Category Archives: Adoptables

Bruno

Arrival Date: 1/17/18
Breed: Doberman Pinscher
Gender: Male
Age: 10 months
Weight: 70# and growing
Personality: Happy-Go-Lucky
Fully Vaccinated: Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Spayed/Neutered: Yes
In foster Home: Yes
Dog Social: Yes
Crate Trained: Yes
House Trained: Yes
Kid-Friendly: Unknown at this time
Cat-Friendly: Unknown at this time
Origin: Found/Surrendered
Adoption Fee: $250

Bruno is a 10 month old black and rust Doberman Pinscher. His ears and his tail are cropped (but his ears flop). Bruno was found tied to a mailbox by a Good Samaritan in Amherst. He was taken to a veterinary clinic and a microchip was located and his owners were contacted. They did not want to pick  him up so Bruno went home with the person who found him. Not prepared to keep a young dog (Doberman energy is a lot for anyone who has not owned the breed) he was networked through the local animal control agency who in turn networked him to a group of local rescue groups to take him in. We agreed to take him and thanks to Love-A-Stray Dog Division his neuter and initial veterinary needs were covered.

Bruno is a very happy-go-lucky fellow. He has a lot of energy and will need an owner who can match his need for exercise and someone who is willing to start working on his basic obedience right away. Anthony, a Certified Dog Trainer at The Mutt Hutt, is offering three lessons to his adopters and will start his obedience while he is in our care. We are actively seeking a foster home for Bruno so that we can learn more about his home behaviors (he does like to counter surf we found out quickly). This breed is known for working and to set a Doberman up for success in any home we strongly suggest a structured plan and keeping Bruno’s mind as active as his body.

If you would like to meet Bruno please fill out an application and we will contact you to set up an appointment. For this breed we typically have applications on file and will network Dobermans to folks that have applied and are anxiously awaiting to be matched with one of our dogs.

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Captain

Arrival Date: 12/29/17
Breed: Pekegineese
Gender: Male
Age: 5 months
Weight: 10#
Personality: Confident
Fully Vaccinated: Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Spayed/Neutered: Yes
In foster Home: Yes
Dog Social: Yes
Crate Trained: Yes
House Trained: Yes
Kid-Friendly: Older Please
Cat-Friendly: Unknown
Origin: Owner Surrender
Adoption Fee: $250

Captain we believe was an early holiday gift gone wrong — his owner strolled into a local veterinary clinic the day after Christmas and asked to surrender the puppy. No questions asked other than an explanation of not having time for a puppy he was accepted and transferred into our care. We moved him into a short term foster home (thank you Dina and family) where we knew he would do well and get the structure and socialization any young dog needs. Captain is 5 months old.

Captain is a pure bred Pekingese and we strongly suggest anyone interested in Captain read up on this breed. They are small, they are cute and they are demanding and not ideal for a home with young children. Captain has done well in a home with older kids but proven to be exactly what this breed is all about so we will not approve him for placement in a home with children under 10 years of age. Captain spent about two weeks with his foster family and has since been transferred to a second foster home where his handler has the time and ability to keep structure and focus in his life until he is placed.

We are seeking an adopter who clearly understands this breed or has past experience with them. Someone with strong leadership qualities as well as the ability to socialize him with other dogs and humans more than your average dog. Pekingese do require grooming and a typical annual budget for grooming this breed can run from $200 and up depending on your upkeep at home and grooming salon you choice.

Captain will be making his first in-store appearance this Saturday at PetValu in Brecksville from 12-3 PM. We are accepting applications and screening before setting up in person meetings as we anticipate a lot of interest. Please be patient with our response time. 

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He got along with the girls and initiated play. Hazel gets a little bossy sometimes and I give them a time out.  He generally does not like this and gets snippy.  I lightly hold the scruff of his neck where a mom would and he calms down.  If he does not I put him on his back to get him to settle.  He does not get released until he does. 

Things we will be working on….
He gets a little snippy and voices is displeasure of a correction and being told no.  Getting better with consistency 
Monday 1-15-18 morning I was petting him while he was chewing on one of the girls bones and he growled at me. I gave a no with a tap on his side to break his focus. I worked with him for about 2 min and by the end I could take the bone and give back with out growling or jumping .  There is progress. 

He slept great through the night and has been ok with potty time out side. 
He peed once in the house and poo’d in Zoey’s crate after going outside.  For the most part I have been on top of him and he has done well being with potty time. 

He is very hungry all the time.  He is doing ok with verbal command no and come.  He is on a leash in my back yard with me because he can get between or under the fence in my backyard.

12/29/17 to 1/12/18: Captain is a little guy with a BIG personality. He has a lot of energy and prefers to be a part of the action. He is very curious and loves exploring things, like each and every crumb he finds on the kitchen floor. He likes his crate and will go in it on his own when his bed is inside and a blanket is partially covering the crate. He will DEMAND your attention with barking and whining. Ignoring him will reduce these types of displays.

Captain is not house trained. He had a few accidents in my home, some occurring shortly after he was given a potty break. He goes to the bathroom just fine outside (even in the cold). He has also gone on pee pads but will chew the pee pads if he gets bored, so I stuck with outside potty breaks.

He loves playing fetch or “chase the toy”. This tires him out and is needed to meet his exercise needs. I sat on the floor and dragged a toy around me in a circle as he chased it (letting him catch it at times).

Captain has a very feisty side to him. He will growl if he doesn’t like something. For example, if he doesn’t feel like being picked up you might receive that type of reaction. The first day he was with us he growled a lot but this I feel was mostly due to fear. Once we earned his trust (after 24hrs), He calmed down quite a bit.
I grew up with chihuahuas and he has similar traits of that breed.

If he’s tired enough, he will snuggle with you. Otherwise there is way too much to explore.

Captain gets along great with my 90 pound mastiff mix. Captain has no idea that he is only 2 or 3 pounds. He is fearless and plays with my dog like they are the same size. Captain is always very excited to see my dog and wants to be right back his side.

Captain slept in his crate at night with a blanket covering all but the front of the crate. He cried on and off for the first hour each night that we put him to bed. After that he was quiet and good until the morning. We were up with him between 7 and 8 AM each morning and there were no accidents in his crate overnight. We did however pick his water up at 7 PM.

My daughter and I really enjoyed fostering Captain and wish him the very best in search for his forever home.

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Cooper

Arrival Date: 1/3/18
Breed: Shih Tzu
Gender: Male
Age: 5 years
Weight:
Personality: Shy
Fully Vaccinated: Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Spayed/Neutered: Yes
In foster Home: Yes
Dog Social: Yes
Crate Trained: Not Necessary
House Trained: Yes
Kid-Friendly: Older Please
Cat-Friendly: Unknown
Origin: Owner Surrender
Adoption Fee: $250

Information coming soon!

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Dakota

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Arrival Date: 12/13/17
Breed: Doberman Pinscher (Fawn)
Gender: Female
Age: 7 years
Weight: 65#
Personality: Happy-Go-Lucky, Calm, Confident
Fully Vaccinated: Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Spayed/Neutered: Will be prior to adoption
In foster Home: Yes
Dog Social: Yes
Crate Trained: Not Necessary
House Trained: Yes
Kid-Friendly: Yes
Cat-Friendly: Reported as yes, we have not tested
Origin: Tuscarwaus County Dog Shelter
Adoption Fee: $250

Dakota arrived to us from an overpopulated Tuscarwaus County Dog Shelter along with her dog siblings (no relation) Lady and Nico. Their owners surrendered three dogs to the shelter saying they could no longer care for the them. They stayed at the shelter for a few days and were networked to us and one of our volunteers made the drive (through a snow storm) to get them and bring them back to us. Dakota was clearly a breeding bitch given she has not been spayed and her nipples indicating a recent litter. Chances are she could no longer produce and was therefore unwanted.

Dakota’s nails were so long she had trouble walking, her coat was covered in open wounds from self infliction due to a very bad flea dermatitis. She was given a capstar immediately as well as a bath when she arrived and immediately was feeling relief. We were able to get her to our veterinary clinic for immediate care and started her on an antibiotic she is taking twice a day and will for awhile as she heals. We have started the processing of trimming her nails and her foster providers will continue to file them down as well while  in their care.

Despite her skin condition she is just the sweetest dog ever. She likes toys and snuggling and being under blankets. We have her wearing a sweater to keep her from being cold and more importantly keep her from itching and bothering her back wounds. Dakota is reportedly good with cats although we have not tested her. She appears to be good with dogs but has not been around a full pack of dogs at this time. If you have a dog at home and want the two to meet we would arrange for a meeting with a volunteer to assist with dog introductions.

Dakota is now up to date on shots and spayed. She is house trained and does not need a crate as she is not destructive. She will need her new owners to understand taking care of a Doberman with a fawn coat.  We recommend a non-topical flea preventative, a grain free diet, melatonin supplements as well as a fish or coconut oil supplement.

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Wyatt

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Arrival Date: 12/12/17
Breed: Shepherd Mix
Gender: Male
Age: 8 years
Weight: 50#
Personality: Mellow
Fully Vaccinated: Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Spayed/Neutered: Yes
In foster Home: Yes
Dog Social: Not allowed just yet due to medical
Crate Trained: In Training
House Trained:
Kid-Friendly:
Cat-Friendly:
Origin: Stray (Cleveland)
Adoption Fee: $200

 

We are going The Extra Mile for Wyatt. You can too by being a Heart of Gold sponsor.  Sponsorship helps alleviate the very high cost of treatment for a heartworm positive dog. The overall cost to alleviate heartworms in one dog, including hospitalization, medications, x-rays, blood work and office visits office visits most often exceeds $700…for just one dog. Make your donation today!

$25: Four months of Heartgard treatment for a heartworm positive dog
$50: Average cost of one heart x-ray
$100: Covers one heart x-ray and the average cost of oral antibiotics taken (usually for at least one month) along with one month of Heartgard
$150: 1 CBC and one month Heartgard
$250: Cost of one average-sized dose of Immiticide, two months of Heartgard treatment, anesthetic, pain meds and one night of hospitalization

Wyatt-beforeWyatt is an older, distinguished gentleman who was found down on his luck roaming the streets of Cleveland. He was picked up and taken to the City of Cleveland Animal Control facility located in Tremont where he waited patiently for his owner to come and claim him. Sadly, nobody showed up. Dog arriving at the shelter are given basic health exams and care as needed and while Wyatt was there he was tested for heartworms and his test was positive. He has a fairly bad cough from being exposed to kennel cough, cataracts and may have a hard time hearing. His coat was messy and matted but his spirits were high when we picked him up to release him from the kennel.

Wyatt-groomedWyatt immediately went to The Mutt Hutt Grooming Salon and received a full pampering donated by Amanda. She brushed out his coat and fluffed him up removing all of his mats and cleaned up his coat shape. He was well behaved while being groomed and we believe he enjoyed the spa treatment. Waytt strutted his stuff over to the daycare where he met his foster mom Lee and then he and a bag of toys, treats and a crate were packed up and they headed to his new temporary home.

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Wyatt will receive the best care we can provide for him at Gateway Animal Clinic. We will have his chest Xray’d to determine the condition of the disease and then figure out his treatment after his diagnosis. Typically a dog with a heartworm positive diagnosis will stay in a foster home or adoptive home where they can remain calm and cared for (all medical expenses we cover) after being injected with a fluid designed to kill the worms that have taken over his heart. The process can take up to two injections a month apart while the dog stays calm and relaxed. This means Wyatt would be best suited to stay in his foster home or get adopted by an applicant that has low activity in their home (including kids and dogs). We will continue to update his profile as we learn more about his condition and heathcare plan moving forward.

Email us if you would like to meet Wyatt

FOSTER HOME REPORT:

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Blossom

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Arrival Date: 4/17/17
Breed: Hound/Shepherd Mix
Gender: Female
Age: 4-5 years
Weight: 50# Estimate
Personality: Gentle, Happy-Go-Lucky, Soft
Fully Vaccinated: Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Spayed/Neutered: Yes
In foster Home: Yes
Dog Social: Yes
Crate Trained:  Yes, not needed though
House Trained: Yes
Kid-Friendly: No Small Children
Cat-Friendly No
Origin: Gallia County Animal Shelter
Adoption Fee: $200

Blossom is as sweet as they come but she needs to learn some obedience (she likes to jump up!). She is a larger dog, brindle in color and her personality is gentle and sweet. She is most likely a Plothound/Shepherd/Labrador Retriever mix. She was transferred north to us from a rural shelter in southern Ohio. Blossom is up to date on vaccines and preventatives, spayed and ready to find a forever home. She recently had a fatty tumor removed from her belly and is a healthy middle aged dog. Blossom is estimated to be between 5-7 years old. She does like other dogs but is a little overwhelmed in a large pack environment. She would do best as an only dog or a second dog in the household baring we have a good match for her. Blossom loves toys, she will collect her toys and entertain herself for hours throwing toys around. At this time given her excitement jumping we would not recommend her for a home with small children.

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Current Foster Home:
Blossom is awesome!!  She is so sweet….except while eating.  While eating she is defensive of her food (something to watch in a home with other dogs or small children).  She eats her food immediately.  She drops a few pieces here and there but cleans up the floor after she eats everything out of the bowl. She loves to be outside.  A fenced in yard or invisible fence would be great for her.  She spends a ton of time in my backyard.  She periodically comes in to get a drink and goes right back out.  We have gone for at least two walks per day for a total of 3-5 miles.  She is strong out of the gate for about five to ten minutes and then slows down.  She really likes going for walks.  She tried to chase a Mack truck yesterday.  I explained to her the truck would win that fight but I do not think she was listening.

She is house trained and has not have one accident.  She met my parents and could not have been better.  She walks up to people and sits.  Just wants some love.  She will get petted until your arms fall asleep and then will play with her toys or lay down.  She is very independent yet just clingy enough.  She follows you around the house and likes to be wherever you are.  But she also likes her space and has no trouble being alone outside for a while.  
She is high energy and needs her exercise.  She barely ever barks.  She chases my neighbor’s car along the fence line and barks at it, but that is it for her making noise.  She is indifferent to people and dogs while on walks.  She will chase squirrels periodically and almost always goes after chipmunks.  She is not destructive.  She roamed free in my house and did not cause any damage.   She is treat motivated.  She is very playful and loves to be active.  

I do not know how she would be with small children [Secondhand Mutts is recommending a home without small children].  She has food aggression and may be possessive of her toys.  If she brought a toy over I would throw it or play with her.  However, most of the time she chases her toys and flings them around the room on her own.  I petted her while she was eating and she growled.  So I just let her eat in peace.  I had her sit and stay before I fed her.  She is very good at that.
She is very affectionate and very sweet.  She is a fantastic dog. 

Foster Home: 4/20/17 to 5/11/17
Blossom arrived in our home a pretty anxious dog — not sure how long she had been outside of home life, but it was easy to see that she wanted to like and trust us. Within the week she was hopping up on beds to sleep with various members of our family (depending on who went to bed and when) and snuggling in like she’d been there all her life. She is an affectionate dog.

Not too long after her arrival, she also found her bark and took it upon herself to protect us from the squirrels and birds that frequent the back yard, as well as the neighbors who would come and go. It was a notification bark though, not a threatening one. This was her spot and we were  her pack — interlopers should just keep moving. Her favorite spot to keep watch was the window seat in the front of our house. It was a bit of a jump for her, but she really enjoyed watching the comings and goings of the neighborhood.

Blossom is clearly a hound and is interested in scoring people food if/when she can. At family meals she would make a tour of the table, nosing around everyone’s space (told at each one, ‘No, your food is over there,’), and then, resignedly, she’d head to her bowl and eat her kibble.

It doesn’t look like Blossom has had had much obedience training. She would sit on command if she saw you were holding a treat, but not with any consistency. She will also need leash training. She would need a harness on walks to prevent us getting our arms pulled off. (We have one that slips under her front legs and joins together behind her shoulders — that worked pretty well.)

My teenage daughters absolutely adored this dog and she was very sweet with all of us.

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Our Adoptables Are
  • Socialized in a cage-free dog daycare environment
  • Dog-Friendly
  • Cat Tested (upon request)
  • Fostered in real homes
  • Spayed or Neutered
  • Temperament tested
  • Veterinary Health Checked
  • Fully Vaccinated
  • Distemper Vaccinated
  • Rabies Vaccinated
  • Bordetella Vaccinated
  • Heartworm Tested
  • Microchipped
  • Flea Preventative
  • Heartworm Preventative
  • Groomed prior to adoption

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Meet-Our-Mutts in Brecksville

1/20/18

Saturday, January 20, 2018 Creek View Commons 8249 Chippewa Road Brecksville, Ohio 44141 12:00 to 3:00 pm Join us for an afternoon of pet pampering at PetValu. Our volunteers will be chaperoning five lucky dogs to spend the afternoon with the customers and associates of PetValu.

9th Annual Pancake Barkfeast with Celebrity Chef Omelette Station

1/27/2018

Saturday, January 27, 2018 Fundraiser to cover medical expenses for The Extra Mile program In 2017 we placed 73 dogs. Of those we used funds from The Extra Mile program to help 5 dogs with medical needs and 2 dogs with behavioral issues. Most recently to join our adoption family is a senior dog named Wyatt who was found […]

Meet-Our-Mutts in Brecksville

2/17/18

Saturday, February 17, 2018 Creek View Commons 8249 Chippewa Road Brecksville, Ohio 44141 12:00 to 3:00 pm Join us for an afternoon of pet pampering at PetValu. Our volunteers will be chaperoning five lucky dogs to spend the afternoon with the customers and associates of PetValu.

 

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