Success stories

Cardigan

Cardigan

Dear Muttville,

Cardigan came to me as a foster, but he was just too special to let go. Within two weeks of meeting him, I just knew I had to keep him forever. It has now been two and a half years with Cardigan, and I’m loving every second with him. He’s been through so many milestones with me: graduating college, new jobs, and even moving to Los Angeles!

And Cardigan has made incredible progress as well! I remember the day I took him home as a foster. I sat on the ground with him for nearly an hour because he was so scared he wouldn’t even approach me. He was terrified of strangers and even more so of men. He also had to get all but 2 teeth pulled due to dental disease the day after I adopted him (resulting in his ultra-adorable tongue-out look), and Muttville was amazing enough to cover that surgery for us!

Since then, he has blossomed into the adorable, hilarious dog he is today. He LOVES going on car rides, so he rides with me pretty much everywhere. He sleeps on my pillow right above my head every single night. He is also best friends with my boyfriend (huge progress in socializing with men!). He has such a huge, sassy personality packed into a tiny little body. Two years has flown by and I hope to spend many more amazing years with my little guy.

Thank you Muttville for introducing me to my best friend!!

-Emilie

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Sasha

Sasha

Two years ago this weekend we brought home a darling dachshund that had been picked up as a stray in Sac following the Fourth of July. She has no teeth, can barely see, doesn’t hear, but can follow her nose to the kitchen in a heartbeat! She learned quickly to follow her new big sister Chai’s lead & the two of them developed a great bond with Chai always looking out for her. She has a favorite place in the sun at the front door where she can observe movement on the street & sound the alarm that someone is passing…A typical doxie trait.

We are so thankful to have adopted Sasha through the Seniors for Seniors program that offers so many of us the opportunity to share our love & time.

Sending you some pix of our two pups with gratitude to Muttville for adding lots of love to our family of “oldies but goodies“!

The Rankins Family

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Harper (aka Kulani)

Harper (aka Kulani)

One Sunday afternoon I was volunteering at Muttville without any plan of fostering let alone adopting a mutt, even though I’ve been tempted many times before! Once I saw Harper (formerly Kulani) I knew we had a special bond. After taking her for a walk and spending any free moment petting her, I called my roommate to tell her I fell in love and needed to bring her home to foster. A couple days later I adopted Harper (named after author Harper Lee).

Fast forward almost 4 years later and I couldn’t be happier to have the sweetest and grumpiest old lady in my life. She follows me everywhere I go and stands guard by the bathroom in case any danger ensues. She sleeps a lot more now, but once it’s time to eat she’s running down the hallway and doing her little dance moves! She also has the cutest “arwooos” you ever did hear.

She’s fiercely independent, sassy, and knows what she wants. She makes me laugh every day with her serious personality, but she’s so loving and loyal. I’m not sure what I did to deserve her, but I’m forever grateful to have her in my life. So much so I got a tattoo of her!

Thank you Muttville for all that you do to save sweet mutts like Harper. Follow her sleepy adventures on Instagram: @harper_girldog

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Penny (aka Miss Wiggles)

Penny (aka Miss Wiggles)

Hi! Penny (known as Miss Wiggles #2797 before we adopted her on 1/14/15) has been the love of my life since day one. She instantly bonded with me and has been my little shadow. Penny is the sweetest chihuahua you will ever meet. She wants nothing more than to be on my lap (constantly licking my hands/arms/feet), go on walks, roll in the grass in the sun, and to eat! Her sister, Prudence (not a Muttville dog), passed away this past December, but we welcomed our baby daughter in February so Penny has had a big distraction. Penny is getting older, starting to show signs of heart disease, and is blind in one eye now, but she’s still as sweet and happy as day one and wiggles her whole body when she wags her tail. If there is one silver lining to being home during COVID-19, it’s that I’ve been able to spend everyday for the past 5 months with Penny and that has been very rewarding. We love her and couldn’t imagine our lives without her!

Shannon

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Boomer (aka Beaker)

Boomer (aka Beaker)

It’s only been 2 weeks since we brought him to his forever home, but he has fit right in with the family. Boomer is one of the mellowest and sweetest dogs we’ve encountered and we still can’t believe he was ever a stray or abandoned!

It only took a day for him to blossom and show us his spunky puppy energy, I strongly believe his Muttville sister, Eloise, helped a lot with that while watching her play fetch with me. We learned that he actually DOES like to play with toys, specifically squeaky tennis balls. I can absolutely tell he was loved before with how excited he gets with playing fetch.

He loves to lounge in the sun, bury himself in the couch pillows, roll around in the grass, and go on walks with his non-stop wagging tail. You wouldn’t know it with his stoic expression, but he loves being around people and is such a social butterfly. He loves to be the center of attention with tummy rubs and will remind you to keep petting his head with the gentlest nudge when you stop.

We can’t thank Muttville enough for all their hard work to get these pups into their forever homes during these weird, uncertain times. We’re so happy to have this happy boy part of our little family!

Thank you,

Samantha, Joe, and little Eloise!

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Bean Bean (aka Jilly Bean)

Bean Bean (aka Jilly Bean)

Hi there,

Update on Bean Bean, she’s completely settled in now, and this momma is obsessed. When we first brought her home we were told that she needs to lose a lot of weight due to her being overweight, so daily walks were necessary. She weighed in at 12.65 pounds and now she’s down to 6.8 pounds. My boyfriend and I think her ideal weight is supposed to be 3 – 4 pounds. We cannot believe that poor thing was double the weight. With her being overweight the first week we had her she tore her ACL. We immediately put Bean Bean on a pre-made raw diet that’s full and complete balanced diet and we can now see that she’s thriving off of it. She’s loosing the weight and walking amazingly on her torn ACL. Her mobility is so much more than we first brought her home, you can’t even tell she has a torn ACL.

For the last 6 months of having Bean we’ve seen her sassy personality come out completely! If I’m not paying attention to get it is by making chirping/whining (loud) noises which soon becomes demanding barks! How adorable is that!

We love love love this little girl and we cannot thank Muttville enough for all of their amazing efforts to find furever homes for these kiddos. We are so blessed to have Bean in our lives!

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Zoe (aka Sassy Sue)

Zoe (aka Sassy Sue)

Zoe (formerly Sassy Sue) came into my life 3 years ago in September, and we’ve been inseparable ever since. She was presumably 8 when I got her, and she had to have extensive surgery for breast cancer, neutering and 18 teeth removed. She is now healthy, happy and the most wonderful companion I could ever imagine. She accompanied me in my psychotherapy practice when I was still working out of my office in San Francisco, and I’m convinced that she was therapeutic and comforting in many ways for the clients I worked with. She is smart, wonderfully trained, has a sizable vocabulary, and is a loving and affectionate cuddler. During this time of COVID-19, I have been even more appreciative of her quietly reassuring presence.

Thank you for all the wonderful work you do.

Patricia Ross

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Teddy (aka Richmond)

Teddy (aka Richmond)

Hi Muttville,

Thank you SO MUCH for finding Teddy (formally known as Richmond – adoption #6702) so I could adopt him. It’s been exactly one year since he came into my life and he’s the best thing that has ever happened to me! I am so grateful and fortunate to have him in my life. I cannot thank you all enough!

I’ve watched Teddy grow in the past year and not only has he blossomed but he’s helped me grow as a person as well. I can’t thank you all enough for all of the hard and life changing work that you all do! I don’t know what I did to deserve him, but whatever I did…I’m glad I did it :)

Everyday Teddy is growing and becoming the dog he was supposed to be and I couldn’t be happier for him. In case you’re curious… feel free to follow Teddy through his Instagram (@mr.teddy.sf) as he’s currently living his best life :)

Thanks again!

Kari + Teddy

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Benito (aka Ben Affleck)

Benito (aka Ben Affleck)

On July 6, 2019, I adopted Ben Affleck, one of Muttville’s Boston Tea party dogs. I had tried to adopt several Bostons from Muttville but because I live in the east bay, they were always gone before I could meet them. On that particular Saturday, I had come to SF to meet another Boston but he was adopted before I could even arrive at the agency. I did know that another Boston, Ben Affleck was due to arrive, so I waited a bit for him to get there. Upon arrival, Ben came with his foster parents, circled the room and stood up next to me to be put in my lap. That one action created the quote from my older sister that we OFTEN laugh about because it sums up my love at first sight moment, “it’s a wrap, get the papers!”

Ben, now Benito, came to me weighing almost 13lbs. I adopted him after the death of my sweet Boston Franklin 3 weeks prior. Benni is now 20 lbs, healthy, insured, with a nice backyard, and living with his two “bros” Corrado and Bogdan. Thank you Muttville for sending Benni to rescue me.

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Alfie (aka Bartholomew)

Alfie (aka Bartholomew)

Dear Muttville!

I wanted to say thank you so much for finding Alfie (at his second shelter placement) and bringing him to San Francisco so we could adopt him. Over the past year, he has gone from a very reserved and impeccably polite house guest, who avoided grey-haired men, insisted on sleeping on the floor in a pile of laundry, and whimpered when I brought out the broom to sweep into a romping, must share your pillow cuddle bug, with lots of tail wags, face kisses, and an almost obsessive love of off-leash hikes.

We have had many camping adventures, daily squirrel chasing, one amazing squirrel catch (and release), a ton beach days, and of course infinite belly rubs. My cats LOVE Alfie, and are likely to be found sleeping next to him, and greeting in the European way (kissing both cheeks). We knew he was good with cats, but a new (and surprisingly fearless) kitten addition put that gentleness to the test and Alfie has passed with flying colors.

Our cup is full of laughter, snuggles, and the occasional dumped trashcan (to let us know we have been gone far too long, and not left sufficient foodstuffs).

I don’t know what I did to deserve such a wonderful dog, but it must have been something good.

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