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Arturo (aka Preston)

Arturo (aka Preston)

Preston is Arturo now (“Artie,” for short), and he’s a lovely little nugget. I’m so happy I adopted him! He has settled in nicely with the cat. They’d rather not cuddle, but I’m convinced they’re friends in every other way. We hang out at Lake Merritt a lot since we live nearby, and there’s nothing Artie loves more than chilling on a picnic blanket with the wind in his ears by the lake. He also loves his daily walk at sunset, and has such a funny disposition when we’re out there. This is his neighborhood, and he won’t let a little arthritis stop him! We’ve been camping together, to the beach, and to the grocery store a few times, too! Such adventure!

Beki

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Red

Red

Red came to Muttville at about 9 years old in January 2014. He was a MinPin Chi. I’d been looking for a rescue dog and Muttville posted lots of photos of senior dogs needing homes.

At first, I passed over Red, but my New York City daughter Bekah recognized him as potentially mine!

Robin and her daughter Hanora were fostering Red for Muttville, and through Red I got a lifelong human friend in Robin – as did Red. Red and I went home to Arcata in May after I adopted him.

Whenever I traveled, and it was a lot, Robin had Red. So, he had his “country estate” in Arcata, a condo in the sky in Emeryville, and a San Francisco urban dwelling.

Red had a very special relationship with my daughter. I’m grateful she was able to come to Arcata at the end of August and spend eight days with us. That look he would give her is forever embedded in my memory.

Red and I were constant companions. Those six words have such important content for me. This last year I have been his personal attendant 24/7, happily.

WE RESCUED EACH OTHER. We really did.

Well, my heart feels as if it has broken into a million pieces as Red took a turn for the worse in October, and I knew the time had come. Malcolm Richardson and Melissa Moser of Myrtletown Vet Hospital were the midwives for his final breath as I held him in my arms.

When his cremains join my Corgi’s in the yard, his stone will read “We rescued each other.” We were together all the time, more so since the pandemic. I found him to be great company, and he said the same for me. It feels like it’s the closing of a major chapter of my life. Red provided love, structure, grounding, and a whole lot of fun. We really were best friends, companions, comrades…FAMILY.

This chapter has closed, and the next chapter has not opened. I know the pain will lessen, but I think it will take a very long time for the deep ache to dissipate.

As for Muttville, I think they are true heroes and heroines. They do not give up on any dog despite whatever is going on. I have been a once a month Mutt Guardian donor to this extraordinary

organization since Red and I found each other six and a half years ago. I will continue on with Muttville for ever and ever.

Pam

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Freddie (aka Moptop)

Freddie (aka Moptop)

My husband and I adopted Freddie (Moptop) on 8/31/2018 through the hospice program. She is our 2nd hospice adoption. She had malignant mammary tumors. She had 2 major surgeries to remove both mammary chains. It was the best investment ever. We celebrated her 2nd adoptoversary this week. Attached are a few photos of Freddie living her best life. She is my best girl and she loves to be included in everything. Her favorite thing is Friday date night to frozen custard.

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Maisey (aka Mazy)

Maisey (aka Mazy)

Maisey (fka Mazy) is such a wonderful, sweet pup who truly has brought so much light to me and friends during the quarantine. I was originally fostering Maisey, but after 2 days with her, I knew I couldn’t see her go. Maisey has learned how to sit and lay down, has gone swimming in Lake Tahoe, and enjoyed long walks and hangouts in parks around San Francisco. Her hobbies include destroying squeaky toys, taking long naps, and following me everywhere. While I have fostered and encountered many mutts while volunteering at Muttville, no one has won my heart over as Maisey has.

I have matched dogs and closed adoptions as a volunteer at Muttville, but I understand the Muttville magic even more as the owner of a Muttville pup. I cannot imagine what would have happened to my sweet little Maisey if Muttville hadn’t stepped in. My life is better with her in it, and I cannot thank you enough for taking care of her and bringing her into my life. I will be forever grateful for the gift you have given me.

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Lola

Lola

Thanks for highlighting Lola’s story. She is a little angel who has brought so much joy and comfort to our family, especially to my husband Norm as he battles cancer. The healing power these mutts bring to their people is so special. Lola has settled into her new home and routine beautifully. You would never know that she hasn’t lived here all her life. Our toy poodle Giselle is the yin to Lola’s yang and they cuddle frequently. Giselle did not come through Muttville, but we consider her an honorary alum as she warmly welcomes all the mutts. Lola is our fifth Muttville girl, and the third 15-year-young dog we’ve adopted.

Although Lola has the lay of the land mapped out fairly well despite her impaired sight and hearing, her favorite place is snuggled up with Norm. She is a total Daddy’s girl! Some of our other past Muttville dogs include bonded Bichon Frises, Sarah and Pandora. They had two great years with us before recently crossing the Rainbow Bridge to join poodles Gertie and Becki.

To Muttville foster mom, Christina, thank you and your family for giving Lola a safe and loving foster home. We are so grateful to all of you at Muttville for continuing to bring an abundance of joy to our family.

Love, Sharon, Norm & Lola

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Wally

Wally

Wally came into my life two years ago. I had lost my dog of 15 years and when it felt right I started looking for love again in my life. I ran across Muttville Senior Rescue and started looking at available seniors. When I saw Wally’s picture I knew he was the one. I canceled my weekend plans and flew from Seattle to get him. Upon seeing the amazing facility and all the happy dogs waiting to be adopted I knew I had chosen the right place and the right dog. Wally has come a long way from living on the streets to Muttville where they took excellent care of him healthwise…to my home. He is living the best life as I am too! We are a team. Thank you Muttville for all you do for these senior dogs and to all the volunteers. Wally and I love all of you.

Wally and Sharon

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Gelato (aka Bobby)

Gelato (aka Bobby)

I adopted Gelato on June 6, 2020. I had been patiently looking for months and knew this was the perfect match – it was love at first sight. In less than a week, he started opening up and became my best friend. We work from home most days, but he loves going into the office twice a week to hang out with our other office dog – Lula. Every time I pull out this page, his tail just goes and he happily hops in. Sometimes he’ll burrow into the bag when I’m in a meeting and it’s the cutest thing ever. He gets a good case of the zoomies every time I pull out his harness and leash. We love going to the local park to watch the sunset. He doesn’t play with toys, he just wants to cuddle them. He LOVES sleeping on big stuffed animals. He’s the best, and I feel very lucky that Muttville connected me with him. He’s in his forever home, and I’ll forever be grateful.

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Mr. Fox (In Memoriam)

Mr. Fox (In Memoriam)

Dear Muttville,

Hello my name is Stacey Salinas and I adopted Mr. Fox (originally named Chico) four years ago. He passed away this week at the age of 16.5 years. I wanted to give my thanks and gratitude to Muttville for giving me the opportunity to love and be loved by such a special puffball senior puppy like Mr. Fox. He helped me through graduate school and all the ups and downs that happen in life. He was the best study and cuddle buddy and was the most dapper teacher’s assistant I could have asked for. I will be forever grateful to Muttville for leading me to Mr. Fox.

Please continue to do what you’re all doing because it is a blessed gift to help senior doggies in need and find them their fur-ever homes.

Please find attached to this email Mr. Fox’s loveliest moments- Mr. Fox was very photogenic.

Stay safe and thank you again.

Sincerely,

Stacey Anne Salinas, MA

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Ash

Ash

Muttville,

Thank you so much for bringing Ash into our lives! We’ve had him for going on 5 years now, and they’ve been some of the happiest 5 years ever! Everyday he makes us smile and laugh, and we can’t help but think of how lucky we are to have him. When he adopted him (during Clear the Shelters in fact), he was emaciated from being a stray, but we’ve given him lots of love (and food) and now he’s happy as can be! A couple years ago we adopted a 9 year old chihuahua

mix, and now they’re inseparable! We recently took Ash to the beach to watch the sunset, and we’ve discovered that he’s truly a beach dog at heart! With his increasing age, we’ve taken to bringing a dog stroller with us on walks, so that when he gets too tired we can just take him home in that, but he certainly has lots of life and energy in him!

Once again, thank you Muttville for introducing us to Ash! We couldn’t have asked for a better dog!

The Burks Family

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Ewan

Ewan

Meet Ewan (Muttville Number 7969). Ewan joined our family 3 months ago and almost immediately became a member of our household. On his first day here he discovered a perch between our two chairs in the den that also commanded a view of our front porch over which he assumed guard duties.

His cheerful disposition even after we caused him eternal shame as a “wearer of the cone” following neutering has brightened our lives. Our children and grandchildren all love him as do our visiting friends.

What more can we say other than thank you Muttville!

Richard and Barbara

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