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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Sissy

Sweet Sissy has quite a story to tell. This adorable little 2 year-old Beagle mix female was abandoned in a rural area with a fractured pelvis leaving her unable to walk. Her life was literally saved by another little Beagle mix named Buster. Whoever abandoned her in the woods left her with a plate of food but since she couldn’t move, she was trapped there and not visible to any passersby. The next day a couple came to the school to go jogging and Buster, who had been abandoned several weeks earlier and hanging around the school, followed them on their entire 3 mile run. They were planning to take him home with them but as they were finishing their run, he darted back into the woods. They thought that was odd so followed him and he led them to Sissy. As a result, both dogs were saved and came to Canine Lifeline to get a second chance! Sissy does have a fractured pelvis which likely happened some time before she was abandoned last September. Since the fracture was not fresh when she was found, it could not be repaired but she has had two surgeries since then to repair both hip joints to allow her to walk and give her a good quality of life. She is doing amazingly well considering all she’s been through! Sissy is now able to run around with other dogs, go for walks on a leash, and has a great time in her foster home. She will always need to pace herself and not go on long hikes or runs, but normal activity is fine for her. She weighs about 22 pounds now and will need to stay on the thin side so as not to put too much pressure on her joints. Sissy is an absolutely delightful little dog who can’t wait to be welcomed into a permanent new home. She’s crate-trained and likely to be housetrained as well. She and Buster get along well but don’t need to be adopted together. He is a little too rowdy for her but she loves other dogs who play a little more gently! Her adoption fee is $200. Sissy’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 Sissy. An approved application is required before we set up meets with any of our dogs. 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.

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Cubby-PENDING

Cubby is a friendly and outgoing 1 year-old Beagle mix male who had the misfortune of coming into an overcrowded rural county dog shelter as a stray and testing positive for heartworms there. The shelter doesn’t have the resources to treat a dog for heartworms so they asked Canine Lifeline for help with him. Cubby made the trip to us and was treated for heartworms in early November. He did very well with his treatment and is now ready to find a permanent new home with a family who’ll take great care of him and keep him protected from heartworm disease. Cubby gets along great with other dogs so would enjoy a home with another canine pal or two. He is crate-trained and possibly housetrained too although we can’t guarantee it. Cubby is very food-motivated so will be easy to train. He would do best with a secure fenced yard to keep him safe and prevent that Beagle nose from catching a scent and wandering away. Cubby weighs about 27 pounds and his adoption fee is $200. Thanks to our “Have a Heart” donors for helping us save Cubby’s life! 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 Cubby. An approved application is required before we schedule meets with any of our dogs. We try to respond to inquiries within 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.

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Gunner

Gunner considers himself a very lucky pup indeed. This handsome 3 year-old Pointer/Lab mix male found himself homeless at an overcrowded rural county dog shelter and was very frightened there. He stayed in the corner of his kennel and refused to make eye contact with anyone. A shelter volunteer knew that Gunner would never get adopted at the shelter and felt sorry for him so started to spend more time with him. Within a few days, he started to trust her, would follow her around with a bright-eyed look and a wagging tail as if he knew there might be a future for him after all. Dogs don’t have much time at this constantly overcrowded shelter though and Gunner was on the euthanasia list within a few days. His human pal just couldn’t bear the thought of his life ending there so pulled out all the stops to find a rescue to take him on. We were contacted about Gunner and made arrangements for him to come to us. His pictures were taken the day he arrived and as you can see, he was very timid and shy in his new surroundings. A trip to the vet revealed that Gunner was heartworm positive so we’re very grateful that he came to us so that we could give him the lifesaving treatment that he needed. Gunner was treated for heartworms in late-November and did very well so is now ready to look for a permanent new home. He’s now very relaxed and comfortable in his foster home. He walks quite well on a leash now after having had no idea about leashes when he first arrived, is very good in his crate, and may be housetrained too although we can’t guarantee it. Gunner gets along very well with all other dogs he’s met and is on the submissive side with most of them. He just wants everyone to be his friend! He will do best with another dog in the home so he follow that dog’s lead and a secure fenced yard as he’s likely to be a little apprehensive at first in a new environment. Gunner bonds with new people very quickly though and once he does, is a real Velcro dog! He weighs about 55 pounds and his adoption fee is $200. He’s neutered, on monthly heartworm preventative, up to date on vaccinations, wormed, on flea preventative, and microchipped. Thanks to our “Have a Heart” donors for helping us save Gunner’s life! 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 Gunner. An approved application is required before we set up meets with any of our dogs. 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.

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Anna

Looking for a dog who’ll stick by your side no matter what? That’s our Anna, a 4-5 year-old Beagle/Shepherd mix female who came to us from an overcrowded rural county dog shelter as a heartworm positive stray. Prior to making the trip to Canine Lifeline, she was in a foster home for about a week and her foster mom raved about what a nice dog she was–she seemed to be housetrained, was quiet and well-mannered, and very affectionate too. That’s been our experience with this sweet dog too. Anna is quite camera-shy though so it’s been hard to get good photos of her. She’s a cutie with a chunky little body and a nub tail and is about the size of a Beagle at 25 pounds with the coloring of a Shepherd.  Anna went through heartworm treatment in early November and did great so is now ready to find a permanent new home. She strikes us as one of those dogs who will walk right into her new house, find the most comfy spot to nap, and make herself right at home. Anna is great with other dogs but would probably be fine as an only dog too as she really enjoys attention from people. She’s sure to be a great friend for one very lucky family. Her adoption fee is $200. She’s spayed, current on monthly heartworm preventative, up to date on vaccinations, wormed, on flea preventative, and microchipped. Thanks to our “Have a Heart” donors for helping us save Anna’s life. 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 Anna. An approved application is required before we schedule meets with any of our dogs. We try to respond to all inquiries within 48 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.

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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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