Cindy & Gabby in Laguna Hills, CA

A mother and daughter who play together, stay together. This is no truer than with Cindy and her daughter Gabby, a special bonded pair who came into rescue when their owner moved out of state and was unable to take them along. Having each other has made their transition into foster care that much easier.

Cindy is a beautiful Blenheim Cavalier born in August of 2016. Her daughter Gabby is a healthy, petite 11 lb. Cavalier mix born in January of 2019. We’re told she is a Cavapoo but have not done a DNA test to confirm. What we do know is that she’s 100% pure joy! They both have had multiple litters and their days of motherhood are now over.

While in rescue they’ve been spayed, microchipped, had their teeth cleaned and brought up to date with vaccines. Cindy has a Grade 3 heart murmur although a radiograph showed no enlargement. She is not currently taking any medication and her new family should be willing to monitor this with routine checkups. Cindy came into foster care weighing 24 lbs. She has since started a weight loss journey and needs to continue until reaching her target weight of 18-19 lbs. Portion control along with monitored snacks and daily exercise are key to her success.

This delightful duo starts their morning giving each other gentle kisses and then continue to stay close by as the day unfolds. When Cindy starts to eat, Gabby follows. When Cindy goes potty, Gabby follows. When Cindy naps, Gabby does the same. They are never out of sight from one another. Get the idea!

Cindy is the more confident of the pair. She is pure sweetness, even tempered and always doting on her daughter. Gabby can be skittish and initially cries when all the humans leave. Consistent praise and reassurance should ease her separation anxiety.

A family that is home the majority of the day will help build her confidence as she makes the transition to yet another new environment. If Cindy is not nearby, Gabby will seek her out. When she is feeling relaxed, Gabby will softly nestle into any crevice, behind your back, between pillows or take comfort in your welcoming lap.She is an athletic jumper and can scale a pet gate or a low fence if trying to find her mom or human. Don’t let this dainty girl fool you as she is agile enough to leap onto a stool and then counter surf along the kitchen island.

At night Gabby burrows under the covers, gently circling about until she gets comfortable. Cindy is never far away. Both girls want to share the big bed with their fur siblings and humans. They sleep soundly and will wake up when the rest of the pack does. Like many Cavaliers, one of their favorite day time resting spots is perched together atop the couch.

Cindy and Gabby enjoy going for walks, have good leash manners and greet most everyone they encounter. If someone doesn’t stop to say hello, Cindy will cry and bark until they do. Once Gabby sees her mom accept friendly gestures, she nudges herself right into the action. They tend to shy away from large dogs and while looking inquisitively at all the children playing in the neighborhood park, they don’t seek them out. Sudden movements startle Gabby, so a home without young children is preferred.

They get along well with other gentle dogs, but truth be told, they really favor their own company. The girls are fine when left in the house for short periods of time. As long as they have each other, all is at peace in their world.

An ideal forever home for this darling pair would be one where they get showered with all the attention they deserve. Lots of praise and positive reinforcement will help them, especially Gabby, feel safe and secure. These two tail-wagging snuggle bugs are easy to be around, ask for nothing more than a calm environment and a family that appreciates and supports their close bond. Both girls have excellent appetites, are reliably housetrained, and will bring a heartwarming smile to your face when you see the love they share.

If you are interested in adopting this sweet pair and live within a reasonable distance to Laguna Hills, CA, please complete the online application (if you haven’t done so already). Then email Nanci Gordon at so she knows to consider your application.
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  • Color: Blenheim
  • Sex: Female
  • House Training: Reliable
  • Health: Cindy: Grade 3 heart murmur, overweight. Gabby: healthy
  • Temperament: Loving, affectionate and cuddly
  • Recommendations: A calm environment and secure yard. Low alone hours. A family committed to Cindy’s weight loss plan.
  • Location: Laguna Hills, CA
  • Region: Western
  • Special Needs: No
  • Status: SPOTLIGHT