🏡 Someone home much of the day/low alone hours
🐶 Active, playful furiend of similar size, temperament
🌱 Safe and secured fenced yard
💜 Older, gentle children okay
Playful and precious 9 month old Memphis (DOB 6/6/2019) was rescued off the auction block and out of the puppy mill industry last month. From the moment that Memphis's little paws hit freedom, he has fully embraced his new life, soaking up all the attention and affection he can get! It’s been a joy to watch him enjoy himself and thrive, and now he’s ready to continue that in a home and family of his own!
Thankfully Memphis only spent 8 months in a puppy mill, so he avoided much of the physical and psychological damage we see in our adults. That said, he did arrive with ear mites and giardia, both which are common in the filthy puppy mill environment. He underwent treatment and is now clear of both. He is now a healthy puppy and is also congenitally sound with clear eyes, hips, knees, and heart, at this time. All of his labwork including his most recent fecal test, heartworm test, tick borne illness test, urinalysis, and bloodwork are all normal and negative. Memphis underwent a neuter in a care which was routine and he had a quick recovery. Memphis is now up to date on vaccinations, neutered, microchipped, and on monthly preventatives. Memphis is not on any medications and does not require any vetting outside of routine wellness check at this time.
Memphis came to us with no potty training experience and had never been in a home environment before. He has been working on good potty habits in his foster home and doing well as long as he isa given frequent opportunities to be successful. Memphis hasn’t had accidents in his crate or overnight. To ensure continued potty training success, he should be taken out frequently at routine times—first thing in the morning, last thing at night, and every few hours in between, including right after meals and after waking from naps. He should always be closely supervised while inside the home and monitored when taken outside to ensure he does his business before coming back in. Lots of praise and a yummy high value treat following good potty behavior will really help to reinforce. Please know that as with all puppies, continued potty training is needed and accidents are to be expected.
Memphis currently weighs 9.5 pounds and is a growing boy with a beautiful rich ruby red coat coming in beautifully! While he is very food motivated, he is also easily distracted (typical busy puppy!) Memphis is nosy at mealtimes and likes to see what is going on around him. He’ll snag a few bites, then wander around to see what everyone else is doing- - it can be difficult for him to stay focused on his meals! It would be best to be sure there are limited distractions around him while he eats and to stick close by to continue to direct him to his bowl and encourage him to finish.
Memphis’s foster family says he thrives on attention and is full of energy! He’s a pro at fetch and will wait patiently for you to throw him the ball over and over. He is a chewer though, and has been known to chew shoes (even if they’re still on your feet!). He’ll need plenty of safe toys to keep him occupied and out of trouble as well as a super puppy proofed home to limit his access to dangerous or undesirable things. Memphis loves to play and will prompt his fur siblings to play with him. He would be happiest with another young, active, playful Cavalier, or other canine friend of similar size and temperament to play with and learn from. When he finally slows down, Memphis is all about cuddling and will snuggle right on up to his humans.
Memphis spends his days playing or napping (on repeat), with frequent trips outside in the safe and secured fenced yard. He uses pet stairs to get on and off the furniture and hasn’t tried to jump on or off on his own. During short periods of time when no humans are home, Memphis stays in a puppy-proofed and gated off room of the house with his furry foster siblings. At night, Memphis sleeps in the big bed with his foster parents and fur siblings. He’d love to sleep in the big bed in his new home too! He wears himself out during the day so he has no problems sleeping well throughout the night.
Memphis is not yet comfortable on a leash and will need continued practice, with lots of positive reinforcement and treats. Because he can't be expected to potty on a leash yet, Memphis will need a safe and secured fenced-in yard in his forever home for pottying and enjoying his new found freedom. He’s still very much a puppy and explores everything both inside the home and outside. He needs a puppy-proofed home and close supervision outside to ensure he doesn't get into anything troublesome or dangerous. He’s still learning the difference between his toys and off-limit items, so continued positive redirecting is needed.
Memphis will need a lot of stimulation, attention, and activity. We’re looking for a family with an adult who can be home most of the day to allow for plenty of opportunity for activity, socialization, and for potty training purposes as well. Memphis is also kid-friendly and would do well with gentle, appropriate kiddos in his furever home. He’ll be a happy guy as long as he’s provided with plenty of attention and opportunities for play, activity, interaction, and engagement. Having another active, playful canine friend will help keep him busy and out of any trouble. He has not been exposed to cats while in our care but would likely to do well with a dog-friendly feline friend.
Memphis was not socialized for the first 8 months of his life, so continued gentle exposure and socialization is recommended. When meeting new people he is timid and cautious, but not fearful. People are brand new to him and he should be given the opportunity to check people out and appropriate time to "warm up" to them. Once shown gentle love and he knows you are “safe,” Memphis will happily accept your attention and affection. And of course, once he has attached to you, he wants all the love and attention!
Little Memphis is smart, eager to please, and will thrive in a home with lots of love, attention, and positive reinforcement. He’d love a family where someone is home most of the day, with a safe fenced-in yard, a furry playmate, and gentle kiddos. Like all puppies, he needs continued training and guidance — accidents will be had and things will be chewed. If you’re ready for a new partner to play fetch with, and you meet Memphis's requirements, please complete an adoption application found on our website, and then email us at CavalierRescueAL@gmail.com to express your interest. Memphis is located in Prosper, Texas (travel there is required), and his requested adoption donation is $650.