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!

Yoshi-PENDING

Yoshi is an incredibly sweet 7-8 year-old Golden (mix?) who’s had a rough time of it lately but is on the mend and ready to make a fresh start with a new family. This handsome boy was surrendered to a county dog shelter by the family of his owner. His owner was dying of cancer and no one in the family was able to care for Yoshi. While his owner was sick, Yoshi lost about 20 pounds but no one took Yoshi to the vet to see what might be wrong. The shelter contacted us for help with him so he made the trip to Canine Lifeline so he could get the medical attention that he needed. Yoshi’s bloodwork came back fine but an x-ray revealed a mass on his spleen. Our vet performed an emergency splenectomy and the mass was sent out for biopsy. We were all on pins and needles for a few days waiting for the results but are thrilled to report that the pathology report indicated that the growth was a benign hemangioma—no evidence of malignant cancer! Yoshi is a very lucky boy all things considered and is going to make the most of his new lease on life. He has recovered well in a foster home from his surgery and is now ready to search for a great new home. Yoshi is working on gaining weight and eats 3 meals a day in his foster home. He would do best in a home where someone is home much of the time so he can live the life of a very pampered pup and enjoy many hours of human companionship each day. Yoshi gets along well with other dogs of all sizes so would do well in a home with other calm, gentle dogs. He has had no accidents in his foster home and has excellent crate manners so should pick up the housetraining routine quickly in his new home. Yoshi is a long-legged lanky boy who weighs about 50 pounds now but needs to gain 10-20 more to be at his ideal weight. His adoption fee is $150. He’s neutered, heartworm negative and on monthly preventative, up to date on vaccinations including bivalent canine influenza, wormed, on flea preventative, and microchipped. At the time of his surgery, Yoshi also had a much-needed dental cleaning so now flashes a pearly white smile. All Canine Lifeline adoptions come with a two-week adjustment period to make sure it’s a great match before the adoption is finalized. Please email info@caninelifeline.org if you’re interested in Yoshi. 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 7 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. Yoshi’s medical bills totaled over $1300. If you’d like to make to donation to help with his expenses, please submit an online donation on our website at www.caninelifeline.org or send a check to Canine Lifeline, PO Box 25742, Garfield Hts OH 44125. Thanks from Yoshi and Canine Lifeline!

Sarah

Sarah is a very friendly and affectionate, although camera-shy, 7-8 year-old Shepherd/Beagle mix female who came to Canine Lifeline from a local county dog shelter. She came into the shelter after having been rescued from a deplorable hoarding situation. She not only tested positive for heartworms at the shelter but had a grapefruit-sized hernia on her abdomen that needed to be repaired. Fortunately, the shelter reached out to us for help with her and Sarah made the short trip to Canine Lifeline to get the medical attention that she needed. Sarah had surgery to repair the hernia in December and after she had healed from that, went through lifesaving heartworm treatment. Sarah did very well with her treatment and is now ready to find herself a home where she can live her life as someone’s pampered pup. Although Sarah gets along well with other dogs in most circumstances, she most definitely does not like to share her toys (she LOVES stuffed toys!) with other dogs so we do want to place her in a home as an only dog. After the horrible life she had before coming into the shelter, we think Sarah deserves to get all the attention she can from her humans without having to share it with other canines. Sarah did well with crate rest during her recuperation from heartworm treatment. She may need to work on housetraining a bit more in her new home but should pick up the new routine with patience and consistency on the part of her family. Sarah loves to snuggle with her humans and is going to make the most devoted companion for one lucky person or family. She can’t wait to get that chance! Sarah weighs about 40 pounds and her adoption fee is $150. 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 Sarah. 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.

Sarah’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 Sarah and Canine Lifeline!

Sydney

Sydney is a sweet and loving 1-2 year-old Rat Terrier mix female who had a rough start in life but is now ready to make a fresh start with a new family. She came into an overcrowded rural county dog shelter as a stray with her three 4 week old pups (Astro, Spice, and Orbit). The whole family was very thin and struggling to find enough to eat before they ended up at the shelter. They were in desperate need of some TLC so the whole family made the trip to Canine Lifeline so they would be able to enjoy life in a foster home as they recovered and worked on finding permanent homes. Upon arrival here with us, Sydney tested positive for heartworms so needed to go through lifesaving treatment before she was ready for adoption. Sydney has finished her heartworm treatment and done very well so is now ready to start the next chapter of her life in a permanent new home. Sydney gets along well with the other dogs in her foster home although she doesn’t like them to be around her food when she is eating. She has excellent crate manners and may be housetrained too although we can’t guarantee it. She’s very sweet and affectionate with her human friends so might be fine as the only dog in the home as long as her family has plenty of time to spend with her. She can’t wait to experience how wonderful a dog’s life can and should be with her new family! Sydney weighs about 21 pounds and her adoption fee is $250. 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 Sydney. 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 7 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.

Sydney’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 Sydney and Canine Lifeline!

Maverick

We’ve never seen a dog quite like Maverick! This one of a kind 6 year-old Shepherd/Basset Hound mix male has the short legs and long body of a Basset coupled with the coloring and thick coat of a Shepherd. Adopt him and this silly boy is guaranteed to put a smile on your face each and every day! Maverick was surrendered to a county dog shelter by his owner. We don’t know what caused him to lose his home but ending up at the shelter was actually a lucky break for Maverick as he tested positive for heartworms there. Had he still been living with his owner who hadn’t protected him from heartworm disease, his life would have ended with a slow and painful death from heart failure. Thankfully, the shelter reached out to us for help with him and he made the trip to Canine Lifeline to get the lifesaving treatment that he needed. Maverick has been through heartworm treatment and done very well so is now ready to find himself a great new home. This guy has been an absolute delight in his foster home. He gets along well with his fellow foster dogs, has excellent crate manners, and may be housetrained too although we can’t guarantee it. He walks pretty well on a leash and is sure to turn heads in his new neighborhood when out for a walk. Maverick has a thick coat which will need regular grooming to keep him looking and feeling his best. His ears have been thickened from years of untreated ear infections but those have now been addressed and he’s feeling much better. Maverick weighs about 43 pounds and his adoption fee is $250. 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 Maverick. 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 7 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.

Maverick’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 Maverick and Canine Lifeline!

Apricot

Meet Apricot, a beautiful 3 year-old Great Pyrenees/Aussie mix female with one blue and one brown eye. Hard to believe that this gorgeous girl came into an overcrowded county dog shelter as a stray and wasn’t claimed. Lucky for her that she did find her way to the shelter though as she tested positive for heartworms there. The shelter reached out to us for help with her so she made the trip to Canine Lifeline so she could get the lifesaving treatment that she needed. Apricot has been through heartworm treatment and done very well so is now ready to find herself a permanent new home. This girl is very people friendly and has been good with all the other dogs in her foster home. She can get over a four foot fence so will need a home with a secure privacy fence or be kept on a leash at all times. Great Pyrenees do not respect an invisible fence and it’s likely that Apricot wouldn’t be contained with that either. Apricot adjusted very well to crate rest during her heartworm treatment so should pick up the housetraining routine quickly in her new home. It’s likely that she spent her life outdoors prior to coming into the shelter so will need work on her house manners in her new home. She does show a real interest in what’s on the kitchen counter so will need to understand that counter surfing is not good canine behavior. Apricot has a gorgeous thick coat that will need regular grooming to keep her looking and feeling her best. She weighs about 54 pounds and her adoption fee is $250. 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 Apricot. 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 little to 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 7 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.

Apricot’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 Apricot and Canine Lifeline!

Cecilia

It’s safe to say that Cecilia is one of the friendliest dogs we’ve ever met! It looks like this charming Puggle had a pretty rough life before she ended up at an overcrowded county dog shelter as a stray but she is by no means letting her unfortunate past get her down. Shortly before Christmas, we saw her sweet face on a shelter’s website and called them about her as we were pulling dogs from there that week. We were told that she was scheduled for euthanasia that day as she appeared to have a broken jaw with multiple fractures and was about 10 years-old. Thanks to our great supporters, we knew that we could get her the medical attention that she needed so she made the trip to Canine Lifeline. She came off of the transport with a full body wag and kisses for everyone so we knew she had a zest for life and was grateful for the second chance she’d been given! X-rays at our vet revealed that Cecilia did not in fact have a fractured jaw but was missing bone at the end of her lower jaw. A tissue sample was taken and it was found that she had a benign fibroma which was contributing to bone loss. After surgery to remove some tissue from the end of her lower jaw and a dental cleaning to polish up her remaining teeth, Cecilia looks and feels like a million bucks. Cecilia might have been used for breeding in the past as she looks to have had many litters of puppies. Those days are over though as she is now spayed and ready to live the rest of her life as someone’s very pampered pup. The shelter estimated her age at about 10 but we suspect she may be younger than that—perhaps more in the range of 6-7 years. Cecilia LOVES people and gets along well with other dogs too. She has excellent crate manners so is likely to be housetrained too although we can’t guarantee it. Cecilia hasn’t had much experience on a leash yet as she really likes to charge ahead and explore so working with her on an EZ Walk harness will be helpful as she gains more practice. Cecilia has no trouble eating dry food now that she has healed from her surgery although she enjoys topping it off with a little canned food each meal. We know that you’re going to fall in love with this dog as much as we have! She’s a true delight!! Her pictures were taken before her surgery so the two little bottom teeth that are visible in some of her pics are no longer there–otherwise she looks just the same. Cecilia weighs about 27 pounds and her adoption fee is $150. She’s spayed, heartworm negative and on monthly preventative, up to date on vaccinations including bivalent canine influenza, wormed, on flea preventative, and microchipped. All Canine Lifeline adoptions come with a two-week adjustment period to make sure it’s a great match before the adoption is finalized. Please email info@caninelifeline.org if you’re interested in Cecilia. 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 7 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.

Lucas

Lucas is a very handsome 2 year-old Yellow Lab who had the misfortune of not only being homeless at an overcrowded county dog shelter but also testing positive for heartworms there making his chances for adoption very slim. Lucas made the trip to Canine Lifeline so that he would be able to get the lifesaving treatment that he needed. He has gone through his treatment and done very well so is now ready to find himself a great new home. Lucas is a dog-friendly guy who would enjoy having another canine pal in his new home. He would do best with a yard with a tall privacy fence as he can get over a 4 foot fence. Lucas is a very loyal dog who likes to be close to his people so on the couple of occasions when he has gotten over the fence in his foster home, he just waited at the front door to be let in. He had to endure strict cage rest while he was recuperating from his treatment and was not a fan of that. Lucas would do best in a home where his family is around most of the time so he wouldn’t have to spend much time in a crate. He’s a high energy young dog but he does walk amazingly well on a leash so seems to have had some prior training in that area. Lucas weighs about 55 pounds and his adoption fee is $250. 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 Lucas. 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 7 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.

Lucas’ 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 Lucas and Canine Lifeline!

Lady

Lady is a gorgeous 6 year-old Aussie who was surrendered to a shelter by her family who was moving and didn’t want to take her with them. She was terrified at the shelter so made the trip to Canine Lifeline so she could relax in a foster home while she regrouped and worked on finding a permanent new home. Lady had been a farm dog all of her life and didn’t receive the veterinary care that she deserved as she tested positive for heartworms upon her arrival here with us. While it was sad for Lady to lose her family, it was also a lucky break for her as she would have died a slow and painful death from heart failure as a result of undiagnosed heartworm disease. Thanks to our “Have a Heart” donors, Lady has received the lifesaving treatment that she needed and is now ready to make a fresh start with a new family. Lady adjusted very well to the crate-rest that accompanies recuperation from heartworm treatment. She has gotten along well with other dogs of all sizes in her foster home but is reported to have a high prey drive with small animals as well as cats so will need a kitty-free home. Apparently, she was quite successful at keeping all the critters at bay on the farm. As you can imagine, Lady has had to learn many new things since leaving the only home she had ever known and can be quite fearful in new situations. She was very afraid of the camera during her photo session. Lady would not do well living in an urban environment and would likely have difficulty adjusting to a busy suburban setting too. She would feel most comfortable in a home in a rural area with a secure aboveground fenced yard to keep her safe at home. Lady had never been on a leash before coming to us and is still frightened of that. She’s a very sweet and affectionate dog once she feels comfortable with someone but is going to require a kind and very patient family to help her adjust to her new surroundings. She would benefit from having a calm canine pal in her new home that she can shadow. Lady weighs about 42 pounds and her adoption fee is $250. 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 Lady. 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 little to 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 7 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.

Lady’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 Lady and Canine Lifeline!

Jasmine

This girl with the winning smile is Jasmine, a 3 year-old Boxer mix who’s a great size at only about 35 pounds. She has good reason to smile as, all things considered, she’s a very lucky girl. Jasmine was found as an injured stray on a highway in a local county and taken to the shelter. She appeared to have been hit by a car and had an injured rear leg. The shelter reached out to us for help with her so she made the trip to Canine Lifeline so she would receive the medical attention she needed. X-rays at our vet revealed that Jasmine needed femoral head ostectomy (FHO) surgery to repair a damaged hip joint. That surgery was done several weeks ago and she has made a fantastic recovery. She no longer has any exercise restrictions and has been having fun running and playing in the snow with her fellow foster buddies. Jasmine gets along great with other dogs so might enjoy a canine pal in her new home. She has excellent crate manners and may be housetrained too although we can’t guarantee it. Jasmine can’t wait to experience how wonderful a dog’s life can and should be in her new home. Her adoption fee is $250. She’s spayed, heartworm negative and on monthly preventative, up to date on vaccinations including bivalent canine influenza, wormed, on flea preventative, and microchipped. All Canine Lifeline adoptions come with a two-week adjustment period to make sure it’s a great match before the adoption is finalized. Please email info@caninelifeline.org if you’re interested in Jasmine. 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 7 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

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!

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!