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Success Story "Nona" (aka Tawney)

Success Story "Nona" (aka Tawney)

Thank you SO MUCH for helping to connect us with this little love! Tawney (now Nona) is settling in beautifully! It turns out that she really likes hanging with baby goats. Our other dogs love her, and one of our livestock guardian dogs seems to have fallen for her!

Thank you for all you do to save these wonderful old dogs!

Best,

Leigh



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mariem3 | 04.19.17 | 0 comments

Success Story "Ozzy" 4167

Success Story "Ozzy" 4167

It looks like Ozzy is being seriously loved! Enjoy this short and sweet update from Lindsey:

“My mother and I adopted Ozzy about three months ago at one of your events. He is such a big part of our lives now and we love him so much and so I just wanted to show you how he’s doing now as a sort of thank you for everything you do!”



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mariem3 | 04.12.17 | 0 comments

Success Story "Gracie" (aka Grace Lee aka #999)

Success Story "Gracie" (aka Grace Lee aka #999)

Gracie lived to complete her bucket list – and then some!

Russell shared his tribute to his little “ordinary brown dog”:

Thank you, Muttville, for rescuing my girl Grace Lee 6 years ago. At age “at least 18,” Gracie passed away exactly how she wanted – at home with me, while all the other dogs slept and Marie had run out to the store. No vet, no attention, just us. Gracie always got what she wanted in the end.

We are full of gratitude for the time we shared with her, and can say without question that we made the most of it. There is a quiet place in my heart that will hold our nonsocial low-rider forever; there’s a hole in our lives that once was filled with homemade food prep, supplement distribution, daily supervised marches on the patio, slow motion exploration of the yard, ride-or-die stroller adventures… and a daily load of laundry. Maybe two loads.

As you senior dog folks know, the art of caring for a dog becomes part of who you are as much as your dog becomes a part of your family. I find the free time – & savings on the water bill – a poor substitute for life with our very ordinary brown dog. I hope she really did feel safe and happy, and that we challenged her, just enough. She did as much for us.

Gracie’s 3 tips for senior mutts seeking longevity: Remember, you made it this far because you are strong. Eat fresh food. And, you should remove all your teeth. Seriously.

P.S. passing away unassisted is rare. Of the multitude of dogs we have taken to the bridge, 98% needed us to make the right decision to bring in a vet. Please do not hesitate to give your dog this gift when it is time.

Editor’s Note: Gracie’s first success story was published in 2012: muttville.org/blog/success-story-gracie



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mariem3 | 04.05.17 | 0 comments

Success Story "Roscoe"

Success Story "Roscoe"

Fospice family Cathy and Scott share what it is like caring for their latest senior fospice mutt, Roscoe:

Roscoe is a dream! Impeccable manners, loads of fun, loved by all. His heart lets him down sometimes when he gets really excited-chasing squirrels, digging for gophers, racing around- and he will keel over but so far has always recovered. Dr. Adams in San Rafael has taken great care of him. Roscoe and our big dog Haehly are always up to something outside. Roscoe has also fallen big time for one of our cats and is a little confused about cross-species relations. So grateful you gave him a chance. He is a little ray of sunshine.

Cathy and Scott



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mariem3 | 03.29.17 | 0 comments

Success Stories "Annie and Andy"

Success Stories "Annie and Andy"

Mutt mom Amanda admits that her two seniors were a challenge! Read their story:

Annie and Andy have officially been spicing up our lives for a year now! Here is an update on our exciting life with them.

Annie, whom we nicknamed “Mama,” is whole new dog. Muttville really saved her life, giving her the surgery she needed for her masses and hernia. After we had had her a few months, we discovered she also needed a tumor removed from her pancreas. It turns out she had had very low blood sugar the whole time- but her other maladies were so bad we didn’t notice! We did a successful GoFundMe fundraiser to help us pay for the surgery, and she has had ongoing chemo to keep the nasty cells in check. Two months ago, her blood sugar read normal for the first time! She still acts like we never feed her _ . With her back legs nice and strong after doing pup-pilates with Dr. Strubel at the Rex center, Mama Annie has become an energetic, playful little spitfire who pirouettes and bounces like a bunny when she is excited. You would never suspect she was the same dog that a year ago mostly slept and sat around just watching Andy play.

Andy is in great shape, and has come a long way in terms of his behavior. He has always been a good-hearted dog, but his leash reactivity was a challenge when we first brought him home. But after some classes that taught us how to work with him, he has improved immensely and continues to gain confidence and be more relaxed on leash.

I have seen so many Muttville dogs transform, even in the little time they spend at Muttville before finding forever homes. I hope our story helps encourage people that even after you bring your mutts home, they continue to evolve and become healthy and happy in body and mind.

Andy and Annie were challenging when we first brought them home and we were worried we would not be able to make it work. How glad we are that we stuck with it. They both have learned many commands, and have become much better behaved little citizens. They even let me brush their teeth! You can certainly teach old dogs new tricks, with patience, love and a lot of treats.

We are so grateful for the second chance Muttville gives senior dogs, and for saving Andy and Annie so they could complete our family.

Love,

Amanda and Greg



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mariem3 | 03.22.17 | 0 comments