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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Micah

Micah is a 1-2 year-old Great Pyrenees/German Shepherd mix male with the most kind and gentle eyes. His future was bleak as he found himself homeless at a rural county dog pound AND heartworm positive making his chances for a new life slim to none. Fortunately for Micah, a Great Pyrenees rescue pulled him from the shelter and asked us for help with him so he made the trip to Canine Lifeline to get the lifesaving treatment that he needs. Micah is scheduled to start heartworm treatment the week of Oct 6 and should be ready for adoption in early November. Micah just LOVES playing with other dogs. He’ll wrestle with anyone who’ll engage with him–big or little dogs. He has excellent crate manners which is a good thing since he’ll be under 30 days of cage rest post-heartworm treatment. He may be housetrained as well. Micah was very thin when he came from the shelter but is now at about 40 pounds and gaining a little more weight. Next to playing with other dogs, his favorite activity is eating! Micah loves dinnertime and should soon be at his ideal weight which is 45-50 pounds. His adoption fee will be $200. Micah is neutered, current on monthly heartworm preventative, up to date on vaccinations, wormed, on flea preventative, and microchipped. Thanks to our “Have a Heart” donors for sponsoring Micah’s heartworm treatment! If you’d like to make a donation to pay it forward and help us save another heartworm positive dog, you may do so through Paypal on our website or by sending a check to Canine Lifeline, PO Box 25742, Garfield Hts OH 44125–Attn “Have a Heart”. Thanks from Micah and Canine Lifeline!

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Lilly

Sweet little Lilly is an adorable 1-2 year-old Beagle/Jack Russell Terrier mix female who was found as a stray in rural KY. She tested positive for heartworms there so when no owner came to claim her, she made the trip to Canine Lifeline to get the lifesaving treatment that she needs. Lilly had heartworm treatment the week of August 18 and did great so is now ready to find a permanent new home. Lilly is wonderful with other dogs and all people that she’s met including children. She’s sharing her foster home with a couple of other dogs now including fellow Canine Lifeline dog Dixie. The two play so nicely together so if you’re looking for a great pair of dogs, Lilly and Dixie would be a good choice! Lilly’s crate-trained but will probably need to continue work on housetraining in her new home. She does have occasional accidents in her foster home so will need to be watched very closely. Lilly loves to cuddle with her human pals and enjoys getting comfy in her dog bed too as you can see from her pics. She is an active little girl though who enjoys keeping the squirrels and chipmunks at bay when she’s outdoors. She lives with cats in her foster home and will chase them but she thinks it’s fun and is not doing it aggressively. Lilly loves going for daily walks and checking out the goings-on in the neighborhood. She has the cutest markings and is as charming as they come too. She deserves a family who’s going to cherish her and make sure she gets the very best care. Lilly weighs about 15 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 Lilly. An application must be submitted and approved before we schedule meets with any of our dogs. We try to respond to inquiries the same day they’re received so if you haven’t heard from us within 24 hours please check your spam folder or junkmail to make sure our reply hasn’t landed in there. Thanks to our ‘Have a Heart’ donors for sponsoring Lilly’s heartworm treatment!

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Boots

Boots is a 5-7 year-old Lab mix male with some white markings suggesting there might be something like Border Collie or Pointer in the mix. He was found as a stray and tested positive for heartworms making his chances of finding a new home very slim so he came to Canine Lifeline to get the lifesaving treatment that he needed. Thanks to our ‘Have a Heart’ donors, Boots was treated for heartworms the week of August 4 and is doing well with his 30 days of cage-rest so should be ready for adoption in early September. He’s a very kind and gentle dog who gets along well with other dogs as long as they’re not too rowdy with him. Boots can get over a four foot fence so a secure privacy fence would be perfect for him. He’s crate-trained and possibly housetrained too. Boots would be a great companion for a quiet, mature where he could put his days as a stray behind him and relax and enjoy life. Boots weighs about 48 pounds and his adoption fee is $125. He’s neutered, current on 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 Boots.

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Dixie

Dixie is a lovely 4 year-old Shepherd/Basset mix female who came to Canine Lifeline from a local dog shelter after testing positive for heartworms there. Thanks to our ‘Have a Heart’ donors, Dixie received lifesaving heartworm treatment at the end of July and is now ready to find a great new home. Dixie is really a delightful dog! She loves people and becomes very attached and loyal to her human friends very quickly. She’s housetrained, crate-trained, and walks nicely on a leash. Dixie gets along well with other dogs but prefers a quiet canine companion to one that likes to play constantly. She would also be fine as an only dog so she could get all of the attention herself. Dixie weighs about 42 pounds and her adoption fee is $200. She’s spayed, current on 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 Dixie. An approved application is required before we schedule meets with any of our dogs. We try to respond to inquiries the same day they’re received so if you haven’t heard from us within 24 hours, please check your junkmail or spam folder to make sure our reply hasn’t landed in there.

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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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