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!

Hoover

This handsome boy is Hoover, a 6 year-old Chocolate Lab/Shepherd mix male with soulful eyes, a beautiful coat, and a sweet disposition. Sadly, he tested positive for heartworms at a county dog shelter. Since they don’t have the resources to treat him, they asked us for help with him and he made the trip to Canine Lifeline to get the lifesaving treatment that he needs. Hoover will start his two-month long heartworm treatment the week of December 5 and should be ready for adoption in early February. In the meantime, he will be taking it easy in his foster home with cage rest and limited activity. Once he’s ready for adoption, he’ll be posted under the Adopt Me section. Hoover’s heartworm treatment will cost about $550. If you’d like to make a donation to help with his care so that we are able to 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 Hoover and Canine Lifeline!

Laurie

Meet Laurie, an adorable 2 year-old Beagle girl with a typical sweet and loving Beagle disposition. Laurie has never met a stranger and makes friends with dogs and people wherever she goes. Unfortunately, she tested positive for heartworms at a county dog shelter that doesn’t have the resources to treat her. She made the trip to Canine Lifeline to get the lifesaving treatment that she needs. Laurie will start her two-month long heartworm treatment the week of November 28 and should be ready for adoption in late January. In the meantime, she’ll be taking it easy in her foster home with cage rest and limited activity. Once she’s ready for adoption, he’ll be posted under the Adopt Me section. Laurie’s heartworm treatment will cost about $550. If you’d like to make a donation to help with her care so that we are able to 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 Laurie and Canine Lifeline!

Vinny

Vinny is a sweet and lovable 8 year-old Beagle mix who is as cute as they come. It’s hard enough to end up at an overcrowded county shelter at 8 years of age but on top of that, Vinny tested positive for heartworms there making it almost impossible for him to find a new home. Fortunately, we were contacted for help with him so Vinny packed his bags and made the trip to Canine Lifeline for the lifesaving treatment that he needs. Vinny will start his two-month long heartworm treatment the week of November 28 and should be ready for adoption in late January. In the meantime, he’ll be taking it easy in his foster home with cage rest and limited activity. Once he’s ready for adoption, he’ll be posted under the Adopt Me section. Vinny’s heartworm treatment will cost about $550. If you’d like to make a donation to help with his care so that we are able to 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 Vinny and Canine Lifeline!

Spuds-PENDING

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!

 

Ella

Ella is a beautiful 2 year-old, 60 pound Lab/Rhodesian Ridgeback mix spayed female who came to us from an overcrowded rural county dog shelter after she tested positive for heartworms there. We don’t know what her history is but the shelter reported that she is kid, dog, and cat-friendly and we have found her to be incredibly sweet since she’s been with us. Ella started her heartworm treatment the week of November 14. She will be resting and recuperating with limited activity for two months in her foster home but should be ready for adoption in mid-January. Ella’s heartworm treatment cost about $550 so any and all donations to help with her medical expenses would be greatly appreciated. Tax-deductible donations for her care may be made by clicking the Donate button on our website or sending a check to Canine Lifeline, PO Box 25742, Garfield Hts OH 44125. Ella is the 34th heartworm positive dog we’ve treated this year and more are scheduled to arrive here in the next few weeks. Thanks from Ella and Canine Lifeline!

Ezzy

Ezzy is a very lovable 2 year-old Great Pyrenees/Golden Retriever mix male who had the double misfortune of ending up at a county dog shelter AND testing positive for heartworms. Fortunately, a good Samaritan asked us if we could help him so he made the trip to Canine Lifeline to get the lifesaving treatment that he needed. Ezzy is a big teddy bear (all 80+ pounds of him!) who loves attention from his human friends and is great with other dogs. He still has a lot of puppy in him but settles down nicely in his crate. He will need work on a leash as he really likes to alternate between charging forward and then abruptly turning around to give his walker a typical Great Pyr hug. Ezzy started his two-month long heartworm treatment on Nov 8 and should be ready for adoption in early January. In the meantime, he’s taking it easy in his foster home with cage rest and limited activity. Once he’s ready for adoption, he’ll be posted under the Adopt Me section. Ezzy’s heartworm treatment will cost about $550. If you’d like to make a donation to help with his care so that we are able to 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 Ezzy 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!

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!

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!