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!

Darcy-PENDING

This spunky little gal is Darcy, a Westie/Schnauzer mix female with enough moxie for a dog many times her size. She was turned into an overcrowded rural county dog shelter by her owners who said they were moving and not taking her with them. At 8-10 years of age, it’s tough for a dog to start over but Darcy took one day at a time and didn’t let her predicament get her down. Her owners did not provide her with much veterinary care as she came into the shelter with one eye in horrible shape. The pupil of one of her eyes was bright red at all times due to bleeding in the eyeball. Once she arrived here with us, trips to multiple veterinary clinics including a canine opthalmologist led us to the conclusion that her red eye should be removed. That was done several months ago and Darcy has recovered very well. She has cataracts in her remaining eye so has limited vision but gets around amazingly well even though she can likely only see shadows. In spite of being a senior, Darcy has no problem with her hearing. She sure responded to the squeaky toys that were used during her photo session. That sense seems to have stepped up to compensate for her limited vision. Darcy forms very strong attachments to her people so would love to have a home where someone is around much of the time. She loves to snuggle on the couch with her foster mom but is not your typical couch potato senior dog. Darcy also loves to go for walks and run around the yard. Once she figures out where things are she navigates the terrain very well. Darcy gets along with some dogs but can be very bossy with others. She likes to snarl and growl at the large American Bulldog in her foster home so isn’t lacking in bravado! Darcy has done well with housetraining in her foster home so should pick up the routine in her new home quickly. She weighs about 15 pounds and her adoption fee is $125. Darcy’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 Darcy. An approved application is required before we schedule 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.

Smokey-ADOPTED!

 

Meet Smokey, a handsome 2 year-old Puggle who came to Canine Lifeline from an overcrowded rural county dog shelter after testing positive for heartworms there. We were able to give him the lifesaving treatment that he needed in mid-June. Smokey did very well with his treatment—no complications at all—so is now ready to find himself a great new home. This fun-loving guy does great meeting new people and gets along with most other dogs although he can sometimes be a little selective about his canine friends. He’s doing much better with other dogs the longer he’s been in his foster home. Smokey would probably do fine as the only dog in his new home. Smokey’s favorite time of the day is mealtime! This pup’s got quite the appetite and will certainly make sure that the kitchen floor in his new home is crumb-free. He takes that job VERY seriously! Smokey has excellent crate manners and may be housetrained too although we can’t guarantee it. He’s going to make a very loyal friend for one lucky person or family. Smokey weighs about 26 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 Smokey. 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. Smokey’s heartworm treatment cost about $450. If you’d like to make a donation to help with his care so that we can save another dog in the future, please do so on our website at www.caninelifeline.org or by sending a check to Canine Lifeline, PO Box 25742, Garfield Hts OH 44125. Thank you from Smokey and Canine Lifeline!

Missy-ADOPTED!

Missy is a friendly and outgoing 2 year-old Jack Russell Terrier mix female who came to us as a heartworm positive stray from a rural county dog shelter. We got a big surprise upon her arrival as we found that Missy was pregnant and due to deliver pups in a matter of a week or two. On May 3, Missy gave birth to 5 healthy pups who have all been adopted. Once her pups were weaned, Missy went through heartworm treatment and has been spayed. She is now looking forward to finding a great new family where she can be a very pampered pup. Missy gets along well with other dogs and has been very friendly with all people that she meets. She has excellent crate manners and may be housetrained too although we can’t guarantee it. Missy loves to go for a walk and will make a great walking buddy. She settles down nicely after her walk and is more mellow than most JRTs. Missy weighs about 21 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 Missy. 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. Missy’s heartworm treatment cost about $450. If you’d like to make a donation to help with her care so that we can save another dog in the future, please do so on our website at www.caninelifeline.org or by sending a check to Canine Lifeline, PO Box 25742, Garfield Hts OH 44125. Thank you from Missy and Canine Lifeline!

Goldie-ADOPTED!

Goldie is a beautiful Golden Retriever mix female who came to us from an overcrowded rural county dog shelter as a heartworm positive stray.  She received her heartworm treatment in mid-July and did well with that so is now ready to find a great new home. Goldie has visited several different veterinarians and age estimates for her range from 2-5 years-old. Goldie is very affectionate with people and gets along well with other dogs too. Prior to coming into the shelter, she may have lived outside for most of her life so will need to continue to work on housetraining in her new home. She was on 30 days of cage rest post-heartworm treatment and did well with that so crate-training should also be continued in her new home. Goldie can be a little shy in new situations so will need a kind and patient family who will help her adjust to her new surroundings. Having another dog in her new home may help boost her confidence and ease the adjustment period too. She is learning to walk nicely on a leash and with a little more practice is sure to be walking like a pro. Goldie weighs about 65 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 Goldie. 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. Goldie’s heartworm treatment cost about $450. If you’d like to make a donation to help with her care so that we can save another dog in the future, please do so on our website at www.caninelifeline.org or by sending a check to Canine Lifeline, PO Box 25742, Garfield Hts OH 44125. Thank you from Goldie and Canine Lifeline!

Bryant-ADOPTED!

Bryant is a friendly and outgoing 3-4 year-old Mountain Cur mix male with handsome markings. This boy found himself in the unfortunate situation of not only being homeless at an overcrowded county dog shelter but heartworm positive as well making his chances of adoption almost nil. The shelter contacted us for help with him so he made the trip to Canine Lifeline to get the lifesaving treatment that he needed. Bryant went through heartworm treatment in late June and did very well so is now ready to find himself a great new home. On Bryant’s wish list is a home with people who love him, a comfy bed, regular meals, and fun walks around the neighborhood. Bryant gets along with other dogs but would probably be fine as the only dog in his new home too so he could get all the attention from his family. He does well in his crate so should pick up the housetraining routine quickly in his new home. Bryant weighs about 49 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 Bryant. 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. Bryant’s heartworm treatment cost about $450. If you’d like to make a donation to help with his care so that we can save another dog in the future, please do so on our website at www.caninelifeline.org or by sending a check to Canine Lifeline, PO Box 25742, Garfield Hts OH 44125. Thank you from Bryant and Canine Lifeline!

Libby-ADOPTED!

Meet Libby, a kind and gentle 3 year-old American Bulldog/Boxer mix female who came to Canine Lifeline from a local county dog shelter as a heartworm positive stray so she could get the lifesaving heartworm treatment that she needed. Libby went through heartworm treatment in early July and is now ready to find herself a great new family to love. While recuperating from heartworms, Libby has been in a foster home with other dogs and cats too and has done fine with everyone. She is crate-trained and had no accidents in her foster home. Her foster mom will sometimes leave her out of the crate when she goes out and Libby has been fine with that—no separation anxiety or chewing of anything in the home. Her favorite places to relax are on the couch and recliner so we are looking for a home for her where she can lounge on the furniture as that’s what she’s used to. She loves to roll around in the grass when outside so a nice fenced yard for her to explore would also be perfect for her. Libby also walks very nicely on a leash and will make a great walking buddy. She weighs about 60 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 Libby. 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. Libby’s heartworm treatment cost about $450. If you’d like to make a donation to help with her care so that we can save another dog in the future, please do so on our website at www.caninelifeline.org or by sending a check to Canine Lifeline, PO Box 25742, Garfield Hts OH 44125. Thank you from Libby and Canine Lifeline!

Reese

Reese is a 3 year-old Dalmatian mix male with a sweet disposition who came to us from a local county dog shelter as a heartworm positive stray. Reese looks like a Dalmatian with all the spots washed off except for a few on his ears! We think it’s safe to say that, prior to arriving at the shelter, Reese didn’t have a very nice life. Upon his arrival at the shelter, the staff immediately noticed that Reese had been debarked. He sounds a bit like a sea lion when he vocalizes. Reese had likely been chained up his entire life which often leads a dog to bark incessantly out of sheer frustration and boredom. So his previous owner must have had him debarked and put him back out on a chain to live his life. The best day of Reese’s life came when he somehow got loose and ended up at the dog shelter. When no one came to claim him, he made the trip to us to get the lifesaving heartworm treatment that he needed. Reese was treated for heartworms in May and did very well so is eager to find a new home where he can live as a pampered indoor companion. Following his heartworm treatment, Reese had to adjust to 30 days of cage rest, only going outside for brief periods to pee and poop. He had a hard time with that initially as he was not used to being crated but after a couple of weeks, picked up on that routine and did very well. He is crate-trained now and should probably continue that in his new home while he gets used to a new routine. Reese gets along well with other dogs so might enjoy a home with a canine pal to show him the ropes. He can get over a four-foot fence so will need to be kept on a leash or have a tall privacy fence to keep him safe at home. He just can’t wait to experience how wonderful a dog’s life can and should be with a new family. Reese weighs about 55 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 Reese. 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. Reese’s heartworm treatment cost about $450. If you’d like to make a donation to help with his care so that we can save another dog in the future, please do so on our website at www.caninelifeline.org or by sending a check to Canine Lifeline, PO Box 25742, Garfield Hts OH 44125. Thank you from Spuds and Canine Lifeline!

Bentley

Meet Bentley, a very friendly and outgoing 3 year-old Hound mix male with a sweet face and a fantastic disposition. Bentley found himself homeless at a rural county dog shelter which is tough enough but he also tested positive for heartworms there making it almost impossible for him to get a second chance. Fortunately, the shelter volunteers contacted us for help with him so he made the trip to Canine Lifeline so he would be able to get the lifesaving treatment that he needed and make a fresh start with a new family. Bentley was treated for heartworms in mid-July and will be ready for adoption on Friday August 19, at the end of his 30 days of cage-rest post-heartworm treatment. We just can’t say enough good things about this dog! He has been a perfect gentleman in his foster home—excellent crate manners and possibly housetrained too although we can’t guarantee it. He gets along very well with other dogs of all sizes. Bentley loves attention from his human friends and has been quite well-mannered when meeting new people. He will probably need a little more work on the leash but it won’t be long before he’s walking like a pro. He gets a little excited meeting kitties so a cat-free home might be best for him. Please check out his video at the link below. Bentley weighs about 60 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 Bentley. 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. Bentley’s heartworm treatment cost about $450. If you’d like to make a donation to help with his care so that we can save another dog in the future, please do so on our website at www.caninelifeline.org or by sending a check to Canine Lifeline, PO Box 25742, Garfield Hts OH 44125. Thank you from Bentley and Canine Lifeline!


Spuds

Spuds is a very cute 1 year-old Border Collie/Beagle mix male with lots of spunk. He tested positive for heartworms at a rural county dog shelter which would have meant euthanasia there since they don’t have the resources to save HW positive dogs. Fortunately for Spuds, a shelter volunteer reached out to us for help with him so he made the trip to Canine Lifeline to get the lifesaving treatment that he needed. Spuds was treated for heartworms in late April and did very well so is now ready to find a permanent home. As cute as he is, Spuds has a bit of a stubborn, independent streak so will do best in a home with a dog-experienced person or family. He gets along well with the other dogs in his foster home but can be a little reactive when meeting new dogs on a leash. That seems to be improving a bit now that it’s been a number of weeks since he was neutered but his new family will want to work with him on obedience training. Spuds has excellent crate manners (although he’s not very fond of his crate!) and may be housetrained too although we can’t guarantee it. He would do best in a home with a secure fenced yard. Spuds weighs about 35 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 Spuds. 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. Spuds’ heartworm treatment cost about $450. If you’d like to make a donation to help with his care so that we can save another dog in the future, please do so on our website at www.caninelifeline.org or by sending a check to Canine Lifeline, PO Box 25742, Garfield Hts OH 44125. Thank you from Spuds and Canine Lifeline!

 

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!