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Success Story "Buddy" (a.k.a. Chip)

Success Story "Buddy" (a.k.a. Chip)

Home cooking, exercise, and a loving home is the perfect formula for an amazing transformation for Buddy (formerly Chip):

My boyfriend adopted “Chip” (now Buddy) from you last Feb and although he was only with you for a couple of weeks before we took him home I just thought you’d like to know that it’s going great!

He was overweight and taking liver meds when we got him, but has trimmed down and doesn’t need pills anymore thanks to good old home cooking and lots of running around. He goes camping, goes to the beach, loves Pt. Isabel (who doesn’t?) and is happy to come out for a night on the town at Oakland’s dog-friendly bars.

Thanks for all you do, and I know if I ever am ready for another dog he’ll be a Muttville alumni.

Thanks,

Mia

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mariem3 | 09.03.14 | 1 comment

Success Story "Sheba"

Success Story "Sheba"

Life is a beach, says Sheba! Read her success story, as told by her family, Eliza and Steve:

Sheba has been with us since May this year. While she was in pretty good health generally, she was certainly overweight and had a few cancerous growths. She was a bit shy and concerned/withdrawn at first, but very sweet. Not surprising that she was probably missing her former family.

In the short time she has been a member of our family, she has dropped about 10 pounds and perked up considerably. The vet has taken care of the tumors/warts and we are keeping an eye on them – but all seems good now. We go on multiple walks, including the “O” dark-thirty dawn patrol and make a habit of tossing the ball every evening. She is getting stronger and leaner every day. When our children were younger we had a black and a yellow lab and we missed their sensitivity, love of life and general good nature. Sheba is just that – even if she is a bit more vocal than most!

We just returned from the beach where we were chasing the ball….well, she chasing and I throwing. She is now asleep, of course, planning the rest of her day. Thank you, Muttville!

Best,

Eliza and Steve

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mariem3 | 08.20.14 | 2 comments

Success Story "Sparky" (aka Trinket)

Success Story "Sparky" (aka Trinket)

Thanks to mutt dad John for sharing their Muttville love story. Trinket, now Sparky, has blossomed, thanks to their patience and nurturing. Be prepared! This is definitely an “Aww” story:

On a beautiful Sunday in early May, we were headed to Fitness SF for a workout and discovered that Muttville was conducting a senior dog adoption in front of the gym. David walked over and a little dog named Trinket ambled over and leaned against his leg. There was an immediate connection and before long, David made it clear that we needed to foster Trinket.

Trinket had a broken and disfigured jaw, one back leg that he couldn’t fully use, and he was yet to be neutered. His eyes seemed dim and his spirit somewhat broken. The plan was to foster him until he could have all of the procedures he needed and be ready for adoption.

That first night, we put him in a crate, but he was having nothing of that and he ended up sleeping on the pillow next to John’s head. On Thursday, May 22, we tearfully returned the little guy to Muttville, overwhelmed by the responsibility.

John kept a selfie of himself with Trinket sitting on the couch as the wallpaper on his iPhone and couldn’t stop talking about Trinket. John shared the picture from his iPhone with David…It was soon meant to be.

A Muttville adoption event was coming up on Saturday, May 31, and the decision was made to attend. We found Trinket amongst all of the amazing dogs that were there and it seemed he remembered us. We told Bunny at Muttville that we would continue to foster him and she responded that we would need to leave him for the weekend and pick him up on Monday if he wasn’t adopted. That was it – we had to adopt him on the spot. We could not live without him.

It has taken time, patience, and love, but the payoff has been amazing. When we officially adopted him he still needed dental work (he now has no teeth), he needed to be neutered, and it wasn’t clear what would happen to his leg. (All of that seems like distant history and he uses that back leg as best he can.) He also needed to develop the trust that he had a home with two people (and two sometimes reluctant Chihuahuas) committed to making the rest of his life as happy as possible. We had to adjust and establish a new routine and had to earn his trust.

In the process, we discovered this amazing little dog, now named Sparky (aka Boney James), who had persevered whatever his life had been and still showed love and enthusiasm for life. We recently took a road trip to visit David’s father on his farm in Idaho. Sparky was an amazing traveler, along with his new sisters Pepsi and CocoNut, and he became a new dog even more full of life. Those eyes that were dim and nearly closed when we met him are now wide and bright – amazingly bright for his 10+ years of age. (Just check out the pictures.) Sparky has a home. From early May to late July (3 short months) he has become fully integrated into our lives, just as we are all fully integrated into his life.

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mariem3 | 08.13.14 | 1 comment

Success Story "Gregory"

Success Story "Gregory"

Gregory melted the hearts of his foster family, and thus began his forever life of happiness! Read his sweet story as written by mom Brittany:

Gregory was our 7th foster dog for Muttville but it took just a few hours for us to realize there was something special about this one… And we fell in love! While we never learned much about his history, he had to get neutered & have 16 teeth removed, so it’s safe to say that he had spent his previous 10 years not being very well taken care of.

Enter us! As usual, (Muttville’s Dog Manager) Eva entrusted us with a senior Pomeranian, knowing he would get cleaned up and loved while waiting for his forever home. Instead, he got cleaned up, loved, and adopted! Gregory joined our other rescue Pom, Bruschi, and our very senior Corgi mix, Shelby and we could not be happier. He has had some great adventures so far, including trips to Napa to go wine tasting, Calistoga to run around the mountains, and the Russian River to go tubing. So many adventures! Gregory also seems to have become obsessed with stuffed animals, falling asleep with them in his mouth and taking them on walks.

And most recently, Gregory joined his siblings at our wedding. He was extremely popular with all of his new human friends who hadn’t met him yet, including all sorts of human grandparents, aunts & uncles. He is incredibly loved by us all!!

We are so grateful to have heard of Muttville, become foster parents, and met Gregory. He’s hilarious and quirky and fits right in with our pack of misfits.

Love, James & Brittany + Shelby, Bruschi, & Gregory



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mariem3 | 08.06.14 | 2 comments

Success Stories "Chickin", "Waffles" and "Acorn"

Success Stories "Chickin", "Waffles" and "Acorn"

Laugh and cry when you read this happy, cute story told by Bonni, the amazing mom of Muttville trio, Chickin, Waffles and Acorn:

I was lucky enough to meet and rescue my lady loves, Chickin and Waffles over 4 years ago. These two beasts have lit up my life (and countless others lives). I certainly was not looking for another fur-end! However, sometimes a patient at my work (Mission Pet Hospital) grabs my heartstrings and plays my favorite song. That is how I met my dapper little Acorn. I assisted with his bladder stone surgery. He was so fearful of everyone and everything at MPH…everyone but me. I held him and snuggled him through his induction and recovery and was immediately enamored.

Acorn was “adopted” 2 or 3 times and returned. He has very severe chronic collapsing trachea and had had some urinary issues. The last time he was returned, I took this as a sign. I brought Chickin and Waffles down to Muttville’s compound (snug in their cross bay travel backpack) to meet their new roommate (well, possible new roommate). The three lil poms rousted around Muttville gloriously and I decided Acorn had to come back to Oakland to stay with us. That was almost 2 years ago. These three weirdos, senior pomeranians are my joy. we love and take care of each other. There is nothing better than coming home after a horrible day at work and having my three freaky beasts jump and roll over each other to snuggle me first.

Thanks Muttville, for giving these weirdo vintage pooches a second chance. I’m sending some happy photos!

love,

Bonni, Rob, Chickin,Waffles, and Acorn



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mariem3 | 07.30.14 | 2 comments
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