Success stories

Betty

Betty

On the occasion of our 4th adoptiversary, I can officially say Betty is a success story. She has survived the cancer diagnosis everyone said would take her life within a year of my bringing her home. Her oncologist claims she’s a miracle. The alternative vet says the acupuncture, homeopathy, and Chinese meds are only adjunct to the real reason I still have her: abundant love. I can’t take credit for loving her; she’s irresistipittible. Everyone loves her. She’s here because she decided to take another crack at a good life. Muttville gave her that chance. How very lucky am I.

Thank you, Muttville, for caring about and for my girl. She is a joy to me every day. Neighbors who are resolute cat people claim she gives them pause about their bias. Her sweetness, wisdom and kindness break my heart daily – in a good way. Of course it doesn’t hurt that she pegs the cuteness meter.

Every Muttville dog is special, but I hit the jackpot!

Nancy Epstein

P.S. F^+K Cancer

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Emmy

Emmy

I’m so happy to have this wonderful girl in my life. She’s just perfect and has been a wonderful companion. When I’m gone for a bit, she gets so excited when I return!

When I give her treats, she spins around on her back legs, it’s too cute. Emmy loves chasing squirrels in our yard and when Emmy’s off leash in the park, she runs full tilt after them and can jump a couple of feet up a tree trunk. Glad she can’t catch them! I wanted a Muttville senior rescue dog for as long as I’ve been a supporter. She’s a very smart sweetheart.

Thank you, Muttville!

Lyndsey

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Frank (aka St. Francis)

Frank (aka St. Francis)

When we first got St. Francis from Muttville, he was a nervous boy. He even jumped in the front seat with Nathan on the ride home from Muttville because he didn’t want to be alone in the back. We knew immediately he was a sweet, gentle soul. While St. Francis, now Frank, will always be a California boy, he has now relocated to central Wisconsin and is learning what winter is like. He’s made friends with two new roommates, a pair of cats named Lily and Lucy, and they get along great! He loves sitting by the fire, chewing on a fresh bone, cuddles, and romping through fresh snow, but misses the beaches very much.

Nafeesa and Nathan

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Red

Red

Dear Muttville:

It’s been nearly three years since I adopted our little mini-pin Red. The Northern California Wildfires were raging and we visited Muttville looking to foster a dog — we wanted to help in the efforts to clear the shelters. It was a busy Sunday with lots of activity and here was this blind sweetheart who didn’t seem to be fazed by anything! It was instant love but I knew better than to adopt on the spot when I was looking to foster. I tried to get a friend to adopt her with no success, and I couldn’t forget about her.

I brought her home the day after Thanksgiving not knowing how she’d adapt or map out her new life. Well let me tell you she is the QUEEN of the castle. Red loves Stinson Beach, lying in the sun, treats, sleeping, and barking at the birds. Sadly, the deer that roam through our yard have learned she’s not a threat so that is a little frustrating for her. She has the sweetest disposition with a dose of stubbornness and truly couldn’t be an easier dog. She also gets lots of admiration when she’s out walking on her leash.

Thank you Muttville for the incredible work you do, and for saving my perfect companion from the streets. She is truly a gift.

With gratitude,

Amy Landers and family

#blinddogsrock

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Triscuit (In Memoriam)

Triscuit (In Memoriam)

Triscuit came to me and my husband in August of 2015. I just knew she had to be my dog when I saw her at Muttville. I think she must have been very special because I can barely write about her as she passed in November, 2020. She could see “beyond.” I know that. She was our 8th Muttville dog and was 13 years when she came to us. She couldn’t walk well because of her joints and had a serious heart murmur, both of which she took medicine for, but she hardly showed her pain. She sat beside me while I ate supper and slept with me every night for 5 years. She never barked until very recently, trying to let me know what was going on. I have no doubt this dog was a guardian angel. I hope her spirit will stick around me for quite a while. Triscuit, you will be missed by the whole household!

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Phoebe (aka Miss Mazzy)

Phoebe (aka Miss Mazzy)

My daughter, Liza, who was a frequent volunteer, brought Miss Mazzy to us in Florida for a Holiday Surprise! She was super scared at first, considering she was surrendered with another companion dog, which we were unaware of at the time and had been first at San Francisco Animal Control, then Muttville, then my daughters house then our home all in two weeks time. But it took only days for her to latch on to us and we have not let her out of our site since. She is the perfect companion lap dog I always wanted. We have in the past only had large breed dogs and I knew it was time to get an easier travel companion since we split our time between Minnesota and Florida. She is now our beautiful baby and is the leader of our pack. She loves long walks and belly rubs. She is the most fussiest eater ever. She often turns her nose up at fresh steak, chicken, and fish. We did do a DNA with Embark and she is 50% Shih-Tzu and 50% Poodle. Thank you Muttville for all that you do!

Bobbi Heiligman and large family

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Emma (aka Moira)

Emma (aka Moira)

Hello my name is Susan Wing and we adopted Emma (Moira) on March 28th. This poor 5lbs baby had rotten teeth and her eyes were black down to her mouth. It was love at first sight! I got her into our vet and had teeth taken out (only 3 left). Then I started working on those eyes. It took months but her sweet tiny face looks so great now! Emma and our dog Annie tolerate each other. We’ll see them laying together. So cute! Emma is quite the character she watches tv. It’s amazing to us how she watches and seems to understand. Emma doesn’t like animals on tv, violence and red/yellow colors. She’ll bark and bounce off my lap to attack the tv! I purchased some receiving blanks and when she goes off at tv I throw one over her head and that calms her down. I love Emma and she loves me. She’s by my side, in my lap or arms all day long. What did I do before this special creature came into my life? Thank you Muttville for all you do! ♥️

Thanks again for my Emma. Love her to pieces!

Susan

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Chewie (aka Wrigley)

Chewie (aka Wrigley)

Wrigley is doing great! I renamed him Chewbacca, Chewie for short. He is the greatest addition to my family. When I was originally searching for a pet, I really wanted to find a dog that was easy going so we could coexist, and he’s perfect. He is very well trained, and I feel so lucky to have found such a great dog.

The little pup in the photo is a puppy we found on Father’s Day. We fostered her for a month before finding her a home. She became super comfortable around dogs, especially large dogs. I totally think it was because of Chewie!

Analis

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Alfred (In Memoriam)

Alfred (In Memoriam)

Hi Muttville,

Last October, we made the drive from Sacramento to Muttville, to meet and bring home Jethro, a hospice dog recommended to us by Muttville’s adoption team via email. When we arrived, we went up to someone who looked official and told him we were there to adopt Jethro. He said Jethro was upstairs taking a nap. It seemed odd that he knew that, but we went to the room we were directed to, and sure enough, surrounded by a bunch of very active senior dogs, was Jethro, snoozing away. He was the tiiiiredest dog at Muttville. We woke him up, helped him to his feet, and he decided to walk or “wander” as we later came to call it. He just meandered, like a sloth in slow motion, and we followed. Jethro was extremely old, blind and deaf, so it wasn’t an instant connection, but that wasn’t the point. THIS was the dog we came for.

We told another official looking person that we wanted to adopt him, and she directed us to a room for our adoption counseling where we learned more about Jethro, who we had already re-named Alfred. We learned that Alfred was 16, had an eye disease requiring daily care, and a heart murmur, among other things. We also learned about Muttville’s hospice program. Part of the counseling is to make sure the adopter is willing to make the “hard decision” when it is time. Having done that just recently with an elderly foster dog who we ended up adopting, as well as a few times before, we knew we could. We also knew it would hurt, but we were prepared to take on the responsibility.

When we got home, our three other dogs welcomed Alfred with lots of sniffs and wagging tails. Alfred sniffed them back, but mostly enjoyed wandering on our lawn. We didn’t know it then, but wandering in the backyard on the cool grass would become Alfred’s favorite pastime (other than naps, of course). He had weak back legs, so we put runners all around our house, and we often assisted him in getting up. But on the grass, if he toppled, he could nearly always get up on his own, and get back to wandering. We also have two free range chickens, and unbeknownst to him, Alfred would occasionally “chase” them. For the past year, seeing him in his happy place with his canine and feathered siblings always brought a smile to our faces.

Because of his hearing and vision issues, Alfred wasn’t a fan of being picked up or assisted when we first adopted him. “Who are these hands grabbing me and picking me up?” He would sometimes snap, defensively, if we spooked him. We learned how to assist him without scaring him, but over time, it didn’t matter. Alfred learned to trust us as his people, whether we came at him from the front, back or sideways. Those hands picking him up were his family. Over time, Alfred became our best cuddler, whether in our arms or our laps. Having Alfred put his head on your shoulder and relax always felt like a big reward.

A surprise perk of adopting Alfred was “meeting” Muttville volunteers and staff who followed Alfred’s life with us on Instagram and Facebook. It was very clear that he was well loved by everyone there. I also think it was clear to them how much we loved him.

When we picked up that tired, old dog at Muttville, we honestly didn’t expect Alfred to be with us for a full year. But our sweet old man initially got stronger and healthier, and so a year it was. We were lucky to share every holiday with him, and he experienced the same humiliation of being dressed up on Halloween and Christmas, just like our other dogs. Even worst, as our only dog with hair that never stops growing, he suffered through a couple “mom hair cuts.” The results weren’t great, but we both loved his spa days, filled with cuddles, massages, and the occasional bald spot.

When we felt it was time, as promised during our adoption counseling, we said goodbye to Alfred. We were fortunate to be able to give him his last kisses and cuddles in his happy place, our backyard.

While we are still very much heartbroken, we are also extremely grateful for our year with Alfred. He will forever be our sweet sloth.

Alfred’s parents,

Laura and Bill

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Rosie (aka Miss Chunky)

Rosie (aka Miss Chunky)

We are so incredibly happy to have adopted Miss Chunky (now Rosie)! Her personality has totally blossomed since we brought her home—she is spunky, knows exactly what she wants (and has a lot of attitude if she doesn’t get it), and, best of all, is always such a joy to be around. She is also an endless supplier of laughs, snuggles, and kisses :) We are also happy to report that Rosie has lost some of her weight! She is now ~2 pounds lighter and has been going on some pretty long hikes with us. She is such a champion and has integrated incredibly well into our lives! Recently, Rosie got to help us celebrate Chrissy finishing her Ph.D. on the Berkeley campus, and then joined us on a camping trip to Lassen National Park—Rosie loves spending time outdoors, particularly when it involves exploring new smells and getting to bask in the sunshine! She’s extremely smart, and she usually positions herself to be able to chase chipmunks and still get to enjoy all the smells from our grill :)

Best,

Julian, Chrissy, and Rosie

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