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!

Rosie-PENDING

This sweet girl is Rose, a 2-3 year-old Boxer spayed female who is one of three Boxers who were turned into a rural county dog shelter by their owner. All three tested positive for heartworms making it almost impossible for them to get adopted there so they all came to Canine Lifeline to get the lifesaving treatment that they needed. Thanks to the generosity of our “Have a Heart” donors, Rosie was treated for heartworms in mid-March and did great so is now ready to find a permanent new home.  She adjusted beautifully to her 30 days of cage rest post-heartworm treatment. Rosie may need a little work on housetraining in her new home but she’s very food-motivated and eager to please so should catch on to her new routine quickly.  Rosie gets along well with dogs of all sizes but might not mind being the only dog in the family so she can make up for lost time and soak up all the attention she can get.  Show Rosie how wonderful a dog’s life can and should be and you’ll have a best friend for life! Rosie weighs about 45 pounds and her adoption fee is $200. She’s spayed, currently on monthly heartworm negative, 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 Rosie. 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 don’t feel comfortable placing any in homes with kids less than 4-5 years old. 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.

April-PENDING

This beautiful little 2-3 year-old Beagle is April. You won’t find a kinder, more gentle girl which makes it doubly sad that she tested positive for heartworms at a rural county dog shelter. That diagnosis made it virtually impossible for her to get adopted so the shelter reached out to us for help with her. April made the trip to Canine Lifeline and received lifesaving heartworm treatment in mid-June. She came through the treatment with flying colors so is now ready to make a fresh start with a family who will commit to taking the best care of her. April gets along great with other dogs and is friendly with all people that she meets. She is going to need work on housetraining in her new home as it seems that she never learned that wherever she lived before coming into the shelter. As a result, she will need someone who is home much of the time to work with her on a consistent basis and take her outside frequently. It might help her to have another dog in the home too. Crate-training isn’t really an option for her as she does have accidents in her crate. She’s a lovely girl who needs a kind and patient family to help her make up for a rough start in life. With lots of love and TLC, she’s certain to blossom in her new home and be a great companion for years to come. April weighs about 23 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 April. 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. Thanks to our “Have a Heart” donors for helping us save April’s life! Please honor April by making sure your dog(s) are on heartworm preventative and encouraging friends and family to do the same for their dogs.

Jose-PENDING

Jose is the sweetest, most gentle, kind, and affectionate little brown mutt you’re ever going to meet. He was in danger of losing his life at a county dog shelter after being diagnosed with heartworms there. Joe is about 7 years-old and although the shelter called him a Beagle mix, we don’t see much Beagle in his family tree. He’s truly a Heinz-57 whose breed mix is anyone’s guess at this point. Jose was treated for heartworms in mid July and is now ready to find a permanent new home. He is the perfect gentleman in his foster home—excellent in his crate, likely housetrained although we can’t guarantee it, great with other dogs, and very quiet and well-mannered. When he wants to get your attention, he doesn’t bark—rather he talks to you with a very sweet low voice. It’s really very charming! Jose was a little afraid of the camera so you’ll have to meet him in person to see just how adorable he is. We know that he’s going to make a fantastic companion for the person or family who appreciates all of his fine qualities as much as we do. Jose weighs about 29 pounds and his adoption fee is $125. 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 Jose. 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. Thanks for our “Have a Heart” donors for helping us save Jose’s life!

Jay

Jay is a very happy and outgoing 2 year-old boy who came to us from a rural county dog shelter when his time was up. He had been there awhile and was faced with euthanasia due to shelter overcrowding when we were asked to help him. The shelter called him a Mountain Cur mix and he’s got a very slim build but he may have some Pittie in his family tree too. Jay came to us with a pronounced limp on one front leg. A trip to our vet revealed that he had a broken front toe which had happened months ago and healed in such a way that it was causing him much discomfort. The best course of action was to have that toe removed and allow him to start using that leg again. Now that he’s a few weeks post-surgery, he’s starting to walk on that leg again and is getting more comfortable with it each day. Jay makes friends wherever he goes and was a huge hit at the vet clinic when he was there. He wants to greet everyone he meets with a hug and a big smile. Jay gets along very well with other dogs but might be fine as the only dog in the home too since he really looks forward to attention from people. He has excellent crate manners and may be housetrained too although we can’t guarantee it. Jay weighs about 35 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 also had his teeth cleaned when he had surgery to remove his toe so has a beautiful pearly white smile now. 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 Jay. 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. Jay’s vet bills totaled about $350. If you’d like to make a donation to help with his care, please do so on our website or by sending a check to Canine Lifeline, PO Box 25742, Garfield Hts OH 44125. Thanks from Jay and Canine Lifeline!

Precious

Precious is a sweet and affectionate 2 year-old girl whose breed mix is anyone’s guess. There might be some Jack Russell Terrier in the mix but she’s larger than that so perhaps she’s mixed with some type of Hound. She’s a very quiet girl though and rarely says a word in her foster home. Only a DNA test will sort this out! No matter her breed mix, Precious is a lovely dog who’s making the most of the second chance she’s been given. She found herself homeless at a rural county dog shelter where it’s very tough for dogs to get a second chance at a happy life. When they’re diagnosed with heartworms as she was, that reduces the chances for adoption to zero for all practical purposes. Fortunately, the shelter was fond of this girl so they reached out to us for help with her. Precious came to us and had lifesaving heartworm treatment in mid-June. She did beautifully through the treatment and had no complications so is now ready to find a wonderful new family to love. Precious gets along great with other dogs, has excellent crate manners so may be housetrained, and is friendly and affectionate with all people that she meets. We only have good things to say about her and are sure that you’ll be as impressed with her as we’ve been once you meet her. Precious weighs about 32 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 Precious. 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. Thanks to our “Have a Heart” donors for helping us save Precious’ life! Please honor Precious by making sure your dog(s) are on heartworm preventative and encouraging friends and family to do the same for their dogs.

Bob

Looking for a young Lab who greets every day with great enthusiasm? Then Bob might be just the pup you’re looking for. He’s a 1 year-old Lab mix with beautiful brown highlights and a cute bobtail who came to us from an overcrowded rural county dog shelter. Once he arrived here with us, we saw that he had a funny gait and seemed to bunny hop when he moved quickly. X-rays at our vet revealed that Bob has congenital hip dysplasia with one hip socket worse than the other. In other to give him a better quality of life, we had surgery done on his hip to reconfigure the hip joint and give him a greater range of mobility. He’s recovering from surgery now and doing very well. We expect that he’ll be ready for adoption in late August. This kid isn’t letting the fact that he’s had some obstacles in his young life get him down. He loves other dogs and toys of all kinds. Bob enjoys meeting new people and has a big smile and full-body wag for all of his friends. He has excellent crate manners and may be housetrained too although we can’t guarantee it. Bob also loves a challenge so once he’s recovered from his surgery he would enjoy obedience training with his new family. He has great leash manners and is going to make a fantastic walking buddy. Bob weighs about 50 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. 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 Bob. An approved application is required before we set up meets with any of our dogs. Our dogs come to us from county dog pounds so we have no history on them. We also have no foster homes with small children so we aren’t comfortable placing any of them in homes with kids less than 4-5 years-old. 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. Bob’s medical expenses totaled about $1000. If you’d like to make a donation to help with his care, you may donate on our website or send a check to Canine Lifeline, PO Box, 25742, Garfield Hts OH 44125.

Reggie

The handsome Black Lab with the charming smile is Reggie, a 7-8 year-old boy who came to us as a stray from a local county dog shelter after having tested positive for heartworms there. Reggie was treated for heartworms in early February and did very well so is now ready to find himself a permanent new home. He has perfect crate manners and may be housetrained too although we can’t guarantee it. Reggie gets along well with other dogs but doesn’t enjoy having to put up with young, active, overly exuberant young dogs. He would do best as a single dog in his new home or with another older, more mature, calm dog. We don’t know what his previous life was like but Reggie’s dream home includes a big cozy dog bed and lots of walks around his new neighborhood. He’d like a quiet home too without a lot of commotion. Reggie’s going to be forever grateful to the person who gives him a wonderful home where he can relax and enjoy his golden years! He weighs about 65 pounds and his adoption fee is $125. Reggie’s neutered, current on monthly heartworm negative, 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 Reggie. An approved application is required before schedule meets with any of our dogs. Our dogs come to us from county dog pounds so we have no history on them. We also have no foster homes with small children so we aren’t comfortable placing any of them in homes with kids less than 4-5 years-old. We try to respond to all inquiries within 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!