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Adopted Mutts! February 10 - 23

Adopted Mutts! February 10 - 23

Big congrats to these 36 very happy senior mutts who found forever homes! (S4S indicates the dog was adopted through our Seniors For Seniors Program.)

Sparky
Elliot (S4S)
Onyx (S4S)
Skipper (S4S)
Money Penny (S4S)
Cobie
Jonah
Daphne
Chaplin (S4S)
Chico (S4S)
Homer
Teddy
Mr. Henry
Lily
Sonny
Derby
Freddy
Mandy (S4S)
Mary Ann
Bodie
Charley
Cupid
Aggie
Lanny
Ernie
Bert
Sydney
Bebop
Isolde
Ellen
Caroline
Posie
Tristan
Lucy
Brownie (S4S)
Duke


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 | 02.26.14 | 1 comment

Success Story "Lily" (aka Junebug)

Success Story "Lily" (aka Junebug)

With heavy hearts, we share this news from mom Meaux about the passing of her beloved Lily (aka Junebug). Please join us in sending our condolences and wishing Lily safe travels across the rainbow bridge.

“I’m writing with great sadness to let you know that our little Muttville alumni, Lily (formerly Junebug) passed away today. She was a truly marvelous little dog and Patrick and I are so grateful for the four years we had with her. She was an unstoppable force of nature who taught us so much. Everything we need to know we learned from our little senior Shih Tzu.

· It’s never too late for a second (or third, or fourth) act.

· Don’t dwell on the past, it will get you nowhere.

· Love with your whole heart.

· Sleep close to those you love.

· Greet every day with enthusiasm.

· Stop and sniff the roses.

· Never refuse a cookie.

We chose the name Lily because we thought that the little withdrawn dog that we brought home would blossom over time. It took a while for Lily to realize that she was in her forever home but once she came out of her shell, she had the biggest personality you can imagine. She ruled the house with a quiet but absolute authority. She had clearly once been a well-loved pet and though no one knows what caused the change in her circumstances, she never let the rough times hold her back. She was such a happy girl.

Lily was the sweetest little dog who left huge paw prints on our hearts. Thank you, Sherri, for rescuing our little girl so that we could share her golden years with her. We loved every minute of it.

xoxo

Meaux and Patrick

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 | 02.19.14 | 3 comments

Success Story Shorty (aka Thumbelina)

Success Story Shorty (aka Thumbelina)

“There is no way I can express the love I feel for her,” says mom Edna, “but I did my best.” We think you did a beautiful job! Read Edna and Shorty’s love story:

My name is Thumbelina but my mom calls me Shorty because I’m so tiny.

3 years ago mom saw me on the Muttville website and went to the adoption day event to meet me. She instantly fell in love with me – yes, there is such a thing as love at first sight. When my mom brought me home I knew I was home furever.

I have a bed with fluffy blankets, healthy food and LOTS of love. Daddy is my favorite … sometimes he gives me nibbles of a McDonald’s cheeseburger. I like to steal daddy’s socks out of his shoes and mom laughs cause the socks are bigger than me. I spend my free time in the garden helping my mom or going to work with daddy. Mom plays practical jokes on me by dressing me in funny clothes or photographing me in silly situations – but I secretly enjoy it.

I am a blessed girl and I love my life – but the one thing that get on my nerves is when my St. Bernard brother takes my food … I get so mad and bark in his ear (he’s really scared of me LOL)

Mom is so grateful for Muttville having brought us together. We love Muttville and we think they are PAWSOME!!!

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 | 02.12.14 | 2 comments

Adopted Mutts! January 27 - February 9

Adopted Mutts! January 27 - February 9

Big congrats to these 18 very happy senior mutts who found forever homes! (S4S indicates the dog was adopted through our Seniors For Seniors Program.)

Fresca (S4S)
Freckles
Freddy
Daphne
Levi (S4S)
Nubia
Nilly
Phyllis (S4S)
Sarah
Max
Gilligan
Odie
Stanley (S4S)
Chocolate
Chip
Busy Bee
Romeo
Charley


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 | 02.10.14 | 0 comments

Ask Dr Parks! Your Questions Answered About Our New Senior Stars! Class

Ask Dr Parks! Your Questions Answered About Our New Senior Stars! Class

We’ve received many questions and enthusiastic interest in the new class Muttville is offering for seniors and special needs dogs called Senior Stars!, developed in partnership with Modern Hound Dog Training and Care owner and Muttville volunteer trainer, Dr. Shoshi Parks.

So, we put together a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), answered by Dr. Parks:

I’ve had trouble teaching my dog any commands. Do you really think she can learn in class?
Even dogs that have never been able to learn anything at home catch on quickly in Senior Stars! because we move slowly and make learning fun! What could be better than mastering a game to win a treat or hopping through a hula hoop to win the praise of mom or dad? This class teaches your dog to innovate and try new things in order to win a prize – every dog can learn to do that!

Will my dog learn basic commands in Senior Stars?
Senior Stars! is great for dogs at all training levels. The class teaches some basic commands – sit, spin, and touch – as the foundation for fun games and easy tricks. Dogs that already have some obedience training under their belt will be challenged to try some more difficult variations of their skills and to use their knowledge in a new context.

My senior dog doesn’t seem interested in much these days besides lying on the couch. Could this class really be fun for her?
Absolutely! Doctors tell humans to keep their minds sharp as they age by learning and challenging their brains. This is sage advice for dogs, too! An older dog may not be as interested in walks and play as they used to be, but that doesn’t mean their brains are no longer active. This game challenges senior dogs to activate their minds by using the scents and tastes that dogs, even the old ones, love. It’s truly amazing to watch an old dog learn a new trick and every time they learn, their brains become a little more sharp.

My dog is blind but is only 2 years old. Is this class right for him?
Senior Stars! was designed specifically for dogs with disabilities including blindness, deafness and limited mobility. A younger dog without sight will learn just as much from this class as an older dog. The techniques we use in class will also help to provide guardians with ideas about further training with younger vision-impaired and hearing-impaired dogs!


Can this class have an impact on my dog’s life?
Senior Stars! gives your dog the kind of mental stimulation they may be lacking as they age and become less interested in the things they loved as puppies. Not only will your dog benefit from an hour a week of brain-challenging fun during class, but the games and tricks you learn can be easily integrated in to your dog’s daily life after class is over.

Shoshi Parks, Ph.D. is a positive-reinforcement dog trainer and owner of Modern Hound Dog Training and Care in San Francisco. Since first discovering Muttville in 2010, Shoshi has been dedicated to its mission, first as a foster parent and later as a volunteer dog trainer. Her adoration of and respect for senior dogs inspired her to create the Senior Stars! class, a chance for older dogs and their guardians to learn fun games and tricks to enrich their lives. Shoshi also works with the San Francisco SPCA. You can also read her article in January’s Baywoof, entitled ‘Great Expectations’.

If you think you and your dog can have a ton of fun together in Senior Stars! class, spaces are available for February and March 4-week classes.

Go to ModernHoundSF.com to sign up!

(click “Classes” in the menu bar.)

mariem3 | 02.07.14 | 0 comments

Success Story "Do E"

Success Story "Do E"

Formerly Kix, Do E reports he’s been living the good life! Enjoy his success story:

My new name is Do E. it’s really Alardo which means “courageous prince” in old Greek, but Do E is my nick-name everybody calls me now.

My new mom and dad are really spoiling me, healthy food and fruit and vegi treats.

My mom insists that I have something on every time we leave the house for a road trip, walk, gold panning or to visit my cousin Cleo or to visit either of my grandma’s. I don’t really mind the outfits as I’ve discovered I’m quite a fashionista and I get more attention when I’m handsomely dressed up.

I’ve lost a little weight 1lb, which my vet said was ok, because I go out 5 times a day and one of those is a nice long walk.

Thank you Muttville and Meryl, my foster mom, for taking me in and keeping me safe until the perfect mom & dad could be found for me. I had my best Christmas ever, I’m such a lucky guy.

Our car even has a sticker on it that says “I love my PomChi”. I now know what I am too – half Pomeranian & half Chihuahua, perfect combination. Who cares about pure breeds anyway. Long live mutts!!!

So, thank you, again, to everyone who saved my life and loves me still.

Steve, Karen & Do E

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 | 02.05.14 | 0 comments