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Success stories

Sadie

Sadie

September marked Sadie’s first adopt-a-versary. I wanted to give you a quick update on how far she has come in the past year.

Sadie is an incredibly tough girl. Thankfully, we have a wonderful vet that has worked tirelessly to get her healthy. I am happy to say that at her last checkup she was released with a clean bill of health. She has gained 6 pounds in the past year, had 14 teeth extracted (with two oral surgeries), she has been spayed, had a mammary tumor removed and has cleared all of the infections that riddled her body when we got her. Her fur has grown back so there are no longer bald spots on her back. We have even strengthened her back legs so she can go up and down our stairs on her own now. She even had her very own birthday party when she turned the big 11!

It seems everyday she gets better at something!

However, none of this would have been possible without you, your staff and your generous donors. This dog was at a crossroads and I strongly believe that she would not have survived had Muttville not taken her in. And because you did, we have had an incredible year with one of the sweetest dogs we have ever known. She is fully folded into our family and we can’t imagine our lives without her.

Thank you again for the amazing work that you continue to do.

Best,

Kim

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Ginger (in Memoriam)

Ginger (in Memoriam)

For more than 5 and a half years we’ve had nothing but love in our house because of Ginger. We brought her home from Muttville in Dec 2012 and she really made us a family. Despite her severe hip dysplasia, she gained muscle through physical therapy and got her health back, and she loved going for walks in our hilly neighborhood in SF!

Everyone loved Ginger, even friends who claimed they weren’t dog people. So besides sharing her with all our friends and family (she went everywhere with us!), she also became an Animal Assisted Therapy volunteer dog. She loved visiting patients and residents in senior homes and always brought a big smile to everyone’s face. With us, at home she was a cuddle bug and even in her last year with her loss of mobility, she was still goofy and loved to play.

Thank you for all you do! We love Muttville!

Pearl and Alex

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Gumbo

Gumbo

Hello Muttville,

I adopted Gumbo from fospice over a year ago now, and he is still doing great!! We will be moving from Santa Cruz to Corvallis, Oregon for my graduate program.

Thank you!

Alicia

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Butch (in Memoriam)

Butch (in Memoriam)

Dear Muttville,

I just wanted to let you know that Butch passed away in mid-July. I want to thank you for bringing us together. Although he was only with us for a short year, he brought us so much joy and taught us what true unconditional love felt like. He will be in our hearts forever.

Here are some great times we had together.

Love,

Suzanna & Silvio

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Dax (aka Einstein)

Dax (aka Einstein)

DAX (aka Einstein) is my adorable little boy. He is my shadow and sleeps with me at night. His energy is boundless. He is so active and runs up and down my stairs like a streak. Sits outside on the porch and observes everything. His hair is growing in well and it is red with white gold on his crown. He eats anything and everything. He even has a tiny little belly. Walking, eating and searching the backyard are his favorite things to do. He and his sister search together. He cannot be 14 years old as he has so much energy. Sleeps well at night too. I just love him. Thank you Muttville for taking good care of him.

Thanks,

Sherry

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Jasper Milo

Jasper Milo

We feel like we really won the Cosmic Dog Lottery in 2018 with Jasper Milo (we kept his original name because it really suits him!). He is such a sweet and fun little dog, and he loves to walk. Without a doubt, the smartest dog we have ever owned, much as we have loved our other pooches. In the morning he loves to run around, chew his toys, and take long walks, and in the after to his crate when told. At night he sleeps all night in bed with us, snoring gently, but when the sun comes up, he’s ready to go. We had his DNA checked and he’s half Maltese, a quarter miniature poodle, and a quarter chihuahua. So when people ask what kind of dog he is, I tell them the three breeds! So many thanks to Muttville for bringing this joyful little pup into our lives!

Dave & Brett

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Charlie (aka Radar)

Charlie (aka Radar)

Why Foster?

Most people know how fostering benefits animals and adopters. When dogs go to foster homes, it frees up space in shelters for other needy animals and helps the foster dogs get used to a home situation and work on negative behavior. Adopters benefit because the foster can provide information to help judge if the animal is a good fit for their family. So what does the foster parent get out of it? Answer: A lot!

Having a pet, particularly a dog, is good for a family because it teaches children responsibility and compassion. It is good for adults, particularly seniors, because pets provide company and keep their guardians active and involved. But there are many reasons why adopting a pet might not be possible at certain times. Maybe your living situation is uncertain and you might have to relocate some time in the near future because of employment or housing issues. Maybe you travel a lot, for business or pleasure, and think it not fair to board a pet often or for long periods. Maybe you can’t afford expensive vet bills (always possible). Or maybe you just aren’t sure if having a dog is right for you.

Last spring, I was retired and living alone when my last dog (a Muttville mutt) crossed the rainbow bridge. In one way, it was a new-found freedom and a bit of a relief. I saved a lot of money on vet bills; I was able to take a vacation without worrying about who would take care of my dog (with no family in the area, this becomes hard and expensive as a dog gets older and has medical issues); and when my family visited from out of town, we could spend a whole day out in San Francisco or Santa Cruz without worrying about getting home to feed the dog. I decided that I would not get another dog – at least for a while.

However, I found that I really, really missed the company of a dog. So I decided that fostering – for Muttville of course – would be a good compromise; I could have the companionship of a dog and help get it ready for its forever home, but not be tied down as a permanent dog guardian. I have fostered five different dogs and really enjoyed it. I had a loving animal to keep me company while I took care of it. But if I was traveling or had another conflict, I could leave the dog at Muttville. Meanwhile I was back to taking walks in the neighborhood and reconnecting with neighbors on the other end of the block (I am somehow incapable of walking around the block without a dog to lead me) and I got to know some wonderful Muttville dogs.

People ask if it is hard to give up a foster dog. I have had my fosters for as few as 3 days and as long as 3 months, and some good-byes are harder than others. But in every case, I have either met the forever parent or connected via email or phone, and felt very good about the family my foster was joining. The new parents have all sent photos of the dog in his new home with his new animal siblings, which is very heart warming. It also feels good knowing that I have helped my fosters find homes by increasing their exposure to different people, testing their tolerance for cats (with the help of a cat-parent neighbor), or working on problem issues. One foster had a habit of peeing in the house – mine and others – that we worked hard to overcome.

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Cody (aka Whistler)

Cody (aka Whistler)

I adopted Cody (aka Whistler) in September, 2017, and just wanted to thank you for helping to bring such joy and love into my life. I can’t imagine my life without him in it. He is such a silly, loving, gentle soul. Much to my surprise, he is also a herder! I have donkeys, both miniature and mammoth sizes, and whenever I bring them out, he circles them just like my past border collies did. He takes his job seriously, making sure everybody stays together. Everyone who met him back in the beginning comments on how much happier and healthier he looks and acts. I love my “little boy” so much and he loves me right back.

Thanks again,

Lori & Cody

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Jo Jo (aka Pho)

Jo Jo (aka Pho)

Jo Jo (aka Pho) was adopted by us on December 21, 2017. He has become a loving member of our household.

He likes his walks as long as both my wife and I go together, if not his brakes go on and he stops. When he is home, he can be found napping on the sofa or dancing around to remind us of his meal times.

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Andy (In Memoriam)

Andy (In Memoriam)

Andy came into my life in July of 2015. He was my first dog, and I was terrified about having a living creature completely dependent on me. I remember that first night, both of us looking at each other like “now what??”

He didn’t do all the stereotypical things I assumed all dogs did. He had arthritis so couldn’t sit, he was hard of hearing so couldn’t recall or do tricks, and had cataracts so didn’t catch the ball.

But he enjoyed leisurely walks, and pats on the head. He was gentle, patient and aloof, and tolerated me in so many ways. He brightened up the workplace, as he wandered around the office looking for treats and head rubs.

Andy crossed the rainbow bridge this past June, peacefully at home. The three years he was with us were filled with lots of life and love. He is sorely missed.

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