Birmingham, Alabama



  • Female
  • Age: 5 (DOB 6/15/2015)
  • 14#
  • Dry eyes, otherwise healthy!
  • Adoption Donation: $500


- Someone home much of the day
- Safe and secured fenced in yard, preferred
- Gentle older children okay

5 year old Sable (DOB 6/15/2015) was a breeder release who came to us several months back. In addition to other neglected medical needs, she arrived into our care with very painful, inflamed, and infected eyes. It was no surprise to us that her tear test was 0, meaning she was not producing any tears. Left untreated and neglected for so many years, Sable was also suffering with secondary infection, inflammation and much discomfort. While we were able to get the infection and inflammation under control, after many months of exhausting eyedrop/medication therapy to help try to stimulate her tear glands to start producing some tears, her left eye was showing some signs of improvement but her right eye tear gland proved to be just too damaged and unable to function properly.

We made the decision to move forward with Parotid Duct Transposition (PDT) surgery where essentially her salivary gland in her mouth was re-routed to her right dry eye, where her eye would then be adequately lubricated by her saliva. We also decided to proceed with putting in a Cyclosporin implant in her left eye to continue to promote tear stimulation. The procedures were a success and she has now fully healed. Her tear test in her right eye (which is now lubricated by her saliva) is now well within normal range, and her left eye tear production is just slightly below normal. Both eyes require lifelong eye medications and she will need to remain under the care of a veterinary ophthalmologist for life. Her right eye (now lubricated by her saliva) requires a medication to help prevent calcium build up on her cornea from the saliva that is to be administered in the mornings and at night, for life. This medication costs about $23 a month. Her left eye requires a tear stimulant drop administered daily, and an artificial tear gel administered every 8 hours, for life. These medications cost about $25 a month. She will need to visit with the opthalmologist at least every 6 months to check her tear production and ensure no calcium has built up on her cornea from the saliva.

While in our care, Sable also underwent her spay surgery, a much needed dental, and we treated her badly infected ears. All of her labwork including her heartworm test, tick borne illness test, fecal test, urinalysis, and bloodwork is now normal and negative. Her heart, knees, and hips are all clear and congenitally sound at this time. Sable is now up to date on vaccinations, spayed, microchipped, had a dental, and is on monthly preventatives. She is a petite girl, weighing her ideal weight of 15 pounds. And like most Cavaliers, Sable loves her meals and treats. She will stand on her hind legs like a “tiny dancer” when her foster mom is preparing her food. Sable is a slower eater, so her new family will need to make sure she has plenty of time to enjoy her meal without another pup trying to “help”. While in our care, her curly ears have grown out beautifully so she wears a snood while she enjoys her meals, to keep them nice and clean. She loves healthy treat options such cucumbers, carrots, frozen broccoli, frozen green beans, steamed broccoli, apples, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, frozen mango, and fat-free Greek yogurt. Of course she is also a fan of Fromm Crunchy O’s too!

Sable is reliably potty trained in her foster home, having never had an accident while in our care. She does not "ask" to go out, but her foster mom makes sure she has ample opportunities to go potty. She should be taken out first thing in the morning, last thing at night, and every few hours in between including immediately after meals. Sable’s good potty behavior is positively reinforced with lots of praise, excitement, and gentle love! Although she is reliable in her foster home, please know that accidents are always to be expected, especially initially during the transitional phase while she learns her new routine and environment.

Sable’s foster mom describes her as very snuggly, loving, and affectionate! She loves kisses and attention, being held like a baby, and will actually wrap her paws around you and give you a hug. She is a mild, gentle, submissive girl who loves hanging out with her family and cuddling up with her humans and her furry foster sisters. She has learned a lot from her furry foster siblings, gets along with them wonderfully, and enjoys their company and companionship. But because she is all about her human, we feel she could also do well as an only dog but only if she could be with her family most of the day and had very low alone hours. If away hours are routine, then she would be happiest in a home with another adult Cavalier, or other dog of similar size and temperament. She has not been exposed to cats while in our care, so we are unsure of how she would respond.

Sable's foster mom works from home and Sable is always close by. During the short periods of time when her mom is away from the home, she and her furry foster sisters hang out together in a puppy proofed area of the house where Sable makes herself comfy. She is used to spending much of the day with her people and we are seeking a family who can be with her much of the day to give her the love, attention, and affection that she craves and deserves. At night, Sable sleeps in the big bed and her new family should welcome her to do so as well.

Sable is playful, interacts well with other dogs, and enjoys toys too! Her favorite toy is a stuffed pizza slice which she will carry around like a special prize. Her family will need to supervise her with soft toys as she does tend to tear them open. Outdoors, Sable likes to explore her yard. She will often prance around with a toy in her mouth. She loves to have a good “dig” after a rain, so supervision outdoors is a must if you want to prevent muddy paws. She is also fantastic on a leash and enjoys walks as well hikes with her foster family. While she enjoys a yard, it is not an absolute requirement of her new family. She would love an active family who will include her in daily walks and other outdoor activities and adventures! Her compact size makes it easy and possible for her to accompany you and enjoy much of what life has to offer!

Sable rides great in a car, in a boosted car seat, so she can see the world go by. She is friendly, social, and never meets a stranger, welcoming gentle love and attention from all willing to give it. She loves making new friends and even enjoys older, gentle, well-behaved kids. She is a confident girl who is rather well-adjusted and well-socialized as not much seems to startle or scare her. She even does great in a bath and when getting her nails clipped. This is a good thing because her ears often need a little wash as the excess saliva can make them a little “stiff”.

Sable is an adorable, sweet, loving girl who is full of love and cuddles! She needs a family who is committed to her continued and life long ophthalmology needs which includes daily eye drops and regular checks with a veterinary ophthalmologist. If you feel you are the perfect match for this precious girl, please complete an Adoption Application found on our website and then email us at to express your interest. Sable is being fostered in Birmingham, Alabama (travel there is required), and her requested adoption donation is $500.