Cooper in Chesapeake, VA

Update 11-19-23: We’ve received several promising applications for this pup so aren’t taking more for now. Thank you!

Cooper is a delightful, sweet and calm 2.5-year-old male (DOB 3/26/2021). He entered rescue recently as an owner surrender due to owner health problems. He adjusted to his new foster environment very well. It is obvious that Cooper was loved and cared for. He showed no hesitation at all toward accepting his new family and the resident 2 Cavalier tricolor males. 

He is very comfortable around other dogs but is clearly focused on people at all times. Cooper is an affectionate dog who loves laps and lying beside you. When walking around the house, Cooper can usually be found behind you as he follows you from room to room. He loves his crate and was obviously properly crate trained. Cooper will retreat into his crate throughout the day for a much needed nap after wearing out all the humans.

His housebreaking routine was flawless by the start of the third morning of foster care. He just needed a day or two to adjust to the recent changes in his life. Cooper is the first one out the door when he goes out for potty breaks with the other dogs throughout the day. When told to “go potty” he’ll put his nose to the grass and get serious about finding the right spot.

Cooper’s weight of 17.5 lbs is ideal for him. He is active without being overactive. He eats ⅓ cup Purina Pro Plan Small Breed kibble 2x daily and is a very good eater. He enjoys the occasional treat as much as any Cavalier but his real passion is ice chips. He comes running when he hears the refrigerator ice dispenser and is treated with a small chip of ice after the glass is filled.


He initially liked to mouth and nibble hands that were trying to pet him but that has all but disappeared after just several days. He will cuddle for long periods of time especially if tummy rubs are included. 

Cooper was introduced to the family cat who resides upstairs. Noses were sniffed as if making a cursory hello and then he was off to explore the room. The 3 grandchildren visited and Cooper was very excited to meet them. The adults were ignored while he soaked up all the attention of the children. He has not been exposed to children under the age of 7 in his short time in foster care. 

He knows some basic commands and work will continue reinforcing that. He is anxious in the car and whines and barks. But this is improving with training exposure and fun car rides.

Cooper will thrive in a home where he can get lots of attention and interaction. He wants to be involved with his family. He thoroughly enjoys his daily walks and well as spending time in a fenced in backyard with supervision. Cooper is perfect on the leash and gets excited about his daily walks. 

Cooper can handle time alone but like most Cavaliers would not benefit from extended times alone. He is a furry little gentleman who is a joy to be around.

If you are interested in adding this personable and loving little fellow to your home, please complete our online application if you haven’t already and email VA Rescue Coordinator Michelle Ouellette at

Online Application

  • Color: Black & Tan
  • Age: 2 Years
  • Weight: 17.5 lbs
  • Sex: Male
  • House Training: Excellent
  • Health: Healthy
  • Temperament: Friendly, confident and engaging with new people. Anxious in the car but improving.
  • Recommendations: Low alone time, daily walks, fenced yard. Cats okay. No young children.
  • Location: Chesapeake, VA
  • Region: Southern
  • Special Needs: No