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Love you Gracie!!!! I am so happy for you! Helen and you were meant to be!

04.23.14 08:25pm | commenting on Success Story "Gracie" (1847)

Success Story "Gracie" (1847)

Success Story "Gracie" (1847)

Left in a backpack and covered in urine and feces, poor Gracie was dropped off at the local SF shelter. Muttville staff were shocked and horrified that someone could leave this sweet blind girl in such shocking conditions. But Gracie proved to have an unbreakable spirit. Her personality remained sweet and kind and trusting. Helen saw Gracie’s amazing will to live and be happy, and Helen decided Gracie was her perfect first dog! Read their beautiful love story, as told by mom Helen:

I think I’m the luckiest person in the world – because I found Gracie! Gracie is super sweet and gentle, and has the most adorable wiggle when she walks. She steals everyone’s heart, even the five bunnies who share the house with her. She visits them in their various rooms, and she must wonder what they are because she can’t see them, but she loves their smell! One naughty bunny will tease her when she’s eating!

This is what Gracie says about her new home: “I love lots of things in my new home – the sofa with lots of pillows – going for short walks and rolling in the grass – snuggling with my mom when she’s watching Mad Men – roaming around the house and bumping into bunnies – kisses and belly scratches and being silly. And I love going to work with Momma on Fridays – everyone at the office says I’m super cute!”

Still, Gracie has challenges because she is blind. But I think that makes her so much more special. I can’t imagine having any other dog except this sweet girl – she makes me smile so much every day – from the moment I wake up and find her dozing on the sofa, to the moment I come home from work and she’s wagging her tail patiently waiting for lots of hugs and coos and smooches. She is incredibly tolerant and resilient, and is teaching me all about being a good dog “parent” – she is my first dog and I am so delighted!

I am sad sometimes because I don’t know what happened to Gracie’s first family, and I worry that she misses them, but I try to give her as much love as I can, and make her feel safe and secure, and hope that she knows she will always belong right here with me!

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04.23.14

Success Story "Slippers"

Success Story "Slippers"

Slippers discovered his inner happy mutt after he was adopted by Stacey and her family. What a difference love makes! Read their beautiful story.

We Love Slippy!

We were looking for a new dog, well, actually, a new family member. Our dog Scruff (also adopted mid-career) had passed away at 16 years old, and we were finally ready to commit again. We were looking for a running partner who would also be gentle with our 3-year old daughter, co-exist well with our two cats and come to work with me. Also must love car rides and hanging out at the barn while I take care of my horse. A big order.

We searched all the shelter and animal rescue websites, met dogs, but none of them seemed just right. Then I saw a photo of a very handsome Pointer mix on the Muttville website. He was sitting in a car and was wearing a tweed cap set at a jaunty angle. We had to meet him!

On June 2, 2013, my husband, daughter and I drove up to San Francisco to meet Billy, at the Maddie’s Adoption fair weekend. I was so nervous, I felt like I was on a first date. I think it was the prospect of actually meeting the right dog and knowing that I was going to commit my heart to a dog again. After Scruff, this was a big deal and one that I didn’t take lightly. We saw Billy coming down the sidewalk with a Muttville volunteer. I knew it was him. He was thin and kind of dingy looking, his head hung low and his eyes were sad, kind of vacant. But he was determined to trot along and be a part of the festivities. We took him for a walk and he was extremely gentle with our daughter. We adopted him that day and I promised him he would be safe forever. He had been picked up as a stray and a lot of kind people had helped him along the way to make it to Muttville. I knew Billy was not going to be a running partner, but that wasn’t important all of a sudden. I knew that he belonged with us.

Billy was quickly renamed Slippers by our daughter. She announced it after he came home with us and it kind of fit him. His other nicknames include Slip, Slippy, Pickles, Doggy, Boojie, and our daughter’s favorite, ‘Meat Nose’. He was fairly shut down when we arrived, but gradually he seemed to understand that he was staying and we were his family. He attached to me right away and hasn’t let go yet. He’s rarely more than a couple of feet away from me in the house and if I sit down, he does his best to lay on top of my feet. We have been helping him with his separation anxiety and he’s able to stay at home for a few hours successfully, so he’s doing quite well, thanks to his Kong and relaxing music. Luckily, he can come to work with me and we are together most of the time.

Another amazing thing about Slip is how gentle and tolerant he is with our daughter. She is 4 now and grew up with our other big dog, so has learned the ways of big dogs with wagging tails and how to pet gently. But she’s still a young kid which involves lots of running, shrieking and random chaos. Slip takes it all in stride, in fact, sees it as his job to monitor all of her playing out in the yard, helping out with bedtime routine, stretching out next to her to watch Sesame Street and supervising all meals to help with clean-up. He’s also teaching her how to walk a dog although she has not yet mastered picking up dog poop.

Slip participated in a race in Carmel (got a medal and a dog cookie!), walked on the beach for what seemed the first time ever (his toes were splayed and his legs stiff as if he thought he might fall through the sand) and has a regular gig as Massage Demo Dog for the BodyWork for Shelter Dogs class that I teach at the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter.

Slippy’s progress from thin, shut-down, confused dog to who he is today is remarkable. Dogs can be so incredibly resilient and forgiving. He had a tumor removed and a large pink skin tag taken off that was hanging from his belly (several passersby told me my dog had laid in gum…) We had a couple of bad teeth removed, which seemed to make him a lot more comfortable. He LOVES his massages and falls asleep within the first few minutes. After struggling for months with digestive issues, Slip is now recovered and glows with health. He dropped his dingy wiry coat and grew in a brilliant thick, soft white coat. He’s stronger, has muscle tone and loves to go on his daily walks. He wags his tail, especially around mealtimes and when he sits for food, his face lights up as if it’s the first time he has smiled.

He is almost totally silent. He will make a very quiet whining noise when he sees a dog or person who he wants to go greet, but otherwise seems to have no voice. He has only barked 3 times in almost a year since he’s been with us, and each time was at the UPS driver coming to the back door. His reaction was fierce with a huge big defensive bark. Apparently the FedEx guy is ok, but UPS is a threat.

He’s made me cry, or at least teary. His moments of realization or courage or trying something new, usually something that seems to come so naturally to dogs that live in homes, have really touched me. They are fleeting and might seem insignificant to an outsider, but they are huge to Slip and to us. The first time he grabbed his stuffed alligator and stiffly bounced around the living with it was a big deal. He was self-conscious and looked like he instinctively knew to do this, or maybe thought it was what I wanted, but wasn’t sure exactly how to do it. It was adorable. The first time he barked at the UPS guy was so out of character and so surprising to all of us, even the cats were staring at him with huge eyes. I was teary-eyed while I praised him and reassured him that we were safe. I was so proud of him.

Slip’s past is a mystery and he seems to shut down in busy, populated areas. Luckily we live in the mountains so most of his time is spent in quiet areas. Although he appears to show little emotion or excitement much of the time, he is extremely friendly and interested in meeting others when we are out and about. He is friends with every dog on our street, even has diffused the “drama queens” who want to make a big deal out of meeting each other. Dogs relax in his presence. He also loves meeting new people, especially if he sees a group of people gathered – he must go over to the group and stand among them. He’s very polite, as always, but he acts like it’s really important that he go over to say hi. Once they greet him, he’s happy to move on. Our two indoor cats own him. They steal his beds, make him wait in line at the water bowl and rub their bodies all over him, while he stands there waiting for them to finish. He’s such a sweet dog.

LIKES


Napping, especially with a body part touching mom
Snoring
Walks off leash
Friends Daisy, Keenu, Albus and Ruger
Wiping his mouth on the couch after eating
His Kong full of something yummy
Wearing his fleece jackets after his bath

SPECIAL SKILLS

Getting the last bit out of a stuff Kong
Eeyore imitations
Mopping the floor
Being adorable

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Thanks to everyone who posted wonderful comments on our Facebook page.

04.16.14

Success Story "Ishkabibble"

Success Story "Ishkabibble"

Ishkabibble was an adorable ball of love when he arrived at Muttville. But since being adopted, it turns out there was a svelte hunk waiting to be revealed! Read this adorable update about sweet Ishi written by mom Aja:

When I first adopted Ishkabibble (who now goes by Ishi, pronounced Eeshee), he was a very chunky (yet very adorable) chihuhahua at about 8 lbs. His nickname at my work was “Potato.” It was hard walking him the first couple weeks because he walked so slow, and tired out after nearly a half block. He also had difficulty breathing, and would snort with every breath. He was so lethargic in those early weeks, and only showed any sort of excitement or happiness when it was meal time. While walking Ishi one day, a woman asked about him and I told her that I just adopted Ishi a few weeks ago. She leaned down and told my dog that he was lucky to still be loved even though he was a 10 year old, overweight chihuahua. I was obviously outraged and confused by the comment. If only she could see Ishi now!

I gradually started restricting his diet, because I knew that this and exercise were key to getting my new little buddy healthy! After a month or so of his new diet, daily (slow) walks, and steady weight loss, something seemed to click in his mind. He can walk fast- even run- effortlessly! Ever since then, he’s been speed walking like a youngster, and even I have trouble keeping up with him. It’s like Ishi has suddenly transformed into a puppy (he’s been mistaken for a puppy a few times)! He has so much energy and LOVES his walks. He seems to have so much excitement for more than just food- but for life! His favorite thing to do is run around at the beach. Fast forward 3 months, and Ishi is just under 6 lbs. His original nickname “Potato” no longer fits because now he is a slim jim! A potato wedge! Losing 2-3 lbs doesn’t seem like a lot for humans, but that’s HUGE for such a little dog. I feel that Ishi was only able to show his true personality once he shed the pounds. There’s nothing weighing him down now (pun intended)! He’s such a ridiculous and goofy little guy, and has always been a sweetheart. But now I see more of that spunk on a daily basis, and I love it.

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04.09.14

Success Story "Ella Enchanted"

Success Story "Ella Enchanted"

Ella Enchanted captured the hearts of her family, thanks to a stunning photo they saw on Facebook. They traveled thousands of miles to meet and eventually take home this little 3 lb girl. Here is their story:

It started with a picture on Facebook. Ella Enchanted, a senior Chihuahua in need of a forever home. With huge ears, a hanging tongue, and eyes so bright and full of life, we couldn’t get her picture out of our heads. The only problem was this little angel was 3,000 miles away in California. Thanks to Ella’s awesome foster parents and the caring, dedicated people at Muttville (and trains, planes and automobiles!) Ella arrived at our home in early November. She left the sunny California weather and found herself right smack at the beginning of one of the coldest New Jersey winters on record. She has been a little trooper, braving the polar vortex and thundersnow! Ella has seen and felt snow on her little paws for the first time. Let’s just say, she is NOT a fan.

Ella not only has a new mommy and daddy, she also has an older Chihuahua brother named Chachi. The two have already become friends and sleep together every night. Ella is the boss and Chachi is okay with that, since he likes to be lazy in his old age.

Ella is a ball of energy and makes us laugh and smile every day. For a 4 pound dog she has a huge personality. It feels as though Ella has been with us for years. She is our little princess. We are so thankful to Muttville and her foster parents for bringing Ella into our lives. Our little family is now complete.

AnnMarie & Michael

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04.02.14

A Record Month: 63 Senior Dogs Found Forever Homes in March!

A Record Month: 63 Senior Dogs Found Forever Homes in March!

We had a record month of adoptions! 63 senior dogs went to forever homes in the month of March, including a few long-time residents. Thanks to everyone who contributed to this success – Muttville’s adopters, volunteers, fosters, and staff. We’re so proud of this amazing accomplishment!

Elvis
Indie
John Deere
Chico
Paco
Aggie
Lovegirl (S4S)
Portia
Snoopy
Lulu
Lemon
Butterscotch
Twix
Bunny
Crumble (S4S)
Molly
Peach
Tommy
Paco
Nicki
Coco
Leonardo
Nica
Shady
Sally
Bonnie Blue
Mia
Pepper
Red (S4S)
Elton (S4S)
Truffle
Hudson
Jellybean (S4S)
Lollipop
Perla
Aksel
Snickers
Chelo (S4S)
Moopsy (S4S)
Ramon
Jasmine
Holmes
RJ (S4S)
Cici
Figgy
Willy Von Stickleback
Percy
Sampson (S4S)
Sarah
Mikey
DJ
Chloe (S4S)
Daisy
Brownie
Chiquita
Licorice
Buddy
Cisco
Care Bear
Suzi Q (S4S)
Wicket
Heidi
Kurri


To see the profiles of these lucky mutts, visit the Recent Adoptions section of our Mutts page.


Every dog adopted means another life we can save.
There’s a perfect senior waiting for you!
Click here to see all of our mutts.

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04.01.14

Success Story "Webster"

Success Story "Webster"

In his old life, Webster suffered from being morbidly overweight. Well over 30 lbs his ideal weight, Webster could barely stand. The only thing he carried easily was his smile. Today, Webster is a much more comfortable weight, has a large yard to exercise in, and he is only heavy with joy in his heart! Read his happy story, as told by his family, Roger and Marion:

WORLD WIDE WEBSTER!

At Christmas 2011, our Yellow Lab, Harley, passed away, and we replaced him with a young pup, Smoke. Three months later, our 6 year old GSD x Boxer, Sox, developed bone cancer, and by April, we had a young German Shepherd, and a home full of puppies. Unfortunately, Smoke has a recessive gene, and went blind at about 9 months old. He made the adjustment amazingly well, and continued to enjoy life with his pal, Monty.

In April 2013, we moved to Oakdale to develop a carriage driving center, and the dogs were given a large, fenced, back yard, where Monty spent much of his day. Smoke sometimes got a little frightened, in the house, when Monty was outside and we were working with the equines, so we decided to find him an older pal who would not be as boisterous as the GSD.

Enter Muttville, and Webster. When we met, he was about 90 lb. and very slow moving, with rolls of fat. However, he had a wonderful disposition, just the kind of presence Smoke needed to give him security. We brought him home from San Francisco, and he soon became one of the pack. We walk the dogs round part of our property every night after the equines have been fed, and Webster soon got the idea of waddling along behind. He also found that his diet was being strictly controlled, and has lost considerable weight since February. He now keeps up with the other dogs, on our walks, and presents a cheerful ‘laughing’ face. He still sleeps on his back, but finds it much easier to roll over and get up.

Webster has been a wonderful addition to the ‘family’ and we are delighted we found him, and Muttville.

Roger & Marion

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03.26.14

In Memoriam: Cinnamon Girl

In Memoriam: Cinnamon Girl

We wish to thank Debra and Dave, who shared their home and hearts with a darling, lost little girl we rescued named Cinnamon Girl. They gave her the life of her dreams. Our thoughts are with them today.

From Debra and Dave:

Cinnamon Girl came to live with us when she was sixteen, mostly blind and deaf. We knew we were on bonus time with her but there was something special about this girl. Our first thought was for her to be a companion to our 16 year old border collie, who had just lost her lifelong mate. We thought we knew a thing or two about older dogs but she had so much more to teach us. As it turned out, we lost our border collie within a few weeks of Cinnamon’s arrival and were fortunate to spend nearly two more years with her.

Even though blind and deaf she still got around well. She wanted to chase tennis balls and go for walks and be an active part of our lives, it just had to be at her pace. We came to love her spunky attitude and zest for life. She came to love being cuddled and loved on.In her final days when things slowed down for her, she simply wanted to be held while we lay by her in her bed. We gave her what she wanted most and helped her cross over the rainbow bridge in loving arms.


Sharing life with the oldest of old dogs becomes life a day at a time. We are eternally grateful to Muttville for rescuing her so we could spend these bonus years with our Cinnamon Girl. She will be remembered always with love.

We thank those who posted their condolences and support on our Facebook page.

03.22.14

Success Story "Bella" (a.k.a. Onyx)

Success Story "Bella" (a.k.a. Onyx)

Onyx was found as a stray in Martinez, CA. We could tell she had multiple litters of pups and was then dumped on the streets. Onyx and Muttville were blessed when Debbie found her, and she saw what we saw – a diamond in the rough just waiting to blossom. With lots of love, Debbie uncovered her beauty. Here is their story, as told by mom Debbie:

Thank you for giving me Bella (formerly Onyx). She is truly a blessing and she is what her name means, beautiful inside and out. She is a pit bull mix and a delight. I tell her, ‘the first 7 years were hard but the next 7 will be wonderful.’ She is so sweet and smart. She can open the door and let herself in and out. She greets everyone so sweet, takes food like a lady from your hand. She potties only where she is supposed to and never gets into anything.

She rarely leaves my side. She is pure joy.

This past month with her has been so sweet. She had three teeth removed and never blinked. She brings more love to me than I can ever express.

She greets all people and other dogs with a happy tail wagging. She is funny. She goes outside to potty and runs like the wind back to me spins around then sits very still. She walks over to her bed and literally throws herself into and onto it.

We walk twice a day and she waits patiently for the lead to be put on and then when we come home she waits for the lead to be taken off. She goes outside and never tries to run away. We walk to the mail box and back and she is happy and content to do so without being told. She loves to ride in the car and tries to talk me into it every time we walk down the driveway.

I saw her picture shortly after my Molly died, but I was not ready as my heart was still sad. Four months later, I looked (on the Muttville website), and there she was and I knew it was meant to be. She is my love.

Thanks again.

Debbie

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03.19.14

Success Stories "Roli & Polly"

Success Stories "Roli & Polly"

One of our earliest success stories! This brings back memories! Thanks to mom Lindy for sharing with us the story of Roli and Polly:

ROLI and POLLY! What can I say about them? Sooooo much! Roli and Polly were two of the first Muttville dogs. In 2008 when I picked them up from transport and saw them just sitting there I fell in love and the love affair has only continued. Roli with his little tongue sticking out (lack of teeth), no hair on his ears and tail, just looking pathetic and Polly looking at me like I’m here hurry up let’s go home. And HOME it was! Even though they were my foster babies, my intention was to give them all the love and adoration they deserved until a new forever home was found. Two nice guys fell in love with Polly and were willing to take Roli because they were a package deal. We emailed back and forth and it sounded like a wonderful home. What more can you hope for right? Wrong! About 10:00 pm the night before they were to go to their new home I called Sherri bawling and having a complete meltdown, telling her that I couldn’t give them up. Poor Sherri. In her usual calm Sherri way she said “OK Lindy. If that’s what you want I will call the adopter and let them know.” Well, the adopter was not too happy with Muttville or me (I understand that). They were excited and looking forward to getting these little guys even though I told Sherri there were 5 million other dogs that needed a home. Well I guess that wasn’t the point.

It is because of this “foster failure” that Sherri now tries, and I’m sure does not succeed all of the time, to have the understanding with the fosterers that when a new furever home is found they let them go. That’s the only way she can keep saving them right? In all fairness to me, I did foster others and let them go to new homes crying and fighting it all the way!

I have no regrets. I am the epitome of a “foster failure” with 8 babies and I wouldn’t have it any other way! Roli is now about 14 or 15, slowing down and almost completely white, but he is still my baby. His feet never touch the floor and that’s how he likes it! Thank you Sherri from one of your staunchest supporters!

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03.12.14

Adopted Mutts! February 10 - 23

Adopted Mutts! February 10 - 23

Big congrats to these 36 very happy senior mutts who found forever homes! (S4S indicates the dog was adopted through our Seniors For Seniors Program.)

Sparky
Elliot (S4S)
Onyx (S4S)
Skipper (S4S)
Money Penny (S4S)
Cobie
Jonah
Daphne
Chaplin (S4S)
Chico (S4S)
Homer
Teddy
Mr. Henry
Lily
Sonny
Derby
Freddy
Mandy (S4S)
Mary Ann
Bodie
Charley
Cupid
Aggie
Lanny
Ernie
Bert
Sydney
Bebop
Isolde
Ellen
Caroline
Posie
Tristan
Lucy
Brownie (S4S)
Duke


To see the profiles of these lucky mutts, visit the Recent Adoptions section of our Mutts page.


Every dog adopted means another life we can save.
There’s a perfect senior waiting for you!
Click here to see all of our mutts.

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02.26.14

I remember sweet Lily aka Junebug from the early days of Muttville. These are the stories I cherish. Thank you Meaux!

02.19.14 08:54am | commenting on Success Story "Lily" (aka Junebug)

Success Story "Lily" (aka Junebug)

Success Story "Lily" (aka Junebug)

With heavy hearts, we share this news from mom Meaux about the passing of her beloved Lily (aka Junebug). Please join us in sending our condolences and wishing Lily safe travels across the rainbow bridge.

“I’m writing with great sadness to let you know that our little Muttville alumni, Lily (formerly Junebug) passed away today. She was a truly marvelous little dog and Patrick and I are so grateful for the four years we had with her. She was an unstoppable force of nature who taught us so much. Everything we need to know we learned from our little senior Shih Tzu.

· It’s never too late for a second (or third, or fourth) act.

· Don’t dwell on the past, it will get you nowhere.

· Love with your whole heart.

· Sleep close to those you love.

· Greet every day with enthusiasm.

· Stop and sniff the roses.

· Never refuse a cookie.

We chose the name Lily because we thought that the little withdrawn dog that we brought home would blossom over time. It took a while for Lily to realize that she was in her forever home but once she came out of her shell, she had the biggest personality you can imagine. She ruled the house with a quiet but absolute authority. She had clearly once been a well-loved pet and though no one knows what caused the change in her circumstances, she never let the rough times hold her back. She was such a happy girl.

Lily was the sweetest little dog who left huge paw prints on our hearts. Thank you, Sherri, for rescuing our little girl so that we could share her golden years with her. We loved every minute of it.

xoxo

Meaux and Patrick

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02.19.14

Success Story Shorty (aka Thumbelina)

Success Story Shorty (aka Thumbelina)

“There is no way I can express the love I feel for her,” says mom Edna, “but I did my best.” We think you did a beautiful job! Read Edna and Shorty’s love story:

My name is Thumbelina but my mom calls me Shorty because I’m so tiny.

3 years ago mom saw me on the Muttville website and went to the adoption day event to meet me. She instantly fell in love with me – yes, there is such a thing as love at first sight. When my mom brought me home I knew I was home furever.

I have a bed with fluffy blankets, healthy food and LOTS of love. Daddy is my favorite … sometimes he gives me nibbles of a McDonald’s cheeseburger. I like to steal daddy’s socks out of his shoes and mom laughs cause the socks are bigger than me. I spend my free time in the garden helping my mom or going to work with daddy. Mom plays practical jokes on me by dressing me in funny clothes or photographing me in silly situations – but I secretly enjoy it.

I am a blessed girl and I love my life – but the one thing that get on my nerves is when my St. Bernard brother takes my food … I get so mad and bark in his ear (he’s really scared of me LOL)

Mom is so grateful for Muttville having brought us together. We love Muttville and we think they are PAWSOME!!!

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02.12.14

Adopted Mutts! January 27 - February 9

Adopted Mutts! January 27 - February 9

Big congrats to these 18 very happy senior mutts who found forever homes! (S4S indicates the dog was adopted through our Seniors For Seniors Program.)

Fresca (S4S)
Freckles
Freddy
Daphne
Levi (S4S)
Nubia
Nilly
Phyllis (S4S)
Sarah
Max
Gilligan
Odie
Stanley (S4S)
Chocolate
Chip
Busy Bee
Romeo
Charley


To see the profiles of these lucky mutts, visit the Recent Adoptions section of our Mutts page.


Every dog adopted means another life we can save.
There’s a perfect senior waiting for you!
Click here to see all of our mutts.

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02.10.14

Ask Dr Parks! Your Questions Answered About Our New Senior Stars! Class

Ask Dr Parks! Your Questions Answered About Our New Senior Stars! Class

We’ve received many questions and enthusiastic interest in the new class Muttville is offering for seniors and special needs dogs called Senior Stars!, developed in partnership with Modern Hound Dog Training and Care owner and Muttville volunteer trainer, Dr. Shoshi Parks.

So, we put together a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), answered by Dr. Parks:

I’ve had trouble teaching my dog any commands. Do you really think she can learn in class?
Even dogs that have never been able to learn anything at home catch on quickly in Senior Stars! because we move slowly and make learning fun! What could be better than mastering a game to win a treat or hopping through a hula hoop to win the praise of mom or dad? This class teaches your dog to innovate and try new things in order to win a prize – every dog can learn to do that!

Will my dog learn basic commands in Senior Stars?
Senior Stars! is great for dogs at all training levels. The class teaches some basic commands – sit, spin, and touch – as the foundation for fun games and easy tricks. Dogs that already have some obedience training under their belt will be challenged to try some more difficult variations of their skills and to use their knowledge in a new context.

My senior dog doesn’t seem interested in much these days besides lying on the couch. Could this class really be fun for her?
Absolutely! Doctors tell humans to keep their minds sharp as they age by learning and challenging their brains. This is sage advice for dogs, too! An older dog may not be as interested in walks and play as they used to be, but that doesn’t mean their brains are no longer active. This game challenges senior dogs to activate their minds by using the scents and tastes that dogs, even the old ones, love. It’s truly amazing to watch an old dog learn a new trick and every time they learn, their brains become a little more sharp.

My dog is blind but is only 2 years old. Is this class right for him?
Senior Stars! was designed specifically for dogs with disabilities including blindness, deafness and limited mobility. A younger dog without sight will learn just as much from this class as an older dog. The techniques we use in class will also help to provide guardians with ideas about further training with younger vision-impaired and hearing-impaired dogs!


Can this class have an impact on my dog’s life?
Senior Stars! gives your dog the kind of mental stimulation they may be lacking as they age and become less interested in the things they loved as puppies. Not only will your dog benefit from an hour a week of brain-challenging fun during class, but the games and tricks you learn can be easily integrated in to your dog’s daily life after class is over.

Shoshi Parks, Ph.D. is a positive-reinforcement dog trainer and owner of Modern Hound Dog Training and Care in San Francisco. Since first discovering Muttville in 2010, Shoshi has been dedicated to its mission, first as a foster parent and later as a volunteer dog trainer. Her adoration of and respect for senior dogs inspired her to create the Senior Stars! class, a chance for older dogs and their guardians to learn fun games and tricks to enrich their lives. Shoshi also works with the San Francisco SPCA. You can also read her article in January’s Baywoof, entitled ‘Great Expectations’.

If you think you and your dog can have a ton of fun together in Senior Stars! class, spaces are available for February and March 4-week classes.

Go to ModernHoundSF.com to sign up!

(click “Classes” in the menu bar.)

02.07.14

Success Story "Do E"

Success Story "Do E"

Formerly Kix, Do E reports he’s been living the good life! Enjoy his success story:

My new name is Do E. it’s really Alardo which means “courageous prince” in old Greek, but Do E is my nick-name everybody calls me now.

My new mom and dad are really spoiling me, healthy food and fruit and vegi treats.

My mom insists that I have something on every time we leave the house for a road trip, walk, gold panning or to visit my cousin Cleo or to visit either of my grandma’s. I don’t really mind the outfits as I’ve discovered I’m quite a fashionista and I get more attention when I’m handsomely dressed up.

I’ve lost a little weight 1lb, which my vet said was ok, because I go out 5 times a day and one of those is a nice long walk.

Thank you Muttville and Meryl, my foster mom, for taking me in and keeping me safe until the perfect mom & dad could be found for me. I had my best Christmas ever, I’m such a lucky guy.

Our car even has a sticker on it that says “I love my PomChi”. I now know what I am too – half Pomeranian & half Chihuahua, perfect combination. Who cares about pure breeds anyway. Long live mutts!!!

So, thank you, again, to everyone who saved my life and loves me still.

Steve, Karen & Do E

Are you the proud parent of a Muttville dog? Send us your story! Include 3 of your favorite photos and send to success_stories@muttville.org with the subject line ‘Success Story’.

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02.05.14

Success Story "Tilly (aka 891)"

Success Story "Tilly (aka 891)"

Thanks to mom Cathy, success story Tilly is enjoying the good life with her family that includes dogs, cats, chickens, geese, and even a pigeon! Enjoy her story!

This is Tilly’s third year hiking the Lakes Basin trails in the Sierra Buttes. Three years ago we met her at a Muttville adoption event and she’s been a treasured member of our family since. Skipper and Chica are her brother and sister, and she has bunches of cats, chickens, geese and a pigeon to play with. Some of the cats even pretend to let her chase them even though they are all bigger than she. When I first walked her I took her without the other dogs to see how far she could go. After all, she was a senior dog. When all 8 pounds of her pulled me down the driveway and all of our usual mile, I knew the other dogs would have to keep up with her!

In the mountains, Tilly can hike any trail. She can scramble over boulders, ford streams, cross logs and swim, if necessary (a chiwiener is not really a water dog.) Her best venue is the snow. Imagine a foot or two of snow, then a tire track about six inches deep. This is Tilly’s trail. You can hardly see her as she trots along but it’s plain she’s quite pleased with herself for figuring it out.

We make frequent trips to the Buttes and she’s always eager to go- love those rest stop smells! People up there say that even the most senior dogs feel a new sense of life when they get to the mountains but we know the best thing for many senior mutts is to be rescued by Muttville. Tilly is proof that even the small and quiet seniors have hidden depths that spring to life when given a second chance.

Thank you, Muttville!



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01.29.14

Adopted Mutts! January 13 - 26

Adopted Mutts! January 13 - 26

Big congrats to these 21 very happy senior mutts who found forever homes! (S4S indicates the dog was adopted through our Seniors For Seniors Program.)

Spanky S4S
Bella S4S
Kelly
Max
Buddy Holly
Stevie Wonder
Dora
Nutmeg S4S
Harold
Gismo
Hollywood
Nica
Mason S4S
Webster
Pedro
Vince
Yoda
Guapo
Forest
Rusty
Kimber Girl


To see the profiles of these lucky mutts, visit the Recent Adoptions section of our Mutts page.


Every dog adopted means another life we can save.
There’s a perfect senior waiting for you!
Click here to see all of our mutts.

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01.27.14

Success Story "Brian"

Success Story "Brian"

Formerly Romeo, Brian wrote to Muttville to send us his very own Success Story! Read this adorable tale, in Brian’s own words. Thanks to dad Matthew for letting Brian borrow his computer.

It’s been four months since my new dads adopted me from Muttville. At first it was confusing, they kept calling me “Brian” (after the dog in Family Guy) just when I had been getting used to being called “Romeo” but now, I couldn’t be happier.

I have a sister named Taylor who is the same size and age as I am (coincidence, I wonder?) and we get along great. While our dads are at work, we play, nap, and keep each other company. Our dads take us on walks together, play

with us, and take good care of us. For Christmas Taylor and I each got our own stocking full of treats. When it’s cold they put coats on us… Taylor doesn’t seem to mind it but I’m still getting used to it. My sister and I each have our own “houses” that our dads can wear on their backs when we go to the park or out in the city.

I’m so grateful to Muttville for helping me meet my new family, even though my sister can be a bit of a pain sometimes. Thanks to everyone who helped me find my dads and sister!

Are you the proud parent of a Muttville dog? Send us your story! Include 3 of your favorite photos and send to success_stories@muttville.org with the subject line ‘Success Story’.

You can help create many more new beginnings!
Adopt. Foster. Volunteer. Donate.

01.22.14

mariem3

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Real name
marie rochelle macaspac
Location
san francisco
My relationship to Muttville
foster mom, marketing gal, merch girl, designer
Mutts in my life
all muttville fosters at this time: maxwell, lady tara, gracie, little prince william
r.i.p. collette, gordie, scruffy, stimpy, frida