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Success Story "Reymundo"

Success Story "Reymundo"

Sami shares her love story with señor Reymundo:

Here is Reymundo (formally Raymond). 40 lbs lighter and happy as a clam with his two rottie sisters, one chi, two cats, 8 chickens and many dog visitors that we all dog sit at my home.

I love this boy! Original post had him at 8 years old but I called the vet on record from original caregiver who said he was 9.5 years old, born in March. He is now over 10 years old but acts like a puppy.

At 90 lbs, he’s an excellent counter surfer who loves routine, watermelon and mud!

Thank you Muttville!

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08.26.15

Success Story "Betty" #2207

Success Story "Betty" #2207

Goofy Betty (formerly Jasmine) makes friends wherever she goes, and we were overjoyed when Erfert welcomed Betty into her amazing family, home and community filled with many two and four legged friends:

Betty came to me as a fospice dog, with inoperable skin cancer on her belly and a cone around her neck to keep her from licking the irritated area. Betty and I agreed right off the bat to ditch the cone in favor of an active lifestyle that didn’t give her much time for licking.

I live at a boarding stable with 70 horses, 8 cats, 3 goats, and 10 chickens, and Betty is now the beloved mascot here. She greets everyone, human or canine, with glee, and is quite popular with the boarders. She keeps the raccoons out of my house and protects the chickens from the neighborhood bobcat. She loves her job! Yes, she still has skin cancer, but she has a great day every day.

Thanks, Muttville, for giving me the opportunity to care for this extraordinary dog.



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08.19.15

Success Story Chloe #1705

Success Story Chloe #1705

Chloe was the lovely model for Muttville’s mural, and mom Linda says before she even met her, she knew she was the one. Read their sweet love story:

Apparently Chloe came to Muttville in pretty bad shape. I’m told she was full of fleas, very skinny, and most of her hair had fallen out. She had been dumped at some shelter. But Muttville found her, and things started getting better for her. The wonderful Muttville foster couple who took her

in at that time helped her begin to heal, body and soul.

Chloe is doing really well these days. I’ve had her almost two years now. Her age was debated, but my vet says 12 or 13. We live on the Russian River in a somewhat rural area of Sonoma County, and our daily walks take us through orchards and along the river. Chloe likes to take lots of naps, and is definitely enjoying retirement along with me. I have another dog as well, so our pack is thriving and happy.

There is a beautiful mural on one of the walls at Muttville, I do believe it is a picture of Chloe when she was still so underweight but recovering.

She is smiling and has a lively look on her face. It’s that look that jumped out at me from Muttville’s website and in that moment, even before I had met her, I knew I had been chosen. Thank you Muttville!

Love XXX

Linda



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08.12.15

Success Story Dottie #2680

Success Story Dottie #2680

Described as “teeny, weenie Dottie”, David and Deanna share how much they love their little Muttville gal:

Dottie has been nothing but a ray of sunshine in our lives. We hesitated at first to get a second dog since my husband and I work early and very long hours but we just knew that our long-hair Doxie Buster needed a companion. Dottie, even as an “old lady” has enlivened her brother Buster and us as well. She is a total snuggler and loves to bury deep in the covers to keep warm…or else she shivers!

Dottie has learned to love the beach. She destroys multiple squeaky toys a week. And her favorite hobby is burrowing deep in the covers. She loves sunspotting in the house during the day with Buster and loves the back garden even more when she can explore.

We are so fortunate to have rescued her from such a great organization as Muttville. The partnership they have with the SPCA is also amazing. Poor baby Dott had to have TWENTY-TWO! teeth pulled right after we took her home and the poor baby had to stay overnight twice at the vet hospital at the SPCA. We were your typical worried parents but couldn’t ask for a better experience and the care they provide for these older, and sadly abandoned, babies is just so heartwarming. We thank you for everything you do and I look forward to the day we can welcome home another Muttville pup into our home.

We remain eternally grateful for your efforts to save all of these deserving “mutts”.

Love (and wet kisses),

David, Deanna, Dottie and Buster



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07.30.15

Success Story Lily (aka Trixie)

Success Story Lily (aka Trixie)

Wise words from mutt mom Nancy, and an inspiring story about her little Muttville lady, Lily:

If people knew how much they would get back from adopting a dog from Muttville, more people would do it. They are exceptional dogs with life experience, and full of appreciation for all the love that they receive.

I lost my little Bichon Frise Lola in March 2014 after she battled with lung cancer. We tried to save her with a surgery but that only spread the disease throughout her lungs and soon we knew that she would not make it. My husband, our other Bichon Frise Lucy and I all mourned the loss of this sweet spirit and did our share of crying. None of us could ever think of replacing her and we just were not ready to adopt another dog. What I realized while going through this mourning process is that although you can never ever replace a dog you lost; there are plenty of other dogs who need you. You can make such a difference in the life of a dog that has lost their owner or had to be surrendered.

On April 11th we went to Muttville to look at a few dogs. While we were in the cuddle room, one dog made an impression on us. She is a Pomeranian and her name at the time was Trixie. Trixie jumped into my lap and licked my hand, and then she went to my husband and introduced herself to him. Then she jumped down and put her nose to my dog Lucy’s nose and said ‘hi’. We were impressed with this sweet little dog with the BIG personality. We took Trixie home that day and have loved her from that time forward.

We decided to name Trixie, Lily, after a friend’s sister who passed away just two weeks before our trip to Muttville. I have always loved that name and it suited her well.

We have had Lily at home since April and she has proven to be such a blessing in our lives. She is happy, loving, and eager to please. She seems grateful for all the love she gets in her life now. She has changed our lives for the better. I feel so grateful to Muttville for finding homes for these amazing senior dogs. If you are thinking about adopting a dog, I suggest you don’t wait like I did. Why deny yourself the joy of having one of these amazing dogs?

Nancy and Larry

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07.22.15

Success Story Pepper (a.k.a. Tito)

Success Story Pepper (a.k.a. Tito)

Barbra tells us Pepper (formerly Tito) brings so much joy in their hearts everyday! Thanks to Barbra for sharing the Muttville love:

Here is my success story of a little guy that stole our hearts! He is happy and healthy and brings us and his two brothers joy everyday! Thank you and love you Sherri and Muttville!

My husband and I went to Muttville on Oct 30th 2013 with the intention of fostering. The dog we thought we wanted was blind and we have stairs…..no match. Sherri looked at me and said “Wait”. She came back a placed in my arms a little 9 lb half hairless angel named Tito. I was hit by a thunderbolt! LOVE!

Peter and I have changed his name to Pepper and he is happy and healthy and has two brothers, Oliver and Jack. He loves to give back to Muttville, and will never forget Sherri and all the wonderful friends, who helped him find his forever home. Find your love at Muttville today!

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07.15.15

my gal pal noobs is in heaven now. I am so glad to have shared many memories with her!. love you always noobs!

07.08.15 01:15pm | commenting on Success Story "Nubia"

Success Story "Nubia"

Success Story "Nubia"

Nubia was canine pal to many. Did you know she was also a Muttville celebrity? Once you watch Nubia in this now popular Muttville video, The Ballad of Muttville, you will not forget her!

Thank you to fospice mom Mary for writing a tribute to Nubia:

Nubia’s Friends

To know Nubia, as so many Muttville staffers and volunteers did, was to know a little dog with a quirky and engaging personality. She was a clown and with her talent for carrying around the strangest things, found herself starring in a home-grown video that promoted Muttville. She had a sultry woof that a friend of mine called the ‘Lauren Bacall’ bark and she had the sweetness that I know to expect from a Shih Tzu. What could have caused her previous owners to leave her at a shelter in Martinez, CA on Christmas Eve?

Nubia’s original foster dad told me that when she was rescued by Muttville, she was “lumpy, dumpy and sad” and hadn’t been expected to live very long. But she did live and slowly started to become herself again at Muttville surrounded by good medical care and fostering.

After Nubia picked me by suction-cupping her large black nose to my pant leg I often found myself thinking about her past. What had she been like as a puppy? What had happened to cause one of her eyes to be injured or malformed? How many puppies had she raised? It certainly seemed that she must have been a great mother. As I took one look at this tousle-headed girl with silky soft fur, I decided it would give me a great sense of satisfaction to shower love upon a little dog that someone else had so casually discarded.

To live with me, Nubia was going to have to be multi-species friendly, and amazingly, she co-existed wonderfully with my other pets. She was tolerant of my talking, dancing Moluccan Cockatoo and sashayed around the house with my two cats. If anyone got too loud, she would woof once and that was enough to settle everyone down.

Nubia was also the gentle companion I had hoped she would be to my male Shih Tzu Oreo. He and I had been very depressed, having said goodbye just a few months earlier to a beautiful and spunky 14-year old Shih Tzu named Ginger.

As if she had angel wings, Nubia helped lift my spirits and Oreo’s from the moment I brought her home. She in turn seemed impressed by the handsome new man in her life and I was able to get her out around the neighborhood. Oreo would take off first, and Nubia and I would follow, probably cramping his style just a bit but getting our exercise as well.

Slowly but surely, Nubia’s little body did start to slow down. Her spirit and heart were always strong, though and I will remember her for that as well as her throaty bark and the remarkable scent of her fur – like sweet hay. Which made me think again of all those puppies that must have snuggled against her soft tummy and found love and comfort.

This tribute is to you, Nubia, and to all of Nubia’s friends.

My Facebook posting about Nubia’s passing generated almost 50 ‘Likes’ and ‘Comments’ in one day and led to this observation by one of my friends who had never met Nubia: “It’s not often that blessings overflow to the extent I see with this little lady. She blessed so many lives….”

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07.08.15

Success Story "Mater"

Success Story "Mater"

Although Mater’s time with Deassa and his new family was short, he knew love and lived a grand life:

Mater (Tator). I adopted Mater a few months after my sweet senior Albert passed. He filled a huge void in my heart. I had other dogs but there is something so special about these sweet grey faces. Mater was only with me for a year but he lived his life to the fullest and made my life so full. And after Mater passed last year a new senior, 15 year old Miss Mollie joined our family.

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07.01.15

Success Story "Annie" #2169

Success Story "Annie" #2169

Thank you Claire for telling Annie’s story with a little humor and alot of heart:

When Annie first came here (adopted one year ago) I felt like she looked like an Anubis. One day a friend of mine came and was teasing calling her Annie Annie and (Jill) Annie looked up like that was her name from then on Jill became known as Annie. She has the most personality and is the most loving of all my furends. She came when I needed her the most after I lost my person and my two dogs all in the space of three months. She crawled into my bed under the covers and she’s been there ever since.

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06.24.15

Success Story "Aslan"

Success Story "Aslan"

Who saved whom? Debbie tells us her heartfelt story about the day Aslan saved her and her family, and helped “their hearts to smile again”.

Dear Muttville,

First I’d like to say Thank You for what you’re doing. Not only are you saving seniors you’re also saving some hurting hearts. After our loyal family companion Zack crossed over that bridge I swore that was it. No More! I can’t take any more losses. First mom, then my husband in a racing accident. Zack was my lifesaver, my pal, my partner……when he couldn’t make it up the stairs any more I took my mattress downstairs so that he could still sleep next to me. I felt lost without him. No one greeted me at the door any more. It still hurts 3 years later but one day as I was browsing on Facebook this face appeared and something happened. The ad said he liked to “spoon”. Of course there was no way another dog did what Zack did. I did nothing at first but couldn’t stop thinking about this boy with 2 different colored eyes. I kept his picture but told myself I did not want to risk my heart again. I’ll just fill out this adoption app. I was hoping he’d be gone and that would be my answer right? Sure enough there was another interest and she took him home only to return him the next day. I got the message from Muttville that he was available again and I didn’t think twice. It was meant to be!! My daughter, 2 of my grand daughters & myself drove 2 hours (someone waited late just for us) to meet ASLAN. It was love at first sight. This big 80 lb boy was so gentle. He seemed sad and scared. I wish he could tell me his ‘before’ story. It was decided that night that we were going to make the rest of his life the best of his life♡

We kept the name Aslan figuring he was probably already wondering why people were calling him that. He’s great with the kids. He is becoming quite the bed hog these days too. It’s so cute when this big guy gets excited and tries to act like a puppy jumping & spinning around. He likes to go get the mail with us and has learned how to open the cabinets. If I’m out late he’ll lay next to my grand daughters bed as if he’s on watch. There’s no such thing as a quick pat on the head for him. He will push our hands or nuzzle our legs to let us know that we aren’t done touching him yet. He sleeps with his tongue hanging out of his mourh and leaves wet spots. I don’t know what his before story was but Aslan’s now story is that he’s a member of our family. He’s happy. He’s safe. He’s found his forever home. I will forever be grateful to Muttville for helping our hearts to smile again.

Sincerely,
Debbie

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06.17.15

Success Stories "Nandi and Tigger"

Success Stories "Nandi and Tigger"

Beverly shares double the love with two success stories:

Nandi (black dog) and Tigger (orange dog)

Nandi


Nandi (which means joyous one, and she is) was adopted in 2013. Prior to her rescue by Muttville she had possibly spent many (guess age at 9) years in a cage having pups we think twice a year. When she was released she could not walk very well, her hind legs were atrophied, her hind end was small from non use, her teats were dragging the ground, most of her teeth were ground down from chewing on her cage bars (a guess), and most of her hair on her hind quarters was gone from flea infections.

She then came to me after some great care from Muttville, she was spayed, 5 tumors removed from her chest and her teats were sewn up (boob job), she had a few cracked teeth removed and remaining stubs cleaned, her sore skin had salve applied, and currently is given weekly shots for her severe arthritis in her right shoulder (bone on bone).

She began to walk without stumbling, could walk up the stairs with no help, and finally started to run. (I cried the first time she ran on the beach) Her hind end filled out and her back legs got stronger and longer, her hair grew back and became shinny and healthy so she looks normal and people sometimes think she is a puppy.

She now loves to run after her ball and hunt for at least an hour a day at the park or the beach. She loves chomping on carrots and chew sticks. She loves sleeping in bed with me (stairs were built so she can walk up – she still can not jump). Nandi loves human attention and affection.

Tigger

Tigger was adopted in 2014 at 10 years old – His original name was Tigre’. He was 3 days away from being euthanized before Muttville rescued him. He had lost a lot of weight pinning for his original owner , and for months ran up to any man with a hat and beard hoping that was his owner. The shelter believed he was tri-lingual (Spanish, English and French); and he ignored me in all 3 languages. He was well loved and spoiled until he was surrendered; his teeth were perfect (perhaps recently cleaned), had a very expensive custom made leather collar (with a South African flag attached to it), had probably never been hurt and did not know fear (my huge noisy rug washing machine can go straight at him and he won’t move), always demanded the front seat of the car, and pushed people out of the way to get where he wanted to go.

Tigger is obsessed with ball catching and would demand bark constantly until you threw the ball. He has now learned that time outs are required so he could catch his breath, now he has leaned to quietly lie down and waits for the ball to be thrown again. Most of his demand barking has been eliminated, and after lots of work and a barrier; Tigger no longer sits in the front seat of the car. Tigger has also learned to listen to me (which was very difficult for him since he seemed to have been very bonded to males and rarely listened to female humans) and he no longer goes on the stairs while I’m on them so he does not knock me over.

He would also wake up and bark several minutes uncontrollably, and now allows a few words to stop his (now very seldom) outburst immediately.

He has an hour a day of ball catching, and resting, he also enjoys chewing on bully-sticks, and has learned at night to sleep in bed with Nandi and I. He finally seems happy.

My Nandi and Tigger continue to be healthy, happy and they give me a great life.

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06.10.15

Success Story "Koda Bear"

Success Story "Koda Bear"

When Aaron began his first volunteer day at Muttville, his life changed in more ways than one! Read Aaron’s own words about his Muttville mutt, Koda Bear:

I first volunteered at Muttville in October 2014. On that day, I noticed a scrawny, shorn, unhappy-looking little dog moping in the corner. His name was Koda Bear and he had arrived the day before. He had been a stray in L.A. for some time and was in terrible shape. As soon as we made eye contact he perked up and after sitting in my lap for a few minutes, I had trouble convincing him that it was time for me to get back to work!

After thinking over a potential foster situation for a few weeks, I finally decided to just adopt him. That was in December. Fast forward a few months and Koda has settled in nicely to his new home with me and my two other dogs, Nomi and Cristal. He’s put on some much-needed weight, his fur has grown back and his discomfort due to his arthritis and other issues has mostly subsided.

He loves going for walks with his new siblings, although he’s only good for about 1/2 block before he needs to go into his Outward Hound carrier (which he loves even more!) and he has a great time investigating all the smelly little treats on Ocean Beach. Most importantly, he has changed my life – I really believe that HE chose ME – and I never thought caring for a special needs dog could be so transforming.

I cherish every moment this little guy is part of my world! Thanks Muttville!

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06.03.15

Success Story "Koa"

Success Story "Koa"

“…the day he came home my heart truly did grow two sizes bigger,” writes Annie of her Muttville love, Koa.

When we receive tributes like this one from loving families, we are left speechless. Thank you to Annie for sharing your memories of the day you found senior mutt love:

I am the recipient of one of the greatest blessings ever….On March 21, 2015 I adopted furbaby Cotton Koa) from Muttville.

When first learning about Muttville only 2 weeks prior to my meet and greet, I felt compelled to adopt a senior furbaby. Upon my first glance at Muttville website, I was drawn to Cotton. However, was informed that he was scheduled for a meet and greet Sunday, 3/15. Through my disappointment, I realized that the objective is to find forever homes for all Muttville furbabies including Cotton. So I inquired about another furbaby that I also felt drawn to.

They say in life there are no coincidences. My story proves this to be true. I had mentioned to foster mom Tina, Sassy Pants foster mom, that I initially was interested in Cotton but since I had not heard back on status of his prior meet and greet, I assumed he had been adopted. I learned later it was because of Tina that I received an email from Cotton’s foster parents informing me that he was still available for adoption.

Saturday, March 21st upon entering Muttville, I was intent on leaving with Sassy Pants…and as I was holding Sassy pants, I noticed a while fluffy tail tucked between two people sitting on the sofa. I can’t explain why but I knew instantly that it was Cotton (now Koa). When I held Koa who was wearing neck collar as he was still healing from having his right eye removed…I felt my heart skip a beat…I knew at that very moment that we were meant to be a family and that I was going to provide a loving home…and an amazing quality of life for this little guy.

Once the adoption was complete, my sister, grandson and myself opted to take Cotton (Koa) to Pet Express and just spend some time spoiling him….and honestly we are all still spoiling him today!

There were a couple of challenges…the obvious being that Koa needed to learn how to navigate confidently around his new home as he is still adjusting in some ways to living without a right eye and no peripheral vision on that side. Every now and again he walks into something but for the most part he is making huge strides and now runs to the back door to let me know when he needs to relieve himself. Car rides have been a bit challenging only because he wants to make sure when I exit the car that he gets to come with me…lol! His barking has subsided considerably in just this week so I am confident that he is beginning to understand that he is coming with me.

Yesterday was his first day adjusting to a new crate so I can rest assured he is safe should I have to leave him home for a bit. This morning he surprised me. The crate door was open, his bed tucked nicely inside and he walked in, climbed into his bed and fell asleep. Picture attached. He surprises me daily with how smart, loveable and truly cuddly he is.

Koa is with me everyday…I take him everywhere I go and when I go somewhere like a grocery store where pets are not allowed he is in a carrier, fully secure, safe and he loves it!

I cannot thank Muttville enough for the work you all do. Without your efforts I never would have known how magical adopting a senior furbaby is.

My family and even my sister who fears all furbabies LOVES him…and his gentle soul! He is my heart and the day he came home my heart truly did grow two sizes bigger.

With love and gratitude,

Annie and Koa

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05.27.15

Success Story "Dusti Rose"

Success Story "Dusti Rose"

Enjoy this week’s success story about Dusti Rose (formerly Kyla). Mom Lisa shares how this little girl has made a huge impact in her life:

We are so in love with her, we fall more and more in love with her with each passing day!!

She has brought and taught so much to us…how to slow down, not take life so seriously and to stop and smell the roses (bushes)…we can’t imagine our lives without her now that she’s come into ours.

She loves everyone she meets, from our 2 cats to all of her doggie cousins, friends and everyone in between she meets.

Her life is now filled with lots of walks, doggie adventures, road trips and tons and tons of love…

Thank you Muttville for bringing this sweet little spirit into our lives xoxoxo

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05.20.15

Success Story Trevor

Success Story Trevor

Colette is celebrating her “adopt-a-versary”, the day she adopted her Muttville mutt, Trevor. Let’s celebrate!

I celebrated my 1 year anniversary with Trevor on Mar 31. I want to thank Muttville for the privilege of caring for the most beautiful creature in the whole world. He looked so anxious when I first saw him and I just wanted to help him feel more secure. I feel like I’ve made a little progress in that area. He gets more secure every day. He loves to run (downhill), eat meat, sleep late, sleep on the couch, sleep on my bed. (You get the picture!) I’ve had wonderful support from Nancy Myers from Muttville, from Russell & Marie of smallclub, Erika from the SPCA & Dan & the gang at Dan Perata dog training. I love him so much. He has enriched my life and rewarded me tenfold just by occasionally showing his tail and getting more comfortable with being petted. The work that you do is so admirable! Trevor is such a happy pooch thanks to Muttville!

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05.13.15

Success Story "Freeda"

Success Story "Freeda"

Thanks to Jen and Kristina for making our day with this story full of smiles and love! Enjoy Freeda’s story and it will make your day, too:

We just wanted to thank you for the wonderful work that you all do to save these pups and to let you know that Freeda (formerly Nema) is the light of our lives! Freeda has been living with us for a week and is doing absolutely fabulous. Her furry brother, Hadley, has graciously opened up his home to her as well! When we picked her up we couldn’t believe how much she loved the car…there’s something so special about watching a dog with the wind their fur and tongue hanging out. The first few days at home were trying for our other dog, Hadley, but with a little time they’ve both learned their place in the house and within our “pack”. Freeda sleeps through the night in her crate, snoring as loud as everyone else in the room! In the morning she snuggles in bed with the rest of the family. She walks on leash like a champ and has already dropped a little weight. We are so excited to give Freeda the life she deserves because she is a wonderful dog with so much love to give back. Our hearts are full and our home is happy. Thank you Muttville!

- Jen, Kristina, Freeda & Hadley


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05.06.15

Success Story "Rosie"

Success Story "Rosie"

As part of Muttville’s Fospice Program, Rosie enjoyed a wonderful life with fospice mom Kay. Despite her health issue, Rosie lived an extra long and fulfilling life! Kay wrote this beautiful story of her life with Rosie:

Rosie came to us in March 2014 after being surrendered to a shelter when her companion of 16 years could no longer care for her. Rosie herself was in renal failure, however, she was not displaying any symptoms, as yet. She was thin, withdrawn and seemed, not surprisingly, very depressed. She would eat but then would just go lay on her bed and sleep. She didn’t seem to need human contact. We gave her space to settle in at her own pace but kept a very close eye on her.

Slowly she started to come out of her shell; she started to roam around the house and follow us out into the garden. Eventually, she allowed herself to relax and sunbathe on the patio with our two other dogs.

She accompanied me to work where she slept in my office by my feet and then would take herself off around the office for a stroll and, soon became an office favorite.

Within two months she was a completely different dog. She loved riding in the car with the air conditioning full blast in her face. Every morning she ran up and down the hall a few times, her back leg kicking out to the side like she was doing the conga. She fought with her bed at least once a day. She ate three hearty meals a day. She spent hours wondering around the garden sniffing at everything. And, my personal favorite, she was banned from the groomer’s for being “too feisty”– we both wore that like a badge of honor.

Sadly, a couple of months ago she developed seizure-like episodes. She recovered quickly and her quality of life was still very good. Unfortunately, she had two bad episodes and we decided her quality of like was being compromised and decided, with our vet, that it was kinder to say goodbye and let her go.

Rosie could have easily been passed over as a shutdown dog who was not a good candidate for adoption. But she was just frightened and confused and needed a little time to adjust and let her true personality surface. She was not a cuddly little dog but an independent little spirit who completely took us all by surprise and we fell in love with her. She was a little character who made us laugh on a daily basis. It’s heart breaking to say goodbye to her but I’m so happy and honored that we were the ones to bring her around and give her another year where she blossomed and enjoyed her life to the end.

As always, thank you to Muttville for saving her and giving us Rosie for a year.


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04.29.15

Success Story "Cupcake", the 4 lb Wonder Mutt

Success Story "Cupcake", the 4 lb Wonder Mutt

Our hearts always break when we hear of the passing of a Muttville alumni. Mom Josie helps us to smile and laugh despite her loss. She shared with us her sweet memories of her gal, Cupcake:

Itty, bitty, Old Lady Extraordinaire, Love of my Life blonde edition, Cupcake, the 4 pound wonder mutt, has sailed across The Rainbow Bridge. Despite her physical challenges and medical issues, my girl was a champ! She was a silly little sweetheart with ideas of her own and heart that defied the size of her physical being.

Over the past year or so, her fave place to be was with me; on me, next to me, looking for me, snuggling with me. I love the way she loved me and will treasure the place she owns in my soul forever. She slept on my chest, resting her adorable face on my neck, whispering secrets of the day to me as we drifted off to sleep, our heartbeats in sync, as close to being one that’s possible.

She had admirers all around who were taken by her cuteness while being pushed around in her buggy or playing in the grass down at the park. I’m not the only one around here missing everything about her either. Although they search with less frenzy as time marches on, her mutt friends here still look for her in the comfy spots where she liked to nap.

I am thankful beyond measure for the years of having the privilege of being her Mama and always, always, always to Sherri for saving her that began our journey here together.

A couple of days after her teeny body had had enough, there was a brilliant rainbow in the sky that I believe was her, letting me know she was really out there, somewhere over the rainbow, back to bouncing around freely on all 4 legs, no longer burdened with breast cancer or tumors growing on her head or any of it really, her mission here complete. That she knew what it was to be treasured & loved like crazy after who knows what, gives me some peace.

To quote her fellow Muttviller, Danny Boy, whose Bark-It List continues to inspire us:

“Short time, Long time as long as it’s a Good time!”


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04.22.15

Success Story "Bijou"

Success Story "Bijou"

Stephanie says Bijou rolled into her life…literally! And their lives have been full of bliss ever since! Enjoy this sweet love story:

I have quite the obsession with dogs and with Muttville. I had just moved to San Francisco as a student and was living alone. I was seriously missing my four legged fur-babies that were living with my parents in San Jose. Each day, I would go to Muttville’s website and scroll through each page of wonderful dogs, particularly drawn to the dogs with special needs. One lucky day, I scrolled upon Miss Bijou’s picture — a small poodle with a seriously funny hair-do, two working legs and two mermaid legs, and a wheelchair. I watched a video of her running up a hill with her little wheels and I knew immediately I had to meet her.

Bijou and I met back in the summer of 2012 and it was love at first sight. After long consideration, I made a decision to care for her for the rest of her life. Since that decision, I have had no regrets. She has been my motivation and my best friend. I bring her everywhere with me and feel a heartbreak every time I can’t take her with me. She reminds me how strong anyone or anything can be, despite their size or disability. She actually really doesn’t let her disability get in the way. She can keep up with any big dog as she zooms past them fast with her little wheels! She does handstands to drink water and she runs around the floor without her wheels. I didn’t realize how much work it was to have a special needs fur baby (she needs to be expressed every couple hours and given medicine), but I also didn’t realize how much I would love it. Bijou has brought a smile to the face of every person who meets her.

It’s safe to say, this little senior rolled into my life and has made my life so much brighter. She is now 13 years young and still as youthful as ever. Thank you Muttville for rescuing her and allowing me to give her a forever home. Check out her instagram for recent pictures at bijous_world


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04.15.15

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