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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Brady-PENDING

This sweet and lovable 3 year-old Lab mix male is Brady. He came into an overcrowded rural county dog shelter as a stray and, when he wasn’t claimed, made the trip to Canine Lifeline to find a new family to love. It’s so fortunate that he came to us because upon arrival Brady tested positive for heartworms. Thanks to our “Have a Heart” donors we were able to provide him with the lifesaving treatment he needed. Brady did very well with his treatment and adjusted beautifully to his 30 days of cage-rest  post-heartworm treatment. He’s such a gentleman!–great with everyone he’s met including people and other dogs of all sizes. Brady has excellent crate manners and may be housetrained too although we can’t guarantee it. He loves attention from people and has quite a calm and gentle demeanor. We can’t wait to see Brady enjoying life with a great new family! He weighs about 50 pounds and his adoption fee is $200. Brady’s neutered, 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 Brady. An approved application is required before we schedule meets with any of our dogs. We try to respond to all inquiries within 48 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.

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Goldie-PENDING

Goldie is a lovely 3-4 year-old Golden Retriever mix female who came into an overcrowded rural county dog shelter as a stray. When she wasn’t claimed, she made the trip to Canine Lifeline to find a new family to love. We’re so glad she did because upon arrival she tested positive for heartworms. She went through heartworm treatment at our vet in early November and did very well with her 30 days of cage rest so is now ready to find a permanent new home. This sweet dog is a real gem! She’s gentle and friendly with all people that she’s met and great with other dogs too both large and small. Goldie is crate-trained and may be housetrained but we can’t guarantee it. She’s sure to be a fabulous companion for one very lucky family. Thanks to our “Have a Heart” donors for helping us save Goldie’s life! Goldie weighs about 65 pounds and her adoption fee is $200. She’s spayed, 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 Goldie. An approved application is required before we schedule meets with any of our dogs. We try to respond to all inquiries within 48 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.

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Cubby

Cubby is a friendly and outgoing 1 year-old Beagle mix male who had the misfortune of coming into an overcrowded rural county dog shelter as a stray and testing positive for heartworms there. The shelter doesn’t have the resources to treat a dog for heartworms so they asked Canine Lifeline for help with him. Cubby made the trip to us and was treated for heartworms in early November. He did very well with his treatment and is now ready to find a permanent new home with a family who’ll take great care of him and keep him protected from heartworm disease. Cubby gets along great with other dogs so would enjoy a home with another canine pal or two. He is crate-trained and possibly housetrained too although we can’t guarantee it. Cubby is very food-motivated so will be easy to train. He would do best with a secure fenced yard to keep him safe and prevent that Beagle nose from catching a scent and wandering away. Cubby weighs about 27 pounds and his adoption fee is $200. Thanks to our “Have a Heart” donors for helping us save Cubby’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 Cubby. An approved application is required before we schedule meets with any of our dogs. We try to respond to 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.

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Anna

Looking for a dog who’ll stick by your side no matter what? That’s our Anna, a 4-5 year-old Beagle/Shepherd mix female who came to us from an overcrowded rural county dog shelter as a heartworm positive stray. Prior to making the trip to Canine Lifeline, she was in a foster home for about a week and her foster mom raved about what a nice dog she was–she seemed to be housetrained, was quiet and well-mannered, and very affectionate too. That’s been our experience with this sweet dog too. Anna is quite camera-shy though so it’s been hard to get good photos of her. She’s a cutie with a chunky little body and a nub tail and is about the size of a Beagle at 25 pounds with the coloring of a Shepherd.  Anna went through heartworm treatment in early November and did great so is now ready to find a permanent new home. She strikes us as one of those dogs who will walk right into her new house, find the most comfy spot to nap, and make herself right at home. Anna is great with other dogs but would probably be fine as an only dog too as she really enjoys attention from people. She’s sure to be a great friend for one very lucky family. Her adoption fee is $200. She’s spayed, current 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 Anna’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 Anna. An approved application is required before we schedule meets with any of our dogs. We try to respond to all inquiries within 48 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.

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Gretta

Gretta is a very friendly and outgoing 2 year-old Boxer spayed female who was abandoned at a local county dog shelter along with another Boxer. Unfortunately, Gretta tested positive for heartworms there so the shelter asked Canine Lifeline for help with her. She came to us along with her friend Harpo who was quickly adopted as he was heartworm negative. Gretta went through lifesaving heartworm treatment in mid-November and has done very well so is now ready for a new home. She’s got lots of energy as most young Boxers do but she adjusted well to her 30 days of cage rest post-heartworm treatment. She may be housetrained too although we can’t guarantee it. Gretta does well with other dogs and has that typical silly, fun-loving Boxer disposition. She’s as sweet as can be but will need a family who can work with her on leash manners and obedience. She’s eager to please though so training should be fun with her. Gretta weighs about 50 pounds and her adoption fee is $200. Thanks to our “Have a Heart” donors for helping us save Gretta’s life! She’s spayed, 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 Goldie. An approved application is required before we schedule meets with any of our dogs. We try to respond to all inquiries within 48 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.

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Hershey

Hershey is a sweet and lovable 2 year-old Chocolate Lab male who had the double misfortune of coming into a county dog shelter as a stray and testing positive for heartworms there making his chances for adoption very slim. One of the shelter volunteers contacted Canine Lifeline for help with him so he made the trip to us to get the lifesaving treatment that he needed. Hershey was treated for heartworms in mid-November and did great so is now ready to find a permanent new home and a family to love. He is a little shy and submissive in new situations but it doesn’t take him long to come out of his shell when he knows someone wants to be his friend. He’s quite a lap dog and a cuddler!  He gets along great with other dogs and now that he’s being given a little more freedom after heartworm treatment, he’s enjoying playing with others. It’s apparent that no one really worked with Hershey before so he’s going to need work on obedience training, learning not to jump on people, housetraning, and walking on a leash. He’s very eager to please and food motivated though so training him should be a rewarding experience for all involved. Thanks to our “Have a Heart” donors for helping us save Hershey’s life! Hershey weighs about 65 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. 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 Hershey. An approved application is required before we schedule meets with any of our dogs. We try to respond to all inquiries within 48 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.

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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 needed. Micah had heartworm treatment in early October and did great so is now ready to find a permanent home. Micah just LOVES playing with other dogs. He’ll wrestle with anyone who’ll engage with him–big or little dogs–so we are looking for a home for him with another playful young dog or two. He wouldn’t do well left alone for long work days as a single dog. He has excellent crate manners and did well with his 30 days of cage rest post-heartworm treatment. He may be housetrained as well although we can’t guarantee it. 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 is now close to his ideal weight of about 45-50 pounds. His adoption fee is $200. Micah 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 Micah. An approved application is required before we schedule 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 spam folder or junkmail to make sure our reply hasn’t landed in there.

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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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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