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Success Story "Webster"

Success Story "Webster"

In his old life, Webster suffered from being morbidly overweight. Well over 30 lbs his ideal weight, Webster could barely stand. The only thing he carried easily was his smile. Today, Webster is a much more comfortable weight, has a large yard to exercise in, and he is only heavy with joy in his heart! Read his happy story, as told by his family, Roger and Marion:

WORLD WIDE WEBSTER!

At Christmas 2011, our Yellow Lab, Harley, passed away, and we replaced him with a young pup, Smoke. Three months later, our 6 year old GSD x Boxer, Sox, developed bone cancer, and by April, we had a young German Shepherd, and a home full of puppies. Unfortunately, Smoke has a recessive gene, and went blind at about 9 months old. He made the adjustment amazingly well, and continued to enjoy life with his pal, Monty.

In April 2013, we moved to Oakdale to develop a carriage driving center, and the dogs were given a large, fenced, back yard, where Monty spent much of his day. Smoke sometimes got a little frightened, in the house, when Monty was outside and we were working with the equines, so we decided to find him an older pal who would not be as boisterous as the GSD.

Enter Muttville, and Webster. When we met, he was about 90 lb. and very slow moving, with rolls of fat. However, he had a wonderful disposition, just the kind of presence Smoke needed to give him security. We brought him home from San Francisco, and he soon became one of the pack. We walk the dogs round part of our property every night after the equines have been fed, and Webster soon got the idea of waddling along behind. He also found that his diet was being strictly controlled, and has lost considerable weight since February. He now keeps up with the other dogs, on our walks, and presents a cheerful ‘laughing’ face. He still sleeps on his back, but finds it much easier to roll over and get up.

Webster has been a wonderful addition to the ‘family’ and we are delighted we found him, and Muttville.

Roger & Marion

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mariem3 | 03.26.14 | 0 comments

In Memoriam: Cinnamon Girl

In Memoriam: Cinnamon Girl

We wish to thank Debra and Dave, who shared their home and hearts with a darling, lost little girl we rescued named Cinnamon Girl. They gave her the life of her dreams. Our thoughts are with them today.

From Debra and Dave:

Cinnamon Girl came to live with us when she was sixteen, mostly blind and deaf. We knew we were on bonus time with her but there was something special about this girl. Our first thought was for her to be a companion to our 16 year old border collie, who had just lost her lifelong mate. We thought we knew a thing or two about older dogs but she had so much more to teach us. As it turned out, we lost our border collie within a few weeks of Cinnamon’s arrival and were fortunate to spend nearly two more years with her.

Even though blind and deaf she still got around well. She wanted to chase tennis balls and go for walks and be an active part of our lives, it just had to be at her pace. We came to love her spunky attitude and zest for life. She came to love being cuddled and loved on.In her final days when things slowed down for her, she simply wanted to be held while we lay by her in her bed. We gave her what she wanted most and helped her cross over the rainbow bridge in loving arms.


Sharing life with the oldest of old dogs becomes life a day at a time. We are eternally grateful to Muttville for rescuing her so we could spend these bonus years with our Cinnamon Girl. She will be remembered always with love.

We thank those who posted their condolences and support on our Facebook page.

mariem3 | 03.22.14 | 1 comment

Success Story "Bella" (a.k.a. Onyx)

Success Story "Bella" (a.k.a. Onyx)

Onyx was found as a stray in Martinez, CA. We could tell she had multiple litters of pups and was then dumped on the streets. Onyx and Muttville were blessed when Debbie found her, and she saw what we saw – a diamond in the rough just waiting to blossom. With lots of love, Debbie uncovered her beauty. Here is their story, as told by mom Debbie:

Thank you for giving me Bella (formerly Onyx). She is truly a blessing and she is what her name means, beautiful inside and out. She is a pit bull mix and a delight. I tell her, ‘the first 7 years were hard but the next 7 will be wonderful.’ She is so sweet and smart. She can open the door and let herself in and out. She greets everyone so sweet, takes food like a lady from your hand. She potties only where she is supposed to and never gets into anything.

She rarely leaves my side. She is pure joy.

This past month with her has been so sweet. She had three teeth removed and never blinked. She brings more love to me than I can ever express.

She greets all people and other dogs with a happy tail wagging. She is funny. She goes outside to potty and runs like the wind back to me spins around then sits very still. She walks over to her bed and literally throws herself into and onto it.

We walk twice a day and she waits patiently for the lead to be put on and then when we come home she waits for the lead to be taken off. She goes outside and never tries to run away. We walk to the mail box and back and she is happy and content to do so without being told. She loves to ride in the car and tries to talk me into it every time we walk down the driveway.

I saw her picture shortly after my Molly died, but I was not ready as my heart was still sad. Four months later, I looked (on the Muttville website), and there she was and I knew it was meant to be. She is my love.

Thanks again.

Debbie

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 | 03.19.14 | 2 comments

Success Stories "Roli & Polly"

Success Stories "Roli & Polly"

One of our earliest success stories! This brings back memories! Thanks to mom Lindy for sharing with us the story of Roli and Polly:

ROLI and POLLY! What can I say about them? Sooooo much! Roli and Polly were two of the first Muttville dogs. In 2008 when I picked them up from transport and saw them just sitting there I fell in love and the love affair has only continued. Roli with his little tongue sticking out (lack of teeth), no hair on his ears and tail, just looking pathetic and Polly looking at me like I’m here hurry up let’s go home. And HOME it was! Even though they were my foster babies, my intention was to give them all the love and adoration they deserved until a new forever home was found. Two nice guys fell in love with Polly and were willing to take Roli because they were a package deal. We emailed back and forth and it sounded like a wonderful home. What more can you hope for right? Wrong! About 10:00 pm the night before they were to go to their new home I called Sherri bawling and having a complete meltdown, telling her that I couldn’t give them up. Poor Sherri. In her usual calm Sherri way she said “OK Lindy. If that’s what you want I will call the adopter and let them know.” Well, the adopter was not too happy with Muttville or me (I understand that). They were excited and looking forward to getting these little guys even though I told Sherri there were 5 million other dogs that needed a home. Well I guess that wasn’t the point.

It is because of this “foster failure” that Sherri now tries, and I’m sure does not succeed all of the time, to have the understanding with the fosterers that when a new furever home is found they let them go. That’s the only way she can keep saving them right? In all fairness to me, I did foster others and let them go to new homes crying and fighting it all the way!

I have no regrets. I am the epitome of a “foster failure” with 8 babies and I wouldn’t have it any other way! Roli is now about 14 or 15, slowing down and almost completely white, but he is still my baby. His feet never touch the floor and that’s how he likes it! Thank you Sherri from one of your staunchest supporters!

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 | 03.12.14 | 0 comments