JackFrost and Chestnut

Some intake coordinators went to aCC before xmas to pull 1 small dog.  A foster family had stepped up and we could place during their time off from work over the holidays. We jumped at the chance and headed down.  All the other foster families were full and we could only pull one.  We knew this.

Typcially when we head to ACC, we walk the rows, we greet each dog- give them a treat and gage them.  We remember who stood out in our minds and then we revisit.  This night was quite different.  We started walking the rows and our typically emotionless coordinator stood widemouth and speechless at what she saw before her.  She had the other coordinator come over and both stood there just watching as what was before them.  They read the cage card and saw that the two dogs infront of them were owner give ups the day before.  The good news- because they were owner give ups- the two dogs didn't have to wait the stray hold and could leave immedately.  The bad news- the dogs were noted at 18 years and 10 years....often there are mistakes when noting the ages- but it was still a concern.
We knew we could only take one, but how do you determine which dog to go and which to stay.  After roughly 6 hours debating, calling the board, calling vets and groomers and talking with the onsite head vet- we took both.  We knew that it was going to be expensive and we knew there was a good chance one might die, but sometimes in rescue- it's not about finding the perfect family as it is making sure the dog is safe, comfortable and cared for.
We named the pair: JAckFrost and Chestnut.  AFter further evaluation- we deteremined that Jackfrost is probably 8-10years old and Chestnut is probably 2-4 years old.  Chestnut has an adorable underbite and while she was matted- she wasn't anything near as bad as her brother.  It appeared that chestnut had never been on a leash and she had anxiety in her crate- literally chewing on the bars at ACC.
JackFrost was shut down- his little tiny frame was supporting so much weight from mats, we couldn't even get a good look at his face.  Let alone love him or touch him.  As we debated in the hallways, volunteers came up to us and burst out crying over the horrific nature of JackFrost.
He was heavily mattted, a mat this bad he had to of been caged in a small pen his entire life.  Mats grew under his feet and he walks funny, he's a little bowlegged from his legs sticking out from the mats and there were feces all on his hind legs that the mats grew around and through.  His teeth were horrible and he had a heart murmur... All signs were against him.
The first thing that was done fore both of them was medical groom.  It took hours and extended into days with Jackfrost.  While he was great being groomed- the sissors can only cut through so much mat before they overheat and because the mats were so severe, they had to cut very very close to the skin and thus had to be extra delicate.  Chestnut was a bit more rough in her groom and after all the mats were cut off and she was thoughly washed- we called a truce and she left a little ragged looking but happy as a clam.
When JF was picked up- we didn't recognaize him, besides his tongue falling out of his mouth.  Because of the severity of his murmur he wasn't put under for anything and was just groomed...off his 7lb frame- they took off roughly 4lbs of mats.  2lbs came off his head alone and we think the weight was actually more.  JF was put on medication for tooth decay to see if it was linked to his murmur.  After going back, we decided that his teeth would only get worse and tooth decay would lead to organ failure- so him being put under and having his teeth cleaned and pulled was needed.  On a risk- we put him under and had him cleaned up and microchipped.  He survived and is thriving in foster home.
Both are still looking for their forever homes.

Happy Tails: Wendy!

Little Miss Wendy found her way into New Leash on Life.  This 2 year old Chihuahua/ Papillon mix is so sweet and lovely, we couldn't pass her up.  She was grabbed by our intake directors with some big dogs, but she wasn't scared.  She is so great and sweet that she has won everyone over.
Wendy has quite the personality, and although she is a smaller breed, she isn't yappy or too barky.  She is quite simply, a very easy dog.  Wendy was just officially adopted and enjoys socializing with other dogs.  Congratulations Wendy! We are so thrilled for you!!

Happy Tails: Annie (Devo) ADOPTED!

***add picture at bottom from jenna email

Annie wasn't single for long.  This skinny brindle boxer came to us and before she was officially 'on the market' looking for her new family.  Her forever dad swooped in a scooped her up.  She is now the reciever of 8 little hands giving her tons of love and attention.

Annie is now Devo and she is looking stunning with some weight added on.  She is starting to put on the weight from her too skinny former days and her true beauty is radiating.  We are so happy for you Devo & family!!

NLOL Community

Being an all volunteer run organization, we sometimes wonder how the ends will be met, if all the dogs will be placed, and if we'll have enough volunteers to make our adoption events, fundraisers, and get togethers staffed/successful.  But then we remember that New Leash on Life is unlike any other rescue.  We are a banded group of people who love and care for our animals.  When people need encouragement, or help or a dog transported from one event to another, our community steps up and helps out. 

We are so grateful and thankful to everyone that is a part of New Leash on Life.

One of the many great things about New Leash is our community comprised of volunteers, foster homes and adopters.  We love when we see families come full circle and come back to New Leash to add additions to their families or to foster.  We really do have the best community.

 Fry (NLOL Alum) big foster brother to: Hannah!

 Fry (NLOL Alum) back for another foster sister: Sally!

 Jude's (NLOL Alum) Family not only fostered Kameko, but ended up adopting him as well!

Fernando (NLOL Alum) helps foster brother, Nick learn the ropes of being the best dog!

These are just to name a few!  Thank you to everyone who works tirelessly at finding these dogs homes!

Last Minute Saves...

All of our dogs come from rough backgrounds and we never know how close they are to being euthanized until our intake directors arrived a few Saturday's ago.  Our intake directors arrived Saturday to begin the long (usually 5 or more hour) process that it takes to pick the dogs that come into the NLOL family.  Little did they know that as they were walking into the shelter, one little pooch was being walked to the euth room.  One of the workers stopped and redirected the little sweetheart to our intake directors who immediately fell in love with her shy demeanor. 

Adorable, apartment sized Noca had no idea that her life was about to change big time.  She was pretty reserved and withdrawn while in her crate at ACC.  The intake directors took her out and spent time with her, played and just waited for her to open up, and boy, did she!  She was one of our most outgoing pups, willing and eager to meet and greet everyone.  Noca always made time for a good belly rub and quickly found her way into her forever home. 

Congratulations Noca and your new family.  We loved every minute you spent with us!

Hambingo at Hamburger Mary's

 Remember this super fun event?! Well, it's happening again! Mark your calendars: February 27th 7pm at 5400 N Clark Street, Chicago.  Hamburger Mary's will be hosting BINGO NIGHT with all proceeds going to New Leash on Life.

 Bingo cards are $5 each or 5 for $20.  They will also be serving $2 jello shots.  All proceeds from bingo cards and jello shots will be directly donated to New Leash on Life.

Don't forget about the amazing and talented performance and singing by drag queen Mary!

Hamburger Mary's was pretty full last time, so please come early and help homeless dogs!

Will you be my Valentine?

Happy Valentine's Day from New Leash On Life!

New Leash on Life Chicago would like to wish you and your canine loves a happy Valentine's Day! Thank you for all the love and kindness our volunteers, foster families, adopters, and supporters show our dogs throughout the year!
*Spoiler alert: keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for pictures of the
5 new dogs we rescued this weekend!*
Scrambling to find the perfect gift for your sweetheart? Look no further! We have several pairs of tickets to the following 5 upcoming concerts at House of Blues Chicago. With each donation of $40+ online, you'll get to pick your concert tickets and watch your honey swoon at how you planned a fun night out while helping save homeless dogs at the same time!

    • MARCH 1: The Brothers (Allman Brothers tribute band) ~ 25 pairs
    • MARCH 16: Toots & The Maytals ~ 5 pairs
    • APRIL 1: Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 ~ 10 pairs
    • APRIL 3: Band of Skulls ~ 10 pairs
    • MAY 11: The Fab Four (Beatles tribute band) ~ 10 pairs
Instructions for Participating:
When donating online, write the name of the show in the "description" line on the form. We will confirm that you've won the requested tickets within 1 day of your donation by email. If your top choice has sold out, we'll offer you tickets to another show. If you want to verify the tickets of your choice are still available before donating, or if you have any questions, just email amber@nlol.org.

On behalf of all the dogs saved and those still dreaming of rescue, thank you for your support!
PS. We just picked up 5 new adorable pups that will be making their debut very soon!

Big ol' Bessie

New Leash on Life is committed to rescuing dogs that wouldn't be given another chance.  We are known for rescuing elder bulls and medical cases, and Bessie fits the bill.  She's a bit older and was waiting for us to grab her from ACC (Animal Care & Control), we couldn't pass that sweet face.  Once we got her to our vet we had her thoroughly checked, we found out that Bessie may need some extra medical testing. 

We originally just thought she was a big girl, more for everyone to love at a mere 98 pounds.  However, we found that her weight trouble wasn't from overfeeding, it may be something more internally.  Immediately our Medical Director along with the vet staff at VCA started blood tests to identify what could be troubling our girl.  They noticed on external exam that her liver seemed enlarged, they also noticed that she was drinking LOTS of water and gobbling up her food.  Because of these signs, we tested her liver for Cushings.

Cushings is hard to identify, many of the signs are also signs of older aging so many owners think that it's just their dog showing signs of age.  The signs include: increased water intake, ravenous appetite, pot-bellied appearance, and hair loss.  Cushings disease typically effects older dogs but it can appear as early as 5 years old and is mainly in smaller breeds, however, we test our larger dogs as well.  Please note: Cushings does not show up in regular blood tests, and has to be specifically tested.

Bessie's liver results came back high, but not high enough for Cushings, it could be an early indicator, so we are treating it as a precautionary. 

During testing, we noticed Bessie was developing bruising on her chest, just under the skin.  This worried our Medical Director (because of earlier liver testing) and decided to get an ultrasound done, thankfully, nothing showed up on the ultrasound.  Bessie also had a raging upper respiratory infection and tested positive for Lyme disease.  Lyme disease is something that she is a carrier, however, doesn't necessarily HAVE it.  She is currently on antibiotics for all, and we are running a PCR, the test that determines if her Lyme disease is active. 

We are happy to report that Bessie's respiratory infection is all cleared up, her water intake has slowed down and she is being checked regularly for her liver levels.  This shows that we may think we are taking a healthy dog, and further examination shows a pup that needs a lot of TLC. 

While this post may seem sad, Bessie is no worse for the wear and is LOVING her new foster home with foster sister, Ms. M and foster brother, Mr. B of Two Pitties in the City.  She is happy-go-lucky and feeling 100% better than when we first got her.  We are so happy to have Bessie as a part of the NLOL family and can't wait to find her a forever home!

Bessie is currently on a weight loss diet and has lost 8 pounds!  She is being fed Sojo's dehydrated fruits and veggies.  For more information on her diet, check out: Bessie's Diet and for more information regarding adoption an elderbull, check out this post here: On the Secrets of Elderbulls.

If you would like to donate towards Bessie's medical needs, please click the link here, and in the note section, mention Bessie!

Levi Update!


Levi's eye surgery went well and we couldn't have done it without the amount of support we received from everyone near and far.  We were overwhelmed and humbled by the turn out.  Thank you, thank you thank you.  You can read about the whole story on his blog here.

Little Levi sends his thanks as well!


Remember these?? If you ordered a Super Levi T-Shirt but either didn't get one, or it never got picked up, please email Jenna at: jennanlol@gmail.com to claim yours!! THANK YOU!