paw at you to request your love and attention. Overall, he has great manners for such a young pup and has learned "sit" and "down" in his foster home and has almost mastered "roll over!" He knows his name and is a great listener, always coming when called. He can be vocal when playing, if there are dogs on the television, if he is left alone, or if he encounters something new and scary. He is not an incessant barker, but it is his way to communicate.
Liam's foster family calls him a gem and a joy to foster. Even though he is a year old, he needs to be thought of and trained like a puppy. He is eager to please and will thrive in a home with a consistent routine, plenty of positive reinforcement and love, lots of companionship, and opportunities for play and activity. He would be happiest in a home with low alone time, a safe and secured fenced in yard, a furry playmate, and gentle kiddos would be a plus! If you feel you are the perfect match for this beautiful, healthy, sweet boy, please complete an adoption application found on our website, and then email us at CavalierRescueAL@gmail.com to express your interest. Liam is being fostered in Canton, Georgia (travel there is required), and his requested adoption donation is $650.