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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Gem

Lovely Gem is a sweet and gentle 3 year-old Lab/Sharpei mix who wasn’t at all interested in having her pictures taken. That’s unfortunate because she’s a really beautiful dog and it’s hard to tell that from her pics. She came to us from a local rural county dog shelter after testing positive for heartworms there. Gem was treated for heartworms at the end of January and did great so is now ready for find a permanent new home. We’re really glad we could help this girl. She was a staff favorite at the vet clinic when she was there for heartworm treatment. In spite of all she’s been through, Gem maintains a big smile on her face and a wagging tail for everyone she meets. She gets along beautifully with all other dogs she’s met but might be fine as the only dog in the home too so she could enjoy all the attention. Gem does well in her crate so would likely be housetrained in a flash in her new home. Gem weighs about 49 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 Gem. An approved application is required before we set up meets with any of our dogs. 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.

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Sophie

Sophie is a very happy and outgoing 1 year-old Lab/Pointer mix female who knows that the main goal in life should be to enjoy each day as if it might be your last. She had two strikes against her—homeless AND heartworm positive at an overcrowded rural county dog shelter before Christmas, when a good Samaritan saved her life and fostered her until she could find a rescue to help Sophie. Sophie came to us for lifesaving heartworm treatment which she had at the end of January. She has done so well and is now ready to start looking for the family of her dreams. Sophie is ALL puppy so a home with an active and energetic family who can keep up with her is on her wish list. She will need some obedience and leash training as it’s likely that no one spent much time working with her in the past. Sophie has excellent crate manners though so should be easy to housetrain once she moves into her new home. She loves playing with other dogs so would enjoy a home with another canine pal or two or regular trips to doggie daycare or the dog park. Sophie loves to play with toys of all kinds and prefers to stay busy. She wouldn’t be happy being alone for long workdays so a home with some of her family around a lot would make her happiest. Sophie weighs about 50 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 Sophie. An approved application is required before we set up meets with any of our dogs. 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.

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Leroy

You can look far and wide but you’re not going to find a nicer dog than Leroy. This gem of a dog came into a local county dog shelter as a stray and tested positive for heartworms there making his chances for a bright future very slim. The shelter contacted Canine Lifeline for help with him and we’re so glad they did. Leroy went through heartworm treatment in late January and did very well so is now ready to make a fresh start with a new family. Leroy is about 4 years-old and a Black Lab mix who’s a great size at about 50 pounds. He gets along beautifully with other dogs and is sweet and friendly with all people that he’s met too. Leroy has excellent crate manners and handled his 30 days of cage-rest post-heartworm treatment like a pro—not a single complaint from him! You can just tell that this gentleman is so grateful for the second chance he’s been given and is going to be a very loyal and devoted companion to his new family. Leroy’s 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 Leroy. An approved application is required before we set up meets with any of our dogs. 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. Thanks to our ‘Have a Heart’ donors for helping us save Leroy’s life!

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Junebug-PENDING

Junebug is a sweet, affectionate, pint-sized 1 year-old Terrier mix who came to Canine Lifeline from an overcrowded rural county dog shelter. She had two cherry eyes which was making it difficult for her to find a home there. The photos of Junebug with her scarf on were taken the day she arrived. Since then she has had surgery to repair both eyes and is doing well so is now ready to find a permanent home. The other photos were taken of Junie in her new foster home. Junie plays very nicely with all the dogs in her foster home but also enjoys settling down for some quality cuddle time in the lap of her foster mom.  She has not had an accident when loose in the house and does well in a crate as well. Junie is just active enough.  She excitedly greets her foster mom upon returning home and then quickly settles down with her foster dog family but always pays special attention to her “person.”  There are no children in the foster home and, although Junebug is a very kind dog who seemingly would be fine with children, she should not be in a home with very young children who, due to her “toy-like” appearance, might not fully understand that she is a living creature and not a toy. Junebug weighs about 10 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 set up meets with any of our dogs. 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.

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Filbert

Filbert is an extremely friendly 4 year-old Cattledog/Shepherd mix male who counts himself very lucky to be where he is today. He found himself homeless at a very crowded rural county dog pound and tested positive for heartworms there making his chances for adoption or rescue very slim. Fortunately, Filbert came to Canine Lifeline where he received lifesaving heartworm treatment at the end of December. He did very well with his treatment and is now ready to find a great new home where he’ll be a treasured and well cared for member of the family. Filbert is an extremely loyal dog and forms attachments to new people quickly. He does well with other dogs and has good crate manners. He may need work on housetraining in his new home as it’s likely he spent most of his life as an outdoor dog before coming into the shelter but Filbert is VERY eager to please and picks up on new routines quickly. He’s going to be so grateful to the family that gives him a chance at a wonderful new life. Filbert weighs about 50 pounds and his adoption fee is $200. Thanks for our “Have a Heart” donors for helping to save Filbert’s life! 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 Filbert. An approved application is required before we set up meets with any of our dogs. 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.

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Hannah

Meet Hannah, a very friendly and outgoing 6-7 year-old Lab mix female who came to us back in September from an overcrowded rural county dog shelter. Her grey markings make her look like a senior dog but she doesn’t act anywhere near her age. Hannah is the happiest, most joyful, and loving dog you’re likely to meet. She has never met a stranger and often flashes the silliest little grin when she meets someone new. She’s also been great with other dogs of all sizes. In October, Hannah had a growth removed which turned out to be a low-grade mast cell tumor. The surgery was curative so that seems to be behind her. Hannah also had a torn ACL that needed to be repaired. That surgery was done in early November and after several months of cage rest and leash walking only, Hannah now has the all-clear and is able to play again with other dogs. She’s enjoying romping in the snow with her fellow foster dogs but also enjoys coming in and curling up on a cozy bed in her crate after playtime. Hannah has excellent crate manners and is likely to be housetrained. She weighs about 50 pounds and her adoption fee is $125. Hannah is 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 Hannah. An approved application is required before we schedule meets with any of our dogs. We try to respond to inquiries within 48 hours of receipt so if you haven’t heard from us within that time frame, please check your spam folder or junkmail to make sure our reply hasn’t landed in there.

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Sissy

Sweet Sissy has quite a story to tell. This adorable little 2 year-old Beagle mix female was abandoned in a rural area with a fractured pelvis leaving her unable to walk. Her life was literally saved by another little Beagle mix named Buster. Whoever abandoned her in the woods left her with a plate of food but since she couldn’t move, she was trapped there and not visible to any passersby. The next day a couple came to the school to go jogging and Buster, who had been abandoned several weeks earlier and hanging around the school, followed them on their entire 3 mile run. They were planning to take him home with them but as they were finishing their run, he darted back into the woods. They thought that was odd so followed him and he led them to Sissy. As a result, both dogs were saved and came to Canine Lifeline to get a second chance! Sissy does have a fractured pelvis which likely happened some time before she was abandoned last September. Since the fracture was not fresh when she was found, it could not be repaired but she has had two surgeries since then to repair both hip joints to allow her to walk and give her a good quality of life. She is doing amazingly well considering all she’s been through! Sissy is now able to run around with other dogs, go for walks on a leash, and has a great time in her foster home. She will always need to pace herself and not go on long hikes or runs, but normal activity is fine for her. She weighs about 22 pounds now and will need to stay on the thin side so as not to put too much pressure on her joints. Sissy is an absolutely delightful little dog who can’t wait to be welcomed into a permanent new home. She’s crate-trained and likely to be housetrained as well. She and Buster get along well but don’t need to be adopted together. He is a little too rowdy for her but she loves other dogs who play a little more gently! Her adoption fee is $200. Sissy’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 Sissy. An approved application is required before we set up meets with any of our dogs. 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.

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Gunner

Gunner considers himself a very lucky pup indeed. This handsome 3 year-old Pointer/Lab mix male found himself homeless at an overcrowded rural county dog shelter and was very frightened there. He stayed in the corner of his kennel and refused to make eye contact with anyone. A shelter volunteer knew that Gunner would never get adopted at the shelter and felt sorry for him so started to spend more time with him. Within a few days, he started to trust her, would follow her around with a bright-eyed look and a wagging tail as if he knew there might be a future for him after all. Dogs don’t have much time at this constantly overcrowded shelter though and Gunner was on the euthanasia list within a few days. His human pal just couldn’t bear the thought of his life ending there so pulled out all the stops to find a rescue to take him on. We were contacted about Gunner and made arrangements for him to come to us. His pictures were taken the day he arrived and as you can see, he was very timid and shy in his new surroundings. A trip to the vet revealed that Gunner was heartworm positive so we’re very grateful that he came to us so that we could give him the lifesaving treatment that he needed. Gunner was treated for heartworms in late-November and did very well so is now ready to look for a permanent new home. He’s now very relaxed and comfortable in his foster home. He walks quite well on a leash now after having had no idea about leashes when he first arrived, is very good in his crate, and may be housetrained too although we can’t guarantee it. Gunner gets along very well with all other dogs he’s met and is on the submissive side with most of them. He just wants everyone to be his friend! He will do best with another dog in the home so he follow that dog’s lead and a secure fenced yard as he’s likely to be a little apprehensive at first in a new environment. Gunner bonds with new people very quickly though and once he does, is a real Velcro dog! He weighs about 55 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. Thanks to our “Have a Heart” donors for helping us save Gunner’s life! 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 Gunner. An approved application is required before we set up meets with any of our dogs. 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.

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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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