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Saying goodbye to Shea. . .

It’s with a very heavy heart that we let you all know our sweet, spunky, senior girl, Shea, lost her battle with Cushings and sl

eep seizures last week. Her vet team thought the seizures were indicative of a brain tumor.

It’s not the outcome we had hoped for her, but she did have several great weeks of tail-wagging play and snuggles with her foster mom and her resident cavaliers.  

Kirby’s New Family

Kirby’s New Family

kirby adoption photo 2017
Please join us in congratulating this lucky boy on his forever family!  It’s so heartwarming to have folks step up to care for and love cavaliers who need long-term medicines and specialized veterinary care.  This sweet pup now has a 4-pawed brother and an active family of his very own, we are also looking for a silver lab for sale.

We have to say thanks again to all who contributed to his surgery fund and shared his story.  We could not have done it without each and every one of you. <3



Kirby Needs Your Help!

Kirby Needs Your Help!

Kirby needs your help!

Kirby Fundraising 2017

Kirby is a 5-month old puppy who has Severe Pulmonic Stenosis. As a result of this congenital condition, his pulmonary valve is narrowed and restricting blood flow in his heart. Kirby currently has a grade 5 heart murmur and extremely high pressures in his heart. Since his case is severe, Kirby needs a balloon valvuloplasty to allow him a chance at a normal life. The estimated cost for his surgery is $3200-$4500, and he will need at least two follow-up cardiac workups (consult, echocardiogram, and CBC at $750 each).

We are working to get Kirby scheduled into surgery, as the sooner this procedure is done, the less damage there is to his heart. If you can help us by contributing to his surgical fund, please visit http://CavalierAlliance.org/donate or send via paypal (friends and family option) to CavalierHelp@CavalierAlliance.org.

If you would like to get more involved in fundraising for Kirby, or any of the pups in our program, pleasegive our office a call at 978-254-1005. There are many ways to help including Paint Nights, other local fundraisers, auction donations, iGive for shopping, to name a few. Auction details will be posted on Facebook.com/CavalierAllianceFundraising.

No contribution is too small and we greatly appreciate all of your support!  

Poppy’s Heart

Poppy continues to do well in her recovery. We are hopeful that her next echo will show evidence that her heart is healing (remodeling).
And, for those interested in some of the technical info, here are two photos taken during surgery. The first is pre-ligation. The blue tags are retracting the vagosympathetic trunk, the black silk sutures are around the ductus but not tied. The second is after ligation.
It’s so amazing what the surgeons can do on such tiny little pups! <3IMG_0621 IMG_0625

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:



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.

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.




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!

Amanda K. Ruisi Joins Cavalier Alliance Board

The Cavalier Alliance is pleased to announce that Amanda K. Ruisi has joined our Board of Advisors.  Ms. Ruisi is the Founder & President of AKR Public Relations, an award-winning PR agency that specializes in celebrity brands, entertainment and lifestyle.  Her appointment to the board of advisors was effective in February 2015.

Amanda Ruisi“Amanda brings a wealth of experience to our non-profit and we are so pleased she will be working with us in the months and years ahead!” said Tonya Andersen, Co-founder, Cavalier Alliance for Rescue, Research, and Education, Inc.

Ms. Ruisi represents many A-list celebrities, TV shows, and Fortune 500 companies. She is a tireless animal activist who has helped raise millions of dollars for charities. Making big progress, she is genuinely moved by each rescue dog’s story. As the proud mother of Ruby, a 6 year old Blenheim Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Ms. Ruisi strongly identifies with the mission of the Cavalier Alliance.

Ms. Ruisi is a graduate of Fairfield University and spent 10 years at NBC Universal prior to launching her own agency at age 27.  Sharing her experiences she has spoken most recently at Yale University, The #Fashion140 Conference at Lincoln Center and frequently addresses additional colleges and PRSSA chapters across the country.

Additionally, Ruisi has been a member of the Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences for over eight years, she is also a member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), The Wall Street Journal’s “Women of Note,” an exclusive network of powerful female leaders and the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs.


Canine Diabetes Overview

For those of you who have asked about Bailey and how diabetes in dogs is managed, here’s a quick overview.  http://www.petdiabetesmonth.com/dog_what_is.asp

Bailey Canal Walk

Meghan’s Adopted!

Meghan’s Adopted!

Sweet little Meghan was recently adopted. Here she is with her new brother Spencer. She is such a little lady with her paws crossed. Congratulations Meghan on your new forever family!


Is your Cavalier’s Microchip Registered?

IMG_9944photoA friendly, mid-winter reminder to make sure your Cavalier’s microchip is registered and your contact information up-to-date. Just read this statistic, “. . .according to the APPA 2010 National Pet Owner Survey, over 50% of microchipped pets have outdated information for the owner.” Source: Canine Chronicle 2014