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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel : : Female : : Adult
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January 10 update
Mona is very curious and does not easily startle. She is eager to explore new things she encounters including new people. The only thing that will make Mona skittish is human touch. Mona will gladly approach her family, and even strangers, whenever they reach out to her. She willingly offers kisses to an outstretched hand but will quickly retreat if you try to pet her. This is a work in progress, and she has made great strides in this area. She wants to be around the humans in her life all the time and will follow her foster mom wherever she goes. She clearly exhibits a desire to be with humans and is very willing to approach new people, but her trust at being pet by new people must be earned and go at her pace. Mona now allows her foster mom to give her “butt scratches” and “chest rubs” and she leans into it with enjoyment! She has also started to cuddle on the couch with her foster mom at night and seeks out attention from her! These are big steps! We have no doubt that she will eventually enjoy affection from her new family. Her new family just needs to earn her trust and go at Mona’s
Dec 23, 2023
Mona is a lovely 4 year old girl who will make a wonderful addition to a new family. Mona was released from a commercial breeding kennel in October of 2023 and has been learning all about life as part of a family. Transitioning to a home environment with comforts and freedom can be a big undertaking for these dogs who have spent their entire lives in a confined kennel space. However, Mona has taken it all in stride and is doing exceptionally well. She is a confident girl and loves the other dogs in her foster home and will always choose to cuddle up with the other dogs whenever she has the chance. She has started to learn all about toys and play and really enjoys the opportunity to run zoomies in the back yard.
Mona is very curious and does not easily startle. She is eager to explore new things she encounters including new people. The only thing that will make Mona skittish is human touch. Mona will gladly approach her family, and even strangers, whenever they reach out to her. She willingly offers kisses to an outstretched hand but will quickly retreat if you try to pet her. This is a work in progress, and she has made great strides in this area. She wants to be around the humans in her life all the time and will follow her foster mom wherever she goes. So, the desire to be with humans is definitely there, she just needs a family that will be patient in helping her to enjoy being pet. She has recently allowed her foster mom to start giving her “butt scratches” and “chest rubs” and leans into it with enjoyment! This is a big step for her!
Mona learned the ins and outs of living in a home quickly and is an easy addition to a household. She almost immediately learned that outside is where she should go to the bathroom and will let herself out the doggie door to the fenced yard in her foster home. Mona’s foster mom works from home and will only leave access to the doggie door open if she is there to supervise the dogs going in and out. The only times Mona has had an accident in her foster home is if the door is closed and her foster mom did not notice that she walked to the door to go out. On those few occasions, Mona had an accident right in front of the door. Therefore, other than going to the door, Mona does not bark or scratch at the door to indicate she needs to go out, so her new family must be prepared to keep an eye that if she walks to the door, that is her indicator that she needs to be let out.
Mona has a wonderful balance of energy. She will happily romp around the yard and play with the other dogs, but she is also perfectly content to nap in a cozy bed with her foster siblings while her mom is working. In fact, Mona enjoys sleeping with her siblings so much, she will often pile right on top of them even if there isn’t space left in the bed. She has an adorable habit where the tip of her tongue sticks out if she’s in a really deep sleep. Mona is very inquisitive and likes to explore her environment. She has not chewed or destroyed anything in her foster home and is well behaved. At the time of writing this, the foster family has their Christmas tree up and Mona does not bother with any of the ornaments either!
Mona absolutely LOVES food. She is extremely food motivated and using small treats to get her to go places without having to grab for her is very easy. She is fed in her crate so tossing a treat in the crate is the easiest way to get her inside. She will tolerate sleeping in the crate but would often protest a bit before settling. Her foster mom found that she would be much more content if she was allowed to stay with her foster siblings. Currently, if there is no one home, Mona stays confined to the kitchen with the other dogs and does very well with that. At nighttime, Mona sleeps happily in a large x-pen in the bedroom with the other dogs. She sleeps through the night without any issue.
Mona has also learned to walk on a leash with a harness. She will do best if walking with another dog as she feels more confident when keeping in step with the other dog. If she is on a leash alone, she often freezes up and needs some encouragement to get moving again. Treats come in handy at this time to motivate her to continue walking forward.
When Mona arrived in rescue, she was spayed, had a dental and was deemed in overall good health. However, her foster mom was observing daily episodes of neck and head scratching and face rubbing. She was taken to a neurologist because those symptoms are consistent with a common disorder in Cavaliers known as Syringomyelia (SM). Mona has a mild case of this condition and it is well controlled medically. She takes medicine twice per day and she only exhibits symptoms now if there is a big storm coming. SM is a progressive disease and over time she may need adjustments to her medication. Her new family will need to have a neurologist nearby who can monitor her annually. Her medication currently costs about $25 per month and she will need to remain on medication for the remainder of her life.
The ideal family for Mona would have a home with a fenced yard for her to romp in, at least one other dog who will not mind being cuddled by another dog, and someone who is home most of the time. A family with knowledge and experience with SM would be preferred, but not required. Mona has not met any cats so we do not know how she would do, but we suspect she would be ok with them. If you think Mona would be a good fit for your home and you live within a reasonable driving distance to central CT, please fill out our online application. Please contact Mary Coyne, firstname.lastname@example.org after completing an application
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