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!

Balto

Balto is a very kind and gentle 5 year-old Husky mix male who came to Canine Lifeline from an overcrowded rural county dog shelter because he was heartworm positive and needed treatment. He had his first immiticide injection to kill the adult worms in mid-November and the second pair of injections in mid-December. Balto did very well with his treatment and is now ready to look for a permanent home. Balto also came to us with a pronounced limp in one of his front legs.  He has significant muscle atrophy in his shoulder area and our vet, in consultation with specialists, suspects that an old injury has produced nerve damage and led to the muscle atrophy. We had a bone biopsy done but there was no evidence of cancer. There was also no evidence of a fungal infection in the bone which might have led to this condition. Balto gets around just fine with normal activity. He’s not a dog that’s going to be able to be a jogging buddy but he can go on walks, play with other dogs, and jump into an SUV with no problems. Balto is a real gem of a dog too! He’s kind and gentle with other dogs of all sizes, crate-trained, and likely to be housetrained too although we can’t guarantee it. He’s attentive, affectionate, and very loyal to his human friends. Everyone at the vet clinic loved Balto when he was there for his heartworm treatment and his many tests. He is always the perfect gentleman wherever he goes! Balto weighs about 75 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 Balto. An approved application is require 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.

 

Balto’s medical expenses have exceeded $1000.  If you’d like to make a donation to help with his medical costs so that we can save another dog in need, 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. Balto is the 24th HW positive dog we had treated in 2015. Thanks to all of our “Have a Heart” donors for helping us save these dogs!

Hobbs

 

Meet Hobbs, a very friendly and outgoing 1 year-old Husky/Lab mix male who came to us from an overcrowded rural county dog shelter with heartworms. Hobbs had heartworm treatment in early January and did very well so he’s now ready to find a permanent new home. In spite of this health setback, Hobbs is bright, cheerful, and always ready to have fun. He gets along well with other dogs but can be pushy when meeting other large males. Once he knows them, he’s been fine but if there’s another dog in his new home, a spayed female would be the best companion for him. Hobbs has done well in his crate for his 30 day post-heartworm treatment cage rest and may be housetrained too. He has a lot of energy so will need a home where he will get plenty of exercise and training to channel that puppy enthusiasm in a positive direction. Hobbs hasn’t had much training yet and likes to jump on people for attention so will need some work in that area. He’s a very friendly guy though who’ll work for a treat so should do well with obedience training. Hobbs weighs about 53 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 Hobbs. 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.

Hobbs is one of 5 dogs that we had treated for heartworms in January. His 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 Hobbs and Canine Lifeline!

 

 

Oliver

Oliver is a very handsome 2 year-old Sheltie/Jack Russell Terrier mix neutered male who came to us from an overcrowded local county dog shelter. He came to us with heartworms and we had him treated in early January. Oliver did very well with his treatment so is now ready to find a permanent new home.  He did great with his 30 days of cage-rest post-heartworm treatment and is likely to be housetrained too although we can’t guarantee it. Oliver is a sweet boy who gets along well with other dogs but can be a little overwhelmed with rowdy young dogs who like to play rough. He’s been the perfect gentleman in his foster home and we’re sure that he’s going to love having his very own home and family. Oliver is a real charmer and sure to be a fantastic companion for one very lucky family! He weighs about 23 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 Oliver. 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.

Oliver is one of 5 dogs that we had treated for heartworms in January. His 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 Oliver and Canine Lifeline!

 

Sandi

Sandi is a very friendly and outgoing 2 year-old Border Collie/Lab mix female with lots of energy and enthusiasm for life. Sadly, she tested positive for heartworms at an overcrowded rural county dog shelter greatly reducing her chances of adoption there so she made the trip to Canine Lifeline so she would get the lifesaving treatment that she needs. Sandi gets along well with other dogs but can be protective of her food around them. She has excellent crate manners and is likely to be housetrained too although we can’t guarantee it. Once she’s finished with heartworm treatment, Sandi is excited about finding a permanent new home where she learn lots of new things and have many great new adventures. She’s scheduled to undergo treatment the week of February 1 so should be ready for adoption in early March. Sandi weighs about 37 pounds and her adoption fee is $200. She’s spayed, 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 Sandi. Sandi’s heartworm treatment will 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 Sandi and Canine Lifeline!

Kelli

Kelli is a beautiful 2 year-old Flat-coated Retriever/Lab mix with an absolutely fabulous disposition. Sadly, she tested positive for heartworms at an overcrowded rural county dog shelter greatly reducing her chances of adoption there so she made the trip to Canine Lifeline so she would get the lifesaving treatment that she needs. Kelli gets along beautifully with other dogs, has excellent crate manners, and is likely to be housetrained too. She’s bright-eyed, alert, and eager to make up for lost time once her heartworm treatment is over. She’s scheduled to undergo treatment the week of February 1 so should be ready for adoption in early March. Kelli weighs about 45 pounds and her adoption fee is $200. She’s spayed, 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 Kelli. Kelli’s heartworm treatment will 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 Kelli and Canine Lifeline!

Bobo

Bobo is a handsome 1 year-old Boxer who loves everyone and everything including the camera! He thinks having his picture taken is a whole lot of fun. Unfortunately, this poor young dog is heartworm positive so he came to Canine Lifeline from an overcrowded local county dog shelter to get the livesaving treatment that he needs. Bobo’s heartworm treatment is scheduled for the week of February 1 so he should be ready for adoption around the first week of March. If you love Boxers, you’re going to love this boy! Bobo weighs about 62 pounds but is thin and needs to gain a few pounds to be at his deal weight of 70 or so. 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 Bobo. Bobo’s heartworm treatment will 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 Bobo and Canine Lifeline!

 

Dolly

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 will be spayed and ready for adoption around March 1. Dolly is an absolute sweetheat 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 weighs about 19 pounds. Please email info@caninelifeline.org if you’re interested in Dolly. 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!

 

Remington

Remington is a gentle 6 year-old Lab/Great Pyrenees mix male who came to Canine Lifeline from an overcrowded rural county dog shelter as a heartworm positive stray. He had his heartworm treatment in mid-January so will be ready for adoption in mid-February. Remington gets along well with other dogs one-on-one as long as they’re not too rowdy. If he has a canine companion in his new home, he would prefer that the dog is calm and mature like he is. Dog park-type environments where there are a lot of dogs are not to his liking. Remington has been the perfect gentleman in his foster home while he recuperates from heartworm treatment. He never complains and is content to snooze on his comforter in his crate. Remington weighs about 61 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 Remington. Remington is one of 5 dogs that we had treated for heartworms in January. His 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 Remington and Canine Lifeline!

 

Spot

Spot is a gorgeous 7 year-old Border Collie/Spaniel mix male who came to Canine Lifeline from an overcrowded local county dog shelter with heartworms. He had his lifesaving treatment the week of January 18 and should be ready for adoption toward the end of February. Spot is a shy boy who gets along well with dogs one-on-one but seems to be overwhelmed when he’s in a dog park type environment with many dogs. He’d love a nice quiet home where he could relax and enjoy life. A walk around the block and some quality nap time each day are on his wish list. Spot weighs about 39 pounds and his adoption fee is $125. 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 Spot. Spot is one of 5 dogs that we had treated for heartworms in January. His 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 Spot and Canine Lifeline!

 

Fawna

Fawna is a beautiful 1-2 year-old Boxer who came to Canine Lifeline from an overcrowded rural county dog shelter. She came to us with a stiff, uncoordinated gait in her back legs. Our vet has diagnosed this as a neurological problem and it seems to be something that she was born with. We are going to have Fawna evaluated by a specialist before placing her in a new home to determine whether anything can be done to correct this or at least prevent it from getting any worse. Her foster mom describes her movements as “Bambi on ice”. She can get around very well though and this doesn’t really impact her quality of life at all. Fawna does well on leash walks and seems to be a little more coordinated after walking for awhile. The only problem she has is getting up and down more than about 3 steps so a home with many stairs wouldn’t work for her. Now that Fawna is settling into her foster home, her true puppy self is starting to come out. She’s a very silly girl as all Boxers are. She loves to have fun but also loves curling up on her favorite chair for a cozy nap. Fawna is doing pretty well on housetraining too. She weighs about 52 pounds. Please email info@caninelifeline.org if you’re interested in Fawna. We will post an update once she’s visited the veterinary specialist.

 

Mallory

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.

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!