Lucky Star Cavalier Rescue
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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (medium coat) : : Male : : Adult : : Medium
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UPDATE April 18, 2023
Ben has been in our rescue now for 1yr and 2 months. Over the past 5 months,
at his 4th foster home he has made excellent progress. He has gained trust in his foster
couple and does fine with the other dogs. He depends on the other dogs for cues due to
his deafness. They have found strategies to increase his independence and confidence.
He now goes willingly up to a person to meet them - but is still hesitant to be petted.
Sniffing their hand is a good start; He will wait at his foster's feet now to get picked up. He
does like to be petted when he is on the foster's bed. In the morning he is often laying on
the foster's legs, showing his new found confidence. Baby steps! Ben is quiet and sleep
very soundly since he can't hear. The smell of food gets him excited and he will bark when
it's close to meal time, but is quiet and observant most of the time.
If you have been thinking about Ben or just reading his bio for the first time and feel he would be a welcome addition to your lives please fill out an application so that we can discuss him with you.
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
, firstname.lastname@example.org of your interest.
More about MI Ben UPDATE
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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