I just got the most beautiful email from Jojo’s mom, Julie, and I need to share it with all of you, to anyone who has lost a pet, this is so heartfelt.
“I am very sad to let you know that Cujo (JoJo) crossed the rainbow bridge this morning. Here is a little compilation of my thoughts…somewhat therapeutic, I hope, as I am pretty devastated, yet happy that we had our brief time together.
Loving JoJo was easy. From the moment I saw his smiling face on line at Muttville to meeting him in person, I knew we were destined to be together. Although he was 16, mostly hairless, and didn’t see too well, the energy and enthusiasm he expressed each day was a pleasure to behold.
He dove (literally) into his food. Loving every bite. He knew that if you had one foot in the water dish, it could not get away. Sharing the bed in the sunshine was always a good idea if your friends let you snuggle with them. Having a nightlight on made it easier to find the food at night. It didn’t matter where you were going, just toddle on and you’ll get there.
Losing Joe this morning (Friday) was a surprise. He ate like a champion on Wednesday and climbed into the big basket-bed on Thursday to nap in the sun with friends. Although he was less interested in food on Thursday, I thought it was just that he overdid it the day before, and was not worried until he seemed disoriented in the early evening. Warm baby food, a soft blanket, and my lap seemed to get both of us through the night. As his breathing became labored, I called his vet at 8 am to get him checked, knowing what may be in store.
Before we left, I got on my knees and thanked God for bringing JoJo into our lives, and for the 3 short but meaningful months we had together. I asked Him to make it easy on both of us if we needed to say goodbye. Taking in an older dog may mean not having as much time together as we’d wish, but the time we have is worth everything…to them and to Doug and I in helping them feel safe and happy and loved with their needs being met.
God was faithful beyond my expectation. As I pulled into the Clinic, JoJo went limp in my arms and left this world in his time, not anyone else’s. With the warm heater, the car engine lulling him to rest, and his head resting on my arm, as little chi’s like to do, he went with a single last deep breath.
To Sherri and Muttville, there are not enough words to express my thanks for helping JoJo spend the last 3 months with us. He was loved beyond measure, and I know I am a better person for being able to give him that love. Your work is incredible and the benefit to both animal and person is unending. Thank you with all my heart for being the angel that saves those in such great need and allowing us to participate!”
When Minoo arrived she didn’t know anything except she was out of the shelter and into a place where she was allowed indoors and given something called a bed! But for Muttville she was our poster child for success, Our 500th dog rescued since we were founded in 2007. This means our programs are working and we have been able to achieve higher goals than we projected.
Thanks to our many volunteers and donors, we have been able to rescue senior dogs out of shelters south to San Diego and north to Mendocino. Muttville being the only thing between a death sentence or the chance to find a loving home.
We hope you will celebrate with us and help us save even more dogs this year by going to our website and hitting the “donate now” button or the “adopt/foster now” button on the screen. We can only continue with ALL your help!!
Muttville had 2 big events today, so we split up the dogs and volunteers and ventured out. We had a huge turnout at Pier 40 in SF, South Paw and Pawtrero Bath House threw Muttville a costume party fundraiser. I counted at least 20 Muttville alumni dogs in costume, all so waggy with their families, and we made some good money to keep us going… saving even more dogs!
It was such a warm beautiful day and SFACC’s Pet Pride day in GG Park was equally fun filled, our dogs stole the show. Everyone loved Layla and her bear like face. Our T shirts were a huge success and our volunteers kicked butt.
This weekend was a great weekend for our adoptions, too! Petey, Greta, Remy, Roxy, and Isabella all found their forever homes.
We are all smiles tonight, tired but happy.
As promised, here’s dogtime.com’s Road To Rescue Minute about our Randy Pants as shown on CBS5, San Francisco. He was in such dire shape, and now watch him frolic!
Randy Pants our little shihtzu from Bakersfield will be featured on a short news segment about rescued dogs. Wait till you see the footage, from the first day he came to us, flea infested, no fur except a few mats. Couldn’t even walk- and the transition was so beautiful, so check it out. We will have a video on our website soon, if you miss it.
Wee Willy has been impatiently waiting to find his place in this world, but he needed a very special person to come along. WWW has a bit of past trauma in his life – that he still is working on – and can get growly around new people. Makes it hard since any adopter sees this and not the loving side his friends can see.
Then comes Amy, she did see his beauty, and swept him away. She actually said “till death do us part” as he left in her arms.
This is such a happy ending…..it took a long time to find his person but Molly from Pooches Playtime, his foster mom, hung in there. Thanks Molly!
We had a big day today. Junebug, Molly, Cowboy and Kipsey found their forever homes. All of these guys were abandoned in their golden years and now are on their way to start a new and better chapter in their lives.
Today we also rescued 4 new dogs and we are up for the challenge of getting them ready to find their love matches. Margie is just about the sweetest cocker we have ever met, she needs some TLC. Poor Maddie is in a state of distress and will need some time to decompress before we will know her true personality. This is Bitsy, she is still looking for her perfect companion
All in a day’s work here at Muttville Headquarters.
There are more and more dogs ending up at the shelter – really nice, sweet dogs, many covered in matts and ticks from months of neglect.
We just got 6 new doggies and once we bathed them and fed them they were so happy and easy and beautiful!
There is no excuse to throw your dog out on the street to fend for itself.
These dogs were all picked up as stray dogs, too. Check out Minoo, Sammy, Remy and Kipsey, Junebug and MacKenzie at www.muttville.org
Just in, our big boy Luther met his new family tonight and it was love!
Luther is a big cubby bear and he has been waiting a very long time to find his forever home and tonight was his night to find it, with Olivia and her roommates
He will have so many people to give his big belly a rub, it will be heaven for him and them!
One of my all time favorite dogs!
What a happy ending, makes it all worthwhile.
Great turnout at the Castro adoption event. Bridget was ready for her closeup!
Petey went to his forever home this weekend-the resident dog picked him out and the dog’s mom said OK!! You can have a little brother and off they went tails a wagging.
Bitsy found her palace in Lake Tahoe and a family to love her!
Some good news for our Junebug – the tumor we feared was a large angry cancer is, very probably, a polyp that Dr. Anderson at SFVS will remove tomorrow. Junebug let all of us prod and poke her, removing her matts and ticks, then she let the Dr. do the same, such a patient and trusting little one.
We also got 2 new foster homes to help in our quest to save as many seniors dogs as we can.
Tonight we had to say goodbye to our new arrival, London, a very sweet yorkie
who we rescued from Kern County. He was in really bad shape when he got here.
we gave him everything he could want, a warm bed- mine- lots of chicken soup
and pain meds, he was so old and so weak. It was his time, it makes me so angry when people dump their old infirm dogs at a county shelter to spend their last days. This little guy deserved to be held and loved till the end and I was honored to do that for him.
Sail away sweet boy, on nice warm soft clouds….
We just got a new shipment of very loveable little ones and a couple of big ones, too! All of them were really filthy, so our hands are waterlogged and thanks to Rita-volunteer extraordinnaire- the dogs are shiny and soft, they smell great, too! Come visit us at our adoption days this weekend, Saturday at Marin Humane 10-2 and Sunday at 18th and Castro St.12-3 in San Francisco!
Last night we had a wonderful event at Sports Basement in San Francisco. High Tail Hotel generously donated their services and organized efforts to support Muttville with a fundraiser. When World Woof Tour heard about this cool event, they simply had to stop by! It was a ton of fun with friends, food, and lots of great dogs.
Here’s a picture of me and Oscar, the World Woof Tour dog, who is traveling the globe in support of dog rescue organzations. Oscar loves Muttville because he is a senior himself at 8 years old!
Kathleen McKensie passed away last week. Her daughter Christie Keith knew of her mom’s love for dogs and she asked her mother’s friends to honor her life by donating to Muttville.
Christie went even further today in SF Gate by talking about how we can honor people’s lives by making educated donations to animal welfare organizations. It is an excellent article.
We went to the Blessing of the Animals where Angel, Greta, Mrs Beasley and Beethoven got blessed-now I guess they are Catholic???
And our Sweet Petunia went camping with her foster mom, Stephanie, and slept under the stars in her very own sleeping bag, went for long walks on the beach and got to go to a pumpkin patch on the way home.
Beethoven may have finally met his match, Ginny found her forever home, Tweedy has a new family to adore her, and Spooner may be residing in the Castro by week’s end.
And tomorrow Nana is meeting a special couple that seem very excited about the idea of adopting her, paws crossed.
Our beautiful girl, Nana, is coming back to Muttville, It is hard sometimes when things just don’t go as planned. We want it to be the right fit and Nana is a very good girl but the resident chihuahua did not think so.
So, if you want a sweet, quiet girl with soulful eyes, let us know. She is an easy keeper with gentle manners.
We love her and you will, too.
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