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Adopted Mutts of the Week: April 23-29

Adopted Mutts of the Week: April 23-29

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

Teddy
Davey
Posie
Marcel
Miss Trudy
Skippy

And thank you to all who joined us this weekend at SF Friends School for the Pet Education and Adoption Event.

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 | 04.30.12 | 2 comments

Success Story "Little Prince William"

Success Story "Little Prince William"

Little Prince William has had an amazing journey. He came to Muttville, one of the most neglected dogs we’ve ever met, but he was a strong little guy who always held his head up high. Read his blog story from June 2011.

His parents Rob and Kristi wrote this loving story of how they met their “Little Prince”, a.k.a Willy.

Our Little Prince

I have to say that I was a little intimidated when my husband and I decided to bring Willy home. I have had many dogs in my life but never one with Willy’s history or needs. He had spent most of his life in an extremely neglectful home, locked in a small cage. He was blind, had no teeth, could barely walk, was very hunched over and was missing about half his fur. When Marie told us that the doctors thought he only had about a year left, I was afraid of becoming attached and then devastated when we lost him. But we decided that we could give him a good life, hopefully good enough to make up for his prior years, with lots of love, exercise, attention and happiness.

The first day we brought him home, Willy showed us what he was made of. He walked the perimeter of our yard for hours, laying down for breaks whenever he got tired. He fell a couple times and walked into several things, but as weak and fragile as he was, he wanted to check it all out, and he did. He seemed so happy – sniffing everything along the way and lifting his face to the sunshine while he rested. He obviously didn’t think of himself as disabled, and seemed happy to just be alive and able to walk around and explore. We were so impressed with his determination and bravery, we fell in love with him instantly.

Over the past several months, Willy’s strength has improved, his fur has grown in thick and soft, and he’s definitely gained a few pounds! He loves to eat and lets us know he’s hungry between meals by making his way into the kitchen and staying there until we get him a snack (his favorites are cheese and liverwurst). He has taken many naps lying on my chest or in my husband’s arms and we love him more every day. He is so brave – never afraid of a challenge – and sweet. He never complains about anything and is actually the easiest of our 4 dogs, despite his “special needs.”

Willy has taught us to appreciate what we have and to have the best attitude you can, all the time. He still has many health issues and we don’t know how much longer we will be blessed with this little guy, but we couldn’t be happier that we overcame our fears and brought him home with us. We hope we’ve enriched his life as much as he’s enriched ours. Our little Prince William!

As we get ready to publish Little Willy’s story, his parents inform us that he recently was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer. We send our love and thoughts to Rob and Kristi, and our Little Prince, who has touched our lives in so many ways. We will always be grateful for all the life lessons we learned from Willy. Thank you, Little Prince for all the joy you brought to those who knew you. We’ll always love you.

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 | 04.27.12 | 5 comments

Adopted Mutts This Week: April 16 - 22

Adopted Mutts This Week: April 16 - 22

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

Walter
Bailey
Mia
Honey
Little Eva (pictured on left)
Willa
Butler
Lambie

Many thanks to all our volunteers and visitors who joined us this past weekend at Muddpuppy’s!

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 | 04.23.12 | 0 comments

Success Story "Scrabble"

Success Story "Scrabble"

One of our veteran volunteers, Yoko, contributed this Success Story about her Muttville boy, Scrabble. Yoko and her furry kids, Scrabble and Ruby, will be moving to Japan at the end of the month. We wish them a fond farewell and all the happiness in the world, and Yoko promises to spread senior dog love across the seas!

I met Scrabble in an evening of early October 2009.  I just adopted out my very first foster and was heartbroken as a rookie foster parent.  A few weeks after my successful first adoption, I got an email regarding my next foster, a male Pekingese mix from Oakland Animal Shelter.

Headed to Muttville HQ on the day he arrived from Oakland, opened the door and saw a little half bald Peke mix with funny looking mass on his butt.  The first impression was not good – he wasn’t friendly or affectionate.  But his personality wasn’t the only issue – his physical condition was another problem.  Upper part of his mass was fan-shaped and jaggy on the edge, and the base of his tale was swelled up.  His stomach, hip, tail, and legs barely had any hair, and the baldness accentuate his mass as there’s no fur to cover the terrible looking bumps.  His nickname at the shelter was “Monkey Butt.” According to the vet, the bumps were hormone growth caused by neutering and should disappear in 2-3 months.

I have taken him to as many adoption events as possible since his arrival.  I put an oversized coat on him to hide his bumps and talked him up, but people were too discouraged to even consider because his mass were simply too gross, and unfortunately I couldn’t disagree. Although his mass was doing enough damage to attract potential adopters, his personality didn’t help much either.  He would not wag or smile at anyone; moreover, he attempted to bite a few volunteers at his first event.  It seemed impossible to find his forever home at that time – either he needed to lose his temper or lose the bumps.

A few months passed, and he was settling in nicely (yet bumps were still there).  And long-awaited first application for him was sent.  A lung cancer survivor was looking for a buddy to be out and about with.  Within 10 minutes of her first meet-n-greet, she fell in love with him and said “he’s the one.”  Scrabble went to his new home in the end of December, and everything was great. His new mom emailed me everyday to let me know how he was doing and how happy she was to have him by her side.  It was a match made in heaven; however, he ended up coming back to me 2 weeks later as his new mom’s condition suddenly worsened, and she was no longer able to care for Scrabble.

3 months after his return, we received another application for Scrabble.  The meeting went well, and new candidate seemed genuinely interested.  But part of me was not thrilled about the idea of letting him go as my dog, Ruby, and I were very attached to him at this point. I was secretly hoping that this adoption wouldn’t happen, and I did not hear back after the meet-n-greet, so I was somewhat convinced that the adoption wasn’t happening.  And shortly after, Scrabble went to his temporary foster care for 2 week as I was going out of town.  At the end of my vacation, I got an email from Scrabble’s temporary foster mom saying the lady from the recent meeting wants to adopt him and was coming to get him before my return.  My heart dropped.  I wanted to claim that he is mine, but unfortunately he wasn’t, and I was not ready to have a 2nd dog just yet.

While Scrabble was gone, it wasn’t just me who didn’t enjoy his absence, but Ruby also had hard time without him.  Usually she inhales her food, but she would not finish her food and didn’t seem too excited about her meal.  Nothing affected her appetite prior, so I knew it was because Scrabble wasn’t around.

A few weeks after my return, I got an email from Scrabble’s new mom – it was about how things weren’t working and she wants to return Scrabble.  I did not waste any time to ask when I can pick him up, and I went the right next day.  I could tell she felt terrible to return him, but I was way too ecstatic to have him back that I wanted to thank her almost.  I could tell Scrabble was thrilled to see me, and he jumped right in my car.  We got home, and as I was watching Ruby and Scrabble reunited, I realized he completed my household.  I knew he was meant to live with us, not temporarily, but permanently.

On 2010 June 30th, Scrabble had officially become my child.  We have been very happy together since, and not to mention, Ruby got her appetite back the day Scrabble came back.  My dogs allowed me to foster 4 dogs after Scrabble’s adoption, and they have been nothing but fantastic to all the dogs that came to stay with us.

Scrabble had finally had his ‘monkey butt mass’ removed 2 months ago, his hair grew back beautifully, and people we meet always compliment him on his beautiful coat.  He’s been a loving loyal companion, and I cannot imagine my life without him now.  We are moving to Japan in 2 weeks and starting our new lives together.  Though I’m a little nervous about the move, as long as my furry children are with me, I know I can make it though.  My happiness resides where they are!

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 | 04.19.12 | 4 comments

Thanks to YOU, our mutts won $5000 in SlideRocket's Non Profit Contest!

Thanks to YOU, our mutts won $5000 in SlideRocket's Non Profit Contest!

Dear Mutt lovers,

Thank you to all who listened to our pleas to WATCH & SHARE our Sliderocket presentation. We hope it inspired folks and showed our work and love for saving senior dogs.

Well, thanks to you, your efforts paid off BIG!!

We are overjoyed to announce that Muttville won $5,000 and THIRD PLACE out of hundreds of entries! WOOF WOOF! HOORAY! WOOHOO!

The judges made their selections of the best presentations based on unique views, best storyline, and compelling cause. We are so happy and honored to be in the TOP 3.

THANK YOU, all of you, for helping spread the word, and helping save worthy senior lives! Here is Sliderocket’s announcement with the other winners who also deserve a round of applause: http://www.sliderocket.com/blog/2012/04/best-presentations/

Now that the contest is over, we encourage you to please continue to Watch and Share our fun presentation, and share the joys of loving a senior dog!

“Muttville Senior Dog Rescue knows how to market. One of the best presentations in terms of creating an identifiable (and lovable) brand, Muttville entertains the viewer and pulls at their heart strings at the same time. The judges loved Muttville’s visuals, particularly the backgrounds, coupled with giant, easy to read fonts that build with just the right tempo. And of course a fun music track keeps you watching.” – Sliderocket

mariem3 | 04.11.12 | 0 comments

Adopted Mutts of the Week: April 2 - 8

Adopted Mutts of the Week: April 2 - 8

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

Buddy
Shep
Kiwi
Matilda
Meika

Many thanks to all our volunteers and visitors who joined us this past weekend at Kiehl’s on Fillmore St in San Francisco on Saturday. It was a perfect day to be shopping for beauty products and lovely senior dogs!

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 | 04.09.12 | 1 comment

Success Stories "Baby Ruth and Piano Man"

Success Stories "Baby Ruth and Piano Man"

Foster mom Stephanie penned this sweet tale she titled
“One Tale of Two Tails and Six Names”:

All was not well. After a cruel and neglectful life of puppy production, Mattie and Shelty were unceremoniously discarded at the shelter. Once their failing health limited their ability to turn a profit, it was not worthwhile to keep them around. And so it was that exactly one year ago they clung tightly to each other, terrified of the unknown. At their age and in their poor condition, there was no hope for them. Until Muttville saved their precious and important lives.

 

“All will be well,” we whispered to them. As part of the healing process, they were promptly renamed. Baby Ruth and Piano Man. Both were in urgent need of medical attention and Sherri gave the green light to “take care of these babies, do whatever it takes.” Leaning on each other for support, they bravely worked their way through it all. Weeks turned into months as they patiently awaited their forever home. Not an easy adoption in any way, the common belief was that they would become permanent residents in their foster home. Yet as tempting as it was, we held onto the hope that there was a home out there for them. A home where Baby Ruth would be carried upon command, where Piano Man would receive the special TLC he needs for his seizures and where they would be accepted as they are. This happened for them.

 

All is better than well. Heather and Mike welcomed them into their home and hearts. This is that perfect home, the one we imagined for them. The little babies now have their forever names. Daphne and Charlie. Daphne begins her days by delicately sipping foam from lattes. She is a sassy and demanding toothless wonder who thinks the world revolves around her. And it does. Charlie receives the best care possible and spends much of his time hero-worshiping brother Winston and cuddling with sister Jada. He relishes his hugs and kisses, his little tail finally swishing back and forth with joy. They go to the beach. They play with toys. They eat carrots and bok-choy. They sleep under countless layers of blankets. They are happy. Heather and Mike are an encouraging reminder of all that is good in this world. And thanks to them, life is finally beautiful for Daphne and Charlie. Look at them now.

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

mariem3 | 04.06.12 | 4 comments

Adopted Mutts this Week: March 26 - April 1

Adopted Mutts this Week: March 26 - April 1

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

Pixie Dust
Eggie
Vinnie
Happy
Ross
Mintey
Betty White
Griffin
Miss Trudy
Jandy

Many thanks to all our volunteers and visitors who joined us this past weekend at Gold’s Gym in Potrero Hill on Saturday and at Pet Food Express on Sunday at our monthly outreach event 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 | 04.02.12 | 1 comment