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Success Story Darla
It’s joy joy joy from here on out for sweet senior Darla! Here’s how her first few days went with her new family:
She has settled in great from day one, and is the sweetest little girl with a hysterical spunky side.
We took her for a veterinary check-up immediately after her adoption, and we’ve been keeping up with her daily medications and her vet-prescribed diet dog food. We started her off with short walks around the block, and have slowly increased the distance each day. She’s built up a ton of strength in her legs and can now walk about 4-5 times further than when we first adopted her! She gets a long daily walk (which she always looks forward to) and has already lost a solid amount of weight due to her strict diet. Her energy and enthusiasm have picked up immensely with the weight-loss; she seems to get happier and more energetic with each passing week! Sometimes when she gets bursts of energy she’ll even break into a short run which is hysterical.
She has a few “spots” around our apartment that she really enjoys. She loves her dog bed at the end of our bed, sitting on the couch with us wrapped up in a blanket, and she even has a special mat by the window that she uses to sunbathe every day. When not at home or out for a walk, we take her with us everywhere (parks, beaches, and an upcoming camping trip!). We seriously could not be happier with what a beautiful addition she has been to our family and our lives.
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Success Stories Blaze & Max
Pam gave an amazing life to brothers, Blaze and Max. She shares with us their story:
Just wanted to share with you that we lost our Muttville dog, Max, early September. It was truly a sad day at our house.
We adopted him from Muttville, along with his brother Blaze, back in the fall of 2013. You probably remember that we lost his brother, Blaze, soon after but Max was a trooper and hung in for nearly three years despite several surgeries and illnesses.
Max was really one in a million. He was so loving and affectionate to us and to his adopted sister, Sasha, as well as to all of our cats and virtually everyone he met. BJ (my husband) was his special buddy and he followed him all around the house and everywhere he went. Max’s tail never stopped wagging and, until the last week or two, he was always ready to go for a walk with a toy in his mouth.
We have so many good memories of Max, but three years was not long enough. In the end he succumbed to bone cancer. He was euthanized in our backyard on Thursday am with all of the animals around and BJ holding him. We will all miss him greatly.
Thank you for rescuing Max and Blaze from the shelter. We truly feel we were lucky to have them both in our lives.
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Success Story "Bear"
Fospice mom Jackie tells us how being a caretaker for Bear was difficult yet rewarding. Thank you Jackie for opening your heart:
We decided that we wanted to open our hearts and home to a senior dog that may not find a home. Any issues were fine with us. A friend mentioned Muttville in San Francisco and I went to their website the same day. Honestly, the minute I saw Bear, I knew he was the one for us. I didn’t know all of his issues, but that didn’t matter at all. All I had to do was look in his eyes, he was ours.
We were blessed to have Bear in our home for only a few months, but he was a true joy, made us laugh and cry, broke our hearts when we had to say goodbye, and left a huge hole in our family that can never be filled. No matter about that, we would not have changed anything, we will love him forever.
Muttville was so amazing with all of the help and advice they gave us along the way. Bear was on a lot of medication and had to make many trips to the vet. Muttville staff as always available to talk to us, lend an ear, offer suggestions. The foster family that had Bear before us was also just as supportive and they truly loved Bear too. Everyone even offered to make a trip to our home to help!
This was our first experience with a fospice dog. It was so much harder than we ever imagined. The hardest part is the heartache you feel almost every day. It has been a few months and the pain is still with us, but we would definitely do this again!
Muttville, thank you so much for allowing us to care for Bear and for all you do for the senior dogs, many just thrown away like trash.
Jackie and Nick
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Success Stories Missy and Dudley
Double the love! Suzanne adopted 2 mutts within 3 months from Muttville. How’s it going? Read below!
I have adopted two dogs from Muttville within the last 3 months, first Dudley and then Honey Bee (now named Missy). They are both senior dogs. Dudley is deaf and Missy is blind. They have brought so much joy into my life. Missy was in very bad shape when she was brought into Muttville. She was very shy and frightened having been found as a stray but it took only a couple of days for her to feel right at home with me and to bond with Dudley. They are so cute together. They sleep on my bed together and each morning greet each other before going outdoors. You would never know that Missy is blind. She trots around the house and neighborhood just like she was a sighted dog. Missy is sooo sweet. My granddaughter and her girl friends carry her around like a stuffed animal and Missy loves it. She is the sweetest dog I have ever had.Thank you so much, Muttville, for making it possible for these two wonderful dogs to come into my life.
Success Story "Kelce" aka Ginger 3720
Today is International Day Of Peace, and Ginger’s story told by mom Shannon is a perfect tribute on this special day:
When had to put my dog Andy to sleep in February, I began wondering how long I should wait to get another dog. I always knew I wanted to rescue a senior dog and after about a month I would look at your website daily trying to find the perfect dog. Well I found her!! I adopted Ginger, (now named Kelce after my favorite football player) in April. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I already love this little girl!! She is the coolest dog!! She had been through a lot in the months before I got her, so she was understandably apprehensive when we first got home. But Kelce is adjusting just fine. She still surprises me daily with new cute little traits and seems to trust me more and more as time goes on. She’s completely housetrained, hasn’t had one accident in the house, she does the cutest little thing with her paws if you’re scratching her belly and stop, and she gets along great with the 2 German Shepherds that live with us, Moe Joe and Ruby.
I look so forward to going home and having Kelce there to greet me, she gets so excited, runs in circles and chases her tail. She even stands on her hind legs and moves her front paws up and down in the air. She’s adorable! She loves walks, going for car rides, sleeping in bed with me and is learning that she’s a San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Chiefs fan!
Thank you so much Muttville!! No dog could ever replace my little “Andy man” but Kelce has already stamped her own permanent spot in my heart and we are having so much fun together. Everyone tells me that she’s so lucky to have found a home with me and my response is always.. “I’m the lucky one”.
Success Story "Mr. Jones"
August 15 was the 2 year adoptiversary of Mr. Jones! Mara and Dow tell us about the mutt love of their lives:
It is our 2 year adoptiversary of Mr. Jones (fka Indigo)! Found as a stray in Santa Cruz with hair so matted he needed to be sedated to be groomed, we are daily and forever grateful for the efforts of everyone who looked out for him along the way. For me, knowing that so many people are involved with rescuing a homeless animal alleviates some of the frustration and anger I often feel towards those who put them in their tough situations in the first place. There are many bright lights shining in the dark…
I’ve included a few photos from the past few months, including bathtime with “Cousin Millie” and sightseeing in Morro Bay!
Thanks, again, for ALL you do. We love Mr. Jones and we love Muttville!
- Mara and Dow
Success Story Jeannie 3093
Thanks to mutt parents Natalie and Andy for sharing Jeanie’s one year update:
She has truly become our partner in crime, our best friend, our sidekick, our favorite shadow. She’s healthy and we hope happy. Her favorite things to do are go for rides in the car, nap on our pillows and sit on our heads, lick our hands while we type on the computer (she’s doing it right now), and sniff the big garbage can outside of the seafood restaurant we live near. She actually loves cars so much she has jumped into strangers’ cars on walks when their doors were open!
She also looks like a different dog. She’s fluffy and has put on some weight. She is 7 pounds of the most adorable and courageous chutzpah. She is really nothing like the sad, lost, and patchy dog we brought home last year. She’s a confident fluffy rockstar now.
We had a birthday party for her in June to celebrate her one year adopt-aversary and over 20 friends showed up to celebrate her and shower her with love and treats (she’s become somewhat of a celebrity in the Oakland music scene… her dad takes her to his recording studio so she gets to hang out with cool bands all day).
There was a rough patch with the house training and with bigger dogs but its all worked itself out. She hasn’t gone potty in our house in about seven months and we’ve learned to avoid big dogs!
We love her very very much and want to thank you for all of your help with adopting Jeanie and for bringing her into our lives. Thank you also for your support during those rough early weeks.
Natalie and Andy
Success Story Scooby 2251
Scooby was in Muttville’s Fospice Program, where he found his amazing parents. Thank you Tina for sharing with us a glimpse of Scooby’s beautiful last day with you:
After a wonderful year and a half, Scooby passed peacefully last week. He was home with a belly full of cheeseburgers and our song “God only knows” by the beach boys playing with him in my arms.
We can’t thank you enough for allowing us to be in his life, although it was a short time, it was the best thing we’ve ever done. He was so loved!
Success Story Sophie (aka Jessie 3686)
Thank you Sundari for sharing the sweet story about Sophie’s lucky day:
Sophie Finds a New Home
On April 23 we made the long trek to Muttville from Mill Valley in the hope of taking home a new little friend named Ginger whom we had admired on the website. Unfortunately for us, by the time we got there she had been adopted by another lucky family. We were still missing our beloved Maggie (a beautiful black and gold kelpie) who had left us just 2 1/2 months earlier and it was hard to imagine that anyone would really be able to take her place. Somehow looking at all the other furry friends there at Muttville just made us feel her absence even more acutely.
We met two adorable dachshunds and several other really sweet older dogs. But we kept noticing one very tiny little chihuahua with a pretty pink collar who kept to herself and seemed to just want to sit in a little patch of sun looking off into space. Just as we were thinking maybe…. a little girl snatched her up with delight and it looked like she was suddenly taken. But the dear volunteer who helped us (Mary) said, “Don’t give up. Just wait and see. If she puts her down, she’s yours.” A little while later, her tiny paws hit the floor and we found ourselves signing papers.
The amazing Muttville staff sent her off with a bed, a blanket, a collar and leash and a supply of home-cooked dog food. What an amazingly kind and caring group of people they are! We were a little nervous because little Sophie seemed so distant and aloof – never looking us in the eye or showing any interest in her new family. But a ride back home snuggled on her new mom’s lap got us thinking she might just be the perfect new friend.
Little by little we all realized that she IS absolutely perfect. She is so affectionate – an amazing little bundle of love! She has taken over Mom’s home and is a little princess who wins the heart of everyone who meets her. Dogs are so special. So often she completely changes the feeling in a room just by walking in. And her welcoming dance when we come for the weekend is really something to see. She flies around in circles or leaps through the air like a little ballerina.
One of her favorite pastimes is helping Mom down the hall with her walker. Sophie’s idea of helping is seeing how many times she can dart in and out of the walker as Mom walks. And she can often be found sitting at Mom’s feet or even parked right under her wheelchair.
We are so glad we found Sophie and so grateful to Muttville for giving this wonderful little girl another chance to brighten up someone’s life.
Success Story "Pickles" (aka Paquena)
Pickles shows us that it is never too late for a new beginning… or to find your hidden talent! Enjoy Pickles’ success story! Thanks to mom Lexi for sharing:
Howdy Muttville! I just wanted to write a quick note, and let you know I was doing well. My new family adores me…of course, cuz I’m the cutest! Funny thing, my new Mommy put me straight to work. She has me painting…who’d of thought?! She instinctively knew I was a master artist under all this cuteness, I guess. Well, I let her take the credit because she makes really great dog food and gives the best belly scratches. So, it’s only fair that she get the artistic credit. Aren’t I the sweetest?! Anywho, I hope all my fur buddies are doing well & finding good homes! I know she secretly stocks your site still. She keeps taking about a Bellisima. I hear she looks a bit like me too…hmmm.
Sending love & kisses,
Pickles (formerly Paqueña)
Success Story Jules #3207
Mutt mom Shery tells us today is Jules’ adopt-a-versary. We’re celebrating today by featuring their love story. Jules has quite the humor! Enjoy:
It’s been almost one year since Muttville gave me my new name and a forever home. I am SO GRATEFUL. You see, I was a 9 year old mini poodle that was found as a stray in the Bay Area, and I had a few “issues,” some requiring surgery. Muttville took me in and saved me, and my new family is so very happy to have me as their “baby.” They are “sort of” old folk….well, they might not like me saying that, as they are not even retired, but they miss their children and grandchildren, as they live far away. I have brought much joy into their lives, just by being me!
There were a few adjustments at first. They had 4 cats that I had no problem with at all, but the cats sure weren’t happy to see me. We are mostly friends now, though. I am just so easy going and friendly, and I always try to please. My Mom and Dad say I am the sweetest little thing, and they love me so much.
I get to travel with my family, too. Mom works part time, and I get to go with her to her job at a small airport. Once I even got to fly in a small plane to visit relatives in Southern California. Mom said I was “near perfect” when we stayed in a hotel once, too.
One special thing Mom and I did together was get some special training so I could be a “Therapy Dog.” That means that I get to go into hospitals and care homes and visit sick and elderly people. The people there all love to see me, and I love to see them, too. Mom tells me all the time how special I am to lots of people! Thank you so much Muttville for allowing me to get to do new and fun things with my forever home in my “golden” years!
Something that happened recently was that my Dad saw a little black puppy two days in a row on a busy street near our home. He finally convinced Mom that we should pick him up and try to find his home. Mom tried very hard to find who he belonged to, but nobody seemed to want him, so guess what…………I now have a brother. Mom really didn’t want a puppy, and that’s why Muttville Senior Dog Rescue was chosen to find me, but “Victor” needed us, and is fitting in, and most of the time, I like to have him around. I do have to “snap” at him occasionally when I am tired of playing with him, but he is an okay puppy, and I like having a brother. Mom likes to tell the story that I used to be fussy about what I’d eat. She thinks I was just given table scraps or had to scrounge for food, and she wanted me to eat healthy (and expensive) dog food. Well, now that Victor is here, I eat whatever is put down for me, because if I don’t, Victor eats it first! Mom likes it that I am no longer fussy about what I eat!
Success Story "Carolina"
Happiness! Lori’s sweet update about Carolina is gonna make you smile:
We are celebrating five months now with our sweet Carolina.
“Sweet Carolina… (bum bum bum)… good times never seemed so good!”
Since joining our family in March she’s been doing great, and had all kinds of adventures, including an Easter egg hunt with the cousins, lots of baseball games, short hikes and slow evening strolls, and lots of Sunday night dinners at Nana and Nonno’s house. She enjoys following mom to every room in the house, napping by my side while I work from home, guarding the door, and sampling a wide range of doggie treats from the kind folks at PetCo.
She makes us smile every day. Thank you for rescuing her so we could bring her home. We think she likes it here!
(Although she might not like our singing.)
Success Story Bonnie (aka Barbie)
Greetings from Bonnie from her new home – and country:
I just want to thank you for helping us find Bonnie (former name Barbie) a year ago. She is the sweetest most loving dog and she loves her brother Otto.
My husband and I are both from Sweden, and a couple
weeks ago we moved back to Stockholm with the dogs.
Bonnie loves her new country and to run free in the forest.
Thank you for doing an amazing job saving seniors!
Success Story "Bo" #109
Sometimes, the best memorial is sharing that one moment forever etched in our hearts. Sharon lovingly shared with us her moment wit Bo, who recently crossed the Rainbow Bridge:
I still cry thinking about him. I remember when my daughter and I picked him up outside Muttville. Later that day we took him to some park (I don’t remember the name) off leash and he followed without hesitation. My daughter, her friend and their dogs went up a hill. I walked straight, not much of a hiker. Bo looked up at them, looked at me and followed me.
He was off leash from the first day we met. He stuck so close to me that I had to walk around the dog parks for him to get any exercise. If I didn’t walk, neither did he. He wasn’t much of a cuddle buddy but managed to steal my heart anyway. When we saw Bo at an adoption event in Marin, I said no because he wasn’t interested in anything and went under a table. Evidently, my daughter saw something special and adopted him for me. I was like, what part of “no” don’t you understand? She knew if he made it home with me, he was in his forever home, no matter what. I wouldn’t give up on him. Gradually, the worried look he had in his eyes from his Muttville photo went away and he was enjoying his life again. I’m thrilled I was able to give him that. I’m thrilled I was able to witness that!!
Success Story "Cooper" 3683
Diana may be a new fospice mom, but as a volunteer with Muttville’s vet suite team, she’s gained experience with many senior dog health issues, which prepared her for Cooper! Enjoy the story about their wonderful adventures…:
Cooper, my fospice dog, is a success story in progress. I was at the right place at the right time to see this big goofy messy labradoodle take his first steps into Muttville, fresh from transport. He was an owner surrender at an animal shelter, with a request to be euthanized.
I’ve learned a lot of things since I started volunteering at Muttville. One of them is to not jump to judgment when a dog has been surrendered by their owner. Sometimes, there’s a very difficult story behind the why. I remember to give extra thanks and gratitude for what and who I have in my life, especially when I can bring a new dog into my world.
Cooper is that new dog. He has an oral malignant melanoma. This means he has a cancerous mass on his mouth. Cooper arrived at Muttville two months ago and after his intake exam was identified as a fospice dog. I decided to foster this big goofball for a few days while a potential fospice family considered taking him in. It didn’t work out for them and Cooper, and I stepped in to be his fospice mom.
Cooper is my third big black senior dog. After losing my second senior last November, taking long strolls lost their meaning and it was hard to go back to the beach with out my four-legged buddy in tow. Cooper, with all his energy, helped me make up for lost time.
Cooper is an athlete, and loves a good walk, especially up hills. To satisfy his yen, we do uphill neighborhood walks around Buena Vista Park and Corona Heights. Cooper isn’t a slow walker, with time and consistent training I got Cooper to advance from tugging to fast pace walks and now loose leash walks. Good boy Cooper! Thanks to Cooper, I’ve lost weight and am back on the beach again. And thanks to Cooper, there is never a dull moment when we explore Lands End and Golden Gate Park. He gets many compliments from locals and tourists, “What a handsome boy!” and “He must be a puppy, how old is he?” I like to think my first two seniors sent Cooper my way, for the win.
Based on available medical records, Cooper received his original melanoma diagnosis over a year ago. With his Muttville veterinary exam and biopsy, it’ s confirmed the cancer has spread to his lymph nodes. I am taking a palliative approach to his care. While he’s outlived the “average” survival rate for this aggressive form of cancer, (estimated at 3-6 months, and dependent on numerous variables), I’m focused on making sure he has the best quality of life possible.
One of my neighbors said “You must like to hurt your heart”, when she heard I took on a fospice dog. I’m sure fospice parents out there understand how startled I was when I heard this. It would hurt my heart far more if this vivacious happy dog didn’t have a home when I could give him one. It’s hard enough for a big black senior dog to find a home, let alone one with a cancer diagnosis. The joy I get from seeing Cooper inhale the sky from the car window, run on the beach and his cuddles is more than I can ask for. Cooper deserves the time of his life, everyday until he has to cross the Rainbow Bridge. It’s a gift to be the one to help him live out his journey with lots of love, treats and belly rubs.
Success Story "Honey B" (aka Bijou)
These are the kind of updates that make our hearts sing! Honey B is living life! Enjoy this update and photos from mom Regina:
Dear Muttville, sending a big thank you for giving me the opportunity to adopt Honey B (previously Bijou) several weeks ago. She is a precious, sweet and devoted doggie and gets along so well with my ‘homeless no more’ big kitty, Sammy. Her orthopedic disabilities do not stop her from exploring her new home and yard. She has a high tech stroller for going on walks and takes periodic pit stops!
Muttville is such a wonderful organization, matching older doggies with new homes where they can be loved and adored and give love to their new family.
Success Story Felicia
Fospice life should be about enjoying life to its fullest. That is exactly what fospice mom Gina gives her girl Felicia every day. We’re so darn happy to bring you this wonderful update! Read about Felicia’s adventurous life, as told by mom Gina:
Felicia and I have been having a great time and you would never know that she is sick.
She gets along great with the other animals and knows when the horses and cows are out to stay clear and to not go into the pasture.
We walk every morning and afternoon. 3 days a week we go to Half Moon Bay for early AM boot camp workout at 5:15 am and she hangs out in the car while I do a 1 hour workout.
This last weekend was quite busy as we had 40 horseback riders come to the ranch to do some trail riding. One person brought her two poodles along and Felicia and the poodles got to ride along in the gator which all three enjoyed with a little girl riding in the back with them, who enjoyed holding Felicia. Felecia kept giving her licks.
When, we go places in the car, I notice that she knows where we are going by smelling the air from the vents. She is very smart. When, I ask her to go potty, she goes and when I tell her “down” or “go get it”, she goes!
Last week, she saved my cat from a fox that him cornered. She saved the cat by chasing the fox away. The cat and her became better friends after this event and now hang out and sleep together which is really cute.
I take Felicia with me to work when I can and everywhere that I go. This weekend with all of the people that met her, they loved her and couldn’t believe that I have only had her less than a month and she has adapted so well to her new home and that she listens to me. I lost my voice so I have been using hand signals and whistle with her and she listens great.
Thank you, again for bringing Felicia into my life.
Success Story "Cesar #1770"
One of our most unforgettable rescue stories was Cesar. His mom Hilary pays tribute to their wonderful life together:
When I say his name, when I look at his pictures, when I think about him, it just always produces such huge warmth. I don’t think I’ve ever met a more cheerful, funny, and endearing dog!
Cesar has had several big loves in his life time and I feel the luckiest in being his final and maybe strongest one. Cesar’s inner beauty was beyond glorious, his sweetness never waned, and his undying devotion to me saw both of us through to the end this afternoon.
Although I have the honor of saying to the world that Cesar was MY dog, he really was a true Muttville dog in that he represented everything that this rescue group stands for. I was only one of many admirers of Cesar who was able to look beyond the outwardly unusual look he had about him, the rickety little walk, the round odd body that was so hug-gable and squeezable, the big eyes that had seen so many things in a lifetime. I know there was a “Super Cesar Fan Club”, but I have to say, hands down that I was the president and CEO of that club.
Thank you all for your kind words over the past three years and the appreciation expressed over my adopting what turned out to be a dog of a lifetime!
Tonight I tuck Cesar into my heart and know you will too….
Success Story "Marco" 3527
Sometimes we reach out to help those who need us. And they end up helping us. Thank you Marianne for sharing your heartfelt story:
Marco came to me early February, I was only going to foster him. But, when I took him back to Muttville for the weekend adoptions I knew in my heart that I couldn’t let him out of my life. Marco was blind is left eye, and the right eye had a very advanced cataract, basically making him a blind dog.
All my human emotions reached out to this little guy..I marveled at how he got around in a new environment, especially the stairs. He never seemed to get upset or even frustrated when he bumped into wall or a pole on a walk. He was so giving of his trust and love, instead of me saving him and taking care of him he was teaching me acceptance, trust and a nonjudgmental love. Marco’s right was evaluated and the retina was good enough for a lens replacement..on March 25th he had a successful surgery.
What is Marco like after surgery? Well, he doesn’t bump into poles, goes up and down stairs better than me and and often gives a passersby a very vocal greeting while sitting on the front porch. He is a little 12 pound poodle with one good eye but, who he is hasn’t changed but, I do believe I have..I hope I see the world through Marco’s eyes and open loving, trusting heart.
This is “our” success story.
Marianne and Marco
Success Story "Silas"
Fond memories of Silas from mom Heather. Thank you for sharing your love story:
It has taken me several months to write this letter because writing it means that I am finally letting go of a great joy. I adopted Silas in August of 2013 and didn’t have much hope for him. He was big, hairy, blind, and practically toothless. His stomach was always irritated and his bowels sensitive. The first week he came to stay with me, the vet said he probably had throat cancer and would likely be euthanized. Well, Silas fooled us all! Not only did he not have throat cancer, but with the right diet and supplements, he rallied and flourished.
Silas was an easy-going old man who was a favorite among visiting dogs, people, and his own housemate cats, George and Julius. He was an SPCA calendar dog, featured as the month of May in their yearly calendar fundraiser. But mainly, Silas was a friend. Together, we played blind hide n’ seek where I could “hide” in plain view and he would find me as I called his name. Kind of like Marco Polo on land. He kept me company on our slow walks around the block, and his snoring lulled me to sleep at night.
Over time, Silas became more and more confused. “Doggy dementia,” the vet said. When he couldn’t find his way to his favorite basking spot in the grass, I knew it was time to let him go. I’ve never had to make that decision for a pet before. I know it was the right one for Silas, but saying goodbye is never easy. He crossed the rainbow bridge in July of 2015.
I would like to thank everyone at Muttville for allowing me to adopt Silas and make him a part of my family. He was my furry black thundercloud of happiness for two years. Even now, on really quiet nights while I lie in bed with a thousand thoughts swirling around, I can hear a gentle snoring coming from the floor. Though he’s gone, Silas’ sweet snoring still reminds me of what a blessing he was to my life. And I will cherish the memories forever.
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