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Success Story "Bonnie Blue"

Success Story "Bonnie Blue"

This beautiful lady brought joy to us at Muttville, and eventually to her forever family:

Our beautiful and beloved Bonnie Blue sailed away to her final forever home on Oct.18. Since adopting her last March she had been doing great, especially once all her medications for her severe arthritis in her back legs and constant UTIs had been sorted out. But early last week her back legs gave out for good. We did all the requisite testing and trying additional medications but it didn’t help the poor girl. The vet said it was neurological. Sadly we were at the end of the road, her quality of life would never be what she deserved.

We had a most memorable summer with Bonnie. Eight camping trips including three national parks. She absolutely loved the great outdoors. She got along great with everyone and was just happy to have a loving family including her two siblings, Sierra and Sophie.

Thank you and to everyone at Muttville for bringing Bonnie into our lives. She will always be in our hearts and will never be forgotten.

Sincerely,

Isabelle and Steve



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mariem3 | 11.19.14 | 0 comments

Success Story "Lovey"

Success Story "Lovey"

We’re saddened by the news that Lovey (formerly Lovely Lambchop) has passed away.

Beautiful words from her mama Gail:

I loved Lovey the minute I saw her in the Christmas storefront for Muttville 2 3/4 years ago….wearing a red sweater…We lost Lovey last week. I never expected she would live even that long. How could anyone love a dog as much as I loved that little dog? I have no idea….It was beyond words. I never even looked at dogs like her, only shih tzus…


She was very senior when we got her. 17 maybe? When she had trouble standing up, we figured it was time. She passionately loved her food (and I finally got the food right thanks to Dr. Adam) and her beds. She was a warrior dog. She would have kept going if I let her….falling and getting up….There was no stopping her. In the beginning, she was found in a ditch bleeding from all her orifices….(can’t imagine that she was even outside by herself and lived).Rescued as a stray and thank goodness for Muttville who took her and for Marie and Russell who fostered her, took care of her when she was sick and nursed her back to life.


She would do laps around the house till she was fed or would get under your feet so you knew she was waiting for her food. No walking on a leash for her. Not a lapdog. Not her style. Maybe she would last 5 minutes with you. Not a mean bone in that dogbody. I think they call it equipoise (in human terms)


She was very much here and now she is not. There is a huge void now. But her soul will linger with me forever…..

In the words of Chet Baker:

“Yes, I may dream a million dreams,

But how can they come true,

If there will never ever be another you….”


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mariem3 | 11.12.14 | 4 comments

Success Story "Hudson"

Success Story "Hudson"

Hudson is fondly remembered here at Muttville, so we were sad when we received this message on October 30. Our thoughts and condolences to Bea and Len, who gave him a most wonderful, loving life:

It is with great sorrow that I am reporting the loss of Hudson. We only had him with us for 5 months but he brought so much love and joy to our home. He was noble, gentle, kind and so happy all the time, a joy to be around. He loved life at our little hobby farm home, fed the horses and goats with us every night and enjoyed friendships with all our other animals. His arthritis meds. and acupuncture treatments were helping him a great deal and he loved exploring our pasture.


Unfortunately he experienced a sudden brain/central nervous system problem Monday night, very unexpected and sad. He developed a head tilt but it was not the vestibular syndrome old dogs can recover from, it was possibly a brain tumor. Hudson went downhill within a day, he was hospitalized but just kind of left his body, he had no awareness of his surroundings and would not move or respond. It was so fast and he had been his happy self just the day before. He was slipping away so fast the doctors and we agreed the kindest thing for Hudson was to put him to sleep peacefully and gently. We are shocked still that he is gone. There will be a huge empty spot in our hearts and home for a long time. Thank – you all for allowing us to adopt Hudson and to have shared our lives, though way too brief, with this wonderful dog.

Keep well,

Bea and Len


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mariem3 | 11.05.14 | 1 comment

Success Story "Rocky Balboa"

Success Story "Rocky Balboa"

I never understood the love of a pup until I met Rocky.

That’s what Caroline wrote to us about her mutt love, Rocky. Thanks to Rocky, not only did she learn true love for a pet, Rocky is also the reason she adopted rather than buying a puppy from a breeder. Thank you Rocky!

Read their happy story:

Michael and I were in search for a breeder and were planning to purchase a new puppy after our wedding next February 2015.

In September, I walked into Muttville for a work meeting, not expecting to fall for Rocky Balboa. The first time I approached Rocky, he ran off but after giving him some time and I sat down next to him, he instantly cuddled up next to me.

I took a photo with Rocky and sent the photo to my fiance jokingly saying, “I’m here for a work meeting, but I fell in love with this pup and look who’s coming home with me!”

Michael surprisingly responded “Really? We got a dog?”

After learning more about Muttville & specifically Cuddle Club, I left and went about my day. I called Michael and expressed to him how much I wanted to give Rocky a new home and Michael agreed. I immediately went online and filled out the application.

Later that evening, I brought Michael to meet Rocky. From that point on we knew we wanted to adopt Rocky.

Rocky is the sweetest dog ever and we feel so lucky. I never understood the love of a pup until I met Rocky. Michael and I could not be happier to give him a home where Rocky knows and feels love all around.

Rocky has become an integral part of our lives – he has play dates with his buddy, April (Michael’s parents’ Shihtzu), and other days he goes to work with me or Michael and even stays at home where he lives to sleep all day (we watch him via a video cam that Mom and Dad set up for him). Rocky has truly brought a different meaning to unconditional love.









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mariem3 | 10.22.14 | 1 comment

Muttville teams up with Compassion Without Borders for a "seniorita" named Wanda

Muttville teams up with Compassion Without Borders for a "seniorita" named Wanda

Up until August, Wanda the Pug lived every day of her life on the end of a chain in Puerto Penasco, Mexico. She was brought to a free veterinary wellness clinic sponsored by Compassion Without Borders based in Santa Rosa, CA. A woman handed Wanda over to Compassion Without Borders’ Founder Dr. Christi Camblor – and the woman was glad to do so, knowing Wanda could receive the care she needed.

Wanda was covered in mange and had painful scabs, skin and ear infections. Her eyes were infected, too. Thankfully, this harsh life in the Sonoran desert ended when Compassion Without Borders rescued her, got her the medical care she needed and helped her to recover in Northern California. When she was first rescued, Wanda would wander aimlessly and hardly engage or interact with people. Today she wags her tail, loves to go for walks, has a spring in her step and seeks out affection and attention like a normal happy, snorty, sweet little Pug.

She recently went to a loving Muttville foster care home in San Francisco, blossoming and enjoying her newly found freedom to roam around as she pleases. As her scabby, hairless coat has sprouted new fur, her sweet spirit has emerged and she is learning that life is indeed worth living.

Compassion Without Borders and Muttville Senior Dog Rescue hope to find the perfect home for Wanda.

Dr. Christi Camblor said, “Wanda’s transformation is nothing short of miraculous. She went from a listless, despondent, scab covered dog living on the end of a chain, to a robust, happy, confident and engaged soul who charms everyone she meets. I am so grateful to Muttville for helping during this final stage of her journey to the happy ending she so deserves.”

Muttville’s Executive Director Sherri Franklin said. “It’s no wonder that Wanda has so many people to help her, Muttville is lucky to have her. She is such a cuddle muffin and we know she will make someone very very happy.”

Compassion Without Borders provides a brighter future for animals in need. Their programs include; International and local dog rescue programs in the U.S, humane education and outreach, free veterinary wellness clinics in the U.S. and Mexico, humane euthanasia programs in Mexico, veterinary training in Mexico.

Learn more about them:

facebook.com/compassionwithoutborders
cwob.org

Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, in San Francisco, is dedicated to changing the way the world thinks about and treats older dogs, aged seven years and older, and to creating better lives for them through rescue, foster, adoption, and hospice.

facebook.com/Muttville.Senior.Dog.Rescue
muttville.org

Read Wanda’s Muttville profile

Muttville prefers that Wanda be adopted in Northern California. if you are interested in Wanda, please visit her profile and complete an Adopt Me Form.

mariem3 | 10.19.14 | 1 comment