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Success Story Poppy (fka Puppet)

Success Story Poppy (fka Puppet)

Thank you mutt mom Lynda for this update about Poppy, formerly Puppet:

I adopted Poppy (formerly known as Puppet) in May, and I can honestly say she has changed my life; she is such a joy.

The second I get out of bed she runs around my legs until I sit on the floor, let her climb on my lap and give her scratches.

One of her favorite ways of passing time is to sit on my lap on the back step early in the morning, wrapped up in my robe, watching the birds darting around the yard – she makes no attempt to chase them. When the sun finally creeps around to warm up a small patch of garden she moves over there to catch a few rays. She also has another favorite spot on the deck at the front of the house and a third where she can curl up on a loveseat outside.

She enjoys rides in the car, has mixed feelings about walking so some days has pep in her step and other days drags (a bit like most of us). When she spots people on her daily walks she squeaks with excitement and wags her tail because nothing is better than receiving love from strangers, although she is getting quite famous in the neighborhood these days.

Poppy is part of the Muttville Fospice Program and friends cautioned me against adopting a terminally ill dog. It is proving to be one of the most rewarding experiences of my life and every day that she and I spend together is a special one.

Thank you Muttville for the amazing job that you do.

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 | 09.20.17 | 0 comments

Success Story "Marty McFly"

Success Story "Marty McFly"

Who remembers the lovable boy, Marty McFly?

Then you’ll love this update from mom Lynn:

Last July, we celebrated two years with our senior Muttville boy, Marty McFly! We’ve fostered dogs for many years and he was our first foster failure. We really don’t consider foster-to-adoption as a failure but a blessing, and we can’t imagine life without this goofy boy.

Marty’s journey began when he was picked up as a stray. Fortunately he found his way to Muttville where he received lots of TLC and became a staff favorite. His sweet and mellow qualities drew us to him, and he came into our home for foster care. After seven months in the rescue with no serious adoption interest, we decided to make Marty a permanent member of our pack.

Fast forward to today and life with Marty is great! The old boy has some health issues and has slowed down quite a bit, but he loves to ride in the car, go for a slow stroll, and enjoy a good roll in the grass. He still sleeps in doorways like he did at Muttville so he’s lovingly earned the nickname, speed bump.

Our Marty hasn’t traveled back to the future, but he is a road warrior that has logged many miles on trips and RV adventures within California and to Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Colorado and Arizona.

Many thanks to Muttville for rescuing Marty and other senior dogs like him. We are honored to be part of this organization, caring for and loving seniors so they can enjoy their golden years.

The Bolhuis Pack


Photo Locations:

Oregon, Grandma’s lush green lawn

Nevada, beatin’ the heat with a dip in the pool

Utah, red rock climbing near Monument Valley

Arizona, north rim of the grand canyon



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 | 09.13.17 | 0 comments

Success Story "Bosley" (#3191)

Success Story "Bosley" (#3191)

A beautiful, heartfelt tribute to Bosley Lee Wong. Thank you Iris and Warren:

Bosley came to live with us January 15, 2016. He crossed the rainbow bridge July 19, 2017 at the lovely age of 12 (just a couple weeks shy of 13) years.

To us, Bosley was perfect. My husband Warren says that he was so easy to love. Bosley had a huge heart – both figuratively and physically (so the vet told us). No wonder he loved so freely, whole heartedly and showed us a larger than life love, devotion we never expected. Bosley’s Godmommy Elizabeth says that he was special and that this side of the rainbow just feels that much emptier without him. Our extended family remembers him fondly by his scrunchy cute face and fondness for licking feet, regardless of owner.

Bosley was our first dog, as a couple and also individually. Our little family has always celebrated our quirkiness and Bosley fell right into our patterns and folds. We spent most of our days laughing and cuddling with him, sharing ordinary (or extraordinary, in retrospect) moments around the house together (Bosley was your poster child magnet/Velcro dog who would never let us out of his sight). He was well loved by foster parents Randy and Steve, came to us after and really interestingly blossomed as an “only child.” He generously shared with us his unique spunk, his tremendous loyalty, his silly sense of humor, his love for life.

He walked with our family during our engagement, then marriage, move to Campbell, where he had more space to play (inadvertently, hide/seek – as our fellow was hard of hearing but very persistent), and tricky first trimester of pregnancy (during which he provided much co-sleeping comfort).

Bosley will always live in our hearts as many things… including the lively pup who bounded around our backyard barking at birds and cats we could not see, who thanks to his deafness, was the boldest boy on the street every 4th of July, our buddy who had a voracious appetite for peanut butter and would swim for it (he had a brief stint of warm water indoor swim sessions with Rex Center!), our brave fellow who trotted into Monterey beach waters and up Tahoe snowy slopes with a proper taste for adventure, and yet knew how to appreciate the finer things in life (e.g., a warm and cozy human-sized bed). His sweet snoring, open mouthed smile with trademark few bottom teeth, loving and long-lasting licks/kisses, habit for making a bed out of suitcases, enthusiasm for belly rubs, deep full body breaths behind the door trying to smell us and anticipating our arrival home, feisty way of playing tug, and happy circular runs around the car, will always endear him to us. When warmed up, he was an expressive, talkative little guy, and in the very best way.

He was himself around us, as were we with him, and we enjoyed each other immensely.

Bosley’s first happy days in the Bay Area started off at Muttville (post his Sacramento rescue) and we know he shared and received much generous love, care during his stay at HQ too. Thank you, Muttville and supporters. Thank you each and all who loved our Bosley and made it possible for us to be a family. He has opened our hearts permanently. We only hope to go about life with hearts as big as his!

Love,

Iris & Warren

mariem3 | 09.06.17 | 2 comments

Success Story (In Memoriam) "Freckles" #1424

Success Story (In Memoriam) "Freckles" #1424

In Memoriam to Freckles, adopted in 2012. Glenda sent us this beautiful tribute:

I wanted to write and let you know that Freckles (#1424, adopted in September of 2012) has passed on. He had been under medical care for a heart problem for the last few years, and recently his kidneys and liver were showing signs of trouble. Recently he started having a lot of trouble just getting up and maintaining control of his balance, and he seemed just ready to go, and so he did. He died peacefully at home.

I’m so very grateful to Muttville for bringing him into my life, and for all of those who met him and loved him. He was such a sweet and gentle soul. Saying goodbye to him was so difficult… he was my best friend, my travel buddy, my light on dark days, my joy, and my constant companion. My heart is broken.

Thanks for all you do at Muttville. I am a very big advocate for senior pet adoption after this experience, and can’t imagine doing anything else. To have and love them is to live with the potential of loss of something so dear after only a short time – but it’s so worth it – every moment. When my heart has healed I’m sure I’ll bring another senior home one day.



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 | 08.30.17 | 0 comments

Success story "April"

Success story "April"

Thank you mutt mom Robyn for this wonderful update about April (aka Titi):

April AKA Titi has brought so much joy into our hearts since the day we brought her home in May! She is my little sidekick and we do everything together; sleep, eat, walk, work, and play! She even rides in the front of the grocery cart at the store! She and senior kitty Elliott have become fast friends. We call her our little meerkat because she sits up with her paws in front of her chest when she wants to go for a walk or the bathroom. I am eternally grateful to Muttville for rescuing Titi and others like her. Senior dogs rule!



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’.

You can help create many more new beginnings!
Adopt. Foster. Volunteer. Donate.

mariem3 | 08.23.17 | 0 comments