Quincy

ADOPTED! October 17, 2017

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Arrival Date: 9/28/17
Breed: Shih Tzu
Gender: Male
Age: 3 years
Weight: 20#
Personality:
Fully Vaccinated: Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Spayed/Neutered: Yes
In foster Home: Yes
Dog Social: Yes
Crate Trained: Yes
House Trained: Yes
Kid-Friendly: Not recommended
Cat-Friendly: Yes
Origin: Owner Surrender (Richland County)
Adoption Fee: $200

ShihTzu_maleBelieve it or not the dog pictured to the left is the same dog as the one on the top of this page thanks to the Amanda at The Mutt Hutt Grooming Salon who donated her time to make Quincy feel and look better. Quincy is a 4 year old Shih Tzu. He was surrendered to a shelter with his yorkie sister and she was adopted. Quincy was unable to be on the adoption floor at the shelter due to his “cage aggression” so he was networked to rescues and we stepped up and took him in. We will not sugar coat a thing: he does have aggression in his cage. However, it’s all show and talk because once he is out he is a gentleman. We will never know what kind of life Quincy once had or if he spent a lot of time quarantined or in a kennel but that life is over and he’s on to better and brighter things. He has moved into a foster home and is looking for a forever home. He is sensitive when he is picked up so we are not recommending he live in a home with small children. Quincy is in a foster home living with two dogs and a cat and he is social with all of them.

Quincy is up to date on vaccines, microchipped, heartworm negative and neutered.

Email us if you would like to meet Quincy

FOSTER HOME REPORT:

Quincy is an awesome dog! He got attached to me very quickly and he is completely house trained. Quincy does not chew anything or have destructive behavior. He is a good listener…. except a couple of mornings…he runs out the door with me because he doesn’t want me to leave and then I’ve got to get him back in the house. He is sensitive about being picked up and can be snappy but has never tried to bite me. He is super excited to see me when I get home from work and he will lay right next to me when I relax.  Quincy is a great lap dog, but he does have a lot of energy that needs to be worked off by walking him. He has no issues with food or treats…takes treats out of my hand very gently. He is also attentive to letting me know if someone is at my front door. 

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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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Meet-Our-Mutts in October: Pet People

October 7, 2017

PetPeople

19565 Detroit Road
Rocky River, OH 44116

Join us for an afternoon of pet pampering at Pet People. Our volunteers will be chaperoning three lucky dogs to spend the afternoon with the customers and associates of Pet People.

11:00 to 2:00 pm
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Meet-Our-Mutts: Head for the Cure

Saturday, October 7, 2017

We will have a tent and company from Tails from the City for the 2017 Head for the Cure race. Come meet Hazel and Bailey starting at 8 AM. Both dogs will be heading to Pet People in Rocky River following this event.

Edgewater Park
Cleveland, Ohio

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Race Begins: 8:00am (runners in the front, walkers in the back)
Kid’s Fun Run: 9:15am
Keeping the Faith Awards: 9:30am
5K Race Awards: Immediately Following 5K

Race details: click here.

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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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Frahlein Hilga

ADOPTED! September 22, 2017

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Arrival Date: 9/5/17
Breed: Chihuahua
Gender: Female
Age: 2-3 years old
Weight: 5#
Personality: Confident
Fully Vaccinated: Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Spayed/Neutered: Will be prior to adoption
In foster Home: Yes
Dog Social: Yes
Crate Trained: Unknown
House Trained: Unknown
Kid-Friendly: Unknown
Cat-Friendly: Unknown
Origin: Stray – Richland County
Adoption Fee: $200

 

Hilga_sideFrahlein Hilga or Hilga for short is a small, female Chihuahua. Hilga was picked up as a stray and taken to the shelter in Richland County. Her owners did not come claim her and we inquired taking her and one other dog (Spirit). One of our dedicated transport volunteers offered to pick both dogs up and they headed northbound for the new life to begin. As you can see from the picture below she enjoys car rides.

Hilga is fearless when it comes to darting around a room or getting where she needs to go. She is a SuperWoman of Chihuahua and can leap up 4′ to get where she needs to go. She loves to look out the window and be in her persons lap. These are our early observations at our facility, we will know more from her foster parent after she spends time in a house.  She had her extremly long nails trimmed and she did very well for Amanda at The Mutt Hutt Grooming Salon. She got a bath and warmed up by wearing a sweater after her bath.

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Hilga is up to date on shots and microchipped. She will be spayed prior to her adoption. Please read up about this breed as they are not for everyone. Hilga will “alarm bark” when strangers come into a room but once she knows who you are she no longer barks or carries on. Hilga is very friendly with people she knows in a short time and she has no problem being picked up and held.

Email us if you would like to meet Hilga.

FOSTER HOME REPORT

Coming soon!

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Ringo

ADOPTED! October 16, 2017

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Arrival Date: 7/21/17
Breed: Doberman Pinscher (black/rust)
Gender: Male
Age: 2 years
Weight: 80#
Personality: Confident/Dominate
Fully Vaccinated: Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Spayed/Neutered: Yes
In foster Home: Yes
Dog Social: Yes, but still learning appropriate play
Crate Trained: Not necessary
House Trained:  Yes
Kid-Friendly: 12+ as we get to know him better
Cat-Friendly: Unknown at this time
Origin: Owner Surrender – Tuscawarus County
Adoption Fee: $250

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Ringo was surrendered by his owner after he took a job in southern Ohio and moved her from Colorado. His landlord would not allow him to keep Ringo and he had no other choice but to take him to the small, rural shelter in Tuscawarus County. We were able to pick him up and bring him back to Cleveland. He rode very nicely in the car for the drive home. We had very little information to go by from his former owners notes he left with the shelter other than his name and that he didn’t like male dogs and may not like cats. We have a very experienced foster home for Dobermans in Grafton and we slowly introduced Ringo to the Grafton pack of male Doberman. He got along with all of them, he loves to play (and can play a little rough so supervision is necessary) and has a very confident personality. Ringo also met some horses and a donkey and at this time not having a full understanding of the importance of command work we would hesitate to say he is “farm animal friendly”.

Ringo_packRingo is going to be extremely loyal to whomever is lucky enough to adopt him and provide him with companionship. We are adamant that his new owner provide Ringo with professional dog training to learn and master his commands providing him with much needed structure and consistency. This is imperative with dogs who are confident and he must have owners who are more confident than he is. Ringo is a young dog and needs plenty of exercise. The Doberman Pincher breed does not really grow up until they are close to 3 years old and many dogs in this breed category have energy for up to 8 years of age. Ringo is naturally protective and has a very demanding bark when he is in the home (again, common for the breed). Ringo will need to continue socializing with dogs of all sizes and genders to become a socialite. He is not quite ready for pack play in a daycare or dog park setting….this comes with time.

Ringo_bodyRingo loves to play tug and is a great walker. He does know his basic commands (sit, stay, heel, down) but needs continued polishing of those commands. Shortly after staying on the Grafton farm with his doberman friends we moved him to a home with a single male so that we could learn more about him in a different environment. Ringo loves staying on the 10×10 screened porch. He goes for 3 walks a day, eats like a champion and his foster dad admits does some counter surfing. Apparently he loves people food and this is something his foster dad is working. Oh boy!

Email us if you would like to set up a meet and greet.

FOSTER HOME REPORT

Coming soon!

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Neptune

ADOPTED! October 20, 2017

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Arrival Date: 8/22/17
Breed: Doberman Pinscher (blue/rust)
Gender: Female
Age: Estimated 3 years
Weight: 54#
Personality: Submissive (with people)
Fully Vaccinated: Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Spayed/Neutered: Will be prior to adoption
In foster Home: Seeking Foster Home
Dog Social: Working on this!
Crate Trained: She may escape!
House Trained:  Yes
Kid-Friendly: 12+ as we get to know her better
Cat-Friendly: Cat Curious! Will need some re-direction
Origin: Stray – Tuscawarus County
Adoption Fee: $250

Neptune BodyNeptune is a 3 year old blue and rust Doberman Pinscher female. She has natural ears and a docked tail. She is on the smaller side weighing in at 54# and we anticipate she will stay below 60#. She was found as a stray and picked up by animal control in Tuscawarus County and kept on a stray hold. The shelter always hopes owners will come claim their dogs but that was not the case for Neptune. She was transferred to our rescue to start her life over. She is not spayed but will be spayed prior to her adoption. She has a lot of cute quirks including hoarding toys, smiling with a big teeth smile when she greets people, flopping over on her side to expose her belly and she will grab her leash and bring it to you when she is ready for a walk.

Neptune is a little apprehensive around dogs and will need more time to acclimate to meeting dogs and learning how to socialize. For now she would do best as an only dog and my what a great only dog she will be for whomever adopts her.  Neptune has been spending time decompressing in a quarantine space. She will be slowly introduced to dogs and then acclimate to the daycare pack when she is ready. Neptune had a short stay in a foster home with a cat and other dog and was not quite ready for sharing space with another dog and is now looking for a new foster home until we place her in a forever home. She is cat curious and will need some more supervision as we get to know her and oversee her behavior toward cats.

Check back for an update on Neptune or email us if you would like to set up a meet and greet.

FOSTER HOME REPORT

 

Here is the “cat report” from her 24-hour cat test trial: 
When she first came into the house, she walked around investigating (on leash) and came upon Storm sitting on my bed.  Storm hissed at her and she backed off, but then kept going back to the bedroom to look for Storm, even staring under the bed for  minutes at a time when Storm wasn’t even in the room. She walked past Crush sitting under a table a bunch of times before she noticed him and backed off at first, but after that she started what I would call stalking behavior.  She would catch sight of him under a table or down the stairs and would walk out if his line of vision, but then start creeping towards him very slowly with her head hanging down staring at him.  I would get in front of her at this point and say no and redirect her to a toy, which worked for just a little bit and then she would go back looking for him.  He did run away from her at one point and she did follow at a pretty quick pace, but he made it to the other side of the dog gate before she caught up and then stared him down until I got over to her to redirect.

 

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Meet-Our-Mutts in Brecksville: Pet Valu

Saturday, August 19, 2017

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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.

Trixie & Ted

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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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