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Vote for Harper on March 21

Facebook-Cover-ImageJust have to let everyone know that we have been chosen to compete in Petplan's Tournament of Tails this year.  We are one of 32 shelters / rescue groups competing for a share of over $10,000 to benefit pups in our care. You can show your support, and vote for us, starting March 20th at midnight, straight through the day on March 21st.  www.gopetplan.com/tournament-of-tails?utm_source=tot2016&utm_medium=display&utm_campaign=tot2016 All great fun and for a wonderful cause.  Please consider supporting us and sharing this post!    

Sip & Canvas Fundraiser Success

Sip & Canvas Fundraiser Success Special thanks to Megan Breen and the folks at Sip & Canvas (Glen Falls, NY)  for a wonderful fundraiser. We loved seeing the paintings and the group's efforts raised $500 for the Cavalier Alliance. IMG_5007 IMG_5010 IMG_5013 IMG_5014 IMG_5015 IMG_5018

Cavalier Love Campaign

Cavalier Love Campaign The Cavalier Alliance is excited to announce our February campaign to help us meet the needs of dogs in rescue and also support important health research for our beloved breed. What a better time to show our love than during Valentine's month. Gift for Recurring Donation Signups: We are asking everyone to consider signing up on our website at http://www.cavalieralliance.org/donate/ or via paypal to make an automatic donation every month. Every amount, no matter how small, is valued and helps care for the dogs in our program! Anyone who signs up with an ongoing donation of any size will receive the lovely dog tag shown above. It is 1.25" nickel and is blank on the back for you to engrave your dog's information. They can also be used as a tag charm, a bracelet charm or a pendant.
We also will send one to anyone who makes a one-time donation of $75 or more. Other incentives: Everyone who signs up for an automatic donation will be eligible for a drawing to win one of two custom designed watches The watch comes with either a black or brown leather band and has silver stainless steel face and back. How cute is this design! Pre-orders for the watches will also be available in February - starting next week. Our heart tag charm will also be available to order on our site. Auction: The folks at Cavaliers to the ResQ Auction will also be helping us with a February Auction the weekend of Feb 19-21. If you have an item to donate, please send a photo, short description and starting bid recommendation to us at CavalierHelp@CavalierAlliance.org.

Honey Sees Her Buddies

Honey Sees Her Buddies We are so excited to share this update with you!  HONEY CAN SEE! Honey, the sweet blenheim with severe cataracts, came to the Cavalier Alliance several weeks ago. She struggled with pneumonia, severe dental disease, and was basically frozen in place due to her blindness.   Her cataracts were almost 1/2" thick. In this early photo you can see the cataracts on her eyes: Honey Photo with Cataracts     And just look at the post-surgical difference: 12391046_1024543734273283_7579295978514419403_n   And the best part of all?  After two days of hospitalization, she returns to her foster home and sees her four-legged buddies for the very first time.  Her tail hasn't stopped wagging! Click on the line below to see the short video: Honey Sees Her Buddies Many many thanks to Deb Glottman, Honey's foster mom,  the amazing team at Vermont Veterinary Eye Care including surgeon Sarah Stone Hoy and techs Angi and Ashlie, and all all of our wonderful supporters and donors who made sight possible for this deserving Cavalier.

Order Now: Cavalier Ornaments

Order Now:  Cavalier Ornaments Our beautiful 2015 limited edition ornament is now ready to order.  The ordering period will close on September 30 to allow for plenty of time in manufacturing and shipping. Order at:   Cavalier Ornament 2015 Processing and check out with your Paypal account or via credit card.  If you'd like to order via check, simply send the check with your name, shipping address and details on your order to us at:  64 Cedarwood Road, Boxborough, MA  01719. Thank you so much for supporting the Cavalier Alliance!  

Welcome Lucy & Zoey

These two sweet pups came to the Cavalier Alliance as a transfer from another group for specialist care.  Their initial vet did a great job of getting them stabilized and we will continue that care.  Lucy has ulcers on her right eye that need reviewed by a specialist and Zoey will need help with a back leg that keeps slipping out of place. lucy 2015Zoey 2015

Duncan Recovers from Cushing’s Disease

Duncan Recovers from Cushing’s Disease We thought you all might enjoying seeing the before & after this boy's transformation while in foster care. The top picture was taken when he first came into foster care and the outdoor ones were taken last week. His skin infection (a typical complication of untreated Cushing's disease) has resolved and his fur is growing back. Many thanks to his foster mom for his care and all of you who donated and supported our fundraisers so we could provide the veterinary care and surgeries he needed.   11053315_953749928019331_6252197104004879206_n  
Duncan's fur is starting to grow back in!

Duncan's fur is starting to grow back in!

 
Duncan's recovery continues.  Look at that fur!

Duncan's recovery continues. Look at that fur!

Canine Quality of Life Assessment

One of the tough realities of opening our hearts to a Cavalier (or any other dog) is that their life span does not match our own. While their life span may range 12-14 years (or longer), we all know that 25 years would not be enough! As our pups age, or deal with serious illnesses, managing their quality of life becomes key. Since our work in the Cavalier Alliance is focused on senior and special-needs Cavaliers, we created a spreadsheet to track our dogs' health while in the program and shared that data with our veterinary care providers. We also shared the prototype with several families to see if they found the tracking helpful.  We incorporated changes and now want to share it with you as a resource. Of course, an assessment like this does not make recommendations as to quality of life decisions - it simply provides a tracking and a discussion point as to your dog's health and activity levels.  We recommend completing this assessment on an annual basis while they are healthy and more frequently (weekly or monthly) if in the midst of a more serious illness.  You can download the pdf below: Cavalier Alliance Quality of Life Assessment Chart We hope you find it a useful tool in the on-going care of your Cavalier. If you find this chart and the other resources on our site useful, please consider making a donation to benefit the Cavaliers in our program.  

Duncan’s Recovery Continues

Duncan’s Recovery Continues Duncan, our long-term foster boy who has been struggling with Cushing's disease, is finally on the mend. His recovery is progressing well and our vets tell us that most pups with this disease take 3 - 6 months to stabilize. Since joining our program, this sweet Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has had four ACTH tests to ascertain his cortisol levels and had his medicines adjusted to stabilize him. Due to the generosity of our donors, he has also had a much-needed dental, with extractions, to allow his gum disease to heal.  His tail was also amputated - only part-way - a complication of his untreated Cushing's disease. Now his skin is healing, his fur is growing back and he loves to wander the garden. Take a look at his latest home movie!   Duncan is ready for adoption and a more detailed overview is posted on our Rescue page. At this time, he is taking a daily dose of Trilosane to manage his Cushing's disease and will be on it for the rest of his life. If you would like to contribute to Duncan's on-going care, please consider sending a donation to our paypal account (cavalierhelp@cavalieralliance.org) or consider sending a check to our address at: 64 Cedarwood Road, Boxborough, MA  01719.    

Sponsor Highlight: Pink Petunia Paws

Sponsor Highlight:  Pink Petunia Paws As part of our early fundraising activities, we have been fortunate to receive support from small businesses who donated items to our auction! In the weeks ahead, we are going to feature their stories and links to their shops so you all can get to know them better! Today's story is from Catherine Carmichael, owner of Pink Petunia Paws and Pink Petunia Cottage Dolls (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pink-Petunia-Cottage-Dolls/129134503765346?fref=ts). When we asked Catherine about her experience with Cavaliers, she explained, "We got Oliver almost 10 years ago, one year after my mom got her first Cavalier -Toby. She then decided to adopt one from Cavalier Rescue USA and I met Paula Bailey when she came for a home visit at my parents. They adopted Nevis a beautiful Ruby. I have a little shop where I sell handmade Waldorf Dolls and Quilts and would ask Paula if they needed any donations and of course they did. LOL So I would auction off a doll or quilt and have the high bidder send the money to Cavalier Rescue. I tried to do that as much as I could. Paula and I kept in touch and my mom adopted another dog from them, Charlie. Then I decided to foster and had our wonderful Phoebe come into our lives. I knew I would be a foster failure that first night. I don't foster now, because we have 2 Cavaliers with serious health issues, Oliver has diabetes and is blind and Sadie has SM, Hydrocephalus, IVDD and had patella surgery last year. My way of contributing is donating my quilts, quilted pillows and now my collars and leashes. I love the Cavalier Rescue groups and especially love Cavalier Alliance because of the multiple health issues of this wonderful breed." Catherine's beautiful handiwork can be found on her FaceBook pages and in her Etsy store at: Pink Petunia Cottage (https://www.etsy.com/shop/PinkPetuniaCottage) Thanks Catherine for your support of the Cavalier Alliance!  
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Catherine's Beautiful Cavaliers

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