Merlin in Belleville, IL


Here is Merlin with his new family…


Merlin is a 4-year-old tricolor male Cavalier who came to Cavalier Rescue USA from a commercial breeding operation. Since coming to rescue he has been brought up-to-date on shots, neutered, and takes monthly heartworm/flea and tick preventative. He is also microchipped and given a clean bill of health by his veterinarian.

Merlin has thrived in his foster home and has a very proud (almost regal) prance to him when he’s walking. He is learning what being a pet is all about and really loves getting head and neck scratches.

He’s learning to walk on a leash (does better with a harness than a collar) and is house trained if taken out on a regular schedule. He plays well with the other Cavaliers in his foster home. He has not been cat or baby tested but has been around older kids.

Merlin’s little personality is starting to come out and he is learning to come to his name. He loves to watch after an older Cavalier in his foster home. He also loves chewing on antlers and is starting to chase a ball. He does well at the dog park. It is clear that he has a lot of love to give to the right family. 

Although Merlin is alert and pretty high energy with his foster family, he is still timid around strangers. Due to his former life, he would do better with someone at home the majority of the day so he can continue learning to trust humans. He retreats to a time-out crate on his own if he feels overwhelmed. He does let his foster mom brush his fur and teeth so he has learned to trust her! He weighs 20 lbs and is currently eating Fromm dog food.

He would be happiest with a physically fenced yard to explore in plus daily walks or trips to the dog park.

If you think Merlin would be a good fit for your family, please submit an adoption application (if you haven’t already) and email Meg Hutson Eisenmenger at so she knows of your interest.

Online Application

  • Color: Tricolor
  • Age: 4 Years
  • Weight: 20 lbs
  • Sex: Male
  • House Training: Good on a schedule
  • Health: Healthy
  • Temperament: Alert, playful, timid with new people
  • Recommendations: A patient, calm home where someone is home a good part of the day, securely fenced in yard.
  • Location: Belleville, IL
  • Region: Central
  • Special Needs: No
  • Status: JUST ADOPTED