- Safe and secured fenced yard, preferred
- Older, gentle children okay
- Someone home much of the day / low alone hours
Oh golly, miss Molly! This adorable 6.5 year old (10/1/2012) gal was welcomed into our rescue last month after her breeder/owner made the difficult decision to release her into our care due to personal health issues. Molly came from a home and family where she was well loved which has been been apparent in her foster home as she is certainly accustomed to being inside, sleeping in the big bed, and being treated like the princess that she is 👑
Molly arrived into rescue quite overweight, weighing 28 pounds, about 8-10 pounds heavier than she should be. We have started her on a strictly portioned weight management food, limited healthy fruits and vegetables as treats, and daily activity/exercise. We are pleased that she has lost nearly 2 pounds in foster care on this plan. It is very important that her furever family agree to following this plan and are very committed to getting her to her ideal weight. One of the reasons that this is so important is because Molly has poor hips. We noticed something wasn't right with her gait and radiographs taken while under anesthesia confirmed that she has hip dysplasia. Surgical repair was not recommended and we have started her on good joint supplements which she should be on for life. Down the road we would encourage and recommend her family to consider the next step up of Adequan injections to help restore joint lubrication and reduce and relieve inflammation. The radiographs taken also showed that Molly has had a knee ligament repair in the past. Upon physical exam, both her knees are tight and sound. Due to the condition of her hips Molly should not jump up and down off furniture and instead should be lifting on and off.
Molly is now up to date on vaccinations, spayed, had a recent dental, microchipped, and on monthly preventatives. All of her labwork - bloodwork, heartworm test, tick borne illness test, fecal test, and urinalysis - came back normal and negative. Her tear test was just slightly low so we have started her on a low dose of a tear stimulant and over the counter artificial tear lubricant to stay ahead of that. While it is not likely she would need a tear stimulant for life, we would encourage the continued use of an artificial tear lubricant. And like most middle aged Cavaliers, Molly has an asymptomatic heart murmur likely due to the onset of mitral valve disease.
Molly has been very impressive in the potty training department and has had no accidents in her foster home! She is taken out frequently and will let her foster mom know if she needs a potty break. Molly should be taken out first thing in the morning, last thing at night, and every few hours in between especially until she learns her new home, environment, and routine. Although she has been perfect in her foster home it is important to remember that accidents should be expected while transitioning to a new home.
Molly’s foster family describes her as calm, loving, and a bit of a "velcro dog", meaning that she likes to stick right by you at all times. Some of her favorite things are food, tummy rubs, and couch time with her humans. In true Cavalier fashion, she is all about her humans and spends much of her day on the heels of her foster mom following her around the house and side by side her every move. Molly would not be happy in a family where she would be alone for many hours every day. We also believe she would do well in an office environment if she was allowed to accompany her owner to work. During the times when no humans are home, she stays in a puppy proofed area of the house with her Cavalier foster sister and does well. At night she sleeps in the BIG bed and LOVES that! In fact, when it is time to go to bed she will enthusiastically head up stairs and on to the bed, ensuring she has the perfect spot! Molly will get up and down during the night if she is warm, which is why bed stairs are a must for her. And like most Cavaliers, she does snore 💤
Molly walks beautifully on a leash. While she doesn’t yet have much stamina for exercise, her foster mom is working to build this with gentle walks during the cooler part of the hot Georgia summer days. Because of her poor hips it is important to let her set the pace and to watch for any signs of discomfort or pain, not pushing her to do any more activity or exercise than what she is comfortable with. She does though love getting out and about and meeting new people and seeing and sniffing new things. She is not afraid to meet strangers and will accept gentle love and affection from all who will gently give it. Although she certainly enjoys the freedom of the fenced in yard in her foster home, we are open to considering a home without a fenced yard as long as someone is home much of the day and able to provide for her plenty of opportunity for outdoor time on leash.
Molly shares her foster home with another Cavalier girl and they get along well, though Molly is more engaged with her people than her fur sibling. We feel she would do well with another Cavalier or other dog of similar size, calm mild temperament, and age, or would do well as the only dog AS LONG as someone was with her most of the day. Molly does tend to 'guard' her food which is easily managed by feeding separately from any other dog, taking bowls up immediately after meals, and only passing out one bite treats. Because Molly is so social, friendly, and well adjusted, we also feel that she could be happy and do well in a home with older, gentle children who could understand and respect her needs.
Molly's beautiful Cavalier spirit just shines through and through. She is very much your quintessential Cavalier- sweet, affectionate, friendly, loving, and meets and greets everyone with a wagging tail and smile. If you feel you are the perfect family for precious Molly, please complete an adoption application found on our website and then email us at CavalierRescueAL@gmail.com to express your interest. Molly is located in the Atlanta, Georgia area (travel there is required), and her requested adoption donation is $450.