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!

Archie-PENDING

 

Archie is a big huggable 3 year-old Teddy Bear of a dog who looks like he might be a mix of Shepherd and Lab. This sweet boy was found in a rural area dragging a heavy chain with a padlock on the end of it. He was taken to the local county dog pound but wasn’t claimed so began his search for a new home. Ironically, the day he entered the shelter has proven to be the best day of his life so far as Archie tested positive for heartworms there. Had he still been chained out somewhere, he would have eventually gotten very sick and died a painful death from heart failure at the end of a chain. Fortunately, the shelter wanted to save this boy and contacted us for help with him so Archie made the trip to Canine Lifeline so he would get the lifesaving treatment that he needed. Archie has been through his treatment and done very well so is ready to start the next chapter of his life as a treasured member of someone’s family. Archie gets along very well with other dogs of all sizes and is just a big sweet marshmallow of a dog. He does well in his crate so is likely to pick up the housetraining routine quickly in his new home. Archie would benefit from daily leash walks as he’s trying to shed a few extra pounds. He currently weighs about 75 pounds but should lose about 10 or so to reach his ideal weight. 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 Archie. 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.

Archie’s heartworm treatment cost about $750. If you’d like to make a donation to help with his care so that we may 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 Archie and Canine Lifeline!

Sam

Sam is a 3 year-old SharPei/Lab mix male who has had a really rough life. Oddly enough, his big break came when he arrived at a county dog shelter as a stray last fall. The poor guy arrived at the shelter in an emaciated state with skin and coat in horrible condition and nasty eye infections due to entropion (inverted eyelids) in both eyes. The shelter was not able to get him the medical attention that he needed so they asked us for help with him. Sam arrived shortly before Christmas and immediately started treatment to clear up the bacterial and fungal infections in his skin. Once healthy enough, Sam underwent surgery in February to correct his inverted eyelids. That surgery has made a world of different to him. He now is able to live a much better quality of life without having his eyelids constantly rubbing against his eyeballs. His photos were taken recently and show that he is now in great condition and ready to find himself a wonderful new home. Sam gets along well with other dogs but likely wouldn’t mind being a single dog so he could get all the attention that he never had in the past. He has excellent crate manners and should pick up the housetraining routine in his new home fairly quickly. Having been food-deprived in the past, Sam really looks forward to mealtime and is super food-motivated. Sam is a pro at catching treats on the fly! He will also sit on command and is eager to learn lots more in his new home. Sam will need more work on his leash manners as he hasn’t had much experience in that area yet. An EZ-Walk harness will help with his training. Sam can’t wait to experience how wonderful a dog’s life can and should be in his very own home. He weighs about 52 pounds and his adoption fee is $200. He’s neutered, heartworm negative and on monthly preventative, up to date on vaccinations, wormed, on flea preventative, and microchipped. He had a recent dental cleaning at our vet and now flashes a pearly white smile. 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 Sam. An approved application is required before we schedule meets with any of our dogs. We 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.

Oscar-PENDING

Your heart really goes out to this sweet boy who was found running down a road in a rural area. A good Samaritan stopped to pick him up and found that he had likely been hit by a car as he was full of scrapes and scratches and had a badly injured eye. No owner was located so Oscar, a 3 year-old Schnauzer mix male, came to Canine Lifeline to get the medical attention that he needed. A visit to our vet revealed that he had lost all vision in his eye due to a detached retina so his damaged eye was removed. The other injuries he suffered were superficial and they have all healed nicely. Oscar is a very sweet boy who loves his human friends but is nervous around small children so needs a mature family. He’s a little tentative around other dogs right now because of the loss of his eye. He may enjoy being the only dog in his new home but if there is another dog, it should be a calm and mature dog who won’t try to roughhouse with Oscar. Oscar has excellent crate manners so is likely to be housetrained although we can’t guarantee it. He also walks very nicely on a leash so will be a great walking buddy. Oscar had laser focus on the kitties at the vet clinic so we are looking for a cat-free home for him. Oscar weighs about 38 pounds and his adoption fee is $200. He’s neutered, 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 Oscar. An approved application is required before we schedule meets with any of our dogs. We 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. Oscar’s medical care cost about $400 so if you’d like to make a donation to our medical fund to help another dog like Oscar in the future, you may do so by clicking the DONATE button on our website at www.caninelifeline.org or mailing a check to Canine Lifeline, PO Box 25742, Garfield Hts OH 44125. Thank you!

Fritz

Fritz is an adorable 6 month-old pup who looks like he might be a mix of Lab (short coat) and Shepherd (big ears!). He came to us from a local county dog shelter with an injured leg. X-rays revealed that his back right leg was broken in several places. Given the length of time since the initial breaks and the severity of the injury, the decision was made to amputate his leg since he wasn’t able to use it at all. Fritz had his surgery on August 8 and is recovering incredibly well in his foster home. This is one smart pup! He picks up new routines very quickly–no accidents in his crate and he pees and poops immediately when he goes outside. Fritz gets along well with other dogs so would enjoy having a playful companion dog in his new home. He is working on his leash manners and having 3 legs certainly isn’t slowing him down. Fritz is a very friendly, affectionate, outgoing pup who is going to make an outstanding companion for one very lucky person or family. His photos were taken prior to his amputation surgery. He currently weighs about 25 pounds and we expect he will be about 45-50 pounds when full-grown. His adoption fee is $200. Fritz is neutered, 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 Fritz. An approved application is required before we schedule meets with any of our dogs. We 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. Fritz’s medical bills totaled about $900. If you’d like to make a donation to help with his care so that we may save another dog in the future, please visit our website at www.caninelifeline.org to make an online donation or send a check to Canine Lifeline, PO Box 25742, Garfield Hts OH 44125. Thanks from Fritz and Canine Lifeline!

Mickey

Mickey is a kind and gentle 2 year-old all-American mutt who looks like an Australian Kelpie/Shepherd mix. We have no history on this sweet dog as he came into a rural county dog shelter as a stray but he has proven to be a delightful guest in his foster home. Unfortunately, Mickey tested positive for heartworms at the shelter so had to put his plans of finding a new home on hold while he went through lifesaving treatment with us. Mickey has been through his treatment to kill the adult worms and has done very well with that so is now ready to find himself a great new home. Mickey gets along well with other dogs but might be fine as the only dog in the home too as he really enjoys attention from his human friends. He has excellent crate manners so is likely to pick up the housetraining routine quickly in his new home. Mickey would love to go on lots of walks with his new family and experience how wonderful a dog’s life can and should be in a home where he will receive excellent care and never suffer from neglect again. Mickey weighs about 36 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 Mickey. 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.

Mickey’s heartworm treatment cost about $750. If you’d like to make a donation to help with his care so that we may 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 Mickey and Canine Lifeline!

 

Nestle

Nestle and his mother Natasha came to us from a local county dog shelter. We were told that they had lived their entire lives at the end of a chain. Nestle is about 2 years-old and looks like a Lab/Husky mix with one sparkling blue eye. Given the miserable life that he led until arriving at the shelter, it’s not surprising that he tested positive for heartworms. Nestle is getting the lifesaving treatment he needs with us. He has started his treatment and is now in a foster home under cage rest while he recuperates. Nestle should be ready for adoption in late September. Nestle is a very shy dog who craves human companionship. He melts right into you when given attention and a hug. Nestle gets along well with other dogs too but will need work on the leash as that is not something he was used to in his previous life. Nestle weighs about 45 pounds but is thin and working on gaining 5-10 pounds to reach his ideal weight. 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 Nestle. 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.

Nestle’s heartworm treatment cost about $750. If you’d like to make a donation to help with his care so that we may 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 Nestle and Canine Lifeline!

Jessie

Jessie is a sweet and loving 1 year-old Lab/Terrier mix female with a rich chocolate brown coat. She was a little camera shy so her pics don’t show just how pretty she is. Jessie came to us from a rural county dog shelter after having tested positive for heartworms. The shelter didn’t have the resources to treat her so she made the trip to Canine Lifeline to get the lifesaving treatment that she needed. Jessie has done well with her treatment and is now ready to find herself a permanent new home. She loves playing with other dogs so would enjoy having a canine pal or two in her new home. Jessie did well with her crate training while recuperating from heartworm treatment so should be able to pick up the housetraining routine in her new home in short order. Now that her treatment is over, she’s ready to have more fun and is looking forward to many happy years with her new family. Jessie weighs about 32 pounds and her adoption fee is $200. She’s spayed, 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 Jessie. 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.

Jessie’s heartworm treatment cost about $750. If you’d like to make a donation to help with her care so that we may 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 Jessie and Canine Lifeline!

Lola

Lola is a sweet and loving 4 year-old Beagle who had the misfortune of not only being homeless at a rural county dog shelter but also testing positive for heartworms there making it almost impossible for her to be adopted. With her future in jeopardy, Lola made the trip to Canine Lifeline so she would be able to get the lifesaving treatment that she needed. Lola has been through heartworm treatment with us and has done very well so is now ready to search for a permanent new home. Lola is a typical Beagle who loves everyone and everything, has a great sniffer, and looks forward to mealtime. She loves to talk so might not be the right dog for an apartment or condo setting. Lola gets along very well with other dogs so would enjoy having another canine pal or two in her new home. She would love to explore her new neighborhood with her new family and looks forward to lots of adventures. Lola has excellent crate manners so is likely to pick up the housetraining routine readily in her new home. She loves life and is going to make a great companion for one lucky person or family. Lola weighs about 22 pounds and her adoption fee is $200. She’s spayed, 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 Lola. 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.

Lola’s heartworm treatment cost about $750. If you’d like to make a donation to help with her care so that we may 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 Lola and Canine Lifeline!

Coco

Coco is a very friendly and outgoing 3 year-old Lab/Terrier mix male who came to Canine Lifeline after testing positive for heartworms at an overcrowded rural county dog shelter. The shelter didn’t have the resources to help him so he made the trip to Canine Lifeline to get the lifesaving treatment that he needed. Coco has done very well with his treatment and is now ready to work on finding a great new home. This guy loves people and makes fast friends wherever he goes. He can be a little particular about his dog friends though and seems to do best with calm females. Coco has excellent crate manners and may be housetrained too although we can’t guarantee it. Although he’s had a rough life so far, things have turned the corner for Coco and he’s looking forward to many happy years with his new family. Coco would love to enroll in an obedience class with his new family so he can be the best dog he can be. Coco weighs about 32 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 Coco. 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.

Coco’s heartworm treatment cost about $750. If you’d like to make a donation to help with his care so that we may 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 Coco and Canine Lifeline!

Gracie

Gracie is a beautiful 2 year-old Shepherd/Lab mix female with perhaps a little Border Collie in the mix too. She found herself homeless at a rural county dog shelter and was having difficulty finding a home due to chronic ear infections that her previous owner had left untreated. As a result, Gracie had a huge amount of scar tissue in each ear and the shelter vet said that her ears were the worst case they’d ever seen. The shelter sought a rescue for Gracie so she could receive the medical attention she needed. Gracie made the trip to Canine Lifeline and our vet agreed that her ears needed surgical attention. Gracie underwent a partial ear canal ablation followed by laser surgery to remove as much of the scar tissue as possible. Opening up her ear canals has dramatically increased her comfort level and she’s now able to live a much better quality of life. She will need to have her ears cleaned with an antibacterial/antifungal wash on a weekly basis but she’s used to that now and is very tolerant of it. Gracie gets along well with other dogs and is very friendly when meeting new people too. She has excellent crate manners and may be housetrained too although we can’t guarantee it. She walks nicely on a leash and would make a great walking or hiking buddy. Gracie’s a smart girl who’s eager to experience how wonderful a dog’s life can and should be with a new person or family who will see that she is never neglected again. Gracie weighs about 50 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 Gracie. 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. Gracie’s vet bills cost about $1,000. If you’d like to make a donation for her care so that we may help another dog in need, please visit our website at www.caninelifeline.org to make an online donation or send a check to Canine Lifeline, PO Box 25742, Garfield Hts OH 44125. Thank you from Gracie 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!