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Success Story "Bo" #109

Success Story "Bo" #109

Sometimes, the best memorial is sharing that one moment forever etched in our hearts. Sharon lovingly shared with us her moment wit Bo, who recently crossed the Rainbow Bridge:

I still cry thinking about him. I remember when my daughter and I picked him up outside Muttville. Later that day we took him to some park (I don’t remember the name) off leash and he followed without hesitation. My daughter, her friend and their dogs went up a hill. I walked straight, not much of a hiker. Bo looked up at them, looked at me and followed me.

He was off leash from the first day we met. He stuck so close to me that I had to walk around the dog parks for him to get any exercise. If I didn’t walk, neither did he. He wasn’t much of a cuddle buddy but managed to steal my heart anyway. When we saw Bo at an adoption event in Marin, I said no because he wasn’t interested in anything and went under a table. Evidently, my daughter saw something special and adopted him for me. I was like, what part of “no” don’t you understand? She knew if he made it home with me, he was in his forever home, no matter what. I wouldn’t give up on him. Gradually, the worried look he had in his eyes from his Muttville photo went away and he was enjoying his life again. I’m thrilled I was able to give him that. I’m thrilled I was able to witness that!!

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 | 07.20.16 | 0 comments

Success Story "Cooper" 3683

Success Story "Cooper" 3683

Diana may be a new fospice mom, but as a volunteer with Muttville’s vet suite team, she’s gained experience with many senior dog health issues, which prepared her for Cooper! Enjoy the story about their wonderful adventures…:

Cooper, my fospice dog, is a success story in progress. I was at the right place at the right time to see this big goofy messy labradoodle take his first steps into Muttville, fresh from transport. He was an owner surrender at an animal shelter, with a request to be euthanized.

I’ve learned a lot of things since I started volunteering at Muttville. One of them is to not jump to judgment when a dog has been surrendered by their owner. Sometimes, there’s a very difficult story behind the why. I remember to give extra thanks and gratitude for what and who I have in my life, especially when I can bring a new dog into my world.

Cooper is that new dog. He has an oral malignant melanoma. This means he has a cancerous mass on his mouth. Cooper arrived at Muttville two months ago and after his intake exam was identified as a fospice dog. I decided to foster this big goofball for a few days while a potential fospice family considered taking him in. It didn’t work out for them and Cooper, and I stepped in to be his fospice mom.

Cooper is my third big black senior dog. After losing my second senior last November, taking long strolls lost their meaning and it was hard to go back to the beach with out my four-legged buddy in tow. Cooper, with all his energy, helped me make up for lost time.

Cooper is an athlete, and loves a good walk, especially up hills. To satisfy his yen, we do uphill neighborhood walks around Buena Vista Park and Corona Heights. Cooper isn’t a slow walker, with time and consistent training I got Cooper to advance from tugging to fast pace walks and now loose leash walks. Good boy Cooper! Thanks to Cooper, I’ve lost weight and am back on the beach again. And thanks to Cooper, there is never a dull moment when we explore Lands End and Golden Gate Park. He gets many compliments from locals and tourists, “What a handsome boy!” and “He must be a puppy, how old is he?” I like to think my first two seniors sent Cooper my way, for the win.

Based on available medical records, Cooper received his original melanoma diagnosis over a year ago. With his Muttville veterinary exam and biopsy, it’ s confirmed the cancer has spread to his lymph nodes. I am taking a palliative approach to his care. While he’s outlived the “average” survival rate for this aggressive form of cancer, (estimated at 3-6 months, and dependent on numerous variables), I’m focused on making sure he has the best quality of life possible.

One of my neighbors said “You must like to hurt your heart”, when she heard I took on a fospice dog. I’m sure fospice parents out there understand how startled I was when I heard this. It would hurt my heart far more if this vivacious happy dog didn’t have a home when I could give him one. It’s hard enough for a big black senior dog to find a home, let alone one with a cancer diagnosis. The joy I get from seeing Cooper inhale the sky from the car window, run on the beach and his cuddles is more than I can ask for. Cooper deserves the time of his life, everyday until he has to cross the Rainbow Bridge. It’s a gift to be the one to help him live out his journey with lots of love, treats and belly rubs.

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 | 07.13.16 | 1 comment

Success Story "Honey B" (aka Bijou)

Success Story "Honey B" (aka Bijou)

These are the kind of updates that make our hearts sing! Honey B is living life! Enjoy this update and photos from mom Regina:

Dear Muttville, sending a big thank you for giving me the opportunity to adopt Honey B (previously Bijou) several weeks ago. She is a precious, sweet and devoted doggie and gets along so well with my ‘homeless no more’ big kitty, Sammy. Her orthopedic disabilities do not stop her from exploring her new home and yard. She has a high tech stroller for going on walks and takes periodic pit stops!

Muttville is such a wonderful organization, matching older doggies with new homes where they can be loved and adored and give love to their new family.

Most sincerely,

Regina

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 | 07.06.16 | 2 comments

Success Story Felicia

Success Story Felicia

Fospice life should be about enjoying life to its fullest. That is exactly what fospice mom Gina gives her girl Felicia every day. We’re so darn happy to bring you this wonderful update! Read about Felicia’s adventurous life, as told by mom Gina:

Felicia and I have been having a great time and you would never know that she is sick.

She gets along great with the other animals and knows when the horses and cows are out to stay clear and to not go into the pasture.

We walk every morning and afternoon. 3 days a week we go to Half Moon Bay for early AM boot camp workout at 5:15 am and she hangs out in the car while I do a 1 hour workout.

This last weekend was quite busy as we had 40 horseback riders come to the ranch to do some trail riding. One person brought her two poodles along and Felicia and the poodles got to ride along in the gator which all three enjoyed with a little girl riding in the back with them, who enjoyed holding Felicia. Felecia kept giving her licks.

When, we go places in the car, I notice that she knows where we are going by smelling the air from the vents. She is very smart. When, I ask her to go potty, she goes and when I tell her “down” or “go get it”, she goes!

Last week, she saved my cat from a fox that him cornered. She saved the cat by chasing the fox away. The cat and her became better friends after this event and now hang out and sleep together which is really cute.

I take Felicia with me to work when I can and everywhere that I go. This weekend with all of the people that met her, they loved her and couldn’t believe that I have only had her less than a month and she has adapted so well to her new home and that she listens to me. I lost my voice so I have been using hand signals and whistle with her and she listens great.

Thank you, again for bringing Felicia into my life.

Gina

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 | 06.29.16 | 1 comment

Success Story "Cesar #1770"

Success Story "Cesar #1770"

One of our most unforgettable rescue stories was Cesar. His mom Hilary pays tribute to their wonderful life together:

When I say his name, when I look at his pictures, when I think about him, it just always produces such huge warmth. I don’t think I’ve ever met a more cheerful, funny, and endearing dog!

Cesar has had several big loves in his life time and I feel the luckiest in being his final and maybe strongest one. Cesar’s inner beauty was beyond glorious, his sweetness never waned, and his undying devotion to me saw both of us through to the end this afternoon.

Although I have the honor of saying to the world that Cesar was MY dog, he really was a true Muttville dog in that he represented everything that this rescue group stands for. I was only one of many admirers of Cesar who was able to look beyond the outwardly unusual look he had about him, the rickety little walk, the round odd body that was so hug-gable and squeezable, the big eyes that had seen so many things in a lifetime. I know there was a “Super Cesar Fan Club”, but I have to say, hands down that I was the president and CEO of that club.

Thank you all for your kind words over the past three years and the appreciation expressed over my adopting what turned out to be a dog of a lifetime!

Tonight I tuck Cesar into my heart and know you will too….

Hilary

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 | 06.22.16 | 0 comments