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Success Story "Mr. Biscuits" (aka Squirt)

Success Story "Mr. Biscuits" (aka Squirt)

A tearful goodbye from mama Rhonda, who lost her Muttville boy, Mr. Biscuits. Our hearts go out to you, Rhonda:

We had to say goodbye to Mr. Biscuits on May 16. We only had him in his golden years, I wish it was longer. He was a JOY to be around, fearless and stubborn. A true gentleman to the end. He loved taking walks with Theo and sitting on my feet as I cooked. How we got to have the best dog in the world I will never know. He was loved and loved us back just as strong.

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

mariem3 | 05.25.16 | 1 comment

Success Story "Krypto" 1324

Success Story "Krypto" 1324

We are always grateful when families like Teresa not only choose to adopt a senior dog, but also choose to adopt a bonded senior pair. Ace and Krypto were a dynamic duo. Sadly we heard of Krypto’s passing. Here is Teresa’s heartfelt tribute to her wonderful boy:

In January, we sadly announced the passing of Krypto, a very sweet guy we brought home with his buddy Ace from Muttville in August of 2012.

Ace and Krypto were large dogs, and bonded buddies, so maybe it was hard to find them a home right away, but they were perfect for our family (we had recently lost our 13-year-old Rottweiler.) We have a large yard, and with two dog-loving teenagers, Ace and Krypto fit right in.

Although we were told Ace and Krypto had grown up together, we were never too sure about that (they were trained completely differently, for example) – but there is no doubt that somewhere along the way they became very good friends (in the street or in a shelter, perhaps?) They loved to play together, even though they were “old,” and it was a joy to watch them. Krypto was a big fellow, but he wanted to be a lap dog, and loved to cuddle.

Krypto had his bad habits, no doubt – the most famous Krypto story is the time he ate a plastic container of all of one daughter’s baby teeth, and we spent weeks weeks trying to recover the teeth in the way you might imagine (we eventually thankfully gave that up, but we did find some….)

Krypto was an interesting-looking dog (he was spotted on one side, and almost completely black on the other, with a distinct line down the middle of his face), and people would often ask “what IS he??” We didn’t know, of course, but finally sent his DNA away for analysis, and were told that he was quite a mix, but that the mix included labrador retriever and shetland sheepdog.

Krypto eventually developed severe arthritis in his back knees, and then a few months ago he was diagnosed with lung cancer. He did not ever want to give up – he continued to eat and express enthusiasm for life even after he had clearly become very ill. He died in our arms less than an hour after our oldest daughter got home from college for the holidays.

He was truly loved, and he will be truly missed, by both his human family and by his good friend, Ace.

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

mariem3 | 05.17.16 | 0 comments

Success Story "Bear" aka Joaquin

Success Story "Bear" aka Joaquin

The adventures of Bear! Thanks to his parent Aubrey and Dave for giving us a peek into his life most fulfilled:

Hi Muttville,

Wanted to write you all and share our celebration of Bear (formerly Joaquin)’s 1 Year Gotcha Day.

He’s been an incredible light in our lives, a goofy, cuddly, handsome son of a gun with the best half-nose around.

Thank you for bringing him into our life, and for all the good work you do.

Be well, and thank you for all that you do.

Best,

Aubrey, Dave & Bear

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mariem3 | 05.11.16 | 0 comments

Success Story "Ellie" aka Beauty

Success Story "Ellie" aka Beauty

Ellie’s life forever changed when Katelyn and Nick decided “just to look” and stop by Muttville’s adoption event. Read Ellie’s loving story:

Dear Muttville,

Here is our success story for our sweet girl Ellie (formerly known as Beauty):

My husband and I went to Muttville “just to look” and found ourselves in love with a sweet, obese Chihuahua named Beauty. Although she was indeed a beauty, we changed her name to Ellie after bringing her home. Ellie bonded with us almost immediately and has become an essential part of our family. Over the past few months, through healthy lifestyle changes, Ellie has gotten down to her ideal weight—nearly half what she weighed when she was first surrendered! She no longer needs pain medications for joint pain and, in fact, she has pep to her step and loves to sprint up and down the hallway in our apartment when she gets excited.

She loves to cuddle, hike, cuddle, bathe in the sun, cuddle, eat, and cuddle. She greets us with kisses every time we come home, and she is showered with love pretty much all the time. Our friends and family cannot believe her transformation and svelte new figure! Thank you, Muttville, for bringing this darling girl into our lives.

Thank you so much!

Katelyn and Nick

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mariem3 | 05.04.16 | 0 comments

Success Story Bowie (aka Confetti)

Success Story Bowie (aka Confetti)

Mutt mom Helena shares her story of adopting Bowie, and the lessons she learned in patience that she hopes helps other Muttville adopters:

Dear Muttville,

I am writing to let you know how happy and thankful we are that you connected us with our little lady. We also hope that if you choose to share this message with other adopters, it will help them take the plunge and bring home that old dog they’ve been dreaming about.

As mentioned, we love Bowie and cannot imagine life without her now. However, the first two weeks were rough and I admit that we were close to taking her back to Muttville. Though we should have expected it, we didn’t feel like we were “connecting” with her at first and didn’t know what to do with her. So awful of us! It felt like having a weird little alien trotting around our house, occasionally pooping in the corner. She would cry during crate training like a whaling mother. It was excruciating and heartbreaking. We were being impatient jerks who expected to bring home an adult dog with NO issues or training needs just because she is not a puppy. Thankfully we forced ourselves to give it a proper try and 3 weeks in we were inseparable peas in a pod. After patient training and positive reinforcement she is fantastic and happy and an integral part of our family. I am sure this is even a short adjustment period and that we are lucky to have such an easy dog.

Now Bowie and Hannibal (our other senior) are best friends and do everything together. They lay on the porch, sprint down the hall, share toys and snuggle up closely wherever they can. (Picture attached) She has lightened his serious personality and he has proven polite and accommodating in making her feel at home. They are best buds. Every day we giggle at the sight of Bowie and Hannibal being goofy together. It is truly a joy to take care of her and make sure she is happy, healthy and loved.

Again, we thank you for the fantastic work you do for dogs and for families. You are amazing. Please let us know if we can help other adopters go for it or talk troubled adopters off the edge when things are tough. You are also welcome to share this message with others.

All the very best,

Cole and Helena

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’.

mariem3 | 04.27.16 | 1 comment