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Success Story "Biscuit"

Success Story "Biscuit"

Thank you Sue for sharing a bit of your wonderful life with Biscuit. And thanks to Biscuit for inspiring mom to become a Muttville foster home. Enjoy their story:

I rescued Biscuit in May 2014 to keep my 6 year old Cairn Terrier, Hercules, company. Hercules was a really choosy dog when it came to friends. So I took him with me to meet Biscuit at the SF Heaquarters. When Hercules met Biscuit, he immediately went front paws down, “butt” up into a play position so I knew we had found the right girl for him.

Arriving home, I took Biscuit into my large back yard. When I put her down on the deck she jumped for joy with her paws up. Then she ran out onto the large lawn area and joyfully ran in giant circles as though she had found heaven.

That evening, after putting her in her crate, I got into my bed. Suddenly I felt a small thump, and she was wiggling way under the covers to snuggle against my back. She has been sleeping with me ever since.

I am so fortunate to have found Biscuit. She is fantastic with very small children and other dogs, although she does bark at the big ones. She gets along well with my son’s German Shepherd who stays with us when he travels.

Unfortunatey my little Hercules died a few months ago from cancer, so now Biscuit is an only “child”. To provide her with some canine companionship I am planning to take in Muttville Foster Dogs who need a home where they can get the medical care they need to get healthy enough to find their forever families.

As a Senior I especially appreciated the Senior for Senior’s program. Taking on the expense of another dog was daunting enough with out having to pay a large rescue fee up front. I wanted to rescue a dog at least as old as my Cairn, and Muttville provided the financial incentive to go with a Senior dog.



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mariem3 | 03.24.15 | 0 comments

In Memory of Muttville's 1000th rescue, Maxwell

In Memory of Muttville's 1000th rescue, Maxwell

The Muttville family would like to honor our 1000th senior rescue, Maxwell. Four years ago, he joined Muttville, and he helped us celebrate an amazing milestone of saving 1000 dogs. We were overjoyed when he found his forever family with Sharon and Chandreve. He passed away last week after living a dreamy life and enjoying the hills of Hayward every day with his canine siblings. We thank Sharon for sharing this tribute to her “Maxie”:

I just wanted to let you know that our beloved Maxwell passed away on Monday, March 9. When I got him from you four years ago, my vet said he was in the beginnings of kidney failure. He started to decline fast last week and I took him to the vet and she told me it was time. Maxie made it to the ripe old age of fourteen and until his last week was very active.

Maxwell integrated into our household easily and into our hearts quickly. I just loved him so much, he had a great personality and was the greeting ambassador to all that entered my door. I took him hiking off leash every day and on walks throughout the neighborhood too. I only wish that he could have stayed with me forever.

I am grateful for your organization and the good work you do to find homes for senior dogs. Maxwell was not only the 1000th senior rescue dog, but a million dollar dog to me.

All the very best,

Sharon and Chandreve



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mariem3 | 03.18.15 | 3 comments

"Arthritis in Pets": Advice from Dr. Brian of VetPronto

"Arthritis in Pets": Advice from Dr. Brian of VetPronto

Could your senior dog use some help with his or her achy joints and bones? Dr. Brian Hur of Vet Pronto wrote this article just for our senior dog families:

Arthritis is one of the most common and debilitating conditions for our senior friends. It can reduce pets’ interest in their environment, and turn even the simplest of tasks, such as getting out of bed, into a painful experience. Yet it often goes undiagnosed for many months – or even years. Signs often appear very slowly, and pets can be so stoic and keen to please us, that we can easily miss them! Catching warning signs early, and incorporating some minor changes into your pets’ routine, can do wonders for their quality of life and mobility.

The prevalence of arthritis in dogs has increased by up to 38% in the last five years, and up to 67% in cats. Arthritis can occur due to simple old age-related degeneration as joints begin to wear out, just as they do in humans. Obese cats and dogs are more prone to arthritis, especially earlier in life, as excess weight places unnatural pressure on joints. Pets that have had bone or joint surgery are also more prone due to changes in joint conformation and the distribution of body weight on limbs.

Whatever the cause, an arthritic pet is a painful pet. Signs that your senior pet may have arthritis include a reluctance to climb or jump; stiffness in one or more limbs, especially after rest; muscle loss; or in more severe cases, lameness, limping, and swelling or thickness around the joint. Joints most commonly affected include the hips, knees and elbows.

If you’ve noticed any of these signs in your pooch, we recommend seeing a veterinarian to rule out other causes of injury such as ligament tears or cancers. After arthritis has been confirmed, joint supplements can be given to help reduce the inflammatory and destructive processes involved in cartilage damage, and increase joint lubrication and repair processes. These include agents such as omega 3 supplementation, glucosamine, adequan and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories.

Physiotherapy, gentle swimming, and regular massage can also help to reduce muscle tension around the affected limbs and increase joint mobility and blood flow. There are a few services in the Bay Area that specialize in pet hydrotherapy and massage. More recently, acupuncture, performed by specialist veterinarians, has been scientifically proven to increase circulation, reduce muscle spasms, and release feel-good endorphins, to help make pets more comfortable.

You can also do things at home to help make the environment a more comfortable place for seniors. Bedding should be extra padded in order to take the pressure off joints and compensate for muscle loss. If your pet is lucky enough to be allowed to sleep on the lounge or bed, ramps can be used to remove the need for jumping. You can also use a ramp or place a towel under heavier dogs’ abdomens to help them into the car for transport. Animals often tend to avoid grooming, too, because it can be too painful to bend and get to those hard-to-reach places. Regular brushing is important, but be sure to be gentle, as excess pressure can be painful to fragile joints. And if you’re really keen, a few minutes of massage and some gentle limb stretching can help minimize muscle stiffness and increase circulation, making it easier for them to get out of bed every morning… we’re just waiting for the day that they can reciprocate!

Dr Brian Hur is the Medical Director at VetPronto, a San Francisco based veterinary house call service. VetPronto aims to reduce the stress of going to the vet, and offers flexible hours to fit your schedule. Schedule a visit at www.vetpronto.com or by calling (415) 855-0469.

mariem3 | 03.16.15 | 0 comments

Success Story "Francis Bacon" a.k.a. Pokey

Success Story "Francis Bacon" a.k.a. Pokey

Enjoy this lovely success story by Sonia and Tracy about their Muttville love, Francis Bacon:

Francis Bacon (AKA Pokey) came into our lives just when we needed him most. Our loving old 12 year old Vizsla had passed away a few months earlier and we were so very very sad. At the Muttville open house the Saturday before Thanksgiving it was an adoption free for all. We test drove a couple of cuties, but the magic just wasn’t there. All of the sudden a volunteer turned around with him in her arms, the sun came out from behind the clouds, and my daughter yelled in my ear, “Quick! Take him before someone else does! This place is like a doggie sidewalk sale!” So we took that little ray of doggie sunshine for a walk. Halfway down the block she said, “Do you think that I could just take him right to the car? You can go back and do the paperwork.” We had to drag ourselves back to take care of his paperwork and then ran gleefully down the street with our fluffy booty. Once in the car he sat up on his hind legs and smiled at us just as “Home Is Wherever I’m With You” popped up on the radio.

When we reached our home, he flew into the house, goosed the horrified guinea pig, and made himself right at home. He is the perfect dog…in the house…on the job…around humans…with large rodents. Our guinea pig, Winston Churchill, has fallen hard for him and sings him ear splitting love songs at all hours. It has taken a little time for Francis to warm up to other dogs though. His first trip to the dog park resulted in him collapsing in the middle of a friendly pack when someone stepped on his tail just as another started yapping in his ear. Luckily, a little terrier coaxed him under a picnic table for some kisses and he warmed right up. Just last week he went to the beach and made about 20 new friends. He will still try to vociferously chase away large and boisterous dogs, but he is starting to appreciate the joys of eating bits of weenie from nice ladies on the beach with packs of other well-behaved hotdog connoisseurs. He even canoodled with a pretty schnauzer, allowed himself to be buried in the fur of a sweet old Akita, and cavorted with a tiny chihuahua princess in a snazzy fleece tankini.

Francis came to us as a completely loving, wonderfully trained, and adorably manipulative creature. All that you have to say is ,“I really need some best time of the day!” and he dances in front of the sofa until you sit down for some serious cuddle time. Right now he is curled up in bed with his girl, encouraging her to put down her Calculus book and work on perfecting her belly rub technique. He travels around with me most days to construction job sites, where his name changes to Frank, and he charms everyone that he meets. It is apparent that he was someone’s darling in the past and I wish that that person could know that he is safe, happy, and lovingly doted upon. What I can do is express our endless gratitude to Muttville and his foster family for saving him, and caring for him, until we were lucky enough to find him in time for the best Thanksgiving Day ever!!!! We love you Muttville and will be back soon to adopt a brother or sister for our Chihuatzupekingeranian. Yes, genetic testing revealed one parent was a Chihuahua/Shih Tzu and the other was a Pekingese/Pomeranian…YIKES…that must be why the guinea pig had such a hard time training him to beg for treats for both of them!



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mariem3 | 03.11.15 | 0 comments

Success Story "Perla"

Success Story "Perla"

In her own words (with a little help from mom Christine!)

My name’s Perla & I’m 13 years old. I lived in the same home since I was a puppy. I found myself at SF ACC before Christmas & I was terrified. I sat in the back of my cage, shivering. A nice lady named Sherri from Muttville saved me! I spent a few weeks with other senior dogs there but really wanted a home if my own. Along came my new mommy, Christine, who’s been volunteering at Muttville for a year and half. She convinced my new daddy, Dominic, to start fostering. After just 3 days she knew she couldn’t give me up!!! I’m now a very happy, playful girl. My mommy says I’m great on leash, calm on car rides, I sleep through the night & that I’m amazing & hilarious. I agree! Thank you to Sherri & Muttville for giving this old gal a new leash on life!!!

💖💖💖,
Miss Perla



Are you the proud parent of a Muttville dog? Send us your story! Include 3 of your favorite photos and send to success_stories@muttville.org with the subject line ‘Success Story’.

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mariem3 | 03.04.15 | 2 comments
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