- Someone home much of day
- Safe and secured fenced yard, preferred
- Gentle children okay
Sweet 9 year old Zoey (DOB 1/15/2011) came to us as an owner surrender after her family felt they could no longer give her the time and attention that she needed and deserved. She is a young 9 year old who is full of life and love and is thrilled with all the attention her foster family is showering her with. She is now seeking a furever home who will be able to offer her the same.
Zoey is typical in size at 15.5 pounds. She came to us with her fur cut very short but it is growing back out beautifully. Zoey is now up to date on vaccinations, spayed, microchipped, had a recent dental, and is on monthly preventatives. She underwent her spay and dental while in our care and was also treated for hookworms which she is now clear of. Her bloodwork and urinalysis was normal and her heartworm and tick borne illness test was negative. She is a healthy girl with clear eyes and still strong orthopedically. She does have an audible, but asymptomatic, heart murmur due to mitral valve insufficiency / disease like almost all Cavaliers her age. As with all heart murmurs, we would recommend that her adopting family take her for a cardiac evaluation and echocardiogram performed by a veterinary cardiologist to get a baseline and best monitor any progression of the mitral valve disease (MVD).
Zoey has been in a private home all of her life and is reliably potty trained having had no accidents while in foster care. That said, her foster family has not left her for long periods of time and gives her frequent opportunities outside to be successful. She has also learned the doggie door in her foster home and will sometimes take herself out when she needs to go out as well. Zoey is taken out first thing in the morning, last thing at night, and every few hours in between. Even though she has been reliable in her foster home it is important to understand that accidents are always likely and to be expected during the transition into a new home and routine.
Zoey's foster family describe her as sweet and easy going. She is very much your typical Cavalier who wants to be with her person at all times and enjoys being showered with love, affection, and attention. She arrived a bit "needy" and didn't want to be a part from her person at all, but with reassurance and time she has learned that she is safe and good and isn't so desperate for your constant attention. That said, she is definitely a velcro dog and will be your little shadow. If you don't want her stuck to your side or on your heels then she is definitely not the dog for you. She would not do well with long alone/away hours so we are seeking a family where someone can be home with her much of the day.
Her foster mom is working from home and Zoey has been the perfect assistant making herself comfortable in a comfy dog bed in the home office. She is a very happy and content girl being with you. During short periods of time when no one is home, Zoey has the puppy proofed main living area of the home to get comfortable in and home cameras reveal that she finds her favorite spot on the couch to relax on until her foster mom comes home. She is very excited when you come home and will 'talk' to you and let you know how happy she is to see you! She is very anxious being confined, like in a pen or crate, and there is absolutely no reason for her to be so we ask that her furever family instead offer her a puppy proofed area of the home where she has room and freedom. At night, she sleeps in the big bed with her foster mom and her 2 Cavalier foster brothers. She sleeps peacefully and soundly right up against her foster mom's leg. We are seeking a family who will welcome her up in the big bed.
Zoey's biggest need is attention - she needs a family who has the time and ability to really devote to her... something she did not have in her former home. She would be happy as an only dog as long as she could be with her people most of the day. She would also do well with other Cavaliers or another dog of similar size and mild temperament. She gets along great with her 2 Cavalier foster brothers, loving to partake in lizard hunting with them, but is definitely more human-focused. She has not been around cats while in our care so we are unsure how she would do with a feline furiend. We also feel she could do well in a home with gentle children as she is well socialized, but again, she really needs a family able to devote a lot of time to her and not one that is too busy or spread too thin for her.
Zoey is a friendly, social, outgoing gal who appears to have been well socialized and is well adjusted. We have not found anything that she is afraid or startled by, although she let us know that she was definitely not interested in a crate. She is well trained and is a great listener. She is treat motivated and her favorite is a piece of cheese! She is also a wonderful car rider and even took a trip by RV with her foster family where she was the perfect traveler. She is also leash trained and does great on a leash which means she can accompany you to many places which she loves! She knows no stranger and greets everyone with a smile and wagging tail. She will happily accept affection and attention from all who will offer it to her! And if you stop petting her, get ready for a Zoey nose bump to let you know she wants more!
Zoey is such a sweetheart and her foster mom reports that she has been an absolute perfect houseguest. It is very important to us that we find a home and family that will match her every need where she will continue to be so happy and thrive. She is enjoying her safe and secured fenced in backyard in her foster home (especially for lizard hunting) but she is comfortable on leash so we are open to consider families who are committed to leash walking her for potty purposes and exercise and can provide for her other off-leash opportunities. Most importantly, she needs a family with someone home much of the day who has the time and ability to shower her with love and attention. She would do well with gentle children or in an adult only home, and would be happy with other mild Cavaliers or as an only dog as long as she was with her human most of the day. If you feel you may be the perfect match for the perfect girl, please complete an adoption application found on our website and then email us at CavalierRescueAL@gmail.com to express your interest. Zoey is located in Birmingham, Alabama (travel there is required), and her requested adoption donation is $300.