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Adopted Mutts! December 16 - 29

Adopted Mutts! December 16 - 29

Big congrats to these 23 very happy senior mutts who found forever homes! (S4S indicates the dog was adopted through our Seniors For Seniors Program.)

Fifi
Noodle (S4S)
Isabella (S4S)
Shiloh (S4S)
Quentin (S4S)
Dottie
Rocco
Emily
Cricket
Zoey
Monty
Pesto (S4S)
Yoshi
Candy Cane (S4S)
Dorny
Ishkabibble
Franny
Lady Bug
Maude (S4S)
Gypsy
Marni
Scarlet


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 | 12.30.13 | 0 comments

Adopted Mutts! November 26 - December 15

Adopted Mutts! November 26 - December 15

Big congrats to these 47 very happy senior mutts who found forever homes! (S4S indicates the dog was adopted through our Seniors For Seniors Program.)

Yuki
Jackson
Snoop
Lou
Sophie
Mickey Jagger
Cassidy
Jimmy Hendrix
Grandpaw
Lauren
Molly
Chipper (S4S)
Shirley
Ginger
Edgar
Roadie
Charlie (S4S)
Rafiki (S4S)
Hiro
Boz
Magnolia
Little Bit
Nino (S4S)
Camille (S4S)
Cody (S4S)
Wanda
Tippy
Penny (S4S)
Maverik
Zoey
Dani
Stanley
Sparticus
Tiki (S4S)
Franklin (S4S)
Susana
Mikey
Dixie
Riggs (S4S)
Peachy
Lambchop
Levi
Bailey
Cary Grant
George
Ranger
Waldo

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 | 12.18.13 | 2 comments

Success Story Freckles (#1424)

Success Story Freckles (#1424)

Muttville founder Sherri Franklin is known for being a great matchnmaker. Here is one of those stories where Sherri’s amazing intuition created the perfect lifelong match:

A friend of mine had encouraged me several times to adopt a dog, and had even gone as far as sending me links to various adorable dogs on Petfinder. I already had two senior cats and so wasn’t sure I wanted to bring a dog into the mix, but I also have a tough time resisting a cute face when it comes to animals so eventually I gave in and decided to consider it.

It turned out that the puppy in the original photo had already been adopted, but the very next picture & link on Petfinder was to a dog named Glenda from Muttville, which after thinking about it, how could I resist a dog of the same name?! Coincidentally, it also turned out that Muttville was going to be at the Palo Alto air show that very weekend. So with the universe sending me signs that I should adopt a dog, I went to the air show and met some of the Muttville mutts and the volunteers. After a great conversation with Meryl and cuddles with some adorable ‘mutts’, I submitted an application to adopt or foster a dog.

Sherri contacted me within a couple of days with some information about Glenda the dog, but also mentioned that she had an adorable Aussie in somewhat urgent need of a foster home, and he was great with cats, even curling up to sleep with them at his current foster home… would I be interested in meeting him? I wasn’t set on a particular breed or dog, so I was definitely open to any dog in need of a home that would be good with cats.

We exchanged several emails, then arranged for me to come up to meet Freckles the next weekend. He was a bit under the weather with tummy troubles, and we were both nervous – but after a quick walk in the park he gamely got in the car for the ride home with me.

Sherri, despite her busy schedule, was a great source of info and support the first few days as I questioned everything – Is he eating enough? He’s panting a lot, is that normal? how much pumpkin again? In hindsight, I was just like a nervous new mom! But I have to say I was impressed with how much Sherri wanted to make sure it was the right place for Freckles – Muttville really does care about the dogs and where they end up!

It only took about a week and the cats got used to the strange new beast living in their home, Freckles began to settle in, and I was less nervous that either he or they were okay. It was another couple of months before I realized that he could Houdini through the baby gate and get to the cat food… and that’s when he got a little bit too big for the ‘cat door’ and took down the gate.

About a month ago we moved to Seattle, and Freckles now seems to have happily adjusted to life in the city and has been great company for me in exploring our new home. He loves going for walks and seems to make friends wherever we go. Most people think that he’s much younger than his 11 years. In fact, some days he even wants to run instead of walk! He’s my constant companion when I’m home, often following me from room to room and settling next to me or at my feet. He loves attention and belly scratches, and if you’re really special, will show you his butt for a butt/back scratch.

It took about 3 days for him to warm up to the dog walker who takes him out in the afternoon, but now she tells me that he’s such a sweetheart that he’s already her favorite dog. The doorman at the building around the corner knows him, and I’ve encountered people in the elevator and on the street that I don’t know but they all greet him by name! We even once wandered by accident in to the Seattle Seahawk football players getting off their bus downtown and a few of them stopped to pet him and he got a some ‘what a great dog!’ compliments. Freckles, however, other than enjoying the attention, was unimpressed, having no idea who they were…

I have only one of my cats, Linus, now and I think that having Freckles around helped Linus adjust to the loss of his brother. Linus will sit on Freckles when I have the brush, both of them competing for the attention and brushing. Freckles will lick Linus in greeting when we return from a walk (which usually causes Linus to grimace a little), and I’ve caught them curled up together on the bed or the couch asleep.

Freckles is such a love that you can’t not love him once you meet him, and I’m so grateful to Muttville for bringing him into my life. I think that Sherri had true matchmaking instincts of dog to person when she suggested I meet him, and I can’t say enough good things about Muttville – telling everyone about the organization every chance I get!


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 | 12.11.13 | 0 comments

Success Story Wally

Success Story Wally

When Vanessa and her husband decided to foster a little blind MinPin named Wally, little did they know he would steal their hearts. Vanessa writes, “…sometimes I think our hearts may explode rainbows and butterflies.” Read their beautiful love story:

How does a couple describe the love of their lives? How is there room in their hearts when they already feel fulfilled with love for each other and their two hairless rescue dogs? The answer is simple…I don’t know! But I do know that I will try because Wally needs his story told.

For a little background about this little lovebug, named Wally, you must first know that he is blind. He is blind because he doesn’t have eyes and because he doesn’t have eyes, he can’t see. Now that we’ve cleared that up, you must also know that he absolutely doesn’t need them. He can walk on a leash, jump on the couch, find his bed, burrow under covers, chase birds, and play with dogs at the dog park, among many other things. To put it lightly, he is a miracle dog.

Prior to his life at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, his life is unimaginable. He was found blindly running around the beach and when he arrived at Muttville, he looked like he had been cast to play a role in a scary movie. In addition to the cloudiness and the redness in his eyes, they were bugged out and had growths on them. An emergency vet visit gave the prognosis that he had an untreated eye infection that ruptured his corneas. The ruptured corneas caused him to go blind and was so painful, all he could do was scratch his eyes, shake, and cry. Because of this, it was a no brainer that the only solution was to remove his eyes. Luckily he has an amazing sense of smell and perfect hearing so he adjusted quickly. However, once his eyes were healed, he had a backward sneeze that caused him to constantly regurgitate, which made it hard for him to gain weight and absorb much needed nutrients. Another vet visit showed that he had MRSA (a staph infection). Luckily, it was treated quickly and he has mostly recovered. I say mostly because he still has a severe reverse sneeze, pukes at least once a day, and has the worst breath you could imagine! What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, right?

I was a volunteer dog walker at Muttville when I met Wally but it wasn’t until my husband and I watched him over a weekend while his foster mom was out of town that I realized how special he is. That weekend turned into a week, which turned into a month, which turned into forever! We started out by fostering him through Muttville but realized after a short time that we could never part with him so made it official by filling out the adoption paperwork in June 2012. Since then, he has become our heater box, snuggle buddy, secret holder, conversation starter, heart warmer, guard dog, and anxiety reliever.

While it is true that he has been known to pee on a stranger’s shoe because he confused it for a rock or a tree, and it is also true that he has severe separation anxiety that makes it impossible to leave him alone for longer than an hour or two, he has completely stolen our hearts and filled us with so much joy, sometimes I think our hearts may explode rainbows and butterflies.

Caring for a dog that is considered special needs does have its challenges, but the love that he gives and the fact that he asks for so little makes it a breeze. Thank you Muttville for showing us that we can open our hearts to more love. We absolutely can not imagine our lives without Wally who has affectionately collected numerous nicknames such as Walter J Bird, Willy, Sir Walter J, and Wallaceburg.


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 | 12.04.13 | 0 comments