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Success Story Felicia

Success Story Felicia

Fospice life should be about enjoying life to its fullest. That is exactly what fospice mom Gina gives her girl Felicia every day. We’re so darn happy to bring you this wonderful update! Read about Felicia’s adventurous life, as told by mom Gina:

Felicia and I have been having a great time and you would never know that she is sick.

She gets along great with the other animals and knows when the horses and cows are out to stay clear and to not go into the pasture.

We walk every morning and afternoon. 3 days a week we go to Half Moon Bay for early AM boot camp workout at 5:15 am and she hangs out in the car while I do a 1 hour workout.

This last weekend was quite busy as we had 40 horseback riders come to the ranch to do some trail riding. One person brought her two poodles along and Felicia and the poodles got to ride along in the gator which all three enjoyed with a little girl riding in the back with them, who enjoyed holding Felicia. Felecia kept giving her licks.

When, we go places in the car, I notice that she knows where we are going by smelling the air from the vents. She is very smart. When, I ask her to go potty, she goes and when I tell her “down” or “go get it”, she goes!

Last week, she saved my cat from a fox that him cornered. She saved the cat by chasing the fox away. The cat and her became better friends after this event and now hang out and sleep together which is really cute.

I take Felicia with me to work when I can and everywhere that I go. This weekend with all of the people that met her, they loved her and couldn’t believe that I have only had her less than a month and she has adapted so well to her new home and that she listens to me. I lost my voice so I have been using hand signals and whistle with her and she listens great.

Thank you, again for bringing Felicia into my life.

Gina

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06.29.16

Success Story "Cesar #1770"

Success Story "Cesar #1770"

One of our most unforgettable rescue stories was Cesar. His mom Hilary pays tribute to their wonderful life together:

When I say his name, when I look at his pictures, when I think about him, it just always produces such huge warmth. I don’t think I’ve ever met a more cheerful, funny, and endearing dog!

Cesar has had several big loves in his life time and I feel the luckiest in being his final and maybe strongest one. Cesar’s inner beauty was beyond glorious, his sweetness never waned, and his undying devotion to me saw both of us through to the end this afternoon.

Although I have the honor of saying to the world that Cesar was MY dog, he really was a true Muttville dog in that he represented everything that this rescue group stands for. I was only one of many admirers of Cesar who was able to look beyond the outwardly unusual look he had about him, the rickety little walk, the round odd body that was so hug-gable and squeezable, the big eyes that had seen so many things in a lifetime. I know there was a “Super Cesar Fan Club”, but I have to say, hands down that I was the president and CEO of that club.

Thank you all for your kind words over the past three years and the appreciation expressed over my adopting what turned out to be a dog of a lifetime!

Tonight I tuck Cesar into my heart and know you will too….

Hilary

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06.22.16

Success Story "Marco" 3527

Success Story "Marco" 3527

Sometimes we reach out to help those who need us. And they end up helping us. Thank you Marianne for sharing your heartfelt story:

Marco came to me early February, I was only going to foster him. But, when I took him back to Muttville for the weekend adoptions I knew in my heart that I couldn’t let him out of my life. Marco was blind is left eye, and the right eye had a very advanced cataract, basically making him a blind dog.

All my human emotions reached out to this little guy..I marveled at how he got around in a new environment, especially the stairs. He never seemed to get upset or even frustrated when he bumped into wall or a pole on a walk. He was so giving of his trust and love, instead of me saving him and taking care of him he was teaching me acceptance, trust and a nonjudgmental love. Marco’s right was evaluated and the retina was good enough for a lens replacement..on March 25th he had a successful surgery.

What is Marco like after surgery? Well, he doesn’t bump into poles, goes up and down stairs better than me and and often gives a passersby a very vocal greeting while sitting on the front porch. He is a little 12 pound poodle with one good eye but, who he is hasn’t changed but, I do believe I have..I hope I see the world through Marco’s eyes and open loving, trusting heart.

This is “our” success story.

Marianne and Marco

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06.14.16

Success Story "Silas"

Success Story "Silas"

Fond memories of Silas from mom Heather. Thank you for sharing your love story:

Dear Muttville,

It has taken me several months to write this letter because writing it means that I am finally letting go of a great joy. I adopted Silas in August of 2013 and didn’t have much hope for him. He was big, hairy, blind, and practically toothless. His stomach was always irritated and his bowels sensitive. The first week he came to stay with me, the vet said he probably had throat cancer and would likely be euthanized. Well, Silas fooled us all! Not only did he not have throat cancer, but with the right diet and supplements, he rallied and flourished.

Silas was an easy-going old man who was a favorite among visiting dogs, people, and his own housemate cats, George and Julius. He was an SPCA calendar dog, featured as the month of May in their yearly calendar fundraiser. But mainly, Silas was a friend. Together, we played blind hide n’ seek where I could “hide” in plain view and he would find me as I called his name. Kind of like Marco Polo on land. He kept me company on our slow walks around the block, and his snoring lulled me to sleep at night.

Over time, Silas became more and more confused. “Doggy dementia,” the vet said. When he couldn’t find his way to his favorite basking spot in the grass, I knew it was time to let him go. I’ve never had to make that decision for a pet before. I know it was the right one for Silas, but saying goodbye is never easy. He crossed the rainbow bridge in July of 2015.

I would like to thank everyone at Muttville for allowing me to adopt Silas and make him a part of my family. He was my furry black thundercloud of happiness for two years. Even now, on really quiet nights while I lie in bed with a thousand thoughts swirling around, I can hear a gentle snoring coming from the floor. Though he’s gone, Silas’ sweet snoring still reminds me of what a blessing he was to my life. And I will cherish the memories forever.

Thank you,

Heather

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06.08.16

Success Story "Royal" 3638

Success Story "Royal"  3638

Who knew Royal could get any cuter? An awesome forever family proved there was room for more happiness – and cutness:

Dear Muttville:

May 28 was Royal’s 8-week adopt-a-versary and we are having a little party to celebrate.

Royal (aka Big Boy; my Little Man; Lovebug) has been a wonderful addition to our family.

He and big Sis, Fiona bonded the moment Royal arrived home and they have been together 24/7. When he first came home, Royal was a little scared. Fiona was able to reassure him in a way that I couldn’t. She always makes sure Royal is in her “line of sight”, even when napping.

Royal loves to play with squeaky toys, inspect every corner of the back yardand go for daily walks in his blueberry stroller with Fiona. As soon as Royal sees me tying up my sneakers, he knows we’re going for an outing and he begins to “Pommie dance”.

Although Royal’s intake information said he didn’t have much of an appetite, this little guy loves to eat. His favorite room in the house is the kitchen.

When he sees me getting his meals ready, he does the cutest little “wolf whistle” in appreciation and cleans his plate every time.

To everyone who might be reading this, and isn’t sure if adopting a senior is the right fit for you, giving Royal a forever home has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. We just love, love, love him. Royal is a cherished family member and always will be.

Stop by Muttville headquarters and meet the Seniors. I guarantee you will fall in love.

Thank you Muttville for bringing Royal into our lives!

Love Arlene, Fiona and Royal

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06.01.16

Success Story "Mr. Biscuits" (aka Squirt)

Success Story "Mr. Biscuits" (aka Squirt)

A tearful goodbye from mama Rhonda, who lost her Muttville boy, Mr. Biscuits. Our hearts go out to you, Rhonda:

We had to say goodbye to Mr. Biscuits on May 16. We only had him in his golden years, I wish it was longer. He was a JOY to be around, fearless and stubborn. A true gentleman to the end. He loved taking walks with Theo and sitting on my feet as I cooked. How we got to have the best dog in the world I will never know. He was loved and loved us back just as strong.

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05.25.16

Success Story "Krypto" 1324

Success Story "Krypto" 1324

We are always grateful when families like Teresa not only choose to adopt a senior dog, but also choose to adopt a bonded senior pair. Ace and Krypto were a dynamic duo. Sadly we heard of Krypto’s passing. Here is Teresa’s heartfelt tribute to her wonderful boy:

In January, we sadly announced the passing of Krypto, a very sweet guy we brought home with his buddy Ace from Muttville in August of 2012.

Ace and Krypto were large dogs, and bonded buddies, so maybe it was hard to find them a home right away, but they were perfect for our family (we had recently lost our 13-year-old Rottweiler.) We have a large yard, and with two dog-loving teenagers, Ace and Krypto fit right in.

Although we were told Ace and Krypto had grown up together, we were never too sure about that (they were trained completely differently, for example) – but there is no doubt that somewhere along the way they became very good friends (in the street or in a shelter, perhaps?) They loved to play together, even though they were “old,” and it was a joy to watch them. Krypto was a big fellow, but he wanted to be a lap dog, and loved to cuddle.

Krypto had his bad habits, no doubt – the most famous Krypto story is the time he ate a plastic container of all of one daughter’s baby teeth, and we spent weeks weeks trying to recover the teeth in the way you might imagine (we eventually thankfully gave that up, but we did find some….)

Krypto was an interesting-looking dog (he was spotted on one side, and almost completely black on the other, with a distinct line down the middle of his face), and people would often ask “what IS he??” We didn’t know, of course, but finally sent his DNA away for analysis, and were told that he was quite a mix, but that the mix included labrador retriever and shetland sheepdog.

Krypto eventually developed severe arthritis in his back knees, and then a few months ago he was diagnosed with lung cancer. He did not ever want to give up – he continued to eat and express enthusiasm for life even after he had clearly become very ill. He died in our arms less than an hour after our oldest daughter got home from college for the holidays.

He was truly loved, and he will be truly missed, by both his human family and by his good friend, Ace.

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05.17.16

Success Story "Bear" aka Joaquin

Success Story "Bear" aka Joaquin

The adventures of Bear! Thanks to his parent Aubrey and Dave for giving us a peek into his life most fulfilled:

Hi Muttville,

Wanted to write you all and share our celebration of Bear (formerly Joaquin)’s 1 Year Gotcha Day.

He’s been an incredible light in our lives, a goofy, cuddly, handsome son of a gun with the best half-nose around.

Thank you for bringing him into our life, and for all the good work you do.

Be well, and thank you for all that you do.

Best,

Aubrey, Dave & Bear

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05.11.16

Success Story "Ellie" aka Beauty

Success Story "Ellie" aka Beauty

Ellie’s life forever changed when Katelyn and Nick decided “just to look” and stop by Muttville’s adoption event. Read Ellie’s loving story:

Dear Muttville,

Here is our success story for our sweet girl Ellie (formerly known as Beauty):

My husband and I went to Muttville “just to look” and found ourselves in love with a sweet, obese Chihuahua named Beauty. Although she was indeed a beauty, we changed her name to Ellie after bringing her home. Ellie bonded with us almost immediately and has become an essential part of our family. Over the past few months, through healthy lifestyle changes, Ellie has gotten down to her ideal weight—nearly half what she weighed when she was first surrendered! She no longer needs pain medications for joint pain and, in fact, she has pep to her step and loves to sprint up and down the hallway in our apartment when she gets excited.

She loves to cuddle, hike, cuddle, bathe in the sun, cuddle, eat, and cuddle. She greets us with kisses every time we come home, and she is showered with love pretty much all the time. Our friends and family cannot believe her transformation and svelte new figure! Thank you, Muttville, for bringing this darling girl into our lives.

Thank you so much!

Katelyn and Nick

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05.04.16

Success Story Bowie (aka Confetti)

Success Story Bowie (aka Confetti)

Mutt mom Helena shares her story of adopting Bowie, and the lessons she learned in patience that she hopes helps other Muttville adopters:

Dear Muttville,

I am writing to let you know how happy and thankful we are that you connected us with our little lady. We also hope that if you choose to share this message with other adopters, it will help them take the plunge and bring home that old dog they’ve been dreaming about.

As mentioned, we love Bowie and cannot imagine life without her now. However, the first two weeks were rough and I admit that we were close to taking her back to Muttville. Though we should have expected it, we didn’t feel like we were “connecting” with her at first and didn’t know what to do with her. So awful of us! It felt like having a weird little alien trotting around our house, occasionally pooping in the corner. She would cry during crate training like a whaling mother. It was excruciating and heartbreaking. We were being impatient jerks who expected to bring home an adult dog with NO issues or training needs just because she is not a puppy. Thankfully we forced ourselves to give it a proper try and 3 weeks in we were inseparable peas in a pod. After patient training and positive reinforcement she is fantastic and happy and an integral part of our family. I am sure this is even a short adjustment period and that we are lucky to have such an easy dog.

Now Bowie and Hannibal (our other senior) are best friends and do everything together. They lay on the porch, sprint down the hall, share toys and snuggle up closely wherever they can. (Picture attached) She has lightened his serious personality and he has proven polite and accommodating in making her feel at home. They are best buds. Every day we giggle at the sight of Bowie and Hannibal being goofy together. It is truly a joy to take care of her and make sure she is happy, healthy and loved.

Again, we thank you for the fantastic work you do for dogs and for families. You are amazing. Please let us know if we can help other adopters go for it or talk troubled adopters off the edge when things are tough. You are also welcome to share this message with others.

All the very best,

Cole and Helena

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04.27.16

Success Stories "Lambchop & Gigi"

Success Stories "Lambchop & Gigi"

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04.20.16

Success Story "Belle Belle"

Success Story "Belle Belle"

In Loving Memory of Belle Belle (aka Tansy) our hearts go out to Carrie and John, who wrote this beautiful tribute to her:

We had her for 18 wonderful months…She was crazy and a pill, but we loved her. She was bossy and definitely lived life on her own terms. Thanks for saving her and giving us a chance to get to know and love her.

Carrie & John

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04.13.16

Success Story "Monty"

Success Story "Monty"

Senior dogs can be great first family pets for your kids. Monty certainly proved this to be true! Thanks to Sarah for sharing their story:

This was the first time we were getting a dog with the help of our 2 kids. When we got to Muttville my wife and I had repeated over and over ’we’re only bringing home a dog if we find the right one for our family’

Well, as soon as we walked in, Monty came straight up to my wife and just stood quietly next to her while she and our oldest daughter pet him. He was so gentle and calm. We took him for a quick walk and as soon as we got him outside I knew we were taking him home. He has been a total delight to our whole family! He started off a bit shy and reluctant to eat, but within a month we caught him up on the kitchen table lapping milk out of a cereal bowl! Now he’s spunky and fun, racing around the house when we get home and jumping straight into the air when he sees us grab the leash! He is a perfect gentleman at the dog park, which has earned him the name “Sir Monty” :)

Thank you Muttville!!!

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04.06.16

Success Story "Scooby" 3142

Success Story "Scooby" 3142

Because of the amazing love and courage of our fospice families, dogs with terminal illnesses like Scooby enjoy a full, happy life and focus on joy and living rather than their health. Please enjoy this loving tribute to Scooby from his fospice mom Barbara:

Writing about Scooby is difficult. Words cannot capture the profound joy and sweetness brought me. While I want to be positive I saw with sadness he can only be held in my heart now.

Looking for a foster, I thought Scooby was a good choice. The beautiful Poodles and Poms would not be with me for long. The little mutt with the sausage body, soulful eyes had a heart and spirit that made him the ultimate prize.

Both puppies in senior bodies, Scooby and I had an immediate affinity. We wrestled with his leash, we ran down the street. He was the first special someone for snuggles and silliness I had in years.

Everyone, it seems, had an affinity for Scooby and he had an affinity for them. When people came by he would indicate with front paws on the chair that he would be willing to sit on their laps. He was accepting if they were not up for it. With dogs, there were none that he did not want to engage in a greeting. He dove into play with one-year puppies that were three times his size until he learned giant paws could be overwhelming, Even in the menace thought he presented to skateboard Scooby was, to me, the perfect pet.

My time with Scooby led to discovering a special sweetness. Though fleeting , a chance to savor the spirit of that sweet spirit was exquisite.

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03.30.16

Success Story "Chicka"

Success Story "Chicka"

Colleen is a fospice mom who opened her heart and home to Chicka who has terminal cancer. Read their sweet story:

I adopted Chicka in August 2015. She came from a hoarding case and was one of two seniors that was rescued by Muttville. Chicka was diagnosed with terminal cancer and Muttville placed her up for adoption as a fospice dog.

I have 4 dogs of my own and had always wanted to take in a hospice dog to love and spoil until their time came to cross the Rainbow Bridge. When I brought Chicka home she settled in quickly with my crew and she melted right into my arms. I love every animal that comes into my home, whether it be a one week foster or a foster that lasts several months but Chicka is extra special. She looks at me with these beautiful brown eyes and I feel like my whole world shines brighter because of it.

The oncologist said Chicka might not be alive for much longer but it’s been 6 months and she’s doing amazing! She has a hard time walking long distances so I recently bought her a stroller. Now she goes with me everywhere. This girl stole my heart. She came into my life during a very stressful period and has helped ease my worries. Every single day with her is filled with joy and so much love! Once again I have to wonder who really rescued who!

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03.23.16

Success Story "Sweet Potato" (a.k.a. Sweet Pea)

Success Story "Sweet Potato" (a.k.a. Sweet Pea)

Sweet is this senior girl, and so is her story. Thanks to mom Aubrey for sharing!

It was love at first sight, when I discovered Sweet Potato (aka Sweet Pea) on Muttville’s website, and that love was only confirmed when I brought her home.

She might be 11 years old, but she has energy and attitude to spare. Even in her first days she was undaunted by my rather jealous Corgi-mix, Foxy, my two kids (7 and 3), and the two cats. In fact, her very favorite thing to do was chase the cats at top speed. The only time she barked was when she was chasing the kitties.

She settled in quickly and is a wonderful part of the family. She loves to eat, bask in the sun on our back deck, and chase the cats. At night she curls up by my feet on the bed. She is truly sweet.

Thank you, Muttville, for doing the work you do. Senior dogs have so much love to give, and I am grateful to have Sweet Potato in my family.

Aubrey

Photo captions:

(1) the ever-ferocious Sweet Potato is about to attack the innocent LambChop.

(2) Worn out from battle (and kitty chasing), Sweet Potato naps.

(3) The Intrepid Explorer, Sweet Potato explores Precita Park in between rain showers.

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03.16.16

Success Story "Daisy" 3314

Success Story "Daisy" 3314

Daisy hit the jackpot when she was adopted by Kelly. Read their true love story:

We adopted Daisy in the fall of this year. She had health issues and was in dire need of a dental. Muttville was so great about handling those health issues. Daisy has put on about a third of her body weight. No ribs show now and her coat is shining. I originally gave her salt soak baths to help her skin. Her first Christmas with us was so rewarding to watch her play with her new toys with her two siblings pictured with her. She also got a pink rhinestone collar that she loves. I can’t say enough of how well she has adjusted to her new home and how much we love her. She sleeps in bed with her mom and dad every night and her two buddies. We put stairs next to the bed so she can get up and down. I can’t say enough good things about Muttville for giving these senior dogs another chance.

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03.09.16

Success Story "Sierra" (aka Maybelline #2426)

Success Story "Sierra" (aka Maybelline #2426)

When you adopt a senior pet, many know that time may be short..but so worth it. Hilary and Sierra valued every day together. We’re touched by their story:

I had to gently let go of my beloved “Sierra” (originally brought into Muttville as “Maybelline” #2426) late yesterday afternoon.

Sierra’s original Muttville write up stated that she was such a dear, dear girl, and truly she never departed from that description. Sierra’s foster Mom and I have continued to stay in touch over the course of Sierra’s life with me, her foster Mom said it the best when I informed her of Sierra’s passing……

‘It took a village to save her – but it took you to provide her with what she needed most in her life.

What a sweetheart she was…’ I am honored and touched both by my dog and all of you!

I simply want to thank EVERYONE who played a part in this rescue starting the volunteers in Los Angeles County shelter for recognizing a true diamond of a dog, her pilot Bill with pilots ’n paws who brought her to safety, Muttville for overseeing the rescue, and Stephanie Meissner for providing the original foster home.

I saw all the goodness of Sierra in her stunningly beautiful face every single day, I will miss her terribly, but know that she was safe and happy with many wonderful adventures during her last 1 1/2 years with me.

Hilary

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03.02.16

Success Story "Rusty"

Success Story "Rusty"

Muttville’s Fospice Program finds families willing to share their homes and hearts with our senior dogs with terminal illnesses. The stories are beautiful and bittersweet. Fospice boy Rusty had a wonderful life with Susan and Nate:

Some of you are already aware but we wanted to drop you a note to let you know that Rusty passed away on Monday. He was struggling at the end but we gave him a fun last weekend and a fairly peaceful end.

Though we only had Rusty for a little over 7 months, we really became attached to him. He was an incredibly sweet dog, and we only hope that his time with us made up for the trials he faced earlier in life. Rusty was suffering from dementia and arthritis, spinal pain, numbness in his back legs – the list goes on, but he was such a little trooper. He remained super excited about food until the very end and we were excited to give him ice cream and steak on his last day.

Thank you for introducing us to Rusty and for bringing him into our lives. We hope that we sent him off in style and that he knows how very much we loved him.

Susan & Nate

Rusty’s fospice parents

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02.24.16

Success Story "Hank" 3116

Success Story "Hank" 3116

Amy shared with us her story of finding her senior love, Hank. Although it was not easy, Amy stayed committed to helping little Hank become the good dog he is today!

Last December we had to put down our dog Mookie at the age of 13. We had Mookie since she was 4 months. We were all heartbroken. One night my husband and I were talking about Mookie and what made us very happy was knowing that we gave her a good life, right up until her last breath. It was then that I decided I wanted to give a good second half of life to a dog who needed a family.

That night I did a Google search on Senior Dog Adoptions and found Muttville. I immediately fell in love with a little Yorkie mix named Hank. A couple of days later I went to meet Hank and he came home with me.

It wasn’t a smooth transition to say the least. Hank would bite you if you approached him, he had to be the one to approach you. The morning after we got Hank, I bent down to give him a kiss and he bit my nose. I have three young boys and I was concerned he might bite them too so I made them very aware that they could not approach him.

Hank had a few potty training issues as well but the worst part was that he had severe separation anxiety, he even took medication for it. If I even went behind a closed door he would start crying.

It has taken some time and love but I am happy to report that Hank has found his place within our family and his bad behaviors have disappeared. No more potty accidents, no more biting and I have been able to get him off the meds for the separation anxiety. He is still definitely really attached to me and follows me everywhere and still cries a little when I leave but he has also bonded with my son, Jake, and finds comfort with him when I am gone.

We have another dog, Maggie who is 13 and whom we have had since birth. She and Hank get along fine. Hank even gets on well with our bunny rabbit, Buttercup. I am so happy we have been able to give Hank a loving home.

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02.17.16

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