- Another playful, furry furiend
- Safe and secured fenced in yard
- Older, gentle children okay
Last month we rescued sweet Rover off the auction block and out of the puppy mill industry. Rover is 10 months old (DOB 6/4/2018) so thankfully did not have to endure the puppy mill environment for too long. That said, he has missed out on his entire puppyhood and any socialization so he is playing catch up. Rover is doing so well in foster care and is now ready to find his perfect furever home.
Rover is now up to date on vaccinations, neutered, microchipped, and on monthly preventatives. We also treated Rover for giardia, ear infections, and a urinary tract infection. He is congenitally sound at this time with clear eyes, hips, knees, and heart. He is not on any medications and does not require any vetting outside of regular wellness checks at this time. Rover is a beautiful ruby boy whose coat is going to continue to fill in nicely now that he is eating a high quality diet and getting lots of TLC. He is at his ideal weight at this time of 21 pounds.
Although this is the first time Rover has ever been in a home environment, he is off to a great start with potty training. Because he does not yet indicate when he needs to go potty, it is very important that his family take the initiative to take him out very frequently and provide for him lots of opportunities to be successful. He should go out first thing in the morning, last thing at night, and every couple hours in between. Accidents are to be expected and continued training will be necessary.
Rover's foster mom describes him as energetic, friendly, and curious. He is all puppy and total busy body, never staying in one spot for too long! Rover is really enjoying exploring things with his mouth and prefers a hard toy versus a soft fluffy toy, which he can easily destroy. Because is a puppy, he doesn't yet know what is an appropriate toy and what is not and so a puppy proofed house and close supervision is necessary, especially for his safety. Rover is a super sweet, sweet boy who after being denied any love and affection the first 9 months of his life is certainly craving it. He enjoys laptime and gentle love and cuddles.
Rover shares his foster home with 3 other Cavaliers who he gets along with very well and who he looks to for leadership and companionship. He absolutely loves running around the yard with his Cavalier siblings and then enjoying a good chew inside. He enjoys both playing and cuddling with them and we feel we would thrive best in a home with another playful canine companion. He also has feline friends in his foster home who he likes - we have even caught him grooming the cat! He is always wanting to know what everyone is up to and making sure he is right there in the mix.
Since Rover is enjoying the freedom of a safe and secured fenced in yard so much, we are seeking the same in his forever home. He is starting to be introduced to a leash but can be a difficult concept for our puppy mill dogs to grasp and more practice and exposure will certainly be needed when he is settled into his home and ready. Even though Rover is young, it is important to remember that he has been affected by his puppy mill past. Rover can be easily startled by quick, sudden movements and loud, startling noises. Humans are brand new to Rover and he has been very brave. While he can be initially timid and shy, he has curiosity on his side and once shown gentle love and once he knows you are safe, he warms up quickly. A treat or a toy can really help to speed this up too =) He can still be 'nervous' being up on furniture and so getting on the floor where he is comfortable and engage with him there is important and special quality time.
Like with all puppies, Rover needs a family who has the time, energy, and patience to continue his training. Since he has not been able to be a puppy before now, he is now exploring and learning things for the very first time. We are seeking a family that will not only be able to provide for him the direction, routine, and training he needs, but also that will fully embrace him in his puppyhood! We feel that sweet Rover would do best in a puppy proofed home with another playful furry companion, a safe and secured fenced in yard, and someone with the time to devote to raising a puppy. We feel Rover would do well in an adult only home or a home with older, gentle children. If you feel you are the perfect match for Rover, complete an Adoption Application found on our website, and then email us at CavalierRescueAL@gmail.com to express your interest. Rover is located in Perryville, Missouri (travel there is required), and his requested adoption donation is $650.