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Success Story Babs

Success Story Babs

Thank you to mom LeRay for sharing her love story with Babs, who gave her great joy before recently passing over the rainbow bridge.

“I saw this precious girl posted on the Muttville page, and I knew she and I were meant for each other.

I called to ask about her, and how to go about adopting her. Was told that there 3 other people ahead of me to adopt her.

After about a week I got a call from you telling me that Babs was available if I was still interested. That is when my life changed and I fell in love with Babs!!!

She has been such a blessing to me, and was my constant companion for a year.

I knew when I adopted her that she had health issues and that I wasn’t sure just how long she would survive. I would like to believe that I gave her a longer healthy life, or maybe a easier last year of her life.

I understood that she was on the euthanasia list when found at the shelter.

I saved this little girl, she saved me….because you see I have never had my own animal that was truly mine. We had lots of different animals when I was growing up, but I never had a dog of my own.

This little girl showed me what it was to be loved unconditionally!

I had to put her down Wednesday November 6, 2013. This was the hardest decision of my life.

I didn’t want to, I still want to make it all go away and have her back again.

But, she is so much better now that she is at the Rainbow Bridge able to run and play with the other animals.

I already miss her so so much, I think I hear her little bark, and not to see that sweet face look up at me, ( even though she had cataracts,) but I knew that she was talking to me.

Thank you Babs for allowing me to be part of your life and I am so glad you were and will always be in my heart."


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!
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mariem3 | 11.27.13 | 1 comment

Adopted Mutts! November 11 - 24

Adopted Mutts! November 11 - 24

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

Spike
Tim
Deiter
Flor
Miss Daisy
Hank (S4S)
Stacy
Varsha
Zach
Marley (S4S)
Samantha (S4S)
Lily
Nestor
Tippy (S4S)
Geordi


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 | 11.25.13 | 0 comments

Success Story Pocket, Pippin, and Paco

Success Story Pocket, Pippin, and Paco

You read that right! This week’s Success Story features THREE Muttville dogs, all adopted by lovely mutt mom Kimberly. And more amazing – Kimberly lives in Alaska! Kimberly says, “Sherri teases me now about visiting San Francisco. Each time I leave with a dog.” Enjoy Kimberly’s triple love story:

Our family has adopted three Muttville seniors, all in the past year.

We first became aware of Pocket at the time of her rescue in late June 2012, along with over 20 other dogs, from a hoarder/backyard breeder in Woodland Hills, CA. The original rescue group wanted to keep all the dogs in state and would not let us adopt from Alaska. Pocket had six foster homes and one adoptive family over the summer. Eventually, she was taken in by Muttville, and we were able to adopt her. My son and I flew to San Francisco on 10/31/2012 to bring Pocket back to her forever home in Anchorage, Alaska. Pocket is an amazing little girl! She has adjusted very well to life in Alaska and to her new family. Pocket spent 13 years inside a house, but she now enjoys walks and hikes in the vast outdoors of Alaska.

We returned to San Francisco for a medical meeting in February 2013. At that time, we visited the new Muttville facility to give Sherri an update on Pocket, and to tour the new building. We had two seniors at home, and no intention of adopting another dog. During our visit, an adorable little Maltese picked us out and decided we were not leaving without him. He had just come in to Muttville the evening before, and had not yet been cleaned up. He was dirty and matted, but oh so adorable! We left Muttville with our little Pippin (formerly called Birdy). Pippin also adjusted to life in Alaska, and enjoyed a fabulous summer of walks and picnics, and spending time with friends and family. Sadly, Pippin had a tumor in his spleen which we did not know about. It did not show up on his recent x-rays, any of his vet visits, nor via any of his comprehensive bloodwork. The tumor ruptured, and Pippin was rushed to a 24-hour veterinary clinic, where he died while being prepared for emergency surgery on October 17, 2013. Pippin was an absolute joy, and the life of our household. He is missed terribly.

We were not planning to adopt another dog so soon, but received a call from a close friend in San Francisco, who is also a Muttville volunteer. She called to tell us about an amazing little senior named Paco, who she is fostering for Muttville. Little Paco was found on the streets of Salinas, CA starving and missing much of his hair. With Linda’s devoted care, Paco has been putting on weight and growing his hair back. Of course, we fell in love with him as soon as we saw him, and have officially adopted Paco. I will be flying to San Francisco at the end of November or early December to pick him up and bring him to his forever home in Alaska.


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’.

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mariem3 | 11.20.13 | 0 comments

Success Story Alma

Success Story Alma

Thank you Jill for sharing your love story with Alma! It is sure to bring a smile to many faces:

“My husband and I lived with our pack of three dogs for years. We had two girls, a blue heeler and a brown mutt, and a little male terrier mix. A pack of three distinct personalities is a bit of a challenge but also terrifically fun and rewarding. Our darling girls reached the end of their lives, both between 15 and 16 years old, within 7 months of each other and suddenly our hearts and our house were far too empty.

When we were ready to start looking for another dog I cast a wide net, checking every kind of organization from public shelters to breed rescues to private shelters and was rather overwhelmed with the variety and number of individuals everywhere in need. We only had two things in mind: we could not get another cattle dog because it was so devastating to lose our Roo, and we were interested in having a larger dog this time around. My husband in particular was thinking about a big ‘galumph’ of a guy. We took a trip up to Grass Valley to meet a shepard/ husky mix but she was still too feral from having lived on her own in the desert for who knows how long, I met a rottie mix who was a major escape artist and couldn’t be left alone in our yard, I kind of fell in love with a pit mix but she had major separation anxiety. It is worth mentioning that our brown mutt, Georgia, was very dog reactive. She required a lot of extra work and planning ahead for the twelve years or so that we had her, and though she was our darling Gigi, we honestly wanted our next dog to be plug-n-play. In other words, no drama.

As time went on we came to understand that even though we were thinking big, Dodi (our wonderful terrier mix) tends to prefer smaller dogs and that this should really be about him, of course. I also started to feel that I wanted another old soul, having just spent several years in the wonderful company of our two old ladies. I was already a fan of Muttville so one day I checked the website and I think it may have been that very day that I found Alma.

Alma was a small terrier mix about 12 years old who liked the company of people and dogs, tolerated cats, and was sporting the cutest turtle neck sweater in her photo. I filled out the application. I met Alma outside her foster mom’s house and I was astonished at how tiny she was. I took her string of a leash to walk her to the park and I almost immediately stepped on her, to which she responded with a perfunctory snap at my pant leg. I was starting to like her. Her behavior at the dog park cinched the deal though, because all six pounds of her walked amongst the running pit bulls and every other size and shape of dog as if she’d seen it all a million times (and I’m sure she has). She pee-marked everywhere and then laid in the sun, totally independent from her foster mom and myself. I called my husband and we agreed to a trial adoption.

We have now had Alma (Almie, Ammy, Yam-Yam) for 15 months and she is a huge six pound presence in the house! She and Dodi get along fine, she has a collection of cold weather coats and sweaters, and there are little steps all over the house leading up to the couches and beds. She is hysterically funny (she snorts like a little piglet), she has no teeth (and her breath is perfect!), she is proud and fearless, and she totally owns me. Alma was loved in her life before she came to Muttville and I am just so grateful and happy that Muttville brought her to us so we can now love her even more. A happy ending indeed!”


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!
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mariem3 | 11.13.13 | 0 comments

Adopted Mutts! October 28 - November 10

Adopted Mutts! October 28 - November 10

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

Cookie
May
Casper S4S
Rosemary
Binky
Toro
Melody S4S
Sinatra
Boz
Tim
Kix
Paco
Rusty S4S
Deucy
Tito
Sassy S4S
Penny
Corky
Connie
Bobby
Queenie


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 | 11.11.13 | 0 comments

Success Story "Bubba" the Mastiff

Success Story "Bubba" the Mastiff

Thanks to mom Nancy for giving a second chance to sweet boy Bubba! Read the wonderful story of Bubba’s new beginning:

My household consists of my daughter and me plus two special needs mastiffs. Lucy was adopted from the Ukiah shelter about a week after my last dog passed. I wasn’t sure I was ready, but Lucy is a big bundle of love and if anyone was going to get me out of my funk, it was her. We then adopted Sadie, who I think we rescued from a rescue. She had been hit so hard in the head, we had to have 9 of her teeth removed. Needless to say, she had a rough introduction to life. We had a house full of girls.

I don’t know why I was looking another dog, but one day while I was cruising around on the internet, I came across the Muttville website. The very last dog on the very last page of adoptable mutts was Bubba. I showed his pictures to my daughter and her first question was “are we going to adopt him?” I laughed, thankful that she possesses so much compassion that she wants to save every dog in need, but thinking that would make three mastiffs in the house! I promised I would think about it, so I filled out the application to see where it would lead.

First, I heard from Deanne, Bubba’s foster mom, who let me know what a sweetheart he was and about his arthritis and neuropathy in his back legs. That didn’t scare me since we already had two special needs dogs, so what is one more? The defining moment was when we were told Bubba needed a house with minimal stairs and we have a one story house with absolutely no stairs! I think it was love at first sight for us….I mean who could not love that squishy face! We made the drive back from San Francisco back up to the Napa Valley and introduced him to his other sister Sadie and the three bonded immediately.

We learned quickly that Bubba loves his walks. Despite his arthritis (which I suffer from as well), I knew how important it is to keep moving and Bubba seemed to know that too. He is very vocal, so it has been easy to know when he wants something. When Bubba is ready to walk, he walks over to the leashes and starts talking. We live near a high school and often walked our dogs down there because there is a stream and open fields, but what Bubba likes best is the baseball field. The field is totally enclosed, so we took the dogs off their leashes and let them go. I didn’t know what to expect, but Bubba took off running…..and running….and running. The other two pooped out and were busy rolling in the grass, but as long as one of us ran, Bubba would follow!

Bubba has gotten stronger and filled out a little. He is doing really well and we love him dearly. When we adopted Bubba, we contemplated changing his name, but we were told he had a fan club and I realized how true that was when his picture was posted when we adopted him. We decided he was a Bubba and we would keep his name as is. We send pictures and are thrilled to keep in touch with the Muttville family. What a great organization and thanks to Muttville for saving our sweet Bubba’s life.



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 | 11.06.13 | 1 comment