Willow in Kenmore, WA

11-26-22 update: We’re no longer accepting applications for Willow as she’s received a lot of interest and we have many good homes to consider.

Introducing Willow! This sweet puppy was born on 7-29-22 and came into rescue while facing a very unusual head tilt. After a lot of TLC and treatment with a neurologist, it has resolved and she is ready for her new adventure in a new home!

She is silly and full of puppy energy! She loves to play with toys and run around outside in the yard. She’s still just a baby and working on learning all the things. She’s slowly learning about potty training and manners, but it’s something she’ll need to work on for a while longer. She has some leash manners when she’s paying attention, but she’s still young!

She’s got all the Cavalier traits you could want. She will follow you around and stare into your eyes with the soul deep love. She will cuddle on your lap and nap tucked up as close as she can get to you. She’ll also try to use your hands for teething if you’re not paying attention.

She’s good with the 3-year-old Cavalier in her foster home and she is cat savvy. She has been around 8- and 10-year-old children. She does well in a crate after a minute of whining.

Willow was released to Cavalier Rescue USA by her breeder after developing a marked head-tilt and difficulty walking around 8 weeks old. Here is a picture of Willow upon intake:

We got her into see a neurologist the very next day. She had blood work, an MRI, and a spinal tap. She was on a long course of antibiotics and prednisolone while we waited for the results. Surprisingly, everything came back normal. Willow’s head tilt and inability to stand and walk normally resolved slowly over a few weeks.

It was determined that Willow likely has an unknown autoimmune disease. We monitored her through her puppy vaccines to make sure they would not cause her autoimmune issues to flare; they did not and she is completely back to a normal puppy. Long term it may mean that infections could leave her struggling and may need steroids to help her through those episodes.

She currently weighs 5 lbs. Her adoptive family will need to have Willow spayed at the age of 9 months.

The perfect home for Willow would be an active family who is home most of the time and is ready to spend time training her. A fenced yard would be great! But she would also do well with frequent walks. We won’t be placing her in a home with children under the age of 5 years old.

If you live within a 3-hour drive of Kenmore, WA and would like to be considered for Willow’s new home, complete the online application (if you haven’t done so previously) and email rescue coordinator Melissa Cincotta at happycavaliers04@gmail.com. Please take a moment to read about our adoption process at the following webpages: Process & FAQ.
Online Application

  • Color: Tricolor
  • Age: Under 1 Year
  • Weight: 5 lbs
  • Sex: Female
  • House Training: Needs work but she's learning.
  • Health: Generally healthy! May need steroids if her autoimmune disease flares but is on no regular medication.
  • Temperament: Adventurous and cuddly
  • Recommendations: An active home with time for training.
  • Location: Kenmore, WA
  • Region: Western
  • Special Needs: No