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Success Story Poppy (fka Puppet)

Success Story Poppy (fka Puppet)

Thank you mutt mom Lynda for this update about Poppy, formerly Puppet:

I adopted Poppy (formerly known as Puppet) in May, and I can honestly say she has changed my life; she is such a joy.

The second I get out of bed she runs around my legs until I sit on the floor, let her climb on my lap and give her scratches.

One of her favorite ways of passing time is to sit on my lap on the back step early in the morning, wrapped up in my robe, watching the birds darting around the yard – she makes no attempt to chase them. When the sun finally creeps around to warm up a small patch of garden she moves over there to catch a few rays. She also has another favorite spot on the deck at the front of the house and a third where she can curl up on a loveseat outside.

She enjoys rides in the car, has mixed feelings about walking so some days has pep in her step and other days drags (a bit like most of us). When she spots people on her daily walks she squeaks with excitement and wags her tail because nothing is better than receiving love from strangers, although she is getting quite famous in the neighborhood these days.

Poppy is part of the Muttville Fospice Program and friends cautioned me against adopting a terminally ill dog. It is proving to be one of the most rewarding experiences of my life and every day that she and I spend together is a special one.

Thank you Muttville for the amazing job that you do.

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09.20.17

Success Story "Marty McFly"

Success Story "Marty McFly"

Who remembers the lovable boy, Marty McFly?

Then you’ll love this update from mom Lynn:

Last July, we celebrated two years with our senior Muttville boy, Marty McFly! We’ve fostered dogs for many years and he was our first foster failure. We really don’t consider foster-to-adoption as a failure but a blessing, and we can’t imagine life without this goofy boy.

Marty’s journey began when he was picked up as a stray. Fortunately he found his way to Muttville where he received lots of TLC and became a staff favorite. His sweet and mellow qualities drew us to him, and he came into our home for foster care. After seven months in the rescue with no serious adoption interest, we decided to make Marty a permanent member of our pack.

Fast forward to today and life with Marty is great! The old boy has some health issues and has slowed down quite a bit, but he loves to ride in the car, go for a slow stroll, and enjoy a good roll in the grass. He still sleeps in doorways like he did at Muttville so he’s lovingly earned the nickname, speed bump.

Our Marty hasn’t traveled back to the future, but he is a road warrior that has logged many miles on trips and RV adventures within California and to Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Colorado and Arizona.

Many thanks to Muttville for rescuing Marty and other senior dogs like him. We are honored to be part of this organization, caring for and loving seniors so they can enjoy their golden years.

The Bolhuis Pack


Photo Locations:

Oregon, Grandma’s lush green lawn

Nevada, beatin’ the heat with a dip in the pool

Utah, red rock climbing near Monument Valley

Arizona, north rim of the grand canyon



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09.13.17

Success Story "Bosley" (#3191)

Success Story "Bosley" (#3191)

A beautiful, heartfelt tribute to Bosley Lee Wong. Thank you Iris and Warren:

Bosley came to live with us January 15, 2016. He crossed the rainbow bridge July 19, 2017 at the lovely age of 12 (just a couple weeks shy of 13) years.

To us, Bosley was perfect. My husband Warren says that he was so easy to love. Bosley had a huge heart – both figuratively and physically (so the vet told us). No wonder he loved so freely, whole heartedly and showed us a larger than life love, devotion we never expected. Bosley’s Godmommy Elizabeth says that he was special and that this side of the rainbow just feels that much emptier without him. Our extended family remembers him fondly by his scrunchy cute face and fondness for licking feet, regardless of owner.

Bosley was our first dog, as a couple and also individually. Our little family has always celebrated our quirkiness and Bosley fell right into our patterns and folds. We spent most of our days laughing and cuddling with him, sharing ordinary (or extraordinary, in retrospect) moments around the house together (Bosley was your poster child magnet/Velcro dog who would never let us out of his sight). He was well loved by foster parents Randy and Steve, came to us after and really interestingly blossomed as an “only child.” He generously shared with us his unique spunk, his tremendous loyalty, his silly sense of humor, his love for life.

He walked with our family during our engagement, then marriage, move to Campbell, where he had more space to play (inadvertently, hide/seek – as our fellow was hard of hearing but very persistent), and tricky first trimester of pregnancy (during which he provided much co-sleeping comfort).

Bosley will always live in our hearts as many things… including the lively pup who bounded around our backyard barking at birds and cats we could not see, who thanks to his deafness, was the boldest boy on the street every 4th of July, our buddy who had a voracious appetite for peanut butter and would swim for it (he had a brief stint of warm water indoor swim sessions with Rex Center!), our brave fellow who trotted into Monterey beach waters and up Tahoe snowy slopes with a proper taste for adventure, and yet knew how to appreciate the finer things in life (e.g., a warm and cozy human-sized bed). His sweet snoring, open mouthed smile with trademark few bottom teeth, loving and long-lasting licks/kisses, habit for making a bed out of suitcases, enthusiasm for belly rubs, deep full body breaths behind the door trying to smell us and anticipating our arrival home, feisty way of playing tug, and happy circular runs around the car, will always endear him to us. When warmed up, he was an expressive, talkative little guy, and in the very best way.

He was himself around us, as were we with him, and we enjoyed each other immensely.

Bosley’s first happy days in the Bay Area started off at Muttville (post his Sacramento rescue) and we know he shared and received much generous love, care during his stay at HQ too. Thank you, Muttville and supporters. Thank you each and all who loved our Bosley and made it possible for us to be a family. He has opened our hearts permanently. We only hope to go about life with hearts as big as his!

Love,

Iris & Warren

09.06.17

Success Story (In Memoriam) "Freckles" #1424

Success Story (In Memoriam) "Freckles" #1424

In Memoriam to Freckles, adopted in 2012. Glenda sent us this beautiful tribute:

I wanted to write and let you know that Freckles (#1424, adopted in September of 2012) has passed on. He had been under medical care for a heart problem for the last few years, and recently his kidneys and liver were showing signs of trouble. Recently he started having a lot of trouble just getting up and maintaining control of his balance, and he seemed just ready to go, and so he did. He died peacefully at home.

I’m so very grateful to Muttville for bringing him into my life, and for all of those who met him and loved him. He was such a sweet and gentle soul. Saying goodbye to him was so difficult… he was my best friend, my travel buddy, my light on dark days, my joy, and my constant companion. My heart is broken.

Thanks for all you do at Muttville. I am a very big advocate for senior pet adoption after this experience, and can’t imagine doing anything else. To have and love them is to live with the potential of loss of something so dear after only a short time – but it’s so worth it – every moment. When my heart has healed I’m sure I’ll bring another senior home one day.



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08.30.17

Success story "April"

Success story "April"

Thank you mutt mom Robyn for this wonderful update about April (aka Titi):

April AKA Titi has brought so much joy into our hearts since the day we brought her home in May! She is my little sidekick and we do everything together; sleep, eat, walk, work, and play! She even rides in the front of the grocery cart at the store! She and senior kitty Elliott have become fast friends. We call her our little meerkat because she sits up with her paws in front of her chest when she wants to go for a walk or the bathroom. I am eternally grateful to Muttville for rescuing Titi and others like her. Senior dogs rule!



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08.23.17

Success Story "Cassie" (fka Aimee)

Success Story "Cassie" (fka Aimee)

Aimee is loving her new forever home and really loves her new name and furry sibling! Read this great update from mom Stormy:

Hi Muttville!

I wanted to share how well Cassie (formerly Aimee) is settling in!

She’s the PERFECT addition to our family. She was understandably a bit shook up when leaving her foster family, but she has already bonded with me and making herself comfortable at home. She and our Bellaboo are very respectful of one another and slowly starting to build their own relationship <3

Thank you for the wonderful rescues you do!

Wags & Woofs!

Stormy



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08.16.17

Success Story "Otto"

Success Story "Otto"

Loving words from Ryan and Carol about their beloved Muttville boy, Otto, who crossed the rainbow bridge earlier this month:

In memory of ‘our big man’ Otto.

When I first saw Otto’s picture on Muttville page, I thought there was a mistake and that it was a repost of our first Muttville dog Lucy. I knew that he was meant to live with us and we adopted him straightaway, and welcomed (now) Otto Marraccini-Otto to our Muttville family (joining his Muttville brothers and sisters Lucy, Kara, and Starbuck).

I will always remember him for his big goofy smile and his gentle spirit. He was always an instant favourite with everyone he met. My wife was convinced that I thought of Otto as my furry twin.

The decision to let Otto go was extremely hard for us. I am so grateful to Muttville for saving this gentle soul with his big soft eyes. I am glad he got to spend his sunset years with us and be warm, happy, and safe. I miss my furry friend terribly.

In loving memory,

Ryan and Carol Otto.



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08.09.17

Success Story "Rosa" (aka #4120)

Success Story "Rosa" (aka #4120)

New mom Kristin tells us that sweet ’n sassy Rosa is enjoying being loved in her new home:

Rosa is doing so great. We had a few bumps in the road with her health, but nothing we can’t manage. She’s such a sassy little girl, but she LOVES everyone. Every person she meets falls in love with her instantly. I would just like to give a huge thanks to everyone who took care of her. I don’t know what I would do without my little pooch. She is such a ray of sunshine in my life. THANK YOU!!!!!



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08.02.17

Success Story "Bernie" 4719

Success Story "Bernie" 4719

Makes our hearts smile! Thanks for sharing, Nioaka!

We adopted Bernie on Saturday, a day after my 16 and a half year old dachshund Frankie passed away. I got him when he was 14 years old. We had been thinking of adding another senior dachshund as both my dachshund and Chihuahua have health issues and didn’t have much longer life expectancy.

My old boy Frankie was my soul dog. I miss my Frankie so much. I felt like adopting Bernie was a sign. Bernie came around right in time. Bernie fit right into my apartment, he learned the doggy door in record time and at some point was crate trained because he walks into a crate (it was for foster kittens) and falls asleep on the bed.

Bernie doesn’t replace the loss of my Frankie, nothing ever will. But his sweet cuddly personality and silly antics (some of which remind me of my Frankie) make me smile during this difficult time. Thank you for saving him. I look forward to adopting from Muttville in the future.



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07.28.17

Success Story "Henry" 4499

Success Story "Henry" 4499

Hospice dog Henry hears the Call of the Wild! Thanks to Cathy for sharing:

Henry is a total love. He’s gotten strong and improved his stamina quite a bit chasing Haehly. He’s very competitive so doesn’t like to be left behind. At the river he ran all over the rocks and in the water. He ran through tall grass in the meadow following deer trails. He encountered 3 young bucks and was very respectful. As they moved toward him he stood his ground until they whirled away bounding off He didn’t chase, just looked happy. He’s a great traveler, enjoys a good burger and checking out rest stops. He’ very good about going outside, even in new places. He’s so much fun! It’s great to see him get excited and launch into the back seat of the car He also has a very special trick that he pulls out only when one of his very favorites, usually pizza, is on offer. I’ll try to get a pic but he’s got me laughing so hard I forget. He also puts on his “utterly sincere” face. Quite an act. Well he’s so endearing and fun and cute I hope he’s with us for quite a while. We go back to the mountains to celebrate the 4th with him. So grateful for him and all the mutts that gain their independence from lack to love with you. You guys are really the greatest!

Much love

Cathy, Scott and Henry (WhiteFang)



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07.19.17

Success Story "Fergus" (fka Franco)

Success Story "Fergus" (fka Franco)

Fergus’s story is the stuff dreams are made of! Thanks to Lin for sharing:

J’adore this guy! He loves the redwoods and that he can see the kitchen from the end of the bed. He loves the car, doing errands and going to the office. And that was just day one!

We are blessed🐾🐾

lin and tully



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07.12.17

Success Story "Blossom" #1628

Success Story "Blossom" #1628

Thanks for this wonderful update, Eve and Gretchen! Read Blossom’s sweet story:

This is Blossom. She is a true princess in our home. She was originally adopted from Muttville by Joanne. Joanne’s daughter Skye was my other dog, Atom’s, dog nanny as Atom had severe separation anxiety. They got to know each other while Skye cared for Atom. Sadly, Joanne developed a recurrence of breast cancer after many years and ultimately passed away less than a year after adopting sweet Blossy. Skye asked me if I would consider taking Blossom myself as it would be good for Atom to have a sibling and it would lessen the grief of losing her mom. We are now a very happy family with a 3rd westie sister Scout.

Thanks for doing what you do at Muttville!

Eve and Gretchen (and Blossom, Atom and Scout)



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06.28.17

Success Story "Muggs"

Success Story "Muggs"

A San Francisco Love Story: Two Brides and a Beagle Best Man

We adopted Muggs from Muttville in August of 2015. We weren’t really expecting to adopt a dog, but we fell in love as soon as he barked at us. It took a while for Muggs to warm up to us. It was understandable, considering he had a family abandon him and then an adopter give up on him. For the first six months or so, Muggs was cautious around us.

When we brought him home, it wasn’t long before we learned that he had an undeniable passion for food. If there was a drop of anything edible, anywhere in our tiny apartment, he would find it. And he would be pleased with himself. We learned quickly that he had to be kept busy – lots of stimulating toys and stuffed animals were needed to keep our active senior occupied. He was incredibly patient with his bossy new sister, Sadie, allowing her to rule the roost and take the lead. He would entertain us with his silly antics, his voracious appetite, and his constant energy. It was clear that he loved to explore nature, and try new things.

It has been almost two years since we brought Muggs home. He’s sick, and we aren’t sure how much longer we have with him. We’ve made a bucket list of things to do with him, and things to feed him. He’s got a gastrointestinal disease that makes it nearly impossible for his body to absorb proteins. He’s losing weight drastically. But his spirit remains. He loves nothing more than to go on long walks and explore the outdoors. He loves eating, all day, every day. He loves to lick our bed and guard our front door. Every time we come home or we have a visitor come over, Muggs enthusiastically brings over a stuffed toy, a peace offering and a sign of his friendliness and love. He loves to play tug of war. Like a true beagle, he has about 15 different barks that tell us if he’s thirsty, hungry, happy, scared, bored, or silly. We love him so much and will forever be grateful to Muttville for allowing us to be part of his story. It’s been so fun to be his moms.

We loved having him at our wedding. It felt fitting for him to be at a celebration of commitment and love, knowing that he originally ended up at Muttville when a divorce went sour. We hope that he knows how much we treasure him, and how lucky we feel to have been chosen by him!

Love, Amy and Rachel



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06.21.17

Success Story "Humphrey" fka Drake

Success Story "Humphrey" fka Drake

The path to true love isn’t always straight!

Thanks to wonderful mutt parents, Andrew and Celestine, who adopted Humphrey, for sharing their story.

My girlfriend and I began to visit Muttville in February 2016, and in March, Drake came in. It was obvious that he had been through a lot. He was skittish, went ballistic when he saw other dogs, was difficult to handle, and HATED to cuddle or be picked up. Let’s just say we were lucky he didn’t have any teeth.

We visited him every weekend, and checked his status on muttville.org every day. We watched visitors week after week pass over the misunderstood little tyke. Two months passed, and the poor old boy still had no luck. But one weekend, we had a breakthrough. As usual, he was ignoring us, when suddenly another dog came into the room. We’ll never forget what happened next. Drake saw us playing with her, crept across the room, pushed her out of the way, and after a moment of hesitation, gingerly climbed into my lap. We stayed there for hours, just holding him and crying together.

However, because we had both recently lost our childhood dogs, we still didn’t know if we were ready. And I’m ashamed to say that we left without him. We were only able to visit sporadically the next few weekends, and as time went on, he began to lose his scrappy nature and became more and more depressed.

Eventually, he found a temporary foster home, and we heard how much happier he was in a home environment. And when his temporary foster mom had to bring him back, we offered to foster him.

A month later, a good adoption applicant contacted us. It didn’t pan out, and the relief we felt made us realize that we couldn’t let him go. I’m sure it comes as no surprise that by this point, we had fallen madly, deeply, and hopelessly in love with him. We went from being weekly visitors to foster parents to his forever home. We adopted him at the Clear the Shelters event, and Drake became Humphrey, aka Humphreydoodle aka Humps aka Scuttlebutt. It was one of the happiest days of my life. Nine months after we first took him home, he is now a completely different dog. He runs to greet us when we enter the room, wags his tail furiously, and jumps up on us. He waits for me when I take a shower, sitting patiently outside the door until I’m done. And the biggest change of all – he loves being picked up and cuddled by his mama! Even though he’s over 14, he acts like a puppy now that he's come out of his shell.

He loves to run in the park, chase balls, and pounce on his toys. Senior dogs have so much love to give and to be given in return. He is the best part of my morning when I wake up, and what I look forward to the most coming home everyday. He is my best friend. My only regret is that we didn’t take him home sooner.



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06.14.17

Success Story "Jimmy" 3590

Success Story "Jimmy" 3590

It is also Jimmy’s birthday! Mom Meaghan tells us:

Jimmy turns 16 today and he has not slowed down one bit in the year and a half we have had him. If anything he has more puppy energy now than ever. He runs around the house chasing a ball or one of his other toys every day. Jimmy enjoys long walks exploring the city. He’s done his fair share of traveling including flights to Toronto and Vancouver.

I think Jimmy’s favorite thing in the world is food. He has an amazing talent for opening all sorts of things you need thumbs for to get to something tasty.

There is no way to express how much joy he has brought us. He brings a smile to just about everyone’s face when we are on our walks. We are so thankful to Muttville for bringing Jimmy into our lives. We have become crazy pet parents and would have it no other way. I hope that we are bringing as much love and joy into his life as he has brought to ours.

Thank you Muttville!



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06.06.17

Success Story Suki #3034

Success Story Suki #3034

Happy Second Adopt-aversary to Suki and mom Anne:

I can’t believe 2 years have gone by since Suki joined our family. Instead of slowing down as one might expect with a senior dog, each day Suki just shows more of her animated puppy spirit. She can hardly contain her excitement to get outdoors for long walks in pursuit of the next tree, post, bush or patch of grass to sniff…and of course, pee on. Her love for her walks is matched only by her love for her breakfast, lunch, dinner and, oh yes, snacks…lots of them! Suki will tell you, “Mom has never served a meal I didn’t love”! In her down time, Suki enjoys napping for hours with fur sister Ziggy and spending relaxing lap time with Mom and Dad. She has brought us much joy, kisses and laughter at her hilarious antics and we are so lucky she could find her forever home with us.

Thank you Suki, and Thank you Muttville!



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05.24.17

Success Story Mickey (in memoriam)

Success Story Mickey (in memoriam)

Our hearts go out to Katie, who recently lost Mickey:

I adopted little Mickey on August 29, 2016 and he passed on April 12, 2017.

He was the light of my life for the quick time he was mine and he truly did change me. He was feisty, such a bad-ass, but also the best little dude to snuggle with and love. I can’t believe it happened so quick, but I know he’s in a better place. He’s my absolute Angel, just as he was when he was here.

I thank you for your amazing mission and for bringing me a little guy like Mickey. He is truly my best friend and will always have a special place in our hearts. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to give him an excellent life for the later part of it and for accepting these babies regardless of their circumstances. He was easy to love and so very hard to let go. We will think of him daily.

To Mickey, to Muttville- Thank you



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05.24.17

Success Stories: Mother's Day Edition!

Whether you’re a Mutt Mom, a Mom Mom, or you have somebody you call Mom, we salute you! Did you know that at Muttville we have many in the triple-Mom category? Meet some our stellar mom-kid volunteer teams.

AMY AND DANIEL


Mom Amy

My 14-year old son, Daniel, and I began volunteering at Muttville last August, and are fairly faithful Sunday afternoon/evening regulars. I must admit, that sometimes my motivation to get out of the house on Sunday afternoons lags a bit, and in an interesting bit of role reversal, Daniel starts urging me to get moving, saying he does not want to be late for our shift. Daniel loves his time at Muttville, and he is a wonderfully dedicated volunteer. During our three hours there, we rarely do the same tasks, and only bump into each other occasionally, which I had not expected when we started as volunteers. When we meet up at the end of the shift, we share notes on the drive home about our favorite dogs, and Daniel likes to tease me about my canine “boyfriends.”

I have been amazed and impressed with his willingness to do manual labor at the shelter, as that is not always the case at home. He has also become a fierce advocate for senior dogs, enthusiastically extolling their virtues to prospective adopters. Daniel’s work in the Muttville kitchen, prepping and administering medications and food for the dogs, has nurtured his interest in the medical field. I have truly appreciated how welcoming and encouraging Muttville staff has been of Daniel and me, and they have enabled Daniel to jump in and volunteer in a variety of ways. And his efforts are truly appreciated by staff-what parent wouldn’t want to hear praise about their child and his work, and see how proud it makes their child as a result?

I am truly proud of Daniel’s volunteer commitment to Muttville. I have seen his incredible compassion for the dogs, especially those most physically challenged. He has also shown that he can work well with others on a team, and has demonstrated impressive maturity and responsibility in his efforts. Volunteering has been a surprisingly wonderful opportunity for Daniel and me to see each other in new and different roles, and I am truly grateful that we have found Muttville.

Son Daniel:

When I started volunteering at Muttville I thought it would feel like work to me. But it is not work, I really enjoy it! I pressure my mom to leave the house every Sunday so that we can get to Muttville on time. It’s cool that there are tasks for both of us to do as Muttville volunteers. My mom is good at washing and folding laundry, and I love preparing food for the dogs. I love when we share stories about our favorite dogs and get excited when they get adopted or fostered. We bond over Muttville, and it is a great experience that we get to share every week.



MICHELLE AND CHIARA


Mom Michelle:

I would never have guessed that our happening upon a Muttville adoption event in October 2015 would have resulted in a weekly volunteer experience that my daughter is fully committed to, and turn me, a total non-dog person, into a person who enjoys dogs. My daughter has always been an animal lover and would gladly have as many as possible, but because our family is not home during the week much, we aren’t a good option to have a dog at home, so when Chiara had the opportunity to hop into a Muttville adoption pen and pet away, she was in heaven! She wanted to keep coming back every week and so we became regular attendees at the adoption events before we became official volunteers. I’ve been struck by how open and welcoming the staff and volunteers are at Muttville and how you can find the right niche for you. 


Everyone there saw a fellow dog lover in Chiara and took the time to show her the ropes and give her the opportunity to grow and take on more responsibility. When we are there we sometimes work together, but mostly she spends her time with the dogs (washing them, walking them, and giving some TLC especially to the ISO dogs) but also making sure the laundry is done and the ISO rooms are cleaned while I spend time chatting people up about Muttville. I love the fact that Chiara understands that there is more than just the fun parts of having a dog and that there is a lot of unglamorous work to make a place like Muttville work and she embraces that too. Her volunteer work has also allowed her to get more comfortable talking with people she doesn’t know because she is always happy to talk about dogs or what needs to be done around Muttville.

Shortly after the first dog that really captured Chiara’s heart (Louise) was adopted, I was getting her up for school one day and she said, “Oh I wish you hadn’t woken me up, I was having the best dream about Louise.” Each week there is a new dog that captures her attention, across all breeds and physical conditions, that finds their forever home because of Muttville’s great work that we’ve had the opportunity to be small part of, and becomes one of the dogs of her dreams.


Daughter Chiara:

My favorite dog was Louise, she followed me around and would not go anywhere without me. Typically, on the way home, my Mom and I talk about which dogs we liked and our favorites. Coming to Muttville makes me feel sad and happy. I feel bad for the dogs but I am helping. Coming with my mom is fun and I get to spend some extra time with the dogs, because we can’t have one.


ROBERTA AND SOPHIE


Mom Roberta:

Sophie and I started volunteering at Muttville in 2015.  We initially thought we would be foster parents, which we were, immediately for a gorgeous schnauzer named Prince Charming, we had him for 2 days before he was adopted. We realized pretty quickly that we loved Muttville so much that we wanted to spend more time at HQ. We have been volunteering pretty much every Saturday for the last two years. But that’s not all, together we have transported dogs from LA, dropped off and picked up dogs from the vet, worked adoptions events all over San Francisco and become adoption counselor/closers. It has been truly awesome that this is something that we both love and that we love doing together.

I think that a lot of what has made our experience so rich is not just the amazing dogs (which were certainly the initial draw) but the people of Muttville. We had no idea there was such a huge network of people out there constantly communicating about animals that need to be saved and people to save them by car, by plane etc. It is clear to us that Muttville is not only saving dogs it is saving people.

We look forward to being a part of the Muttville family for a long, long time.  And at the moment we are totally and completely enjoying our adorable and sweet foster Calla Lily! 


Daughter Sophie:

I like volunteering at Muttville with my Mom because I love the dogs and the people and it’s a place where we can bond, plus we share a love of dogs.

When we leave for the day we don’t stop talking about the dogs and how cute they are. 

We make my dad suffer through our hour-long conversations about the mutts when we come home. 

My first favorite dog was Reese, she was a gray-black terrier mix. She crawled into my lap one day and I was hooked. 

05.08.17

Success Story "Rosalind" (fka Gretchen)

Success Story "Rosalind" (fka Gretchen)

We’ve had Gretchen (now named Rosalind after Rosalind Franklin) for about 2 months and she is thriving. She found a good sun spot in the house, shares the bed with the big dog and is befriending the rabbit (see pictures attached). She had 16 teeth removed last month and has slowly started eating again and gaining cute pudge. She is incredibly loving and playful! We are forever grateful to Muttville for introducing us. Rosalind constantly makes us smile and reminds us to be resilient. Another Muttville miracle!

Hope things are going well there!

Best,

Lou and Raylan



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04.25.17

Success Story "Betsy"

Success Story "Betsy"

Betsy came to Muttville almost 1 year ago! She says, “Fospice is just a label. I intend to live forever!”

Betsy has been doing great. In addition to the liver support supplements we have been giving her some joint supplements that have helped her joints seem more comfortable. She sure kicks up her heels in the yard and runs around, and is super spunky in general. She has moved off the allergy food and eats normal food with no skin issues. Overall she is great and not exhibiting any overt health issues.

Her favorite pastime is to lay on her best buddy, our Italian Greyhound, and follow her around. She has mastered the dog door, although she still decides to potty in the house at times. Oh well! I’ll take the 95% outside potty rate. A couple of weeks ago she finally figured out she could climb the stairs and thought peeing in our bedroom was a great use of her new found skill. Baby gate now installed! We’ve been camping a few times and she loves to be out and about, especially at the beach. Betsy has lots of funnny little behaviors. We would love to know what she thinks.

Thank you for letting us take care of this hilarious little dog! She send lots of love and little doggie kisses to Muttville.

Beth



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04.25.17

mariem3

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Real name
Marie Rochelle Macaspac
Location
san francisco
My relationship to Muttville
foster mom, marketing gal, merch girl, designer
Mutts in my life
all muttville fosters at this time: maxwell, lady tara, gracie, little prince william
r.i.p. collette, gordie, scruffy, stimpy, frida