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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (medium coat)  : :  Male  : :  Adult  : :  Medium

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About MI Ben

  • Status: Available for Adoption (adoption info)
  • Species: Dog
  • Color: tri
  • Current Size: 17 Pounds
  • Current Age: 7 Years 3 Months (born on 10/18/2015)
  • Microchipped: Yes
  • Fence Required: Yes
  • Exercise Needs: Moderate
  • Owner Experience Needed: Breed
  • Reaction to New People: Friendly

Ben is a handsome, 17 lb, 7 year old tricolor who can have a serious look. He has many expressions which are entertaining and hard to capture with a camera. Ben has quite a story - He was released to Lucky Star from a breeding facility in Feb of 2022. He was very scared and marking a lot in the house. He was neutered and given Solliquin calming chews and an Adaptil calming collar however he continued to be very anxious. He was placed in a quieter foster home and he was calmer but still very timid.  He got adopted and did not adjust to this new home so he came back into rescue. 


At this point we had not realized that Ben is deaf and he also had a bladder infection which was treated and resolved. He  has greatly improved. He is back on prozac which had been inadvertently discontinued, he wears an Adaptil calming collar. He likes his co- foster dogs and is calm and happy. This transition has taken almost a year. Ben has made great strides! Ben's current fosters have nurtured him and helped him to communicate and respond to their hand signals. He is ready for a forever home where he can continue to live a good life and be a wonderful companion. 


His vet info includes: severe dental disease, dental cleaning and extraction of 15 teeth (only a few left), both ears infected, cleared up with ear meds, had an echocardiogram due to a grade 3 heart murmur that showed no heart enlargement or need for heart meds at this time. He recently had a 9 mo followup echo that showed no advancement of his mitral valve degeneration. He will need continued yearly echocardiograms.  He needed his anal glands expressed once. He's up to date on all vaccinations, HW neg and on HW/flea med monthly, labs are good. He had a neg fecal test 10/30/2022, and his knees are normal. 


Here is a description of Ben these days - He still gets startled easily due to his hearing loss. He needs a quiet home with another mature dog who will befriend him and show him the ropes. It will take tender loving care and patience to allow him to adjust to new people and a new environment.  He is no longer marking in the house, does it all outside. He likes to chase squirrels. Food motivates him - he enjoys getting treats. He is still cautious but also quite curious. When he first came to our home, he would lie flat on the floor and go under the bed if I wanted to pick him up. He does not like crates at all. Now he will stay sitting next to the bed and let me pick him up and put him on the comfortable bed. He follows us wherever we go and lets us hold him and pet him for longer periods as he continues to shed his fears. If you are willing to work with him he will definitely be worth the effort. 


If you are interested in providing a loving and nurturing home for Ben please fill out an application. You must have a physically fenced yard that is accessed from the house to keep him safe and provide him room to run. Older mature children preferred.  Ben is being fostered in southern Michigan.  Before completing an application, please read this entire bio and understand his needs, then contact Mary Coyne, of your interest. 

More about MI Ben

Good with Dogs, Good with Older/Considerate Kids Only, Good with Adults, Requires a yard, Needs special care, Needs a companion animal

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