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Success Story "Violet" a.k.a. Mona Lisa

Success Story "Violet" a.k.a. Mona Lisa

Bringing home a true Master Piece – our Mona Lisa… by mutt mom Rachael:

From a human perspective twelve years old is an age frame that is prepubescent. It’s a time where most kids are actively gearing up for their teen years, which includes reading boy band celebrity gossip, getting the low down of what a pimple is and generally preparing themselves for a long, lively, future ahead of them. Unfortunately, in many people’s opinions, the term “lively,” and “twelve” in regards to canines, are in no ways connected. That was the case when we rescued our twelve year old doxie Ginger, nearly two years ago. Her former owners, “thought she’d be dead already,” and as a result, took her to the nearest pound to get her off their hands. Luckily, someone saw enough sass and sweetness within her to take her from a seemingly unfortunate situation, to one with opportunity for an improved future. My husband and I, were lucky enough to be that future.

Ginger enjoyed napping mostly, and when she wasn’t burrowed in our bed, she was begging for seconds at dinnertime. Unlike her previous owner’s impression of her, she was anything but knocking on deaths door, and in fact, kept us going with her endless need of an arm to toss her beloved squeaker balls. When she got sick December of this past year, it was a heart wrenching experience. After we exhausted all of our options to remedy her situation, and she crossed over the rainbow bridge on Christmas day, my husband and I were sobbing in devastation. The feeling equated to what I imagine it is like when losing a close member of the family. In fact, she was our family-she was our kid. And I would give anything to throw a squeaker ball for her, even just one more time. Being her dog mom, was hands down, one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.

After some time and much conversation, we both decided the best way to honor Ginger’s life was to rescue another senior dog. A friend mentioned Muttville to us, and we did a bit of research. We went in with the intention of meeting a specific dog we had our eye on. The commonly known line, “sometimes, life doesn’t work out the way you planned,” was emphasized while we visited the doggie loft at Muttville. My husband was shown Violet, formerly known as Mona Lisa, a furry strawberry blonde terrier, who was tucked into an office because she indulges in jumping. And boy did she jump-right into my husbands lap. Before we knew it, we were signing paperwork, and taking our new fur baby home.

When Violet isn’t stealing her cat sibling’s bed, she loves to cuddle. I know you’ve probably heard that as a description for many dogs-but I mean it, she is the epitome of a woman who cries out in desperation in hopes to her hands on her celebrity crush. As a result, My husband and I assume the role of Brad Pitt, naturally irresistible. If she’s unable to spoon us, she will make herself known by rolling in the nook of our necks, as a way of saying “mom hold me, already will ya?!” Her old school class is shown through by her ultimate distaste for technology. Though she is grateful for her pals at Muttville for giving her, and her fellow rescue brothers and sisters, a voice through their social media accounts, she definitely is not on board with the concept. She loathes when my husband and I are on our phones, and constantly nudges us into submission to remind us that she is indeed there to pet. In fact she just swatted her paw at my hands as I typed this up. When we arrive home from a long day at work, she squeals in delight and raises her paws to be picked up and pepper us with kisses as a means to say “did ya miss me, cause it sure feels like you’ve been gone for weeks.”

Though the death of our beloved baby Ging was heartbreaking, it has allowed us the inspiration and openness to love again-and that discovery was made through Violet. When rescuing canines, most people use the phrase “saving a dog,” but in all honesty, she truly saved us.

Sincerely,
Rae (Raechel)
Proud dog mom of Violet (Mona Lisa)



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02.25.15

Success Story "Coffee"

Success Story "Coffee"

It’s a beautiful thing when a Muttville dog helps someone love again. That’s what Coffee did for Jennifer and her family. Enjoy Coffee’s love story:

We lost our dog, Lola, of 16 years this last summer. We were very hesitant about adopting a “senior” dog and looked elsewhere for a dog who would be a good fit for our family. Late one night, I made the choice: I was going to fill out an application to adopt a Muttville dog. On the application, along with other wishes, I specified that we would love a senior dog, “on the younger side.” Within a day, we got a response that said, “We have the perfect dog for you!” I was immediately put in touch with Coffee’s foster family. I received a lot of helpful information about Coffee: his personality, his tempermant, his diet, likes, dislikes, etc. Honestly, he was quite a bit smaller than what I wanted, but it didn’t take long for me to realize the small dogs do have many benefits! My husband, young sons (ages 11 and 9) and I met Coffee at his foster home where we all took a walk. He did really well and was so friendly and happy! It took us only the ride home to realize that Coffee was the dog for us.

We brought Coffee home a week or so later. It took him only a day or two to settle in to his new home. As I was told, he probably was going to attach to one person and I am very lucky to be that person! He is my little shadow. I go upstairs, he goes upstairs, I go downstairs, he goes downstairs, I go into the bathroom, you guessed it, he’s right there!! I take him everywhere I can. He goes with me to drop off and pick up the kids from school and practices, and he runs errands with me. He is also quite the kisser! He greets you at the door like you have been gone FOREVER, when really, you’ve just run to get something out of the car. He is happiest when I am by his side. He loves to sleep under covers or with a blanket over his head. The first few nights he was with us, I would constantly check on him to make sure he was able to breath under all those blankets! (My husband thought I was crazy.) He loves to sit on my lap while I’m working. If he’s not on my lap, he’s on his bed nearby. He also either has to sit on my lap while I am driving or on the lap of someone else. He just loves human companionship. At 7 years old, Coffee lives up to his name having good energy and spunk. Every once in a while, we have to give Coffee a gentle reminder that our three cats are not squeaky toys to be chased. One of his favorite pastimes is playing tug-o-war. He gets very serious about it.

Coffee is so lovable, funny and sweet. He is the perfect addition to our family. We have hit the jackpot in finding our Coffee.

Submitted by Jennifer, proud guardian of a Muttville dog.



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02.17.15

Success Story "Buddy" (a.k.a. Everett)

Success Story "Buddy" (a.k.a. Everett)

Check out this update about the ever so adorable Buddy, formerly Everett! He sounds like he is doing as great as ever! Thank you Rob and Laurie!

Buddy is doing great! Buddy settled in right away, completely understanding that it was HIS bed (king size) and that he would share it with us. Shortly thereafter we discovered that he particularly likes burrowing under the covers! (all our dogs have shared our bed, but this is a first!)

Initially he was a bit retentive and he still is in unfamiliar places. But if it’s a place he’s comfortable (his yard, his neighborhood, that perfect spot on the bedroom carpet…oops!) he’s now quite cooperative (unless it’s raining in which case he seems to always need a couple of extra minutes – I assume he’s just playing with us :)

He’s our constant companion (especially for Laurie) and we almost never leave him alone, which is just fine with him (and us)!

The pictures show him:
- In the convertible on a sunny day in Santa Cruz
- in his holiday sweater, with Laurie
- helping us garden (he hopped right up on the stones to supervise)
- and on his daily walk to the ocean

Overall he seems to be a happy, healthy little guy, and he’s a joy to be with!

Thanks for all you do, and especially for getting us the best Christmas present ever!

With great appreciation,

Rob, Laurie, and Buddy



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02.11.15

Success Story "Codie"

Success Story "Codie"

There’s nothing more touching than when we get letters from the mutts! Codie penned his own success story, with a little help from mom, Loretta:

My name is Codie and I want to tell you my story. Nobody knows anything about me from before the accident, but that day, my life changed. The EMT’s found me under a car that was just in an accident. I didn’t belong to anyone involved, so they didn’t know where I came from or how I happened to end up under the car. I don’t remember the exact order of the next events, but I got checked out to make sure I wasn’t hurt and then I was at Muttville and my EMT rescuers fostered me. Life was good, but my EMT’s had crazy schedules and thought it best to actively start seeking my furever home. My EMT’s told me a Code 3 was a car accident and that’s how I got my name.

My little face was on the Mutts for Adoption page and my mom called up to make an appointment to come and meet me. A few days went by, and when she didn’t hear anything, she called back. They told her I had been adopted. She tells me she was so disappointed, but looked at some of the other seniors. The next choice was a real cutie, but when her fosters found out somebody was interested in adopting her, they said “nope, we love her too much to let her go.”

Mom gave up, but a few weeks later, she went back on the Muttville website and, low and behold, there I was again.

She called up immediately and said she was coming down to meet me that weekend. Now, here is where it gets really truly a sign it was meant to be. Not only did one of EMT fosters have off that day, but it was Maddies Adoption Day and I had no adoption fees. I don’t think dad was too impressed with me cause I was acting quite contrary, but my mom picked me up, signed the adoption papers and headed for the car and told my dad to make a donation to Muttville.

I acted quite indifferent for a while, cause the fact was, I had been pretty comfortable with my fosters. Now I got brought into a house and all of sudden I had five sisters. There was Charlie, a red toy poodle who was already 15 years old. The next oldest was Little Bit, a long hair Chihuahua who was 10 years old and then Bella, a 7 year old black Chihuahua (her coat was weird cause it wasn’t long and silkie like Little’s, but not flat like mine.) Next was the crazy sister Holly. She’s probably about 5 years old and is some kind of Chihuahua mix with a flat coat, but she’s built like a line backer. Lastly, there was Ruby, a 3 year old red chorkie (who makes up these names). I figured, who’s going to have time for me? Holly and Bella and Ruby came from different rescue groups around town just like me.

After a while, I began to sense an intense connection between me and my mom. Charlie had gone to heaven and mom sat on the couch with the rest of us for two days crying. Little Bit was the “queen”, but she was quite confident in her roll and didn’t seemed at all perturbed by my outing her from the center spot on mom’s lap. Ruby is dad’s buddy. They hang out together all the time. The more I snuggled with my mom, the more intense the love was getting. She said there’s something about my soulful eyes, my immediately warm feeling in her heart every time she picks me up, the way we snuggled at night and I sleep touching her at all times.

I found my furever home. And you know what the best part of it is. My mom told me the only restraints on me for the rest of life would be the string that connects her heart to mine.

Thank you to the people who lost me and didn’t look for me. Thank you to my EMT’s for rescuing me. Thank you to Muttville for the care I needed and the good work you do for all of us seniors. But mostly, thank you to my mom, who I know will give me the best life I could have ever hoped for.

Love, Codie Coles



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02.03.15

Thank you, Mutt Guardians!

Thank you, Mutt Guardians!

Our “Thank You, Mutt Guardians” party held Friday, January 30th, 2015, was a huge success! We celebrated the wonderful and much needed support Mutt Guardians give to our mutts with great food, drinks, mutt guardians and our mutts.

Mutt Guardians is the special name we give to monthly sustaining donors who contribute money monthly all year round to help save the lives of senior dogs! Did you know that Muttville rescues more than 70 mutts a month; many of them from high kill shelters? Did you know that on average we spend $1,000 on each dog to prepare them for their forever home?

This month, we are kicking off our 2015 “Lovin’ Mutt Guardians” campaign which has a goal to double our mutt guardians from 375 to 750 in 2015. We need your commitment so that we can say “yes!” to many senior mutts and keep doing what we do from housing, feeding and treating these precious souls.



Help Us Reach Our Goal!

The mutts would love 750 Mutt Guardians by the end of the year. Help make their wish come true!

If you are currently a Mutt Guardian,
please consider increasing your monthly level of commitment by whatever amount you can afford. Every little bit helps.

If you are not a Mutt Guardian,
please become a Mutt Guardian by joining our special family of donors by signing up at MuttGuardian.Muttville.org.

Also, please spread the word!
We need more Mutt Guardians to join our family everyday so that we can make an even bigger impact in the lives of senior dogs.


We’ll be sharing more photos from the fun night on Muttville’s Facebook Page so be sure to follow us and share these photos with your friends and family!


Why become a Mutt Guardian?

A few reasons given by our Mutt Guardians:

“I can make a big difference in a mutt’s life.”

“All of us need a helping hand at some point, even the dogs.”

“Because I love my Grady & want more ’Grady’s’ to be rescued!”



Watch this video to see how Mutt Guardians make an impact on Muttville’s dogs every day.


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Our Mutts send you a big kiss and a huge thank you in advance for saving a life.

02.02.15

Success Story "Gidget" and "Evie"

Success Story "Gidget" and "Evie"

Adopted during Muttville’s early years, Gidget – who was our 166th rescue – has been the light of her mom’s life. Last year, she added a second Muttville gal to the family, Evie. We’re overjoyed to share this wonderful success story:

Who would have ever thought that these two sweet girls would be in this picture together!! I adopted Gidget 6 years ago! She is deaf and blind, but does not let anything get in her way!! She is very independent and always lets me know what she needs! Last year when I lost my special Rozey girl at 16 years old, Gidget was sad! I know that she felt the loss of her “sister”! So, I adopted Evie! Health challenges have been hard for her, but we have overcome them all and she continues to thrive!! I am grateful to Muttville to have approved for me to adopt these two sweet girlie dogs!! I want to encourage others to look into giving a thought to giving a senior dog a chance to have a forever home!!! These two have given back to me 150%!!!

Thank you Sherri Franklin and your wonderful staff for all that you do!!!



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01.28.15

Success Story "Billy Boy"

Success Story "Billy Boy"

You’ve heard of foster failures. Did you know we also have transport failures? Thanks to Robbie, one of Muttville’s own, whose failure ended up becoming a success named Billy Boy:

Billy Boy – The Story of a Transporter Failure

by Robbie Lee

As luck would have it, I received an email from Muttville to see if I could transport an overweight, chubby, cutie, pattotie, Pomeranian, from Placerville SPCA, who had been abused/tortured by some neighborhood kids. SPCA contacted Muttville to step in, as this little guy, had a partially collapsed trachea, overweight, exsessive cough and other health issues, and SPCA worried of his adoptability. Of course they knew of the Magic of Muttville and that they would find this little chubby guy a great home. I was instructed to transport this guy to Sherri’s house, where dogs are sometimes fostered to assess their condition and get extra special care when there are extenuating health issues etc. I was very excited that I was going to be a “transporter” for Muttville.

The transporter from SPCA rolled up, opened the door and out popped the fattest, little Pomeranian; so plump it felt like his belly would pop! He was so excited and funny. I knew immediately that he was a really special guy. He was quite anxious and panting a lot on the drive. I wanted to

comfort the little pom but knew it was not safe to have him on my lap, so I stuck my fingers in the crate and he began to lick them. This really helped him from the constant panting and the little whining he was doing. Whenever he would start, I just stuck my fingers right back in and he’d lick away!

After an hour and half drive, we all arrived at Sherri’s house and boy oh boy, was the mutt house hold excited. No one could believe how cute he was and Sherri knew too how special this little guy was.

How could this little guy be so happy after what he went through!?? Sherri said, “What should we call him?” I said, “How about Billy?” (After my special 87 year old human friend Billy) She replied, “Yes! Billy Boy”. Billy Boy remained at Mutt Mansion for the next couple months getting healthy, on the right medications to help with his cough and lose some weight. He was a whopping 18.5 pounds when he arrived in San Franisco.

My special needs clumber boy was healing nicely from his knee surgeries and slowly gained more access to the house. I noticed he didn’t do that well alone all day and started thinking about getting him a brother. Well I couldn’t think of any better cutie pie to adopt then, yes, you guessed it, Billy Boy.

Billy Boy was down to 14.4 pounds when he left Muttville and is now at 11.5 pounds. He is doing very well and he and his big brother are learning a lot from each other.

What a great 2014 and how lucky that I got to transport Billy Boy, name him, and adopt him… a true “meant to be”. Thank you Muttville from all of us and the best new year to you everyone at Muttville!!

Robbie, Billy Boy, and Mr. Sexy Paws



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01.21.15

Success Story "Izzie" (a.k.a. Miss Trudy)

Success Story "Izzie" (a.k.a. Miss Trudy)

When Izzie came to Muttville the shelter where she was rescued from said that she likely needed a loving place for her final days. Izzie proved them wrong! She lived a wonderful life with Stephanie, full of adventure. We are so proud to share her story:

Our Izzie (formerly Miss Trudy) made her way south to the California desert with the help of Muttville volunteer Whitney, who drove her down from her Muttville foster home in San Francisco in the spring of 2012. We met in the park in Bakersfield, and the black and white diva climbed into the back of the station wagon with her brother Porter, and into our hearts. She soon let Porter and the cats know that the new kid in town would now be the boss in the family.

In Joshua Tree she figured out that there were wonderful places to walk and many new smells. Izzie was always up for a walk or even a run, if the weather was nice. Some amazing instinct steered her clear of any cactus thorns on her daily walks. Her travels took her on numerous camping and road trips through several states. When camping, she staked out her favorite spot under the bed in the teardrop trailer, which came to be known as Izzie’s den. When kayaking, her favorite spot was leaning her head on the edge of the boat and watching the world go by.

“Intrepid” best sums up Izzie’s approach to life. Even when she began to have a recurrence of earlier health problems, she exhibited the energy and spunk of dogs half her age. When daily walks became a bit too much for her, Mom procured the “Izziemobile”, which allowed her to continue the walks she so much enjoyed and to rule the world from her perch in the DoggyRide. To the end, she enjoyed rides in the car and snuggling next to her brother Porter.

We lost Izzie in December 2014. While we miss her terribly, we are so grateful for the years we had with our Izzie girl. We can learn a lot from her attitude. Spunky seniors, unite!



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01.14.15

Success Story "Sadie Mae"

Success Story "Sadie Mae"

We wish to thank Jeff and his family for the love-filled life they gave to sweet Sadie Mae. Read Jeff’s loving words about their much loved mutt:

Our sweet, sweet girl Sadie has passed on, and we are going to miss her like crazy. The moment we walked into Muttville, Sadie walked right up to us to say hi. She was sweet that way. She was the sweetest dog you could ever know. Never barked. Never misbehaved. Sadie was simple that way. She loved her food. She loved her walks. She really loved her stuffed duck. And she instantly loved everyone who walked through our door. But at her core, all Sadie really wanted was for us to love her and to love us back, which made her the greatest dog in the world. We will miss you, Sadie, Sadie, our pretty lady.



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01.07.15

Success Story "Jax"

Success Story "Jax"

A rockin’ New Year’s Eve greeting from success story Jax, formerly Buddy!

I wanted to provide an update to everyone about Jax who I adopted from Muttville back in early April. As you all remember, Jax was very underweight and could not be put under anesthesia for teeth cleaning/extractions. I am happy to report that Jax weighs in at 45 lbs. and his latest senior panel of blood work looks great. Jax is a very active senior that constantly needs a activity to do which must be the Australian Sheppard personality. Jax has never met a ball of any kind that has not become his best friend.

Thanks so much for bringing us together and for all that Muttville does for senior dogs.

I wish everyone at Muttville a very happy holiday season.

Mark



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12.31.14

Success Story "Lonny"

Success Story "Lonny"

Holiday cheer this week with Success Story Lonny! Thanks to Tracy and Richard for this happy holiday tale. Enjoy!

Lanny, re-named Lonny, was our Valentine’s gift. Adopted on February 13, 2014, he is the love of our lives.

Lonny is the happiest and friendliest of dogs. He greets people with an enormous smile, and he he doesn’t just wag his tail…he wags his entire body. His mellow, sweet, and jovial nature have made him a neighborhood favorite. He is greeted with a smile and a hug by everyone he meets, including the little boy who lives down the street, who smashes into him and cries “Pillow!”

Lonny comes to work with me nearly every day where he’s also a workplace favorite. My co-workers greet him every morning like Norm from “Cheers”. He spends his days moseying from desk to desk hanging out with his human friends, attending all my meetings with me, and playing with all the other dogs who come to the office.

Lonny’s shelter paperwork indicated that he was 130 lbs when he arrived at Muttville. With a target weight of 90 lbs, Lonny had some work to do to get healthy. After months of medical care, proper diet, and a much more active lifestyle, Lonny is now just under 100 lbs and still losing weight. The change has been remarkable. When we first brought him home, he could barely stand up and could only walk a short distance before needing a rest. Now he takes 2 mile walks! He runs, cavorts, scampers, and swims.

Lonny has many hobbies.

• Swimming. In any body of water. If he can fit in it (or even if he can’t fit in it), he’ll be in there, splashing around.

• Chasing squirrels.

• Fetching tennis balls.

• Cramming himself into places he’ll never fit in.

• Pretending to object to the cat.

• Stealing food off the counter, or right out of people’s hands! (He’s fast!)

• Chillin’ in a shady grassy patch.

• Making friends everywhere he goes.



Thank you, Muttville, for doing everything you do for these beautiful, sweet old dogs. I am so happy that Lonny found his way into my life. He makes me smile every single day.



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12.24.14

Success Story "Annabelle"

Success Story "Annabelle"

Although Annabelle has crossed the rainbow bridge, Anna and her daughters forever hold a special place in their hearts for their special senior gal:

We adopted Annabelle from you almost five years ago. She was arthritic, grumpy, partially blind, mostly incontinent, and 100 percent deaf, but she could nap like a champ and do a mean impersonation of a duck’s quack. We loved her a lot.

Last winter, when Annabelle started to fade, my daughters and I had a difficult time hearing what the vet had to say: “I’m looking at this dog’s lab work, and I can’t figure out how she’s still alive.”

“She still enjoys barking and urinating on the floor!” We responded. We refused to put her down.

Annabelle hung on till spring, when even the girls and I could see it was time. We took her to the vet. She had a few treats, lay on her favorite blanket, and we encircled her as the vet did his job. She’s buried now in the yard. Her buddy Sunshine has a new puppy friend we adopted in October, but none of us will ever forget Annabelle. Thank you for bringing her into our lives.



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12.17.14

Success Story "Sir William" (a.k.a. Walter)

Success Story "Sir William" (a.k.a. Walter)

Karen reminded us about the moment she came to Muttville to meet Walter. We hope you enjoy it, too:

Over two years ago, I went to Muttville headquarters to meet Walter. I sat on the floor, and he walked over with his three good and one gimpy leg and plopped down in my lap.

That’s all it took, and he came home with me that day. He instantly became friends with my other Muttville dog Rosie and my cat Walter! Couldn’t have two Walters, so he was renamed Sir William.

He is a sweet and wonderful spirit with a naughty streak and a lovely low and resonate bark. He has also proven to be an excellent traveling companion as we make our way cross country to our new home in Florida. We love Muttville!



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12.10.14

Success Story "Bernie"

Success Story "Bernie"

With a heavy heart, Barbara let us know her little Bernie had crossed the rainbow bridge. We appreciate Barbara sharing with us their love story:

Bernie was not the dog of my dreams. Affection illicited a respectable Satan impersonation. He never gave up on trying to train me how to walk on a leash. His barking could create an earthquake 2.5 richter scale reading.

Yet I remember the moment we knew we were bounded by love. It was a soft gaze on the way to the vet. He accepted and trusted me as his human.

Aside from his looks, Bernie did have his charm. Even in the last days every walk out the door began with a courtesy, song and dance.

The walk to the park was enthusiastic. Bernie was not a partying kind of guy. His public demeanor was more Zen-like. He enjoyed the feel of wind creating waves on his long golden coat. He had a way of walking around the park study everything and everyone in a quiet, thoughtful manner.

Muttville gave me over five years that were blessed with Bernie.

Despite our “issues”, wherever you are today I need to say, “You’re the best. You really are the best. I love you. I really do love you.”



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12.01.14

Success Story "Rooster" (a.k.a. Joker)

Success Story "Rooster" (a.k.a. Joker)

When we got this update about sweetheart boy, Joker, now named Rooster, we were overjoyed! We hope this brings a smile to your heart too:

Wanted to send along an update on Joker (we’ve renamed him Rooster and he’s responding really eagerly and well to it.)

All I can say is that I can’t believe it’s only been a week. He’s become such an integral and welcome presence in our lives, it’s hard to remember what it was like before he was home.

Our children, especially our daughter Charlie, have become immediately smitten with him and he is so gentle and tolerant and loving with them. It really is quite amazing.

He’s such a lovely dog. Eating well. Sleeping well. Great on walks. We’re still working on stairs. Sometimes he seems up for it, other times I just carry him up.

So a huge thank you to everyone who helped make this happen.

I wish I had a picture of all us, but the universal rule about small kids and dogs never standing still at the same time has been in effect since he got home.

Thank you again,

Ryan, Aria, Charlie, Jun and Roo

PS: Any fears we had about his aloof nature have disappeared already. His whineosauraus greetings are pretty epic as are his hugs. He’s incredibly strong for a tripaw!



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11.26.14

Success Story "Bonnie Blue"

Success Story "Bonnie Blue"

This beautiful lady brought joy to us at Muttville, and eventually to her forever family:

Our beautiful and beloved Bonnie Blue sailed away to her final forever home on Oct.18. Since adopting her last March she had been doing great, especially once all her medications for her severe arthritis in her back legs and constant UTIs had been sorted out. But early last week her back legs gave out for good. We did all the requisite testing and trying additional medications but it didn’t help the poor girl. The vet said it was neurological. Sadly we were at the end of the road, her quality of life would never be what she deserved.

We had a most memorable summer with Bonnie. Eight camping trips including three national parks. She absolutely loved the great outdoors. She got along great with everyone and was just happy to have a loving family including her two siblings, Sierra and Sophie.

Thank you and to everyone at Muttville for bringing Bonnie into our lives. She will always be in our hearts and will never be forgotten.

Sincerely,

Isabelle and Steve



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11.19.14

Success Story "Lovey"

Success Story "Lovey"

We’re saddened by the news that Lovey (formerly Lovely Lambchop) has passed away.

Beautiful words from her mama Gail:

I loved Lovey the minute I saw her in the Christmas storefront for Muttville 2 3/4 years ago….wearing a red sweater…We lost Lovey last week. I never expected she would live even that long. How could anyone love a dog as much as I loved that little dog? I have no idea….It was beyond words. I never even looked at dogs like her, only shih tzus…


She was very senior when we got her. 17 maybe? When she had trouble standing up, we figured it was time. She passionately loved her food (and I finally got the food right thanks to Dr. Adam) and her beds. She was a warrior dog. She would have kept going if I let her….falling and getting up….There was no stopping her. In the beginning, she was found in a ditch bleeding from all her orifices….(can’t imagine that she was even outside by herself and lived).Rescued as a stray and thank goodness for Muttville who took her and for Marie and Russell who fostered her, took care of her when she was sick and nursed her back to life.


She would do laps around the house till she was fed or would get under your feet so you knew she was waiting for her food. No walking on a leash for her. Not a lapdog. Not her style. Maybe she would last 5 minutes with you. Not a mean bone in that dogbody. I think they call it equipoise (in human terms)


She was very much here and now she is not. There is a huge void now. But her soul will linger with me forever…..

In the words of Chet Baker:

“Yes, I may dream a million dreams,

But how can they come true,

If there will never ever be another you….”


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11.12.14

I was lucky to be Lovey’s friend – which means I saw her amazing fighting warrior spirit. She made me laugh, and she also taught me to never underestimate anyone. Where there’s a will, there’s a way! That was Lovey….

11.12.14 01:32pm | commenting on Success Story "Lovey"

Success Story "Hudson"

Success Story "Hudson"

Hudson is fondly remembered here at Muttville, so we were sad when we received this message on October 30. Our thoughts and condolences to Bea and Len, who gave him a most wonderful, loving life:

It is with great sorrow that I am reporting the loss of Hudson. We only had him with us for 5 months but he brought so much love and joy to our home. He was noble, gentle, kind and so happy all the time, a joy to be around. He loved life at our little hobby farm home, fed the horses and goats with us every night and enjoyed friendships with all our other animals. His arthritis meds. and acupuncture treatments were helping him a great deal and he loved exploring our pasture.


Unfortunately he experienced a sudden brain/central nervous system problem Monday night, very unexpected and sad. He developed a head tilt but it was not the vestibular syndrome old dogs can recover from, it was possibly a brain tumor. Hudson went downhill within a day, he was hospitalized but just kind of left his body, he had no awareness of his surroundings and would not move or respond. It was so fast and he had been his happy self just the day before. He was slipping away so fast the doctors and we agreed the kindest thing for Hudson was to put him to sleep peacefully and gently. We are shocked still that he is gone. There will be a huge empty spot in our hearts and home for a long time. Thank – you all for allowing us to adopt Hudson and to have shared our lives, though way too brief, with this wonderful dog.

Keep well,

Bea and Len


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11.05.14

Success Story "Rocky Balboa"

Success Story "Rocky Balboa"

I never understood the love of a pup until I met Rocky.

That’s what Caroline wrote to us about her mutt love, Rocky. Thanks to Rocky, not only did she learn true love for a pet, Rocky is also the reason she adopted rather than buying a puppy from a breeder. Thank you Rocky!

Read their happy story:

Michael and I were in search for a breeder and were planning to purchase a new puppy after our wedding next February 2015.

In September, I walked into Muttville for a work meeting, not expecting to fall for Rocky Balboa. The first time I approached Rocky, he ran off but after giving him some time and I sat down next to him, he instantly cuddled up next to me.

I took a photo with Rocky and sent the photo to my fiance jokingly saying, “I’m here for a work meeting, but I fell in love with this pup and look who’s coming home with me!”

Michael surprisingly responded “Really? We got a dog?”

After learning more about Muttville & specifically Cuddle Club, I left and went about my day. I called Michael and expressed to him how much I wanted to give Rocky a new home and Michael agreed. I immediately went online and filled out the application.

Later that evening, I brought Michael to meet Rocky. From that point on we knew we wanted to adopt Rocky.

Rocky is the sweetest dog ever and we feel so lucky. I never understood the love of a pup until I met Rocky. Michael and I could not be happier to give him a home where Rocky knows and feels love all around.

Rocky has become an integral part of our lives – he has play dates with his buddy, April (Michael’s parents’ Shihtzu), and other days he goes to work with me or Michael and even stays at home where he lives to sleep all day (we watch him via a video cam that Mom and Dad set up for him). Rocky has truly brought a different meaning to unconditional love.









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10.22.14

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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