🌱 Safe and secured fenced yard
🏡 Someone home much of the day
🐶 Canine furiend / playmate
We recently rescued darling 4 year old (11/1/2014) Rascal out of the puppy mill industry via auction. He has been deprived of love and attention and is starving for it. Although humans are new and can be scary, he works through his fear to receive the love, affection, and attention that he so badly longs for. In many ways he is your typical 'needy' Cavalier but due to his puppy mill past he requires a bit more reassurance at this point in time. For those of you who watched the live stream of his intake, he was the one that did not want to be left alone and stayed in the arms of a volunteer for most of the evening. He needs some extra love and reassurance and this is where he feels most safe and happy.
Rascal is now up to date on vaccinations, neutered, microchipped, had a recent dental, and is on monthly preventatives. We treated him for giardia, ear infections, and dental disease. He is a healthy guy and congenitally sound at 4 years old with clear eyes, hips, knees, and heart. Rascal is not on any medications and does not require any vetting outside of regular wellness checks. Rascal is typical in size at 18 pounds and is a gorgeous tricolor boy. He is eating very well and works up a good appetite with all his activity. He is also loving treats!
Rascal is doing very well with potty training. He has no accidents overnight and is taken out frequently to ensure success. He should go out first thing in the morning, last thing at night, and every couple hours throughout the day. Since he is loving treats, a yummy high value treat and lots of gentle love and praise will really help to drive the training home. He will need to learn his new people, new environment, and new routine, and certainly some accidents in the beginning would be anticipated. Our puppy mill dogs come from a lifestyle where they have soiled in their space for many years so patience and understanding is always needed with potty training a puppy mill dog.
Rascal is playful, energetic, and loving! He is totally enjoying his freedom by zipping around the fenced yard in his foster home which we are seeking for him in his furever home. He is active and needs plenty of opportunity for play, engagement, interaction and physical activity. He loves to be with his people and his Cavalier foster siblings and in true Cavalier fashion thrives off companionship and company. He would not do well in a family where he would be left alone for periods of time, therefore we are seeking a family for him with someone home much of the day and low alone hours. His foster family is able to be with him much of the day but if no human is home, Rascal stays in a puppy proofed area of the home with his foster siblings. He uses this time to 'recharge' by napping and cuddling close with his Cavalier foster siblings who he gets along with very well. It is an absolute joy watching Rascal enjoy his freedom and see his personality come out. He loves to find things to parade around in his mouth and drag around the home. Rascal can be a little rascal, in the best way possible!
Because Rascal spent his first 4 years locked in confinement in a puppy mill, he is just now learning how to be a dog. He has Cavalier foster siblings that he depends on for leadership and where he can model their behaviors, and because he is from a puppy mill situation, while his exposure to humans has been limited, his comfort and security is being with other Cavaliers. Rascal is a follower and would do very well in a multi dog home with other Cavaliers and would certainly love a canine furiend and playmate who can match his activity level. Having a well-adjusted, confident dog in the home for him to model after really helps to promote their growth and confidence and pulls them out of their shell. For example, when his Cavalier foster siblings are getting loved on by their human, Rascal can't help but to want to join in and be apart of it. Because the attention is divided among other dogs, it is not as scary for him to engage. Because of this, and because Rascal would not tolerate any time where he would be left completely alone, we are seeking a family with another Cavalier or other dog of similar size and temperament.
Rascal really has no reasons to trust humans but he longs for human attention and affection so he works through his fears to receive it. He is timid and cautious with people but once shown gentle love, patience, and encouragement he will start to learn that you are safe and can be trusted. Being approached, touched, and handled can be difficult for these dogs and so your movements and intentions must be very clear, slow, and gentle. Rascal responds well to an extended hand that he can checkout and then gentle petting on his chest where he can see your hand. Because sudden movements, loud noises, and incorrect touching can really scare him, he needs an adult only home or a home with older, gentle children who can understand and respect his puppy mill past and his rehabilitation.
Rascal is such a sweetheart who is in need of a lot of love and attention to make up for his first 4 years of life. He is a sweet and sensitive soul whose Cavalier spirit shines through despite his past. Rascal would thrive most being a part of a family who can devote a lot of time to being with him, give him plenty of opportunities for activity and play, and continue to work with him on socialization and provide for him many positive experiences with humans. He would be happiest in a home with a fenced yard and with other Cavalier friends for leadership and companionship. If you feel you are a match for darling Rascal, please submit an Adoption Application found on our website and then email us at CavalierRescueAL@gmail.com to express your interest. Rascal is being fostered in Houma, Louisiana (travel there is required), and his requested adoption donation is $500.