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Success Story "Mater"

Success Story "Mater"

Although Mater’s time with Deassa and his new family was short, he knew love and lived a grand life:

Mater (Tator). I adopted Mater a few months after my sweet senior Albert passed. He filled a huge void in my heart. I had other dogs but their is something so special about these sweet grey faces. Mater was only with me for a year but he lived his life to the fullest and made my life so full. And after Mater passed last year a new senior, 15 year old Miss Mollie joined our family.

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mariem3 | 07.01.15 | 0 comments

Success Story "Annie" #2169

Success Story "Annie" #2169

Thank you Claire for telling Annie’s story with a little humor and alot of heart:

When Annie first came here (adopted one year ago) I felt like she looked like an Anubis. One day a friend of mine came and was teasing calling her Annie Annie and (Jill) Annie looked up like that was her name from then on Jill became known as Annie. She has the most personality and is the most loving of all my furends. She came when I needed her the most after I lost my person and my two dogs all in the space of three months. She crawled into my bed under the covers and she’s been there ever since.

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mariem3 | 06.24.15 | 0 comments

Success Story "Aslan"

Success Story "Aslan"

Who saved whom? Debbie tells us her heartfelt story about the day Aslan saved her and her family, and helped “their hearts to smile again”.

Dear Muttville,

First I’d like to say Thank You for what you’re doing. Not only are you saving seniors you’re also saving some hurting hearts. After our loyal family companion Zack crossed over that bridge I swore that was it. No More! I can’t take any more losses. First mom, then my husband in a racing accident. Zack was my lifesaver, my pal, my partner……when he couldn’t make it up the stairs any more I took my mattress downstairs so that he could still sleep next to me. I felt lost without him. No one greeted me at the door any more. It still hurts 3 years later but one day as I was browsing on Facebook this face appeared and something happened. The ad said he liked to “spoon”. Of course there was no way another dog did what Zack did. I did nothing at first but couldn’t stop thinking about this boy with 2 different colored eyes. I kept his picture but told myself I did not want to risk my heart again. I’ll just fill out this adoption app. I was hoping he’d be gone and that would be my answer right? Sure enough there was another interest and she took him home only to return him the next day. I got the message from Muttville that he was available again and I didn’t think twice. It was meant to be!! My daughter, 2 of my grand daughters & myself drove 2 hours (someone waited late just for us) to meet ASLAN. It was love at first sight. This big 80 lb boy was so gentle. He seemed sad and scared. I wish he could tell me his ‘before’ story. It was decided that night that we were going to make the rest of his life the best of his life♡

We kept the name Aslan figuring he was probably already wondering why people were calling him that. He’s great with the kids. He is becoming quite the bed hog these days too. It’s so cute when this big guy gets excited and tries to act like a puppy jumping & spinning around. He likes to go get the mail with us and has learned how to open the cabinets. If I’m out late he’ll lay next to my grand daughters bed as if he’s on watch. There’s no such thing as a quick pat on the head for him. He will push our hands or nuzzle our legs to let us know that we aren’t done touching him yet. He sleeps with his tongue hanging out of his mourh and leaves wet spots. I don’t know what his before story was but Aslan’s now story is that he’s a member of our family. He’s happy. He’s safe. He’s found his forever home. I will forever be grateful to Muttville for helping our hearts to smile again.

Sincerely,
Debbie

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mariem3 | 06.17.15 | 0 comments

Success Stories "Nandi and Tigger"

Success Stories "Nandi and Tigger"

Beverly shares double the love with two success stories:

Nandi (black dog) and Tigger (orange dog)

Nandi


Nandi (which means joyous one, and she is) was adopted in 2013. Prior to her rescue by Muttville she had possibly spent many (guess age at 9) years in a cage having pups we think twice a year. When she was released she could not walk very well, her hind legs were atrophied, her hind end was small from non use, her teats were dragging the ground, most of her teeth were ground down from chewing on her cage bars (a guess), and most of her hair on her hind quarters was gone from flea infections.

She then came to me after some great care from Muttville, she was spayed, 5 tumors removed from her chest and her teats were sewn up (boob job), she had a few cracked teeth removed and remaining stubs cleaned, her sore skin had salve applied, and currently is given weekly shots for her severe arthritis in her right shoulder (bone on bone).

She began to walk without stumbling, could walk up the stairs with no help, and finally started to run. (I cried the first time she ran on the beach) Her hind end filled out and her back legs got stronger and longer, her hair grew back and became shinny and healthy so she looks normal and people sometimes think she is a puppy.

She now loves to run after her ball and hunt for at least an hour a day at the park or the beach. She loves chomping on carrots and chew sticks. She loves sleeping in bed with me (stairs were built so she can walk up – she still can not jump). Nandi loves human attention and affection.

Tigger

Tigger was adopted in 2014 at 10 years old – His original name was Tigre’. He was 3 days away from being euthanized before Muttville rescued him. He had lost a lot of weight pinning for his original owner , and for months ran up to any man with a hat and beard hoping that was his owner. The shelter believed he was tri-lingual (Spanish, English and French); and he ignored me in all 3 languages. He was well loved and spoiled until he was surrendered; his teeth were perfect (perhaps recently cleaned), had a very expensive custom made leather collar (with a South African flag attached to it), had probably never been hurt and did not know fear (my huge noisy rug washing machine can go straight at him and he won’t move), always demanded the front seat of the car, and pushed people out of the way to get where he wanted to go.

Tigger is obsessed with ball catching and would demand bark constantly until you threw the ball. He has now learned that time outs are required so he could catch his breath, now he has leaned to quietly lie down and waits for the ball to be thrown again. Most of his demand barking has been eliminated, and after lots of work and a barrier; Tigger no longer sits in the front seat of the car. Tigger has also learned to listen to me (which was very difficult for him since he seemed to have been very bonded to males and rarely listened to female humans) and he no longer goes on the stairs while I’m on them so he does not knock me over.

He would also wake up and bark several minutes uncontrollably, and now allows a few words to stop his (now very seldom) outburst immediately.

He has an hour a day of ball catching, and resting, he also enjoys chewing on bully-sticks, and has learned at night to sleep in bed with Nandi and I. He finally seems happy.

My Nandi and Tigger continue to be healthy, happy and they give me a great life.

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mariem3 | 06.10.15 | 0 comments

Success Story "Koda Bear"

Success Story "Koda Bear"

When Aaron began his first volunteer day at Muttville, his life changed in more ways than one! Read Aaron’s own words about his Muttville mutt, Koda Bear:

I first volunteered at Muttville in October 2014. On that day, I noticed a scrawny, shorn, unhappy-looking little dog moping in the corner. His name was Koda Bear and he had arrived the day before. He had been a stray in L.A. for some time and was in terrible shape. As soon as we made eye contact he perked up and after sitting in my lap for a few minutes, I had trouble convincing him that it was time for me to get back to work!

After thinking over a potential foster situation for a few weeks, I finally decided to just adopt him. That was in December. Fast forward a few months and Koda has settled in nicely to his new home with me and my two other dogs, Nomi and Cristal. He’s put on some much-needed weight, his fur has grown back and his discomfort due to his arthritis and other issues has mostly subsided.

He loves going for walks with his new siblings, although he’s only good for about 1/2 block before he needs to go into his Outward Hound carrier (which he loves even more!) and he has a great time investigating all the smelly little treats on Ocean Beach. Most importantly, he has changed my life – I really believe that HE chose ME – and I never thought caring for a special needs dog could be so transforming.

I cherish every moment this little guy is part of my world! Thanks Muttville!

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mariem3 | 06.03.15 | 2 comments
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