Central Region

Kristi and Duchess in Kirkwood, MO

Meet the darling twin sisters, Kristi and Duchess. This 5-year-old bonded pair came to rescue when their owner passed away. They were incredibly enthusiastic about joining their foster family, which includes children and another Cavalier. 

They have loved everyone they have met. Kristi is a cuddler and wants to spend some time each day curled up in someone’s lap. Duchess is the caretaker and wants to be in the same room as her family to be able to check on them. Kristi can get overly excited when meeting new dogs, and so we're working on this, but she's fine once acclimated.

Duchess and Kristi spent months kenneled at a vet when their owner’s health declined; therefore, they have been reluctant to be kenneled. At their foster family, they have lots of company, but whenever they are left alone, they are kenneled. 

Kristi adores watching any activity in the yard, especially the birds. She can spend hours outside bird watching and would consider a family with a bird feeder a big plus. Duchess generally stays inside while her sister lingers outside. She is fascinated with water and will watch the ripples on a pool or pond at length. Funnily enough, she hates getting her feet wet and will only reluctantly tip toe through the grass after a rainstorm.

Duchess is quieter than her sister, but barks excitedly when the leashes come out. It appears that they have very little experience on leash. If walks are in their future, they will need some more leash training. They have been quick learners, already picking up several new vocabulary words from their foster family.

Kristi has a diagnosis of epilepsy and takes a daily anti-seizure med. She has not had any seizures while in foster care. Duchess had a seizure her first week in foster care, so she may also have epilepsy. She is not currently taking anti-seizure medication and has had no other seizures since the first one. Duchess has been diagnosed, however, with a level 3 heart murmur, but needs no medication for this.

This pair will be happiest with someone home much of the time and a physically fenced yard.

If you believe you can provide a wonderful forever home, please fill out the online adoption application and then contact Davonna Sjurseth at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 618-567-8531 We hope to hear from you soon!

All of the beautiful photos were taken by Josh Pawlak.


  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 21 lbs each
  • Sex: Female
  • Medical Conditions: Kristi has epilepsy and takes a daily anti-seizure med. Duchess has had one seizure and has a grade 3 heart murmur which does not require medication
  • Temperament: Kristi is loving and protective. Duchess is sweet and calm.
  • Recommendations: A home with people home during most of the day and a fenced in yard. They love respectful children. They will be happiest as the only dogs in the home, or perhaps with another gentle Cavalier.
  • Location: Kirkwood, MO
  • Region: Central
  • Special Needs: Yes

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