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!

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Marbles

Marbles is a very happy and sociable 2 year-old Yellow Lab mix who found herself homeless at a rural county dog shelter. When the shelter became full, she was at risk of euthanasia for lack of space so made the trip to Canine Lifeline to have more time to find a great new home. Once she arrived here, a trip to the vet revealed that she was heartworm positive. Marbles was treated for heartworms the week of April 7 and is now recuperating with 30 days of cage rest. She is doing well so far and we expect that she’ll be ready for adoption in early May. Marbles gets along great with other dogs and is super-friendly with people. She truly has never met a stranger–both human and canine! Marbles does well in her crate and is likely to be housetrained too. She’s going to make a great companion for a very lucky family once she’s ready for adoption. Marbles weighs about 60 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 Marbles. Marbles heartworm treatment cost about $400. If you’d like to make a donation to help with her medical expenses, please donate on our website via Paypal or send a check to Canine Lifeline PO Box 25742 Garfield Hts OH 44125. Thanks from Marbles and Canine Lifeline!

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Royce

Royce is a super-friendly and affectionate 2 year-old Boxer who’s had a rough go of it recently but is now on the mend. This poor guy came into the Richland County Dog Shelter in Mansfield dragging his front leg. No owner came to claim him so he made the trip to Canine Lifeline to receive the medical attention he needed. X-rays revealed three breaks in the bones in his front leg that required insertion of 5 pins to repair. The pins will stay in for 6-8 weeks while the bones heal. We’re hopeful that at the end of that period Royce will be as good as new and ready to resume an active, fun-filled life with a new family. Royce has been a great patient–very tolerant of all he’s had to go through. He gets along great with other dogs and soaks up all the attention he can get from his human friends. We’ll post updates as Royce’s recuperation progresses and he’s ready to start searching for a permanent new home. Royce’s medical bills currently total about $1400 so any and all donations to help with his care are much appreciated. You may make a donation via the “Give Now” button below or send a check to Canine Lifeline PO Box 25742 Garfield Hts OH 44125. Thanks from Royce and Canine Lifeline!

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Libby

Libby is a very outgoing and friendly 9 year-old Lab/Border Collie mix female with an outstanding temperament. Her owner died recently and she ended up in a shelter with very little chance of finding a new home there given her age. The shelter volunteers loved her so asked Canine Lifeline for help with her. She arrived here on Saturday Feb 23 and immediately made a lot of new friends. This sweet girl is very calm and well-mannered and acts younger than her age. She knows some commands and is eager to sit and shake hands for a treat.

Unfortunately, Libby has tested positive for heartworms and will need to go through lifesaving treatment before she’s ready for adoption. She also has two lumps that will be removed after her heartworm treatment and she’ll also have a much needed dental cleaning at that time. The vet wasn’t overly concerned about the lumps but we will have them biopsied just to be sure they’re benign.

Libby is crate-trained, housetrained, and excellent with other dogs. She weighs about 48 pounds. Libby is scheduled to begin heartworm treatment on Feb 26. Her medical expenses are likely to be about $1000 so any and all donations to help with her vet care are most welcome. You may make a donation through the “Give Now” button below or send a check to Canine Lifeline PO Box 25742 Garfield Hts OH 44125. Thanks from Libby and Canine Lifeline!


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Daisy

One look at Daisy and you can tell just how difficult her life has been. Daisy is a 5 year-old Shepherd/Retriever mix female who was surrendered to a local county dog shelter in December by her owner. She was in very poor condition at that time–emaciated and with extensive hairloss. She came to Canine Lifeline in January to continue on the road to recovery and eventually find a great new family who will never neglect her. Once here, Daisy visited our vet for a complete health check. A skin scraping didn’t show any evidence of demodectic mange mites although it looks like she had been suffering from that for some time given her hairloss and thick skin. She did have bacterial and fungal skin infections so is now on a course of an oral antibiotic and antifungal along with regular medicated baths to improve her skin condition. Fortunately, her blood profile looked good and didn’t suggest any underlying illnesses. Daisy has a great appetite and is gradually gaining weight. Once she’s healthy enough, she will be spayed and have a dental to get her teeth into great shape as well. For now, Daisy is enjoying life in her foster home and loves napping on her comfy bed. She’s great with other dogs and is going to make a terrific companion for someone when she’s ready for adoption. We owe it to Daisy to provide her with the best life possible given how much she’s suffered in the past. We’ll update her profile once she’s ready for adoption. In the meantime, if you’d like to make a donation to help with her medical expenses, please click on the “Give Now” button below or send a check to Canine Lifeline PO Box 25742 Garfield Hts OH 44125. Thank you from Daisy and Canine Lifeline!


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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!

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