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Success Story "Muggs"

Success Story "Muggs"

A San Francisco Love Story: Two Brides and a Beagle Best Man

We adopted Muggs from Muttville in August of 2015. We weren’t really expecting to adopt a dog, but we fell in love as soon as he barked at us. It took a while for Muggs to warm up to us. It was understandable, considering he had a family abandon him and then an adopter give up on him. For the first six months or so, Muggs was cautious around us.

When we brought him home, it wasn’t long before we learned that he had an undeniable passion for food. If there was a drop of anything edible, anywhere in our tiny apartment, he would find it. And he would be pleased with himself. We learned quickly that he had to be kept busy – lots of stimulating toys and stuffed animals were needed to keep our active senior occupied. He was incredibly patient with his bossy new sister, Sadie, allowing her to rule the roost and take the lead. He would entertain us with his silly antics, his voracious appetite, and his constant energy. It was clear that he loved to explore nature, and try new things.

It has been almost two years since we brought Muggs home. He’s sick, and we aren’t sure how much longer we have with him. We’ve made a bucket list of things to do with him, and things to feed him. He’s got a gastrointestinal disease that makes it nearly impossible for his body to absorb proteins. He’s losing weight drastically. But his spirit remains. He loves nothing more than to go on long walks and explore the outdoors. He loves eating, all day, every day. He loves to lick our bed and guard our front door. Every time we come home or we have a visitor come over, Muggs enthusiastically brings over a stuffed toy, a peace offering and a sign of his friendliness and love. He loves to play tug of war. Like a true beagle, he has about 15 different barks that tell us if he’s thirsty, hungry, happy, scared, bored, or silly. We love him so much and will forever be grateful to Muttville for allowing us to be part of his story. It’s been so fun to be his moms.

We loved having him at our wedding. It felt fitting for him to be at a celebration of commitment and love, knowing that he originally ended up at Muttville when a divorce went sour. We hope that he knows how much we treasure him, and how lucky we feel to have been chosen by him!

Love, Amy and Rachel



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mariem3 | 06.21.17 | 1 comment

Success Story "Humphrey" fka Drake

Success Story "Humphrey" fka Drake

The path to true love isn’t always straight!

Thanks to wonderful mutt parents, Andrew and Celestine, who adopted Humphrey, for sharing their story.

My girlfriend and I began to visit Muttville in February 2016, and in March, Drake came in. It was obvious that he had been through a lot. He was skittish, went ballistic when he saw other dogs, was difficult to handle, and HATED to cuddle or be picked up. Let’s just say we were lucky he didn’t have any teeth.

We visited him every weekend, and checked his status on muttville.org every day. We watched visitors week after week pass over the misunderstood little tyke. Two months passed, and the poor old boy still had no luck. But one weekend, we had a breakthrough. As usual, he was ignoring us, when suddenly another dog came into the room. We’ll never forget what happened next. Drake saw us playing with her, crept across the room, pushed her out of the way, and after a moment of hesitation, gingerly climbed into my lap. We stayed there for hours, just holding him and crying together.

However, because we had both recently lost our childhood dogs, we still didn’t know if we were ready. And I’m ashamed to say that we left without him. We were only able to visit sporadically the next few weekends, and as time went on, he began to lose his scrappy nature and became more and more depressed.

Eventually, he found a temporary foster home, and we heard how much happier he was in a home environment. And when his temporary foster mom had to bring him back, we offered to foster him.

A month later, a good adoption applicant contacted us. It didn’t pan out, and the relief we felt made us realize that we couldn’t let him go. I’m sure it comes as no surprise that by this point, we had fallen madly, deeply, and hopelessly in love with him. We went from being weekly visitors to foster parents to his forever home. We adopted him at the Clear the Shelters event, and Drake became Humphrey, aka Humphreydoodle aka Humps aka Scuttlebutt. It was one of the happiest days of my life. Nine months after we first took him home, he is now a completely different dog. He runs to greet us when we enter the room, wags his tail furiously, and jumps up on us. He waits for me when I take a shower, sitting patiently outside the door until I’m done. And the biggest change of all – he loves being picked up and cuddled by his mama! Even though he’s over 14, he acts like a puppy now that he's come out of his shell.

He loves to run in the park, chase balls, and pounce on his toys. Senior dogs have so much love to give and to be given in return. He is the best part of my morning when I wake up, and what I look forward to the most coming home everyday. He is my best friend. My only regret is that we didn’t take him home sooner.



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mariem3 | 06.14.17 | 0 comments

Success Story "Jimmy" 3590

Success Story "Jimmy" 3590

It is also Jimmy’s birthday! Mom Meaghan tells us:

Jimmy turns 16 today and he has not slowed down one bit in the year and a half we have had him. If anything he has more puppy energy now than ever. He runs around the house chasing a ball or one of his other toys every day. Jimmy enjoys long walks exploring the city. He’s done his fair share of traveling including flights to Toronto and Vancouver.

I think Jimmy’s favorite thing in the world is food. He has an amazing talent for opening all sorts of things you need thumbs for to get to something tasty.

There is no way to express how much joy he has brought us. He brings a smile to just about everyone’s face when we are on our walks. We are so thankful to Muttville for bringing Jimmy into our lives. We have become crazy pet parents and would have it no other way. I hope that we are bringing as much love and joy into his life as he has brought to ours.

Thank you Muttville!



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mariem3 | 06.06.17 | 0 comments

Success Story Suki #3034

Success Story Suki #3034

Happy Second Adopt-aversary to Suki and mom Anne:

I can’t believe 2 years have gone by since Suki joined our family. Instead of slowing down as one might expect with a senior dog, each day Suki just shows more of her animated puppy spirit. She can hardly contain her excitement to get outdoors for long walks in pursuit of the next tree, post, bush or patch of grass to sniff…and of course, pee on. Her love for her walks is matched only by her love for her breakfast, lunch, dinner and, oh yes, snacks…lots of them! Suki will tell you, “Mom has never served a meal I didn’t love”! In her down time, Suki enjoys napping for hours with fur sister Ziggy and spending relaxing lap time with Mom and Dad. She has brought us much joy, kisses and laughter at her hilarious antics and we are so lucky she could find her forever home with us.

Thank you Suki, and Thank you Muttville!



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mariem3 | 05.24.17 | 1 comment

Success Story Mickey (in memoriam)

Success Story Mickey (in memoriam)

Our hearts go out to Katie, who recently lost Mickey:

I adopted little Mickey on August 29, 2016 and he passed on April 12, 2017.

He was the light of my life for the quick time he was mine and he truly did change me. He was feisty, such a bad-ass, but also the best little dude to snuggle with and love. I can’t believe it happened so quick, but I know he’s in a better place. He’s my absolute Angel, just as he was when he was here.

I thank you for your amazing mission and for bringing me a little guy like Mickey. He is truly my best friend and will always have a special place in our hearts. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to give him an excellent life for the later part of it and for accepting these babies regardless of their circumstances. He was easy to love and so very hard to let go. We will think of him daily.

To Mickey, to Muttville- Thank you



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’.

mariem3 | 05.24.17 | 0 comments