Eclectic, Alabama



  • Female
  • Age:   7 (DOB 5/22/2012)
  • 17.8# (ideal weight)
  • Mild, asymptomatic heart murmur, and 'dry eye' well managed with daily drops. Otherwise healthy!
  • Adoption Donation: $450


🏑 Someone home much of day/ low alone hours
🌱 Safe and secured fenced yard
🐢 Canine friend of similar size and temperament
πŸ’œ Older, gentle children okay

Last month we welcomed in sweet Laney into our care after she was retired and released from her breeder in Missouri. Sadly, up until then, 7 year old Laney (DOB 5/22/2012) only knew life inside a puppy mill. She arrived to us not only filthy and scared, but also very sick. Before she was released to us, she underwent a spay surgery which was not done properly- no IV was used, no presurgical labwork was done, and there was little to no regard for her overall health. Her intake vetting revealed a high temperature, elevated WBC, and an abdominal ultrasound. Laney needed an emergency surgery which revealed she was suffering with a severe reaction from the sutures used in the procedure. There was bad infection, significant scar tissue, and adhesions to the colon and bladder that all had to be addressed along with a removing the existing sutures and reclosing. She also underwent a much a needed dental cleaning at that time.

Laney did well with the surgery and was seemingly feeling a lot better even just shortly after! She is now fully recovered from the surgeries and her 2 week post-op recheck showed that her temperature was back down and her white blood count was now back within normal range. She had also arrived with a raging urinary tract infection and bad ear infections which we treated and she was then also cleared of. Lastly, she arrived with low tear production ('dry eye') and we started her on a daily tear stimulant drop and lubricating drop. She responded so well to the drops and by her 2 weeks recheck her tears were already boosted within normal range. She receives her eye drops in the morning and at night, but it is not expected that she will need them long term. Her knees and hips are clear and she has just a mild, asymptomatic heart murmur, likely from the onset of mitral valve disease, which is to be expected for her age. She is now up to date on vaccinations, spayed, had a recent dental, microchipped, and on monthly preventatives.

Laney is typical in size and has reached her ideal weight of 17 pounds. She is a gorgeous tricolor girl whose coat is growing in beautifully now that she is eating high quality food and receiving lots of TLC. The yellow staining of her fur from her puppy mill past is starting to diminish and beautiful new fur is coming in. Like most Cavaliers, Laney loves her meals and will dance in circles to show her excitement while you prepare her food! She eats her breakfast and dinner out of a big girl bowl, in the kitchen, and alongside her cavalier foster siblings. Her forever family must be committed to her health and maintaining her ideal weight by continuing her strictly portioned meals, limited healthy treats, and daily activity and exercise.

Even though this is the first time Laney has lived in a home environment, she has done so well with her potty training! She will happily follow her Cavalier foster siblings out in the yard to take care of her potty business. Her foster family takes her out frequently to ensure potty training success and minimize the opportunity for any accidents. Laney should be taken out very first thing in the morning, last thing at night, and every few hours in between. Even though she has been reliable in her foster home with this schedule, please know that accidents are to be expected during transition into a new home and environment, and that continued training is always needed.

Laney's foster family describe her as shy, loving, and cautious. Since he has spent her whole life in a puppy mill, this is a brand new world around her. She is approaching new things with caution but also with tremendously bravery. While she has sadly been denied attention, love, and positive relationships with humans, she very much wants the love, affection, and attention and now feels safe enough in her foster home to allow herself to receive it - and she's loving it! Her favorite things are sitting in her human's lap, napping among soft comfy pillows on the big bed, and sunbathing on the porch. Slowly but surely, with time, patience, gentle love and encouragement she is realizing what a wonderful life she has now!

Laney spends much of the day with her foster family and is given freedom of the home where, like all Cavaliers, she enjoys all the comfy spots as well as being right with you or at least within eyesight. She can be found cuddled up with one of her cavalier foster siblings on the couch or following them out in the fenced yard where she has been enjoying her outdoor freedom. During the limited times when no humans are home, Laney stays in a comfy crate right next to her cavalier foster siblings. At night she also sleeps in her crate, right next to the big bed where she can sleep soundly knowing her humans are near. We are certain she would love an invitation up to the big bed as well. Laney, like most Cavaliers, is happiest being with her people. For her continued potty training and socialization needs, and because she has been alone for too long, we are looking for a family where someone can be with her much of the day and where she will have low alone hours.

Laney is not yet comfortable being on leash and is an advanced skill for our puppy mill survivors. She needs a safe and secured fenced yard for pottying purposes and for enjoying her new found freedom. Like with most puppy mill dogs, she does require some accommodations at home. She will not walk past someone, like if you are standing in a doorway, and must have a clear path with no humans in the way for her to come in and out. She frightens easy with quick and sudden movements as well as loud noises and so being conscious and aware of your movements and noises and doing things more slowly and quietly than usual helps to create a more conducive environment for her to feel safe and to thrive. If she is feeling scared or threatened she will resort to her crate which sadly is because containment is all she has ever known. She will do best in a more quiet, peaceful environment with a patient family willing to make accommodations.

Laney shares her foster home with 3 other Cavaliers who she gets along with very well and even more importantly, she learns a lot from! Sadly, Laney does not know how to be a dog without the help and leadership of other dogs but she has been watching, learning, and following them in her foster home. She enjoys cuddling up with them, running in the yard with them, and even engaging in play with them! She has also recently discovered toys and loves going after them but hasn't quite figured out what to do after that. As she has come to attach to her humans, she has shown some "resource guarding" behaviors with the other Cavaliers in the home. This has only occurred when Laney has been in her human's lap and another Cavaliers tries to jump up too, and Laney responds with a low growl. This is very common for our puppy mill dogs as they come to really value certain 'resources', like their special humans. The guarding behavior she has shown can be well managed with the right tools and knowledge which we will help with. She would continue to benefit from another Cavalier, or other dog of similar size and mild temperament, in her forever home. She has not been exposed to cats while in our care so we are unsure how she would respond to living with a feline friend.

Laney is cautious and timid with people initially but when approached correctly and given ample time to check you out and see that you are safe, she warms up nicely. She really enjoys gentle attention and affection and responds very well to a warm, loving voice and praise... and of course treats! Once she knows you are safe, she really lets her guard down and enjoys ALL the love and affection she can get from you. She should continue to be gently exposed to new people and gain more positive interactions with people to help with her continued socialization. We feel she could do okay in a home with older, gentle children who can understand and respect her puppy mill past. She would not do well in a busy, active, loud family or in a home with a lot of people coming in and out.

Laney is beyond deserving of a wonderful life, home, and family. She is working hard to overcome all the years of neglect, isolation, and reproductive abuse she has endured and wants so badly to break free of her puppy mill past and accept all the love and good things coming her way. She needs a quiet, loving, positive environment, and patient family who will provide for her the gentle love, affection, attention, time, and encouragement she needs to continue to thrive and grow. It is incredibly special and rewarding to help a puppy mill survivor on their journey to becoming their best self and learn what love and family is all about. If you feel you are the perfect match for this sweet, beautiful girl, please complete an adoption application found on our website and email us at to express your interest. Laney is being fostered in Eclectic, Alabama (travel there is required), and he requested adoption donation is $450.