Our Canine Residents - Not available for adoption

Abner: 16-year-old Abner came to Leashes End from Prince George’s County Shelter on 03 October 2023. Tiny Li’l Abner weighs in at 4.67 lbs!  But his personality is huge … and he’s a chatterbox! Abner has a few health problems that we’re trying to manage, including a respiratory infection that he just can’t seem to shake, a large ulceration of his left eye (which is healing!), and a dislocated patella that needs orthopedic attention. Abner and Walter each sleep by my head at night, Abner on my right and Walter on my left: my bookend York’s! Abner needs to be spoiled rotten for the rest of his life and we at Leashes End intend to accomplish that mission. 

Buddy: Now 15-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.

Caleb: On 19 September 2023, Leashes End welcomed now-14-year-old Cairn Terrier Caleb from College Park, MD. It’s unclear how Caleb became a stray in College Park. Animal control attempted to contact the owners listed on his microchip to no avail. So now he gets to live out his years here at Leashes End where once again, our mission is to spoil him rotten for the rest of his life! Caleb has adjusted to life at Leashes End almost immediately! He sports dashing good looks and a mild temperament. He loves to go on walks, chill out on dog beds, and hang with the pack. He’s everyone’s best bud!

Charley: In early May 2023, we welcomed now-9-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 16-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.


Dottie: In late November, 2023 we welcomed now-19-year-old Dottie into our family. Dottie was a shelter dog who was adopted by a loving woman in 2020 at the onset of the Covid pandemic. Four years later, Dottie‘s mom is no longer able to physically care for her due to hip and back injuries. For obvious reasons, we could not allow Dottie to be turned back into the shelter. As of mid-December, Dottie has fully adjusted to group life. Although she is still shy, she loves to run and socialize with the pack, especially on walks with Kelley … and has an appetite that would make a Hobbit jealous!  


Gremlin: In early March 2023, we agreed to foster a very special dog for Mindy Farber of FOACAS. Gremlin is a 13-year-old 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 . 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!

Mayhem:  On 10 March 2023, we welcomed now-13-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 13-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: 17-year-old Mouse (formerly 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.

Phineas:  On 14 September 2023, now-15-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. We suspect that life prior to his arrival at Leashes End had been unkind to our poor boy Phineas.  But he enjoys off-leash walks on the grass outside, soft beds inside, and plentiful soft food. He trusts us a bit more with each passing day and even has the occasional bout of zoomies now.

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 15-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 17-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: 17-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! 

Tootsie: Now 12-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 behind! We immediately took 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 Leashes End pup.


Trina-Maru: 12-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!

Waffles: 15-year-old Waffles joined the Leashes End family on 02 September 2023 as part of our perpetuity care program.  Waffles came from a loving home.  But sadly, his dad passed away, and his mom is in a memory care home. His human siblings each tried to keep him at their homes, but for various reasons it just wouldn’t work out. Don’t let his size fool you. Waffles is a gentle, sensitive baby!  It took him a few days to acclimate, but now he’s just one of the pack! He loves the food, he sleeps soundly through the night in our bedrooms, and he loves a good romp. With his thick coat, Waffles is impervious to inclement weather … rain or shine, you’ll find him at his post: people watching at our front gate!