🏡 Someone home much of the day/ low alone hours
🐶 Mild canine companion
💜 Older, gentle children okay
Precious 11 year old Trixie (DOB 9/1/2009) came into our care last month after her mom was moved into a nursing home and was no longer able to continue her care. She is now medically cleared and ready to make her next and last move to her furever home.
Trixie came to us up to date on vaccinations and already spayed, but she visited with our partnering vet for a thorough physical exam and labwork. Overall, we found Trixie to be in good shape. Her heartworm and tick borne illness test was negative, fecal test was negative, and her bloodwork was normal. Her urinalysis did reveal a urinary tract infection which she was treated for and has been cleared of. We also found she was in need of a dental cleaning, so she underwent that and a benign cyst removal (from her foot) while in our care. Like nearly all Cavaliers her age, she does have an audible heart murmur due to mitral valve insufficiency/ disease (MVD) and we would recommend that her family take her to a veterinary cardiologist to get a baseline echocardiogram and so that any progression of the mitral valve disease can be best monitored and managed. Trixie's hips and knees are clear but we have started her on a daily joint supplement chew to support her aging joint health. Trixie is up to date on vaccinations, spayed, had a recent dental, microchipped, and on monthly preventatives. She is not on any prescription medications.
Trixie has proven to be reliably potty trained and has not had a single accident in her foster home. That said, she is given frequent opportunities to be successful. She uses the safe and secured fenced yard in her foster home for quick tinkles throughout the day but also prefers a short leash walk right after breakfast and after dinner to handle her potty business. While she has been reliable in her foster home, please know that accidents are always to be expected, especially initially during the transitional phase as she learns a new environment and routine.
Trxie eats twice a day and like most Cavaliers is very enthusiastic about mealtime! She will bark and bounce around as her foster mom prepares her food and she always licks her bowl clean. We were told she has a history of sensitive tummy issues and what she is being fed in our care is agreeing with her - we will ask that her family continue her on the food and treats that will be provided. She arrived into our care a bit overweight and she has now slimmed down to her ideal weight of 20 pounds with daily activity/exercise, strictly portioned meals, and limited healthy treats. Her family must be committed to continuing this regimen to ensure she remains at her ideal weight for her best health and quality of life as a senior dog.
Trixie's foster mom describes her as "quite possibly the happiest, most laid back, cutest senior cavalier you will come across!" She has the cutest wiggle when greeting someone and is not shy about swating you with her paw to request more pets and attention! She will even nudge you, like a cat, and rub you with her face to let you know how pleased she is with you. Don't be fooled by her age - while she certainly enjoys her leisurely naps and down time, she perks right up for walks and insists on going as far as allowed making sure she greets all the neighbors that are out. She walks the neighborhood twice a day and enjoys couch time and cuddles in between.
A true companion animal, Trixie's favorite thing is just being with her human whether this is going on walks together or snuggled up together on the couch. We haven't found her to be interested in toys or to try to play or engage much with her cavalier foster siblings, as she is much more focused on her relationship with her humans. She will follow you around the home and very much wants to be with you and involved in what you are doing. She spends much of the day close to her foster mom as she works from home. At night, she sleeps in a comfy dog bed right next to the big bed where she can see her people and know she is safe and sound. Of course, we feel she would love an invite up into the big bed.
During times when no humans are home, Trixie stays in a puppy proofed area of the home with her furry foster siblings where she does well for short periods of time. Although she may initially express her displeasure with you leaving, she settles down nicely and naps with her furry friends. Because spending time with her humans is so important to her, we are seeking a family where someone can be with her much of the day. Trixie would not be happy nor do well being home alone for long hours on a regular basis. But for the times when no humans are home, we feel it is important that she have another mild canine companion for company so that she is truly never alone. She would do well with another older adult Cavalier or other dog of similar size and temperament. She is not a fan of the feline friend next door and we were told she had a traumatic incident with a pet bird in her former home, so we are seeking a canine only home.
Trixie has lots of practice on leash and is a champion leash walker. For this reason and because she isn't particularly an outdoorsy kind of gal, we are not requiring a safe and secured fenced yard in her forever home. That said, per our adoption agreement our dogs are not to ever be off leash outside of a fenced yard so if no fenced yard, her family must always have her on leash, for her safety. Second to her neighborhood walks, Trixie also loves going for car rides and rides perfect perched in her comfy car seat.
Trixie would be happy in a quiet adult only home and we also feel she could do well in a home with older, gentle, respectful children who can understand and respect her boundaries and needs as a senior dog. While she loves attention in the form of being with her people, enjoying gentle pets, and neighborhood strolls, she is not a dog who will or should be asked to play chase or fetch toys or engage with children. She would not do well in a busy household, or a family that will leave her at home frequently. She needs a family with the time and ability to devote endless attention and love to her and who will put forth the effort to give her quality time spent together especially here in her special senior years.
Trixie appears to be a well socialized and well adjusted dog. She is friendly, outgoing, and confident, and social. She is very much a typical Cavalier where she thrives off being with her human and thrives off attention and affection. She is sweet, loving, and smart, and well behaved. Know that she can be vocal - when it's mealtime, when you come home, when the leash comes out for a walk, or for the typical trash truck, mail carrier or delivery excitement. At 11 years old, her foster family finds this and her zest for life endearing and has found it is easier to to accept than to constantly correct. Like most Cavaliers, she is very food motivated and is quick and happy to "sit" for a treat or reward. She is a smart cookie and catches on quickly with consistency and positive reinforcements. She is not easily startled or scared but like many dogs, she is quite fearful of thunderstorms where she will tremble and pant.
Trixie is a beautiful, sweet, happy, and healthy senior girl seeking a furever family who has plenty of love ready to give. If you feel you are the perfect match for sweet Trixie, please complete an adoption application found on our website (TheCavalierRescue.org), and then email us at CavalierRescueAL@gmail.com to express your interest. Trixie is being fostered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana (travel there is required), and her requested adoption donation is $250.