-Safe and secured fenced yard
-Reasonable distance to vet specialists
-Someone home much of day/low alone hours
-Canine fur furiend of similar size/temperament
Much of Tally's past is unknown but the condition she arrived in told us all we needed know. Tally has been a breeding dog all of her life and while asked to take care of litters and litters of puppies, she was waaaaay past due for some care herself. Tally was being sold on Craigslist and we acted quickly to secure her so we could change her life. She is now ready to find a furever family committed to continuing her medical care and continuing to help her become her best self.
We were told Tally was 5 years old although we are not able to confirm that as her eyes are too 'scarred' to accurately age. She arrived in to rescue in horrific shape, suffering from many medical issues stemming from neglect including ear infections, dental disease, and dry eye with secondary bacterial infections and pigmentary keratitis, and a urinary tract infection. Her dry eye was so bad and neglected for so long that it left her with vision loss and significant secondary changes. In addition to the neglect, Tally also has congenital breed issues from poor breeding - she has mitral valve disease and bilateral luxating patellas which all the weight she carried didn't help. She arrived weighing nearly 30 pounds, 10+ pounds overweight. With strictly portioned weight management food, limited healthy treats, and daily exercise and activity, Tally is now down to a healthy 20 pounds! Struggling to initially walk and breathe, Tally is definitely looking and feeling like a new girl!
Tally has been brought up to date on vaccinations, spayed, underwent an extensive dental, microchipped, and on monthly preventatives. We have treated her for all her infections although due to the neglected ear infections, her ears are very stenotic and are susceptible for infection. We recommend regular 'maintenance' ear care to help prevent infection. She is on daily eye drops for her 'dry eye' which she will need for life, and needs to remain under the care of a veterinary ophthalmologist. Because her daily drops needs to administered throughout the day, she needs a family that can accommodate this schedule. Her eye medications run approximately $40/month. Tally is also on a daily joint supplement which she needs to remain on for life. While her knees are not giving her any problems at this time, should they become symptomatic or problematic, she may require a surgical knee repair. And lastly, because she has a detected heart murmur from the onset of mitral valve disease, we recommend that she visit a veterinary cardiologist for a baseline echocardiogram.
Tally is doing very well with potty training as long as she is taken out frequently. It is important that you take the initiative to take her out and give her plenty of opportunities to be successful. She should be taken out first thing in the morning, last thing at night, and every few hours during the day. Continued training is encouraged and accidents are to be expected, especially initially while she settles into a new environment and new routine. Tally would be happiest in a home with a safe and secured fenced yard for potty purposes and to enjoy her new found freedom. Daily short walks are also encouraged as part of her new health routine!
Tally shares her foster home with a other Cavaliers who she loves and looks to for leadership. It is important to remember that everything is brand new to Tally and that she is still learning how to be a 'dog' and so having 'resident dogs' in the home really helps Tally in knowing what to do and how to be. We are seeking a home for Tally with other Cavaliers or other dogs of similar size and temperament. Tally is very laid back and low key and would appreciate that the other dogs in the home are as well. Tally spends much of the day with her foster family and like all Cavaliers really enjoys and thrives off companionship. Because of this and her eye drop schedule, we are seeking a home where she will have low "alone hours" and can be with her people much of the day. During times when no humans are home, Tally stays in a puppy proofed area of the home with her foster siblings and does well. At night, she is allowed and invited into the BIG bed to sleep but sometimes likes to resort to a nearby open crate.
Tally's foster family says she is the sweetest dog who deserves a special family. After suffering through reproductive abuse and neglected medical care for so long, we are seeking a family who will ensure all of her needs will always be met and who has the time and ability to just shower her with endless love, affection, and attention. With some ongoing medical issues, she would benefit from a medically 'savvy' family who has an understanding of the common Cavalier mitral valve disease, luxating patellas, and dry eye. Because Tally may need to see specialists throughout her life and because she will require daily medication for the rest of her life, her family must be financially capable of taking care of her ongoing needs and live within reasonable driving distance to specialty care.
Tally would thrive best in a home with a safe and secured fenced in yard, other mild-mannered furry furiends, and where she can be with her people much of the day. Tally is very much your quintessential Cavalier with her sweet, friendly temperament and classic marshmallow cheeks! 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 CavalierRescueAL@gmail.com to express your interest. Tally is being fostered in Dallas, Texas (travel there is required), and her requested adoption donation is $400.