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!

Palmer-PENDING

Palmer is a very friendly and outgoing 1 year-old Golden Retriever mix male with a short coat who was found tied to the fence at a rural county dog shelter one morning. He had a badly injured leg so was immediately take to a local vet where the huge gash in his side and leg was stitched up. Amazingly, x-rays showed no broken bones so when Palmer was cleared for travel, he made the trip to Canine Lifeline for follow-up vet care and lots of TLC in a foster home. Unfortunately, Palmer had suffered serious nerve damage in that leg as a result of whatever accident he had encountered—likely hit by car. He had a lot of difficulty dragging that useless leg behind him so our vet advised that amputation would be the best course for him. Now that Palmer is about 2-3 weeks post-amputation, he is doing so much better. He gets around much easier without that damaged leg and is ready to start looking for a permanent new home. Palmer has done well with the other dogs in his foster home but can be protective of his food around them so may enjoy being the only dog in his new home. He’s very affectionate and friendly with people and loves to cuddle with his friends. Palmer walks nicely on a leash and will benefit from lots of walks around the block as he gets used to maneuvering on three legs.  He also has excellent crate manners and is likely housetrained too although we can’t guarantee it. He is a camera shy boy who is much more handsome in person with his beautiful red coat and big brown eyes. Most of his pics were taken shortly after his arrival and before his leg was amputated. The pic showing the amputation was taken about 2.5 weeks after surgery. Palmer weighs about 42 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 Palmer. An approved application is required before we schedule meets with any of our dogs. We 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. Palmer’s medical care cost about $750 so if you’d like to make a donation to our medical fund so that we may help another dog like Palmer in the future, you may do so by clicking the DONATE button on our website at www.caninelifeline.org or mailing a check to Canine Lifeline, PO Box 25742, Garfield Hts OH 44125. Thank you!

Lilly

Lilly is a gorgeous 6 year-old girl with a unique look. Our best guess on breed mix is Shepherd/Corgi but there are likely other breeds in the mix too. She has a very thick Shepherd type coat but short legs like a Corgi. You’ll never see another dog quite like Lilly! This beauty was turned into an overcrowded county dog shelter by her owners who were moving and couldn’t take her. Ordinarily, that would be a very sad story but ironically, that proved to be a very lucky day for Lilly. Her previous owners had not provided her with basic preventative care including annual heartworm testing and monthly heartworm preventative so, not surprisingly, she tested positive for heartworms at the shelter. Had she stayed with her owners, she would eventually have developed symptoms of heart failure and died a painful death. So, unbeknownst to her, it was a truly lucky day when she was surrendered to the shelter. Fortunately for her, the shelter reached out for help for her and she made the trip to Canine Lifeline to get the lifesaving treatment that she needed. Lilly came through her heartworm treatment very well and is now ready to find herself a great new home where she will always receive the care she needs and never be neglected. Lilly was very shy initially but over her two month recuperation period has become very comfortable with us and is now a very happy and outgoing dog. Now that’s she off of her strict cage rest, Lilly is able to play with other dogs and really enjoys wrestling with other dogs of all sizes so she might enjoy having a canine pal in her new home. Lilly has excellent crate manners and is likely to be housetrained too although we can’t guarantee it. She walks nicely on a leash and is sure to turn a lot of heads in her new neighborhood. This beautiful girl can’t wait to begin the next chapter of her life with a new family. Lilly weighs about 51 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 Lilly. 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.

Lilly’s heartworm treatment cost about $750. If you’d like to make a donation to help with her care so that we may 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 Lilly and Canine Lifeline!

Harper

Meet Harper, a very distinguished looking 3 year-old German Shepherd/Norwegian Elkhound mix male. That’s our best guess on breed mix as Harper was a stray at an overcrowded rural county dog shelter so we don’t have any history on him or know for sure what his breed mix is. Sadly, he tested positive for heartworms at the shelter making it virtually impossible for him to attract an adopter there. He made the trip to Canine Lifeline so he could get the lifesaving treatment that he needed. Harper has gone through heartworm treatment and done very well so is now ready to find himself a permanent new home. This sweet boy has been a real gentleman in his foster home. He has excellent crate manners so should pick up the housetraining rules in his new home without much difficulty. Harper gets along well with other dogs but seems to prefer calm female dogs as his best canine friends. He walks quite well on a leash and with a little more practice is soon going to be an excellent walking and hiking buddy for his new family. It looks like Harper suffered an injury to his face at some time in the past as he is missing a few teeth and his jaw is a little crooked. We think his lopsided smile only adds to his charm. Harper weighs about 54 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 Harper. 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. Harper’s heartworm treatment cost about $750. If you’d like to make a donation to help with his care so that we may 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 Harper and Canine Lifeline!

Gracie

Gracie is a beautiful 2 year-old Shepherd/Lab mix female with perhaps a little Border Collie in the mix too. She found herself homeless at a rural county dog shelter and was having difficulty finding a home due to chronic ear infections that her previous owner had left untreated. As a result, Gracie had a huge amount of scar tissue in each ear and the shelter vet said that her ears were the worst case they’d ever seen. The shelter sought a rescue for Gracie so she could receive the medical attention she needed. Gracie made the trip to Canine Lifeline and our vet agreed that her ears needed surgical attention. Gracie underwent a partial ear canal ablation followed by laser surgery to remove as much of the scar tissue as possible. Opening up her ear canals has dramatically increased her comfort level and she’s now able to live a much better quality of life. She will need to have her ears cleaned with an antibacterial/antifungal wash on a weekly basis but she’s used to that now and is very tolerant of it. Gracie gets along well with other dogs and is very friendly when meeting new people too. She has excellent crate manners and  may be housetrained too although we can’t guarantee it. She walks nicely on a leash and would make a great walking or hiking buddy. Gracie’s a smart girl who’s eager to experience how wonderful a dog’s life can and should be with a new person or family who will see that she is never neglected again. Gracie weighs about 50 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 Gracie. 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. Gracie’s vet bills cost about $1,000. If you’d like to make a donation for her care so that we may help another dog in need, please visit our website at www.caninelifeline.org to make an online donation or send a check to Canine Lifeline, PO Box 25742, Garfield Hts OH 44125. Thank you from Gracie and Canine Lifeline!

Lacey-PENDING

Lacey is a bright-eyed and alert 2 year-old all-American mutt (the best kind!) who’s a great size at only about 32 pounds. She came into a local county dog shelter as a stray. Her owners were located but when the shelter told them that Lacey was heartworm positive, they did not come for her. This sweet girl definitely deserves better humans than that so the shelter reached out to us for help with her. Lacey made the trip to Canine Lifeline to get the lifesaving heartworm treatment that she needed and has just finished up her two month treatment. She did very well with that and is now ready to start looking for a permanent new home. Lacey has been an absolute gem in her foster home and a very patient girl as she went through 60 days of cage rest during her recuperation period. She gets along very well with other dogs and has been very friendly with all people that she meets. Lacey is very food-motivated so the way to this girl’s heart is with a bag of treats! Lacey will need some obedience training as she does like to pull on the leash. An EZ-Walk harness will help her enjoy her walks more as she works on her leash skills. Lacey loves to ride in the car and is a great size at only about 32 pounds. 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 Lacey. 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. Lacey’s heartworm treatment cost about $650. If you’d like to make a donation to help with her care so that we may 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 Lacey and Canine Lifeline!

Rex

Rex is a very handsome 3 year-old Great Pyrenees/Cattledog mix male who came to us from a rural county dog shelter. Several months prior to entering the shelter, he had shown up on someone’s doorstep in a rural area and lived there for a couple of months before the property owners decided they had too many dogs and Rex had to go. He has double dewclaws on his back paws characteristic of the Great Pyr breed but is a great size at only about 45 pounds. Once here with us, we found that Rex had congenital hip dysplasia with one side being significantly worse than the other. Rex had femoral head ostectomy surgery in mid-April to repair one of his hip sockets and has been enjoying life in a foster home since then. Rex gets along well with other dogs and can run and play with the best of them now. He is under no exercise restrictions and the more he can do to strengthen his leg, the better. Lots of leash walking in his new home would be ideal. Rex can be a little protective of his food around other dogs at mealtime so if there are other dogs in his new home, mealtime would need to be managed. In his foster home, he eats in his crate and does well with that. Rex has excellent crate manners so should pick up the housetraining routine quickly in his new home. He has met kitties at the vet clinic and seemed fine with them so would likely be able to live in a home with cats. This boy is looking forward to an active and full life with his new family. He weighs about 45 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 Rex. An approved application is required before we schedule meets with any of our dogs. We 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. Rex’s hip surgery cost about $900 so if you’d like to make a donation to help with his medical expenses so that we may save another dog like Rex in the future, please visit our website at www.caninelifeline.org to make an online donation or send a check to Canine Lifeline, PO Box 25742, Garfield Hts OH 44125. Thanks from Rex and Canine Lifeline!

Chester

Chester is a very cute 5 year-old Collie/Shepherd mix male with a bobtail who’s a great size at only about 26 pounds. This bright-eyed and alert dog found himself not only homeless at an overcrowded county dog shelter but also heartworm positive making his chances of adoption almost nil. Chester made the trip to Canine Lifeline to get the lifesaving treatment that he needed. After two rounds of immiticide injection to kill the adult worms followed by 2 months of cage rest, Chester is now ready to find himself a great new home. He gets along well with other dogs but might be fine in his new home as an only dog provided his family has lots of time to spend with him. Chester may need some work on housetraining in his new home as it is likely he lived outside prior to coming to Canine Lifeline. While he was recuperating from heartworm treatment, Chester learned to relax in a crate and has done well with crate-training. He’s eager to experience just how wonderful a dog’s life can and should be with a new family. His adoption fee is $200. Chester’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 Chester. 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. Chester’s heartworm treatment cost about $650. If you’d like to make a donation to help with his care so that we may 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 Chester and Canine Lifeline!

Shelby

Shelby is a bright-eyed and alert 1 year-old Lab mix female who had the misfortune of testing positive for heartworms which virtually eliminated her chance of adoption at a rural county dog shelter. The shelter didn’t have the resources to treat her so asked Canine Lifeline for help with her. Shelby has completed her heartworm treatment with us and adjusted very well to the two months of cage rest required during her recuperation. She’s now ready to start having some fun! Shelby loves other dogs and would love to have a canine pal in her new home. She’s very exuberant when she first meets someone but she settles down nicely after you spend a few minutes with her. Shelby will need some work on the leash as she loves to charge ahead and explore. She has a very cute bunny hop to her step when she’s excited. Shelby keeps her crate spotless so is may be housetrained although we can’t guarantee it. She’s going to make a very loyal and devoted companion for one very lucky person or family. Shelby weighs about 40 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 Shelby. 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. Shelby’s heartworm treatment cost about $650. If you’d like to make a donation to help with her care so that we may 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 Shelby and Canine Lifeline!

Oscar

Your heart really goes out to this sweet boy who was found running down a road in a rural area. A good Samaritan stopped to pick him up and found that he had likely been hit by a car as he was full of scrapes and scratches and had a badly injured eye. No owner was located so Oscar, a 3 year-old Schnauzer mix male, came to Canine Lifeline to get the medical attention that he needed. A visit to our vet revealed that he had lost all vision in his eye due to a detached retina so his damaged eye was removed. The other injuries he suffered were superficial and they have all healed nicely. Oscar is a very sweet boy who loves his human friends but is nervous around small children so needs a mature family. He’s a little tentative around other dogs right now because of the loss of his eye. He may enjoy being the only dog in his new home but if there is another dog, it should be a calm and mature dog who won’t try to roughhouse with Oscar. Oscar has excellent crate manners so is likely to be housetrained although we can’t guarantee it. He also walks very nicely on a leash so will be a great walking buddy. Oscar had laser focus on the kitties at the vet clinic so we are looking for a cat-free home for him. Oscar weighs about 38 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 Oscar. An approved application is required before we schedule meets with any of our dogs. We 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. Oscar’s medical care cost about $400 so if you’d like to make a donation to our medical fund to help another dog like Oscar in the future, you may do so by clicking the DONATE button on our website at www.caninelifeline.org or mailing a check to Canine Lifeline, PO Box 25742, Garfield Hts OH 44125. Thank you!

Sam

Sam is a 3 year-old SharPei/Lab mix male who has had a really rough life. Oddly enough, his big break came when he arrived at a county dog shelter as a stray last fall. The poor guy arrived at the shelter in an emaciated state with skin and coat in horrible condition and nasty eye infections due to entropion (inverted eyelids) in both eyes. The shelter was not able to get him the medical attention that he needed so they asked us for help with him. Sam arrived shortly before Christmas and immediately started treatment to clear up the bacterial and fungal infections in his skin. Once healthy enough, Sam underwent surgery in February to correct his inverted eyelids. That surgery has made a world of different to him. He now is able to live a much better quality of life without having his eyelids constantly rubbing against his eyeballs. His photos were taken recently and show that he is now in great condition and ready to find himself a wonderful new home. Sam gets along well with other dogs but likely wouldn’t mind being a single dog so he could get all the attention that he never had in the past. He has excellent crate manners and should pick up the housetraining routine in his new home fairly quickly. Having been food-deprived in the past, Sam really looks forward to mealtime and is super food-motivated. Sam is a pro at catching treats on the fly! He will also sit on command and is eager to learn lots more in his new home. Sam will need more work on his leash manners as he hasn’t had much experience in that area yet. An EZ-Walk harness will help with his training. Sam can’t wait to experience how wonderful a dog’s life can and should be in his very own home. He weighs about 52 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 had a recent dental cleaning at our vet and now flashes a pearly white smile. 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 Sam. An approved application is required before we schedule meets with any of our dogs. We 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.

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!