Penny in Pasadena, MD


Penny is a 6-year-old retired puppy mill momma. She got out of her cage and is learning how to be a dog in freedom! She is ready for her forever home now – is your family the right fit for her? Read on….

Though timid at first, Penny has settled into her foster home well. She loves a lap and blanket to lay on. She will snooze on your lap and let you pet her for hours. Penny is still a little timid when experiencing new things and loud sounds. She loves to meet people once the rest of the pack at her foster home tell her it’s safe. She needs a quiet home with another Cavalier where she can continue building her confidence and making progress being a confident dog.

Penny was recently spayed, received her vaccinations and a microchip. She had a dental and lost 16 teeth. Penny has a Grade 3-4 heart murmur, so she saw a cardiologist for an echocardiogram. She was diagnosed with moderate mitral valve disease, Stage B2 and has moderate left heart enlargement. She was started on Vetmedin and has responded well. She will need to continue that for life. She will need to have repeat echocardiograms every 6-12 months to monitor her heart. Penny was overweight when rescued, which was especially hard on her heart. She is now at her perfect weight of 14-15 pounds and needs someone committed to keeping her at the right weight.

Penny has learned to chase squirrels with her foster sister, Blossom. She enjoys meandering about the yard some, so a fenced yard would be a bonus for her but not totally mandatory. Penny walks on a leash, but she needs short walks due to her heart condition. She needs to avoid getting too hot, so walking after it gets above 85 degrees is not recommended.

Penny has been RVing with her foster family and enjoyed the new sights and sounds. She learned to climb on the couch to look out the window with Blossom. She was even brave enough to ride in the basket of her foster mom’s eTrike.

Penny is learning about toys and sometimes likes to carry them around, but she hasn’t begun playing with them actively. Blossom has just started playing with toys, so I am sure Penny will learn that soon. She does love real marrow bones and enjoys chewing with the few teeth she has left! She can show guarding tendencies with bones, so that behavior needs to be monitored and extinguished.

Penny is an absolutely gorgeous Cavalier, with a deep red chestnut color. Luckily, she didn’t have to be trimmed much when she gained her freedom. When the red color is trimmed, it can come back much lighter. She would not do well with a shave because it would ruin her deep color. She also needs a long coat to help keep her cool in summer.

Penny learned quickly to go outside using a dog door, but she is still working on potty training. Penny is a female marker, so she will pee over other dogs’ scents. She also, like many Cavaliers, detests going out in the rain. Her forever home will need to be very diligent on rainy days to ensure she goes outside.

Penny eats and sleeps in a crate with her foster sister, Blossom, who is also available for adoption. Penny loves having Blossom as a companion and would like another dog in her forever home. If you are interested in a pair, these two wouldn’t mind staying together, but it isn’t absolutely necessary.

Penny is being fostered in Pasadena, MD. If you think your family would meet Penny’s needs, please complete an online application (if you haven’t already done so) and email Diane Lombardo at

Online Application 

  • Color: Ruby
  • Age: 6 Years
  • Sex: Female
  • House Training: A work in progress, will need to be trained consistently in her new environment.
  • Health: Moderate mitral valve disease (takes Vetmedin)
  • Temperament: Timid, sweet, loving
  • Recommendations: Needs another Cavalier in her home, Because of her timidity, a home with small children would not be appropriate.
  • Location: Pasadena, MD
  • Region: Northeast
  • Special Needs: No
  • Status: JUST ADOPTED