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Success Story "Rosie"

Success Story "Rosie"

As part of Muttville’s Fospice Program, Rosie enjoyed a wonderful life with fospice mom Kay. Despite her health issue, Rosie lived an extra long and fulfilling life! Kay wrote this beautiful story of her life with Rosie:

Rosie came to us in March 2014 after being surrendered to a shelter when her companion of 16 years could no longer care for her. Rosie herself was in renal failure, however, she was not displaying any symptoms, as yet. She was thin, withdrawn and seemed, not surprisingly, very depressed. She would eat but then would just go lay on her bed and sleep. She didn’t seem to need human contact. We gave her space to settle in at her own pace but kept a very close eye on her.

Slowly she started to come out of her shell; she started to roam around the house and follow us out into the garden. Eventually, she allowed herself to relax and sunbathe on the patio with our two other dogs.

She accompanied me to work where she slept in my office by my feet and then would take herself off around the office for a stroll and, soon became an office favorite.

Within two months she was a completely different dog. She loved riding in the car with the air conditioning full blast in her face. Every morning she ran up and down the hall a few times, her back leg kicking out to the side like she was doing the conga. She fought with her bed at least once a day. She ate three hearty meals a day. She spent hours wondering around the garden sniffing at everything. And, my personal favorite, she was banned from the groomer’s for being “too feisty”– we both wore that like a badge of honor.

Sadly, a couple of months ago she developed seizure-like episodes. She recovered quickly and her quality of life was still very good. Unfortunately, she had two bad episodes and we decided her quality of like was being compromised and decided, with our vet, that it was kinder to say goodbye and let her go.

Rosie could have easily been passed over as a shutdown dog who was not a good candidate for adoption. But she was just frightened and confused and needed a little time to adjust and let her true personality surface. She was not a cuddly little dog but an independent little spirit who completely took us all by surprise and we fell in love with her. She was a little character who made us laugh on a daily basis. It’s heart breaking to say goodbye to her but I’m so happy and honored that we were the ones to bring her around and give her another year where she blossomed and enjoyed her life to the end.

As always, thank you to Muttville for saving her and giving us Rosie for a year.


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04.29.15

Success Story "Cupcake", the 4 lb Wonder Mutt

Success Story "Cupcake", the 4 lb Wonder Mutt

Our hearts always break when we hear of the passing of a Muttville alumni. Mom Josie helps us to smile and laugh despite her loss. She shared with us her sweet memories of her gal, Cupcake:

Itty, bitty, Old Lady Extraordinaire, Love of my Life blonde edition, Cupcake, the 4 pound wonder mutt, has sailed across The Rainbow Bridge. Despite her physical challenges and medical issues, my girl was a champ! She was a silly little sweetheart with ideas of her own and heart that defied the size of her physical being.

Over the past year or so, her fave place to be was with me; on me, next to me, looking for me, snuggling with me. I love the way she loved me and will treasure the place she owns in my soul forever. She slept on my chest, resting her adorable face on my neck, whispering secrets of the day to me as we drifted off to sleep, our heartbeats in sync, as close to being one that’s possible.

She had admirers all around who were taken by her cuteness while being pushed around in her buggy or playing in the grass down at the park. I’m not the only one around here missing everything about her either. Although they search with less frenzy as time marches on, her mutt friends here still look for her in the comfy spots where she liked to nap.

I am thankful beyond measure for the years of having the privilege of being her Mama and always, always, always to Sherri for saving her that began our journey here together.

A couple of days after her teeny body had had enough, there was a brilliant rainbow in the sky that I believe was her, letting me know she was really out there, somewhere over the rainbow, back to bouncing around freely on all 4 legs, no longer burdened with breast cancer or tumors growing on her head or any of it really, her mission here complete. That she knew what it was to be treasured & loved like crazy after who knows what, gives me some peace.

To quote her fellow Muttviller, Danny Boy, whose Bark-It List continues to inspire us:

“Short time, Long time as long as it’s a Good time!”


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04.22.15

Success Story "Bijou"

Success Story "Bijou"

Stephanie says Bijou rolled into her life…literally! And their lives have been full of bliss ever since! Enjoy this sweet love story:

I have quite the obsession with dogs and with Muttville. I had just moved to San Francisco as a student and was living alone. I was seriously missing my four legged fur-babies that were living with my parents in San Jose. Each day, I would go to Muttville’s website and scroll through each page of wonderful dogs, particularly drawn to the dogs with special needs. One lucky day, I scrolled upon Miss Bijou’s picture — a small poodle with a seriously funny hair-do, two working legs and two mermaid legs, and a wheelchair. I watched a video of her running up a hill with her little wheels and I knew immediately I had to meet her.

Bijou and I met back in the summer of 2012 and it was love at first sight. After long consideration, I made a decision to care for her for the rest of her life. Since that decision, I have had no regrets. She has been my motivation and my best friend. I bring her everywhere with me and feel a heartbreak every time I can’t take her with me. She reminds me how strong anyone or anything can be, despite their size or disability. She actually really doesn’t let her disability get in the way. She can keep up with any big dog as she zooms past them fast with her little wheels! She does handstands to drink water and she runs around the floor without her wheels. I didn’t realize how much work it was to have a special needs fur baby (she needs to be expressed every couple hours and given medicine), but I also didn’t realize how much I would love it. Bijou has brought a smile to the face of every person who meets her.

It’s safe to say, this little senior rolled into my life and has made my life so much brighter. She is now 13 years young and still as youthful as ever. Thank you Muttville for rescuing her and allowing me to give her a forever home. Check out her instagram for recent pictures at bijous_world


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04.15.15

Success Story "Savannah Lee"

Success Story "Savannah Lee"

Thanks to beagle lovers Lee and Cheri for making Savannah a part of their family. Here is Savannah’s inspiring story, as told in her own words:

My name is Savannah. My Mommy and Daddy kept my name because it was so pretty. They added Lee to it, so I’m officially Savannah Lee.

I’m a beagle, and I love to talk. When I first got to my new forever home, I strutted right into the house past these 2 other beagles. It seemed their names were Flash and Nash, and they thought cool, we have a chick in the house but I wanted nothing to do with them. I investigated my new surroundings, and after testing out the couch and bed, plopped myself right down and made myself at home.

I was a bit standoffish in the beginning, even I must admit, but hey I’m a girl, I’m allowed to be. My Mommy would call me pretty girl and I would do a slight sing with her. She always gives me lots of kisses, and I sleep by her at night, sometimes under the covers till I get hot then right next to her.

Those boys are still here and they share the bed too, but I haven’t established a connection with them yet, I tolerate them, and if I want to lay by them, cool, but if I don’t want them by me, I tell them.

Nash, the big one, is deaf, so I couldn’t figure out why he wouldn’t be intimidated by my growl, but I can sure put the scare in Flash. Boys! :) The first time Mommy and Daddy went out to the store for an hour, I got scared even though those 2 other beagles were there with me. Then they came home, that was the first time they heard me bark! I was so excited, I was barking and running all around the house, up and down the stairs. Maybe I was afraid they were going to leave me but nope they keep coming home to me. So now when they go out, I sleep on the couch like a good girl and let them know how happy I am when they come home. So now I talk a lot to anyone who comes into the house, that makes me happy cause you know, girls like to talk!

I have to say that I love my forever home and I know that my Mommy and Daddy will do everything in their power to make me happy and safe. I love my new home. Love Savannah. PS If any of my buddies are still there tell them Savannah Lee said hi and to keep faith that they will find their forever homes too!

From Lee and Cherie:

Savannah is a cool dog, she was quite indifferent to us in the beginning, I know she loved Muttville and her fosters, but she’s our baby girl now and I think she knows that this is her home now. She’s spunky and has a mischievous streak which I love. She loves all her stuffed toys and eating bones and treats. I’m so glad I did a senior rescue, the rewards of it are greater than I anticipated and the love this little girl give us always puts a smile on our faces. I hope Savannah is around for many years, at 7 or so, I’m thinking that we’ll have the pleasure of her company for many years to come.

Thank You Muttville, for Savannah and for all that you do for Senior Dogs.

Lee and Cheri…. and Savannah Lee too!



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04.07.15

Success Story "George" (aka Tristan)

Success Story "George" (aka Tristan)

Even when they are not with us long, our pets give us a lifetime of memories. Flo shared her sweet story about George soon after he crossed the rainbow bridge. Our hearts go out to George’s loving family:

George was a very loving gentleman. He got on so well with our other furbies and seemed as if he lived with us for so long since he knew our house the first night we brought him home. He loves going to Fort Funston and getting his panda like paws wet.

He was the sweetest baby that we lost so soon. We adopted him last year during the Be Mine Valentine and we lost him in Dec 21.

He always gets excited when we got home and even more excited when he sees his food bowl. We always laughed as that is the only time George ever ran. When we go on long walks or even to the beaches we always had him in his yellow stroller. He was actually known at Fort Funston maybe because how bright his stroller was..haha..or the fact that I had him on my back being carried back up the sand dunes. It was a tough climb on sand, but he enjoyed it and that was all it mattered.

We miss him dearly and Sophia our 8 yr old boxer senses he is no longer with us. But, without Georgie, we wouldn’t have been able to foster another gorgeous baby from Muttville name Prince until he found his furever home not long ago.

Thank you again for wanting to share his story. He was very loved by us and his many fur siblings.

Flo



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03.29.15

Success Story "Biscuit"

Success Story "Biscuit"

Thank you Sue for sharing a bit of your wonderful life with Biscuit. And thanks to Biscuit for inspiring mom to become a Muttville foster home. Enjoy their story:

I rescued Biscuit in May 2014 to keep my 6 year old Cairn Terrier, Hercules, company. Hercules was a really choosy dog when it came to friends. So I took him with me to meet Biscuit at the SF Heaquarters. When Hercules met Biscuit, he immediately went front paws down, “butt” up into a play position so I knew we had found the right girl for him.

Arriving home, I took Biscuit into my large back yard. When I put her down on the deck she jumped for joy with her paws up. Then she ran out onto the large lawn area and joyfully ran in giant circles as though she had found heaven.

That evening, after putting her in her crate, I got into my bed. Suddenly I felt a small thump, and she was wiggling way under the covers to snuggle against my back. She has been sleeping with me ever since.

I am so fortunate to have found Biscuit. She is fantastic with very small children and other dogs, although she does bark at the big ones. She gets along well with my son’s German Shepherd who stays with us when he travels.

Unfortunatey my little Hercules died a few months ago from cancer, so now Biscuit is an only “child”. To provide her with some canine companionship I am planning to take in Muttville Foster Dogs who need a home where they can get the medical care they need to get healthy enough to find their forever families.

As a Senior I especially appreciated the Senior for Senior’s program. Taking on the expense of another dog was daunting enough with out having to pay a large rescue fee up front. I wanted to rescue a dog at least as old as my Cairn, and Muttville provided the financial incentive to go with a Senior dog.



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03.24.15

In Memory of Muttville's 1000th rescue, Maxwell

In Memory of Muttville's 1000th rescue, Maxwell

The Muttville family would like to honor our 1000th senior rescue, Maxwell. Four years ago, he joined Muttville, and he helped us celebrate an amazing milestone of saving 1000 dogs. We were overjoyed when he found his forever family with Sharon and Chandreve. He passed away last week after living a dreamy life and enjoying the hills of Hayward every day with his canine siblings. We thank Sharon for sharing this tribute to her “Maxie”:

I just wanted to let you know that our beloved Maxwell passed away on Monday, March 9. When I got him from you four years ago, my vet said he was in the beginnings of kidney failure. He started to decline fast last week and I took him to the vet and she told me it was time. Maxie made it to the ripe old age of fourteen and until his last week was very active.

Maxwell integrated into our household easily and into our hearts quickly. I just loved him so much, he had a great personality and was the greeting ambassador to all that entered my door. I took him hiking off leash every day and on walks throughout the neighborhood too. I only wish that he could have stayed with me forever.

I am grateful for your organization and the good work you do to find homes for senior dogs. Maxwell was not only the 1000th senior rescue dog, but a million dollar dog to me.

All the very best,

Sharon and Chandreve



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03.18.15

"Arthritis in Pets": Advice from Dr. Brian of VetPronto

"Arthritis in Pets": Advice from Dr. Brian of VetPronto

Could your senior dog use some help with his or her achy joints and bones? Dr. Brian Hur of Vet Pronto wrote this article just for our senior dog families:

Arthritis is one of the most common and debilitating conditions for our senior friends. It can reduce pets’ interest in their environment, and turn even the simplest of tasks, such as getting out of bed, into a painful experience. Yet it often goes undiagnosed for many months – or even years. Signs often appear very slowly, and pets can be so stoic and keen to please us, that we can easily miss them! Catching warning signs early, and incorporating some minor changes into your pets’ routine, can do wonders for their quality of life and mobility.

The prevalence of arthritis in dogs has increased by up to 38% in the last five years, and up to 67% in cats. Arthritis can occur due to simple old age-related degeneration as joints begin to wear out, just as they do in humans. Obese cats and dogs are more prone to arthritis, especially earlier in life, as excess weight places unnatural pressure on joints. Pets that have had bone or joint surgery are also more prone due to changes in joint conformation and the distribution of body weight on limbs.

Whatever the cause, an arthritic pet is a painful pet. Signs that your senior pet may have arthritis include a reluctance to climb or jump; stiffness in one or more limbs, especially after rest; muscle loss; or in more severe cases, lameness, limping, and swelling or thickness around the joint. Joints most commonly affected include the hips, knees and elbows.

If you’ve noticed any of these signs in your pooch, we recommend seeing a veterinarian to rule out other causes of injury such as ligament tears or cancers. After arthritis has been confirmed, joint supplements can be given to help reduce the inflammatory and destructive processes involved in cartilage damage, and increase joint lubrication and repair processes. These include agents such as omega 3 supplementation, glucosamine, adequan and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories.

Physiotherapy, gentle swimming, and regular massage can also help to reduce muscle tension around the affected limbs and increase joint mobility and blood flow. There are a few services in the Bay Area that specialize in pet hydrotherapy and massage. More recently, acupuncture, performed by specialist veterinarians, has been scientifically proven to increase circulation, reduce muscle spasms, and release feel-good endorphins, to help make pets more comfortable.

You can also do things at home to help make the environment a more comfortable place for seniors. Bedding should be extra padded in order to take the pressure off joints and compensate for muscle loss. If your pet is lucky enough to be allowed to sleep on the lounge or bed, ramps can be used to remove the need for jumping. You can also use a ramp or place a towel under heavier dogs’ abdomens to help them into the car for transport. Animals often tend to avoid grooming, too, because it can be too painful to bend and get to those hard-to-reach places. Regular brushing is important, but be sure to be gentle, as excess pressure can be painful to fragile joints. And if you’re really keen, a few minutes of massage and some gentle limb stretching can help minimize muscle stiffness and increase circulation, making it easier for them to get out of bed every morning… we’re just waiting for the day that they can reciprocate!

Dr Brian Hur is the Medical Director at VetPronto, a San Francisco based veterinary house call service. VetPronto aims to reduce the stress of going to the vet, and offers flexible hours to fit your schedule. Schedule a visit at www.vetpronto.com or by calling (415) 855-0469.

03.16.15

Success Story "Francis Bacon" a.k.a. Pokey

Success Story "Francis Bacon" a.k.a. Pokey

Enjoy this lovely success story by Sonia and Tracy about their Muttville love, Francis Bacon:

Francis Bacon (AKA Pokey) came into our lives just when we needed him most. Our loving old 12 year old Vizsla had passed away a few months earlier and we were so very very sad. At the Muttville open house the Saturday before Thanksgiving it was an adoption free for all. We test drove a couple of cuties, but the magic just wasn’t there. All of the sudden a volunteer turned around with him in her arms, the sun came out from behind the clouds, and my daughter yelled in my ear, “Quick! Take him before someone else does! This place is like a doggie sidewalk sale!” So we took that little ray of doggie sunshine for a walk. Halfway down the block she said, “Do you think that I could just take him right to the car? You can go back and do the paperwork.” We had to drag ourselves back to take care of his paperwork and then ran gleefully down the street with our fluffy booty. Once in the car he sat up on his hind legs and smiled at us just as “Home Is Wherever I’m With You” popped up on the radio.

When we reached our home, he flew into the house, goosed the horrified guinea pig, and made himself right at home. He is the perfect dog…in the house…on the job…around humans…with large rodents. Our guinea pig, Winston Churchill, has fallen hard for him and sings him ear splitting love songs at all hours. It has taken a little time for Francis to warm up to other dogs though. His first trip to the dog park resulted in him collapsing in the middle of a friendly pack when someone stepped on his tail just as another started yapping in his ear. Luckily, a little terrier coaxed him under a picnic table for some kisses and he warmed right up. Just last week he went to the beach and made about 20 new friends. He will still try to vociferously chase away large and boisterous dogs, but he is starting to appreciate the joys of eating bits of weenie from nice ladies on the beach with packs of other well-behaved hotdog connoisseurs. He even canoodled with a pretty schnauzer, allowed himself to be buried in the fur of a sweet old Akita, and cavorted with a tiny chihuahua princess in a snazzy fleece tankini.

Francis came to us as a completely loving, wonderfully trained, and adorably manipulative creature. All that you have to say is ,“I really need some best time of the day!” and he dances in front of the sofa until you sit down for some serious cuddle time. Right now he is curled up in bed with his girl, encouraging her to put down her Calculus book and work on perfecting her belly rub technique. He travels around with me most days to construction job sites, where his name changes to Frank, and he charms everyone that he meets. It is apparent that he was someone’s darling in the past and I wish that that person could know that he is safe, happy, and lovingly doted upon. What I can do is express our endless gratitude to Muttville and his foster family for saving him, and caring for him, until we were lucky enough to find him in time for the best Thanksgiving Day ever!!!! We love you Muttville and will be back soon to adopt a brother or sister for our Chihuatzupekingeranian. Yes, genetic testing revealed one parent was a Chihuahua/Shih Tzu and the other was a Pekingese/Pomeranian…YIKES…that must be why the guinea pig had such a hard time training him to beg for treats for both of them!



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03.11.15

Success Story "Perla"

Success Story "Perla"

In her own words (with a little help from mom Christine!)

My name’s Perla & I’m 13 years old. I lived in the same home since I was a puppy. I found myself at SF ACC before Christmas & I was terrified. I sat in the back of my cage, shivering. A nice lady named Sherri from Muttville saved me! I spent a few weeks with other senior dogs there but really wanted a home if my own. Along came my new mommy, Christine, who’s been volunteering at Muttville for a year and half. She convinced my new daddy, Dominic, to start fostering. After just 3 days she knew she couldn’t give me up!!! I’m now a very happy, playful girl. My mommy says I’m great on leash, calm on car rides, I sleep through the night & that I’m amazing & hilarious. I agree! Thank you to Sherri & Muttville for giving this old gal a new leash on life!!!

💖💖💖,
Miss Perla



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03.04.15

Success Story "Violet" a.k.a. Mona Lisa

Success Story "Violet" a.k.a. Mona Lisa

Bringing home a true Master Piece – our Mona Lisa… by mutt mom Rachael:

From a human perspective twelve years old is an age frame that is prepubescent. It’s a time where most kids are actively gearing up for their teen years, which includes reading boy band celebrity gossip, getting the low down of what a pimple is and generally preparing themselves for a long, lively, future ahead of them. Unfortunately, in many people’s opinions, the term “lively,” and “twelve” in regards to canines, are in no ways connected. That was the case when we rescued our twelve year old doxie Ginger, nearly two years ago. Her former owners, “thought she’d be dead already,” and as a result, took her to the nearest pound to get her off their hands. Luckily, someone saw enough sass and sweetness within her to take her from a seemingly unfortunate situation, to one with opportunity for an improved future. My husband and I, were lucky enough to be that future.

Ginger enjoyed napping mostly, and when she wasn’t burrowed in our bed, she was begging for seconds at dinnertime. Unlike her previous owner’s impression of her, she was anything but knocking on deaths door, and in fact, kept us going with her endless need of an arm to toss her beloved squeaker balls. When she got sick December of this past year, it was a heart wrenching experience. After we exhausted all of our options to remedy her situation, and she crossed over the rainbow bridge on Christmas day, my husband and I were sobbing in devastation. The feeling equated to what I imagine it is like when losing a close member of the family. In fact, she was our family-she was our kid. And I would give anything to throw a squeaker ball for her, even just one more time. Being her dog mom, was hands down, one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.

After some time and much conversation, we both decided the best way to honor Ginger’s life was to rescue another senior dog. A friend mentioned Muttville to us, and we did a bit of research. We went in with the intention of meeting a specific dog we had our eye on. The commonly known line, “sometimes, life doesn’t work out the way you planned,” was emphasized while we visited the doggie loft at Muttville. My husband was shown Violet, formerly known as Mona Lisa, a furry strawberry blonde terrier, who was tucked into an office because she indulges in jumping. And boy did she jump-right into my husbands lap. Before we knew it, we were signing paperwork, and taking our new fur baby home.

When Violet isn’t stealing her cat sibling’s bed, she loves to cuddle. I know you’ve probably heard that as a description for many dogs-but I mean it, she is the epitome of a woman who cries out in desperation in hopes to her hands on her celebrity crush. As a result, My husband and I assume the role of Brad Pitt, naturally irresistible. If she’s unable to spoon us, she will make herself known by rolling in the nook of our necks, as a way of saying “mom hold me, already will ya?!” Her old school class is shown through by her ultimate distaste for technology. Though she is grateful for her pals at Muttville for giving her, and her fellow rescue brothers and sisters, a voice through their social media accounts, she definitely is not on board with the concept. She loathes when my husband and I are on our phones, and constantly nudges us into submission to remind us that she is indeed there to pet. In fact she just swatted her paw at my hands as I typed this up. When we arrive home from a long day at work, she squeals in delight and raises her paws to be picked up and pepper us with kisses as a means to say “did ya miss me, cause it sure feels like you’ve been gone for weeks.”

Though the death of our beloved baby Ging was heartbreaking, it has allowed us the inspiration and openness to love again-and that discovery was made through Violet. When rescuing canines, most people use the phrase “saving a dog,” but in all honesty, she truly saved us.

Sincerely,
Rae (Raechel)
Proud dog mom of Violet (Mona Lisa)



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02.25.15

Success Story "Coffee"

Success Story "Coffee"

It’s a beautiful thing when a Muttville dog helps someone love again. That’s what Coffee did for Jennifer and her family. Enjoy Coffee’s love story:

We lost our dog, Lola, of 16 years this last summer. We were very hesitant about adopting a “senior” dog and looked elsewhere for a dog who would be a good fit for our family. Late one night, I made the choice: I was going to fill out an application to adopt a Muttville dog. On the application, along with other wishes, I specified that we would love a senior dog, “on the younger side.” Within a day, we got a response that said, “We have the perfect dog for you!” I was immediately put in touch with Coffee’s foster family. I received a lot of helpful information about Coffee: his personality, his tempermant, his diet, likes, dislikes, etc. Honestly, he was quite a bit smaller than what I wanted, but it didn’t take long for me to realize the small dogs do have many benefits! My husband, young sons (ages 11 and 9) and I met Coffee at his foster home where we all took a walk. He did really well and was so friendly and happy! It took us only the ride home to realize that Coffee was the dog for us.

We brought Coffee home a week or so later. It took him only a day or two to settle in to his new home. As I was told, he probably was going to attach to one person and I am very lucky to be that person! He is my little shadow. I go upstairs, he goes upstairs, I go downstairs, he goes downstairs, I go into the bathroom, you guessed it, he’s right there!! I take him everywhere I can. He goes with me to drop off and pick up the kids from school and practices, and he runs errands with me. He is also quite the kisser! He greets you at the door like you have been gone FOREVER, when really, you’ve just run to get something out of the car. He is happiest when I am by his side. He loves to sleep under covers or with a blanket over his head. The first few nights he was with us, I would constantly check on him to make sure he was able to breath under all those blankets! (My husband thought I was crazy.) He loves to sit on my lap while I’m working. If he’s not on my lap, he’s on his bed nearby. He also either has to sit on my lap while I am driving or on the lap of someone else. He just loves human companionship. At 7 years old, Coffee lives up to his name having good energy and spunk. Every once in a while, we have to give Coffee a gentle reminder that our three cats are not squeaky toys to be chased. One of his favorite pastimes is playing tug-o-war. He gets very serious about it.

Coffee is so lovable, funny and sweet. He is the perfect addition to our family. We have hit the jackpot in finding our Coffee.

Submitted by Jennifer, proud guardian of a Muttville dog.



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02.17.15

Success Story "Buddy" (a.k.a. Everett)

Success Story "Buddy" (a.k.a. Everett)

Check out this update about the ever so adorable Buddy, formerly Everett! He sounds like he is doing as great as ever! Thank you Rob and Laurie!

Buddy is doing great! Buddy settled in right away, completely understanding that it was HIS bed (king size) and that he would share it with us. Shortly thereafter we discovered that he particularly likes burrowing under the covers! (all our dogs have shared our bed, but this is a first!)

Initially he was a bit retentive and he still is in unfamiliar places. But if it’s a place he’s comfortable (his yard, his neighborhood, that perfect spot on the bedroom carpet…oops!) he’s now quite cooperative (unless it’s raining in which case he seems to always need a couple of extra minutes – I assume he’s just playing with us :)

He’s our constant companion (especially for Laurie) and we almost never leave him alone, which is just fine with him (and us)!

The pictures show him:
- In the convertible on a sunny day in Santa Cruz
- in his holiday sweater, with Laurie
- helping us garden (he hopped right up on the stones to supervise)
- and on his daily walk to the ocean

Overall he seems to be a happy, healthy little guy, and he’s a joy to be with!

Thanks for all you do, and especially for getting us the best Christmas present ever!

With great appreciation,

Rob, Laurie, and Buddy



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02.11.15

Success Story "Codie"

Success Story "Codie"

There’s nothing more touching than when we get letters from the mutts! Codie penned his own success story, with a little help from mom, Loretta:

My name is Codie and I want to tell you my story. Nobody knows anything about me from before the accident, but that day, my life changed. The EMT’s found me under a car that was just in an accident. I didn’t belong to anyone involved, so they didn’t know where I came from or how I happened to end up under the car. I don’t remember the exact order of the next events, but I got checked out to make sure I wasn’t hurt and then I was at Muttville and my EMT rescuers fostered me. Life was good, but my EMT’s had crazy schedules and thought it best to actively start seeking my furever home. My EMT’s told me a Code 3 was a car accident and that’s how I got my name.

My little face was on the Mutts for Adoption page and my mom called up to make an appointment to come and meet me. A few days went by, and when she didn’t hear anything, she called back. They told her I had been adopted. She tells me she was so disappointed, but looked at some of the other seniors. The next choice was a real cutie, but when her fosters found out somebody was interested in adopting her, they said “nope, we love her too much to let her go.”

Mom gave up, but a few weeks later, she went back on the Muttville website and, low and behold, there I was again.

She called up immediately and said she was coming down to meet me that weekend. Now, here is where it gets really truly a sign it was meant to be. Not only did one of EMT fosters have off that day, but it was Maddies Adoption Day and I had no adoption fees. I don’t think dad was too impressed with me cause I was acting quite contrary, but my mom picked me up, signed the adoption papers and headed for the car and told my dad to make a donation to Muttville.

I acted quite indifferent for a while, cause the fact was, I had been pretty comfortable with my fosters. Now I got brought into a house and all of sudden I had five sisters. There was Charlie, a red toy poodle who was already 15 years old. The next oldest was Little Bit, a long hair Chihuahua who was 10 years old and then Bella, a 7 year old black Chihuahua (her coat was weird cause it wasn’t long and silkie like Little’s, but not flat like mine.) Next was the crazy sister Holly. She’s probably about 5 years old and is some kind of Chihuahua mix with a flat coat, but she’s built like a line backer. Lastly, there was Ruby, a 3 year old red chorkie (who makes up these names). I figured, who’s going to have time for me? Holly and Bella and Ruby came from different rescue groups around town just like me.

After a while, I began to sense an intense connection between me and my mom. Charlie had gone to heaven and mom sat on the couch with the rest of us for two days crying. Little Bit was the “queen”, but she was quite confident in her roll and didn’t seemed at all perturbed by my outing her from the center spot on mom’s lap. Ruby is dad’s buddy. They hang out together all the time. The more I snuggled with my mom, the more intense the love was getting. She said there’s something about my soulful eyes, my immediately warm feeling in her heart every time she picks me up, the way we snuggled at night and I sleep touching her at all times.

I found my furever home. And you know what the best part of it is. My mom told me the only restraints on me for the rest of life would be the string that connects her heart to mine.

Thank you to the people who lost me and didn’t look for me. Thank you to my EMT’s for rescuing me. Thank you to Muttville for the care I needed and the good work you do for all of us seniors. But mostly, thank you to my mom, who I know will give me the best life I could have ever hoped for.

Love, Codie Coles



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02.03.15

Thank you, Mutt Guardians!

Thank you, Mutt Guardians!

Our “Thank You, Mutt Guardians” party held Friday, January 30th, 2015, was a huge success! We celebrated the wonderful and much needed support Mutt Guardians give to our mutts with great food, drinks, mutt guardians and our mutts.

Mutt Guardians is the special name we give to monthly sustaining donors who contribute money monthly all year round to help save the lives of senior dogs! Did you know that Muttville rescues more than 70 mutts a month; many of them from high kill shelters? Did you know that on average we spend $1,000 on each dog to prepare them for their forever home?

This month, we are kicking off our 2015 “Lovin’ Mutt Guardians” campaign which has a goal to double our mutt guardians from 375 to 750 in 2015. We need your commitment so that we can say “yes!” to many senior mutts and keep doing what we do from housing, feeding and treating these precious souls.



Help Us Reach Our Goal!

The mutts would love 750 Mutt Guardians by the end of the year. Help make their wish come true!

If you are currently a Mutt Guardian,
please consider increasing your monthly level of commitment by whatever amount you can afford. Every little bit helps.

If you are not a Mutt Guardian,
please become a Mutt Guardian by joining our special family of donors by signing up at MuttGuardian.Muttville.org.

Also, please spread the word!
We need more Mutt Guardians to join our family everyday so that we can make an even bigger impact in the lives of senior dogs.


We’ll be sharing more photos from the fun night on Muttville’s Facebook Page so be sure to follow us and share these photos with your friends and family!


Why become a Mutt Guardian?

A few reasons given by our Mutt Guardians:

“I can make a big difference in a mutt’s life.”

“All of us need a helping hand at some point, even the dogs.”

“Because I love my Grady & want more ’Grady’s’ to be rescued!”



Watch this video to see how Mutt Guardians make an impact on Muttville’s dogs every day.


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Our Mutts send you a big kiss and a huge thank you in advance for saving a life.

02.02.15

Success Story "Gidget" and "Evie"

Success Story "Gidget" and "Evie"

Adopted during Muttville’s early years, Gidget – who was our 166th rescue – has been the light of her mom’s life. Last year, she added a second Muttville gal to the family, Evie. We’re overjoyed to share this wonderful success story:

Who would have ever thought that these two sweet girls would be in this picture together!! I adopted Gidget 6 years ago! She is deaf and blind, but does not let anything get in her way!! She is very independent and always lets me know what she needs! Last year when I lost my special Rozey girl at 16 years old, Gidget was sad! I know that she felt the loss of her “sister”! So, I adopted Evie! Health challenges have been hard for her, but we have overcome them all and she continues to thrive!! I am grateful to Muttville to have approved for me to adopt these two sweet girlie dogs!! I want to encourage others to look into giving a thought to giving a senior dog a chance to have a forever home!!! These two have given back to me 150%!!!

Thank you Sherri Franklin and your wonderful staff for all that you do!!!



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01.28.15

Success Story "Billy Boy"

Success Story "Billy Boy"

You’ve heard of foster failures. Did you know we also have transport failures? Thanks to Robbie, one of Muttville’s own, whose failure ended up becoming a success named Billy Boy:

Billy Boy – The Story of a Transporter Failure

by Robbie Lee

As luck would have it, I received an email from Muttville to see if I could transport an overweight, chubby, cutie, pattotie, Pomeranian, from Placerville SPCA, who had been abused/tortured by some neighborhood kids. SPCA contacted Muttville to step in, as this little guy, had a partially collapsed trachea, overweight, exsessive cough and other health issues, and SPCA worried of his adoptability. Of course they knew of the Magic of Muttville and that they would find this little chubby guy a great home. I was instructed to transport this guy to Sherri’s house, where dogs are sometimes fostered to assess their condition and get extra special care when there are extenuating health issues etc. I was very excited that I was going to be a “transporter” for Muttville.

The transporter from SPCA rolled up, opened the door and out popped the fattest, little Pomeranian; so plump it felt like his belly would pop! He was so excited and funny. I knew immediately that he was a really special guy. He was quite anxious and panting a lot on the drive. I wanted to

comfort the little pom but knew it was not safe to have him on my lap, so I stuck my fingers in the crate and he began to lick them. This really helped him from the constant panting and the little whining he was doing. Whenever he would start, I just stuck my fingers right back in and he’d lick away!

After an hour and half drive, we all arrived at Sherri’s house and boy oh boy, was the mutt house hold excited. No one could believe how cute he was and Sherri knew too how special this little guy was.

How could this little guy be so happy after what he went through!?? Sherri said, “What should we call him?” I said, “How about Billy?” (After my special 87 year old human friend Billy) She replied, “Yes! Billy Boy”. Billy Boy remained at Mutt Mansion for the next couple months getting healthy, on the right medications to help with his cough and lose some weight. He was a whopping 18.5 pounds when he arrived in San Franisco.

My special needs clumber boy was healing nicely from his knee surgeries and slowly gained more access to the house. I noticed he didn’t do that well alone all day and started thinking about getting him a brother. Well I couldn’t think of any better cutie pie to adopt then, yes, you guessed it, Billy Boy.

Billy Boy was down to 14.4 pounds when he left Muttville and is now at 11.5 pounds. He is doing very well and he and his big brother are learning a lot from each other.

What a great 2014 and how lucky that I got to transport Billy Boy, name him, and adopt him… a true “meant to be”. Thank you Muttville from all of us and the best new year to you everyone at Muttville!!

Robbie, Billy Boy, and Mr. Sexy Paws



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01.21.15

Success Story "Izzie" (a.k.a. Miss Trudy)

Success Story "Izzie" (a.k.a. Miss Trudy)

When Izzie came to Muttville the shelter where she was rescued from said that she likely needed a loving place for her final days. Izzie proved them wrong! She lived a wonderful life with Stephanie, full of adventure. We are so proud to share her story:

Our Izzie (formerly Miss Trudy) made her way south to the California desert with the help of Muttville volunteer Whitney, who drove her down from her Muttville foster home in San Francisco in the spring of 2012. We met in the park in Bakersfield, and the black and white diva climbed into the back of the station wagon with her brother Porter, and into our hearts. She soon let Porter and the cats know that the new kid in town would now be the boss in the family.

In Joshua Tree she figured out that there were wonderful places to walk and many new smells. Izzie was always up for a walk or even a run, if the weather was nice. Some amazing instinct steered her clear of any cactus thorns on her daily walks. Her travels took her on numerous camping and road trips through several states. When camping, she staked out her favorite spot under the bed in the teardrop trailer, which came to be known as Izzie’s den. When kayaking, her favorite spot was leaning her head on the edge of the boat and watching the world go by.

“Intrepid” best sums up Izzie’s approach to life. Even when she began to have a recurrence of earlier health problems, she exhibited the energy and spunk of dogs half her age. When daily walks became a bit too much for her, Mom procured the “Izziemobile”, which allowed her to continue the walks she so much enjoyed and to rule the world from her perch in the DoggyRide. To the end, she enjoyed rides in the car and snuggling next to her brother Porter.

We lost Izzie in December 2014. While we miss her terribly, we are so grateful for the years we had with our Izzie girl. We can learn a lot from her attitude. Spunky seniors, unite!



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01.14.15

Success Story "Sadie Mae"

Success Story "Sadie Mae"

We wish to thank Jeff and his family for the love-filled life they gave to sweet Sadie Mae. Read Jeff’s loving words about their much loved mutt:

Our sweet, sweet girl Sadie has passed on, and we are going to miss her like crazy. The moment we walked into Muttville, Sadie walked right up to us to say hi. She was sweet that way. She was the sweetest dog you could ever know. Never barked. Never misbehaved. Sadie was simple that way. She loved her food. She loved her walks. She really loved her stuffed duck. And she instantly loved everyone who walked through our door. But at her core, all Sadie really wanted was for us to love her and to love us back, which made her the greatest dog in the world. We will miss you, Sadie, Sadie, our pretty lady.



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01.07.15

Success Story "Jax"

Success Story "Jax"

A rockin’ New Year’s Eve greeting from success story Jax, formerly Buddy!

I wanted to provide an update to everyone about Jax who I adopted from Muttville back in early April. As you all remember, Jax was very underweight and could not be put under anesthesia for teeth cleaning/extractions. I am happy to report that Jax weighs in at 45 lbs. and his latest senior panel of blood work looks great. Jax is a very active senior that constantly needs a activity to do which must be the Australian Sheppard personality. Jax has never met a ball of any kind that has not become his best friend.

Thanks so much for bringing us together and for all that Muttville does for senior dogs.

I wish everyone at Muttville a very happy holiday season.

Mark



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12.31.14

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