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Success Story Nabu

Success Story Nabu

Nabu (formerly Paddy) went from a high kill shelter to Muttville into the arms of his forever mom. He even gets to accompany her to the hospital! Read Tara and Nabu’s touching story:

How A Little Angel Flew Right Into My Heart

By mid-February I could no longer wait. I had been wishing for a long time to connect with a small four legged buddy, and my soul knew that now was the time to start reaching out. I met with Sherri Franklin at Mutville, filled in all the paperwork, and then left empty handed knowing that I needed to be patient.

After completing the preparations for and the final presentation of the number 1 on my Bucket List by the end of March, I waited another few weeks until one day I finally logged on the the site again looking for the perfect match.

I was stirred to see a little lady dog named Posey and let Sherri know my intentions of coming to meet her. We arranged to meet Sunday morning April 14th.

The Mutville van was about to leave for an adoption event as I stepped out of my car right next to it, and Sherri plunged into the van to retrieve the little guy that would steal my heart. She handed Paddy to me who had just been flown in that day from Southern California with a Pilot N Paws private plane. After also visiting with the lady dog I had seen on the website and observing both of the dogs, I knew it was Paddy that was the Perfect Pet for me.

On our way home in the car, I told him that he would get to meet my cat Diva. I had made sure to tell Diva that morning before I left, that today might be the day I would bring home a new friend for her.

They met at the front door and I believe Paddy thought to himself: “Oh hi, you must be the cat” as Diva thought: “Oh hi, you must be the dog”. All went as naturally and smoothly, like old friends meeting again.

In spite of my heart soaring for this little new friend, I admit I feared he would pee just about anywhere in my house as he had done in the offices at Alabama Street.

Sherri gave me a lap band and some incontinence pads and all went just perfectly well.

The next day, as I was looking deep into his little black pearl eyes, I met his soul and I realized his name was to be Nabu. While pregnant, more than thirty years ago, I was gifted a Flanders Bouvier pup that I named Nabu. This adorable little fellow passed to the other side way too soon even before reaching his first birthday.

Now here I was, I believe, in the presence of Nabu’s reincarnation, who had come to help me with the last phase of my life.

Already in the first week that Nabu was with me, he accompanied me to the hospital where I get treatments twice a week for approximately 7 to 9 hours each time. He passed these days with flying colors in terms of presence and attitude. All my nurses and nurse assistants fell in love with little Nabu. He is quiet and very respectful. I am so, so very blessed and grateful for his presence in my life!

Later, I became curious about his life, and I found out that he had spend three weeks in a high kill facility in Orange County. Thanks to Michelle Aylward for freeing little ten year old Paddy from his cold and damp cell. Thanks to a lady named “Wendy” for giving him a home for a couple of days and finally thanks to pilots Bill, Bruce and John from Pilots N Paws, and of course, thanks to Sherri Franklin and Mutville who ok’d the whole operation saving Paddy from a very grim destiny and flying him right into my heart. He needed some serious dental intervention and now that that has been done he is a very a happy little guy with amazing sensitivity.

I vow to take care of my little buddy for as long as we are together.

We are in a developing and growing relationship with amazing breakthrough’s on a regular basis.

Even just a few days ago, we discovered that Nabu enjoys being in a sling around my body so we both feel the non-stop flow of energy between us.

Also I now have transformed a simple halter leach in a heart guided leach… Immediately I felt the flow and exchange of heart energy. Guide your dogs by their hearts…They are so-oh sensitive!

In return, Love to all of 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’.


You can help create many more new beginnings!
Adopt. Foster. Volunteer. Donate.

mariem3 | 07.31.13 | 0 comments

July is "We Love Our Volunteers" Month! Meet Muttville hero, Ellen Shershaw Pena

July is "We Love Our Volunteers" Month! Meet Muttville hero, Ellen Shershaw Pena

Today’s Muttville Hero:
Ellen Shershaw Pena


Each day in July, we are giving the spotlight to a special Muttville hero voted by his/her peers for being an awesome volunteer for the mutts. Please join us in giving a big round of applause to today’s Muttville hero, Ellen!

Volunteer team: Photography

This volunteer is most likely to…
Take the most amazing pictures making the mutts more marketable.

This volunteer is amazing because…
She donates her time every month to photograph our dogs in the cutest poses. She even cleans up after the dogs in the manor! She also donated some sessions to our volunteers of the month. Check out her work at http://www.jadorelechien.com/

The trait that this volunteer possesses that I admire most is…
Big smile, great attitude. She is so positive and has the most amazing vibe about her.

Thank you Ellen!



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jolenechayes | 07.30.13 | 2 comments

July is "We Love Our Volunteers" Month! Meet Muttville hero, Cathy Whooley

July is "We Love Our Volunteers" Month! Meet Muttville hero, Cathy Whooley

Today’s Muttville Hero:
Cathy Whooley


Each day in July, we are giving the spotlight to a special Muttville hero voted by his/her peers for being an awesome volunteer for the mutts. Please join us in giving a big round of applause to today’s Muttville hero, Cathy!

Volunteer team: Dog walking

This volunteer is most likely to…
stay late, or fill ins in other days when needed.

This volunteer is amazing because…
She tells family, friends, and people she meets about the wonderful Muttville story.

The trait that this volunteer possesses that I admire most is…
Her love for animals, especially dogs.

Thank you Cathy!



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jolenechayes | 07.29.13 | 2 comments

Adopted Mutts! July 15 - 28

Adopted Mutts! July 15 - 28

Big congrats to these very happy senior mutts who found forever homes! (S4S indicates the dog was adopted through our Seniors For Seniors Program.)

Cleo
Monthy
Dallas
Titus & Pretty Girl
Poppy
Pringle
Maria
Bitsy
Annie
Beatrice
Henry
Molly Brown
Priscilla
Bobby Boy
Kobe
Silas
Jeremiah s4s
Donald s4s
Chester s4s
Pedro
Gabe


To see the profiles of these lucky mutts, visit the Recent Adoptions section of our Mutts page.


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.

You can help create many more new beginnings!
Adopt. Foster. Volunteer. Donate.

mariem3 | 07.29.13 | 0 comments

July is "We Love Our Volunteers" Month! Meet Muttville hero, Amanda Mitchell and Geoff Taylor

July is "We Love Our Volunteers" Month! Meet Muttville hero, Amanda Mitchell and Geoff Taylor

Today’s Muttville Hero:
Amanda Mitchell and Geoff Taylor


Each day in July, we are giving the spotlight to a special Muttville hero voted by his/her peers for being an awesome volunteer for the mutts. Please join us in giving a big round of applause to today’s Muttville heroes, Amanda and Geoff!

Volunteer team: Foster + Marketing

This volunteer is most likely to…
promote their dog everywhere (FB, driving to events all over), greeting potential adopters with a smile at every event.

This volunteer is amazing because…
They are super reliable and do not get stressed out about any house-breaking issues. They wrapped bookshelves in plastic to protect from pee while house training a foster, and were always optimistically able to advertise foster to adopters

The trait that this volunteer possesses that I admire most is…
resilience, flexibility and commitment!

Thank you Amanda and Geoff!



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jolenechayes | 07.28.13 | 0 comments

July is "We Love Our Volunteers" Month! Meet Muttville hero, Linda Mckay

July is "We Love Our Volunteers" Month! Meet Muttville hero, Linda Mckay

Today’s Muttville Hero:
Linda Mckay


Each day in July, we are giving the spotlight to a special Muttville hero voted by his/her peers for being an awesome volunteer for the mutts. Please join us in giving a big round of applause to today’s Muttville hero, Linda!

Volunteer team: Sherri’s house

This volunteer is most likely to…
do whatever it takes to help an animal. She will spend the night at Sherri’s to keep everyone taken care of while the Chief is gone. She takes extra special care, including meds, drip feeding, eye cleaning for each of our special needs pups.

This volunteer is amazing because…
She is smart and patient. She is a nurse and a little psychic too! She will do anything, no matter how hard or gross, to take care of dogs who need extra care. She puts in a huge number of hours each week and she works to fill in and provide special attention to the mutts with special needs-physical or emotional.

The trait that this volunteer possesses that I admire most is…
her calm and patient demeanor. She’s so patient and a dog whisperer. Even our shyest mutts love her! Her tireless energy and intense dedication to provide the extra care (day or night) for the most fragile of these special mutts. She has taught us a lot by sharing her medical skills in how to care for the mutts.

Thank you Linda!



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jolenechayes | 07.27.13 | 5 comments

July is "We Love Our Volunteers" Month! Meet Muttville hero, Ken Marr

July is "We Love Our Volunteers" Month! Meet Muttville hero, Ken Marr

Today’s Muttville Hero:
Ken Marr!


Each day in July, we are giving the spotlight to a special Muttville hero voted by his/her peers for being an awesome volunteer for the mutts. Please join us in giving a big round of applause to today’s Muttville hero, Ken!

Volunteer team: Dog walking and foster

This volunteer is most likely to…
Take a hard to place dog into foster and help them become adoptable.

This volunteer is amazing because…
He is always helping one of our dogs in one way or another. He is the kind of laundry. One time our laundry machines broke and he took a van full of laundry and washed it all at the Laundromat! That’s dedication!

The trait that this volunteer possesses that I admire most is…
Understanding. He works with some of our tough cases and helps to get the adopted.

Thank you Ken!



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jolenechayes | 07.26.13 | 1 comment

July is "We Love Our Volunteers" Month! Meet Muttville hero, Louise Thanos

July is "We Love Our Volunteers" Month! Meet Muttville hero, Louise Thanos

Today’s Muttville Hero:
Louise Thanos


Each day in July, we are giving the spotlight to a special Muttville hero voted by his/her peers for being an awesome volunteer for the mutts. Please join us in giving a big round of applause to today’s Muttville hero, Louise!

Volunteer team: Foster

This volunteer is most likely to…
pick up a dog for transport and then keep her/him.

This volunteer is amazing because…
She works tirelessly for the dogs and has such attention to detail in terms of care.

The trait that this volunteer possesses that I admire most is…
She is calm under pressure and super smart and kind

Thank you Louise!



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jolenechayes | 07.25.13 | 1 comment

July is "We Love Our Volunteers" Month! Meet Muttville hero, Ellen Lazarus

July is "We Love Our Volunteers" Month! Meet Muttville hero, Ellen Lazarus

Today’s Muttville Hero:
Ellen Lazarus


Each day in July, we are giving the spotlight to a special Muttville hero voted by his/her peers for being an awesome volunteer for the mutts. Please join us in giving a big round of applause to today’s Muttville hero, Ellen!

Volunteer team: Transport team lead, foster, and outreach team lead.

This volunteer is most likely to…
recruit all her coworkers to come and volunteer at Muttville.

This volunteer is amazing because…
She helps with everything she can. She leads the transport team and coordinates getting most of our dogs from point a to point b all while working full time and taking care of two adorable mutts.

The trait that this volunteer possesses that I admire most is…
Her dedication to Muttville. She is so enthusiastic and is always willing to help. You go girl!

Thank you Ellen!



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jolenechayes | 07.24.13 | 2 comments

Success Story Buddy aka Wonton

Success Story Buddy aka Wonton

Mutt mom Barbara shares her story about Buddy! Here is a great Seniors For Seniors story! Thank you Barbara!

Buddy, a Muttville alum, is our sweet little Shih-Tzu mix who loves to give kisses, lie in the sun, sit on your lap, and hang out with Cookie, our Maltese. We adopted Buddy (aka Wonton) from Muttville in February of this year. Our 16-year old Shih Tzu had recently passed away and we thought that if we were going to get another dog, we should do it soon before Cookie got used to being an only dog. So we took Cookie with us to a Muttville adoption event, where we met Wonton, who was being fostered by Don and Susana. Cookie and Wonton got along fine, so we decided to adopt Wonton and we renamed our new family member “Buddy” since he would be Cookie’s new buddy.

We learned that Buddy had been picked up as a stray in Orange County and treated by a vet there before Muttville took him in. He was around 9 years and a very sweet boy even though he had numerous health issues, the most critical one being a ruptured cornea in his right eye that was causing him pain. Muttville and Don and Susana’s vet in Marin County had already determined that removing the eye was the best option, and he was scheduled for surgery the following Saturday. He also had skin problems and ear infections, no doubt due to his time on the street, and was on numerous medications, including one for pain.

We filled out paperwork and took Buddy home with us from Muttville that day. Don and Susana were wonderful; they even drove down to our house in Redwood City the next day to drop off the rest of Buddy’s meds, and we arranged to meet the following Saturday so that they could take Buddy to their vet for his surgery. Buddy adapted quickly to our household and found the important places – food and water, door to backyard, beds, etc., and Cookie immediately taught him when to expect treats and how to beg for them. Buddy can be quite verbal, and right away he let us know when he wanted out or needed some lap time. We take short walks twice a day and Buddy quickly got to know the neighborhood kids, who immediately took to him.

The following Saturday, Buddy had his right eye removed, and on Sunday, Don and Susana brought him back. The surgery went well and he was a trouper about taking the pills and dealing with the pain – though was not too fond of his protective cone collar. Cookie wasn’t too crazy about the collar either, as Buddy would run into him with it. The neighborhood kids were interested in Buddy’s eye surgery (one girl asked if his eye would grow back), and we heard that he was the topic of some good family discussions about disabilities. Buddy has no problem having only one eye – maybe his other senses have improved – but he doesn’t miss a thing!

We have had some minor setbacks. The skin and ear problems persisted and we were constantly trying to keep him from scratching, licking, or rubbing. Then he got a small sliver in his foot, which became infected, and we were back on multiple antibiotics, foot baths, and the dreaded cone collar. Apparently, Buddy is susceptible to infections that resist common antibiotics, probably because of his past health issues. But again, he kept his sweet, sometimes silly, personality. The infection cleared up and the licking and scratching has greatly decreased (it seems to be mostly habit now) and we finally are able to stop telling him “No” all the time.

We are really grateful to have Buddy as a member of our family and we appreciate all that Muttville and Don and Susana did to save this little dog. He is such a sweet boy and deserves a good life. I totally recommend adopting a senior dog; these dogs have so much to offer and fit in so readily, and you don’t have to go through long and painful puppy training! Muttville also makes it very easy for seniors to adopt senior dogs.


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’.


You can help create many more new beginnings!
Adopt. Foster. Volunteer. Donate.

mariem3 | 07.24.13 | 1 comment

July is "We Love Our Volunteers" Month! Meet Muttville hero, Michelle Littell

July is "We Love Our Volunteers" Month! Meet Muttville hero, Michelle Littell

Today’s Muttville Hero:
Michelle Littell


Each day in July, we are giving the spotlight to a special Muttville hero voted by his/her peers for being an awesome volunteer for the mutts. Please join us in giving a big round of applause to today’s Muttville hero, Michelle!

Volunteer team: Transport, Facilities

This volunteer is most likely to…
Drop everything and head to the hills to pull a dog and do what needs doing. She will go well above and beyond!!

This volunteer is amazing because…
We call her Muttville’s fairy dog mother. She makes our wildest dreams come true! Have you seen our fancy schmancy Muttville Canopy? Well, you can thank Michelle for it! She will also drive for hours to bring a dog to safety. She does it all!! Walking, transporting, events, home visits, fundraising.

The trait that this volunteer possesses that I admire most is…
Passion

Thank you Michelle!



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jolenechayes | 07.23.13 | 3 comments

July is "We Love Our Volunteers" Month! Meet Muttville hero, Hiro Kurita

July is "We Love Our Volunteers" Month! Meet Muttville hero, Hiro Kurita

Today’s Muttville Hero:
Hiro Kurita


Each day in July, we are giving the spotlight to a special Muttville hero voted by his/her peers for being an awesome volunteer for the mutts. Please join us in giving a big round of applause to today’s Muttville hero, Hiro!

Volunteer team: Transport/admin/foster

This volunteer is most likely to…
drive for two days to pick up a single dog.

This volunteer is amazing because…
He looks like a rock star and represents for Muttville incredibly well. He will drive with his friend Aggie to LA and back to pick up a group of dogs with very short notice. We can always rely on him! He will drive far and wide for the Muttvillage!

The trait that this volunteer possesses that I admire most is…
being super compassionate and loving

Thank you Hiro!



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jolenechayes | 07.22.13 | 3 comments

July is "We Love Our Volunteers" Month! Meet Muttville hero, Andrea Brooks!

July is "We Love Our Volunteers" Month! Meet Muttville hero, Andrea Brooks!

Today’s Muttville Hero:
Andrea Brooks


Each day in July, we are giving the spotlight to a special Muttville hero voted by his/her peers for being an awesome volunteer for the mutts. Please join us in giving a big round of applause to today’s Muttville hero, Andrea!

Volunteer team: Seniors for Seniors and Cuddle Club Team Lead

This volunteer is most likely to…
give senior citizens the love they so deserve from our senior dogs

This volunteer is amazing because…
she follows through and creates great programs benefiting our dogs and the community. She runs the Seniors 4 Senior volunteer team and is growing it to be one of our shining star programs.

The trait that this volunteer possesses that I admire most is…
her calmness. She is so dedicated to Muttville and we appreciate all she does SO MUCH!

Thank you Andrea!



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jolenechayes | 07.21.13 | 2 comments

July is "We Love Our Volunteers" Month! Meet Muttville hero, Kara Manat

July is "We Love Our Volunteers" Month! Meet Muttville hero, Kara Manat

Today’s Muttville Hero:
Kara Manat


Each day in July, we are giving the spotlight to a special Muttville hero voted by his/her peers for being an awesome volunteer for the mutts. Please join us in giving a big round of applause to today’s Muttville hero, Kara!

Volunteer team: Foster Team Lead

This volunteer is most likely to…
take on everything she can to help Muttville. She works full time AND leads our foster mentor team. WHAT A ROCKSTAR!

This volunteer is amazing because…
she will work so hard to get a dog into foster! She is a rockin team leader and is dedicated to helping get our Foster program organized.

The trait that this volunteer possesses that I admire most is…
organization and love of the doggies. Can you say BIG HEART?

Thank you Kara!



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jolenechayes | 07.20.13 | 1 comment

July is "We Love Our Volunteers" Month! Meet Muttville hero, Jeremiah Herman

July is "We Love Our Volunteers" Month! Meet Muttville hero, Jeremiah Herman

Today’s Muttville Hero:
Jeremiah Herman


Each day in July, we are giving the spotlight to a special Muttville hero voted by his/her peers for being an awesome volunteer for the mutts. Please join us in giving a big round of applause to today’s Muttville hero, Jerimiah!

Volunteer team: HQ Maintenance/dog walking

This volunteer is most likely to…
spend more hours volunteering than he signed up for! Be friendly and cooperative. To approach dogs with compassion and welcome any tasks with a smile. Do anything he can to make the dogs more comfy. He will step up and help with anything and everything!

This volunteer is amazing because…
he will always have a smile, even when picking up poop! He will do whatever needs to be done for the Mutts and is always positive and clam. He comes in whenever we need an extra hand even if it’s not his scheduled day! He’s truly motivated to work so hard out of love for the mutts

The trait that this volunteer possesses that I admire most is…
gentleness,“Yes!” attitude, and dedication. He is kind and gentle toward dogs as well as people. Not to mention he has great dog skills and a wonderful personality, he is tireless!!!!

Thank you Jeremiah!



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jolenechayes | 07.19.13 | 2 comments

July is "We Love Our Volunteers" Month! Meet Muttville hero, Meryl Klein

July is "We Love Our Volunteers" Month! Meet Muttville hero, Meryl Klein

Today’s Muttville Hero:
Meryl Klein


Each day in July, we are giving the spotlight to a special Muttville hero voted by his/her peers for being an awesome volunteer for the mutts. Please join us in giving a big round of applause to today’s Muttville hero, Meryl!

Volunteer team: Foster mentor

This volunteer is most likely to…
takes in a lot of the hard foster dog cases!

This volunteer is amazing because…
she is an incredible people person! She has been the outreach lead for our Walnut Creek Pet Food Express event for the last 4 years, wow that’s dedication!

The trait that this volunteer possesses that I admire most is…
her smarts! Always full of ideas to take Muttville to the next level!

Thank you Meryl!



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jolenechayes | 07.18.13 | 5 comments

July is "We Love Our Volunteers" Month! Meet Muttville hero, Merg Gerwe

July is "We Love Our Volunteers" Month! Meet Muttville hero, Merg Gerwe

Today’s Muttville Hero:
Merg Gerwe


Each day in July, we are giving the spotlight to a special Muttville hero voted by his/her peers for being an awesome volunteer for the mutts. Please join us in giving a big round of applause to today’s Muttville hero, Merg!

Volunteer team: Foster

This volunteer is most likely to…
take any little male dog we have. She is a foster all star!

This volunteer is amazing because…
she has fostered dozens of dogs for Muttville and makes sure they are well marketed by bringing them to almost every event we have. Her dogs usually get adopted very fast because she works with them to help make them more adoptable. She and her partner are the best!

The trait that this volunteer possesses that I admire most is…
she’s so easy going and has an awesome vibe.

Thank you Merg!



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jolenechayes | 07.17.13 | 3 comments

Success Story "Hemingway"

Success Story "Hemingway"

Mutt mom Bunny shares the wonderful story of her senior boy Hemingway:

When we share our Muttville story with people they often remark “That is so great of you to rescue a senior dog and give him a chance!” But from our point of view as pet owners, adopting Hemingway has been one of the most rewarding and loving experiences of our lives.

It was hard to “choose” from so many adorable mutts online so we went to Muttville HQ to meet some of them in person. Sherri and her staff were amazing—they listened to our wants and needs in a pet and were honest about what dogs they thought would be a good fit for our household. We didn’t find our mutt that day, but kept checking the website for new dogs.

We saw Hemingway (formerly Pappi) on the website and immediately knew he was the one for us. He had been surrendered to Muttville after his senior mom went into a nursing home. His teeth were badly rotten and he was obese from lots of treats and little exercise. When he came to us in November he was a roly-poly chunkster who couldn’t walk across our living room without stopping to catch his breath.

Now a little more than six months later, he has had a full dental where they removed 13 rotten teeth and he happily runs around our neighborhood with us for several blocks with lots of energy. When he came to us he weighed over 10 lbs, and with a healthy diet and several walks a day he’s down to 5 lbs 12 oz.

Hemingway is one of the best things to happen to us as a couple—he fills our home with so much joy and has opened our eyes to the world of rescue dogs. A few months after we got Hemi I started volunteering for Muttville as a way of saying “Thank you!” for placing such a wonderful companion into our home. Every day during the week my husband takes Hemi to work where he lights up the office with his spunky attitude, and every weekend I volunteer for Muttville and get to spend time with some of the best dogs I’ve ever met.


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’.


You can help create many more new beginnings!
Adopt. Foster. Volunteer. Donate.

mariem3 | 07.17.13 | 1 comment

July is "We Love Our Volunteers" Month! Meet Muttville hero, Russell Ulrey

July is "We Love Our Volunteers" Month! Meet Muttville hero, Russell Ulrey

Today’s Muttville Hero:
Russell Ulrey


(pictured with his hospice dog, Danny Boy)

Each day in July, we are giving the spotlight to a special Muttville hero voted by his/her peers for being an awesome volunteer for the mutts. Please join us in giving a big round of applause to today’s Muttville hero, Russell!

Volunteer team: foster, transport, and marketing

This volunteer is most likely to…
quietly takes on many roles – walks dogs, transport a dog to the vet, work an event, and also is a foster/fospice caregiver.

This volunteer is amazing because…
he does a variety of volunteer tasks “behind-the-scenes” – from giving special medical care to dogs at Sherri’s to blogging about dogs for adoption to dogwalks to hosting events to fostering dogs with special needs, plus he makes homemade, certified organic and humane stew for them too!

The trait that this volunteer possesses that I admire most is…
he’s a selfless and humble human being. And we think he’s some type of “dog whisperer” too!

Thank you Russell!



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jolenechayes | 07.16.13 | 4 comments

July is "We Love Our Volunteers" Month! Meet Muttville hero, Jennie Chin

July is "We Love Our Volunteers" Month! Meet Muttville hero, Jennie Chin

Today’s Muttville Hero:
Jennie Chin


Each day in July, we are giving the spotlight to a special Muttville hero voted by his/her peers for being an awesome volunteer for the mutts. Please join us in giving a big round of applause to today’s Muttville hero, Jennie!

Volunteer team: Dog walking

This volunteer is most likely to…
be a Muttville cheerleader for all of our dogs.

This volunteer is amazing because…
she is so dedicated to Muttville She has been a volunteer for over 5 years and perseveres through all the good and bad days!

The trait that this volunteer possesses that I admire most is…
attention to detail and perseverance!

Thank you Jennie!



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jolenechayes | 07.15.13 | 4 comments

Adopted Mutts! July 1 - 14

Adopted Mutts! July 1 - 14

Big congrats to these very happy senior mutts who found forever homes! (S4S indicates the dog was adopted through our Seniors For Seniors Program.)

Moxi
Sir William
Lupita
Floyd
Soda Pop
Donald Trump
Amber
Araceli
Bear S4S
Zoe
Finnigan
Oreo
Zorro
Cesar S4S
Goldie
Tommy

To see the profiles of these lucky mutts, visit the Recent Adoptions section of our Mutts page.


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.

You can help create many more new beginnings!
Adopt. Foster. Volunteer. Donate.

mariem3 | 07.15.13 | 0 comments

July is "We Love Our Volunteers" Month! Meet Muttville hero, Maria Chanley

July is "We Love Our Volunteers" Month! Meet Muttville hero, Maria Chanley

Today’s Muttville Hero:
Maria Chanley


(pictured here with Grandma Jones)

Each day in July, we are giving the spotlight to a special Muttville hero voted by his/her peers for being an awesome volunteer for the mutts. Please join us in giving a big round of applause to today’s Muttville hero, Maria!

Volunteer team: Dog Walking

This volunteer is most likely to…
get every member of her family to adopt a Muttville dog.

This volunteer is amazing because…
Maria’s bake sales have earned over $1000; she helped to revive the on-site Muttville merch shop, and she “works it” at Genentech to get donors and supporters.


The trait that this volunteer possesses that I admire most is…
Her charisma. She is instantly likable and just radiates good energy. She is always trying to think of “something else” she can do to help raise money for the mutts.

Thank you Maria!



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jolenechayes | 07.14.13 | 6 comments

July is "We Love Our Volunteers" Month! Meet Muttville hero, Larry Cable

July is "We Love Our Volunteers" Month! Meet Muttville hero, Larry Cable

Today’s Muttville Hero:
Larry Cable


(pictured here with his beloved, Cassie)

Each day in July, we are giving the spotlight to a special Muttville hero voted by his/her peers for being an awesome volunteer for the mutts. Please join us in giving a big round of applause to today’s Muttville hero, Larry!

Volunteer team: Foster and Transport

This volunteer is most likely to…
step up to travel to save a dog’s life.

This volunteer is amazing because…
even when he is super busy will try and squeeze a transport into his day! Whenever we are stressed about getting a dog to or from somewhere we can always call Larry and he takes care of business!

The trait that this volunteer possesses that I admire most is…
sense of humor!

Thank you Larry!



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jolenechayes | 07.13.13 | 7 comments

July is "We Love Our Volunteers" Month! Meet Muttville hero, Kate Wheble

July is "We Love Our Volunteers" Month! Meet Muttville hero, Kate Wheble

Today’s Muttville Hero:
Kate Wheble


Each day in July, we are giving the spotlight to a special Muttville hero voted by his/her peers for being an awesome volunteer for the mutts. Please join us in giving a big round of applause to today’s Muttville hero, Kate!

Volunteer team: Sherri’s house and Headquarters

This volunteer is most likely to…
be on the couch under a pile of dogs. The dogs just love her!

This volunteer is amazing because…
she does everyting with a shining smile on her face. She is very reliable and great to have around. The doggies love her and we all just love to have her around.

The trait that this volunteer possesses that I admire most is…
her compassion and brains.

Thank you Kate!



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jolenechayes | 07.12.13 | 3 comments

July is "We Love Our Volunteers" Month! Meet Muttville hero, Erica Boston

July is "We Love Our Volunteers" Month! Meet Muttville hero, Erica Boston

Today’s Muttville Hero:
Erica Boston


(pictured here with her dog, Mia)

Each day in July, we are giving the spotlight to a special Muttville hero voted by his/her peers for being an awesome volunteer for the mutts. Please join us in giving a big round of applause to today’s Muttville hero, Erica!

Volunteer team: Outreach, Foster

This volunteer is most likely to…
be organizing the Muttville table at outreach events. She likes everything to look sharp and tidy.

This volunteer is amazing because…
She helps out with many aspects of muttville, foster mentoring, leading outreach and just being super helpful. It’s because of volunteers like her that we can participate in as many events as we do. She rocks!

The trait that this volunteer possesses that I admire most is…
her dependability. If Erica says she is going to do something, she does it and does it well. We can completely trust her. It is so great to have someone like that around!

Thank you Erica!



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jolenechayes | 07.11.13 | 5 comments

July is "We Love Our Volunteers" Month! Meet Muttville hero, Carol Balacek

July is "We Love Our Volunteers" Month! Meet Muttville hero, Carol Balacek

Today’s Muttville Hero:
Carol Balacek


Each day in July, we are giving the spotlight to a special Muttville hero voted by his/her peers for being an awesome volunteer for the mutts. Please join us in giving a big round of applause to today’s Muttville hero, Carol!

Volunteer team: Marketing and Development

This volunteer is most likely to…
stay up ALL night to make sure things are worked out perfectly.

This volunteer is amazing because…
she is the web developer behind our awesome website! She built the impressive frame that Muttville the “.org” runs on. Without her we don’t know where we would be! She is the reason we have this blog.

The trait that this volunteer possesses that I admire most is…
She is tireless! Carol gives every effort 200%! She is incredibly detail oriented. You know if you ask Carol a question you will get the most precise answer back. She is amazing!

Thank you Carol!



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jolenechayes | 07.10.13 | 10 comments

Success Story "Cinnamon Girl"

Success Story "Cinnamon Girl"

This is what Muttville is all about! Enjoy Cinnamon Girl ‎’s story as told by mom Debra:

At 16+ years old, even the rescue pros figured this dog would not be adopted. Her stars must have been aligned. Cinnamon Girl was picked up by Muttville from the Peninsula Humane Society/SPCA where she was dumped when her owner passed and the family didn’t want her. She could simply live out her days there at Muttville headquarters. A fabulous life given the alternatives. But that’s not where the story ends. Her destiny was about to change after a few short weeks at Muttville.

At the same time, a family down the Peninsula was grieving the loss of their 16 year old border collie, Scout. It was heartbreaking to watch Scout’s despondent sister Skecher, who had never been without him, constantly moping around and trying to find him to no avail. We thought that finding her a new companion might be a good idea but it would have to be another senior dog since Skecher was a 16 year old blind and deaf border collie.

We found out about Muttville and decided to attend one of last year’s June adoption events in San Francisco. We had seen Cinnamon Girl online and wanted to meet her. She seemed like the perfect match – a herding dog mix, same age, mostly blind and deaf, similar disposition. So that day she came home with us to start life at her new forever home. It took a few months for her to settle in. By nature she is a very independent dog and didn’t really enjoy being cuddled much. Dogs of her breed need to have a job to do and it wasn’t long until we would all figure out what that meant for us.

Not long after Cinnamon got here, Skecher became very ill and we started Cancer treatments for her. During that time Cinnamon was very sweet with Skecher and patient with the constant changes going on to help make Skecher comfortable in her final days. We lost Skecher last November and Cinnamon then became our only dog. She took charge right away to make sure we knew she was up to the challenge of taking care of us. We have grown to adore her quirky and feisty personality and she has learned how much she really does love all the attention and cuddling and even comes looking for more. She just had her 17th birthday and is still going strong!

We can’t imagine life without Cinnamon in our family. She helped us through an extremely difficult time by becoming an extraordinary companion and family member. At the same time we’ve always felt her grateful devotion for being given a second chance. Her incomparable loyalty makes her a true rock star. And, as it turned out, the irony of her rock star name predicted her destiny to find her forever home.

♫…I wanna live with a Cinnamon Girl… I could be happy the rest of my life…with a Cinnamon Girl…♫

(Neil Young)


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’.


You can help create many more new beginnings!
Adopt. Foster. Volunteer. Donate.

mariem3 | 07.10.13 | 0 comments

July is "We Love Our Volunteers" Month! Meet Muttville hero, Maureen Backman

July is "We Love Our Volunteers" Month! Meet Muttville hero, Maureen Backman

Today’s Muttville Hero:
Maureen Backman!


(pictured here with her dog, Earl)

Each day in July, we are giving the spotlight to a special Muttville hero voted by his/her peers for being an awesome volunteer for the mutts. Please join us in giving a big round of applause to today’s Muttville hero, Maureen!

Volunteer team: Team Leader/Behavior and Training

This volunteer is most likely to…
step up to help our new adopters with their dog issues! Adopt a dog who has issues and work with him no matter what!

This volunteer is amazing because…
she is an incredible listener; she is kind and gracious to our adopters while helping their dogs.

The trait that this volunteer possesses that I admire most is…
she is excellent at communicating to foster and adoptive homes in lay terms they understand, not to mention is incredibly likable.

Thank you Maureen!



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jolenechayes | 07.09.13 | 5 comments

July is "We Love Our Volunteers" Month! Meet Muttville hero, Stephanie Meissner

July is "We Love Our Volunteers" Month! Meet Muttville hero, Stephanie Meissner

Today’s Muttville Hero:
Stephanie Meissner

(Pictured here with her 1st foster dog Emma.)


Each day in July, we are giving the spotlight to a special Muttville hero voted by his/her peers for being an awesome volunteer for the mutts. Please join us in giving a big round of applause to today’s Muttville hero, Stephanie!

Volunteer team: Foster

This volunteer is most likely to…
take on the really sad cases.

This volunteer is amazing because…
she has the biggest heart out there. She is the embodiment of what a great foster parent truly is.

The trait that this volunteer possesses that I admire most is…
incredible understanding of dogs and their needs.

Thank you Stephanie!



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jolenechayes | 07.08.13 | 3 comments

July is "We Love Our Volunteers" Month! Meet Muttville hero, Julie Muller

July is "We Love Our Volunteers" Month! Meet Muttville hero, Julie Muller

Today’s Muttville Hero:
Julie Muller

(Pictured here with Fospice dog Mitzi)


Each day in July, we are giving the spotlight to a special Muttville hero voted by his/her peers for being an awesome volunteer for the mutts. Please join us in giving a big round of applause to today’s Muttville hero, Julie!

Volunteer team: Sherri’s house

This volunteer is most likely to…
Dress any dog in their best. She will work with our more sensitive souls with a great amount of care and nuturing.

This volunteer is amazing because…
she will be at Sherri’s house 3 to 4 times a week to check up on the mutts and provide individualized TLC for each one in her care. She also does our Costco shopping and has organized the volunteer environment to ensure better communication and continuity of care for the mutts at Sherri’s—there is a real team spirit!

The trait that this volunteer possesses that I admire most is…
her flexibility, her dedication to the organization, her support of fellow volunteers and her true compassion for every mutt in the care of Muttville.

Thank you Julie!



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jolenechayes | 07.07.13 | 7 comments

July is "We Love Our Volunteers" Month! Meet Muttville hero, Nicole Fujishige

July is "We Love Our Volunteers" Month! Meet Muttville hero, Nicole Fujishige

Today’s Muttville Hero:
Nicole Fujishige

(Pictured here with her rescue dog Emma from Oakland Animal Services)


Each day in July, we are giving the spotlight to a special Muttville hero voted by his/her peers for being an awesome volunteer for the mutts. Please join us in giving a big round of applause to today’s Muttville hero, Nicole!

Volunteer team: Seniors for Seniors and dog walking

This volunteer is most likely to…
help all creatures great and small with a soft, loving touch.

This volunteer is amazing because…
she has been with Muttville forever and is always looking to help in new ways. She is always looking to help Muttville grow and become more efficient and effective.

The trait that this volunteer possesses that I admire most is…
confidence! She walks into a room and the whole room lights up.

Thank you Nicole!



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jolenechayes | 07.06.13 | 5 comments

July is "We Love Our Volunteers" Month! Meet Muttville hero, Jennifer Figueroa

July is "We Love Our Volunteers" Month! Meet Muttville hero, Jennifer Figueroa

Today’s Muttville Hero:
Jennifer Figueroa

(pictured here with Pepper in a photo taken by Mark Rogers)


Each day in July, we are giving the spotlight to a special Muttville hero voted by his/her peers for being an awesome volunteer for the mutts. Please join us in giving a big round of applause to today’s Muttville hero, Jenn!

Volunteer team: IT, Events, Fostering

This volunteer is most likely to…
Read the mind of Muttville staff and anticipate our needs before we have even thought about it.

This volunteer is amazing because…
She is the “other half” of the dynamic duo that is “Jenn and Steph.” (Steph was featured yesterday.) She always steps up to help in anyway she can. If we mention we need something in passing the next thing we know that item magically appears. She also works with Steph on the technology troubleshooting at Muttville.

The trait that this volunteer possesses that I admire most is…
She is incredibly reliable and has amazing follow through. Also, just fun to have around.

Thank you Jenn!



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jolenechayes | 07.05.13 | 7 comments

July is "We Love Our Volunteers" Month! Meet Muttville hero, Stephanie Dukes!

July is "We Love Our Volunteers" Month! Meet Muttville hero, Stephanie Dukes!

Today’s Muttville Hero:
Stephanie Dukes

(Pictured here with her beloved dog Shaun White)


Each day in July, we are giving the spotlight to a special Muttville hero voted by his/her peers for being an awesome volunteer for the mutts. Please join us in giving a big round of applause to today’s Muttville hero, Stephanie!

Volunteer team: IT, Outreach, and Foster

This volunteer is most likely to…
Say yes to helping when she is in SF.

This volunteer is amazing because…
She is half of the volunteer dynamic duo that we call “Jen and Steph.” She is always investigating solutions to our mini technology meltdowns and has gotten us out of many a technology crisis. We wouldn’t be able to post this blog right now if it wasn’t for some of her efforts.

The trait that this volunteer possesses that I admire most is…
Her giant heart. She always is available to help when we need her. She is amazing!

Thank you Stephanie!



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jolenechayes | 07.04.13 | 5 comments

Success Story "Humphrey"

Success Story "Humphrey"

We love it when the dogs write their own Success Stories! Here is what Humphrey wrote about his wonderful new life with his mutt family:

My name is Humphrey. That is the name Sherri gave me when she rescued me from an animal control shelter. I am 10, or 11 or 12 years old…we just are not sure because I was a stray dog.

I am totally motivated by food, since I haven’t always been fed on a regular basis. My wonderful Muttville foster mother, Lisa, gave me love and support when I was so frightened. My forever family, Betty and Herb, and I have created a terrific, loving life. I love to cuddle. We watch TV together, I am on the couch next to whomever is sitting there. We spend long afternoons in the garden and I sit on whichever lap has the right amount of sunshine. I was partly bald when I first came home, but my new vet figured out I had a thyroid problem. With the right medication my hair is now full and thick. It is a mix of black and brown, as I am an 11 pound mix of Schipperke, Boston Bull, Chihuahua and who knows what else? I still flinch whenever someone picks up a flyswatter or a broom, but I know my forever folks would never hit me.

I want to thank Sherri and Muttville for giving me a chance for a wonderful old age.


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’.


You can help create many more new beginnings!
Adopt. Foster. Volunteer. Donate.

mariem3 | 07.03.13 | 1 comment

July is "We Love Our Volunteers" Month! Meet Muttville hero, Miwa Wang

July is "We Love Our Volunteers" Month! Meet Muttville hero, Miwa Wang

Today’s Muttville Hero:
Miwa Wang


Each day in July, we are giving the spotlight to a special Muttville hero voted by his/her peers for being an awesome volunteer for the mutts. Please join us in giving a big round of applause to today’s Muttville hero, Miwa!

Volunteer team: Dog Walking

This volunteer is most likely to…
Do everything she can to make the dogs safe and happy. She even picks up stool and urine samples for the vets! What a trooper!

This volunteer is amazing because…
She is super dependable. She sends the staff weekly updates or briefs on dogs living at the Shelter describing their behavior and little personality quirks. She will spend hours brushing and massaging dogs looking for foxtails and always goes above and beyond during her time at Muttville.

The trait that this volunteer possesses that I admire most is…
Her big heart for the dogs.

Thank you Miwa!



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jolenechayes | 07.03.13 | 4 comments

July is "We Love Our Volunteers" Month! Meet Muttville hero, Caroline Kaps

July is "We Love Our Volunteers" Month! Meet Muttville hero, Caroline Kaps

Today’s Muttville Hero:
Caroline Kaps

(Pictured here with Caroline and her beloved dog Gabby.)


Each day in July, we are giving the spotlight to a special Muttville hero voted by his/her peers for being an awesome volunteer for the mutts. Please join us in giving a big round of applause to today’s Muttville hero, Caroline!

Volunteer team: Dog Walking Lead

This volunteer is most likely to…
Check on the welfare of every animal in our care. She really loves our dogs!

This volunteer is amazing because…
She handles all the scheduling and a lot of training for the dog walking program. She is constantly monitoring the volunteers at HQ and Sherri’s house as well as the health of the animals.

The trait that this volunteer possesses that I admire most is…
Her diligence! You know that when she is on a task that it will be done excellently.

Thank you Caroline!



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jolenechayes | 07.02.13 | 8 comments

Spreading the Love at the 2013 San Francisco Pride Parade

Spreading the Love at the 2013 San Francisco Pride Parade

This year’s celebration was like no other! It was Muttville’s fifth year participating in the annual San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade, and this year was one of the biggest, most festive and definitely the most love-filled year of all! Our wonderful city was packed with locals and visitors celebrating the end of Prop 8, DOMA, and love for all – humans and animals alike.

Check out these great photos of Muttville’s parade march.
Thank you to Fuzzy Beastie Photography’s Suszi McFadden.

And find more photos on Muttville’s Facebook page.

Thank you to Pet Food Express for joining us in the parade and donating festive pink PFE tennis balls to pass out to the crowd. And many thanks to Muttville supporter Shawn for donating bright blue Muttville backpacks that were handed out throughout the parade by our marchers. Both goodies were a BIG hit!

mariem3 | 07.02.13 | 0 comments

July is "We Love Our Volunteers" Month! Meet Muttville hero, Melinda Moses

July is "We Love Our Volunteers" Month! Meet Muttville hero, Melinda Moses

Today’s Muttville Hero:
Melinda Moses


Each day in July, we are giving the spotlight to a special Muttville hero voted by his/her peers for being an awesome volunteer for the mutts. Please join us in giving a big round of applause to today’s Muttville hero, Melinda!

Volunteer team: Foster, Outreach, Sherri’s house

This volunteer is most likely to…
be Muttville’s enforcer. She shows up just when you need her.

This volunteer is amazing because…
She is a positive influence all the time to the mutts and the humans

The trait that this volunteer possesses that I admire most is…
She is a leader and knows how to get things done.

Thank you Melinda!



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mariem3 | 07.01.13 | 3 comments

Adopted Mutts! June 17 - 30

Adopted Mutts! June 17 - 30

Big congrats to these very happy senior mutts who found forever homes!

Gordon

Quincy

Cinder

Lucy

Floyd

Peanut

Tess

Chip

Peach

Crumpet

Black Jack

Penny

Blue

Sasha

Sage


To see the profiles of these lucky mutts, visit the Recent Adoptions section of our Mutts page.


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.

You can help create many more new beginnings!
Adopt. Foster. Volunteer. Donate.

mariem3 | 07.01.13 | 0 comments