🏡 Someone home much of the day
💜 Adult only home
🐶 Older, mellow, mild mannered furry furiend
Sweet 10 year old Max has had a rocky road over the past few months. He was given up by his family and then become a part of an all breed rescue before he was transferred over to us. We have spent the last month learning all about him and his needs and we are now seeking the perfect match forever family for Max for his last and final move.
Upon intake, Max visited with our veterinarian so we could learn more about his health and medical needs. Max was already neutered, microchipped, and had had a recent dental. We brought him up to date on vaccinations, ran labwork, and have him a good once over. His physical exam revealed some normal aging signs and other than a detectable heart murmur (mitral valve diease), Max is congenitally sound and healthy! We were pleased that his heartworm, urinalysis, and fecal tests were negative. His bloodwork revealed some mild anemia and some wonky values likely due to poor nutrition and incorrect dosing of heart medication he was receiving. We have since reran his labwork and his anemia has resolved and the other values are improving. Because a significant heart murmur was detected, Max visited with our cardiologist for a full cardiac evaluations. Like so many Cavaliers his age, Max has an insufficient mitral valve (mitral valve disease) which has started to cause some changes to his heart structure and function. He is on 3 daily heart medications to help support his heart function and to slow down any further progression of the mitral valve disease. He is asymptomatic at this time. The cost of his medications run about $53 a month if ordered online. He should see a cardiologist every 6 months and due to the heart medications, his bloodwork should also be routinely checked.
Max takes his heart medications twice a day with his meals. At 25 pounds, Max is at his ideal weight and is a larger Cavalier in structure and size. He is such a handsome guy and his coat is starting to grow in beautifully now that he is eating a high quality diet and getting lots of love and care. He loves his leashed walks which he gets after breakfast, mid day, and after dinner which helps to keep him nice and fit and strong. Don't let his age fool you - he is a brisk walker and has no problem keeping up with his 2 year old Cavalier foster sisters! He loves getting out and about and doing any activity with his special human. In fact, one of his biggest needs is for him to be able to be with his human much of the day. He would be happiest in a family where someone either works from home, is retired, or only away part of the day.
When not out and about, Max loves to lounge and enjoy the comforts of his foster home. He prefers to lounge on chairs and couches and must join a family where he is welcome to all furniture. His favorite is to perch on a chair near a window where he can bird watch. At night, he has access up to the BIG bed but sometimes chooses a chair in the bedroom to sleep on. He is quite the cuddler and kisser and loves to give and receive lots of affection. In true Cavalier fashion, he thrives off companionship and being close with his humans at all time. When his humans are not available for cuddles, he can also be found cuddling up with his Cavalier foster sisters. Max's foster mom describes him as calm, affectionate, and gentle.
Max appears to be reliably potty trained as he has not had any accidents in foster care. That said, he is taken out frequently and given plenty of opportunities to be successful. He should be taken out first thing in the morning, last thing at night, and every few hours in between. He has a fenced in yard in his foster home which he uses for pottying but will also potty on leash. He seems to enjoy leashed walks more so than time in the yard, so we are not requiring a fenced yard in his forever home, but it is very important that if not in a fenced yard that he is leashed at ALL times. Like with many Cavaliers he can get very excited to see birds, so keeping a firm grip on his leash is important as well.
Because Max is reliably potty trained and well behaved, he does not need to be crated for any reason. When his humans are away from the home, Max hangs out in a puppy proofed area of the house with his Cavalier foster sisters for companionship with access to furniture, blankets, and a water bowl. While he enjoys the companionship of his young Cavalier foster sisters, he doesn't engage in their play and antics and we feel we would be happiest in a home with another older, mild mannered Cavalier or we would consider placing him as an only dog ONLY if he would be with his human most of the day - Max would not do well left completely alone. Because Max is 10 and all about the retirement lifestyle, we feel he would be happiest in an adult only home. One that could take him for long, leisurely strolls throughout the day, allow him to accompany you with on your tasks and errands, and then curl up together on the couch for plenty of down time.
Max has the sweetest disposition and is truly a special dog. All he wants in life is just to be your sidekick and your best friend and someone will be very lucky to get to call him theirs. He is looking for a an adult only home with another older, mild Cavalier and someone who can spend much of the day with him enjoying a leisurely lifestyle together. He will need to be on his heart medication for life, and he needs to have access to a cardiologist whom he needs to see every 6 months to monitor his mitral valve disease. If you feel you are the perfect fit for this perfect gentleman, please complete an Adoption Application found on our website, and then email us at CavalierRescueAL@gmail.com to express your interest. Max is located in Sacramento, California (travel there is required), and his requested adoption donation is $150.