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Success Story "Annabelle"

Success Story "Annabelle"

Although Annabelle has crossed the rainbow bridge, Anna and her daughters forever hold a special place in their hearts for their special senior gal:

We adopted Annabelle from you almost five years ago. She was arthritic, grumpy, partially blind, mostly incontinent, and 100 percent deaf, but she could nap like a champ and do a mean impersonation of a duck’s quack. We loved her a lot.

Last winter, when Annabelle started to fade, my daughters and I had a difficult time hearing what the vet had to say: “I’m looking at this dog’s lab work, and I can’t figure out how she’s still alive.”

“She still enjoys barking and urinating on the floor!” We responded. We refused to put her down.

Annabelle hung on till spring, when even the girls and I could see it was time. We took her to the vet. She had a few treats, lay on her favorite blanket, and we encircled her as the vet did his job. She’s buried now in the yard. Her buddy Sunshine has a new puppy friend we adopted in October, but none of us will ever forget Annabelle. Thank you for bringing her into our lives.



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12.17.14

Success Story "Sir William" (a.k.a. Walter)

Success Story "Sir William" (a.k.a. Walter)

Karen reminded us about the moment she came to Muttville to meet Walter. We hope you enjoy it, too:

Over two years ago, I went to Muttville headquarters to meet Walter. I sat on the floor, and he walked over with his three good and one gimpy leg and plopped down in my lap.

That’s all it took, and he came home with me that day. He instantly became friends with my other Muttville dog Rosie and my cat Walter! Couldn’t have two Walters, so he was renamed Sir William.

He is a sweet and wonderful spirit with a naughty streak and a lovely low and resonate bark. He has also proven to be an excellent traveling companion as we make our way cross country to our new home in Florida. We love Muttville!



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12.10.14

Success Story "Bernie"

Success Story "Bernie"

With a heavy heart, Barbara let us know her little Bernie had crossed the rainbow bridge. We appreciate Barbara sharing with us their love story:

Bernie was not the dog of my dreams. Affection illicited a respectable Satan impersonation. He never gave up on trying to train me how to walk on a leash. His barking could create an earthquake 2.5 richter scale reading.

Yet I remember the moment we knew we were bounded by love. It was a soft gaze on the way to the vet. He accepted and trusted me as his human.

Aside from his looks, Bernie did have his charm. Even in the last days every walk out the door began with a courtesy, song and dance.

The walk to the park was enthusiastic. Bernie was not a partying kind of guy. His public demeanor was more Zen-like. He enjoyed the feel of wind creating waves on his long golden coat. He had a way of walking around the park study everything and everyone in a quiet, thoughtful manner.

Muttville gave me over five years that were blessed with Bernie.

Despite our “issues”, wherever you are today I need to say, “You’re the best. You really are the best. I love you. I really do love you.”



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12.01.14

Success Story "Rooster" (a.k.a. Joker)

Success Story "Rooster" (a.k.a. Joker)

When we got this update about sweetheart boy, Joker, now named Rooster, we were overjoyed! We hope this brings a smile to your heart too:

Wanted to send along an update on Joker (we’ve renamed him Rooster and he’s responding really eagerly and well to it.)

All I can say is that I can’t believe it’s only been a week. He’s become such an integral and welcome presence in our lives, it’s hard to remember what it was like before he was home.

Our children, especially our daughter Charlie, have become immediately smitten with him and he is so gentle and tolerant and loving with them. It really is quite amazing.

He’s such a lovely dog. Eating well. Sleeping well. Great on walks. We’re still working on stairs. Sometimes he seems up for it, other times I just carry him up.

So a huge thank you to everyone who helped make this happen.

I wish I had a picture of all us, but the universal rule about small kids and dogs never standing still at the same time has been in effect since he got home.

Thank you again,

Ryan, Aria, Charlie, Jun and Roo

PS: Any fears we had about his aloof nature have disappeared already. His whineosauraus greetings are pretty epic as are his hugs. He’s incredibly strong for a tripaw!



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11.26.14

Success Story "Bonnie Blue"

Success Story "Bonnie Blue"

This beautiful lady brought joy to us at Muttville, and eventually to her forever family:

Our beautiful and beloved Bonnie Blue sailed away to her final forever home on Oct.18. Since adopting her last March she had been doing great, especially once all her medications for her severe arthritis in her back legs and constant UTIs had been sorted out. But early last week her back legs gave out for good. We did all the requisite testing and trying additional medications but it didn’t help the poor girl. The vet said it was neurological. Sadly we were at the end of the road, her quality of life would never be what she deserved.

We had a most memorable summer with Bonnie. Eight camping trips including three national parks. She absolutely loved the great outdoors. She got along great with everyone and was just happy to have a loving family including her two siblings, Sierra and Sophie.

Thank you and to everyone at Muttville for bringing Bonnie into our lives. She will always be in our hearts and will never be forgotten.

Sincerely,

Isabelle and Steve



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11.19.14

Success Story "Lovey"

Success Story "Lovey"

We’re saddened by the news that Lovey (formerly Lovely Lambchop) has passed away.

Beautiful words from her mama Gail:

I loved Lovey the minute I saw her in the Christmas storefront for Muttville 2 3/4 years ago….wearing a red sweater…We lost Lovey last week. I never expected she would live even that long. How could anyone love a dog as much as I loved that little dog? I have no idea….It was beyond words. I never even looked at dogs like her, only shih tzus…


She was very senior when we got her. 17 maybe? When she had trouble standing up, we figured it was time. She passionately loved her food (and I finally got the food right thanks to Dr. Adam) and her beds. She was a warrior dog. She would have kept going if I let her….falling and getting up….There was no stopping her. In the beginning, she was found in a ditch bleeding from all her orifices….(can’t imagine that she was even outside by herself and lived).Rescued as a stray and thank goodness for Muttville who took her and for Marie and Russell who fostered her, took care of her when she was sick and nursed her back to life.


She would do laps around the house till she was fed or would get under your feet so you knew she was waiting for her food. No walking on a leash for her. Not a lapdog. Not her style. Maybe she would last 5 minutes with you. Not a mean bone in that dogbody. I think they call it equipoise (in human terms)


She was very much here and now she is not. There is a huge void now. But her soul will linger with me forever…..

In the words of Chet Baker:

“Yes, I may dream a million dreams,

But how can they come true,

If there will never ever be another you….”


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11.12.14

I was lucky to be Lovey’s friend – which means I saw her amazing fighting warrior spirit. She made me laugh, and she also taught me to never underestimate anyone. Where there’s a will, there’s a way! That was Lovey….

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Success Story "Hudson"

Success Story "Hudson"

Hudson is fondly remembered here at Muttville, so we were sad when we received this message on October 30. Our thoughts and condolences to Bea and Len, who gave him a most wonderful, loving life:

It is with great sorrow that I am reporting the loss of Hudson. We only had him with us for 5 months but he brought so much love and joy to our home. He was noble, gentle, kind and so happy all the time, a joy to be around. He loved life at our little hobby farm home, fed the horses and goats with us every night and enjoyed friendships with all our other animals. His arthritis meds. and acupuncture treatments were helping him a great deal and he loved exploring our pasture.


Unfortunately he experienced a sudden brain/central nervous system problem Monday night, very unexpected and sad. He developed a head tilt but it was not the vestibular syndrome old dogs can recover from, it was possibly a brain tumor. Hudson went downhill within a day, he was hospitalized but just kind of left his body, he had no awareness of his surroundings and would not move or respond. It was so fast and he had been his happy self just the day before. He was slipping away so fast the doctors and we agreed the kindest thing for Hudson was to put him to sleep peacefully and gently. We are shocked still that he is gone. There will be a huge empty spot in our hearts and home for a long time. Thank – you all for allowing us to adopt Hudson and to have shared our lives, though way too brief, with this wonderful dog.

Keep well,

Bea and Len


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11.05.14

Success Story "Rocky Balboa"

Success Story "Rocky Balboa"

I never understood the love of a pup until I met Rocky.

That’s what Caroline wrote to us about her mutt love, Rocky. Thanks to Rocky, not only did she learn true love for a pet, Rocky is also the reason she adopted rather than buying a puppy from a breeder. Thank you Rocky!

Read their happy story:

Michael and I were in search for a breeder and were planning to purchase a new puppy after our wedding next February 2015.

In September, I walked into Muttville for a work meeting, not expecting to fall for Rocky Balboa. The first time I approached Rocky, he ran off but after giving him some time and I sat down next to him, he instantly cuddled up next to me.

I took a photo with Rocky and sent the photo to my fiance jokingly saying, “I’m here for a work meeting, but I fell in love with this pup and look who’s coming home with me!”

Michael surprisingly responded “Really? We got a dog?”

After learning more about Muttville & specifically Cuddle Club, I left and went about my day. I called Michael and expressed to him how much I wanted to give Rocky a new home and Michael agreed. I immediately went online and filled out the application.

Later that evening, I brought Michael to meet Rocky. From that point on we knew we wanted to adopt Rocky.

Rocky is the sweetest dog ever and we feel so lucky. I never understood the love of a pup until I met Rocky. Michael and I could not be happier to give him a home where Rocky knows and feels love all around.

Rocky has become an integral part of our lives – he has play dates with his buddy, April (Michael’s parents’ Shihtzu), and other days he goes to work with me or Michael and even stays at home where he lives to sleep all day (we watch him via a video cam that Mom and Dad set up for him). Rocky has truly brought a different meaning to unconditional love.









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10.22.14

Muttville teams up with Compassion Without Borders for a "seniorita" named Wanda

Muttville teams up with Compassion Without Borders for a "seniorita" named Wanda

Up until August, Wanda the Pug lived every day of her life on the end of a chain in Puerto Penasco, Mexico. She was brought to a free veterinary wellness clinic sponsored by Compassion Without Borders based in Santa Rosa, CA. A woman handed Wanda over to Compassion Without Borders’ Founder Dr. Christi Camblor – and the woman was glad to do so, knowing Wanda could receive the care she needed.

Wanda was covered in mange and had painful scabs, skin and ear infections. Her eyes were infected, too. Thankfully, this harsh life in the Sonoran desert ended when Compassion Without Borders rescued her, got her the medical care she needed and helped her to recover in Northern California. When she was first rescued, Wanda would wander aimlessly and hardly engage or interact with people. Today she wags her tail, loves to go for walks, has a spring in her step and seeks out affection and attention like a normal happy, snorty, sweet little Pug.

She recently went to a loving Muttville foster care home in San Francisco, blossoming and enjoying her newly found freedom to roam around as she pleases. As her scabby, hairless coat has sprouted new fur, her sweet spirit has emerged and she is learning that life is indeed worth living.

Compassion Without Borders and Muttville Senior Dog Rescue hope to find the perfect home for Wanda.

Dr. Christi Camblor said, “Wanda’s transformation is nothing short of miraculous. She went from a listless, despondent, scab covered dog living on the end of a chain, to a robust, happy, confident and engaged soul who charms everyone she meets. I am so grateful to Muttville for helping during this final stage of her journey to the happy ending she so deserves.”

Muttville’s Executive Director Sherri Franklin said. “It’s no wonder that Wanda has so many people to help her, Muttville is lucky to have her. She is such a cuddle muffin and we know she will make someone very very happy.”

Compassion Without Borders provides a brighter future for animals in need. Their programs include; International and local dog rescue programs in the U.S, humane education and outreach, free veterinary wellness clinics in the U.S. and Mexico, humane euthanasia programs in Mexico, veterinary training in Mexico.

Learn more about them:

facebook.com/compassionwithoutborders
cwob.org

Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, in San Francisco, is dedicated to changing the way the world thinks about and treats older dogs, aged seven years and older, and to creating better lives for them through rescue, foster, adoption, and hospice.

facebook.com/Muttville.Senior.Dog.Rescue
muttville.org

Read Wanda’s Muttville profile

Muttville prefers that Wanda be adopted in Northern California. if you are interested in Wanda, please visit her profile and complete an Adopt Me Form.

10.19.14

Success Story Lady (a.k.a. Milady)

Success Story Lady (a.k.a. Milady)

We can’t help but smile when we get heartwarming updates like this! Read on to hear about Lady (formerly Milady) and her great new life with Karen and Calvin:

Lady (shortened from her Muttville name, Milady) has been with us since June this year and we want to thank you so much for bringing Lady into our lives. While generally in good health, Lady does have some issues common in older dogs like urinary incontinence and arthritis in the hip, but Sherri and Muttville volunteers were so knowledgeable and helpful on how to go about handling these issues.

We are happy to report that Lady’s mobility and energy has greatly improved. She likes playing hide-and-seek with us and enjoys chasing us around. She has really opened up and is just such a loving dog who just wants to hang out with her humans, take walks on the beach and around the neighborhood, and get belly rubs. Everyone in our neighborhood is charmed by her gentle and loving ways.

Thanks Muttville!

Best,

Calvin and Karen

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10.15.14

Success Story "Figg" (a.k.a. Fig Newton)

Success Story "Figg" (a.k.a. Fig Newton)

Figg is living the good life! Thanks to Diane and Kevin for sharing their love story:

My husband and I adopted Fig Newton (now “Figg”) this past May. He was a stray in the Central Valley, with no identification, but luckily he made his way from Tracy to Muttville! He was a bit of a mess when we got him — 15 pounds overweight, skin on his poor little tummy all black (likely from food allergies), and lots of anxiety from whatever sad turns his life had taken.

We suspect he had been largely an outdoor dog, as the skin on his elbows was calloused and tough as leather. Four months later, our Figg boy is a dreamboat. He’s slimmed down, has food allergies are under control, and he has adjusted quite nicely to sleeping with his humans on a warm, comfortable, king-size bed.

He’s a nutcase, for sure, but we wouldn’t have it any other way. We are totally, completely, madly in love with him!

Photo captions:

Figg in his new favorite spot—my side of the bed

Figg chillin’ out on the upper deck of our boat

Figg rolling around with glee after watching a Giants game (they won)

Thank you, Muttville, for all that you do and for sending us our Figg!

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10.08.14

Moolah For Mutts: A Great Success, Thanks to You!

Moolah For Mutts: A Great Success, Thanks to You!

Thank You for Making Moolah a Record-Breaking Success!

Overwhelming. Breathtaking. Moolah for Mutts this year was thrilling. Thank you to everyone who attended — you were so beautiful and fun and generous. Thank you to our sponsors. And thank you to everyone who volunteered and participated — you created a gorgeous night. It’s not just the mutts who are special — the people who love them are, too. It was an honor and a delight to spend the evening with you!

If you weren’t able to attend (sold out! But next year we’ll have an even bigger venue!), we’re sorry you had to miss this. The evening flew by, with tasty cocktails (and a Pinnacle vodka sno-cone machine), great wine, delicious food, a fun and moving program, and — in honor of our theme, Mutt Magic — strolling magicians! We wish we could pour you a glass of Uptick wine and replay the whole thing — but what we can do is share the video that premiered, The Magic of Muttville.

For your viewing pleasure, here it is!

And also enjoy a few highlights from our magical evening, courtesy of Tim O. Photography and Holly Hickman Photography.


View photos from Tim Oben Photography

View photos from Holly Hickman Photography

10.07.14

Success Story Moxie & Biscuit (aka Baby and Buddha)

Success Story Moxie & Biscuit (aka Baby and Buddha)

Kristi and Rob are “serial adopters” but they really showed us how big their hearts are when they adopted the mom and son duo Buddha and Baby, now named Biscuit and Moxie. Read their love story:

Baby and Buddha, mom and son Pomeranians (now Moxie and Biscuit), were abandoned when their owner went into a nursing home. They were rescued by a group in Nevada that tried to get them adopted together, with no success – so they were brought to Muttville.

Muttville wanted to keep them together. They are so bonded and love each other so much – constantly lying together and licking each other’s faces. Moxie, the mom, always looks after her son – makes sure he eats before she does and watches him all the time.

My husband and I went to Muttville planning to adopt one dog, to add to our household of several other dogs. However, we fell in love with both Moxie and Biscuit and could see how bonded they were right away. Although we felt a little overwhelmed at the thought of two more dogs, we felt compelled to take them, to ensure they’d be kept together.

As it turns out, they are super easy dogs and blended into our family right away. They do so much together, it is almost like having just one additional dog! Although, they do have very different (but equally cute) personalities – Moxie is very outgoing, charming and funny, and Biscuit is shyer and quieter but super affectionate and loving.

We are so happy to have adopted them together – not just because we were able to guarantee that they remained together for life, but also because we love watching them together and seeing how they relate and enjoy being with each other. I can’t imagine separating them and am so thankful that Muttville kept them together.

Overall, I am now even more of a believer in adopting bonded dogs to keep them together. It’s clear how happy they are and how grateful they are to be together – and having been together their whole lives, they have similar habits and quirks, which makes it almost as easy as having one!

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10.01.14

Success Story Tiny Guy (aka Foxy)

Success Story Tiny Guy (aka Foxy)

We thank Susana and Don for sharing their story to celebrate the life of their sweet Muttville dog, Tiny Guy (formerly Foxy), who crossed the rainbow bridge on August 26th:

The day came and went when The Tiny Guy passed away. The evening of utter grief and the heavy sadness that followed are worth bearing because we had almost 1.5 years of extraordinary cuteness, fluffiness, and joy-inducing tail wags.

He came to us as a skinny, bad skin, mostly bald foster named Foxy but we called him The Tiny Guy. We will be forever grateful to Sherri for scooping him up and telling us, “here is your next foster.” They were filming a music dance video that day so he is there in the video. He became extremely ill in the next weeks. It became a hospice situation but he refused to die. He lived another almost one and a half years with more ups than downs. When he felt good, despite spinal disease, severe arthritis, etc., he enjoyed our family outings from the height of his stroller with occasional short walks. Every time he fell ill and pulled through, we vowed to spoil him and enjoy every moment with him more. We couldn’t get enough of him. We loved staring at him pose, walk, skip, and sleep. He entertained all with those looks, that wonky walk, and entitled demeanor.

Tiny Guy’s improving good looks were amazing! We pulled up to The W Hollywood in our normal car but as soon as the hotel staff saw The Tiny Guy, we got the celebrity treatment. Telephone cameras came at us from everywhere and his pictures must have flooded social media that week.

Another time, we were at Crissy Field where TV reporters happened to be that morning. He was on the news twice later that day!

Most endearingly, he was a friend to our ill and declining 18 year old cat. They slept closer and closer together the more ill Eddie became. Tiny Guy passed away shortly after his pal Eddie did but we want to believe they are together again.

Thank you Muttville!

Susana & Don

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09.24.14

Success Story Buster (aka Iggy)

Success Story Buster (aka Iggy)

Stories like this just make us laugh! Read this cute tale about Buster (formerly Iggy). We’re glad his new family discovered his “inner coon dog”:

Buster had a choice of every chair and couch in the R V and he decided he liked the dash so, he gets the dash. I put up reflectors to keep him from overheating and left some gaps so he could see out. He has a huge side window where he keeps an eye on all the campers.

Speaking of campers, he is our camp dog and everyone loves him. At night, we have started our fox hunt tour and it is a hit. He is a super hunter and finds the foxes for us to see. Two nights ago, he found a raccoon and howled under the tree like a coon dog. We all laughed so hard.

He is getting better and stronger since his surgery and I will have to be creative to find ways to burn off some of his excessive energy. Sometimes I attach him to the back rack on my bike and he runs him behind me, he has a lot of fun!

We are in love and this love of ours is for our lifetime. Thank you Muttville.

Captions for photos:

1. Iggy in bed

2. He still not sure about sharing we had a fun tug of war..

3. His first campfire

Sincerely,
Lin


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09.17.14

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

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

Home cooking, exercise, and a loving home is the perfect formula for an amazing transformation for Buddy (formerly Chip):

My boyfriend adopted “Chip” (now Buddy) from you last Feb and although he was only with you for a couple of weeks before we took him home I just thought you’d like to know that it’s going great!

He was overweight and taking liver meds when we got him, but has trimmed down and doesn’t need pills anymore thanks to good old home cooking and lots of running around. He goes camping, goes to the beach, loves Pt. Isabel (who doesn’t?) and is happy to come out for a night on the town at Oakland’s dog-friendly bars.

Thanks for all you do, and I know if I ever am ready for another dog he’ll be a Muttville alumni.

Thanks,

Mia

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09.03.14

Success Story "Sheba"

Success Story "Sheba"

Life is a beach, says Sheba! Read her success story, as told by her family, Eliza and Steve:

Sheba has been with us since May this year. While she was in pretty good health generally, she was certainly overweight and had a few cancerous growths. She was a bit shy and concerned/withdrawn at first, but very sweet. Not surprising that she was probably missing her former family.

In the short time she has been a member of our family, she has dropped about 10 pounds and perked up considerably. The vet has taken care of the tumors/warts and we are keeping an eye on them – but all seems good now. We go on multiple walks, including the “O” dark-thirty dawn patrol and make a habit of tossing the ball every evening. She is getting stronger and leaner every day. When our children were younger we had a black and a yellow lab and we missed their sensitivity, love of life and general good nature. Sheba is just that – even if she is a bit more vocal than most!

We just returned from the beach where we were chasing the ball….well, she chasing and I throwing. She is now asleep, of course, planning the rest of her day. Thank you, Muttville!

Best,

Eliza and Steve

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08.20.14

Success Story "Sparky" (aka Trinket)

Success Story "Sparky" (aka Trinket)

Thanks to mutt dad John for sharing their Muttville love story. Trinket, now Sparky, has blossomed, thanks to their patience and nurturing. Be prepared! This is definitely an “Aww” story:

On a beautiful Sunday in early May, we were headed to Fitness SF for a workout and discovered that Muttville was conducting a senior dog adoption in front of the gym. David walked over and a little dog named Trinket ambled over and leaned against his leg. There was an immediate connection and before long, David made it clear that we needed to foster Trinket.

Trinket had a broken and disfigured jaw, one back leg that he couldn’t fully use, and he was yet to be neutered. His eyes seemed dim and his spirit somewhat broken. The plan was to foster him until he could have all of the procedures he needed and be ready for adoption.

That first night, we put him in a crate, but he was having nothing of that and he ended up sleeping on the pillow next to John’s head. On Thursday, May 22, we tearfully returned the little guy to Muttville, overwhelmed by the responsibility.

John kept a selfie of himself with Trinket sitting on the couch as the wallpaper on his iPhone and couldn’t stop talking about Trinket. John shared the picture from his iPhone with David…It was soon meant to be.

A Muttville adoption event was coming up on Saturday, May 31, and the decision was made to attend. We found Trinket amongst all of the amazing dogs that were there and it seemed he remembered us. We told Bunny at Muttville that we would continue to foster him and she responded that we would need to leave him for the weekend and pick him up on Monday if he wasn’t adopted. That was it – we had to adopt him on the spot. We could not live without him.

It has taken time, patience, and love, but the payoff has been amazing. When we officially adopted him he still needed dental work (he now has no teeth), he needed to be neutered, and it wasn’t clear what would happen to his leg. (All of that seems like distant history and he uses that back leg as best he can.) He also needed to develop the trust that he had a home with two people (and two sometimes reluctant Chihuahuas) committed to making the rest of his life as happy as possible. We had to adjust and establish a new routine and had to earn his trust.

In the process, we discovered this amazing little dog, now named Sparky (aka Boney James), who had persevered whatever his life had been and still showed love and enthusiasm for life. We recently took a road trip to visit David’s father on his farm in Idaho. Sparky was an amazing traveler, along with his new sisters Pepsi and CocoNut, and he became a new dog even more full of life. Those eyes that were dim and nearly closed when we met him are now wide and bright – amazingly bright for his 10+ years of age. (Just check out the pictures.) Sparky has a home. From early May to late July (3 short months) he has become fully integrated into our lives, just as we are all fully integrated into his life.

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08.13.14

Success Story "Gregory"

Success Story "Gregory"

Gregory melted the hearts of his foster family, and thus began his forever life of happiness! Read his sweet story as written by mom Brittany:

Gregory was our 7th foster dog for Muttville but it took just a few hours for us to realize there was something special about this one… And we fell in love! While we never learned much about his history, he had to get neutered & have 16 teeth removed, so it’s safe to say that he had spent his previous 10 years not being very well taken care of.

Enter us! As usual, (Muttville’s Dog Manager) Eva entrusted us with a senior Pomeranian, knowing he would get cleaned up and loved while waiting for his forever home. Instead, he got cleaned up, loved, and adopted! Gregory joined our other rescue Pom, Bruschi, and our very senior Corgi mix, Shelby and we could not be happier. He has had some great adventures so far, including trips to Napa to go wine tasting, Calistoga to run around the mountains, and the Russian River to go tubing. So many adventures! Gregory also seems to have become obsessed with stuffed animals, falling asleep with them in his mouth and taking them on walks.

And most recently, Gregory joined his siblings at our wedding. He was extremely popular with all of his new human friends who hadn’t met him yet, including all sorts of human grandparents, aunts & uncles. He is incredibly loved by us all!!

We are so grateful to have heard of Muttville, become foster parents, and met Gregory. He’s hilarious and quirky and fits right in with our pack of misfits.

Love, James & Brittany + Shelby, Bruschi, & Gregory



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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08.06.14

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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