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Success Story "Tribble"

Success Story "Tribble"

Tribbles came to us with health issues, but thrived amazingly in his foster home with Lisa for a whole year. His dreams finally came true when he was adopted by Se Young and Alex. Read the beautiful tribute written by mutt dad Alex:

Tribble passed away March 2015 in our arms and we are still heartbroken. We are grateful for the time we had with the lovable goofball and hope that he is having a blast across the rainbow bridge.

RIP Baby Tribble, I love you and all your fuzzy weirdness forever. Sad day, but also happy. Happy you’re young and running free again, maybe actually seeing what’s in front of you, hearing your name, and smelling the fake roses before you yank them out of their pots. Happy that you gave your mommy and me a fantastic year of silly faces and adorable snores. Happy that you were never a bore. Happy that you decided to be cuddly in your final hours, after hundreds of days of playing it cool. Happy that you let us dress you like a furry fool. Happy that we will always have the highest bar for how awesome a dog should be, but the lowest bar for how tall… you were so small. I hope you’re a huge albeit proportional menace in your next set of paws, giving someone else the great joy of taking you into heart and home. I hope you’re never alone. I hope I get to see you again my bestest friend.

Love Dad

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mariem3 | 09.30.15 | 2 comments

Success Story "Higgins"

Success Story "Higgins"

For those who remember Gatsby 2700, here he is now! New name Higgins, he is loving life with new mom Tracy:

Higgins is thriving. He was accepted immediately by my two old girl dogs because they think he is just “Sammy,” my former beagle who crossed over the Bridge 3/1/13, back from the dead.

Every week he becomes more and more settled into our routines. He does have to go on a diet since he has gained 3 pounds in the last 6 months. (His mother is an indulgent and benevolent dictator.) He is also becoming more and more of a snuggly lap beagle, which is what I missed most. He’s a keeper!!

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mariem3 | 09.22.15 | 0 comments

Success Story "Hazelnut"

Success Story "Hazelnut"

Fospice mom Cathy shares her amazing memories with fospice gal, Hazelnut:

A Fospice Success Story

We adopted Tilly from Muttville in 2011. I wanted to do more for Muttville ( I wanted more dogs!) but it wasn’t until we lost our Skipper in 2014 that I felt it was time to try fospice. In September Hazelnut came to stay. When she arrived it was an “Awwww” moment. You can see how she looked then, so old, so fragile, so needy. While showing her around I took her out to the back deck where she immediately launched herself over the steps like Wonder Dog, raced to the chicken coop and started frantically digging for ground squirrels! There was more to this little Beagle than met the eye.

So we learned about her. Cats were fun! Meals were great! Geese were to be feared! Walks were the best! We would separate on our walks because Hazelnut would always finish 10 minutes ahead of everyone else.

She loves to play “stalking the bedskirt” wherein she circles the bed half under the skirt at a snail’s pace because she just KNOWS there’s something under there. She played that game with the Christmas tree for 3 weeks also.

Things were going along great and we really thought we knew her when in December my son brought home a 75 pound black pit bull he rescued from living under a building on his campus. Haehly was sweet, shy, and loved to run in our field. All of a sudden Hazelnut was transformed into Working Dog. The big one needed to be brought into line! So Hazelnut chased, cut, nipped, endlessly trying to catch her. Haehly sees it as a big game and loves to tease Hazelnut but she sees it as a serious job. Must Control the Big Dog! The pattern continues to this day. Much loud barking accompanies all the chasing.

Hazelnut has a fantastic appetite, loves ripping into rib bones with her terrible teeth, has been fully trained by the cats (mostly). She still flies off the deck every morning to race the property with her friend Haehly, goes on a big walk every day with her 3 buddies, loves the vet where they lavish treats on her, wakes me up at dawn for breakfast and has started to play tug of war after watching Haehly. Can’t wait to get her up to the mountains where Tilly is the champion hiker. She’ll probably turn into Mountain Rescue Dog or something equally wonderful.

Hazelnut may be a fospice but she has proven that a second chance is all a dog really needs. She’s living her life vigorously, having loads of fun (mixed in with her work of course, that big dog won’t train herself!) and we are having the best time watching it all. What fun for all of us! Thanks Muttville for giving little Hazelnut the chance she needed.


Update: On Sept. 10, dear little Hazelnut passed away. She was tucked up in her bed sleeping next to me. She had recovered from her illness but then started to slow down. She kept to her daily routines of walks, car rides and minding the big dog until the end . She never gave up. Our hearts are broken we miss her so much.

Thank you for all you did for her. We were blessed to witness such a joy for life and will never forget her….

With love

Cathy

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mariem3 | 09.15.15 | 2 comments

Success Story Teddy 2362

Success Story Teddy 2362

Rebecca shares with us her ‘love at first sight’ story with Teddy:

I initially saw Teddy on the Muttville website at the beginning of February, 2015, and my gut told me that he was the dog for me, so I submitted an application for his adoption. Tawny, his awesome foster mom, contacted me, and we went back and forth for about a week before finally meeting each other at Muttville for a Saturday Meet-Our-Mutts event. It was love at first sight! I adopted Teddy that day and we bonded almost immediately.

Teddy has turned out to be the best thing that’s ever happened to me! We determined (by digging through his records) that he’ll be 10 years old in August. Thanks to the incredible generosity of Muttville, the SFSPCA was able to extract 10 rotten and decaying teeth from his mouth and uncovered an oronasal fistula that we’ll have to fix pretty soon. He’s an incredible companion – he’s young at heart, very spry and agile, loving, friendly, and hilarious! We’ve gotten to know lots of our neighbors thanks to the walks we take multiple times a day, and no one can believe he’s almost 10 years old. He’s also a great hiking companion.

I work nights as a nurse, so Teddy stays home alone when I work. According to my neighbors, he never barks when he’s home alone, and he’s even good about letting me sleep during the day, between shifts. He’s such a good sport. The nice thing about my schedule is that we spend most of our time together. He goes almost everywhere with me. I’m planning on doing further training with him, but I did manage to teach him how to sit!

I feed him very well and give him supplements for his arthritis, skin issues, and allergies. He’s spoiled rotten, just like he should be! He now sees Dr. Ana Apostol at the East San Rafael Veterinary Clinic, who is a fantastic vet. We’ve fallen into a nice routine.

The first is a recent photo of him following grooming. The second photo – the collage – (clockwise from top left) shows Teddy when I first brought him home; after his dental surgery; playing atop a carpet of wisteria flowers with my parents’ Westie, Corky; and shortly after having him groomed. The third photo is him lounging on the couch at home.

You guys at Muttville are my heroes. Thanks for all you do, and thanks for connecting me with my best friend!

Best regards,

Rebecca

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mariem3 | 09.09.15 | 0 comments

Success Story Maya (aka Latte)

Success Story Maya (aka Latte)

With a little help from her mutt mom, Michele Maya sent us her lovely success story. Enjoy!

On a warm Fall Day, back in October, I was sitting at Muttville waiting for yet another Adoption Day, where some of my friends would go to their forever homes and some of my pals would stay behind. What I did not know was that Michele and Jerry (my mom and dad) would be there soon. At first I was very scared, they could barely walk me around the block, my dad had to use canned chicken to entice me to keep moving forward on our walk.

Well, a lot as changed since then. Tonight, as I write my success story, I am getting ready to go to bed in a King Size Temperpedic, that I share with my Chihuahua sister, Chica, my mom and my dad. I am very sleepy after a day of going for my morning walk, playing in the backyard with my sister, taking naps on the leather sofa and watching TV with my family.

I love to run, play, sit on my mom’s and dad’s laps, cuddle- oh and I am not afraid of strangers. I even let them pet me when we go for walks. Thank you to all my friends at Muttville, the generous donors, and volunteers that took care of me until I went to my forever home.

With much gratitude~

Maya (formerly known as “Latte”)

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mariem3 | 09.02.15 | 1 comment