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!

Fritz-PENDING

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. He currently weighs about 29 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!

Benjamin

Benjamin is an adorable 8-10 year-old Jack Russell Terrier mix male who makes friends wherever he goes. He was found as a stray in a local county and was taken to the dog shelter to see if an owner could be located. Benjamin was found with a golf ball-sized tumor on his back foot as well as anal tumors so, when he wasn’t claimed at the shelter, it seems likely that he was abandoned. Fortunately, the shelter reached out to us for help with him so he could get the medical care that he needed. Benjamin had surgery to remove all of his tumors and, fortunately, pathology has indicated the anal tumors were benign; however, the growth on his foot presented as malignant (sarcoma). This type of tumor is generally not invasive but it can grow back, requiring additional surgeries.  Through all of his treatments,  Benjamin remains such a kind and gentle little guy. He gets along well with other dogs and loves snuggling up on his cozy bed for a nap. He will require an adopter who can care for his medical needs in the foreseeable future. His adoption fee is $125. Benjamin 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 Benjamin. 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 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. Benjamin’s medical expenses have exceeded $1000. 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 Benjamin 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 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!

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 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!

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!