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

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.

Gunner

Gunner is now heartworm negative!!

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. 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.

Pepper-PENDING

Looking for a big lovable Lab? Then look no further than Pepper, a 3-4 year-old gem of a dog who came to us as a heartworm positive stray from a local county dog shelter. We don’t have any history on Pepper’s previous life but he came into the shelter already neutered so must have been cared for at some point in his life. He is the most kind and gentle dog who impresses everyone he meets. We’re so glad the shelter reached out to us for help with Pepper as it would have been a shame to lose him to heartworm disease. Pepper had heartworm treatment in February and did great so is ready to find himself a great new home. The staff at the vet clinic was amazed at his sweet disposition while he was with them for treatment. Pepper’s a big boy at about 70 pounds but has a little longer body and somewhat shorter legs than a purebred Lab so there’s likely a little bit of something else in the mix. Pepper has excellent crate manners and is very likely to be housetrained too. He’s been reported to enjoy chasing cats but we haven’t seen that behavior ourselves. He gets along great with other dogs of all sizes. Pepper’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 Pepper. 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. Thanks to our ‘Have a Heart’ donors for helping us save Pepper’s life!

Zack

Say hello to Zack, a 2-3 year-old Boxer neutered male 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, Zack was treated for heartworms in mid-March and did great so is now ready to find a permanent new home.  He adjusted beautifully to his 30 days of cage rest post-heartworm treatment and may be housetrained too although we can’t guarantee it. Zack gets along well with dogs of all sizes as long as they’re not too rowdy. He doesn’t appreciate youngsters jumping on him and prefers his canine companions to be of the quiet, calm sort. Zack loves people so would probably be fine as the only dog in the home so that he could get all the attention he knows he deserves!  Zack is ready to make a fresh start with a new family and is eager to experience lots of adventures with his new family. He weighs about 55 pounds and his adoption fee is $200. Zack’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 Zack. 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.

Reno

Reno is a fabulous 2 year-old little guy who may be a mix of Dachshund/Chihuahua/???. Your guess is as good as ours but whatever breeds are in his family tree, the result is a friendly and outgoing little dog with a heart of gold. Before coming to Canine Lifeline, Reno spent several months at a vet tech training program helping the students learn how to handle a dog in a clinic setting. You can be sure that if he maintained a great attitude with lots of poking and prodding from the students, that he can handle just about anything. The staff gave him a glowing recommendation! When they found out that he was heartworm positive, they were very discouraged as they were faced with having to return him to the high-kill shelter he originally came from once his time was up at the school. With heartworms, he would have been euthanized there so they got busy searching for a rescue to take him. We’re so grateful they reached out to us so that we could give this deserving little dog a second chance. Thanks to our generous “Have a Heart” donors, Reno received lifesaving heartworm treatment in early March and is now ready to find himself a permanent new home. In addition to being very friendly with new people, Reno also enjoys playing with other dogs of all sizes so probably would enjoy a home with a canine companion or two to pal around with. Reno has excellent crate manners and may be housetrained too although we can’t guarantee it. He weighs about 18 pounds and his adoption fee is $200. Reno’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 Reno. 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.

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.

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. 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.

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. 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.

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. 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 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.

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. 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 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.

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!