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!

Ivy

Ivy’s an adorable 2 year-old Pug mix female who’s had a rough life but is now on the mend and eager to put the past behind her. She came into a rural county dog shelter with a horrible case of demodectic mange that had gone untreated. This is the noncontagious type of mange and is caused by mites burrowing into the skin and causing intense itching and hairloss. When she came to us from the shelter, her coat and skin were a mess. The mange is being treated with Bravecto, the 3 month flea and tick preventative that is also effective against demodex mites. Her skin is healing and her coat is beginning to come back in—first on her back and gradually on her legs, neck, and underside. It won’t be long before she’ll have a beautiful shiny brindle coat. In spite of all the pain and discomfort she’s had to live with, Ivy is an absolutely delightful little dog—cheerful, bright-eyed, and ready for adventure. She gets along great with other dogs and enjoys meeting new people. She has the most adorable underbite and those crooked little teeth are beyond charming! Ivy keeps her crate spotless so will likely pick the housetraining routine in her new home in short order. Whoever adopts this little girl is going to love seeing her blossom and become the dog she always wanted to be. Ivy weighs about 17 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 Ivy. 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.

Bingo-PENDING

Meet Bingo, a 4-5 year-old Pointer/Husky mix male with a unique look. His beautiful eyes really make him stand out in a crowd. Bingo not only found himself homeless at an overcrowded county dog shelter recently but also tested positive for heartworms there making his chances for adoption very slim. We were contacted to help him so he made the trip to Canine Lifeline to get the lifesaving treatment that he needed. Bingo was treated for heartworms in early April and did very well so is now ready to find a permanent new home. Bingo is crate-trained and may be housetrained too although we can’t guarantee it. He gets along well with other dogs but might also be fine as the only dog in his new home. Bingo is very friendly with people and can’t wait to start the next chapter of his life. Bingo weighs about 56 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 Bingo. 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. Bingo’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 Bingo and Canine Lifeline!

 

Spuds

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!

 

Captain

 

Captain is a handsome 3-4 year-old Shepherd/Boxer mix male who came to us from a local county dog shelter as a heartworm positive stray. He had treatment to kill the adult worms at the end of December and did very well so is now ready to find a permanent new home. Captain is a very loyal dog who picks up new routines quickly. He had to go through 30 days of crate-rest post-heartworm treatment and adjusted very well to that. Captain keeps his crate spotless and may be housetrained too although we can’t guarantee it. He gets along well with other dogs so might enjoy a home with another canine friend to pal around with. Captain is a very easy-going, go-with-the-flow kind of guy who’s going to make a excellent companion for one very lucky person or family. He weighs about 50 pounds and his adoption fee is $200. Captain’s neutered, 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 Captain. 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. Captain’s heartworm treatment cost about $450. If you’d like to make a tax-deductible donation in his honor so that we can help another dog in need, you may 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 Captain 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!