Sonny in Plymouth, MI

Sonny has done great and made a lot of progress while in foster care. He is a nine-month old small male Blenheim born 9/28/22 who came to rescue when his family didn’t have the resources to care him. Upon arriving in rescue, Sonny tested positive for the Parvo virus. He survived a grueling five nights at the vet, receiving around the clock medical care that saved his life. Sonny has recovered from Parvo and is thriving in the care of his foster family, which includes two Cavaliers (ages 3 and 6).

Sonny spends most of the day chasing his older foster Cavalier brother up and down the hallway and wrestling with his bigger foster brother Cavalier. He plays fetch with his foster mom before snuggling up with her to watch tv. He is building up great muscle strength and adding weight, although his foster mom calls him Sonny McNugget. He’s just so small (weighs 12 lbs) and is so snuggly! 

After recovering from Parvo, Sonny had two medical procedures to enlarge his esophagus. A constricted esophagus increases the possibility of choking. So his fur-ever family will need to be very diligent in monitoring him. He now eats three meals of kibble and gets a small amount of canned food with a probiotic every day. In foster care we determined that he has an allergy to corn, so he is on a strict diet. Absolutely no people food or large treats for this boy (we have been using his kibble for treats and training). His fur-ever family will need to be careful with his diet. 

Sonny is still a young and curious puppy. He explores by putting things in his mouth. He is very good playing with dog toys, but outdoor distractions like wildlife droppings are dangers for his little esophagus and sensitive stomach. He is learning the “leave it” command and doing better at impulse control when going on walks outside. 

 Because of  his potential choking and dietary issues, Sonny will not be placed in a home with children 13 or under.

He is a puppy, so is still working on his house manners, but is getting better. He does his business outside with the other dogs. But if not watched carefully, he will have accidents in the house. His new family will need to keep working with him in this regard. 

During the day Sonny plays with his Cavalier brothers until they tire, then he plays with a dog toy, easily entertaining himself. Eventually he settles in for a nap on his foster mom’s lap or in a nearby dog bed (his foster mom works from home). In the evening he enjoys another play session with his foster brothers, then snuggles up with his foster mom.

Sonny does very well walking on a leash and would do best with a family that regularly uses a leash for potty breaks so the people can be sure he doesn’t go near animal waste or other choking hazards outdoors. He is crate-trained, going in the crate at night and when his foster mom runs errands. He’d definitely be happy sleeping in the people bed at his fur-ever home. Sonny sleeps easily through the night (10 pm – 7 am) without needing any potty breaks. 

Sonny is up-to-date on his vaccines, is neutered, and has been micro-chipped. 

Sonny has been an absolute delight as a foster dog. He has been quick to learn basic commands. His happy-go-lucky spirit and gosh-darn overall cuteness make Sonny absolutely the most adorable little nugget of a Cavalier you will ever rub noses with. He has the heart of a survivor, the spirit of a fighter and an amazing zest for life.

Sonny will require a home with someone home during the day for potty breaks on a leash and three daily meals. He will settle in best in a home with at least one other youngish dog, a regular routine, and a moderate-to-high activity level. We will not consider applications from families with children age 13 or under. 

If you have a youngish, friendly dog, are home during the day, and are interested in Sonny, please complete our online application if you haven’t already and then email June Kirchgatter at so she knows of your interest.

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  • Color: Blenheim
  • Age: Under 1 Year
  • Weight: 12 lbs
  • Sex: Male
  • House Training: Working on it
  • Health: Sensitive digestion
  • Temperament: Sweet, smart, fearless, curious
  • Recommendations: Someone who can be with him during the day, other youngish small dogs to help burn off his energy; an active household without children age 13 or under.
  • Location: Plymouth, MI
  • Region: Central
  • Special Needs: Yes
  • Status: SPOTLIGHT