🐶 Mild, canine companion(s)
🏡 Someone home much of day / low alone hours
🌱 Safe and secured fenced yard, preferred
💜 Older, gentle children okay
In October 2016 we rescued beautiful Veronica off the auction block and out of the puppy mill industry. Soon after, she was placed in an adopting family where she lived until a few months ago when, due to unforeseen circumstances, her family was no longer able to continue her care. We were there to welcome sweet Miss Veronica back in with open arms. She was just as sweet and lovely as we remembered her to be 💕
Veronica is a healthy 9 year old girl (DOB 5/24/2010). She is up to date on vaccinations, spayed, had a recent dental, microchipped, and on monthly preventatives. She is even heart clear!, and still congenitally sound except for a left luxating patella which does not give her any trouble. To ensure it stays that way, Veronica takes a daily joint supplement chew that we recommend she continue for life. The chews are $17/month. All of her labwork - fecal test, heartworm test, tick borne illness test, urinalysis, and bloodwork were all normal and negative. Veronica is not on any medications and does not require any vetting, outside of regular wellness check, at this time.
Veronica is typical in size and at her ideal weight of 16 pounds. She enjoys her 2 meals a day and unlike most Cavaliers she likes to take her time and enjoy her food. This means that meal time must be carefully supervised so that the other sharks, I mean Cavaliers, in the home don't try to help themselves to her bowl. She loves treats and isn't picky - her foster reports that she likes fruits and veggies likes green beans and okra! Veronica's family must be committed to maintaining her healthy weight by continuing strictly portioned meals, limited healthy treats, and daily activity/ exercise.
Veronica has proven to be reliably potty trained in her foster home. That said she is never asked to 'hold it" for an extended amount of time and is given plenty of opportunities to be successful with frequent trips outside. Veronica should be taken out first thing in the morning, last thing at night, and every few hours in between including right after meals. Don't expect Veronica to "ask" to go out, rather she needs a family who will take the initiative to take her out frequently and routinely. She does have an "urgency" to go right after meals and so her family should know that and be ready to take her out to prevent an accident. Although Veronica is reliable in her foster home, please know that accidents are to be expected especially during the initial transition while she learns her new environment and routine.
Veronica's foster mom describes her as sweet, happy, and loving! Some of her favorite things are going on walks and snuggling with her Cavalier foster sisters. Veronica is part of a "girl pack" in her foster home which she shares with 3 other female Cavaliers. They can be found enjoying sunset walks together and movie nights home snuggled up close. She shared her former home with multiple other Cavaliers as well and is used to being part of a Cavalier crew. She really values Cavalier companionship and would be happiest in a forever home with other mild, adult Cavaliers or another dog of similar size and temperament. In true Cavalier fashion, she also really values human companionship and sticks close to her foster mom at all times. She would not be happy with long alone hours and for that reason we are seeking a family where someone can be home with her much of the day.
Veronica's foster mom works from home and Veronica spends much of the day in the home office with her foster mom and Cavalier siblings with frequent outings to the backyard for pottying and fresh air. In the evenings she enjoys leashed walks through the neighborhood where Veronica has an extra pep in her step! During the limited times where no humans are home, Veronica and her cavalier foster sisters stay in a comfy puppy proofed area of the home. Veronica has not been crated since being in a care and we do not recommend that she is. At night, she sleeps in the big bed where she sleeps very soundly next to her foster mom and furry foster sisters. We are seeking a furever family who will welcome her into the big bed.
While in the home Veronica is pretty mild, low key, and laid back, when out and about she is extra active, enthusiastic and peppy! She seems to really enjoy walks, car rides, and exploring new territory. Her family must be committed to daily leashed walks as it is wonderful for her mental and physical health and one of her favorite things to do! She does get very excited when she sees other dogs on her walk, and so her family must always keep a tight grip on her leash! Because she is a happy leash walker, we are not requiring a fenced yard in her forever home but please know that she has been used to using a fenced yard for pottying and so there may be a learning curve there with expecting her to go potty on leash every time she is taken out. This will likely require some training and patience. For this reason, we prefer to find a home with a safe and secured fenced yard but also open to considering families without a fenced yard who can help her transition successfully.
It is important to remember that Veronica spent 6 years in a puppy mill where she endured unimaginable suffering in the form of neglect and reproductive abuse. Like most puppy mill Cavaliers, they have some "quirks". Veronica can still be very "hand shy" and is not comfortable with over the head petting. Best practice for touching and petting puppy mill dogs is to let them approach you, introduce your hand to them, and them initiate the touch in an area where they can "see" your hand, like their chest. Veronica very much enjoys affection and attention when this protocol is followed and when given ample time to "warm up" and get to know that you are safe and good. She would thrive best in an adult only home or a home with older, gentle children who can understand and respect her puppy mill past and accommodations and engage and interact with her appropriately.
While Veronica responds very well to 90% of people that she meets, there is the 10% that she does not respond well to and that triggers a very guarded, reactive response that we believe is rooted in fear. We have not been able to narrow this down to certain attributes to ones appearance or behavior, so it is quite unpredictable. For this reason, it is important that Veronica have the opportunity to meet and spend some time with ALL family members during the adoption process so that we can ensure that she does not react unfavorable to anyone. It is important to us that she feel very comfortable and safe with everyone in her home, as I am sure that is important to her family as well, and so we will require that the whole family be willing and able to travel to meet her.
Veronica is a beautiful, healthy, active, girl with a lovely, joyful, and sweet personality. She would be happiest in a home with other mild, adult Cavaliers and low alone hours, and would prefer a fenced yard, but daily leashed walks are a must! She needs a family who can be understanding and patient with her puppy mill past and continue her socialization while also celebrating and loving her for where she is at in her rehabilitation. If you feel you may be the perfect match for sweet Veronica, please complete an adoption application found on our website, and then email us at CavalierRescueAL@gmail.com to express your interest. Veronica is located in Birmingham, Alabama (travel there, with all family members, is required), and her requested adoption donation is $350.