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Bailey

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Arrival Date: 9/29/17
Breed: Collie/Shepherd Mix
Gender: Female
Age: 7 years
Weight: 60#
Personality: Happy Go Lucky, Soft
Fully Vaccinated: Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Spayed/Neutered: Yes
In foster Home: Yes
Dog Social: Yes
Crate Trained: Yes
House Trained: Yes
Kid-Friendly: Yes
Cat-Friendly: Not tested but we think yes
Origin: Stray (Fayette County, Ohio)
Adoption Fee: $200

 

Bailey EarsBailey is a soft soul who was picked up as a stray in Fayette County, Ohio. She was in the shelter just a short time before volunteers went into action to get her out and find her a rescue to take her in. Bailey is on the thin side but gaining weight, she has some hair loss and her ears were severely infected. None of this bothered her one bit though. Bailey is the kind of dog who is grateful, loyal, compassionate and special. We are looking for an owner for her that has similar qualities and needs a partner to lift the spirits of others. Bailey would make an excellent therapy dog if given guidance and the opportunity.

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Bailey has a mass on her belly that is not bothering her. We are having it removed once she has gained some weight. She is being treated for the ear infections with topical medicine. She had had a full blood panel and we have discovered she is hypothyroid (which explains the hair loss) so she is on medication for that. Bailey is heartworm negative, microchipped, spayed and fully vaccinated. She is ready to find her forever home!

Email us if you would like to meet Bailey.

FOSTER HOME REPORT:

Coming soon!

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Hazel

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Arrival Date: 9/5/17
Breed: Boxer Mix
Gender: Female
Age: 2 years
Weight: 65#
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: Yes
Cat-Friendly: Unknown
Origin: Owner Surrender
Adoption Fee: $200

 

Hazel is a two year old boxer mix female. She is taller than your average boxer and could have some Great Dane lineage in her breed (but who knows). Hazel was taken to a local veterinary clinic for a possible obstruction in her abdomen. The owners could not afford the care to have her seen and opted to surrender her to the clinic. After some testing was done it was confirmed she did not have an obstruction and she did not need to have surgery. Hazel has been around kids and she has been a good guest at the clinic where she is currently staying in a kennel environment. She has had some much needed social days at The Mutt Hutt to release her energy and give us the opportunity to get to know her while we try to find her a home.

Hazel will need some work with commands but she is very eager to learn and responsive to training. She falls into the “high energy” category and will need an owner who can dedicate time for exercise including walks, runs or continued daycare or dog park visits.

Hazel has been spayed since being surrendered and she is now ready to find her forever family. Email us if you would like to meet Hazel.

FOSTER HOME REPORT:

Since Tuesday hazel has had a week full of playtime and just being a puppy.
Hazel_fosterShe has thoroughly enjoyed the outside and the freedom of playing and having a play mate. The first night she was very energetic and did many laps both inside and outside the house. I do not allowed dogs in my office or guest room and she learned quickly they were off limit just by saying no.   She is very very smart.  It was mentioned to me about her jumping and mouthing and that is one thing we have begun to work on.   I noticed right away that when she wanted attention she would jump on me and than mouth my hand or arm if jumping was not successful.  I started getting her to sit and than pet her and love on her.  By today you could see she was already starting to think before jumping up or mouthing me.
Her and her foster sister Zoey have gotten over their squeaky toy issues from earlier in the week and they are allowed to play with them again and boy does she like squeaky toys.  The girls take turns kissing each others faces and than taking the toy with out the other knowing it.  Their inside playing is a good play with very little time outs due to getting too rough.   Outside has to be monitored a lot.  Hazel likes to start at one end of the yard and run to the other side and dive bomb Zoey which causes friction.   I have Zoey on her e collar to try to warn her in time and she starts to run towards me if she sees hazel coming for me to head off the collision.   This will come with time and it will get better.  If Hazel is really high energy they go out separately – with objection because they want the other with them. 
One thing Hazel has picked up on quickly is being calm when exiting her crate she sits and waits for the door to open.  Also she is sitting and waiting patiently for her food bowl to go down and not jumping on me while trying to put it down.
It was mentioned that she was currently eating 3-4 times per day with 1 cup each feeding and that I could increase if I wanted to.  I am currently feeding 2-2.5 cups twice a day in the morning and at night. Sometimes she eats a little checks where me and Zoey are and than back to eating.
Overall she is doing very well.
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Spirit

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We know how to keep our chins up and work, work, work until we have prepared our dogs for the rest of their lives: medically, behaviorally and otherwise.

We’re pretty good at picking dogs that will get along with other dogs. Our primary focus when taking dogs in is to pull them from high-kill, no-option shelters. We don’t mind committing to a dog whose little head and body is covered in mange, heartworm positive dogs find solace and recovery in our program and dogs that are scared of the world are taken under our wing time and time again. Sometimes everything can look great, “on paper” and turn out to be a challenge we never expected so we go The Extra Mile to get the dog prepared for adoption.

We respect the dog.

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Arrival Date: 9/5/17
Breed: Labrador Retriever Mix
Gender: Female
Age: 2 years
Weight: 50#
Personality: Shy, Shut Down, Sweet
Fully Vaccinated: Yes
Microchipped: Will be prior to adoption
Spayed/Neutered: Will be prior to adoption
In foster Home: We have one ready when she is
Dog Social: In process
Crate Trained: In process
House Trained: In process
Kid-Friendly: In process
Cat-Friendly: Unknown
Origin: Stray – Richland County
Adoption Fee: $200

 

Spirit_face_webSpirit is the name she was given by the shelter volunteers and staff in Richland County where she was seen running stray and scared while volunteers tried tirelessly to capture her. After a few days she was eventually lured into a trap (with the help of a Wendy’s cheeseburger) on August 3. Her spirit may be broken but that is why she has landed in our care. Our finest accomplishments have been taking shut down shelter and stray dogs and giving them a new lease on life. We have had many dogs come into our program with the spirit of this gal and we are proud of our work to go The Extra Mile. Spirit is no exception. Earlier this year we changed the life of two very special dogs: Ridge and then Rogan (he has just left for a trial home this week). Through patience, a decompression plan, slow socialization with the right and balanced dogs, a slow and steady course has lead shut down shelter dogs to dogs who can and do live in homes with humans and other animals who deeply care for them.

SpiritSHM_earsSpirit is estimated to be around two years old. She may be hesitant or unsure or fearful but she is in no way aggressive. She was found with fly bitten ears that have since healed under the care of the shelter she first took refuge in. She has some skin issues that we will be treating with antibiotics but can tell you she looks much better than she did in her arriving shelter picture (above). When we learned about Spirit shutting down at the shelter we knew her fate there was not good unless a rescue or adopter took her in. Dogs like Spirit are not adoptable at most county and municipal shelters because there are too many unknowns, the staff can’t get near them to vaccinate them and cage space can be limited depending on the location and size of the shelter. We saw her story and knew we could help.

One of our dedicated volunteers drove the 3 hour round trip to help load her up and bring her “home”. We will admit it was a difficult load and Spirit was notSpirit_table comfortable being handled or being lead by a leash. Chicken might have been a tool but it wasn’t helping either.  However, we got her into a crate safety for her journey. When she arrived we carried her crate to our quarantine space and allowed her the freedom to be secure in a quite space, with warm bedding and a light left on for her at night. She didn’t eat dinner or breakfast but she has slowly taken treats and we will continue to work on her ability to smell rather than fear those who are feeding her and we will get her to eat. Spirit spent her first night huddled in an open kennel and the next day while we cleaned out her space she moved to a corner under a table. Her legs may be clinging to the table leg but inside she is interested and aware. She has a full view of her surroundings. She has some dog company and is accepting our touch.

Spirit is not a project she is a gift. And we are glad to have this gift to take care of. When the time is right we will pass her along to a foster home that is equipped to continue her progress. We do not have any set timeline for her progress nor do we need one. We will allow Spirit to guide us and in return we will help show her compassion and trust.

We will not be setting up meet and greets for adoptive families. Please check back to this page for a progress report on how Spirit is developing.

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FOSTER HOME REPORT

Spirit foster couchLabor Day weekend we took in a dog named Spirit. Shut down and scared of the world we were prepared for a long road ahead. Spirit spent two weeks decompressing in a quiet space meeting a select number of dogs (who she reacted well to) learning to trust a few select humans she allowed to pet her and spend time with her. As the trust built she was more curious and we felt it was time to move her down to start observing the dogs.

Spirit decided to speed things up once she was exposed to the dogs and put our plan of of sorts! We moved her into a room off the floor where the dogs play at daycare and she curiously hopped up to look out the open window and decided to head out on her own! When she made it out she headed for a safe spot (a corner) and laid down and observation week commenced.

Spirit spent the next week walking among all sorts of dog friends, sniffing dog butts, exploring outside and finding resting spots on Karunda beds or under platform tables. The staff at The Mutt Hutt kept their eyes on her at all times and continued to build her trust with humans.

We are extremely grateful to Laura who serves on our board and oversees our volunteer chaperone program and her partner Jeff. A couple months ago they lost their adopted Secondhand Mutt Doberman “RB” leaving them with a broken heart and a yellow Labrador Retriever named Chuck at home looking for a buddy. Laura was one of the few volunteers who spent the first two weeks interacting with Spirit. She and Spirit would sit in the quiet room, Laura would massage her feet and read a book by her side on the weekends and visit her during the weekday evenings.

Spirit foster poolWe felt it was time to see how Spirit would do in a home where she can rest, relax, get used to household activity, be exposed to a few cats and gobble up a meal without looking behind her in fright. Last week Spirit headed “home” with Laura and she is continuing to make progress.

“She is still extremely skittish. She can be around us in the house and has even sought us out a few times when we were in a different room. When we take her into a room we are going to be hanging out in, she will settle down in a protected area (between the sofa and coffee table) and go to sleep or just observe what’s going on” Laura reports to us after a few days having her in the home. “Loud noises in the house and neighborhood do not seem to bother her too much, which surprised me, but I am grateful for that. She has hung out with us by the fire pit in the backyard and tolerated the noise from my neighbors construction job pretty well.” she continues.

We all know Labradors love to swim and even thought swimming season is over and we don’t expect Spirit to jump in a pool anytime soon Laura and Jeff have a heated pool so it’s open in October!

“We took her into the pool area last night while our dog Chuck was swimming. She seemed intrigued that we were swimming and a little curious about the pool itself. She really wants to hang out with Chuck and he is being very tolerant of her.”

Laura and Jeff will continue to keep us updated. We have asked them to keep her for awhile to work on her sense of security, get to learn how to climb stairs, walk on a leash and get a bit more confidence in her stride than she has. We are not expecting big things quickly but this progress has certainly amazed us given it’s been less than a month since she was delivered to us by one of our volunteer transporters.

Respect the dog.

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Ted

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Arrival Date: 7/8/17
Breed: Tree Walker Hound
Gender: Male
Age:
Weight:
Personality:  Happy-Go-Lucky
Fully Vaccinated: Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Spayed/Neutered: Will be prior to adoption
In foster Home: Seeking Foster Home
Dog Social: Yes – No small dogs due to prey drive
Crate Trained:  No
House Trained: Yes
Kid-Friendly: Yes
Cat-Friendly No
Origin: Stray – Boone County, West Virginia
Adoption Fee: $200

Ted-carTed is a big old hunk of love…..and he has “happy tail” to boot! Ted was so excited to leave the county kennel in West Virginia he wacked his tail so hard it started to bleed (thus, “happy tail”). Ted was found as a stray and taken to the local shelter that is over run with dogs and forced to euthanized dogs when they are overpopulated. We were happy to add Ted and Rogan to our adoption family and help find them homes.

Ted just arrived and will be moving to a foster home where we will get a report about his at home behavior and update on how he is doing. He has acclimated well with the pack and is seemingly a happy-go-lucky fellow that loves other dogs and people. Hounds can be mischievous and tend to hunt for food and little critters but they are also excellent family pets. They do require a lot of exercise and Ted is no exception.

Ted is up to date on shots and will be neutered prior to his adoption.

Check back for an update on Ted or email us if you would like to meet him.

FOSTER HOME REPORT

He is a very sweet dog and their were no issues with him and my Greyhound Zinc.  Ted has a very high scent/hunter drive.  He really just likes to be outside all the time.  Actually, it is difficult even getting him to come back inside as I have resorted to coaxing him with treats and putting him back on leash to get him inside my house.  He basically runs around the yard catching various scents like hound dogs do.  

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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.

FOSTER HOME REPORT

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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John Ritter

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Arrival Date: 3/10/17
Breed: Terrier / Labrador Mix
Gender: Male
Age: 1 year
Weight: 45#
Personality: Happy-Go-Lucky, Some Fear Issues
Fully Vaccinated:  Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Spayed/Neutered: Will be prior to adoption
In foster Home:  Yes
Dog Social: Yes
Crate Trained:  Yes
House Trained: Yes
Kid-Friendly: Older Kids Please
Cat-Friendly  Unknown
Origin: Rescue Transfer (Stray in Mansfield)
Adoption Fee: $200 or $300 for the pair!

Ritter_bedJohn Ritter and his best bud Don Knotts came in together from the Richland County Dog Warden’s shelter in Mansfield. We had originally requested to pull Don Knotts and then saw video of the pair playing together and knew the shelter could use help so we agreed to take both dogs. They were excellent companions on the drive north to our facility and have been best friends since arriving. Don Knotts was adopted in July 2017.

John Ritter is about a year old, he’s a happy-go-lucky pitbull terrier mix. He is around 45# and will be filling out a bit more to top off at around 50#. He is young, playful and eager to please. He and Don Knotts do not need to stay together long term…both dogs are great dogs and will be able to easily transition into forever homes once we find them!

Ritter has some slight fear based issues we are working on pin pointing and resolving. We believe he would do best if he could be placed with an owner that can spend the time with him he will need on training. We are willing to provide up to 3 lessons to get the training started with his approved adopter. At this time given he has not had much home life structure he would do best in a home with older (13+) kids and not a home with small children. His fear is not aggression it’s hesitation and not being exposed to much at a young age and he is in a phase were he needs to learn more and continue into a training program.

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Ritter2Ritter cuts an imposing figure, with his boxy head on his solid, muscular body. He is alert and on guard as we take our walks, constantly sniffing the indicators of who has gone before us, and looking up and down the block ahead. He currently has a pretty narrow definition of who is in his pack and can be trusted (the four members of our family and maybe one or two regular visitors) and a broad one of who might pose a threat (everything and everybody else). His new family may want to do some specific training around this. We walk him with a harness to cut down on the pulling, cross the street to avoid other dogs/walkers and give him plenty of closely supervised time to adjust to new people in our house.

Because he is slow to warm up to new people, first-time meets are a little stressful. He’s barky and not a cuddly wag-fest. (Clearly he has had some history with people who were unkind or unreliable.) But since he’s tagged us as his family, he is the sweetest, most snuggly bundle of love and loyalty you could ever hope to have on your side. His favorite place is with his big head lying across our laps or curled up right beside us. He may be standoffish with strangers, but he wants to greet our family members with a big hug –front paws on our chest and his snout to our nose– tail going like crazy. (We are working on subtler ways to say hello and discourage him from jumping on people — he’s a lot of dog.)

We’ve found Ritter is only moderately interested in playing Fetch with a ball but he LOVES to chase sticks… and when he’s tired of Fetch, he flops down and likes to chew his quarry down to little splinters. He has a strong chewing instinct but he has not destroyed any of our things — probably because we have several bones around for him to satisfy that urge. He generally comes when he’s called, and will sit if you have a treat, but doesn’t respond to a lot of other commands. We’re working on that too.

We’ve had a few accidents in the house ~ likely stemming from his medication after his neutering and unfamiliar surroundings. They are not regular occurrences, but we’ve noticed that he does need to get out shortly after his meals.

Ritter is going to make a great dog for someone that realizes his potential beyond his initial reactions. He’s like a hedgehog ~ he appears prickly and unpleasant at first, but he has a soft belly and a sweet nature once you get beyond the outer layer. That said, I would discourage him from being placed in a home with younger children. He is a strong dog.

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Big League Chew

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Arrival Date: 6/28/2015
Breed: Beagle, BullDog, Pomeranian
Gender:  Male
Age: 3-4 years
Weight: 35#
Personality: Happy-Go-Lucky, Anxious, Fearful
Fully Vaccinated:  Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Spayed/Neutered: Yes
In foster Home: As needed
Dog Social: Yes, Excellent
Crate Trained:  Yes
House Trained: Yes
Kid-Friendly: 12+
Cat-Friendly Yes
Origin: Boone County West Virginia (2014)
Owner Return/Surrender (2015)

FOSTER HOME REPORT
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We are not a traditional shelter, we are a cage-free facility. All dogs are temperament tested and must get along with other dogs to stay here. Appointments must be made in advance to meet our Secondhand Mutts. Please call 216-664-9660 or email rescue@secondhandmutts.org to set up a time. We are closed on Sundays. We prefer to adopt to local families but will consider long distance adoptions.

Adoption Fee $200

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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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