Our Canine Residents - Not available for adoption

Buddy: Now 13-year-old Malti-Poo Buddy and his older brother Snowball joined the Leashes End family in August 2022. The Floofs’ (as we call them) owner, a DoD civilian, has been sent on orders to Japan for a while. It was unlikely that the Floofs would have done well on the transpacific flight (in the hold!) or the mandatory 6-month quarantine in country.  So we’re watching the Floofs until Mom gets home. Buddy, with his signature one-ear-up look loves squeaky toys! He and Snowball run around the house bickering and getting into mischief and just generally being adorable.

Chancellor: On August 2nd, 2021, we welcomed now 16-year-old Chancellor into the Leashes End family! Chancellor is part of Leashes End’s perpetuity care program. He’d been the cherished member of a loving couple his whole life. But now his humans are getting on in age (early 90s & late 80s … and wheelchair bound).  Since they could no longer keep up with this high-energy flood, they asked us to take him.  And he’s a perfect fit here at Leashes End. He loves running around off leash and mastered the dog door within an hour of arriving! Other than some allergies and a sensitive tummy, Chancellor is in great health. Probably because he loves his veggies, especially green beans!

Charley: In early May 2023, we welcomed 8-year-old Charley into the Leashes End family!  I know what you’re thinking: Eight is a senior?  Charley was rehomed to us due to his  aging owner’s inability to care for him any longer. Charley’s tendency to get underfoot was becoming a trip hazard for her and for Charley …. both are disabled and nearly blind!  Charley’s youthful energy is refreshing for most of us.  The cats could do without!  Charley is a mostly blind Bichon Frise who is missing one of his hind legs following an accident a couple years ago. Charley’s pretty fast on three legs, but fatigues quickly.  Not quickly enough for the cats though!  I had to laugh the other day when I found Charley barking hysterically at one of Joyce Curvin’s (joycecurvinart.com) papier-mâché cats that just wouldn’t budge matter how loud he barked! Charley lives every day to the fullest and sleeps soundly at night pressed up against Risa!  Life can be soooo goooood!

Dori: In July, 2022, we welcomed now 17-year-old Dori  into the Leashes End family! Mindy Farber of FOACAS entrusted this precious girl to us under our perpetuity care program. Dori’s previous family turned this old gal out on the streets in her old age! FOACAS determined that due to her age and nervous temperament, she’d do best in sanctuary.  And the rest is history. Dori has a heart condition and is skittish. But she loves to give nose kisses, sleep on comfy beds (hidden in corners), and knows how to use the dog door to let herself in and out. She’s the absolute sweetest girl and we love her.


Gremlin: In early March 2023, we agreed to foster a very special dog for Mindy Farber of FOACAS. Gremlin is a Pekingese mix with a whole raft of medical issues! She was pulled out of a cruelty situation by Animal Control and needed a place to heal and recover … so we said: Sure, she can crash with us for a while. Poor Gremlin had an anal tract infection, multiple ophthalmic problems (including ulcers), a cold, and some fiercely rotten teeth! Thanks to the generosity of FOACAS, Gremlin is getting all the medical attention she needs and is healing nicely. It didn’t take us long to fall in love with Gremlin and offer her a permanent place at Leashes End. Gremlin LOVES to go on walks, boss over the other dogs, and sleep in front of a window in the dining room where she can keep an eye on everyone! Welcome to the family, Gremlin!

Leopold: On August 31st, 2023, we welcomed 18-year-old Leopold into the Leashes End family.  Yes folks, look into these beautiful, huge brown eyes and at his derpy tongue … neoteny is alive and well at Leashes End and every time I look at his sweet, baby face my heart swells with happiness.  Leo (formerly Scruffy) was languishing at the PG County Shelter, which is no place for a tiny, frail 18-year-old.  As far as medical issues go, our vet says to just keep him comfortable. And if great food, fun walks, soft napping spots, and snuggling with me in bed at night count, then we’re following doctor’s orders. Our Leo is intact.  But because he has a grade-4 heart murmur and he’s cryptorchid, he’s not a good candidate for a neuter.  Similarly, we may be unable to repair the large fistula in his toothless mouth depending on the risk of anesthesia. Leo is wobbly on his legs, but he loves chasing after the pack on walks … with just a little help from the hoomans. In short, he’s just the perfect Leashes End pup!

Mayhem:  On 10 March 2023, we welcomed 12-year-old Puggle Mayhem into the Leashes End family.  We were head over heels in love with this great guy from the word Go!  Our friend Katie Fisher tipped us off that Mayhem had been at the Prince George’s County Shelter… since December!  For the life of me, I’ll never understand how he ended up at a shelter to begin with, let alone spent three months there without getting adopted! Like all Puggles, Mayhem needs to sample EVERYTHING in the kitchen!  He loves his off leash romps. And he self-selected into Kari’s pack, rather than sleep with me! 


Mina: In late March 2023, Leashes End welcomed two senior pups, a bonded pair, who had been dumped at the Allegany County Shelter in the dead of night! Mina is a 12-year-old brindle mix and  Bo was a 16-year-old, blind & deaf, white Shih Tzu. Sadly, Bo has passed on. But Mina is still with us! Mina has a condition called Degenerative Myelopathy (DM), a neurodegenerative disease that affects older dogs. It initially results in paralysis of the pelvic limbs but progresses to affect all limbs. We also anticipate incontinence as Mina loses nervous control of her hind quarters. But we’re no strangers to this condition and are ready to Sherpa Mina through it.

Mouse: Now 16-year-old Mouse (aka Lynda) is our resident “foster failure.”  She initially joined us on loan from AWL Alexandria as a foster.  But as of April 29, 2021 she became a permanent party. Huge thanks to AWL Alexandria for letting us keep her! Mouse is absolutely tiny, weighing in at just over 4lbs.  So of course she’s hooked up with ginormous Moose as her BFF.  Mouse has rules when it comes to humans though:  Look, but don’t touch!  We are absolutely, positively not allowed to touch the Mouse.  So, for the most part (notable exceptions being grooming and veterinary visits) we’ve arrived at an accommodation with this little lady.  The Mouse underwent quite the ordeal during her dental surgery (provided courtesy of AWL Alexandria). She had 32 extractions and went into cardiac arrest under anesthesia! She had to be revived with CPR. But the Mouse didn’t skip a beat in her rapid recovery.  Maybe some day she’ll let us hold her. It’s good to have aspirations, you know.

Olive B:  We’re not sure why, but after nearly a decade and a half, Olive’s family had decided to surrender her to the county shelter at the end of 2022.  We were able to jump in and squirrel her away to Leashes End before that could happen. Leashes End kicked off 2023 with a new frosted face in our midst!  Extremely food-motivated, able to reach cat food on countertops, and with no problems barging through most pet gates, 14-year-old Olive B kept things lively!  In September 2023, Olive was diagnosed with Cushing’s. That explains why she slowed down a lot over the past few months. We have her on medication now, and we’re hoping to have her back to normal soon.

Phineas:  On 14 September 2023, 14-year-old Phineas Poodle joined us from the Prince Georges County Shelter.  Poor Phin had been stuck there since mid-August with dim prospects of adoption. Phin is quiet and apprehensive, so we’re taking it slowly. He’s also a bit under the weather. But he enjoys having access the grass outside, soft beds inside, and plentiful soft food.  

Rufus:  On the evening of 11 August 2023, we welcomed 16-year-old Rufus (Papillon) into the Leashes End family.  His caregiver was suffering from dementia and neglecting both herself & Rufus.  She was moved to a care facility while Rufus was remanded to the local shelter.  Poor Rufus was in rough shape physically & emotionally. His mouth is rotten and his gums are bleeding, but he’s on the schedule for a dental, which should clear up a lot.  After two weeks at the shelter, the staff figured he’d do better in sanctuary.  Rufus is not a people person, which, despite his devastatingly good looks, would render him pretty unadoptable, especially at his age. After a while at Leashes End, he’s finally coming out of his shell a bit, barking, prancing, exploring…he even let me pet him for a few minutes!  Take your time, Rufus. You’re among friends here.

Smokey: Smokey joined the Leashes End family in mid-April, 2023 when his owners were threatened with eviction if they didn’t get rid of him. It seems Smokey was starting fights with the neighbors’ big dogs. Not entirely difficult to believe given his personality! Of course we couldn’t turn Smokey down. Gorgeous Smokey is a 16-year-old Dachshund-Yorkie mix: a Dorkie! He’s a chatterbox and has some amusing vocalizations. He also joined Trina‘s howling choir… daybreak performances every morning in the acoustically, vibrant foyer! He can climb cat trees and it’s virtually impossible to keep him out of the cat den and from eating the cats’ food. He loves walkies. And he is quite protective of me, especially during bathtime (my bath time!) and in bed at night. Welcome to the family, Smokey!

Snowball: Now 16-year-old Maltese Snowball joined the Leashes End family in August 2022 along with his Maltipoo brother Buddy.  The Floofs’ (as we call them) owner, a DoD civilian, has been sent on orders to Japan for a while. It was unlikely that the Floofs would have done well on the transpacific flight (in the hold!) or the mandatory 6-month quarantine in country.  So we’re watching the Floofs until Mom gets home. Snowball is a cuddle and loves to be around people. Snowball has a grade 5 heart murmur, but that doesn’t slow him down.  He and Buddy run around the house getting into mischief and just generally being cute.  Snowball also had wicked bad teeth, but thanks to a generous veterinary grant from House with a Heart, Snowball’s mouth is as good as new now … well, as long as you don’t mind having only three teef left!

Tango: 15-year-old Shih Tzu Tang is blind and deaf. He joined the Leashes End family shortly beforeThanksgiving 2022 from the Maryland SPCA in Baltimore. Due to his special needs, the SPCA felt he’d do best in a sanctuary environment. It took Tango no time at all to adjust to his new life at Leashes End. He doesn’t even need a halo to navigate! He has figured out where the comfy beds are, the good water bowls, and of course the food! He even figured out the dog door! Poor Tango does frequently get disoriented and have little meltdowns, but nothing a hug can’t fix … he’s a total cuddle bunny! He’s also a bit of a bed hog at night! 

Trina: 11-year-old Trina joined the Leashes End family on November 2nd, 2021. She was found wandering the streets and delivered to us by a Good Samaritan!  Her paws were pink and raw from hoofing around, she had some fleas and flea dander, she was definitely hungry and tired. She hadn’t been spayed, microchipped, or probably vaccinated either. But we took care of that. We waited a week, hoping for her family to claim her. But no one responded to our “found pet” notices or appeared to be looking for her. So we got to keep her!  Trina is now spayed, microchipped, vaccinated, energetic, and healthy.  Other than some nuclear sclerosis in her eyes, she’s in pretty good shape physically. Emotionally, she’s a bit scrambled: an affectionate sweetheart one minute, Kujo the next.  Based on her reactivity to certain stimuli, we surmise that she came from an abusive background. But she’s in the right place now … safe and loved!

Walter: On 20 November 2021, we opened our hearts & home to scrawny now 16-year-old Walt. He was found crossing a busy road in Bowie, MD at night … alone! Yikes! Walt was in pretty rough shape: flea infested, nails way too long, fur matted & dirty, and of course starving! Walt is unaltered, has no patellas to speak of, and needed an urgent dental to repair a missing bone in his lower jaw. And absolutely none of that slows Walt down one tiny little bit. This old boy is busy!  He also has a lot to say! He figured out the dog door on day one, the stairs to the bedroom on day two, and mixes it up with the pack like a big dog.  Oh, and he approves whole-heartedly of chicken!