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Success Story Finnegan

Success Story Finnegan

Mutt mom Amanda shares her story with Finnegan. She helped build his confidence, and with patience a perfect little mutt emerged:

I adopted Finnegan in September 2015 and we recently celebrated his adoptioniversary/birthday! There was a lot to celebrate with all the progress he has made over the past year. Finny was a special Muttville pup – so shy that the volunteers couldn’t always get him out from his hiding spots under the furniture for his daily walks. He wouldn’t make eye contact with me and kept a safe distance at first.

We originally tried speaking to him in English, Spanish, French, and Japanese since he wouldn’t respond to anyone talking to him! He still loves being under furniture and has a favorite chair he likes to nap under, but is no longer “hiding.”

Finnegan and I now go everywhere together. He is always right on my heels, following me around and staring up at me with smiles. We have become best pals. He continues to get more and more brave, sometimes even walking right up to strangers on our walks, to say hi and accept some head rubs. He spreads smiles to all of our neighbors while out and about. His coat has really grown in- it seems that with the help of nutritious food and a safe home, Finnegan is thriving and has become the fluffiest of fur balls! He does a happy dance every time I come home with lots of little jumps in the air and a BIG smile!

He is the best little roommate and I love him dearly. I don’t know if Finny was always such a shy boy or if it happened during his transition between homes, however being able to give him his forever home and work with him to become a more confident, happier pup has been an incredibly rewarding experience! Finny and I are SO happy together and I am forever grateful for Muttville.

Thank you!

Amanda

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

mariem3 | 11.30.16 | 1 comment

Success Story Bernard

Success Story Bernard

Moving on after the loss of a pet is hard on every family member, including the other furry kids. Janet and her family pets decided to give a chance to one lucky dog:

We had a two dog and three cat household and everything was good. The two dogs had been together for almost their entire lives. Then a little over a year ago one of the dogs, Milo, developed heart disease. And in spite of the best care we could provide he passed away in August.

We had no intention of getting another dog but Dobby, the remaining dog, was visibly lonely and upset after Milo passed. We knew finding a dog that fit into our family would be difficult. With one 11 year old dog and 3 cats from 3 to 8 years old finding a dog that would get along with everyone seemed like a tall order.

After looking long and hard we stumbled upon Muttville and realized a senior dog was just what we needed. We browsed the adoptable dogs and for some reason Bernard just jumped out at us. He was in a foster near where we live so arranged a meeting between Dobby and Bernard and have never looked back.

Bernard instantly won our hearts and over the last two months has become fully integrated into the family. He’s smart, funny, loving and a good companion to Dobby.

I sing the praises of senior dog rescue to anyone I can. Even the cats have stopped hissing at him! Muttville you rock ❤

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

mariem3 | 11.23.16 | 0 comments

Success Story Pumpkin (aka Darling) & Ricky

Success Story Pumpkin (aka Darling) & Ricky

It’s the magic of Muttville! Thanks to Kelli for sharing her story:

I have a soft spot for the seniors after having a 90lb dog that made it to 14 with a lot of smiles, despite his arthritis. I lost him to congestive heart failure in December and really grieved for the hole he left in my heart. I heard about Muttville and at first I thought I’d just volunteer, then I thought I’d foster, then I asked myself, “Who am I kidding, there’s NO WAY I could foster and give a dog up.” So I decided to adopt and foster.

I asked which dogs needed more medical care and saw several online and went in to see them in person. When I met Darling (now Pumpkin), she had her nose to the door, just waiting for someone to come in. I walked in, sat down and opened my arms up and she just mushed her whole body against me and I knew I had found my dog. When I got her home, she went to my shag area rug and just rubbed her face into the carpet and rolled around for a good twenty minutes in utter bliss. I got her medical records sent to me and as I read them, I just cried. She had been so severely neglected, most likely living outside on a chain her entire life. This was potentially the first time she had even been on a soft carpet.

I successfully fostered another dog a few weeks later and when I finalized the adoption, I went straight back to Muttville to pick up another foster named Ricky. He was a sweet, dopey, quiet little Cocker Spaniel who was half bald. When I got Ricky home, I realized he was LYING when he was at the shelter. He’s a total goofball with a really silly, loving and whacky personality and he’s not quiet at all. He also has the climbing capabilities of a mountain goat and partakes in what we call, “carpet swimming”. Two weeks after bringing him home, he managed to escape the yard and I ended up walking my neighborhood with his leash around my neck, crying as I was looking for, “my little baby”. I got him back that day, luckily and after we caught him sleeping with Pumpkin on the same bed (even though we have three beds). I called and adopted him. His medical records showed that he was most likely never taken to a vet prior to going to Muttville. His baldness was due to a low thyroid condition and he now has the most beautiful coat.

Now, they are both spoiled rotten and we have a happy house. I also have to get my area rug professionally cleaned every few months because of the amount of abuse it receives.

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

mariem3 | 11.16.16 | 2 comments

Success Story Hannah (aka Jelly Bean)

Success Story Hannah (aka Jelly Bean)

Mutt mom Sara warms our hearts with her story filled with gratitude and love:

I am compelled to share Hannah’s story because I am so grateful I am able to provide a home for this sweet girl rather than her wandering the streets as a stray when she was found.

Next month will be two and a half years since she waddled over to me at a Maddie’s Days event. She brings me so much joy and is the perfect dog for me! Everyone who meets Hannah falls in love with her sweet doggie smile and low-key attitude, and I love telling them that she was adopted through Muttville and how great it is to love a senior dog.

Thanks so much to Muttville for all you do for these doggies and for introducing me to Hannah!

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

mariem3 | 11.09.16 | 0 comments

Success Story Rita 3218

Success Story Rita 3218

A great story attesting to the health benefits of having a senior dog! Read Gina’s accounting of her life with Rita so far:

I adopted Rita on September 26, 2015. I can’t wait to see her in the next 3000 on the Wall of Fame! Recently, Rita’s vet told me that she needed a dental and more extractions, which meant putting her under at her age and taking even more of her teeth :( I had to run a GoFundMe in order to get her surgery done, because at this time I had some other personal issues arise that made finances very difficult. I am so happy-my friends and family and even people I hadn’t seen in quite a while donated and Rita has her dental scheduled for the end of this month. In honor of this success, I would like to share her story with you and hopefully make it on the Success Story Wall!

After enduring an umbilical hernia, mouth infections, fleas, alopecia, and luxating patella on the streets of San Jose, undergoing wonderful treatment and love at Muttville, and now stablizing in my home with great vet help, Rita is healthy and happy! Her coat grew out so much that she looks like a fluff ball. She LOVES food and is really starting to show her personality-she truly is a “fiery redhead” as her original Muttville description warned me of…

She entered my life at a difficult time and has had an indescribable impact on my own health and well-being, so I try to do the same for her every day. She is a senior – gotta respect your elders! ;) She is registered as a psychiatric assistance animal so she is able to join me almost everywhere I go, having adventures – she’s been to Florida (Epcott Center, so really she’s been around the entire world), San Diego, and several times to Pasadena to visit with her grandparents and extended fam. She has driven up and down the California coast on the 101 between San Francisco and Los Angeles – her favorite places are Avila Beach and Casa de Fruta. She is even going camping with me this summer, and to Lake Tahoe. She comes with me to work and brings smiles to all of my coworkers and friends. It is even a pleasure just to see people I pass on the street, see on the bus, or meet in taxis light up because she’s just so CUTE.

She has SO many nicknames, here are a few: Rita Monster, RitaBear, Bäarchen, Meter Maid, Gilda, Morsilla, Molé, Bicho, etc.

I wish I could share even more pictures with you of her on all of her adventures… But for now, here are some of our favorites! (photographs above)

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

mariem3 | 11.02.16 | 0 comments