Central Region

Gideon in Roanoke, IN

Just Adopted!

Here is the pup with his new family...

Gideon is a huggable bundle of potential. He likes everyone he meets. He is a big boy, weighing 26 lbs.  

He & his 26 lbs would prefer to fit on a lap. He will literally lay on or next to you for as long as you will allow. He often “prompts” his humans for pats and scratches. He relishes being brushed and combed.

 

He does need a family that is willing to give him a little extra assistance, though. Once you understand what he has been through over the last few months, you can only feel compassion for him. He lost his Cavalier brother a couple months ago, and was missing him dearly. On top of that, his family's circumstances recently changed drastically, making it impossible for them to take care of Gideon properly, so they bravely turned him to over to rescue. Because of the recent losses of not only his canine brother, but also his human family (adults and children), it is very understandable that he suffers from separation anxiety. It was severe enough, when he first arrived at his foster home, that the vet prescribed the generic version of Prozac to help ease his anxiety. In spite of this, his anxiety been improving, slowly but steadily, as he settles in with his foster family. It is hoped that, in time, he will be able to taper off this medication.

He is also on skin allergy medication, but we hope that with good food and proper pest prevention he probably will be able to discontinue this at some point in the future as well. Because he has a heart murmur and enlarged heart, he requires 2 different heart medications.

He craves the affection of his humans and appreciates every dog he meets. It is obvious, however, he was never sent to finishing school. His manners with both humans and animals need to be  developed. His foster family has begun working with him on this. He is very intelligent and is extremely eager to please.

It important to know that he also has mild guarding issues, which his foster family feels is really an extension of his anxiety, rather than true aggression. He quietly growls at the other dogs if they get too close while he is trying to eat and also if they get near his crate while he is in it. He considers his crate his “safe place” and puts himself in there if he feels overwhelmed or ignored. He has shown a willingness to learn lessons here, too. His forever family must have the  understanding, time, and determination to help him with these issues. It is very clear that he will put as much work into his improvement as his humans will.

He always greets his foster Cavalier brothers as they enter the room, and likes to lay near them. He chases a ball, but fetching it back is still a bit of a mystery to him. He chases any critter that enters the yard: squirrels, birds, bunnies, etc., so having a fenced in yard is a crucial for his own safety.

He loves walks, and will probably walk as far, as often, and as long as his humans would like to. He is in the process of learning his leash manners, and his foster mom is currently fitting him with a no-pull harness to help him along with this training.

Gideon is a loveable clown. He just needs the right forever family to help him reach some of his limitless potential. Gideon needs someone with the time and desire to work with him on his separation anxiety and manners. A securely fenced yard and at least one family member at home a good deal of the day are musts. Another Cavalier or small friendly dog would be a plus. Respectful, gentle older children would be considered icing on the cake.

If you feel you’re the human Gideon craves and want to help him become the best Cavalier ever, please review our Process and FAQ pages, complete the online application and then send email to Sherry Morgan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let her know of your interest. 

Stats

  • Color: Blenheim
  • Age: 6
  • Birthday: 12/10/2010
  • Weight: 26 lbs.
  • Sex: Male
  • House Training: Completely trained, no accidents while in foster care.
  • Medical Conditions: Grade 3-4 heart murmur and currently on meds for anxiety and skin allergies
  • Temperament: Absolute cuddle bug, sweet, loving, enjoys the comforts of home... Has separation anxiety and mild resource guarding, both of which have been steadily improving.
  • Recommendations: Someone home much of the time, commitment to work with this pup, another small, friendly dog a plus.
  • Location: Roanoke, IN (Near Fort Wayne)
  • Region: Central
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