The New Pup


A few months ago, Conor and I filled out an application for a new dog through Greater Chicago Cavalier Rescue. We took turns going back and forth between feeling ready and wanting to wait. And then we saw this face. 

I grew up with rescues and tend to be drawn toward the broken or sick ones. Conor grew up with a King Charles Cavalier and was open to a rescue, so we decided to find a Cavalier that needed a home. There was some hesitation on my end after adopting a 3 month old beagle-pit mix a few years ago. She was really sweet but was all over Buddy–jumping on him, chewing his ears, and driving him crazy. And he h-a-t-e-d her. My sweet dog who never snarls became aggressive and withdrawn, and after talking to my vet, a trainer, and the rescue organization, we all decided it would be best if she found a new home. I was crushed but knew it would be best for both of them in the long run.

This time around, we asked about a few smaller dogs between the ages of 1-6, hoping for a dog around 3-5 years old. A couple of weeks ago, I got a call about Tucker, an adorable, 1 year old ruby Cavalier rescue pup who was surrendered by his first owner after she realized she couldn’t take care of him. He was underfed and has some abandonment issues after being left alone a lot as a puppy, so he just needed a secure home, food, and lots of love.

After two weeks of coordinating crazy schedules, we finally met him this past weekend with the plan that if he and Buddy got along, we’d give them a few days together and if that went well, he’d be ours after our move and upcoming trip to California.

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This was different from the start. He barked at Buddy for a minute or two but it didn’t seem to phase him. The foster mom asked if we needed a minute to speak privately and we looked at each other, shook our heads no, and that was that. We were not supposed to leave with a dog on Saturday but asked if we could test things out with Buddy for a night or two, and she and the head of the rescue agreed that we could give it a try.

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It’s been a fantastic 48 hours. The little guy is so sweet and fits right in. He’s a lot more mellow and snuggly than I imagined and follows us everywhere. I’m still a bit hesitant to share this publicly after what happened last time and I sort of feel like I’m waiting for Buddy to freak out and realize he hates this dog. But they both seem happy and we already love the little guy.

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So I’d like to officially introduce you to Fitzgerald, aka Fitz.

Any tips on bringing a second dog into your home?

  • Fitz is adorable!

  • Kati Boldt

    ah! so exciting and adorable!!! Buddy seems to be pretty comfortable as long as he gets to snuggle up the closest 😉

  • Mimi Napleton Collins

    He is so cute and sweet!

  • Tiffany @ Savor Home

    How precious!!!!! I’m so happy for you!

  • thekittchen

    OMG HE IS SO CUTE! He looks just like my “nephew” Milo – who is super snuggly and follow my sister everywhere. I need to meet him! Or get my own.

  • I’m SO GLAD this worked out! Fitz is so adorable – I can’t stand it!! Yay for more puppies!!!!!

    Lauren at

  • Brittany Cerminara

    Congrats! SO adorable. He’s a lucky pup.

  • Holly Hurley

    Oh my goodness… Congrats! Cavaliers are the best, and so amazing that you got to rescue one. Looks like you all are already a happy family of 4!

  • Ahh, King Charles Cavaliers are my favorite dogs! So, so cute. I hope they continue to get along!

  • Beth

    He’s beautiful–thank you for adopting 🙂 And don’t be ashamed of your last experience! A good rescue wants you AND the dog to find a good-fit family and won’t shame you for admitting it’s not working out and trying again.

  • I am beyond excited for you! I know how much you have wanted another rescue dog. Fitz seems like an awesome fit and I can’t wait to see more of him and Buddy! Such a cute little family.

    One of the biggest things about bringing a new dog in is making sure Buddy doesn’t feel replaced. He is still your #1 and needs to know it. If he does, he will be more accepting of the new dog and then they can become equals.

  • Nicole

    Congrats and so glad you shared with us! I think it shows that just because one pair wasn’t a good fit, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t a better fit out there.

  • He’s adorable and the name fits him so well.

    Your post reminded me of these ones from Carly’s blog, hope they help:

  • So adorable. Congrats! Look like besties

  • So cute! Congrats!

  • Francislaura Caldeira Aguera

    ahhhh soooo cute ! Loved !!! all the best for you and the family 🙂

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