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!

Hondo-PENDING

Hondo is a very handsome Husky with sky blue eyes who was adopted from a county dog shelter but returned there once his new family discovered that he was heartworm positive and they couldn’t afford the expensive treatment. From there, Hondo made the trip to Canine Lifeline so he would get the lifesaving treatment that he needs. The shelter estimated Hondo to be about 6 years-old but our vet suspects he’s more in the 2 year-old range. He started his two-month long heartworm treatment the week of December 12 and did fine so is now ready to find a great new home. Hondo did great during his two-month long recuperation period with cage rest and limited exercise. He’s now ready to start having some fun! Hondo is a very friendly boy–both with people and other dogs. In typical Husky fashion, he likes to “talk” to you and has the most interesting conversations with his human friends. Hondo has excellent crate manners so should pick up the housetraining routine quickly in his new home. Since he’s had limited exercise in the last two months, Hondo is raring to go and likes to pull hard on the leash as if he’s pulling a dog sled! He will need some training with an Easy Walk Harness to get that under control. Once he has time to blow off some steam, we have no doubt that Hondo will soon be walking like a pro. Hondo weighs about 60 pounds and his adoption fee is $200. He’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 Hondo 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.  Hondo’s heartworm treatment cost about $650. If you’d like to make a donation to help with his care so that we are able to 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 Hondo and Canine Lifeline!

Junebug

Meet Junebug, a very happy and outgoing 1 year-old Border Collie/Pointer mix female, who came to Canine Lifeline from an overcrowded county dog shelter. She had come into the shelter with an injury to her hips and went into a foster home for cage rest and recuperation. Once she arrived at Canine  Lifeline, x-rays revealed that she needed surgery to repair one of her hip joints so that she would be able to live a better quality of life. She had FHO (femoral head ostectomy) surgery in early January and has recovered very well in her foster home. She’s at the point now where she can run and play with other dogs so is ready to find herself a permanent new home. Junebug doesn’t let anything slow her down and enjoys playing with other dogs. She can play quite rough though so if there’s another dog in her new home, it would have to be a canine companion who would welcome that rough and tumble style of play. Junebug has excellent crate manners and may be housetrained too although we can’t guarantee it. She will need some work on her leash manners but she’s very eager to please and food-motivated so working with her on obedience training should be a rewarding experience. Junebug weighs about 37 pounds and her adoption fee is $200. She’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 Junebug. 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. Junebug’s surgery cost about $1,000. If you’d like to make a tax-deductible donation to help with her care so that we are able to save another dog with special needs in the future, please visit our website at www.caninelifeline.org to make an online donation or send a check to Canine Lifeline, PO Box 25742, Garfield Hts OH 44125. Thanks from Junebug and Canine Lifeline!

Duffy

Duffy is a very handsome 3 year-old Lab mix male who came to Canine Lifeline after testing positive for heartworms at a county dog shelter. He and another dog were living with a homeless person but ended up at the shelter after she went to jail. Duffy’s pal was adopted right away but with Duffy’s heartworm diagnosis, his chances of finding a new home were slim so he made the trip to Canine Lifeline to get the lifesaving treatment that he needed. Duffy started his two month-long heartworm treatment in late-December and, after two months of crate rest, is now ready to begin his search for a permanent new home. This is one very nice dog! He gets along very well with other dogs and is very affectionate and attentive with his human friends too. Duffy has excellent crate manners so should pick up the housetraining routine quickly in his new home. He walks nicely on a leash for a big guy and is going to enjoy being able to go on walks now that he is through the most critical part of his treatment. Duffy weighs about 62 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 Duffy. 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. Duffy’s heartworm treatment cost about $650. 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 Duffy and Canine Lifeline!

Manny

Manny is a 2 year-old Great Pyrenees male and a real gentle giant. He was picked up by animal control in Sulphur OK with his pal Hugh after they were hanging around an apartment complex playing with some kids. When no one claimed them at the pound, a Great Pyr rescue in KY was contacted for help with them. They made the trip from OK to KY and from there came north to Canine Lifeline to have more time to find a new home. Sadly, Manny tested positive for heartworms and needed to go through lifesaving treatment after arriving here with us. Manny began his two month-long treatment in mid-December and, after two months of crate rest, is now ready to find himself a great new home. This sweet boy gets along very well with other dogs and has been very friendly with every person that he’s met. He is a big guy who looks even larger than his 80 pounds. He has excellent crate manners so picking up the housetraining routine in a new home should be easy for him. Great Pyrenees are a breed like no other so if you’re not familiar with this breed, please take the time to read about them at the following link to make sure you’ve got the right home for one before filling out an application. (https://www.nationalpyr.org/know-the-breed). Manny will need regular grooming to keep him looking and feeling his best. He will also need a secure fixed fenced yard (no invisible fence). His adoption fee is $200. Manny’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 Manny. 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. Manny’s heartworm treatment cost about $650. 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 Manny and Canine Lifeline!

Laurie

Meet Laurie, an adorable 2 year-old Beagle girl with a typical sweet and loving Beagle disposition. Unfortunately, she tested positive for heartworms at a county dog shelter that doesn’t have the resources to treat her. She made the trip to Canine Lifeline to get the lifesaving treatment that she needs. Laurie started her two-month long heartworm treatment the week of November 28. After two months of cage rest and limited activity, she is now ready to find her forever home.

Laurie is an absolute delight to be around! She eagerly wants affection from her humans, but is a little reserved when meeting strangers. She does warm up quickly however. In typical Beagle fashion, she likes having her nose to the ground and investigating everything.

She is super food motivated. When you combine that with her keen sense of smell, kitchen trash cans have been known to be knocked over. She is eager to please, so her new owner can put her love of food to good use in obedience training.

Laurie seems to be house-trained, but as with any new dog, you should anticipate an accident here and there as they get acclimated to the new routine. She’s living with 3 other dogs in her foster home and gets along just fine with all of them. Her foster home also has two cats that she’s curious about. When they’re standing still she’ll sniff them and if they hiss she backs away. Having said that, when the cats are in motion, she wants to chase them.

Laurie weighs about 30 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 Laurie. An approved application is required before we set up meets with any of our dogs.

All 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 junk-mail or spam folder to make sure our reply hasn’t landed in there.

The cost of Laurie’s heartworm treatment was around $550. If you’d like to make a tax-deductible donation to help defray these costs 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 Laurie and Canine Lifeline!

A NOTE ABOUT HEARTWORM DISEASE

Heartworms are spread by mosquitoes so all dogs are at risk–even those who live primarily indoors. The disease is prevalent in Northeast OH. 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 not all dogs will survive the treatment. Without treatment, a dog will die a slow and painful death from heart failure. Fortunately, it is easily prevented with a prescription medication from a veterinarian. You can find more information about this deadly disease at the link below. https://www.heartwormsociety.org/


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!