Mended Mutts

All of the dogs that come to Canine Lifeline are very dear to us but we have a special fondness for those we affectionately call our “mended mutts”. These are dogs who come to us with medical issues that make their chances of adoption at a shelter or dog pound very slim. While their medical needs may differ: some have heartworms, others need surgery to repair broken bones or dislocated hips, while still others have painful skin conditions…they all share a spirit and will to live that make it a joy and privilege to help them. To see the sparkle in their eyes and spring in their step when they are on the mend is priceless! We can’t help them though without support from caring people like you. Please consider making a donation to help our very special “mended mutts” have a second chance at a happy life. If you would like information about the dogs shown below, just click on their picture. Thank you!

Mallory-PENDING

Meet Mallory, a fun-loving, enthusiastic, exuberant 1 year-old American Bulldog mix female who’s making the most of the second chance she’s been given. Mallory came to Canine Lifeline from a local county dog shelter with a horrible case of demodectic mange. The photo of her with bloody, itchy skin was taken the day she arrived. After being on a course of treatment for several months to get rid of this noncontagious type of mange, Mallory now has a clean bill of health, has been spayed, and is ready to start the next chapter of her life in a great new permanent home. Now that she feels great, Mallory is experiencing her puppyhood all over again. She loves playing with other dogs and toys of all kinds. When she’s outside, she runs really fast and loves playing chase and wrestling with the other dogs in her foster home. She would probably enjoy a home with another young dog to play with and a secure fenced yard would be ideal for her to blow off some steam. Mallory may be a little protective of her food around other dogs so, if there are other dogs in her new home, feeding them separately would be the best approach. She’s crate-trained and settles down nicely in her crate after playtime. Mallory is likely to be housetrained but we can’t guarantee how she’ll do in a new situation. She hasn’t had any obedience training yet but is very food-motivated so should be easy to work with. Mallory loves to go for a walk and, after her initial excitement on the leash, settles down into a good pace. She weighs about 50 pounds and her adoption fee is $200. Mallory’s spayed, heartworm negative and on monthly preventative, up to date on vaccinations, wormed, on flea preventative, and microchipped. All Canine Lifeline adoptions come with a two-week trial period to make sure it’s a great match before the adoption is finalized. Please email info@caninelifeline.org if you’re interested in Mallory. An approved application is required before we set up meets with any of our dogs. All of our dogs come to us from county dog pounds so we have no history on them. We also have no foster homes with young children so aren’t comfortable placing any of them in a home with children less than 4-5 years of age. We try to respond to inquiries within 24-48 hours so if you haven’t heard from us within that time frame, please check your junkmail or spam folder to make sure our reply hasn’t landed in there.

Comet-PENDING

Comet is a friendly and outgoing 1 year-old Retriever mix male with very pretty eyes who came to Canine Lifeline from an overcrowded rural county dog shelter. Unfortunately, he tested positive for heartworms upon arrival so had to go through lifesaving treatment before he was ready to find a new home. Comet was treated for heartworms in mid-February and did fine so is now ready to find a permanent new home. He does well with other dogs so might enjoy a home with another canine or pal or two to have fun with. He’s also very attentive and affectionate with people so might do OK as an only dog as long as his family is around a lot to play with him. Comet adjusted well to his 30 days of cage rest post-heartworm treatment and might be housetrained too although we can’t guarantee it. He’s got a great disposition but hasn’t had much obedience training yet so would benefit from enrolling in an obedience class with his new family. He’s eager to make up for lost time now that he’s ready for adoption and looking forward to lots of new adventures! Comet weighs about 54 pounds and his adoption fee is $200. He’s neutered, current on monthly heartworm preventative, up to date on vaccinations, wormed, on flea preventative, and microchipped. All Canine Lifeline adoptions come with a two-week trial period to make sure it’s a great match before the adoption is finalized. Please email info@caninelifeline.org if you’re interested in Comet. An approved application is required before we set up meets with any of our dogs. All of our dogs come to us from county dog pounds so we have no history on them. We also have no foster homes with young children so aren’t comfortable placing any of them in a home with children less than 4-5 years of age. We try to respond to inquiries within 24-48 hours so if you haven’t heard from us within that time frame, please check your junkmail or spam folder to make sure our reply hasn’t landed in there. Please visit our website at www.caninelifeline.org to see more photos of Comet and to submit an online application.

Comet’s heartworm treatment cost about $450. If you’d like to make a donation to help with his care so that we can save another dog in the future, please do so on our website at www.caninelifeline.org or by sending a check to Canine Lifeline, PO Box 25742, Garfield Hts OH 44125. Thank you from Comet and Canine Lifeline!

Archie-PENDING

Archie is a 1 year-old Border Collie mix male with striking good looks and a very sweet disposition. He came to Canine Lifeline from a rural county dog shelter and, sadly, tested positive for heartworms upon arrival. We had Archie treated for heartworms in early March and he did fine with his treatment so is now ready to find a great new home. He loves to play with other dogs of all sizes so would do great in a home with another canine pal or two. Archie is crate-trained but wasn’t fan of the 30 days of cage rest needed after his heartworm treatment. He’s now ready to run and blow off some steam. Although Archie’s very friendly, he hasn’t had much training yet so his new family must be willing to work with him on obedience training. He settles down nicely on a leash after his initial excitement at going for a walk and, with a little more practice, should be walking like a pro in no time. Archie weighs about 51 pounds and his adoption fee is $200. He’s neutered, current on monthly heartworm preventative, up to date on vaccinations, wormed, on flea preventative, and microchipped. All Canine Lifeline adoptions come with a two-week trial period to make sure it’s a great match before the adoption is finalized. Please email info@caninelifeline.org if you’re interested in Archie. An approved application is required before we set up meets with any of our dogs. All of our dogs come to us from county dog pounds so we have no history on them. We also have no foster homes with young children so aren’t comfortable placing any of them in a home with children less than 4-5 years of age. We try to respond to inquiries within 24-48 hours so if you haven’t heard from us within that time frame, please check your junkmail or spam folder to make sure our reply hasn’t landed in there. Archie’s heartworm treatment cost about $450. If you’d like to make a donation to help with his care so that we can save another dog in the future, please do so on our website at www.caninelifeline.org or by sending a check to Canine Lifeline, PO Box 25742, Garfield Hts OH 44125. Thank you from Archie and Canine Lifeline!

 

Dolly-PENDING

Little Dolly is a lovely 5 year-old Beagle who found herself homeless at a rural county dog shelter AND heartworm positive making it virtually impossible for her to find a new home. The shelter contacted us for help with her and we were glad to say yes to Dolly. She made the trip to Canine Lifeline and had the life-saving treatment that she needed the week of January 25. After a month of cage-rest and recuperation, Dolly has now been spayed and is ready for adoption. Dolly is an absolute sweetheart who love all dogs and people she meets. Anytime she meets a new dog, she immediately wants to lick them on their face. She could not be any sweeter! Dolly has excellent crate manners and may be housetrained too although we can’t guarantee it. She has been a very quiet girl in her foster home and we have yet to hear her bark–which is unusual for a Beagle! She’s going to make a fantastic companion for one very lucky family! Dolly weighs about 19 pounds and her adoption fee is $200. She’s spayed, currently on monthly heartworm preventative, up-to-date on vaccinations, wormed, on flea preventative, and microchipped. All Canine Lifeline adoptions come with a two-week trial period to make sure it’s a great match before the adoption is finalized. Please email info@caninelifeline.org if you’re interested in Dolly. An approved application is required before we schedule meets with any of our dogs. All of our dogs come to us from county dog pounds so we have no history on them. We also have no foster homes with young children so aren’t comfortable placing any of them in a home with children less than 4-5 years of age. We try to respond to inquiries within 24-48 hours so if you haven’t heard from us within that time frame, please check your junkmail or spam folder to make sure our reply hasn’t landed in there. Dolly is one of 5 dogs that we had treated for heartworms in January. Her treatment cost about $450. If you’d like to make a donation to help with her care so that we can save another dog in the future, please do so on our website at www.caninelifeline.org or by sending a check to Canine Lifeline, PO Box 25742, Garfield Hts OH 44125. Thank you from Dolly and Canine Lifeline!

Sherlock-PENDING

Who can resist this adorable face? Sherlock is a cute and cuddly 3 year-old scruffy Terrier mix male who was waiting for a second chance at an overcrowded rural county dog shelter when he was brought to our attention. He made the trip to Canine Lifeline so he would have more time to find a great new home but, unfortunately, tested positive for heartworms when he visited our vet upon arrival. He went through lifesaving heartworm treatment in early March and did very well so is now ready to start looking for a permanent new home. Sherlock is such a nice boy—he gets along with all dogs that he meets and is happy to meet new people too. He adjusted well to his 30 days of crate rest post-heartworm treatment and keeps his crate spotless. Sherlock may be housetrained too although we can’t guarantee how he will do in a new home at first. He does shed so is NOT a hypoallergenic dog. Sherlock weighs about 37 pounds and his adoption fee is $200. He’s neutered, current on monthly heartworm preventative, up to date on vaccinations, wormed, on flea preventative, and microchipped. All Canine Lifeline adoptions come with a two-week trial period to make sure it’s a great match before the adoption is finalized. Please email info@caninelifeline.org if you’re interested in Sherlock. An approved application is required before we set up meets with any of our dogs. All of our dogs come to us from county dog pounds so we have no history on them. We also have no foster homes with young children so aren’t comfortable placing any of them in a home with children less than 4-5 years of age. We try to respond to inquiries within 24-48 hours so if you haven’t heard from us within that time frame, please check your junkmail or spam folder to make sure our reply hasn’t landed in there. Sherlock’s heartworm treatment cost about $450. If you’d like to make a donation to help with his care so that we can save another dog in the future, please do so on our website at www.caninelifeline.org or by sending a check to Canine Lifeline, PO Box 25742, Garfield Hts OH 44125. Thank you from Sherlock and Canine Lifeline!

 

Lulu

Lulu is a very shy but sweet 3 year-old Lab/Border Collie mix female who’s had a rough life so far. She came into a rural county humane society as part of a cruelty investigation after having lived on a chain her whole life. Not surprisingly, she tested positive for heartworms at the shelter making it almost impossible for her to find a new home there. She made the trip to Canine Lifeline so she would get the lifesaving treatment that she needed. Lulu was treated for heartworms in early March and did very well so is now ready to find a permanent new home. She is a very shy and submissive girl but she loves other dogs and seems to feel more comfortable when she’s around them. We would love to find a home for her with a calm and confident companion dog after whom she could model her behavior. She was very camera shy so it was difficult to get good pics of her. Lulu is a beautiful dog though and has a very soft pretty coat. She loves curling up in her crate for a nap after playtime. Her crate gives her a lot of security and crate-training in her new home should help her with housetraining there as well. Lulu can’t wait to experience how wonderful a dog’s life can and should be with her new family! Lulu weighs about 39 pounds and her adoption fee is $200. She’s spayed, current on monthly heartworm preventative, up to date on vaccinations, wormed, on flea preventative, and microchipped. All Canine Lifeline adoptions come with a two-week trial period to make sure it’s a great match before the adoption is finalized. Please email info@caninelifeline.org if you’re interested in Lulu. An approved application is required before we set up meets with any of our dogs. All of our dogs come to us from county dog pounds so we have no history on them. We also have no foster homes with young children so aren’t comfortable placing any of them in a home with children less than 4-5 years of age. We try to respond to inquiries within 24-48 hours so if you haven’t heard from us within that time frame, please check your junkmail or spam folder to make sure our reply hasn’t landed in there. Lulu’s heartworm treatment cost about $450. If you’d like to make a donation to help with her care so that we can save another dog in the future, please do so on our website at www.caninelifeline.org or by sending a check to Canine Lifeline, PO Box 25742, Garfield Hts OH 44125. Thank you from Lulu and Canine Lifeline!

 

Captain

 

Captain is a handsome 3-4 year-old Shepherd/Boxer mix male who came to us from a local county dog shelter as a heartworm positive stray. He had treatment to kill the adult worms at the end of December and did very well so is now ready to find a permanent new home. Captain is a very loyal dog who picks up new routines quickly. He had to go through 30 days of crate-rest post-heartworm treatment and adjusted very well to that. Captain keeps his crate spotless and may be housetrained too although we can’t guarantee it. He gets along well with other dogs so might enjoy a home with another canine friend to pal around with. Captain is a very easy-going, go-with-the-flow kind of guy who’s going to make a excellent companion for one very lucky person or family. He weighs about 50 pounds and his adoption fee is $200. Captain’s neutered, on monthly heartworm preventative, up to date on vaccinations, wormed, on flea preventative, and microchipped. All Canine Lifeline adoptions come with a two-week trial period to make sure it’s a great match before the adoption is finalized. Please email info@caninelifeline.org if you’re interested in Captain. An approved application is required before we schedule meets with any of our dogs. All of our dogs come to us from county dog pounds so we have no history on them. We also have no foster homes with young children so aren’t comfortable placing any of them in a home with children less than 4-5 years of age. We try to respond to inquiries within 24-48 hours so if you haven’t heard from us within that time frame, please check your junkmail or spam folder to make sure our reply hasn’t landed in there. Captain’s heartworm treatment cost about $450. If you’d like to make a tax-deductible donation in his honor so that we can help another dog in need, you may do so on our website at www.caninelifeline.org or by sending a check to Canine Lifeline, PO Box 25742, Garfield Hts OH 44125. Thank you from Captain and Canine Lifeline!

Jangle

1-26-16: JANGLE HAS AN OLD FRACTURE IN ONE OF HIS BACK LEGS WHICH IS IMPACTING HIS ANKLE/HOCK JOINT. OUR VET IS REFERRING HIM TO AN ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON TO DETERMINE THE BEST COURSE OF ACTION FOR THAT LEG. IN ORDER TO SAVE THE LEG, HE MAY HAVE TO HAVE THAT JOINT FUSED SO THAT HE CAN LIVE A PAIN-FREE LIFE. IF LEFT UNTREATED, HE IS LIKELY TO DEVELOP SIGNIFICANT DEBILITATING ARTHRITIS IN THAT ANKLE SOONER RATHER THAN LATER. AN UPDATE WILL BE POSTED ONCE WE HAVE MORE INFORMATION.

Jangle and his brother Jingle are adorable 1 year-old Shep/Husky/Corgi mix males (a complete guess of course!) who found themselves homeless right before Christmas at an overcrowded rural county dog pound. This pound only keeps dogs for 7 days and if they’re not adopted or rescued in that time frame, they are euthanized. We pulled 7 dogs from this pound two days before Christmas and every single one of them is a fantastic dog! Each of them is very grateful for the second chance they’ve been given. Jangle is a little less shy than his brother but both are as sweet and gentle as they come. He’s a great size at only about 26 pounds and has the most adorable puppy face and Corgi-like ears even though he’s full-grown. We don’t know anything about their background but Jangle has picked up crate-training very easily in his foster home. He never has an accident in his crate so should catch on to the housetraining rules quickly in his new home. Jangle loves other dogs and would probably enjoy having a canine pal or two in his new home. He seems to be fine with kitties too. He had no experience on a leash when he came to us but is starting to get the hang of it and now realizes that a leash means he gets to go for a very fun walk. Jangle’s adoption fee is $200. He’s neutered, heartworm negative and on monthly preventative, up to date on vaccinations, wormed, on flea preventative, and microchipped. All Canine Lifeline adoptions come with a two-week trial period to make sure it’s a great match before the adoption is finalized. Please email info@caninelifeline.org if you’re interested in Jangle. An approved application is required before we set up meets with any of our dogs. All of our dogs come to us from county dog pounds so we have no history on them. We also have no foster homes with young children so aren’t comfortable placing any of them in a home with children less than 4-5 years of age. We try to respond to inquiries within 24-48 hours so if you haven’t heard from us within that time frame, please check your junkmail or spam folder to make sure our reply hasn’t landed in there.

IN MEMORY OF BROWNIE

Update 2-14-14: Brownie collapsed and died this morning from a pulmonary embolism as a result of heartworm disease. He had immiticide injections on Jan 15-16 to kill the adult worms and had struggled to recover since then. He had good days and bad days but after a rough week, he just couldn’t fight any longer. Brownie was the most gentle, sweet, and loving 5 year-old Chocolate Lab. It’s absolutely heartbreaking to watch a dog go through this when the disease is completely preventable.

Please don’t let Brownie’s death be in vain. Make sure your dogs are on monthly heartworm preventative. Be an advocate for dogs everywhere and try to convince family, friends, coworkers, neighbors, and anyone who will listen about the dangers of this deadly disease so their dogs are protected too.  Heartworms are spread by mosquitos so all dogs are at risk. Coyotes and foxes can also get heartworms which is partly why the disease is becoming much more prevalent in Northeast Ohio. If a mosquito bites a heartworm positive dog or coyote and then bites your dog, your dog will have adult heartworms living in the heart and circulatory system within 6 months. Treatment to kill the worms is costly, very tough on the dog, and as you know from Brownie, not all dogs will survive the treatment. Without treatment, a dog will die a slow and painful death from heart failure. Prevention is easy and is the key to battling the spread of this disease. Please visit the American Heartworm Society to learn more.

http://www.heartwormsociety.org/

Please keep all of our other heartworm positive dogs currently going through treatment in your thoughts–Lulu, Wink, Ty, Goldie, Betsy, Blanche, Quincy, and Dudley. Two more HW positive dogs will be arriving this weekend and will start treatment soon–Ladybug and Sweetie.

Brownie is a 5 year-old Chocolate Lab male with an outstanding disposition. He found himself homeless at an overcrowded county dog shelter and also tested positive for heartworms there so he made the trip to Canine Lifeline to get the lifesaving treatment that he needed. We can’t say enough good things about this dog–he is a dream! Brownie has the most gentle, kind demeanor. He loves attention from his human pals and likes to get lots of hugs. He gets along great with dogs of all sizes and has been so well-mannered since he arrived here with us. Brownie has excellent crate and leash manners and is likely to be housetrained too. He had his heartworm treatment the week of January 13 so should be ready for adoption in mid-February after 30 days of cage rest while he recuperates. Brownie weighs about 65 pounds and his adoption fee is $200. He’s neutered, current on monthly heartworm preventative, up to date on vaccinations, wormed, on flea preventative, and microchipped. All Canine Lifeline adoptions come with a two-week trial period to make sure it’s a great match before the adoption is finalized. Please email info@caninelifeline.org if you’re interested in Brownie. An adoption application is required before a meet is scheduled with any of our dogs. We try to respond to inquiries within 24 hours of receipt so if you haven’t heard from us within that time frame, please check your junkmail or spam folder to make sure our reply hasn’t landed in there. Brownie’s heartworm treatment will cost about $450. If you’d like to make a donation to help with his medical care, please visit our website at www.caninelifeline.org or send a check to Canine Lifeline PO Box 25742 Garfield Hts OH 44125. Thanks from Brownie and Canine Lifeline!