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Success stories

Deacon

Deacon

Deacon came into my life on June 23, 2019. He was 13 years old and I was 73 years old. He needed to be carried up and down stairs and seldom moved faster than a quick walk. In the past 5-1/2 months, he has decided that he prefers to use the stairs instead the access ramp leading into the back yard and on perfect cool weather days he loves to walk and we are up to as much as a half mile occasionally. His best friend is a three year old terrier mix rescue that lives with my daughter. Such excitement from my boy when Reed is around. Their happiest days together are spent in my daughters 1/4 acre back yard, being free to roam and explore.

It suddenly occurred to me this last week that Deacon seems to be getting younger. Today I realized that I am too! Deacon is about 9 now. Me? 69 headed toward 65.

Thanks Muttville for giving my boy and I the opportunity to get back to our youthful ways.

Pat Jensen

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Bogie (aka JJ)

Bogie (aka JJ)

Hi Muttville!

I’ve had Bogie (formerly JJ) since May, but we’ve gotten along so well in this short time! In the beginning, Bogie used to have an attitude towards everyone (including other dogs), and it was very hard for him to adjust. I’m happy to say that he no longer has this issue and is quite popular with my family and friends. When I come home from a long day of class, I’m always happy to see Bogie jumping around and excited to see me. I’m so thankful that Bogie is part of my life and I’d like to thank Muttville for its amazing work.

Again, thank you!

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Thomas (In Memoriam)

Thomas (In Memoriam)

I just wanted to let you know that sadly Thomas (formerly known as Jafar) passed away in the early hours of Weds Oct 23, almost 5 years since I first met him. His heart failed. We think he was probably about 15 years old. This was our story ….

On Oct 29 2014 at Muttville I met and fell in love with a scruffy little snaggle toothed guy known then as Jafar (or Hedgehog or Count Candy Corn), but to me he was Thomas. Three days later I took him home as my foster pup and on Feb 14 2015 I officially adopted him. In September 2018 Thomas, my son Jasper, and I, flew to the UK (via Paris so he could travel in the cabin with me and not in the hold) and he spent his last year of life enjoying walks in the Forest of Dean.

He loved napping, snuggles, sunshine, sniffy walks, and sticking his head out the car window. He disliked smoke, rain, coughing, garbage trucks, the vet, any kind of delivery person, and most humans. He had a very select list of humans (other than me) that he could tolerate (as long as they respected his boundaries) and everyone else risked a bite on the ankle if they got too close!

He was my best friend, my napping partner, my coworker, my co pilot, my confidant, and I loved him with all my heart.

In the early hours of Oct 23 2019 I said goodbye and let Thomas fall into his final sleep. I feel extremely honored to have been Thomas’s chosen human for five years. I will never forget him and there will be an empty space in my heart that is forever his.

Here are some photos of our wonderful 5 years together.

Jane

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Dakota

Dakota

We wanted to share an update on our sweet Dakota, who we adopted from Muttville in April 2018. While she faced some unexpected health issues very soon after we got her (cancerous tumor at the base of her tail, which led to a recommended tail amputation!), she recovered well and has been the love of our household since she got here. Our Dakota likes to go on walks at Crab Cove in Alameda; loves Point Isabel and the beach at Albany Bulb, where she gets to run around without a leash and socialize with other pups; and most of all loves to sniff and sniff and sniff anytime she’s on a walk (so walking takes a long time!). She gets many compliments on her “David Bowie eyes” (one brown and one blue) – some people think she’s blind in the blue eye, but she’s not!

When we first got Dakota (and before her surgery) she was an amazing jumper – even cleared our 6-foot fence in the backyard three days after we got her! After her surgery, she slowed down a lot (and gained a few pounds) but recently she’s been finding her jumping legs again – we’ve included a picture of her leaping just last week! She loves tummy rubs and pets, and being the center of attention – she demands more pets with persistent pawing and nudges our hands with her snout. When she’s happy, she makes the cutest part-snort/part-purr sound that sounds like “oon oon oon oon oon” so we call her Ooni. She’s a total cuddle bug and loves to lay close with us when we’re relaxing at home.

We are so grateful to Muttville for rescuing this girl from a shelter in Tulare County and helping us find her. She is the best!

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Corrado (aka Harvard)

Corrado (aka Harvard)

Greetings,

We wanted to give you an update on our pup. We flew up at the end of June for the Boston Tea Party and met Harvard, now Corrado. He was recovering from 2 surgeries when we adopted him but he has made a full recovery and is enjoying his new home in San Diego County with his new sister Zola. He is an old guy (age 12) but manages to keep up with his younger sister. He loves going for walks, sunning, and travel! He’s already been on 2 Baja trips with us! Thank you for all you do to help these senior dogs find a forever home, we can’t imagine life without him.

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Shucks

Shucks

Hello Muttville!

I wanted to share a short adoption story + photo with you for Shucks 6825. Please pardon my delay; Matt was traveling, and I wanted to get a full family shot :)

On September 3rd, Shucks came home with us as our first foster pup, and less then a week later, we failed (in the best way!) and adopted our new best friend. He is the kindest, cuddliest little dog we’ve ever met, and we couldn’t imagine life without him curled up on our laps. The Muttville crew is one in a million, and we can’t thank you enough for rescuing Shucks and matching him with us. Life is sweet with Shucks!

Love, Steph, Matt, & Shucks

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Lulu (In Memoriam)

Lulu (In Memoriam)

Hello friends at Muttville,

It is with the heaviest of hearts we are reaching out to you guys to let you all know our beautiful baby girl, Lulu (formerly Catelyn) crossed over the rainbow bridge yesterday. She was surrounded by all of us, in her favorite blanket. She passed peacefully in my arms, pinned to my chest, like she always was.

Thank you for giving her a chance. Thank you for helping us find each other. It’s the wonderful work you all do at Muttville that gives these beautiful babies the lives they deserve.

I wrote the following piece for her:

I’ve never felt such unconditional love for a little ball of fur (until you and Cleo).

We knew from the very beginning, when we adopted you that our time shared was going to be limited. But my dear Lulu, you were what we needed. In a perfect world we would’ve met you much, much sooner. We would’ve loved you as soon as you came into the world if we could. But it’s not up to us to decide when or how we meet each other. We could only be grateful that we did. We wanted to protect you, give you excess of everything. Toys, beds, treats and behind-the-ear rubs. And for the almost two years you gave us, We’re happy to say we were able to do that.

The love we wanted you to have in your golden years was the kind that you should have had for your life’s entirety. We hope you know it’s the same selfless love that understands when love alone cannot keep you here.

We love you more than you’ll ever know, my little shadow, my bed hog, my 7 pounds of sunshine. You’ve left this earth with a part of our hearts and your dad, sister and me will miss you everyday until we meet again. Safe travels over the rainbow bridge, baby mine.

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Butter (In Memoriam)

Butter (In Memoriam)

I wanted to let you know that Butter (aka Stutter), our sweet and beloved senior Pomeranian from Muttville, passed away peacefully in my arms a few weeks ago.

I’m sure you see lots of dogs—Butter was in your hospice program, and we adopted him in October. His prior owners had dropped him off in a kill shelter in San Jose, declaring him “too old,” but thank goodness you guys scooped him up.

My sons, my husband and I all adored Butter, and we did all we could to make his every day a good one. I work at home, and also have an 8-year-old bichon, so he pretty much got constant cuddles. He also really loved to walk—his arthritis and other issues didn’t stop him.

Butter affected me deeply with his willingness to trust and heal. He knew he was Butter Goldberg, that he belonged and that he was loved. He was perfect in every way. We miss him tremendously.

I’m so grateful to Muttville for giving him the second chance he so deeply deserved, and that we got to have him for the time we did. Thank you for the amazing work you do.

Warmest regards,

Kathryn

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Timmy (aka Hugo)

Timmy (aka Hugo)

Timmy (previously Hugo) was a special guy and while being a bit of a curmudgeon he was like your favorite putzing grandfather. He was both of our first experience with a senior dog rescue and Tom’s first dog altogether. He loved to sleep under covers and especially loved hunting for snacks. He had a mischievous streak and in his old age learned to knock over garbage cans 4x his size. Further, he loved to rummage through an open Tupperware cabinet regardless of the fact there was nothing edible inside. No snack was safe on Timmy’s watch!

He brought us so much joy in taking him camping and on any other adventure he was able to join (he did not like the sounds of the ocean/ beach). It was camping where we think he was happiest and able to just be in nature. We are so thankful to have had him for the 4 years that we did and feel confident he felt the same. For anyone reading this we hope you consider adopting a senior dog as it was one of the most rewarding relationships we could have imagined. Muttville gave us a special gift in Timmy and for that we are so grateful.

XO Adele and Tom

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Ava (In Memoriam)

Ava (In Memoriam)

Grant and I lost our beloved Ava to kidney failure on August 15, 2019. We are still trying to cope with this painful loss, as she was a central figure in our lives. Ava was my joy, attached to my side for the last four years. We would joke that Ava and Grant were kindred spirits with a deep love of food, frequent naps on the couch, and leisurely walks.

She had a miraculous journey to reach our family. She was found by the roadside in Tijuana, completely emaciated and thought to be dead. West Coast Animal Rescue of Long Beach, led by Sherri Stankewitz, spent 6 months reviving her and caring for her. Then, Sherri’s selfless rescue work was honored by a local television show Prank It Forward (you can find the episode on YouTube – it’s quite heartwarming). One of the “prizes” was that they found homes for all of her dogs. Her senior dogs, including Ava, were taken in by Muttville, led by Sherri Franklin, to be adopted in the Bay Area.

Grant and I were finally ready to welcome a new dog in October 2015, after having lost our Copper of 15 years. We arranged to meet with Ava’s awesome foster mom at Muttville headquarters, took one leisurely walk around the block, and knew we wanted to take Ava home with us. There was a potential snag – another family had an appointment to meet with Ava, but the amazing Sherri Franklin saw how quickly we were bonding with Ava and made an exception for us.

We are so grateful to all these people whose inspiring work brought Ava into our lives and into our hearts. Although we are grieving, Grant and I consider ourselves so lucky to have enjoyed four wonderful years with Ava, our miracle dog.

Jessica & Grant

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