AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION
⏰ Someone w/ her much of day/ low alone time🌱 Safe and secured fenced yard🐶 Canine companion of similar size & temperament
🛑 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 Merry.
MEET MERRY 🐶Sweet and shy Merry came into our care after she was retired and released from a bad breeding operation. We were not provided with records so we are unsure of her exact date of birth, but believe she is around 4 years old. Sadly, she never had any positive human interactions prior to rescue and is still working through the trauma of her puppy mill past. She has spent the past couple of months learning what it is like to be in a home and living with a family, and has gotten a taste of freedom, love, and care for the first time in her life. She is now ready to find a patient family who will continue to guide her with gentle love and help her to continue to bloom! MEDICAL 🩺 We are happy to report that Merry is a healthy girl! She is now up to date on vaccinations, spayed, had a recent dental (with 4 extractions), is microchipped, and on monthly preventatives. We found her eyes, knees, hips, and heart to be clear and congenitally sound at this time. Additionally, all of her labwork including her fecal test, heartworm and tick borne illness test, urinalysis, and bloodwork is normal and negative. She is not on any medications and does not require any additional vetting outside of regular wellness checks at this time. FOOD & POTTY HABITS 🥘 Merry is typical in size and at her ideal weight of 18 pounds. Now that she is receiving wonderful groceries and care, her blenheim coat is growing beautifully. She is eating her twice a day Fromm meals and enjoying healthy treats throughout the day like watermelon and green beans. Merry is a good eater, always licking her bowl clean, and eats along side her 3 Cavalier foster siblings without issue. Because she is food motivated, offering small pieces of high value treats is a wonderful way to help her in her transition to learn that she is somewhere good and safe. Her adopting family must remain committed to continuing her strictly portioned meals, healthy treats, and daily activity/exercise to ensure she remains at her ideal weight, best health, and best self. Merry has done very well with her potty training as she learns all about living in a home for the first time. In fact, she is now reliable in her foster home as long as she is taken out frequently. She is taken out in the safe and secured fenced yard first thing in the morning, last thing at night, and every few hours in between including immediately after meals. She does not 'signal' or 'alert' that she needs to go out, so it is up to you to be diligent about taking her out on schedule. She loves being out in the yard and will happily follow the other Cavaliers outside to take care of her potty business. A yummy high value treat immediately following good potty behavior will be excellent reinforcement and reward for her ongoing training. Please know that even though Merry is reliable in her foster home, accidents are always to be expected, especially initially while she transitions to another environment and routine. PERSONALITY 💕Merry was very timid and unsure when she first arrived into rescue but has become more and more comfortable in her foster home and with her foster family over the past 2 months. She is continuing to work on coming out of her shell, but has already shown her foster family what a sweet, gentle girl she is. While she is still leary of people, she is very socialized and comfortable with other dogs and we really see her come to life when she is amongst her Cavalier foster siblings. She looks to them for leadership and companionship and can be found either snuggled up close to them or running wide open in the yard with them. Through them, she is learning about the human-canine relationship and bond and is continuing to work on her interactions with people - this will take time and it is very important that her family move slowly with her and give her lots of patience and gentle love. ROUTINE ⏰Merry spends much of the day at home with her foster family where she enjoys a very leisurely lifestyle. She starts her day going out to potty and then back in for breakfast. The rest of the day is then spent both inside the home and outside in the yard with her foster mom and siblings - taking plenty of cav-naps on a comfy bed, enjoying her outdoor freedom, and in true Cavalier fashion, following her foster mom around on her heels. When appropriate, she will tag along on an errand and enjoy the car ride where she can see more of this big new world. We will ask that her adopting family get her a boosted car seat so she can continue to ride safe and comfortably. During the short periods of time when no humans are home, Merry stays in a puppy proofed gated off area of the home with her Cavalier foster siblings where she has plenty of space, comforts, and companionship. She has not been crated or otherwise strictly confined in our care as she does not need to be and we do not recommend that she is after years of confinement. She does well left for short periods of time, but is very excited when you come home and will be happiest and do best being with her people and so we are seeking a family where someone is able to be with her much of the day and where she will have low alone time. After dinner, she enjoys quality family time together on the couch and then out for final potty. When it is time for bed, she joins the rest of the family in the big bed and is quick to claim her spot. Sleeping close with her people is wonderful for her growth and bonding and so we are seeking a family who will continue to invite her into the big bed with them. Her family should provide her with pet steps so she can get safely on and off. SOCIALIZATION 💜Merry had no socialization with people prior to rescue so she is still quite uncertain and cautious around new people. She needs a family who will be very patient with her and give her the time, space, gentle love, and accommodations she needs to start to feel safe and comfortable in her new home and among her new family. Once she learns you are good and that she is safe, she will begin to open up to you, but that trust is built over time. Merry will thrive best and be happiest in a quiet, calm, adult only home and would not do well in a loud, busy home environment with a lot of noise, activity, and people all which would cause her to retreat. While we have seen her grow and progress in many areas, she continues to struggle with human touch and physical affection and finds 'hands on' attention just too overwhelming at this time - like reaching out for her, grabbing for her, and picking her up, holding her, and handling her. Her family should respect this and limit it until she is ready and it can be a positive interaction. While we know she will get comfortable with her people over time, understand that social settings or public outings may be unlikely for her as a safety issue. A leash is brand new to her and when she is ready to practice, she should do so in the safe confines of a fenced yard to ensure her safety as loud or unexpected noises, movements, or people could startle and scare her. While interacting with people is new and scary, Merry has been well socialized with other dogs and does very well with her Cavalier foster siblings and quickly became part of the pack! In addition to enjoying their companionship, she certainly benefits from having resident dogs to learn from as her foster siblings have helped her to learn what a family is all about and how to be a dog. She follows their lead and reads their cues to know what to do, where to go, and how to behave. Merry would be lost without the leadership and guidance of another dog and will be happiest and do best with another Cavalier(s) or other dog of similar size and mild, gentle temperament. Her ideal canine companion would be a well socialized adult dog who will welcome her in, show her the ropes, and let her snuggle up close to them. We have seen her romp and play chase with her siblings and so she may become more playful with another playful furiend. There are cats in her foster home whom she co exists with very well and will do fine with another dog friendly feline in her furever home. IDEAL FAMILY & HOME 🏡 Most importantly Merry needs a patient family who will give her the time and gentle love she needs to continue to bloom. They need to have realistic expectations for her transition into a new home and her ongoing socialization. She would greatly benefit from a family with rescue experience, particularly with timid and undersocialized dogs. Her family should have the time to devote to her and be able to be with her much of the day. As for the home environment, she needs a puppy proofed home as everything is new and she is exploring things for the first time with her mouth, as well as a safe and secured fenced yard for pottying purposes and so she can continue to enjoy her outdoor freedom in. She needs a furry friend or two for companionship and leadership and to help show her how to be a dog. HOW TO APPLY 💻 At 4 years old sweet Merry's life is really just beginning and she is just starting to learn how to be a dog. In her perfect home and family, she will continue to find her confidence, expand her little world, and come to fully enjoy her amazing new life of freedom, fun, and love! If you feel you’re the perfect match for healthy, beautiful, and sweet Merry and meet all her 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. Merry is located in Chesterfield, Missouri, and travel there is required. Her requested adoption donation is $500.