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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Brie-PENDING

Brie is a beautiful 7 year-old Sheltie with an outstanding disposition. Sadly, she found herself homeless at a rural county dog shelter at an age when she should be enjoying life in a home with her family. To make matters worse, the shelter discovered that Brie had several mammary growths which greatly reduced the chance that anyone there would want to adopt her. The good news for Brie is that they contacted Canine Lifeline for help so Brie made the trip to us to get the medical attention she needed. Brie was spayed and had her mammary growths removed the week of June 23. Brie had four growths removed; two were benign fatty lumps and two were mammary carcinomas (one low grade and one intermediate grade). The good news is that it appears that surgical excision completely removed the carcinomas. Her lymph nodes are normal and chest x-rays revealed no problems in her lungs so it appears that she is now cancer-free. Her new owner will need to be vigilant and keep on the look-out for any additional problems but for now, Brie is doing really well. After her arrival, it became apparent very quickly that Brie is deaf. She had her teeth cleaned and one tooth extracted in July so is now ready to start looking for a great new home. In spite of all she’s gone through, Brie always has a smile on her face and a wagging tail for her human friends. She gets along with other dogs too as long as they’re mellow and match her easy-going, low-key energy level. She walks beautifully on a leash, has excellent crate manners, and is likely to be housetrained. Brie weighs about 33 pounds and her adoption fee is $125. 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 Brie. An application must be submitted and approved 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 spam folder or junkmail to make sure our reply hasn’t landed in there.

Brie’s medical bills werel over $1000. Any and all donations to help with her medical expenses would be much appreciated. You may make a donation through our website or by sending a check to Canine Lifeline PO Box 25742 Garfield Hts OH 44125. Thanks from Brie and Canine Lifeline!

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Flynn-PENDING

Meet Flynn, a very sweet and gentle 2 year-old Lab/Shepherd mix male. He came into a rural county dog shelter as a stray and tested positive for heartworms there making his chances of finding a new home very slim so he came to Canine Lifeline to get the lifesaving treatment that he needed. Thanks to our ‘Have a Heart’ donors, Flynn was treated for heartworms the week of August 4 and is ready to find his forever home!  Flynn gets along well with other dogs and has been a perfect gentleman in his foster home as he recovers from heartworm treatment. He’s crate-trained and housetrained too.  He loves to play with toys and enjoys tossing them in the air.  Flynn’s looking forward to making a fresh start with a new family and living life as a cherished member of the family. He weighs about 45 pounds and his adoption fee is $200. He’s neutered, 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 Flynn.


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Elmo-PENDING

Elmo is one of the sweetest dogs you’re ever going to meet! He’s a 3 year-old Border Collie mix male with the most charming, gentle, and quiet disposition–definitely not your typical Border Collie! Elmo came to us as a stray from an overcrowded rural county dog shelter and, unfortunately, tested positive for heartworms once he arrived at Canine Lifeline.  Thanks to our ‘Have a Heart’ donors, he received the lifesaving medical treatment he needed at the end of July and is now ready to make a fresh start with a new family. Elmo did great with his 30 days of post-heartworm treatment cage rest and has excellent crate manners. He’s likely to be housetrained as well. Elmo is very dog-friendly and has been gentle and submissive with all other dogs that he’s met. He plays nicely with other dogs but is not overly rowdy. Elmo would make a great companion for a family with another dog but would also likely do fine as an only dog. He’s very loving and affectionate and we can’t wait to see him living the great life he deserves in his new home. Elmo weighs about 40 pounds and his adoption fee is $200. He’s neutered, 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 Elmo. 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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Boots

Boots is a 5-7 year-old Lab mix male with some white markings suggesting there might be something like Border Collie or Pointer in the mix. He was found as a stray and tested positive for heartworms making his chances of finding a new home very slim so he came to Canine Lifeline to get the lifesaving treatment that he needed. Thanks to our ‘Have a Heart’ donors, Boots was treated for heartworms the week of August 4 and is doing well with his 30 days of cage-rest so should be ready for adoption in early September. He’s a very kind and gentle dog who gets along well with other dogs as long as they’re not too rowdy with him. Boots can get over a four foot fence so a secure privacy fence would be perfect for him. He’s crate-trained and possibly housetrained too. Boots would be a great companion for a quiet, mature where he could put his days as a stray behind him and relax and enjoy life. Boots weighs about 48 pounds and his adoption fee is $125. He’s neutered, 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 Boots.

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Lilly

Sweet little Lilly is an adorable 1-2 year-old Beagle/Jack Russell Terrier mix female who was found as a stray in rural KY. She tested positive for heartworms there so when no owner came to claim her, she made the trip to Canine Lifeline to get the lifesaving treatment that she needs. Lilly is scheduled to begin heartworm treatment the week of August 18 so should be ready for adoption in late-September after 30 days of cage rest to recuperate. Lilly is wonderful with other dogs and all people that she’s met. She’s crate-trained and likely to be housetrained too. She has the cutest markings and is as charming as they come too. She deserves a family who’s going to cherish her and make sure she gets the very best care. Lilly weighs about 15 pounds and her adoption fee is $200. She’s spayed, currently 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. Thanks to our ‘Have a Heart’ donors for sponsoring Lilly’s heartworm treatment!

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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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