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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Brooks-PENDING

Meet Brooks, a very gentle 2 year-old Lab/Shep/Hound mix with a heart of gold. Unfortunately, he tested positive for heartworms at an overcrowded rural county shelter which usually means euthanasia and no chance for a future. Lucky for him, the shelter volunteers realized what a wonderful dog he was and reached out to us for help with him. Brooks made the trip to Canine Lifeline to receive the lifesaving treatment that he needs. His treatment began the week of June 9 and he did great so is now neutered and ready to find a terrific new home. We’ve been so impressed with this sweet dog. He’s kind and gentle with all dogs he’s met including those much smaller than he is. He also loves meeting people but seems a little surprised when people are kind to him. Brooks likes to think of himself as a lap dog and will snuggle and give you as many kisses as you want. It’s all good now Brooks and we can’t wait to see you find your own family very soon. He has excellent crate manners and may be housetrained too. He is a little strong on the leash but is so eager to please, that with a little more practice and training, he’ll be an outstanding walking buddy. Brooks weighs about 75 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 Brooks. An application must be submitted and approved before we schedule meets with 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.

Brooks’ life was saved by our ‘Have a Heart’ fund. Thanks to all of our donors who contributed to save the lives of shelter dogs with heartworm disease!

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Brie

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. We are currently waiting for the biopsy results to determine if the growths were benign or malignant. After her arrival, it became apparent very quickly that Brie is deaf. She is also going to need to have some dental work done once she’s healed from her surgery. 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. Once all of Brie’s medical needs have been met, we’re going to be looking for a great new home for her where she’ll always be loved and cherished as a valued family member. Brie weighs about 33 pounds. Her medical bills total about $1000 at this point and will grow as we take care of her teeth in the weeks to come. 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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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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