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Success Story Tiny Guy (aka Foxy)

Success Story Tiny Guy (aka Foxy)

We thank Susana and Don for sharing their story to celebrate the life of their sweet Muttville dog, Tiny Guy (formerly Foxy), who crossed the rainbow bridge on August 26th:

The day came and went when The Tiny Guy passed away. The evening of utter grief and the heavy sadness that followed are worth bearing because we had almost 1.5 years of extraordinary cuteness, fluffiness, and joy-inducing tail wags.

He came to us as a skinny, bad skin, mostly bald foster named Foxy but we called him The Tiny Guy. We will be forever grateful to Sherri for scooping him up and telling us, “here is your next foster.” They were filming a music dance video that day so he is there in the video. He became extremely ill in the next weeks. It became a hospice situation but he refused to die. He lived another almost one and a half years with more ups than downs. When he felt good, despite spinal disease, severe arthritis, etc., he enjoyed our family outings from the height of his stroller with occasional short walks. Every time he fell ill and pulled through, we vowed to spoil him and enjoy every moment with him more. We couldn’t get enough of him. We loved staring at him pose, walk, skip, and sleep. He entertained all with those looks, that wonky walk, and entitled demeanor.

Tiny Guy’s improving good looks were amazing! We pulled up to The W Hollywood in our normal car but as soon as the hotel staff saw The Tiny Guy, we got the celebrity treatment. Telephone cameras came at us from everywhere and his pictures must have flooded social media that week.

Another time, we were at Crissy Field where TV reporters happened to be that morning. He was on the news twice later that day!

Most endearingly, he was a friend to our ill and declining 18 year old cat. They slept closer and closer together the more ill Eddie became. Tiny Guy passed away shortly after his pal Eddie did but we want to believe they are together again.

Thank you Muttville!

Susana & Don

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mariem3 | 09.24.14 | 0 comments

Success Story Buster (aka Iggy)

Success Story Buster (aka Iggy)

Stories like this just make us laugh! Read this cute tale about Buster (formerly Iggy). We’re glad his new family discovered his “inner coon dog”:

Buster had a choice of every chair and couch in the R V and he decided he liked the dash so, he gets the dash. I put up reflectors to keep him from overheating and left some gaps so he could see out. He has a huge side window where he keeps an eye on all the campers.

Speaking of campers, he is our camp dog and everyone loves him. At night, we have started our fox hunt tour and it is a hit. He is a super hunter and finds the foxes for us to see. Two nights ago, he found a raccoon and howled under the tree like a coon dog. We all laughed so hard.

He is getting better and stronger since his surgery and I will have to be creative to find ways to burn off some of his excessive energy. Sometimes I attach him to the back rack on my bike and he runs him behind me, he has a lot of fun!

We are in love and this love of ours is for our lifetime. Thank you Muttville.

Captions for photos:

1. Iggy in bed

2. He still not sure about sharing we had a fun tug of war..

3. His first campfire

Sincerely,
Lin


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mariem3 | 09.17.14 | 1 comment

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.

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!
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mariem3 | 08.13.14 | 1 comment