I'm new here - Nicki sent me I have got one darling baby boy called Maxxy, a rather podgy tri-colour who has been found to have two secret feeders (now both in 'the doghouse'). He is losing weight but like most of us humans it's a very slow process :cry:
Maxx also has suspected Syringomyelia and is awaiting his MRI scan.
We did for a short time have another Cav. A little Tri whom we re-named Holly. Poor little love didn't know her other name when she came to us. She was in a real mess too, both physically and emotionally.
First thing I did when I got her home was hand fed her some chicken - she almost took my hand with it she was so hungry, then bathed and tidied up her coat and off to see Uncle James, the vet. He was so upset at her condition that he only charged us half price, bless his heart (he has got 3 rescue cavs of his own).
Maxx was so pleased to have a playmate and used to take her his babies and things to try and get her to play.
Anyway, gradually this darling little angel came out of her shell and for quite some time fitted in well with us all, she was the escapologist of all time though and would manage to squeeze through holes that we couldn't even see - my poor hubby was out in the garden in a torrential storm 'Holly proofing' it! ! ! !
THEN for some reason unbeknown to us, but probably to do with a flashback from her dismal past (we and the vet think she probably came from a puppy farm & that CKCS rescue was lied to) she started to atack Maxx. This wasn't a normal playfight or just a spat this was much, much more frightening. It got so bad that I daren't take my eyes off them.
We liaised with the Rescue co-ordinator (who was lovely and really helpful but had never experienced anything like it before), the vet and all sorts of animal therapists, psychologists etc. In the end they told us that if we kept both dogs then Maxx was going to end up getting killed. Nobody had ever come across this trait in a Cav before
My Mum used to keep poodles when I was younger and even when two or more of them had a spat it was never like the way Holly was with Maxx.
As you can imagine, we were all heartbroken but the situation had become so bad that we were keeping them in separate rooms but even then Holly escaped a few times and immediately headed to wherever Maxx was, to snarl at, and attack him. He's so soppy he would never fight back. He ended up in the vets so many times and he's a poorly boy himself it really wasn't fair to him. She wouldn't even let him eat his food. She'd wolf hers down in 20 seconds (probably because she was not used to being fed properly before). I was however, determined to persevere.
In the end the Rescue co-ordinator heard one of the attacks whilst I was on the phone chatting to her and she said that there was no way we could live with it indefinitely & it sounded like Holly needed to be in a home where she was the only baby.
A week later she went off to her 'new forever home' where I hear she is being spoiled rotten by her new Mummy. I bet she's in her element as apparently it is just her and her Mummy!
As you can imagine, I broke my heart over losing her & felt as though I had failed her in some way but as the Rescue lady informed me, she went back a completely different dog to the one she came to us in, she was happy, confident (if a bit overly so) had a bit of meat on her(!), and had learned how to play and sit and even come when called.
I still cry when I think about her even now & no, the experience hasn't put me off I would still open my doors & my arms to another CKCS rescue without a backward glance.
Maxx was very nervous of other dogs for a while but has now made some new Cav friends and loves it when they come to play- I think he's ready for a new permanent playmate too. So if anyone here has a spare Cav or six......
Donna & Maxxy