AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION
🏡 Someone w/ him much of day/low alone hours🌱 Safe & secure fenced yard💜 Gentle children okay
🛑 If you do not check ALL of the above requirements, your application will not pass the screening process for consideration. We do not compromise on these requirements as we feel they are essential to a successful adoption with Champ.
MEET CHAMP 🐶Champ is an absolutely adorable 8 year old boy (DOB 12/10/2015) who recently came to us as an owner surrender after his elderly owner could sadly no longer care for him. He has now been fully assessed in his foster home and while we have loved having him in our care, this big teddy bear is now ready to make his next and last move to his furever home.MEDICAL 🩺 We are very happy to report that Champ is a healthy 8 year old boy! He is up to date on vaccinations, neutered, had a recent dental (no extractions needed), is microchipped, and on monthly preventatives. He was found to be congenitally sound with clear eyes, knees, hips, and heart (no murmur detected!) Additionally, all of his labwork including his fecal test, heartworm and tick borne illness test, urinalysis, and bloodwork was normal and negative. We have started him on a daily joint supplement to support his joints, otherwise he is not on any medications and does not require any additional vetting outside of regular wellness checks at this time. He is a healthy boy! Not a medical concern, but Champ seems to be hard of hearing which is common for older adult Cavaliers. He follows hand signals well which are particularly used when he’s outside and is asked to come in - as long as he sees you, he will follow directions. FOOD & POTTY HABITS 🥘 Champ is a bigger boy but also came to us quite overweight at 41 pounds. We feel his ideal weight should be about 26 pounds and he is on his way there as he has already lost 4 pounds in foster care, currently weighing 37 pounds. It is very important that his adopting family must be committed to continuing his strictly portioned weight management meals, limited healthy treats, and daily age/breed appropriate activity to help him reach his ideal weight, best health, and best self. Like most Cavaliers, he loves his food, is excited and enthusiastic for his twice a days meals and treats, and always licks his bowl clean. Champ doesn't alert or signal that he needs to go out to potty and so it is important that his family take the initiative to take him out regularly and frequently to ensure continued potty training success. Champ is taken out into the safe and secured fenced yard first thing in the morning, last thing at night, and every couple of hours in between including immediately after meals. He loves to be outside and so he is eager to go out and take care of his potty business. Immediately upon coming inside, he gets a healthy treat which is a great way to reward and reinforce potty expectations for this food motivated boy. In the short time that he has been in his foster home, he has learned the routine and has become reliable. But although Champ is now reliable in his foster home, please know that accidents are always to be expected, especially initially while he transitions and learns a new environment and routine - that takes time. PERSONALITY 💕Champ's foster family describes him as a big goofy lug! They say, "he is a very sweet boy who loves nothing more than having his big belly rubbed!" He will solicit belly rubs by flopping over right in front of you waiting for you to start rubbing! Other than belly rubs, he also really loves cuddles. If you get on the sofa, he is not far behind you ready to cuddle up close with you. His third favorite thing? You guessed it. Food. He is not interested in toys but has taken an interest in laundry! He will collect and gather his foster mom and dad's clothes and likes to just lay on them. They can be difficult to retrieve back, and so it's best to ensure your belongings are out of his reach or he may claim them. ROUTINE ⏰ Champ starts his day with a quick trip out in the yard for pottying and then back in for breakfast. After breakfast, Champ spends more time in the yard where he likes to be and likes to wander and explore around. He then finds a comfy spot in the home office with his foster mom and dad as they work from home. While they work, Champ naps. Every couple of hours he is taken out in the yard for pottying, exploring, sunshine and fresh air. During times when there are no humans at home, Champ stays in a puppy proofed area of the home with his spaniel foster siblings and where he has plenty of space, comforts, and companionship. He has learned that his people will come back home to him and so he has gotten much better about settling in and down during his alone time. That said, he is certainly happiest being with his people and so we are seeking a home where someone can be with him much of the day and where he will have low alone time. He has not been crated or otherwise strictly confined in our care or with his former family - he doesn't need to be and we don't recommend that he is. In the evenings, Champ enjoys his dinner around 5:30, goes out to potty, and then loves sofa and TV time with his foster family where he can get all his close cuddles in. After last potty outside, Champ gets into the big bed where he finds his perfect spot near the foot of the bed. He sleeps peacefully through the night knowing he is safe and sound next to you. He would not do well being asked to sleep apart from you and so we are seeking a family who will continue to invite him into the big bed with them. There should be pet steps up to the bed so that he can safely get on and off. SOCIALIZATION 💜Champ is certain that everyone has been put on this Earth to love him! He's never met a stranger and loves everyone he meets. He greets everyone with a friendly face, wagging tail, and smile... and then his belly! We have not found him to be timid or fearful of much of anything, and because he is hard of hearing he doesn't startle easily. We feel Champ would be happy in an adult only home or a home with gentle, well behaved, dog savvy children who know how to engage with him appropriately and respect his space and boundaries. This big teddy bear really just wants someone to love! Champ is leash trained and really enjoys leashed walks with you. This is great exercise for him and is also great for his socialization. Because he is so sweet, friendly, well behaved, and also great on leash, it makes it easy for Champ to go places with you - which he really likes to do! He also travels wonderfully in the car where he rides safely and comfortably in his boosted car seat which we will ask that his adopting family get for him.Champ gets along very well with his spaniel foster siblings, and although he isn't playful with them, he co-exists well with them and seems to enjoy their companionship. We feel that Champ could be happy and do well as the only dog in the home as long as he was able to be with his people most of the time and where he would have low alone time. Or, we feel he would match well with another mild, adult Cavalier or other dog of similar size and gentle temperament. He has not been around any cats while in our care so we are unsure how he would do with a feline friend in the home. HIS IDEAL FAMILY & HOME 🏡 Most importantly, Champ needs a patient, loving family who has the time to devote to him, will make it a priority to include him, and treat him as a treasured and beloved member of the family. His family must be committed to continuing his weight loss for his overall health and wellness. We are seeking a family where someone is able to be with him much of the day so he will have low alone hours and lots of snuggle time. He is enjoying his outdoor freedom in the safe and secured fenced yard in his foster home, and so we are seeking the same in his furever home. For being a big boy, he is quite agile and has no problems going up and down steps but should have pet steps to safely get on and off of furniture. HOW TO APPLY 💻 Champ is just a big teddy bear boy who wants to be loved on. He is healthy, sweet, friendly, and will be such a precious addition to a lucky family. If you feel you are a match with Champ and meet all of his requirements, please fill out an adoption application found on our website (TheCavalierRescue.org) then email us at CavalierRescueAL@gmail.com to express your interest letting us know why you feel you are a match. Champ is located in Hoover, Alabama, and travel there is required. Champ is available for adoption now, so please only apply if you are able and ready to move forward at this time. His requested adoption donation is $400.