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Success Story Finnegan
Mutt mom Amanda shares her story with Finnegan. She helped build his confidence, and with patience a perfect little mutt emerged:
I adopted Finnegan in September 2015 and we recently celebrated his adoptioniversary/birthday! There was a lot to celebrate with all the progress he has made over the past year. Finny was a special Muttville pup – so shy that the volunteers couldn’t always get him out from his hiding spots under the furniture for his daily walks. He wouldn’t make eye contact with me and kept a safe distance at first.
We originally tried speaking to him in English, Spanish, French, and Japanese since he wouldn’t respond to anyone talking to him! He still loves being under furniture and has a favorite chair he likes to nap under, but is no longer “hiding.”
Finnegan and I now go everywhere together. He is always right on my heels, following me around and staring up at me with smiles. We have become best pals. He continues to get more and more brave, sometimes even walking right up to strangers on our walks, to say hi and accept some head rubs. He spreads smiles to all of our neighbors while out and about. His coat has really grown in- it seems that with the help of nutritious food and a safe home, Finnegan is thriving and has become the fluffiest of fur balls! He does a happy dance every time I come home with lots of little jumps in the air and a BIG smile!
He is the best little roommate and I love him dearly. I don’t know if Finny was always such a shy boy or if it happened during his transition between homes, however being able to give him his forever home and work with him to become a more confident, happier pup has been an incredibly rewarding experience! Finny and I are SO happy together and I am forever grateful for Muttville.
Are you the proud parent of a Muttville dog? Send us your story! Include 3 of your favorite photos and send to firstname.lastname@example.org
Success Story Bernard
Moving on after the loss of a pet is hard on every family member, including the other furry kids. Janet and her family pets decided to give a chance to one lucky dog:
We had a two dog and three cat household and everything was good. The two dogs had been together for almost their entire lives. Then a little over a year ago one of the dogs, Milo, developed heart disease. And in spite of the best care we could provide he passed away in August.
We had no intention of getting another dog but Dobby, the remaining dog, was visibly lonely and upset after Milo passed. We knew finding a dog that fit into our family would be difficult. With one 11 year old dog and 3 cats from 3 to 8 years old finding a dog that would get along with everyone seemed like a tall order.
After looking long and hard we stumbled upon Muttville and realized a senior dog was just what we needed. We browsed the adoptable dogs and for some reason Bernard just jumped out at us. He was in a foster near where we live so arranged a meeting between Dobby and Bernard and have never looked back.
Bernard instantly won our hearts and over the last two months has become fully integrated into the family. He’s smart, funny, loving and a good companion to Dobby.
I sing the praises of senior dog rescue to anyone I can. Even the cats have stopped hissing at him! Muttville you rock ❤
Are you the proud parent of a Muttville dog? Send us your story! Include 3 of your favorite photos and send to email@example.com
Success Story Pumpkin (aka Darling) & Ricky
It’s the magic of Muttville! Thanks to Kelli for sharing her story:
I have a soft spot for the seniors after having a 90lb dog that made it to 14 with a lot of smiles, despite his arthritis. I lost him to congestive heart failure in December and really grieved for the hole he left in my heart. I heard about Muttville and at first I thought I’d just volunteer, then I thought I’d foster, then I asked myself, “Who am I kidding, there’s NO WAY I could foster and give a dog up.” So I decided to adopt and foster.
I asked which dogs needed more medical care and saw several online and went in to see them in person. When I met Darling (now Pumpkin), she had her nose to the door, just waiting for someone to come in. I walked in, sat down and opened my arms up and she just mushed her whole body against me and I knew I had found my dog. When I got her home, she went to my shag area rug and just rubbed her face into the carpet and rolled around for a good twenty minutes in utter bliss. I got her medical records sent to me and as I read them, I just cried. She had been so severely neglected, most likely living outside on a chain her entire life. This was potentially the first time she had even been on a soft carpet.
I successfully fostered another dog a few weeks later and when I finalized the adoption, I went straight back to Muttville to pick up another foster named Ricky. He was a sweet, dopey, quiet little Cocker Spaniel who was half bald. When I got Ricky home, I realized he was LYING when he was at the shelter. He’s a total goofball with a really silly, loving and whacky personality and he’s not quiet at all. He also has the climbing capabilities of a mountain goat and partakes in what we call, “carpet swimming”. Two weeks after bringing him home, he managed to escape the yard and I ended up walking my neighborhood with his leash around my neck, crying as I was looking for, “my little baby”. I got him back that day, luckily and after we caught him sleeping with Pumpkin on the same bed (even though we have three beds). I called and adopted him. His medical records showed that he was most likely never taken to a vet prior to going to Muttville. His baldness was due to a low thyroid condition and he now has the most beautiful coat.
Now, they are both spoiled rotten and we have a happy house. I also have to get my area rug professionally cleaned every few months because of the amount of abuse it receives.
Are you the proud parent of a Muttville dog? Send us your story! Include 3 of your favorite photos and send to firstname.lastname@example.org
Success Story Hannah (aka Jelly Bean)
Mutt mom Sara warms our hearts with her story filled with gratitude and love:
I am compelled to share Hannah’s story because I am so grateful I am able to provide a home for this sweet girl rather than her wandering the streets as a stray when she was found.
Next month will be two and a half years since she waddled over to me at a Maddie’s Days event. She brings me so much joy and is the perfect dog for me! Everyone who meets Hannah falls in love with her sweet doggie smile and low-key attitude, and I love telling them that she was adopted through Muttville and how great it is to love a senior dog.
Thanks so much to Muttville for all you do for these doggies and for introducing me to Hannah!
Success Story Rita 3218
A great story attesting to the health benefits of having a senior dog! Read Gina’s accounting of her life with Rita so far:
I adopted Rita on September 26, 2015. I can’t wait to see her in the next 3000 on the Wall of Fame! Recently, Rita’s vet told me that she needed a dental and more extractions, which meant putting her under at her age and taking even more of her teeth :( I had to run a GoFundMe in order to get her surgery done, because at this time I had some other personal issues arise that made finances very difficult. I am so happy-my friends and family and even people I hadn’t seen in quite a while donated and Rita has her dental scheduled for the end of this month. In honor of this success, I would like to share her story with you and hopefully make it on the Success Story Wall!
After enduring an umbilical hernia, mouth infections, fleas, alopecia, and luxating patella on the streets of San Jose, undergoing wonderful treatment and love at Muttville, and now stablizing in my home with great vet help, Rita is healthy and happy! Her coat grew out so much that she looks like a fluff ball. She LOVES food and is really starting to show her personality-she truly is a “fiery redhead” as her original Muttville description warned me of…
She entered my life at a difficult time and has had an indescribable impact on my own health and well-being, so I try to do the same for her every day. She is a senior – gotta respect your elders! ;) She is registered as a psychiatric assistance animal so she is able to join me almost everywhere I go, having adventures – she’s been to Florida (Epcott Center, so really she’s been around the entire world), San Diego, and several times to Pasadena to visit with her grandparents and extended fam. She has driven up and down the California coast on the 101 between San Francisco and Los Angeles – her favorite places are Avila Beach and Casa de Fruta. She is even going camping with me this summer, and to Lake Tahoe. She comes with me to work and brings smiles to all of my coworkers and friends. It is even a pleasure just to see people I pass on the street, see on the bus, or meet in taxis light up because she’s just so CUTE.
She has SO many nicknames, here are a few: Rita Monster, RitaBear, Bäarchen, Meter Maid, Gilda, Morsilla, Molé, Bicho, etc.
I wish I could share even more pictures with you of her on all of her adventures… But for now, here are some of our favorites! (photographs above)
Success Story Melody
Short and sweet note from Evelyn who let us know her life is now complete, thanks to Melody:
Is she not the most darling little girl? I love her so very much and she is doing extremely well on her medicaitons. She has made herself completely at home and makes sure she is in my lap to protect me from everyone. I don’t know what I would do without her because I am now at home all of the time so I don’t go anywhere unless it is to the doctors or once in a great while out to lunch.
Love and hugs, Evelyn and Melody
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.
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.
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
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!!
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