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Success Story "Mr. Biscuits"

Success Story "Mr. Biscuits"

Congrats to Mr Biscuits, and Mutt parents Rhonda and Theo who are celebrating the one year adoptaversary of Mr. Biscuits!!

Words cannot express the feelings we have for this globally lovable and funny creature, who beat the odds by “making it through the weekend” at Muttville, after already making the rounds at the SF pound and SPCA. Thanks to Leslie, Rhonda and I looked in each other’s eyes and said “5 days or 5 months”, and after one year today, he shows no sign of slowing down. Happy Anniversary, Mr. Biscuits!

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02.02.16

Success Story "Dobby"

Success Story "Dobby"

Sometimes the best stories are short and sweet:

I absolutely love my little Dobby. He is doing so well. His hair is growing back on his back and neck. Nothing sprouting on his tail yet but I’m not sure I want it to. I love his little rat tail.

Take care,

Pam and Dobby

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01.27.16

Success Story Pippy

Success Story Pippy

Perfect match? I think you will agree after you read Pippy’s success story, as told by her mom Sharon. Enjoy!

We just wanted to share with you how fantastic it’s been to have Pippy with us these last couple of weeks, and to let you know how grateful we are for the work you do. We realize it hasn’t been very long that she’s been with us, but she adapted so quickly and seamlessly to her new “forever home” that we could have written this two days after she got here.

We found Pippy on our second visit to Muttville, during one of your weekend adoption events. As soon as we arrived, one of your volunteers picked her up and put her in my arms. She just relaxed and nestled right in there – we were smitten! In fact, she was so relaxed I was a little concerned that she might not be very energetic. So, before we got too attached, I insisted that we go upstairs and meet some of the other pooches available for adoption. We did that, and met some awesome mutts, but my husband kept asking, “What about Pippy?” Apparently, it was too late for him! She has already stolen his heart. So, eventually, we made our way back downstairs and decided to take her for a walk. Well, any concerns we had about her lack of energy were immediately erased! As soon as we got the leash on her she perked right up and started off at a terrific clip, barking at birds, taking care of her business in a no nonsense manner and, frankly, giving us a run for our money. Those little legs move awfully fast! When we took her back and upstairs to the loft and she settled in again, resting her head on my leg, I was done for as well. We made the decision right there and then, took the next couple of days to prepare for her arrival, and then brought her home.

It was the best decision ever. Pippy is an absolute joy to be with. She’s goofy, ridiculous, loving and so, so sweet. She loves to socialize and she’s quickly becoming a popular fixture in our neighborhood. We walk – a lot! (If you want to get fit, get a dog!) And we lounge, play with her favorite squeaky toys, and she’s really taken to dining al fresco with us – we think she’s becoming quite the foodie.

Muttville did a great job getting her healthcare back on track, providing baths and antibiotics for her skin infection. That’s all cleared up now and she received an almost clean bill of health from her new vet, Dr. Taylor at Healthy Pets on West Portal, Though she does need to visit the dentist, so she’s getting her teeth cleaned in a couple of weeks, using a non-anesthetic process that they offer. She loves her new groomer, Justine at The Pawbershop (also on West Portal), who she sees every Wednesday, and she has fun at CitiPets Playground for daycare when we have to leave her for any lengthy period of time. We’re also working on some basic training with Maureen Backman and that’s going really well – Maureen is great and Pippy’s picking it all up very quickly! It’s the treats; she loves treats. So, she’s spoiled, for sure, but that’s the way it should be.

The work you do is incredible, and we’re very proud to be Mutt Guardians now, and a part of the Muttville community. Thanks again, and woofs and wags!

In gratitude,

Sharon Kittredje, Kishore and Pippy (aka, The Pipster)

Pictures below:

1) Posing for her daddy (“I’m ready for my close up, Mr. Demille!”) while lounging in her favorite bed

2) With her “cousin” Luke, after brunch with friends

3) In her daddy’s arms, at the same brunch

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01.20.16

Success Story "Hazel" (#2525)

Success Story "Hazel" (#2525)

Thank you Liz for sharing her ‘matchmaking’ moment with her forever mutt Hazel:

Hazel came to me in September of 2014 and what a blessing she has been. I wanted a smaller dog because I live in an apartment, and I definitely wanted a senior dog. They need homes too! I’ve worked much of my adult life with elderly people, so it was a natural preference.

Sherri was in the office the day I visited Muttville, and right away handed me Hazel, saying “she’s so affectionate. Look at how she holds onto you with her paws!” And indeed, Hazel immediately grasped me tightly with her two front paws. We sat down and she snuggled into my lap as if we were old friends. I remember there was a commotion in the larger dog room and all of the little dogs in the office went on the alert, barking and howling and getting excited. Except Hazel. She stayed put! At that point I pretty much knew that Hazel was the one for me. How did Sherri know that we were a great fit? I think it was fate on the heels of Sherri’s intuition!

Hazel was around 11 when we adopted each other, and had cataracts, and since adoption the cataracts have progressed. She’s partly blind but gets around great. She knows her neighborhood by smell, and the layout of our apartment, and can go up stairs but now down more than 3 steps. We manage just fine, and I simply pick her up when there’s a long staircase to descend. She weighs about the same as my bowling ball, so carrying her is no big deal! Recently Hazel’s left cataract ruptured, and as a quality of life measure the eye had to be removed. (Ruptured cataracts can cause painful swelling). Hazel has an amazing vet, and has done great since surgery.

Hazel’s gained a bit of weight since adoption, despite plenty of walks. She probably gets a few too many treats (Hazel gets treats just for existing-shouldn’t we all?), but the vet tells me she’s very healthy.

We are a great team, and I thank Muttville from the bottom of my heart for connecting me with this beautiful sweet girl.

Photos:

1. Hazel and I soon after adoption

2. Hazel looking super cute

3. Hazel after eye surgery

4. Hazel “helping me” with my volunteer work at the Institute on Aging.

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01.13.16

Success Story "Chubbs"

Success Story "Chubbs"

Chubbs’ story is a perfect one for the holidays! Thanks to mom Shannon for sharing her mutt love story:

I adopted Chubbs 4 months after my 18 year old buddy Bandit crossed the rainbow bridge. I have a 15 year old Shih tzu named Brady who seemed to miss a doggie companion. I went to muttville after reading all the good things they do with senior dogs. I loved the headquarters it was open and inviting. I met Chubbs and he didn’t seem interested in me at first. I read on his profile that he takes a little time warming up to people. I noticed he loves other dogs. I loved that about him!! He loved Brady right off the bat and vice versa. He also is super cute and muppet like with his underbite.

We had a very bumpy start. It took Chubbs some time to trust me and he liked to mark his territory. Three months later I couldn’t ask for a more loving dog and he loves my crazy adventures!!! He loves Chrissy field, Fort Funston, and now Kayaking in lake Tahoe!! I still can’t believe he’s a senior. He has so much energy!! No matter where I go Brady and Chubbs come along. I’m so glad I adopted him that day and stuck through those first few months. He still has a little training to do but he’s my buddy and he has come a long way!!! He goes off leash at Fort Funston and we just had a successful day at Chrissy Field. He came when called even when he was playing with other dogs. He loves being with me and loves cuddle time. The recent kayak trip brought out his adventurous side. He liked the water so much he kept jumping in!! I bought him a life vest after the first day.

Thank You Muttville for taking care of my buddy until I had the strength to find him!!!



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12.23.15

Success Story "Kola"

Success Story "Kola"

Mutt parents Patty and Mike tell us, “We wanted you to know how lucky we are to have our Muttville dog. She’s added so much to our lives.”

Enjoy this beautiful story about Muttville alum, Kola:

Dear Muttville Friends,

Hi, from Kola [Cola 2918].

I’ve been living in a new place for about four months. I ride in the car every day, which is one of my favorite things. There is cool fresh air, interesting smells and curious things to see, like deer and turkeys and horses. I go on two or three walks every day. Sometimes I meander on fire roads, paths and or sidewalks. Or I hike up mountains and hills. Most days I go to the park to see who is there. Occasionally I run as fast as the wild wind. I didn’t know how to walk up ramps on the trails and across streams when I moved here, but I am a quick learner and now my feet can take me all sorts of places in the county open spaces.

I am going to school and learning how to pay better attention. I’m very good in the class. I also like class because there are quite a few treats there.

I share my new house with two cats. I let them sniff me and do whatever they want. They sit near me and sometimes jump at me to try to get me to play; I sit near them and ignore them. The people and cats are around almost all the time, so I am not lonely. I relax with them in the living room or the office or in the yard, and take naps. I play tug and show them how well I can catch the tennis ball in my mouth.

At the end of the day when I am tired, I go lie down on my bed and it feels good to be safe and taken care of. The people here tell me I am pretty, and I like that, so I put my paws in their lap and look into their eyes. Sometimes they call me Tiger Paws, but I am not sure why. They give me hugs and say every day they are so glad I am here.

I hope you all get adopted soon because it is good.

Kola



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12.17.15

Success Story "Molly Brown"

Success Story "Molly Brown"

Foster mom Stephanie shares a really sweet love story with her girl, Molly Brown:

A short story about foster dog turned fospice dog turned my dog. Molly Brown.

After losing her best mutt friend and being banished to the garage to mourn in dark solitude, Molly was subsequently abandoned by her lifelong family.

Muttville saved her and happy prevailed over sad. Just Molly became Molly Brown. A tender heart, smart with plenty of mischief. She landed herself a wonderful home, it didn’t work out and serious health issues emerged. A poor prognosis was issued and she decided to live out the rest of her days here.

And here she still is. Two years later! Still naughty, still happy. She certainly still struggles with her sickness and anxiety, but is stable on average. Molly Brown loves all and is loved by all. This super star has become my dog, my Beagle Rock. Not what I planned on but what I am so incredibly grateful for.

Seems sort of amazing that sometimes the dogs with little hope are the ones who rise above the odds and end up staying here with us the longest.

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12.09.15

Success Story Sheba #2284

Success Story Sheba #2284

Since this is a week of giving thanks, we are happy to share the story of Sheba! Mutt dad Steve shares with us the simple things she is grateful for:

I am happy to report that Sheba is still going strong at 12 (we think!); talkative as ever. Loves sacking out on the couch while we all watch TV, enjoys her buddy Caliente (the 14 year old Chihuahua – although she flops down precariously close to her periodically), and especially loves chasing her ball in the early AM and after dinner when we can.

Although Sheba is slowing down a bit, she still chases the ball with me on walks morning and evening. And she still climbs the stairs to put herself to bed every night. She now has a pal – a little spaniel/poodle/whatever mix that we also rescued. Sheba still is quite vocal at feeding, and is getting more vocal as she is growing quite deaf (aren’t we all!). Seems to be getting a little better in the car.

She is very fit for her age and is a sveldt 65 pounds. We are planning to move to Texas in January, so she will have plenty of time to get over her auto anxiety with me driving her across country. She has been a great companion, we have enjoyed having her in our family and look forward to her new adventure in Texas.

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11.25.15

Success Story "Wembley" 1859

Success Story "Wembley" 1859

You never know when you are going to fall in love! Thank you Tracey for loving Wembley and sharing your story:

After having had poodles my whole life, I thought I could never be interested in another breed of dog. Then along came Wembley! After a tiny poodle had been adopted underneath my nose from HQ, Kristin persuaded me to go to an adoption event at a horse show in Atherton to meet him. And honestly, I went reluctantly. But then I saw his big brown eyes, and his waif-thin frame, and when he crawled up on my lap, my heart melted into a puddle even though part of his fur was just plain missing. I signed those papers immediately & picked him up from his foster parents a week later. He’s had quite the ongoing medical journey, but nothing keeps him down for long. He is very gentle, and the happiest dog I have ever known.

His motto is, “why walk when I can run everywhere?!” It has taken almost two years for him to learn to trust enough to really relax and cuddle in my arms. Most people think he is a puppy, and are surprised when they learn he is a senior. He loves chicken, being in the garden, wearing cute sweaters when it’s cold enough (OK maybe he just tolerates that!) and going to work with me as a pseudo-therapy dog.

Thank you Kristin & Muttville! (And thanks to Jeremiah for the cute name—we kept it!)

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11.18.15

Success Story "McDreamy"

Success Story "McDreamy"

Sometimes it takes a while to meet the perfect family..but McDreamy says it was worth the wait. Read in his own words, his love story:

Hello from SoCal!

It took me a long time to find my new family and I had to travel pretty far to get home, but I’m having a great time! Getting used to my new house, new people, and new dog and cat siblings took a while since I can’t see or hear. I was scared to leave my foster mom and dad who took great care of me for so long, so I was having lots of accidents! I’ve gotten much more confident (my mom would say fiercely sassy) and learned to use the dog door so I am able to go outside to take care of business.

Nowadays I explore the yard, nap in the dog beds, and dance for treats. I love to cuddle, but only when I’m tired or feeling a little scared. If I get picked up while exploring, I squirm until that silly person puts me down and lets me get back to my business.

I also get to travel all over and I love to ride in the car. My favorite destination is the beach. Even though I can’t see or hear too much, I enjoy the sun on my face and the ocean breezes in my fur.

Thank you Muttville for taking such good care of me and finding me a new family!

Love, McDreamy

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11.11.15

I love this girl, she had a smile that healed. Gracie was found in a backpack, covered in her own poop. But forget that, she was adopted by the most wonderful lady who had rescue bunnies and pigeons – the warmest most loving home you could imagine. r.i.p. Gracie, xoxo

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Success Story "Gracie" #1874

Success Story "Gracie" #1874

Mutt mom Helen wrote this memoriam with a heavy heart. She lost her Muttville gal Gracie just a few days ago, and we are mourning with her. Sail way, sweet girl:

Dear Gracie passed away on Monday, due to heart and lung complications. I rushed her to the emergency vet on Sunday, where they tried everything they could to improve her failing heart. The prognosis was an enlarged left heart and pulmonary hypertension. I had been treating her for 10 months for the heart complications, but the additional complications of the hypertension created too much strain on my dear girl. With the vet’s advice, we euthanized Gracie on Monday morning. I held her in my arms. My sweet girl is buried in the backyard near a butterfly bush and 8 darling pigeons to watch over her.

I so clearly remember the day I journeyed down to Muttville on a Friday afternoon, with two bunnies in my car, to find just the right gentle dog to join my home. Gracie was clearly the one to join my home in Petaluma – even the bunnies agreed! Grace was my first dog (in my adult years) and I marveled every day how I got the best dog ever, the most darling, sweet and gentle dog! My heart melted every morning when I woke up and she was waiting for her kisses. Sometimes she’d accompany me to work, where everyone adored her. When my dad visited from Florida, he couldn’t get enough of her and he would always sing to her “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World….she’s my Gracie…” It was so touching to me how much she loved my dad.

I am so saddened that Gracie is gone – even my bunnies look at me and seem to ask, “where’d she go, momma?” I can’t thank Muttville enough for rescuing her and letting this incredibly beautiful girl share her remaining years with me. I feel so lucky and grateful.

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11.04.15

Success Story "Pence"

Success Story "Pence"

Hunter Pence, eat your heart out! Muttville’s Pence is an all star at his loving home! Read his story, written by mom Maureen:

Hunter Pence, the heart and spirit of the SF Giants, doesn’t know that he has a namesake with the same sweet soul as he. But we do – he is our precious Pence, known as Pesto (#2986) for his first few days at Muttville.

While on vacation in Florida, we saw the Muttville adoption notice on-line and immediately fell in love with Pence. His eyes, pleading for love, captured our hearts. We had mixed emotions hoping that he would get adopted immediately, but anxiously hoping that he would still be available when we returned to California. When we met this babe, Pence was 20 lbs. underweight with atrophic/arthritic hind legs that, at times, made him fall down. We found he had dental disease which demanded that seven teeth be extracted. We are very thankful for our wonderful vet, Dr. Atwal, who has set Pence on the road to recovery. Pence has gained over six pounds and has a bounce in his step that disguises his ten plus years.

But it’s the huge heart and sweet soul of Pence that has seen him through the rough times. Now he has the love of many family members, as well as his labrador brothers, Buzz and Woody. Every afternoon Pence, Annie (another rescue pup), Buzz, and Woody run through the yard chasing or fishing out balls from the pool. Though Pence cannot jump into the car, going for rides and taking walks have become so much easier for him that he can’t wait to go! We are so grateful to Muttville for blessing our lives with this babe.

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10.28.15

Success Story "Lady" (a.k.a. Clarissa)

Success Story "Lady" (a.k.a. Clarissa)

Written by proud mutt mom Jubi:

We never had a dog before, so adopting a dog was going to be a challenge. There were so many things we needed to learn and we just did not want to do wrong by her.

It was difficult at first, but with just a little time it began to feel that this relationship was perfect. Our little Lady had a bad bilateral ear infection, which affected her gait and balance, a cataract that allowed her to see maybe 5 or 10 percent out of that eye, slight lameness in one of her legs and very sensitive stomach.

Regardless of her issues (2 have been solved) we were determined to get things right and make sure she was happy and loved.

Lady is a blessing to us, the most sweet and gentle soul. And the cutest when she stomps her paws waiting for that treat! She hasenriched our lives with so much joy and love. I love waking up tofeeling her little paws pushing me to get up.

Thank you Muttville for rescuing this sweetheart so that we could be a family. I’ve attached some photos to share of our little princess!

We changed her name from Clarissa to Lady, it seems to match her personality so much more. She prances and trots and even crosses her paws like a lady!

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10.21.15

Success Story "Mac"

Success Story "Mac"

Mutt dad Roy tells us he was a first time doggy dad when he adopted Mac. Love teaches us all we need to know to be a great parent. Read their love story:

WooHoo, fireworks, confetti, and a doggy cupcake for Mac….we celebrate our one year togetherness on May 23! Thank You so much Muttville!

Reading the bio on Mac was an instant connection. Mac’s bio read that he was a bit of a talker and yodeled to get his point across….now that is a unique character trait that got my attention! This little guy came home with me that day.

Mac would surely tell you, the first six months, I had no clue how to be a doggie dad. He has severe skin allergies and would be in pain. Seeking out a relief was a challenge to me and certainly to him. Mac and I would go to three different doctors before we found the right solution to the skin allergies. The great reward in the second six months is that Mac is healthy, happy and continues to talk and yodel to get my attention. Mac is smart, funny, happy and has a forever home with me!

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10.14.15

Success Story "Drummer"

Success Story "Drummer"

Let’s help celebrate Drummer’s Adoptaversary this month! Thank you to Jordan for giving an amazing life to this Muttville senior boy. Read about their sweet love story:

I adopted Drummer from Muttville in October 2014, and could not have brought home a sweeter dog. I’d like to share my favorite moments with Drummer:

- Drummer used to be so sad that he couldn’t sleep on my bed, he would find anything that smelled like me and sleep on it. He’s made himself comfortable on my backpack, and even on top of my leather boots. I finally gave in and let him sleep on my bed.

- Drummer is so eager to make friends that we once caught him trying to introduce himself to a concrete statue of a dog.

- When I first got Drummer, a 30 minute walk was a struggle for him. Now, he can play at the dog park for hours before I have to drag him home. The dog park crowd is very impressed with how strong he has gotten!

- A big dog once snapped at Drummer as we were walking by, and Drummer’s first reaction was go back and introduce himself to this dog while wagging his tail.

- Drummer loves food so much, I once caught him trying to eat a dead bumblebee.

Thank you Muttville!

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10.07.15

Success Story "Tribble"

Success Story "Tribble"

Tribbles came to us with health issues, but thrived amazingly in his foster home with Lisa for a whole year. His dreams finally came true when he was adopted by Se Young and Alex. Read the beautiful tribute written by mutt dad Alex:

Tribble passed away March 2015 in our arms and we are still heartbroken. We are grateful for the time we had with the lovable goofball and hope that he is having a blast across the rainbow bridge.

RIP Baby Tribble, I love you and all your fuzzy weirdness forever. Sad day, but also happy. Happy you’re young and running free again, maybe actually seeing what’s in front of you, hearing your name, and smelling the fake roses before you yank them out of their pots. Happy that you gave your mommy and me a fantastic year of silly faces and adorable snores. Happy that you were never a bore. Happy that you decided to be cuddly in your final hours, after hundreds of days of playing it cool. Happy that you let us dress you like a furry fool. Happy that we will always have the highest bar for how awesome a dog should be, but the lowest bar for how tall… you were so small. I hope you’re a huge albeit proportional menace in your next set of paws, giving someone else the great joy of taking you into heart and home. I hope you’re never alone. I hope I get to see you again my bestest friend.

Love Dad

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09.30.15

Success Story "Higgins"

Success Story "Higgins"

For those who remember Gatsby 2700, here he is now! New name Higgins, he is loving life with new mom Tracy:

Higgins is thriving. He was accepted immediately by my two old girl dogs because they think he is just “Sammy,” my former beagle who crossed over the Bridge 3/1/13, back from the dead.

Every week he becomes more and more settled into our routines. He does have to go on a diet since he has gained 3 pounds in the last 6 months. (His mother is an indulgent and benevolent dictator.) He is also becoming more and more of a snuggly lap beagle, which is what I missed most. He’s a keeper!!

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09.22.15

Success Story "Hazelnut"

Success Story "Hazelnut"

Fospice mom Cathy shares her amazing memories with fospice gal, Hazelnut:

A Fospice Success Story

We adopted Tilly from Muttville in 2011. I wanted to do more for Muttville ( I wanted more dogs!) but it wasn’t until we lost our Skipper in 2014 that I felt it was time to try fospice. In September Hazelnut came to stay. When she arrived it was an “Awwww” moment. You can see how she looked then, so old, so fragile, so needy. While showing her around I took her out to the back deck where she immediately launched herself over the steps like Wonder Dog, raced to the chicken coop and started frantically digging for ground squirrels! There was more to this little Beagle than met the eye.

So we learned about her. Cats were fun! Meals were great! Geese were to be feared! Walks were the best! We would separate on our walks because Hazelnut would always finish 10 minutes ahead of everyone else.

She loves to play “stalking the bedskirt” wherein she circles the bed half under the skirt at a snail’s pace because she just KNOWS there’s something under there. She played that game with the Christmas tree for 3 weeks also.

Things were going along great and we really thought we knew her when in December my son brought home a 75 pound black pit bull he rescued from living under a building on his campus. Haehly was sweet, shy, and loved to run in our field. All of a sudden Hazelnut was transformed into Working Dog. The big one needed to be brought into line! So Hazelnut chased, cut, nipped, endlessly trying to catch her. Haehly sees it as a big game and loves to tease Hazelnut but she sees it as a serious job. Must Control the Big Dog! The pattern continues to this day. Much loud barking accompanies all the chasing.

Hazelnut has a fantastic appetite, loves ripping into rib bones with her terrible teeth, has been fully trained by the cats (mostly). She still flies off the deck every morning to race the property with her friend Haehly, goes on a big walk every day with her 3 buddies, loves the vet where they lavish treats on her, wakes me up at dawn for breakfast and has started to play tug of war after watching Haehly. Can’t wait to get her up to the mountains where Tilly is the champion hiker. She’ll probably turn into Mountain Rescue Dog or something equally wonderful.

Hazelnut may be a fospice but she has proven that a second chance is all a dog really needs. She’s living her life vigorously, having loads of fun (mixed in with her work of course, that big dog won’t train herself!) and we are having the best time watching it all. What fun for all of us! Thanks Muttville for giving little Hazelnut the chance she needed.


Update: On Sept. 10, dear little Hazelnut passed away. She was tucked up in her bed sleeping next to me. She had recovered from her illness but then started to slow down. She kept to her daily routines of walks, car rides and minding the big dog until the end . She never gave up. Our hearts are broken we miss her so much.

Thank you for all you did for her. We were blessed to witness such a joy for life and will never forget her….

With love

Cathy

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09.15.15

Success Story Teddy 2362

Success Story Teddy 2362

Rebecca shares with us her ‘love at first sight’ story with Teddy:

I initially saw Teddy on the Muttville website at the beginning of February, 2015, and my gut told me that he was the dog for me, so I submitted an application for his adoption. Tawny, his awesome foster mom, contacted me, and we went back and forth for about a week before finally meeting each other at Muttville for a Saturday Meet-Our-Mutts event. It was love at first sight! I adopted Teddy that day and we bonded almost immediately.

Teddy has turned out to be the best thing that’s ever happened to me! We determined (by digging through his records) that he’ll be 10 years old in August. Thanks to the incredible generosity of Muttville, the SFSPCA was able to extract 10 rotten and decaying teeth from his mouth and uncovered an oronasal fistula that we’ll have to fix pretty soon. He’s an incredible companion – he’s young at heart, very spry and agile, loving, friendly, and hilarious! We’ve gotten to know lots of our neighbors thanks to the walks we take multiple times a day, and no one can believe he’s almost 10 years old. He’s also a great hiking companion.

I work nights as a nurse, so Teddy stays home alone when I work. According to my neighbors, he never barks when he’s home alone, and he’s even good about letting me sleep during the day, between shifts. He’s such a good sport. The nice thing about my schedule is that we spend most of our time together. He goes almost everywhere with me. I’m planning on doing further training with him, but I did manage to teach him how to sit!

I feed him very well and give him supplements for his arthritis, skin issues, and allergies. He’s spoiled rotten, just like he should be! He now sees Dr. Ana Apostol at the East San Rafael Veterinary Clinic, who is a fantastic vet. We’ve fallen into a nice routine.

The first is a recent photo of him following grooming. The second photo – the collage – (clockwise from top left) shows Teddy when I first brought him home; after his dental surgery; playing atop a carpet of wisteria flowers with my parents’ Westie, Corky; and shortly after having him groomed. The third photo is him lounging on the couch at home.

You guys at Muttville are my heroes. Thanks for all you do, and thanks for connecting me with my best friend!

Best regards,

Rebecca

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09.09.15

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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