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Success Story "Rosie"

Success Story "Rosie"

As part of Muttville’s Fospice Program, Rosie enjoyed a wonderful life with fospice mom Kay. Despite her health issue, Rosie lived an extra long and fulfilling life! Kay wrote this beautiful story of her life with Rosie:

Rosie came to us in March 2014 after being surrendered to a shelter when her companion of 16 years could no longer care for her. Rosie herself was in renal failure, however, she was not displaying any symptoms, as yet. She was thin, withdrawn and seemed, not surprisingly, very depressed. She would eat but then would just go lay on her bed and sleep. She didn’t seem to need human contact. We gave her space to settle in at her own pace but kept a very close eye on her.

Slowly she started to come out of her shell; she started to roam around the house and follow us out into the garden. Eventually, she allowed herself to relax and sunbathe on the patio with our two other dogs.

She accompanied me to work where she slept in my office by my feet and then would take herself off around the office for a stroll and, soon became an office favorite.

Within two months she was a completely different dog. She loved riding in the car with the air conditioning full blast in her face. Every morning she ran up and down the hall a few times, her back leg kicking out to the side like she was doing the conga. She fought with her bed at least once a day. She ate three hearty meals a day. She spent hours wondering around the garden sniffing at everything. And, my personal favorite, she was banned from the groomer’s for being “too feisty”– we both wore that like a badge of honor.

Sadly, a couple of months ago she developed seizure-like episodes. She recovered quickly and her quality of life was still very good. Unfortunately, she had two bad episodes and we decided her quality of like was being compromised and decided, with our vet, that it was kinder to say goodbye and let her go.

Rosie could have easily been passed over as a shutdown dog who was not a good candidate for adoption. But she was just frightened and confused and needed a little time to adjust and let her true personality surface. She was not a cuddly little dog but an independent little spirit who completely took us all by surprise and we fell in love with her. She was a little character who made us laugh on a daily basis. It’s heart breaking to say goodbye to her but I’m so happy and honored that we were the ones to bring her around and give her another year where she blossomed and enjoyed her life to the end.

As always, thank you to Muttville for saving her and giving us Rosie for a year.


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mariem3 | 04.29.15 | 0 comments

Success Story "Cupcake", the 4 lb Wonder Mutt

Success Story "Cupcake", the 4 lb Wonder Mutt

Our hearts always break when we hear of the passing of a Muttville alumni. Mom Josie helps us to smile and laugh despite her loss. She shared with us her sweet memories of her gal, Cupcake:

Itty, bitty, Old Lady Extraordinaire, Love of my Life blonde edition, Cupcake, the 4 pound wonder mutt, has sailed across The Rainbow Bridge. Despite her physical challenges and medical issues, my girl was a champ! She was a silly little sweetheart with ideas of her own and heart that defied the size of her physical being.

Over the past year or so, her fave place to be was with me; on me, next to me, looking for me, snuggling with me. I love the way she loved me and will treasure the place she owns in my soul forever. She slept on my chest, resting her adorable face on my neck, whispering secrets of the day to me as we drifted off to sleep, our heartbeats in sync, as close to being one that’s possible.

She had admirers all around who were taken by her cuteness while being pushed around in her buggy or playing in the grass down at the park. I’m not the only one around here missing everything about her either. Although they search with less frenzy as time marches on, her mutt friends here still look for her in the comfy spots where she liked to nap.

I am thankful beyond measure for the years of having the privilege of being her Mama and always, always, always to Sherri for saving her that began our journey here together.

A couple of days after her teeny body had had enough, there was a brilliant rainbow in the sky that I believe was her, letting me know she was really out there, somewhere over the rainbow, back to bouncing around freely on all 4 legs, no longer burdened with breast cancer or tumors growing on her head or any of it really, her mission here complete. That she knew what it was to be treasured & loved like crazy after who knows what, gives me some peace.

To quote her fellow Muttviller, Danny Boy, whose Bark-It List continues to inspire us:

“Short time, Long time as long as it’s a Good time!”


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mariem3 | 04.22.15 | 1 comment

Success Story "Bijou"

Success Story "Bijou"

Stephanie says Bijou rolled into her life…literally! And their lives have been full of bliss ever since! Enjoy this sweet love story:

I have quite the obsession with dogs and with Muttville. I had just moved to San Francisco as a student and was living alone. I was seriously missing my four legged fur-babies that were living with my parents in San Jose. Each day, I would go to Muttville’s website and scroll through each page of wonderful dogs, particularly drawn to the dogs with special needs. One lucky day, I scrolled upon Miss Bijou’s picture — a small poodle with a seriously funny hair-do, two working legs and two mermaid legs, and a wheelchair. I watched a video of her running up a hill with her little wheels and I knew immediately I had to meet her.

Bijou and I met back in the summer of 2012 and it was love at first sight. After long consideration, I made a decision to care for her for the rest of her life. Since that decision, I have had no regrets. She has been my motivation and my best friend. I bring her everywhere with me and feel a heartbreak every time I can’t take her with me. She reminds me how strong anyone or anything can be, despite their size or disability. She actually really doesn’t let her disability get in the way. She can keep up with any big dog as she zooms past them fast with her little wheels! She does handstands to drink water and she runs around the floor without her wheels. I didn’t realize how much work it was to have a special needs fur baby (she needs to be expressed every couple hours and given medicine), but I also didn’t realize how much I would love it. Bijou has brought a smile to the face of every person who meets her.

It’s safe to say, this little senior rolled into my life and has made my life so much brighter. She is now 13 years young and still as youthful as ever. Thank you Muttville for rescuing her and allowing me to give her a forever home. Check out her instagram for recent pictures at bijous_world


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mariem3 | 04.15.15 | 0 comments

Success Story "Savannah Lee"

Success Story "Savannah Lee"

Thanks to beagle lovers Lee and Cheri for making Savannah a part of their family. Here is Savannah’s inspiring story, as told in her own words:

My name is Savannah. My Mommy and Daddy kept my name because it was so pretty. They added Lee to it, so I’m officially Savannah Lee.

I’m a beagle, and I love to talk. When I first got to my new forever home, I strutted right into the house past these 2 other beagles. It seemed their names were Flash and Nash, and they thought cool, we have a chick in the house but I wanted nothing to do with them. I investigated my new surroundings, and after testing out the couch and bed, plopped myself right down and made myself at home.

I was a bit standoffish in the beginning, even I must admit, but hey I’m a girl, I’m allowed to be. My Mommy would call me pretty girl and I would do a slight sing with her. She always gives me lots of kisses, and I sleep by her at night, sometimes under the covers till I get hot then right next to her.

Those boys are still here and they share the bed too, but I haven’t established a connection with them yet, I tolerate them, and if I want to lay by them, cool, but if I don’t want them by me, I tell them.

Nash, the big one, is deaf, so I couldn’t figure out why he wouldn’t be intimidated by my growl, but I can sure put the scare in Flash. Boys! :) The first time Mommy and Daddy went out to the store for an hour, I got scared even though those 2 other beagles were there with me. Then they came home, that was the first time they heard me bark! I was so excited, I was barking and running all around the house, up and down the stairs. Maybe I was afraid they were going to leave me but nope they keep coming home to me. So now when they go out, I sleep on the couch like a good girl and let them know how happy I am when they come home. So now I talk a lot to anyone who comes into the house, that makes me happy cause you know, girls like to talk!

I have to say that I love my forever home and I know that my Mommy and Daddy will do everything in their power to make me happy and safe. I love my new home. Love Savannah. PS If any of my buddies are still there tell them Savannah Lee said hi and to keep faith that they will find their forever homes too!

From Lee and Cherie:

Savannah is a cool dog, she was quite indifferent to us in the beginning, I know she loved Muttville and her fosters, but she’s our baby girl now and I think she knows that this is her home now. She’s spunky and has a mischievous streak which I love. She loves all her stuffed toys and eating bones and treats. I’m so glad I did a senior rescue, the rewards of it are greater than I anticipated and the love this little girl give us always puts a smile on our faces. I hope Savannah is around for many years, at 7 or so, I’m thinking that we’ll have the pleasure of her company for many years to come.

Thank You Muttville, for Savannah and for all that you do for Senior Dogs.

Lee and Cheri…. and Savannah Lee too!



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 | 04.07.15 | 0 comments