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Success Story "Boo Boo"

Success Story "Boo Boo"

Thank you to Muttville mom MaryAnn for sharing her love story:

My name is MaryAnn. I adopted a Pomeranian named Boo Boo (Muttville name Pixie ) on June 21, 2011 from Muttville Senior Dog Rescue.

I noticed Boo Boo when I was walking my dog Teri. It was just a coincidence that her foster mom lives close by me and was walking Boo Boo right across from my house. I didn’t know during that time she was up for adoption. Boo Boo caught my attention right away because she reminded me of my last Pomeranian. I went over to greet this little pup. Only then, the foster mom Lisa told me that this dog needed a home. Honestly, I had no intention of getting another dog since the one I have is already a handful and she is also extremely antisocial. But I decided to take a chance and have Boo Boo meet my Teri. With the help of the foster mom, the doggie introduction was a cautious one. Honestly, I feared for the worse. I really didn’t have high hopes. But in disbelief, Teri has no issues with Boo Boo. She immediately shared her food and her extra bed with her. I guessed it was meant to be. The adoption process was easy and quick.

I have two little fluffy girls in my life now. In addition, Teri has an adorable sister to share her daily walks and her huge closet of clothes.

Many of my friends have said Boo Boo is extremely fortunate because I have given her a second chance and a well overdue loving home. However, the truth is that Boo Boo has given me a happier outlook and hopeful future. She came into my life after my mom passed away a year and a half ago. I was still mourning my immense loss and felt a tremendous emptiness inside. This fate encounter cannot come at a better time. Both Boo Boo and I were searching to fill a void in our lives. Our hearts are fuller now.

Most importantly, Teri and I give thanks to Muttville for taking Boo Boo out of the shelter and the foster mom Lisa for providing Boo Boo the necessary care before my adoption. They are definitely Boo Boo’s fairy godmothers. Muttville is one of the best dog rescues around, especially because it focuses to find homes for the most overlooked and neglected dogs, the senior group. Thumbs up to their great cause.

And just a final note, Boo Boo has countless admirers, especially during our walks and many strangers have stopped to take pics of her. She is often compared to the Pomeranian named “Boo”, known as the current cutest dog on the Internet. My Boo Boo doesn’t really understand this comparison but she appreciates all the attentions she has be getting lately. She definitely deserves it.

It’s never too late for a new beginning!

If you adopted a Muttville dog, we would love to feature you in an upcoming ‘Success Story’. Please contact success_stories@muttville.org with the Subject line ‘Success Story’
mariem3 | 03.28.12 | 2 comments

Adopted Mutts of the Week: March 19 - 25

Adopted Mutts of the Week: March 19 - 25

Thanks to your efforts – our foster parents, volunteers and supporters – here are this past week’s lucky Muttville seniors who found forever homes:

Princess
Kindle
Annie
Sable
Mr Pepper
Jimmy (pictured)
Kitty

Many thanks to all our volunteers and visitors who joined us this past weekend on Sunday at our monthly outreach event at MudPuppys in San Francisco.

Every dog adopted means another life we can save. There’s a perfect senior waiting for you! Click here to see all of our mutts.

mariem3 | 03.26.12 | 0 comments

Success Story "Detective Tinkerton"

Success Story "Detective Tinkerton"

Detective Tinkerton was a very special little fellow!

He was rescued by Muttville back in 2010. Janice Serilla and her husband Niall from Santa Cruz adopted him within months of Muttville taking him.

The Detective was abandoned in a vacant apartment in San Francisco and when found, was emaciated and covered in fleas. Who knows how long he was left alone. He was also pretty blind, somewhat deaf, had hardly any teeth, an old jaw injury from who knows what, a fistula (which was an abnormal connection between his sinus cavity and his mouth. So basically he had a hole into his mouth from his nose) which was very infected, he had a suspected brain tumor and a mass in his belly, low blood sugar and had mobility issues due to something possibly pressing on his spine. He was in very bad shape. It was very obvious that his previous owner never had taken him to a Veterinarian for care.

Even with all his health problems, he had the will like no one had ever seen. He was the happiest little old fellow and would greet anyone openly.

Janice and Niall adopted him with the knowledge that his days were numbered due to his conditions. They wanted to give him the best ending to his life and wanted him to know what it was like to be unconditionally loved in his last few shorts months. Tink passed away on April 5th 2011. He lived much longer than what was had expected. Read his story in full here on Janice’s website, Gimpy Pets.

‘Tink’ inspired Janice to continue to adopt seniors and disabled animals. She was also inspired to start a pet related business to help promote the positive light in caring for a disabled pet. Janice started the website Gimpy Pets.com which she writes about all sorts of pet related issues on her blog as well as has designed pet products with a message. Her pet adoption message t-shirts and her Detective Tinkerton products sell on her Gimpy Pets Zazzle store. 10% of all Gimpy Pet’s sales go to help animals in need.

Muttville, Janice and Niall thank Detective Tinkerton for being a part of their lives. He definitely had something very special about him. He touched so many that met him. Rest in Peace little fella! We miss you and will love you forever as well as will never forget you!

It’s never too late for a new beginning!

If you adopted a Muttville dog, we would love to feature you in an upcoming ‘Success Story’. Please contact success_stories@muttville.org with the Subject line ‘Success Story’
mariem3 | 03.22.12 | 2 comments

Adopted Mutts of the Week: March 12-18

Adopted Mutts of the Week: March 12-18

Thanks to the efforts of you – our foster parents, volunteers and supporters – here are this past week’s lucky Muttville seniors who found forever homes:

Toto
Cyrus
Blackie
Caroline

Many thanks to all our volunteers and visitors who joined us this past weekend on Sunday at our monthly outreach event at Pet Food Express in San Francisco on Market Street.

Every dog adopted means another life we can save. There’s a perfect senior waiting for you! Click here to see all of our mutts.

mariem3 | 03.19.12 | 1 comment

Success Story "Smokey"

Success Story "Smokey"

This story may start out sad, but it does have a happy ending, promise!

In December 2009, our dog Po lost his battle with cancer. Po was a very special boy, and we all were heartbroken, including Puddin’, our (now 7 year old) pit bull. Po was her big brother and best friend.

In the spring of 2010, we knew it was time to start looking for a new family member. Puddin’ was lonely, and we were ready to open our house and hearts to a new dog. We visited local shelters, and of course, looked on Muttville’s website. The minute we saw Smokey (Well, Smokey 3), and read his bio, we knew he would be a good match. He was the perfect size to keep up with Puddin’ and according to his write-up, he was affectionate, smart, and a friendly guy.

We planned a time to meet up with Smokey and his Muttville foster mom, Ali. We went to a park, and watched Puddin’ and Smokey interact – he wasn’t that interested in her, which was perfect. She can be a princess, and is picky when it comes to friends. It was obvious he knew how to read her signals, and his mellow energy was exactly what she liked. At one point Smokey ran up the hill and tried to hump a young dog. That made us laugh, and we agreed to take him home – to take over his fostering, and to see if Puddin’ would accept him as her new big brother.

The rest, as they say, is history. As Smokey made himself comfortable, his easy-going attitude and enthusiasm for the simple things in life (like car rides and laser pointers) won us over. We don’t know Smokey’s exact story, but we do know that his owners deemed him “too old.” Too old for what, we don’t know, because sometimes we can’t keep up with him on walks, and he moves like lightening to chase lights and reflections. We don’t really need to know any more about Smokey’s past, because he belongs with us now. He sleeps in our bed (he pushes), he goes for rides in our car (every day, he insists), and he cuddles with his sister (well, she cuddles with him). It’s been nearly two years since we adopted Smokey, and we have enjoyed every moment with him. And we hope to enjoy many more.

When we think about Po, which is often, we always say, ‘Po would really have liked Smokey.’ And, he would have. They would have been good friends, and sometimes I can almost see them in the backyard together, enjoying the sun and waiting for their next walk.

It’s never too late for a new beginning!

If you adopted a Muttville dog, we would love to feature you in an upcoming ‘Success Story’. Please contact success_stories@muttville.org with the Subject line ‘Success Story’
mariem3 | 03.14.12 | 1 comment

Adopted Mutts of the Week: March 5 - 11

Adopted Mutts of the Week: March 5 - 11

Thanks to the efforts of you – our foster parents, volunteers and supporters – here are this past week’s lucky Muttville seniors who found forever homes:

Betty Boops
Simon
Lucky (pictured with his new mom)
Ginny
Shatzie

Many thanks to all our volunteers and visitors who joined us this past weekend, helping us celebrate our victories at Saturday’s Beast of the Bay Awards Party hosted by Bay Woof at El Rio and on Sunday at our monthly outreach event at Pet Food Express in San Rafael.

Every dog adopted means another life we can save. There’s a perfect senior waiting for you! Click here to see all of our mutts.

mariem3 | 03.12.12 | 0 comments

Success Story "Josie"

Success Story "Josie"

As soon as the Simpson family saw the Muttville profile of beautiful Josie, they knew she was the one.

From kids Sarah & Kyle, mom Diane, and of course Josie too, read this wonderful tale of Josie and her forever family.

Sarah:

Before I had my dog, Josie, I asked for a dog more than once a day. To think, my too cute of a dog was beaten and abused all her life like she didn’t have feelings. Luckily enough for her she was rescued by this amazing program. Once I met Josie, I said yes – very quickly might I add. Ever since then I have loved Josie to the bone and I’m sure she is happy in her new home.

Kyle:

I was never really a dog guy, more of a cat guy. But when we met Josie for the first time I was instantly hooked on this girl. I’m not sure if it was the floppy ears or the crinkly head when she perks up her ears, but I knew she was a perfect dog for our family. Every night when we are getting ready for our walk, she does her little happy dance that’s so cute. If we’re too slow she’ll start barking at all of us – the only time she ever barks. And when you’re petting Josie and you stop too soon, she nuzzles your hand or arm with her nose, letting you know it’s not quite time to stop. I love my Josie.

Diane:

My daughter, Sarah, had been wanting a dog forever. We’re not home a lot so I’d continually said no, it wouldn’t be fair to a dog. She was relentless though, but I knew it had to be just the right dog who’d be happy sleeping at home alone all day, but could handle tons of love whenever we were home. A friend told me about Muttville – so we started looking. All those sweet faces, so deserving of a good home and a happy ending. How would we ever choose! We all knew when we saw Josie’s profile picture, we had to have this sweet faced adorable girl. When we had our first date, it was love at first sight! Josie has enriched our lives in so many ways. We couldn’t be happier to give this sweet girl all the love she so deserves!

Josie:

I’m a pretty easy going dog. I don’t bark much. I don’t destroy things. I’m good with kids, cats, other dogs. A little food and a little love, and I’ll be your best friend. Unfortunately that’s not how I spent the first 13 years of my life. I was allowed to roam the streets a lot, fending for myself. When my new family took me to the vet for the first time they were told I’d been beaten a lot – I have dental fractures and my back legs are pretty weak and wobbly. I’m not really sure why anyone ever hit me, but they did. I ended up at the Petaluma animal shelter because my former owners didn’t want to pay the fee to get me out one more time. It was a scary place and I was not doing well, but lucky for me Muttville rescued me and found me a really great new family. I’m so lucky to have a home where I’m loved. I have 3 beds – wow!! I get to go for walks every day, sometimes we go to the beach, we go for hikes and to the dog park, they even take me on vacation with them. I’m a loved, lucky dog!

It’s never too late for a new beginning!

If you adopted a Muttville dog, we would love to feature you in an upcoming ‘Success Story’. Please contact success_stories@muttville.org with the Subject line ‘Success Story’
mariem3 | 03.07.12 | 1 comment

In Loving Memory: Millie

In Loving Memory: Millie

Thank you to Celine for putting into words your touching journey with Millie.

This is a little story once upon a first time, it is a story about my first dog, Millie.

Our paths crossed for 9 precious months. I know that might seem short, but in some respects, it feels like a lifetime. We made a fine team, and I miss her very much… But this is not a sad story, I promise. It is a story about how an old dog made my heart feel fuller, so much fuller. It is a story about feeling grateful.

I have been volunteering with Muttville since 2010, and loving it. Why, you might wonder. Well, my partner wants to adopt a puppy, but the reality is, we’re too busy. And so, no puppy just yet. Meanwhile… A senior dog is perfect! A senior dog likes to sleep, eat, cuddle, and chill. Just like me. Perfect.

I had heard about Muttville from a friend, and starting our foster-life-with-a-dog was easy. We went to an event, exchanged a few emails, filled out a form, et voila

‘Saving Millie’ is a story of good people taking action, for the sake of animal welfare. Miss Matsui first called out to pull her out of the shelter, in March 2011. She posted videos of Millie on Youtube, and one video in the kennel , and one of her tumor .

Muttville jumped in, and Kendra, an angel volunteer, drove from San Francisco and back to bring her to the care and safety of Sherri’s home, aka the Muttville HQ.

When she first came home to us, she was a nervous mess and could not sit down because of the larger-than-a-grapefruit tumor in her private parts. She preferred to sleep on the hardwood floor in the living room, barely ate, and was obviously depressed. She was not treat motivated and still a little on the edge.

On the bright side, the vet had deemed her tumor treatable. So, Sherri decided to move forward with surgery to remove the grapefruit size mass because Millie deserved a better quality of life. SFVS did a great job, and Millie got to chill in her new home, wearing panties for a week while the wound healed. The next vet visit (after the mass was removed) she already weighed 21.6 pounds!

The truth is, Millie and I connected almost immediately. I knew she had had to fend for herself for a long time, and so I just gave her some time, some space, and of course, good food. And very soon, we were a pair…

In a few weeks, she calmed down, softened up, and started to perk up. With the help of roasted chicken, peanut butter, much needed sleep, and some gentle exercise, she started to eat more, untuck and even wag her tail, and smile a little more often. The deep sighs she made when she woke up in a cozy bed, getting a morning massage, were clearly contentment, perhaps even relief.

Soon, she made her way to our bedroom at night, and in no time, was dancing around me and behaving like my good old faithful dog… In fact, she earned her leash-free, walk-around-the-block privileges in less than two weeks. She was not the best at recall, so we were lucky to find out she just did not need to be recalled. She liked to hang out right beside me, or if she wandered a bit, not far, she kept an eye on me like the good shepherd mom she was.

Millie had been with us for two months when we left for 3 weeks to visit my family in France. She stayed home with a trusted friend during that time, and we weren’t positive she would be excited to see us on our return… the least I can say is she sure was, very! And so were we. She was beaming, playful, celebrating, so happy that life just got better again… oh, there’s just nothing like having a bundle of joy waiting for you at home!

The news about her terminal cancer came in July. We met with Sherri and discussed our options, as foster parents. But we did not need to discuss much – Millie was staying with us, that was clear. We were now hospice parents.

And the truth is that, despite the dread of the disease, I felt overwhelmed with some form of happiness. Millie was now officially my dog, my first dog. She was a perfect fit for me, and me for her, and now we were together forever. And somehow, I think she knew it.

Her favorite times always were our morning and evening walks. I could always tell from the enthusiasm of her circles and hops she performed before we would go out (imagine a shaggy and arthritic grandma twirling around like a puppy). We often strolled around the neighborhood together, me daydreaming, reading, or meeting my neighbors oftentimes because Millie caught their eye (get a dog, you’ll make new friends!), or because Millie went off chasing birds (sometimes), or she was sniffing around to find the perfect spot to pee (precious).

She loved the Mission streets, the coffee shop, the corner store, the car, the beach, the hills, anywhere really because she obviously felt strongly that life is a path worth sniffing around for hours on end! Dogs are optimists at heart, and seem to think life is a big adventure. And I have to bow to that, because sometime I forget… So I’m grateful she took me on so many adventures, and was always so enthusiastic about it. And also, I want to say, I’m grateful Small Club took her on so many more.

For fun, I often called her names. She was: ‘Mildred’ (when she slow-poked it like an old grandma), ‘Twinkle Toes’ (when she twinkled around on her little paws, mornings and nights), ‘Millie Vanillie’ (when she crinkled big, like a tough rapper guarding her red ball), ‘Millie Vador’ (when she breathed deeply, loudly, spacing out), ‘Monkey’ (when she poked her head over the bed to check on us in the morning), and my favorite, ‘Mills’ (like mama chills).

She could be a bit shy and even sassy with strangers at times, using the-big-crinkle to let you know that she was tough. A survivor really, a frightened but courageous one… But at heart, she was peaceful, curious, and honest (and 100% housebroken), always. My girl! I sometime joked she lacked a sense of humor (think old curmudgeon), but the truth is we got along famously. Everyone could see there was a special connection between us. And I felt honored by her trust and loyalty.

Something must be said about this bond. You know, the magic feeling of connection one feels with an animal? It’s the type of thing that makes you feel warm, alive, and safe, the type of feeling you get with a true friend.

Millie left our world on December 15th, 2011, weighing a healthy 27 pounds, a long way from the bony 20 pounds she weighed when Muttville took her in. She was probably 12 or 13-yrs-old, maybe more. She went peacefully, in my arms. The cancer was just too mean. The last two weeks were the most difficult. And it was time. I hope with all my heart that, wherever she is now, she agrees, and knows how much I love her.

Ever since I was a little girl, all I wanted for Christmas was a dog. And thanks to Muttville, I got one. This gift came with healthy walks, memorable giggles, and the sense of sharing a solid bond. She was the best dog, my first dog, my Millie. Together, we learned a lesson about transformative love; we learned that trust is worth building; we remembered hope is always better than fear and worry; we practiced patience and paying attention; we trotted, ran, jumped, and smiled, a lot. I’m grateful I was reminded of the beauty of surrendering to it all. I recommend you try it.

Celine crafted this beautiful slideshow of Millie that captures their special time together.

Thank you Celine for bringing happiness in Millie’s life. And we thank Millie for bringing joy in our lives everyday til the end.

mariem3 | 03.06.12 | 4 comments

Adopted Mutts of the Week: February 27 - March 4

Adopted Mutts of the Week: February 27 - March 4

Thanks to the efforts of you – our foster parents, volunteers and supporters – here are this past week’s lucky Muttville seniors who found forever homes:

Lenny
Peanut
ChaCha
Samantha

Many thanks to all our volunteers and visitors who joined us this past weekend on Saturday at Whole Foods in Noe Valley and on Sunday at our monthly outreach event at Pet Food Express in Walnut Creek.

Every dog adopted means another life we can save. There’s a perfect senior waiting for you! Click here to see all of our mutts.

mariem3 | 03.05.12 | 0 comments