Our Canine Residents - Not available for adoption

Betty: On 29 January 2022, while picking up hospice Yorkie Mickey, I came across sweet Betty (Bertha) … another senior Yorkie (at least 12 years old).  Betty is heart worm positive, so she was not up for adoption. But the shelter allowed her to come home with me and Mickey because I promised to get her the best treatment available. In addition to being HW+, Betty is practically blind … but as sweet as can be.  Her coat was thin (bald in places) even!  But as with Mickey, Betty is doing well at Leashes End. She eats like a Mastiff and has filled out nicely.  Her coat has grown back too … all silky and silver!  Despite her heart condition and blindness, she loves to totter around the front yard … and back!  And she barks sharply in the middle of the night … for treats as far as I can tell.  Betty is half way through her 4-month heart worm treatment.  The worst bit is yet to come, but we’re committed to her comfort and safety.

Buddha: On January 18th, 2018, we welcomed now 21-year-old Buddha into the Leashes End family! Buddha came to us from a family that could no longer care for his increasing special needs. Buddha suffers from advanced heart disease, fainting spells, an enlarged prostate, an old eye injury, and other ailments typical of a dog his age. Since seeing our cardiologist, Buddha’s health has shown tremendous improvement, but as you can imagine we take life one day at a time. Buddha is unfailingly polite, LOVES chicken, enjoys running around off-leash, is endlessly curious about cats, and has an insatiable desire for belly rubs. He’s a perfect fit here at Leashes End! In fact, he’s exactly the kind of dog we founded Leashes End to help!

Chancellor: On August 2nd, 2021, we welcomed 15-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!

Chica: In April, 2022, we welcomed 12-year-old Chica and her bonded sister 14-year-old Sadie into the Leashes End family! These two lovely pups had been surrendered to the Montgomery County Animal Services shelter by their former family.  Six weeks went by with no takers … neither private adopters nor local shelters wanted these two girls.  So we took them!  Both needed dentals in a bad way and Sadie needed a volley-ball-sized tumor removed from her hip.  Other than that, Chica & Sadie have made themselves completely at home at Leashes End!

Hershey: On 28 January 2022, tiny 16-year-old Hershey, a blind, emaciated Chihuahua joined the Leashes End family.  A private surrender, Hershey has severe emotional and neurological problems.  She is also incontinent … but who isn’t at Leashes End these days?!  One month into her stay with us, Hershey has put on a lot of weight and her once-boney frame has filled out nicely. Even her hunched posture is beginning to relax. Hershey knows that she’s safe and loved. And she never misses a beat when it comes to her goats’ milk, meals, or treats!  When she’s not relaxing inside and when the weather is nice, she enjoys pacing the front yard along the fence line.  

Mario: 6-year-old Mario came to Leashes End in December, 2021 at the request of our veterinarian.  A younger, but special needs Shih Tzu, Mario was struggling with kidney disease and inappetence.  He was losing weight so our vet persuaded his previous owner to surrender him.  Our good friend and volunteer/donor Diana took him in immediately as a forever foster!  Mario is thriving in Diana’s care with a specialized kidney diet augmented by special low sodium sardines from Portugal.  

Max: 14-year-old Max  joined the Leashes End family on October 19th, 2017. Max and his brother Sammy (RIP) had found themselves adopted and returned to the Baltimore County shelter twice over the past decade when their owners fell on hard times. Luckily, all that is behind them now. These two characters marched right in to Leashes End and made themselves at home without missing a beat! Max (aka “The Sheriff”) is a policeman at heart and lets all the other dogs (and neighborhood kids) know it: there will be no Shenanigans on his beat!  Max is living with Kelley as a forever foster in Brunswick, MD.

Mikey:  On Feruary 25, 2021, we welcomed 18-year-old Jack Russell mix Mikey into the Leashes End family. The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria … the shelter that entrusted us with 19-year-old Archie (RIP) … felt that we would be a good place for Super Senior Mikey to live out his years. Mikey is in pretty good shape for his age, but a palsy in his legs may indicate a neurological condition such as Parkinson’s. Although mostly snoozy, Mikey has an independent streak. He quickly figured out how to let himself out the dog door for romps on the grass. Mikey is a very low key, no fuss sort of guy.  He loves treats, soft beds, good food, and romps.  He also doesn’t mind snuggling with me in bed for a while before lights out.

Millie: 11-year-old Millie joined Leashes End on August 29, 2020 as a complete surprise!  Millie’s owner had been hospitalized quite suddenly for the long term, leaving Millie needing a new home. Her owner’s brother  asked us to take her in. One look at little Millie and we couldn’t say no! She clearly needed help.  Millie was matted, dirty, flea-infested, and underweight. She also desperately needed a dental to care for her loose, bleeding, and infected teeth; all her vaccinations; and a microchip. Millie let us know right away that she thoroughly approves of soft chicken! She bounced back so well from her dental surgery and other care that she has easily become the most energetic dog in the house.  She zooms around the yard, literally running circles around us and the other dogs and cats!  She’s sweet and affectionate and a perfect fit here! is living with Kelley as a forever foster in Brunswick, MD.

Molly: On March 9, 2021 we welcomed 19-year-old Molly Muggle the Puggle into the Leashes End family. (Truth be told, we think she may actually be a Pug-Dachshund mix.) Molly came with a lifelong veterinary record, showing just how beloved she was until her human passed away.  I cannot stress enough how important it is to have a perpetuity care plan for your pets in the event something happens to you. Molly has the energy of a puppy!  She’s learning how fun it can be to bark at cats … shame on you, Molly!  And she loves to chase and play keep-away with stuffed squeaky toys.  As for appetites … hers is hardy!  Such a gorgeous girl!

Moose: 11-year-old Moose, formerly Moby, joined Leashes End on September 12, 2020. Moose had been languishing at the Raleigh Humane Society in West Virginia for months, after being turned in as a stray … for the umpteenth time in his life. See, Moose has a problem.  He has an old back injury that causes lameness in his back paws and also, unfortunately, incontinence of both bowel and bladder.  We figure it was the latter condition that led to poor Moose’s being abandoned and betrayed throughout his life. It’s a pretty big challenge, even for us.  But his condition is manageable and we’ve got it under wraps (literally)! Moose needed a neuter and dental, but rebounded very quickly from his double surgery. Moose is about the friendliest, most easy-going dog you could ever meet. He’s chill with the other dogs and cats … he’s formed a special friendship with tiny Mouse!  He wears a perpetual good-natured smile. He LOVES chicken and treats.  But mostly, Moose loves being loved … getting to be an indoor dog, and even getting to sleep in bed with his Mom at night.

Mouse: 15-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: On May 21, 2021, we welcomed 16-year-old Shih Tzu Olive into the Leashes End family. Poor Olive was found wandering the streets of College Park, MD as a stray. Animal Control Officer Rebecca Bailey went above and beyond to ensure that Olive’s immediate needs were taken care of before transferring her to our care. Olive was severely matted, literally head-to-toe. Filthy mats covering her bottom prevented her from properly relieving herself. And her one eye was also matted shut and raging with infection! She is mostly blind in her one eye and appears mostly deaf as well. The good news is that she is safe, loved, on the road to wellness, and has a great appetite. She has made herself at home in my bed and snores like a freight train … even louder than Molly!

Sadie: In April, 2022, we welcomed 14-year-old Sadie and her bonded sister 12-year-old Chica into the Leashes End family! These two lovely pups had been surrendered to the Montgomery County Animal Services shelter by their former family.  Six weeks went by with no takers … neither private adopters nor local shelters wanted these two girls.  So we took them!  Both needed dentals in a bad way and Sadie needed a volley-ball-sized tumor removed from her hip.  Other than that, Chica & Sadie have made themselves completely at home at Leashes End!

Spencer:   What do you do when you discover that a senior Puggle has been languishing at the local shelter for a month with no takers?!  Well, we bring him home! 16-year-old Spencer joined the Leashes End family on 3 September 2021. He enjoys romping around the grounds, approves of the soft beds, and loves the food, especially chicken and goats’ milk yogurt! He gets along fine with the other dogs and cats and people too!  He’s an adorable, lumpy old man with a fierce underbite. And he’s figured out how to liberate plates of food off the coffee table!  Spencer has a honking cough, probably bronchitis. He’s deaf and may have ear infections, judging by the amount of black goop we pulled out of there! He definitely needs a dental and may need a cardiology consult to be approved for anesthesia. And he has a notable limp, which looks like a hip issue.

Tootsie:  7-year-old Tootsie joined the Leashes End family in October 2019.  Kelley, who is a groomer, took on Tootsie as pro bono case in August, 2019. This poor girl desperately needed to be groomed and to see the vet. Her fur was so matted it was painful; her filthy skin beneath was covered in sores. Her nails were so overgrown she could barely walk. She could scarcely peer out to see beyond the shock of fur covering her eyes. Ugh… and the smell of her!  But when Kelley called to schedule Tootsie’s next grooming, she learned that her owner had moved out of state and left Tootsie with her housemates! We immediately arranged to take her into the Leashes End family so we could tend to her numerous veterinary and other needs! Tootsie has blossomed into a very confident, sweet, and affectionate girl, but with a wild streak, making her a perfect companion to the Chihuahuas! is living with Kelley as a forever foster in Brunswick, MD.

Trina: 10-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!

Truman: 14-year-old Truman’s caregiver passed away in November, 2021 and her family struggled to take care of him.  In March, 2022, House with a Heart put out an appeal to place him in sanctuary, and suddenly Truman was part of the Leashes End family!  Deaf & mostly blind, Truman is a quiet fellow who just wants to snuggle.  He’s the perfect snoozy senior!  Welcome to the family, Truman Sweetie.

Walter: On 20 November 2021, we opened our hearts & home to scrawny 12-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!