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!

Briggs

 

Briggs is a very handsome 5 year-old Husky with a great disposition. Sadly, he tested positive for heartworms at an overcrowded rural county dog shelter greatly reducing his chances of adoption there so he made the trip to Canine Lifeline to get the lifesaving treatment that he needed. Briggs was treated for heartworms over the last two months and has been undergoing crate-rest during his recuperation. He has done amazingly well with cage rest—especially for a Husky—and has been very quiet and well-mannered in his foster home. Briggs did great with his heartworm treatment and is now ready to find a permanent home. He gets along very well with other dogs but doesn’t need to have another dog in his home. He’s very people-friendly and likes to be around his humans. Unlike many Huskies, he does fine in a fenced yard and doesn’t try to jump the fence. He definitely does not like to be tethered though when he’s outdoors. He would do best in a home with a fenced yard or he will always need to be on a leash with his people when outdoors. Briggs will need some leash-training though as he’s quite a puller. Using an EZ-Walk harness as he works on his leash manners should be a big help. Briggs is bright-eyed, alert, and eager to make up for lost time now that he’s been through heartworm treatment. He weighs about 62 pounds and his adoption fee is $200. Briggs is 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 Briggs. 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. Briggs’ heartworm treatment cost about $650. If you’d like to make a donation to help with his care so that we may 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 Briggs and Canine Lifeline!

Laramie

Laramie is an exceptionally nice 1.5 year-old Cattledog mix female who had the double misfortune of finding herself homeless at a rural county dog shelter and testing positive for heartworms there. The shelter reached out to us for help with her so Laramie made the trip to Canine Lifeline so she would get the lifesaving treatment that she needed. Laramie had her second round of treatment in mid-March and has done very well so is now ready for adoption. She is a lovely girl with a very soft coat and a little bobtail. Laramie is a little shy at first when meeting new people  but once she warms up to someone, she’s a very loyal and devoted friend. Laramie gets along beautifully with other dogs so would likely enjoy having a fun canine companion in her new home. She has excellent crate manners and is likely to be housetrained too although we can’t guarantee it. Given that she is shy and timid in new situations and from a rural area, urban life would be very scary for her so we are looking for a home for Laramie where things are a little quieter. She weighs about 35 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 Laramie. 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. Laramie’s heartworm treatment cost about $650. If you’d like to make a donation to help with her care so that we may 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 Laramie and Canine Lifeline!

Yoda

Meet Yoda, a cute and cuddly 2-3 year-old Boston Terrier/Boxer mix male, who is a great size at only about 31 pounds. This friendly guy found himself homeless at an overcrowded county dog shelter so made the trip to Canine Lifeline to have more time to find the perfect new home. Upon arrival, we noticed that Yoda had decreased muscle mass in one rear leg and a significant limp. X-rays revealed an old injury to his hip and a luxating patella (floating kneecap) in that leg. He underwent a femoral head ostectomy to repair the hip socket and had patella repair at the same time. Yoda has recovered very well from those surgeries and is now off of all exercise restrictions so is ready for adoption. He loves to go for walks and leash walks are the best thing for him now as he works to regain muscle mass in that leg. Yoda does very well with other dogs so would enjoy having a dog in his size range to pal around with and play games of chase and wrestling. Yoda has excellent crate manners and may be housetrained too although we can’t guarantee it. His 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 Yoda. An approved application is required before we schedule meets with any of our dogs. We 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. Yoda’s surgeries cost about $1500 so if you’d like to make a donation to help with his medical expenses, it would be much appreciated. Donations may be made 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 Yoda and Canine Lifeline!

Junebug-PENDING

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!

Sam

Sam is a 3 year-old SharPei/Lab mix male who has had a really rough life. Oddly enough, his big break came when he arrived at a county dog shelter as a stray last fall. The poor guy arrived at the shelter in an emaciated state with skin and coat in horrible condition and nasty eye infections due to entropion (inverted eyelids) in both eyes. The shelter was not able to get him the medical attention that he needed so they asked us for help with him. Sam arrived shortly before Christmas and immediately started treatment to clear up the bacterial and fungal infections in his skin. Once healthy enough, Sam underwent surgery in February to correct his inverted eyelids. That surgery has made a world of different to him. He now is able to live a much better quality of life without having his eyelids constantly rubbing against his eyeballs. His photos were taken recently and show that he is now in great condition and ready to find himself a wonderful new home. Sam gets along well with other dogs but likely wouldn’t mind being a single dog so he could get all the attention that he never had in the past. He has excellent crate manners and should pick up the housetraining routine in his new home fairly quickly. Having been food-deprived in the past, Sam really looks forward to mealtime and is super food-motivated. Sam is a pro at catching treats on the fly! He will also sit on command and is eager to learn lots more in his new home. Sam will need more work on his leash manners as he hasn’t had much experience in that area yet. An EZ-Walk harness will help with his training. Sam can’t wait to experience how wonderful a dog’s life can and should be in his very own home. He weighs about 52 pounds and his adoption fee is $200. He’s neutered, heartworm negative and on monthly preventative, up to date on vaccinations, wormed, on flea preventative, and microchipped. He had a recent dental cleaning at our vet and now flashes a pearly white smile. 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 Sam. An approved application is required before we schedule meets with any of our dogs. We 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!