Maxie in Belleville, IL

Meet Maxie, our 9-year-young sassy senior. She weighs in at 29 lbs and is a bigger-boned Tricolor Cavalier. She came to Cavalier Rescue USA when her owner could no longer care for her.

Maxie is house trained in the daytime but has trouble holding it from 9PM to 6AM. She has learned to use a potty pad next to her orthopedic dog bed but she may need a home that can let her out in the middle of the night if she needs to go out. 

She loves to take short walks around the block and go for car rides. She enjoys being off leash at the dog park as well. She is learning the ‘wait/wait/wait’  command when you want her to stop at an intersection when leash walking her,  and will respond to the ‘go’ command when you gently tug her leash and proceed. She is also still learning that she shouldn’t sneak out the front door so her forever family will need to continue reinforcing that.  She heartily eats her kibble 2x daily and likes to snack on Charlee Bears treats and chew on elk or deer antlers.

Maxie is up to date on her vaccines and on heartworm and flea/tick  preventatives. She requires drops in her left eye 2x daily due to dry eye syndrome and some will be sent to her new family. She takes eye drops easily. She also appreciates some coconut oil in her ears and on her foot pads several times weekly.  She does have separation anxiety and would do best in a home where someone is at home most of the time. She gets along great with the other dogs in her foster home but has not been cat tested.

Maxie is spayed and has been fully vetted and does not have a heart murmur which is great for her age. Due to prior lack of proper care, her nails are growing in several directions and they must be kept short so they will regrow correctly over time. Maxie came into rescue with very low muscle tone due to lack of exercise in her previous home. Her muscle tone is beginning to return but will take some time with more short walks(gradually increasing the distance) and exercise. She is most comfortable in her elevated orthopedic dog bed or on the couch. She and her foster sister enjoy being cozy and sleeping in the elevated orthopedic dog bed. She should not be allowed to jump off or on beds or couches however after you gently lift her to a couch, she will curl up with you and loves having her ears scratched and head rubbed. 

In her foster home, she earned the name of being the ‘sassy senior’ because she barks at her younger brothers if she thinks they are misbehaving and will bark at you if her water bowl is empty or if she wants to play with you. Overall she is the sweetest girl you will ever meet and has plenty of love to give.

 If you are interested in adding Maxie to your family, please submit an adoption application(if you haven’t already) and email Meg Hutson Eisenmenger at to let her know of your interest.

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Riley in Rogersville, MO

Update 5-14-24: We think we have identified a loving home for this boy so aren’t taking more applications for now.

Meet Riley! Riley is a sweet-natured, energetic, and playful boy who came to Cavalier Rescue USA through a good Samaritan. He is a healthy one-year-old born 9/5/22 with no ongoing physical health concerns. However, Riley currently takes medication for anxiety, but has improved since being neutered, and this is being reduced.   When he first came to his foster home, he preferred to stay in his crate and refused to eat. He was skittish, shy, and flinched when held or touched. Riley appeared to have little experience with people, other dogs, or household routines. The medication has helped Riley to adapt to his new surroundings. He is still very much a puppy, but in his previous life, he never had the chance to learn how to be a dog and interactions with humans were not always positive. 

Since his first days in foster care, Riley has blossomed! He overcame his initial fears and began eating like a champ. Riley takes treats and licks cheese from his foster mom’s hand. He plays with his Cavalier housemates, enjoys chewing on bones, and loves toys! 

Riley is an active boy who will follow his foster mom around the house. He has forged a strong bond with his Cavalier housemate buddies and settled nicely into his foster home. Riley knows his name and will come when called. He walks well on a leash but needs additional training for basic commands such as sit and down. Riley is crate-trained and sleeps all night in his crate. He potties on a schedule and very few accidents since his neuter.  

Although Riley has significantly improved, he remains cautious with people, jumps at sudden movements and is not yet a true snuggler. He has, however, started sitting in his foster mom’s lap and snoozing.  He has not shown any aggression or possessiveness while in his foster home. He is an intelligent young boy, learns quickly, and has a strong food drive, which makes training easier. Time and patience are essential to Riley’s progress and future success with people and new experiences.

Riley will make an ideal companion for individuals and couples with the time and patience to work with Riley on his people skills, home manners, and basic obedience. He will do best in a home with established routines and another easy-going, mature dog. Riley does require a fenced yard. 

Please fill out our online application if you can provide Riley with a loving, forever home. Then, email  Sarah Noebels at  to let her know you are interested in Riley. If you already have an application on file, just email Sarah to let her know of your interest in this specific pup.

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Harley in St. Peters, MO

Here is the pup with his new family…

Hello everyone! My name is Harley and I am a gorgeous 3-year-old tricolor male! My birthday is 08/19/2020 and I am looking forward to celebrating it this year! (A doggie cake would be a lovely addition to the celebration…hint hint.)

My foster mom says I have come a long way since they’ve had me. I was unsure of everything when I came to their home. I was so unsure of humans all I wanted to do was sit in the “house” they made me (because that space was mine) and stare at everyone.  All noises startled me, my tail stayed tucked, I did not move much, I had no idea what a blanket was, and I did not know how to eat out of a bowl. 

With a whole lotta’ love and patience I am becoming a brand-new dog! I can eat out of a bowl, I know what a blanket is (and love it), and my tail wags all the time! I have an amazing personality, love being around people, love sleeping in the sunlight, and love running around the yard! I have been given a new life and I am shedding off (literally) the old one! 😊

I love being with my foster brothers (1 is a Cavalier and 1 is a Dachshund) and follow them around everywhere. (They have taught me everything and I would love my furever home to have fur brothers/sisters to hang with!) For the record, I have never been around a cat or a big dog so I’m not sure how I’ll do with them. 

I have learned that small, soft toys are fun to chew and chew up! (I have accidentally swallowed a few pieces and they’ve come out the other end… if you know what I mean.) I also enjoy bones  now!

I love to sit on the couch but I am not confident enough to jump up there on my own; however, I can jump down. If I lay by the couch or sit and look at you (while you’re on the couch), that’s my “signal” I am ready to be picked up (to join the couch crew)! Note: If I am walking around, I’m not ready to be picked up and will run away if you try. Although I have come a long way, I am still a work in progress.

When my humans leave, I am either left out with my foster brothers or put into my “house” (depending on how long the humans are gone). I do not get into anything so that’s not a worry.  

At bed time, I would love to sleep on the big bed with everyone (I like to snuggle with my foster brothers). My foster mom says I now love blankets (I tend to steal hers), pillows and anything soft and fluffy! 

I love to go outside in the yard with my foster family. My foster mom is unsure if I will attempt to run off exploring, so she says a fence is necessary. Since so many unknown things still startle me we have not gone on any walks (the leash still scares me), so my furever home will need to work on that. I do love running around the back yard and get plenty of exercise. 

Lastly, I am terrified of thunderstorms. My foster mom doesn’t know why, but I will shake and burrow my head into your armpit when I hear thunder. Please make sure to come and get me when there’s a storm as I will be paralyzed with fear wherever I am. 

As you can see, I have come a long way! I am loving life now (the sights, the sounds, the humans) and am excited to meet my furever home. If you are interested in adding me to your family, I would love to meet you.  Please complete the online application (if you haven’t already) and also send an email to Sarah Noebels at to let her know you’re interested in me.

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Percy in Westfield, IN

5-17-24: We think we’ve found a loving home for this boy, so aren’t taking more applications for now.

Meet Percy! A sweet, cuddly, healthy 5-year old Black & Tan Cavalier born 03/20/19. Percy came to Cavalier Rescue USA from a breeder. He was severely matted and sadly shaved down but has a beautiful black, shiny coat. Percy is now neutered, had a dental, is microchipped and up to date on all vaccinations and preventatives and is ready for his lucky forever family.

Percy is such a cuddle bug. His favorite time is snuggling up with his people on the couch. He will happily lay by you for hours and welcomes all belly rubs. He is very food motivated and would do well in formal obedience training. When treats are involved you will have his full attention! Although he’s 5 yrs old many things are new and he is very much a puppy. He likes to explore and put things in his mouth so a variety of chew toys is recommended. He does listen very well and responds to a gentle “no” quickly . He wants to understand and is so eager to please.

He is crate trained but prefers to sleep snuggled up with the resident Cavaliers in their bed. With a consistent schedule, Percy is reliably house trained. He keeps a close eye on his foster mom for security and will follow her everywhere but is slowly gaining confidence with the help of his two Cavalier buddies. Another pup would be important in his new family.

Percy’s playful side is coming out and he loves toys. He’ll prance around tossing his toy in the air and storing them in his crate as his own private collection. He loves to play ball and freely explore outside so a physical fenced yard is a must. Percy loves going on walks, enjoying all the new smells and things to see. He is interested in people, kids and other dogs on his walks but walking nicely on lead is a work in progress. He rides well in the car in a car seat.

Percy has quickly adjusted to the life of a pampered pup. Upon coming into rescue, he would cower when being picked up but is slowly learning that being held and loved is not scary. He’s timid around new people and seems to prefer women although if a male has food he’s right there! Since he is skittish, kids 10 yrs and older would be best in his new home. He has not been tested with cats so that’s an unknown.

Percy’s foster mom says his tail is always wagging and he soaks up all the love he can get. His new family will be lucky to bring this sweet boy into their family.

If interested, please complete our online application if you haven’t already and then email Sherry Morgan at so she knows to review your application.

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Peaches and Abby in Wakeman, OH

Hi everyone! We are Peaches and Abby, a mother-daughter gorgeous Blenheim bonded pair of Cavalier ages 5 and 2. We came to Cavalier Rescue USA when our owner retired us from breeding.

We are learning the ropes at our foster home. We had not lived inside a house before. There are so many strange things in our lives now. Toys wow! We had no idea what they were for but being curious we made lots of discoveries. Our foster brother and sister have helped us tremendously. The thing that is called a doorbell rings sometimes and that means you bark. Dogs have beds! Who knew that? We learned they are comfy and you nap on them. We have settled in and are getting a routine down now.

At night we sleep in a crate snuggled up together. Foster Mom gets us up in the morning and outside we go to do our business. During the day we go out often for potty breaks. We like going for walks. Foster Mom has us wearing a harness on most of our walks and we walk well on a leash. We behave very well in the car. Mostly we like to snooze in the car on our rides.

We are extremely fascinated with the birds. We fixate on them and love to chase them. We also chase leaves flying through the air, squirrels and rabbits and cats, whatever will run. We will require a securely fenced in yard to keep us safe. We play together, growling and pushing each other about. Sometimes a tug of war with a toy is lots of fun too.

We have good appetites and are gaining some weight. Recently we went to see the veterinarian. We received vaccinations, micro chips, and we were spayed. Now we are looking for our forever home with someone to love and care for us. We like to snuggle up on your lap and be close to you. We have much love and many kisses to give! 

Foster mom says: Peaches and Abby both are a bit shy but have warmed up to us wonderfully. They are very loving and sweet and enjoying being close to you, preferably on your lap. They do not bark much unless they see something outside that requires a couple barks. They are doing very well with their house training. Peaches and Abby do not know how to ask to go outside for potty breaks. They can be left alone for a couples hours without any accidents. Peaches will eat all her food rapidly. I have been feeding them in their crates as Abby eats slowly. Since they had lived outside we are hoping for a person that may work from home or be retired that could be with them to help them continue adjusting to life inside a home. Peaches weighs 12 pounds and Abby weighs 15.

If interested in Peaches and Abby please complete the online application if you haven’t already and email Sherry Morgan at so she knows of your interest.

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