A couple weeks ago I weakened and took a look at the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Rescue Western Region Website. In my opinion they sound like a top rate program. The dogs are fostered in loving homes until their social and medical issues (if any) are treated and stabilized. Most of the dogs are older and have medical issues as special needs dogs. Some of the stories of their history are heartbreaking. The requirements for adoption are very extensive. They will not ship dogs and you must live within driving distance of the dog so you can visit the dog at their foster home and be assessed for compatibility and issues associated with adopting their dogs. A dog may cost anywhere from $150 to $650. As you may know, that is so much less than buying from a breeder.
When I looked at the website I was super surprised to see a dog that I adored and she lived close enough to my address.
This is Miss Daisy. What a charmer. She is less than a year old and deemed healthy by a Veterinarian. Her history is unremarkable and her owner (a senior lady) found that she no longer could care for her.
And then, much to my surprise, shortly thereafter, another dog showed up on the website that met the criteria.
And, this is Mr. Henry. What a handsome fellow - he is.
I did not apply. At this time it is not meant to be for me to have a dog.
Henry, also was adopted by a family with children and cavaliers.
The truth is that I really should not consider another dog because I have always followed my criteria which is:
When I brought Lily into my life I had to think long and hard about the decision. Even at that time I had the same concerns. At first I thought there was no way I could have another dog. However, it worked out beautifully. And, I feel very thankful. I think gratitude will have to be my focus and not sadness!
It's a beautiful sunny day here in California and I hope you are enjoying your day wherever you are.