- Someone home much of the day / low alone hours
- Mild canine friend of similar size
- Safe and secured fenced yard
- Older, gentle children okay
We welcomed precious 11 year old (DOB 9/30/2008) Louie into our care in October when he was surrendered by his family. We were told they were moving and could not take him with them 💔 Louie seemed to know he arrived to good place where he was safe and loved as he transitioned in so nicely and has continued to thrive in foster care. Please do not let his age scare you - he is full of life and love and is total Cavalier perfection 💕
Louie is up to date on vaccinations, neutered, microchipped, had a recent dental, and is on monthly preventatives. His heartworm test, fecal test, and bloodwork was all normal and negative. He arrived with a mild urinary tract infection which he has since been treated for and cleared of. Louie’s physical exam was pretty typical for that of a senior Cavalier. He has normal tear production but has evidence of some cataract development in his right eye. A mild, asymptomatic heart murmur was detected, likely from mitral valve disease/ insufficiency, and to be expected. He has some slight stiffness in his hips so we have started him on a daily joint supplement chew to help support his joint health which should be continued for life.
Like most senior Cavaliers, we noticed Louie had limited hearing. But we were concerned with the condition of his right ear which was infected and very inflammed. We treated him with antibiotics and anti inflammatories which he responded to very well. Once the inflammation was down we were able to see a polyp in his ear canal which was likely the culprit of his ear issues and that needed to be removed. Louie underwent surgical removal of the polyp and healed and recovered very well. The overall condition of his ear has greatly improved and his foster mom even feels like he may have regained some hearing! The polyp was sent out for testing and we are happy to report that it was a benign adenoma. Louie will always be at risk for regrowth of the polyp and so his family will need to be vigilant with “maintenance” ear care and monitoring. Even though the growth was benign, it can interfere with normal ear function and comfort (as we saw it had when Louie first arrived). We recommend moving forward that his ears are checked and cleaned weekly at home so that any abnormalities or signs of infection can be caught and addressed early.
Louie's coat had been cut quite short prior to arriving to us, but is starting to grow back out beautifully, especially his cute and curly ears! He also arrived to us a bit overweight at 25 pounds but has since slimmed down to his ideal weight of 22 pounds. His forever family should be committed to continuing his strictly portioned meals, limited healthy treats, and gentle daily activity to ensure his optimal health. Like most Cavaliers, he loves his treats!
Louie has been impressive in the potty training department and has been reliable in his foster home, having no accidents since arriving! That said, he does not alert you that he needs to go out, so his family should be vigilant in taking the initiative to let him out frequently, giving him plenty of opportunities to be successful. He should go out first thing in the morning, last thing at night, and every few hours in between including right after meals. As with all our Cavaliers, continued potty training is necessary and accidents are to be expected, especially while the dog is learning their new environment, people, and routine.
Louie's foster family describes him as friendly, lovable, and laid back. He is very much your quintessential Cavalier who loves his people, his couch time, companionship, and cuddles! He has proven to be well socialized as he is knows no stranger and is a friend to everyone he meets. He enjoys short leashed walks around the neighborhood but due to his aging joints, walks should be short, in appropriate temperatures, and on flat ground. He uses the safe and secured fenced in yard in his foster home for pottying and leisurely exploring. We are seeking a forever home with a safe and secured fenced yard - because of his hearing deficits, his safety is very important and should never be off leash outside of a fenced yard.
Louie shares his foster home with 3 other Cavaliers and 2 cats, all whom he loves to snuggle with! He likes to be part of the "pack" and really enjoys their companionship. Some of his furry foster siblings are a bit more active than he is, and while he doesn't partake in their play and antics, he does seem to enjoy watching them and being apart of what they are doing. He would be happiest in a home with another Cavalier or other dogs of similar size and mild temperament. He has been known to bark at bigger dogs so we feel he is most comfortable around dogs his size. He would love a furry furiend who would enjoy plenty of couch time cuddles with him.
During times when no humans are home, Louie stays in a puppy proofed area of the home with his Cavalier foster siblings and does well. At night, he sleeps in the big bed but also seems content sleeping on a nice, orthopedic dog bed on the floor. Getting comfortable pretty much anywhere is one of Louie's talents =) Louie has not been crated while in his foster home and we do not recommend it as he needs ample space to move about and stretch out. He is very well behaved, reliably potty trained, and does not need strict confinement. Because of Louie's aging joints, some accommodations in the home are needed for his safety and comfort. While Louie can do stairs, they should be done with human supervision so a helping hand is there if needed. Ideally there would be limited stairs in his home or that the stairs would be carpeted or have carpet treads put down. Doggie pet steps should be provided to him to get on and off the couch safely. But silly Louie will sometimes belly slide off the couch to get the floor! 😂
Louie's perfect home would have plenty of peace and quiet and human and canine companionship. Louie would not do well being alone or "put up" for long periods of time and so we are seeking a family where someone can be home with him much of the day. While he wouldn't be happy in an "active family", we feel he would do well in a home with older, gentle children who can understand and respect the needs and wishes of a senior dog. He would love a safe and secured fenced in yard, another mild, laid back Cavalier friend, and a dog friendly feline friend is okay too! A home with furniture restrictions is a no-go for this lounger who likes to make himself comfortable wherever he pleases.
Seniors are truly the best kept secret and for those of you who are lucky enough to have loved a senior dog, you know what a joy they are! Despite his age, Louie is full of life, love, and darling personality - he will bring so much joy to his forever family. If you feel you are the perfect match for precious Louie and his needs, please complete an adoption application found on our website, and then email us CavalierRescueAL@gmail.com to express your interest. Louie is located in Imperial, Missouri (travel there is required), and his requested adoption donation is $200.