Our Canine Residents
Allie: Allie is a 12-year-old female Maltese who joined the Leashes End family in August 2017. A retired puppy mill breeder, Allie was dumped at a shelter in Hesperia, CA in May 2017 in horrifying physical condition. Risa, who was stationed in San Diego at the time, learned of Allie’s situation from a friend and simply could not get poor Allie’s haunting image out of her mind. Luckily, Risa’s friend Dawn Lierman of Maltese and More Rescue graciously pulled Allie out of the shelter and into their rescue where Risa was able to foster Allie until ultimately adopting her. Allie suffers from severe arthritis in her elbows and lost all of her teeth to neglect, but is otherwise pretty healthy these days. She never lets her physical limitations slow her down and loves to run around the grounds.
Buddha: On January 18th, 2018, we welcomed now 18-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, such as incontinence. Since seeing our cardiologist, Buddha’s health has shown tremendous improvement, but he’s got a ways to go. 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!
Ceci: Ceci is a tiny, toothless 14-year-old Maltese. She’s Kitty’s granddaughter and Soofi’s daughter. Ceci came to us in April, 2015 after her owner (my Aunt Haydee Geyer) passed away from cancer. It wasn’t long before we realized that Ceci had serious health issues of her own: congestive heart failure brought on by pulmonary hypertension put Ceci in the animal Critical Care Unit for a week! Ceci is doing well now; we manage her illness with medication, diet, and exercise. She still has the occasional seizure, but loves to romp outside–the dirtier the better! Ceci believes that pretty top knots look best adorned with brush, brambles, and grass stains! Ceci is a sassy prankster with a wild imagination. She’ll play and prance and twirl and dance her way right into your heart!
Dixie: 14-year-old Dixie is a 7-pound Chihuahua female who came to us in August 2016 on death’s door. Dixie had belonged to a back yard breeder. When she became too old to produce any more litters, her owners squeezed a last $50 out of her by selling her on Craig’s List! Dixie was so ill she could scarcely stand, let alone walk. Her teeth were rotten; she had a large mammary tumor; she suffered from the worst case of endometriosis our vet had ever seen; her uterus was mangled from over-breeding; and her ears bore the holes and scars of a lifetime of fly bites from living outdoors. You wouldn’t recognize her now! Her surgeries and treatments long behind her, Dixie loves to run around the grounds, hang out with the other dogs on plush beds, snuggle with her humans, and dine on excellent food and treats! Her coat is full and shiny, she’s gained weight, and even the fur on her ears has started to grow back! Dixie is the sweetest girl and happy at last that she’s loved and cared for.
Dudley: In early November 2018 Leashes End took in the most adorable Forever Foster dog EVER! Dudley is a 13-year-old, 22lb Maltese mix … heavy on the mix, and I do mean heavy! Is it any wonder that Nanny Kelley has nicknamed him “Rump Roast?” Dudley’s parent rescue Caring Hearts Rescue in Fairfax, VA pulled him from a hoarding situation where he had suffered a pretty appalling amount of neglect. Dudley had a painful bladder stone and large hanging tumor, which had to be surgically removed; a mouth full of teeth rotten with dental disease; and partial blindness and deafness. But our Dudley is as sweet as they come and following a couple of surgeries and a special diet, he’s well on the road to recovery. He’s a snoozer for sure and a snuggler who loves his belly rubs. He’s not much of a walker though; he prefers to sit right next to Nanny Kelley on the bench and watch as the others exercise!
Mac: Mac is a 17-year-old Maltese male. He survived 10 years as a stud dog in a puppy mill prior to being rescued by A Forever Home Rescue Organization. Mac came to us four years ago to live out his golden years. He’s a real cuddler who loves to be held like a baby in arms. He also relishes running around the grounds off leash, making up for all those years of having been locked in a cage. Mac’s greatest joy is snuggling up close to Risa. Mac suffers from dementia, is completely toothless, deaf, and is losing his eyesight. Nevertheless this little guy continues to live each day to the fullest. Never underestimate these Seniors!
Max: 10-year-old Max and his 12-year-old brother Sammy joined the Leashes End family on October 19th, 2017. Max and Sammy 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 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 loves to tussle with his brother Sammy and then snuggle up with him for naps.
Parker: Parker is a 14-year-old Chihuahua, but you’d hardly know it from his puppy-like antics. He’s been Kelley’s constant companion since she took him in nine years ago from a mother who could not care for both him and her young autistic son. A joker through and through, Parker and Quincy are bosom buddies and avid wrestling partners! Parker loves treats, lounging, and goading on the other dogs with his lazy barking from the couch. A gentle soul, Parker suffers from herniated discs in his back, which limit his mobility.
Quincy: Toothless, 5-pound Quincy found himself wandering the mean streets of Orange County, CA. He was picked up as an emaciated stray and turned into a shelter where Lovebugs Rescue found him and treated him for a serious heart condition (patent ductus arteriosus), which required surgery. 13-year-old Quincy came to live with us in November 2015. Quincy is Head of Security at Leashes End and he loves his job. Each morning he clears the property of uninvited deer; he admonishes all passersby who cross in front of our yard without written authorization; and scolds anyone he thinks may be committing a violation of any kind. And true to his Alma Mater, Quincy is indeed a Lovebug. He has one steadfast rule: you may pet any other dog or cat so long as you’re petting me as well!
Sammy: 12-year-old Sammy and his 10-year-old brother Max joined the Leashes End family on October 19th. Sammy and Max 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! Sammy is a cuddler, a kisser (French kisses are his favorite), and never passes up an opportunity to bilk a human for treats and scritches. When there’s no human readily available, he snuggles close to Max, usually belly up so the whole world can marvel at his glory!
Sheldon: Sheldon is a 15-year-old Westie and just as cute as they come! We welcomed Sheldon into the Leashes End family in early December 2018 when his aging parents could no longer take care of him. Sheldon’s mom entered hospice, battling through some serious health issues, while Sheldon’s dad focused on caring for his mom. So we’ll worry about taking care of Sheldon and send his parents our warmest wishes for good health. Sheldon loves romping around off leash, gnawing on squeaky toys, vigorous full-body rubs, and … well, um … chasing cats! We’re working on convincing him to abandon this last hobby!
Toby: 21-year-old Toby is a sweet Pomeranian-Cocker Spaniel mix. He came to us on Christmas Eve 2018 after his family refused to pick him up from the shelter, where he was turned in as a stray. Toby’s initial vet checkup and senior panel confirmed that he’ll need to see the cardiologist to treat his enlarged heart and significant heart murmur. Poor Toby’s mouth is rotten and almost certainly a source of pain. But he can’t undergo anesthesia for a dental until the cardiologist clears him for surgery. House with a Heart has generously offered to help with his medical expenses through their K9 Medical Miracle Fund. https://housewithaheart.com/support-hwah/medical-miracles/. We are beyond grateful!!! It is clear that Toby led a life of frightful neglect and possibly even abuse. But little by little, his anxiety is fading to calmness; he’s gaining weight and confidence; he’s accepting care and love; and he’s healing in mind and body.