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Success Story Mickey (in memoriam)

Success Story Mickey (in memoriam)

Our hearts go out to Katie, who recently lost Mickey:

I adopted little Mickey on August 29, 2016 and he passed on April 12, 2017.

He was the light of my life for the quick time he was mine and he truly did change me. He was feisty, such a bad-ass, but also the best little dude to snuggle with and love. I can’t believe it happened so quick, but I know he’s in a better place. He’s my absolute Angel, just as he was when he was here.

I thank you for your amazing mission and for bringing me a little guy like Mickey. He is truly my best friend and will always have a special place in our hearts. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to give him an excellent life for the later part of it and for accepting these babies regardless of their circumstances. He was easy to love and so very hard to let go. We will think of him daily.

To Mickey, to Muttville- Thank you



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05.24.17

Success Stories: Mother's Day Edition!

Whether you’re a Mutt Mom, a Mom Mom, or you have somebody you call Mom, we salute you! Did you know that at Muttville we have many in the triple-Mom category? Meet some our stellar mom-kid volunteer teams.

AMY AND DANIEL


Mom Amy

My 14-year old son, Daniel, and I began volunteering at Muttville last August, and are fairly faithful Sunday afternoon/evening regulars. I must admit, that sometimes my motivation to get out of the house on Sunday afternoons lags a bit, and in an interesting bit of role reversal, Daniel starts urging me to get moving, saying he does not want to be late for our shift. Daniel loves his time at Muttville, and he is a wonderfully dedicated volunteer. During our three hours there, we rarely do the same tasks, and only bump into each other occasionally, which I had not expected when we started as volunteers. When we meet up at the end of the shift, we share notes on the drive home about our favorite dogs, and Daniel likes to tease me about my canine “boyfriends.”

I have been amazed and impressed with his willingness to do manual labor at the shelter, as that is not always the case at home. He has also become a fierce advocate for senior dogs, enthusiastically extolling their virtues to prospective adopters. Daniel’s work in the Muttville kitchen, prepping and administering medications and food for the dogs, has nurtured his interest in the medical field. I have truly appreciated how welcoming and encouraging Muttville staff has been of Daniel and me, and they have enabled Daniel to jump in and volunteer in a variety of ways. And his efforts are truly appreciated by staff-what parent wouldn’t want to hear praise about their child and his work, and see how proud it makes their child as a result?

I am truly proud of Daniel’s volunteer commitment to Muttville. I have seen his incredible compassion for the dogs, especially those most physically challenged. He has also shown that he can work well with others on a team, and has demonstrated impressive maturity and responsibility in his efforts. Volunteering has been a surprisingly wonderful opportunity for Daniel and me to see each other in new and different roles, and I am truly grateful that we have found Muttville.

Son Daniel:

When I started volunteering at Muttville I thought it would feel like work to me. But it is not work, I really enjoy it! I pressure my mom to leave the house every Sunday so that we can get to Muttville on time. It’s cool that there are tasks for both of us to do as Muttville volunteers. My mom is good at washing and folding laundry, and I love preparing food for the dogs. I love when we share stories about our favorite dogs and get excited when they get adopted or fostered. We bond over Muttville, and it is a great experience that we get to share every week.



MICHELLE AND CHIARA


Mom Michelle:

I would never have guessed that our happening upon a Muttville adoption event in October 2015 would have resulted in a weekly volunteer experience that my daughter is fully committed to, and turn me, a total non-dog person, into a person who enjoys dogs. My daughter has always been an animal lover and would gladly have as many as possible, but because our family is not home during the week much, we aren’t a good option to have a dog at home, so when Chiara had the opportunity to hop into a Muttville adoption pen and pet away, she was in heaven! She wanted to keep coming back every week and so we became regular attendees at the adoption events before we became official volunteers. I’ve been struck by how open and welcoming the staff and volunteers are at Muttville and how you can find the right niche for you. 


Everyone there saw a fellow dog lover in Chiara and took the time to show her the ropes and give her the opportunity to grow and take on more responsibility. When we are there we sometimes work together, but mostly she spends her time with the dogs (washing them, walking them, and giving some TLC especially to the ISO dogs) but also making sure the laundry is done and the ISO rooms are cleaned while I spend time chatting people up about Muttville. I love the fact that Chiara understands that there is more than just the fun parts of having a dog and that there is a lot of unglamorous work to make a place like Muttville work and she embraces that too. Her volunteer work has also allowed her to get more comfortable talking with people she doesn’t know because she is always happy to talk about dogs or what needs to be done around Muttville.

Shortly after the first dog that really captured Chiara’s heart (Louise) was adopted, I was getting her up for school one day and she said, “Oh I wish you hadn’t woken me up, I was having the best dream about Louise.” Each week there is a new dog that captures her attention, across all breeds and physical conditions, that finds their forever home because of Muttville’s great work that we’ve had the opportunity to be small part of, and becomes one of the dogs of her dreams.


Daughter Chiara:

My favorite dog was Louise, she followed me around and would not go anywhere without me. Typically, on the way home, my Mom and I talk about which dogs we liked and our favorites. Coming to Muttville makes me feel sad and happy. I feel bad for the dogs but I am helping. Coming with my mom is fun and I get to spend some extra time with the dogs, because we can’t have one.


ROBERTA AND SOPHIE


Mom Roberta:

Sophie and I started volunteering at Muttville in 2015.  We initially thought we would be foster parents, which we were, immediately for a gorgeous schnauzer named Prince Charming, we had him for 2 days before he was adopted. We realized pretty quickly that we loved Muttville so much that we wanted to spend more time at HQ. We have been volunteering pretty much every Saturday for the last two years. But that’s not all, together we have transported dogs from LA, dropped off and picked up dogs from the vet, worked adoptions events all over San Francisco and become adoption counselor/closers. It has been truly awesome that this is something that we both love and that we love doing together.

I think that a lot of what has made our experience so rich is not just the amazing dogs (which were certainly the initial draw) but the people of Muttville. We had no idea there was such a huge network of people out there constantly communicating about animals that need to be saved and people to save them by car, by plane etc. It is clear to us that Muttville is not only saving dogs it is saving people.

We look forward to being a part of the Muttville family for a long, long time.  And at the moment we are totally and completely enjoying our adorable and sweet foster Calla Lily! 


Daughter Sophie:

I like volunteering at Muttville with my Mom because I love the dogs and the people and it’s a place where we can bond, plus we share a love of dogs.

When we leave for the day we don’t stop talking about the dogs and how cute they are. 

We make my dad suffer through our hour-long conversations about the mutts when we come home. 

My first favorite dog was Reese, she was a gray-black terrier mix. She crawled into my lap one day and I was hooked. 

05.08.17

Success Story "Rosalind" (fka Gretchen)

Success Story "Rosalind" (fka Gretchen)

We’ve had Gretchen (now named Rosalind after Rosalind Franklin) for about 2 months and she is thriving. She found a good sun spot in the house, shares the bed with the big dog and is befriending the rabbit (see pictures attached). She had 16 teeth removed last month and has slowly started eating again and gaining cute pudge. She is incredibly loving and playful! We are forever grateful to Muttville for introducing us. Rosalind constantly makes us smile and reminds us to be resilient. Another Muttville miracle!

Hope things are going well there!

Best,

Lou and Raylan



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04.25.17

Success Story "Betsy"

Success Story "Betsy"

Betsy came to Muttville almost 1 year ago! She says, “Fospice is just a label. I intend to live forever!”

Betsy has been doing great. In addition to the liver support supplements we have been giving her some joint supplements that have helped her joints seem more comfortable. She sure kicks up her heels in the yard and runs around, and is super spunky in general. She has moved off the allergy food and eats normal food with no skin issues. Overall she is great and not exhibiting any overt health issues.

Her favorite pastime is to lay on her best buddy, our Italian Greyhound, and follow her around. She has mastered the dog door, although she still decides to potty in the house at times. Oh well! I’ll take the 95% outside potty rate. A couple of weeks ago she finally figured out she could climb the stairs and thought peeing in our bedroom was a great use of her new found skill. Baby gate now installed! We’ve been camping a few times and she loves to be out and about, especially at the beach. Betsy has lots of funnny little behaviors. We would love to know what she thinks.

Thank you for letting us take care of this hilarious little dog! She send lots of love and little doggie kisses to Muttville.

Beth



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04.25.17

Success Story "Dixie"

Success Story "Dixie"

Two years ago today Dixie came home with me from Muttville. She is a quiet little creature with a zen-like approach to life’s ups and downs; brave and uncomplaining when in pain, serenely happy when lying next to me, and always, always ready to greet friends and strangers alike with a furiously wagging tail.

Dixie is my ambassador to the world. She makes friends wherever she goes and some of those people have become my friends as well. And over time I have discovered that she has become something of a neighborhood celebrity, with fans of all ages. Just the other day a man passed us, stopped short and told me how seeing Dixie and me always makes him smile.

She’s slowing down now and is no longer an active, energetic senior. We don’t go on long adventures in the park like we used to, but as our relationship moves into a new phase I feel more tenderness towards her than ever, and am grateful every day for the high honor of being her human guardian.

Thank you, Muttville, for introducing me to this very special dog.



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04.25.17

Success Story "Nona" (aka Tawney)

Success Story "Nona" (aka Tawney)

Thank you SO MUCH for helping to connect us with this little love! Tawney (now Nona) is settling in beautifully! It turns out that she really likes hanging with baby goats. Our other dogs love her, and one of our livestock guardian dogs seems to have fallen for her!

Thank you for all you do to save these wonderful old dogs!

Best,

Leigh



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04.19.17

Success Story "Ozzy" 4167

Success Story "Ozzy" 4167

It looks like Ozzy is being seriously loved! Enjoy this short and sweet update from Lindsey:

“My mother and I adopted Ozzy about three months ago at one of your events. He is such a big part of our lives now and we love him so much and so I just wanted to show you how he’s doing now as a sort of thank you for everything you do!”



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04.12.17

Success Story "Gracie" (aka Grace Lee aka #999)

Success Story "Gracie" (aka Grace Lee aka #999)

Gracie lived to complete her bucket list – and then some!

Russell shared his tribute to his little “ordinary brown dog”:

Thank you, Muttville, for rescuing my girl Grace Lee 6 years ago. At age “at least 18,” Gracie passed away exactly how she wanted – at home with me, while all the other dogs slept and Marie had run out to the store. No vet, no attention, just us. Gracie always got what she wanted in the end.

We are full of gratitude for the time we shared with her, and can say without question that we made the most of it. There is a quiet place in my heart that will hold our nonsocial low-rider forever; there’s a hole in our lives that once was filled with homemade food prep, supplement distribution, daily supervised marches on the patio, slow motion exploration of the yard, ride-or-die stroller adventures… and a daily load of laundry. Maybe two loads.

As you senior dog folks know, the art of caring for a dog becomes part of who you are as much as your dog becomes a part of your family. I find the free time – & savings on the water bill – a poor substitute for life with our very ordinary brown dog. I hope she really did feel safe and happy, and that we challenged her, just enough. She did as much for us.

Gracie’s 3 tips for senior mutts seeking longevity: Remember, you made it this far because you are strong. Eat fresh food. And, you should remove all your teeth. Seriously.

P.S. passing away unassisted is rare. Of the multitude of dogs we have taken to the bridge, 98% needed us to make the right decision to bring in a vet. Please do not hesitate to give your dog this gift when it is time.

Editor’s Note: Gracie’s first success story was published in 2012: muttville.org/blog/success-story-gracie



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04.05.17

Success Story "Roscoe"

Success Story "Roscoe"

Fospice family Cathy and Scott share what it is like caring for their latest senior fospice mutt, Roscoe:

Roscoe is a dream! Impeccable manners, loads of fun, loved by all. His heart lets him down sometimes when he gets really excited-chasing squirrels, digging for gophers, racing around- and he will keel over but so far has always recovered. Dr. Adams in San Rafael has taken great care of him. Roscoe and our big dog Haehly are always up to something outside. Roscoe has also fallen big time for one of our cats and is a little confused about cross-species relations. So grateful you gave him a chance. He is a little ray of sunshine.

Cathy and Scott



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03.29.17

Success Stories "Annie and Andy"

Success Stories "Annie and Andy"

Mutt mom Amanda admits that her two seniors were a challenge! Read their story:

Annie and Andy have officially been spicing up our lives for a year now! Here is an update on our exciting life with them.

Annie, whom we nicknamed “Mama,” is whole new dog. Muttville really saved her life, giving her the surgery she needed for her masses and hernia. After we had had her a few months, we discovered she also needed a tumor removed from her pancreas. It turns out she had had very low blood sugar the whole time- but her other maladies were so bad we didn’t notice! We did a successful GoFundMe fundraiser to help us pay for the surgery, and she has had ongoing chemo to keep the nasty cells in check. Two months ago, her blood sugar read normal for the first time! She still acts like we never feed her _ . With her back legs nice and strong after doing pup-pilates with Dr. Strubel at the Rex center, Mama Annie has become an energetic, playful little spitfire who pirouettes and bounces like a bunny when she is excited. You would never suspect she was the same dog that a year ago mostly slept and sat around just watching Andy play.

Andy is in great shape, and has come a long way in terms of his behavior. He has always been a good-hearted dog, but his leash reactivity was a challenge when we first brought him home. But after some classes that taught us how to work with him, he has improved immensely and continues to gain confidence and be more relaxed on leash.

I have seen so many Muttville dogs transform, even in the little time they spend at Muttville before finding forever homes. I hope our story helps encourage people that even after you bring your mutts home, they continue to evolve and become healthy and happy in body and mind.

Andy and Annie were challenging when we first brought them home and we were worried we would not be able to make it work. How glad we are that we stuck with it. They both have learned many commands, and have become much better behaved little citizens. They even let me brush their teeth! You can certainly teach old dogs new tricks, with patience, love and a lot of treats.

We are so grateful for the second chance Muttville gives senior dogs, and for saving Andy and Annie so they could complete our family.

Love,

Amanda and Greg



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03.22.17

Success Story "Cleo" (aka Maureen)

Success Story "Cleo" (aka Maureen)

Timing is everything. Well, it helps to be very cute and charming too! Enjoy Cleo’s adorable story:

We’ve both recently just transitioned out of the Military and moved to the Bay Area. We were looking for a little addition to make our new place feel a bit more like home and that’s when we found our little fluff, Cleo! We went to Muttville around thanksgiving last year and it’s been the best decision we’ve made! She was the first little pup to come up and sit down with us at Muttville. With her charming personality and adorable little eyes, We instantly knew she was the one!

She has a wonderful and kind personality and loves to snuggle and go on walks. It’s always great to come home to her. She even has her welcome home mommy and daddy dance she does for us! She completes our family and we thank Muttville for all they do for little dogs like her! She’s exactly what we needed!

Quennie & Alex



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03.15.17

Success Story "Harley"

Success Story "Harley"

This lucky Beagle mix found a new homes with beagle lover Cheri! Enjoy his story, in his own words:

Hi, I’m Harley, I was known at Muttville as Freddie. My Mommy and Daddy changed my name because they said I just looked like a Harley, and I’m cool with that.

I was Muttville’s resident Tri-Pawed Beagle Mix. I have 2 brother’s Nash and Flash and a sister Savannah who also came from Muttville. She’s still a talker let me tell you! Her and Daddy have some pretty funny conversations.

I really love my new home. There’s a doggy door so I can go outside whenever I want. Having three paws has not deterred me at all. I can go up and down the steps and Mommy and Daddy got steps so I can sleep in the bed with everyone else. Since I’ve come here, I’ve felt really safe and secure here. I had a little bit of trouble with Nash because he’s older than I and can be a little clumsy, but we’ve worked through it and now we’re buddies. Savannah doesn’t like any of us, so at least she’s consistent with that. I really think she does like us but she has to yell at us like a girl, and it’s funny because Flash is afraid of her. Ok, I’m not much into talking so that’s my story. I’m very happy here and glad to have this great family to live with, even Savannah. :)

From Mommy and Daddy….

I was a little bit apprehensive about rescuing a tri pawed dog, but one hour with Harley and that totally went away. He has more energy than all of us, and you can just tell he’s happy to be here. He got into our routine of life really fast, he knows when it’s nap time here, and at bedtime sometimes we find him already up in bed, sleeping like a log. He loves his total freedom and we’re so happy that his senior years will be spent with us. He always has a smile on his face and he is very protective of me. Anywhere I go, he’s always right there beside me. I’ve gotten a whole new perspective of dogs with disabilities, they’re no different than any other pet, and it almost seems as if they are more grateful for the love you give them. I call Harley Fuzzy Wuzzy because he’s so furry compared to Flash, Nash and Savannah and he loves when I sing the Fuzzy Wuzzy song because he know’s it’s special for him.

Muttville has shown us that rescuing senior dogs are very rewarding and these special seniors are so happy when they go to their new forever homes. I’ll always be grateful to them for showing me this, and Harley and Savannah will always have our love and care.

Thanks Muttville, you rock!



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03.08.17

Success Story "Lemon"

Success Story "Lemon"

Happy Adopt-a-versary to Lemon! Her life is an inspiration – and she is still going strong at 17 years young:

Happy 3rd adoptaversary Lemon and your 17th birthday today.

Despite Lemon’s health issues with congenital heart failure diagnosed a year ago, she again steps up to be the perfect therapy dog.

Lemon helped both of us through transplant surgery and recovery. Her Mutt-mom was her Mutt-dad’s cross-match kidney donor, so both Mutt-parents were recovering after transplant surgery last June 2016. Lemon knew exactly who needed her most. She would go over to the one in pain and lied next to them so we could pet her. There is truth that petting a dog is good medicine for healing… along with laughter and hugs.

After Lemon getting us through 3 health issues this last 3 years, we know Lemon rescued us… without a doubt.

We’re praying Lemon will make it through another year to 18. And her 4th adopt-a-versary. Lemon had her annual checkup yesterday with all the labwork. The vet was so surprised she’s doing so well. We said she knew her job wasn’t over yet, she’s here for a purpose.

Proud Mutt-parents Angie & Ed



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03.01.17

Success Story "Lutie"

Success Story "Lutie"

How much love and life can you pack in one year? Chris and Sashee gave Lutie all the love they had, and they share with us their story:

Despite the best efforts of us and Mission Pet Hospital, we unfortunately had to put Lutie to rest early December. The root cause was unclear in the end. She was diagnosed with aspiration pneumonia in July and again in November. As things got worse in early December, the doctors felt based on the latest x-rays it was something more serious, possibly lung cancer.

Lutie was a wonderful addition to our lives the one year we had her, she made that short time filled with what seemed like years of warm memories. Her mind was willing to live further, even though her body was shutting down in the end.

Thanks to the Muttville organization for enabling us to have that awesome experience.



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02.22.17

Success Story "Scupper" aka Lincoln

Success Story "Scupper" aka Lincoln

Adopting a hospice dog is really about appreciating the joys of life. Fospice boy Scupper is truly living it up:

We fospiced Lincoln in August. As you can see in the photo, he is doing well. While he is blind, it does seem that a bit of hearing has come back to him. Not much hearing but some high pitch sounds. His fur has grown in and he quickly learned how to use the doggie door to go outside. He is house trained. He enjoys exploring the yard and car rides. In fact he drove with us thrown Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, South Dakota, Minnesota, Ohio, And Colorado this winter where he enjoyed playing in the snow. He is back home safe and sound where he is going in and out of the dog door all day even with his hip arthritis and blindness. He is a brave little guy.

Lincoln is super sweet too! His personality is really blooming. He likes to play and gets very animated. He also really enjoys being held and actually jumps into our arms in the morning when we wake him up. He hugs us when we hold him. So sweet. He loves walks but he is slow so we call his walks “sniffs” instead.

Lincoln eats well (most of the time!) He loves the kibble brand which Sherri fed him so we have continued to feed him the same brand. And we discovered he loves milk, although we have to give him lactose free b/c he appears to be lactose intolerant. Funniest part of his eating desires is his absolute crazy love for apples. We are cautious to ensure he doesn’t have the core or the seeds and we only feed him a little bit every few days. We’ve never had a dog love apples so much. Very funny.

We changed his name to “Scupper" because he seems to be able to hear the strong consonants and syllables better than “Lincoln” In fact his ears really perk up any time we call out “Scupper!!" which never seemed to happen with the name Lincoln.

We are very happy with the little guy and he seems to be happy with us too.

Dan and Kim



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02.15.17

Success Story "Apple" 2406

Success Story "Apple" 2406

With happiness comes tears. A story that makes our hearts sing for the loving family she found, and saddened to hear she has crossed the rainbow bridge. Thank you Susan for sharing Apple’s story:

Apple moved in with us June 28, 2014. Us being Peggy, Susan, Dinky, Gussie, and Tansee. . .two humans and three dawgs. She quickly established herself as the eldest matriarch who loved scolding the other three for making too much noise.

Apple was devoted to Susan and Peggy; she was always in our laps under the blankets all nice and cozy. Apple was often very fickle; during the day time she cuddled with Peggy. At night it was Susan through and through. Apple was a chihuahua through and through! At bedtime her favorite place to sleep was in Susan’s left armpit. Don’t ask me why!!! She may have had no teeth but that never stopped her from enjoying her meals and cookies or giving daily kisses. Her tongue hung out on the right side, and only the right side. Like her mommie (Susan) she loved sunning in the backyard, often staying outside when everyone else went inside. We had to bring her inside from time to time. Going to places excited her; meeting new laps thrilled her; hiding under blankets soothed her. Her trademark pose was peeking out from under a blanket; we have millions of pictures of her in this pose. The two years, four months, and five days were full of experiences, laughter, kisses, and amazement.

Apple died on November 02, 2016. She was very clear that it was time. She went for her last walk that morning and made her last deposit :-). We were all with her when she died. She is home and has her own altar. In the two months since her death we feel her absence so keenly. Apple was and still is the queen.

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It is not our differences that divide us.
It is our inability to recognize, accept and celebrate those differences.

Audre Lorde

Tu eres mi otro yo. (You are my other me.)
Si te hago dano a ti. (If I do harm to you.)
Si hago dana a mi mismo. (I do harm to myself.)
Si te amo y respeto, (If I love and respect you,)
Me amo y respeto yo. (I love and respect myself.)

Luis Valdez

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01.25.17

Success Story "Muffin" 2712

Success Story "Muffin" 2712

Muffin has passed on, but not before giving and receiving a lifetime of love:

Hello friends at Muttville,

We said a very sad goodbye to our beautiful dachshund, Muffin (Muffin 2712), whom we adopted in Dec. 2014. Just before Thanksgiving, she developed pneumonia. While our amazing vets at Bishop Ranch Veterinary Center tried everything to help her through it, Muffin was not able to recover.

We miss our sweet girl immensely. Muffin was an absolute love to everyone she met and transfixed them with her gorgeous brown eyes. Formerly an indoor dog (her previous pet parent was 102 years old), Muffin loved exploring rose gardens, parks and most of all, Lake Tahoe. She was a calming presence to all, and shared her wonderful spirit with us and her 14 year old doxie “sister” for the past two years, thanks to Muttville. Muffin 🌹 Dec. 2006 – Nov. 2016.

On Dec. 4th, I submitted a donation in honor of Muffin to Muttville via my employer’s Corporate Giving program.

I also want to thank Sherri, who personally coordinated our introduction to Muffin on a cold, rainy night before any photos were available. How lucky we were!

Kind regards,

Karol & family

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01.25.17

Success Story "Rudy"

Success Story "Rudy"

Rudy was adopted in 2009 and is still going strong! Mom Patricia gives us this wonderful update:

Rudy Nureyev Jr. is about 16 years old now and a lot has happened since 2009 when Muttville rescued him. For several years Rudy was the “gallery dog” at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts in Alameda. After I stopped working there I sensed he was bored so I took him to classes and he passed his Canine Good Citizen Test with flying colors. He’s a really smart dog as well as a sweet, quiet, lap dog. His most favorite thing is being picked up and carried around. He sinks into your arms and rests his head on your shoulder. After passing his test he got a weekly gig at a local nursing home. With Rudy in their lap some of the patients, who appeared almost catatonic, would come alive. He also modeled a tux in a fashion show. I couldn’t have a more perfect dog and he has brought such joy to not just me but hundreds of others coming into the art center and at the nursing home. Thank you for saving him for me.

With Gratitude,

Patricia

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01.25.17

Success Story Missy

Success Story Missy

Who knew Missy was such a music and TV fan! Read this wonderful update sent in by Leona and John:

I just wanted you to know that Missy is doing well. She is a most active eleven-year old. She wakes us up at 6:10 every morning so that we do not miss our morning walk with her (not as if we could not sleep in and walk her later, as we are both retired). Missy makes sure that our cats get their exercise, as well. Whenever someone is that the door, Missy is sure to announce it for us. Missy is a big Warriors fan. She is the first on the sofa in the family room when it is tele time. She also likes House Hunters, especially if the home buyers have a dog. Missy is faithful company (again on the sofa) each evening when I do my exercises. She likes listening to the music; I think that The Essex, March, Little Peggy, The Ronettes, Chiffons, The Chiffons, Betty Everett, and The Crystals are her favorite artists.

Thank you for all that you do,

Leona and John

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01.18.17

Success Story "Mandy" 3537

Success Story "Mandy" 3537

Mutt mom Kelly’s short and sweet note about her senior gal Mandy says enough to warm our hearts:

I adopted Mandy in July 2016. I’m seeing her blossom more every day. She leaps in the air at dinner time, makes Scooby-Doo noises randomly, and snores like the little old lady that she is.

I love her to pieces, and she is an asset to my world.

Thanks to Muttville, for pulling Mandy from a high-kill shelter so I could adopt her.

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01.11.17

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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