Murphy in Queens, NY

Murphy is an approximately 10 year old male who was turned in as a stray, wandering the streets in NYC. He had been spray painted, had a severe skin infection, and painful untreated glaucoma. You’d never know it now, as he has fully recovered and embraced the good life! We don’t know his past, but we know he’s a super sweet senior looking for his forever soft landing.

This little muffuletta, as his foster family affectionately calls him, is a total sweetie! He is incredibly friendly and very much enjoys greeting strangers on the street. He especially enjoys interacting with other dogs (of any size!) on walks. His little tail is often wagging as he saunters on the sidewalk. He currently resides in an apartment and is used to walking three times a day. He doesn’t enjoy long walks in the morning or at night, but very much enjoys an afternoon walk. He would be happy in an apartment or a house. If his family has a yard, he would likely enjoy it with the opportunity to go for walks to fill his socialization meter. He is housebroken, and has no issues or accidents.

Murphy very much enjoys having a person, particularly a mom, who he can attach to. He enjoys sleeping in his foster family’s bed. He will sleep at the end of the bed and in the mornings, if it’s not too early, he will come cuddle up on your chest to wish you a good morning. He enjoys laying on the couch and generally prefers to be in the same room as his person. Sometimes this attachment transfers to anxiety behaviors, specifically barking. Once you are his person, he will bark when you return home, if you don’t pick him up, or if you go out of sight. He does not bark when left alone at home, rather it seems he barks to get your attention. He has struggled with demand barking for meals as well. His foster family has worked with a trainer and is willing to provide guidance to his forever home on how to manage. If you currently have dogs in your home that have a problem with barking, Murphy may not be a good addition as it may intensify his barking. Interested adopters should seriously consider and be prepared if they live in a townhouse or apartment where his barking would upset neighbors.

Murphy has adorable tendencies and a wonderful personality. He wants to rub all over you as his way of giving a hug and has a silly little smile. He currently lives with two other Cavaliers (female) and gets along with them very well. He has also been around (but not lived with) cats. On walks he will say hello to any dog, no matter the size. He does not appreciate very hyper dogs as much. He would also be okay if he was the only dog in your home. He is used to someone who is home most of the time, but does well spending a few hours alone. He does not play with toys but he really loves food games. He eats dinner using a toppl or licki mat and is very good at treat puzzles.

He had glaucoma in his right eye and it was removed in May. The eye had no vision, so he has adjusted very well. It does cause him some issue with depth perception so he has not been able to go down stairs. He can go up stairs, however. He currently receives eye drops twice a day in his left eye to try to avoid glaucoma in that eye. He must visit an ophthalmologist every 6 months to ensure the left eye pressure is safe. He happily and easily accepts his eye drops.

Murphy has a heart murmur and an echo confirmed he has MVD, currently at B1 with no medications. He will need to see a cardiologist in the fall, with visits likely every 6 to 12 months or as symptoms appear. He has a grade 4 luxating patella that causes his back leg to shake from instability but there is no maintenance needed. The source of his skin infection was unknown with no past history, however he has received cytopoint injections and may need additional to relieve allergies. He is a healthy weight, 18lbs, and completed a dental to remove rotten teeth. He currently eats a softer diet (Dr Harveys and homecooked).

Murphy is a sweetheart, who will love you intensely. He will bring joy and smiles to your home!

If you are interested in this loving, sweet boy, please fill out our online application if you haven’t already and then email Michelle Farnum at so she knows to read your form. Thank you!

Online Application 

  • Color: Blenheim
  • Age: 10 Years
  • Weight: 18 lbs
  • Sex: Male
  • House Training: Yes, fully trained
  • Health: Grade 3 murmur with confirmed B1 MVD, luxating patella. Daily eye drops, bi-monthly cytopoint for allergies, no medications needed for MVD at this time
  • Temperament: Friendly, cuddly, sweet, anxious barker
  • Recommendations: Cuddly home, no stairs (or can be carried), understanding of anxious behaviors
  • Location: Queens, NY
  • Region: Northeast
  • Special Needs: No
  • Status: SPOTLIGHT