Lily in Carterville, IL


Here is Lily with her new mom…

Lily is a sweet, loving 3-year-old tricolor female Cavalier born April 15, 2021. She came to Cavalier Rescue USA from a commercial operation where she was used for breeding. For an unknown reason, she had her left eye removed and she has a detached retina in her right eye so she is completely blind. She also has a sinus arrhythmia but does not need any medication for this condition and her vet did not recommend any treatment. Since coming rescue, Lily has been spayed and microchipped and is current on all her vaccinations. She was a bit overweight, at 25 pounds, when she came to her foster family but has already lost three pounds.

Lily doesn’t let her blindness get in the way of enjoying life. She immediately figured out how to negotiate the two steps from the family room to the kitchen in her foster home. She learned how to ring the bell to ask to go outside. She puts her front feet up on the couch when she wants a boost and has figured out how to get off the couch, although she does appreciate assistance most of the time. She is a smart girl and moves slowly so if she bumps into something she can go another direction. She loves snuggling with her foster family and mysteriously figures out how dogs behave in her foster house, even though she can’t see them. 

Lily loves people and wants to greet them. She physically responds to touch by wiggling happily. She is a bit of a daredevil and will try to get on the back of the couch like the other dogs do. Lily is also very food-motivated so should respond well to training. She also has a stubborn streak and will continue to attempt to push limits when she really wants something. For example, she continuously broke through temporary barriers to visit with construction workers in her foster home.

Lily likes to go outside in the fenced yard for short periods of time and is mostly housetrained. She will need someone who is home most of the time because she needs to be let out regularly and she can become disoriented and sometimes cries if left alone. She eats and sleeps in her crate and doesn’t mind spending short periods of time there throughout the day. She will need a crate or small, enclosed safe area where she can spend time when her family is not home. Lily very much wants to sleep in the bedroom. She is a loud snorer, even for a Cavalier!

Lily needs a physically fenced yard and a stable environment that doesn’t change much so she can learn her way around. She would be good with other dogs but would probably be fine as an only dog as well. She does need to continue to lose weight and would probably weigh 18-20 pounds at her ideal weight.

Lily knows her name really well and saying it helps her figure out where she needs to go. Her foster family uses sound and saying her name to orient her. For example, they will tap on her crate to signal it is time to go in or pat her legs. Lily also tilts her head when you talk to her just like a dog with vision does! We wonder if she learned this before losing her vision, she is so stinking cute! 

If you are interested in Lily, please complete our online application, if you haven’t already, and then email Meg Hutson Eisenmenger at 

Online Application

  • Color: Tricolor
  • Age: 3 Years
  • Weight: 22 lbs
  • Sex: Female
  • House Training: Needs to be taken out regularly, occasionally will have accidents
  • Health: Blind
  • Temperament: Sweet, smart, resilient, a tad stubborn
  • Recommendations: Someone home most of the time, fenced yard, no young children, stable physical environment
  • Location: Carterville, IL
  • Region: Central
  • Special Needs: Yes
  • Status: JUST ADOPTED