Rex in New Orleans, LA

Rex is a handsome, distinguished looking senior Blenheim Cavalier King Charles Spaniel with a thick coat of luxurious soft fur. He was surrendered by a breeder to a vet who knew Rex deserved a nice and caring home and that he’d be in good hands with the Rescue.

Rex is thrilled to be living his new life, but endured some trying times in his past life, spending most of his 9 years in a kennel. Despite that, he is adjusting quite nicely to his cozy living arrangements. Rex had some early unease around new humans but is warming up to his foster family more and more every day. However, he certainly made himself quite at-home in the presence of the two 14-year-old furry siblings in his new living quarters, easing beautifully into their lifestyle of long naps and sunbathing on the deck. Rex also takes easily to new furry friends, as evidenced by the warm welcome he gave to two young 4-year-old fur siblings who later joined the pack and his embrace of their vivaciousness and lively personalities.

In his short time as a foster, Rex has demonstrated much intellect and adaptability. It took Rex a mere two days to master using the dog door when needing to do his business, something he had never encountered up to this point. He was filled with so much pride and confidence after tackling this task, that he helped to teach the two new fur siblings how to use it!

Though Rex still holds some apprehension with humans, he is filled with curiosity about those around him. He follows his foster parents from room to room throughout the day, frequently wagging his tail and taking in everything they are doing. Over time, he has gotten quite comfortable with his foster parents, insisting on being in the same room with them and frequently keeping his foster mom company by napping beside her desk while she works.

Rex demonstrates most of his curiosity with new people using his sweet little nose. He’ll give newcomers some good sniffs to get used them, sharing them with children and adults alike. Rex has never shown any signs of hostility, but instead reacts submissively when confronted. He is still getting comfortable being close with humans and currently prefers nestling next to your feet over sitting in your lap, because he prefers to have a little bit more space. But it won’t be long until he becomes a trusty lap companion; on a few occasions, he’s gotten so comfortable with lap sitting that he fell fast asleep! Rex also likes to let you know he’s glad you’re around or that he missed you when you were away, sidling up to you to share a little nudge at the back of your calf or racing excitedly towards you to welcome you home.

Rex is highly motivated by food and willingly takes treats from your hand. He also loves indulging in a good chew toy and will round up as many toys as he can find around the house to stash them all in his kennel. He is quite comfortable in his kennel and is even willing to be fed there, if needed.

If you live within an easy drive of New Orleans, LA and believe you’d be a great fit for Rex, please complete an online application if you have not already done so. Please email TJ Mareno at to let her know of your interest as well. Thank you!
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  • Color: Blenheim
  • Age: 9 Years
  • Weight: 18 lbs
  • Sex: Male
  • House Training: House trained since being neutered. Knows how to use dog door.
  • Health: Grade 2/6 or 3/6 heart murmur (no meds needed currently). Slight hearing loss. Immature cataracts. Small sebaceous cyst on right ribcage.
  • Temperament: Anxious around people. Avoids being picked up. Loves being in the same room with his humans. Learning to trust. Curious.
  • Recommendations: One (or more) other dog(s). Fenced yard. Someone home most of the day. Calm household with older children. Will need to learn leash skills. Has not been around cats.
  • Location: New Orleans, LA
  • Region: Southern
  • Special Needs: No
  • Status: SPOTLIGHT