🌱 Safe and secured fenced yard
🐶 Canine companion of similar size & temperament
🏡 Someone home much of the day
💜 Older, gentle children okay
Trixie is a 5 year old (7/2/2014) breeder retiree/release who we welcomed in last moth. Trixie’s medical needs had been neglected for quite some time and she arrived suffering with multiple health issues. Poor Trixie needed to be treated for awful ear infections, severe dental disease, hookworms, and dry eye with a secondary corneal ulceration. She also underwent her spay surgery, umbilical hernia repair, and much needed dental where she lost all but 4 teeth. Now she’s a new girl!
Trixie just had a vetting recheck where we were so pleased with her progress! Her ears are now free from infection and her spay and hernia incisions are now completely healed up, as is her mouth after such a big dental. Her corneal ulceration is now healed and her eyes are responding beautifully to the tear stimulant and artificial tears. She will remain on the tear stimulant which is administered to each eye twice a day, and the artificial tears which are administered to each eye every 4 hours. Her tear production should be monitored at regular wellness checks so that drops can be adjusted as needed. Those pesky hookworms still showed up on her last fecal test so she is undergoing another round of dewormer and we have switched her monthly preventative to one that will help stop the cycle of regrowth. She needs to have another fecal recheck at the end of September which we will entrust her family to do if placed before then. Trixie is now up to date on vaccinations, spayed, had a recent dental, is microchipped, and on monthly preventatives. Her knees, hips, and heart are all congenitally sound at this time and all her bloodwork was normal.
At 13 pounds Trixie is just a little thing and is at her ideal weight. Her family will need to remain vigilant with strictly portioned meals, limited healthy treats, and daily activity/exercise to ensure she stays nice and trim. Trixie isn't a total chow hound like many Cavaliers and instead likes to take her time enjoying her meals instead of inhaling. Her foster mom supervises closely while she eats so that her Cavalier foster sisters don't try to visit her bowl. Trixie prefers her kibble to be softened with a bit of warm water and has trouble eating harder kibble or treats, likely due to the recent dental and lack of teeth. Her ears were shaved before coming into rescue and the rest of her coat was in poor shape but improving now that she is eating a high quality food and receiving lots of TLC.
Trixie arrived into rescue very meek, timid, and shy, but she has blossomed just beautifully in foster care once all her health issues were addressed and she was feeling better and knew she was safe and sound. Her Cavalier foster sisters have been awesome leaders for her and she likes to follow their cue to know what to do. They have really helped pull her out of her shell and she is now enjoying playing with them as well as snuggling and cuddling up with them. Her foster mom describes her as loving, playful, and observant. She said that her favorite thing is her big toy llama which she loves to parade around the house - even taking Mr. Llama out to potty with her!
Speaking of pottying, Trixie is doing very well with her potty training. While she doesn't let you know when she needs to go out, she is taken out frequently and happily follows the other dogs outside to do her business. Giving her plenty of opportunities to be successful is key so she should be taken out first thing in the morning, last thing at night, and every few hours in between, followed up with a high value treat to really reinforce her good behavior! Of course, accidents are to be expected when transitioning to a new environment and new routine.
Trixie's foster mom works from home and Trixie and her foster sisters spend much of the day in the home office keeping a close eye on their mom. During times when no humans are home, Trixie stays in a gated off puppy proofed area of the home with her foster sisters and does well. She has not been in a crate since arriving in foster care and do not recommend it as she has spent most of her life in strict confinment. At night she sleeps in the big bed with her mom and foster siblings, snuggled up close to everyone. We are seeking a forever family with a similar schedule and set up allowing Trixie to spend much of the day with a human and being invited into the big bed for snuggling at night.
Trixie is really enjoying her new found freedom in her foster home's safe and secured fenced yard. She loves to bring her favorite big toys outside with her and run around the yard with he foster sisters. Recently her foster mom tried her on a leash for the first time and it was quickly obvious that Trixie is not ready for it yet. Leash walking is an advanced skill for our puppy mill survivors and one that needs to be introduced very slowly and positively. Since Trixie is not yet ready to be on leash, she does need a safe and secured fenced in yard for pottying purposes. She is a tiny girl and so any gaps will need to be checked during a home visit inspection to ensure she is safe.
Trixie not only gets along so well with her Cavalier foster sisters but depends on them for leadership. It is important to remember that the world is brand new to Trixie and so having a well adjusted, confident dog to show her the ropes helps tremendously with her adjustment. We are seeking a home with another Cavalier or other dog of similar size and mild temperament. Trixie has recently discovered toys and would love another furry furiend who will be playful with her. Trixie is known to pick out the biggest toy of the bunch and parade it around - it is funny to watch this silly girl try to navigate up and down stairs with a big mouthful of toy! Her furever home needs to have a full toy chest for her!
Trixie is curious about humans but understandably very cautious. She can be a bit shy and timid initially but once she knows you are safe she will enjoy being held in your arms and gently loved on. In true Cavalier fashion she is extremely loving, cuddly, and affectionate. Because human interaction is brand new to her we feel she would thrive best in an adult only home or a home with older, gentle children who can understand her puppy mill past.
If you feel you are the perfect match for Miss Trixie please complete an adoption application found on our website, and then email us at CavalierRescueAL@gmail.com to express your interest. Trixie is located in Birmingham, Alabama (travel there is required), and her requested adoption donation is $500.