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Lulu (In Memoriam)

Lulu (In Memoriam)

We said goodbye to Lulu (formerly Za Za) on December 8th, 5 years and one month after we adopted her from Muttville. It wasn’t nearly enough time with her, but we are grateful to have had her in our lives for as long as we did.

Matt and I fostered a hospice chihuahua for another rescue. We had always had big dogs, but with that experience we discovered that we are also little dog people! After she died, I started casually browsing the Muttville website, admiring all of the lovely senior dogs. When I saw a tiny grey chihuahua with bright eyes and a pink tongue in a permanent Muttville salute, I sent the link to Matt with the message “I think we’re in trouble…”

When we met her and felt her rabbit-soft coat and saw her do handstands while peeing,the decision was clear. We snapped her up and brought her home. It took her a few months to adjust to being a member of our family. We would have big arguments with her about sleeping in her bed in the bedroom and not on the couch(we quickly compromised and she ended up sleeping snuggled up with her dad for years). She would stick close to buildings on walks and was not a fan of crossing the street (too exposed). But with time she relaxed and settled in.

Lulu’s extra soft and uniquely colored fur, funny little mouth, tiny size, and big personality got her compared to countless non-dog animals throughout the five years we had her, most notably when a child at the park declared “I want to pick up the mouse-dog!”(The mouse-dog hated children and did not oblige.) Despite her mouse/rabbit/chinchilla/cat/etc. labels, she was quite a dog and loved running up the hill to the park to then stop and sniff every single thing for what felt like hours at a time. She was the sassy boss of the big dogs and the humans in our house, deciding which bed and lap she would occupy when (frequently the ottoman in front of the space heater)and barking at us for her dinner, which earned her yet another nickname: tiny dictator. She was also the snuggliest little cuddle bug and everything she did was the cutest thing ever. We miss her so much. Thank you, Muttville, for bringing her into our lives.

Johanna and Matt

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Rocky Balboa

Rocky Balboa

I’ve always loved older dogs. Just like people, they get wiser as they gain more years in the world. I wanted a dog that might not have as good of a chance at getting adopted, and I know a lot of old dogs are overlooked for no fault of their own. So, we adopted Rocky in June! He’s the first dog my husband and I adopted together, and the first either of us has had as adults.

Getting a puppy or a young dog seemed like an irresponsible decision, as it is a much longer commitment. Of course, now that we have Rocky, we want him to live forever. Fortunately, he is quite healthy, and I do believe he will be with us for many years. He’s doing great and he’s such a sweet presence in our lives. His border collie instincts are strong, he herds us around the house and is only truly content when we’re all together. He’ll even realize when one of us wants the other to come to dinner and he’ll go and fetch the other person! He’s so smart!

He’s quite a vocal dog and will sing or grunt to get our attention to tell us he needs something or just to express himself. It all seems quite unselfconscious (we don’t think he quite realizes how adorable he is). He likes to be with us all the time, and if we are doing sit ups, yoga, or any other exercises on the floor, he will plonk himself right on top of us for cuddles. Exercising became a lot more rewarding! Lately Rocky started woofing in his sleep with “phantom” running and snoring now and then, it’s cute to watch.

He seems very happy and we don’t know how we lived without him. In November, Diwali and Kukur Tihar fell on the same day. Kukur Tihar is a holiday in Nepal where dogs are honored, so although neither of us grew up with this holiday, we decided to honor Rocky by giving him a tika – a red mark – on his forehead. We’re not sure how much he appreciated this honoring.

When I learned about Muttville many years ago and saw that Muttville specialized in senior dogs, I thought that was an awesome idea. I also heard from other people what a great organization it was, and we wanted to adopt from a responsible organization.

I’m so so glad we did!

Andrea and Siddharth

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Daisy (aka Darcy)

Daisy (aka Darcy)

Hi Muttville,

It was suggested that I send you a few paragraphs and photos for you success story profiles. Here is ours:

We love our little Daisy (was Darcy). Can’t believe it’s been over 8 months since we adopted her! She has such a fun, mellow, cuddly personality. She loves nothing better to lounge on our laps or keep guard at the window. She has allowed our other rescue, Tavi, to relax more as she she keeps an eye on things. Except of course when she’s sleeping, which is a lot – so we nicknamed her “Lazy Daisy”. We don’t think she got out very much in her previous home, but she seems to enjoy hikes and is a good sport with the longer distances.

It has been fun to discover more about her laid back personality; we love her big, soulful eyes, her prance like walk, and her clumsy ways of jumping. She has been a wonderful addition to our family and we couldn’t be happier.

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Julep

Julep

Hello Muttville,

Julep is doing AMAZING!!! Julep has brought such joy in our lives and is the sweetest little girl ever. Julep LOVES to run up & down the hallway with her sisters, especially when it gets close to dinner time & she is all fired up to eat. She loves food and eats like a champion. Julep loves her walks around the neighborhood and trots along with a smile on her face :-) Her newest trick is to climb up the dog steps to snuggle up on the couch. Julep is the best snuggler and has found her special spot in bed :-) She loves to be cuddled and gives so much love back in return. She has a great little personality and she fits right into our family. We can’t imagine our life without her. We just love our beautiful Julep.

Thank You Muttville for being The Best. The work you do is amazing and we are honored to be a part of it.

XOXOX

C.A. & Gayle + Julep, Ariel & Gaylee

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Homer

Homer

Homer is the sweetest dog ever. He loves to nap, to eat, to sniff the floor and everywhere we walk, and to meet other dogs. He can be stubborn: when he finds the scent of another dog in the grass he insists on tracking it no matter what. He loves to be pet gently on the head by anyone. He is deaf…except when I am in the kitchen opening a bag of kibble. Then he winds himself around my ankles like a cat. He never barks, he has some damage to his lower jaw due to previous infection. Recently, however, he has started to speak! He says “Wuff!” when he dreams, when he wants something, and when he has a complaint. Homer came to me already completely housebroken. He was named Homer by Muttville but he wanted to keep it. When I accidentally call him by my kids’ names he ignores me, but he perks up at the sound of his correct name. And it suits him! So Homer it is. Now and forever.

Eternally grateful to Muttville!

Frances Texidor

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Dusti Rose (In Memoriam)

Dusti Rose (In Memoriam)

Dear Muttville,

Our hearts are beyond broken that we are sharing the sad news that our little Muttville alum Dusti Rose (fka Kyla) got her angel wings last week after a quick and unexpected illness. We adopted her from Muttville in March 2015 and she was the love of our lives. She was blind when we adopted her and she went deaf in the last year of her life, but she couldn’t have cared less. She had so many friends and family that loved her dearly. She got to experience so much while we shared her life with her; she was in a tv commercial, she had a professional photo shoot, she was in a magazine and a newspaper, she went on numerous road trips, beach outings, stroller rides, dog festivals, the list could go on and on. She was fearless and full of life right up until the very end. Our lives have been forever changed by our little angel and despite the anguish we are going through, we wouldn’t have missed it for the world. Thank you for bringing our little fur baby into our lives.

With much gratitude,

Lisa & Tom aka Dusti’s mommy & daddy

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Essie (aka Essex)

Essie (aka Essex)

Dear Muttville,

It’s been a year and a half since we adopted Essie (fka Essex), and we are treasuring each day we have with her. For the first couple months— while she awaited surgery on a mammary tumor—Essex was our Muttville foster. Although she was rescued with dozens of other Boston Terriers, she was bossing around the other small dogs at Muttville HQ and needed to be kept separate. We figured she’d get along at home with our own easy-going big dogs, but assumed that as “big-dog people,” we wouldn’t be so-called foster failures THIS time.

Well, it turns out that 14 (lbs) is just a number, and Essie (aka “the Bug”) is not the sort of girl to let size define her. She wanted to stay—and through the power of her big eyes and tiny smile, Essie always gets her way. While she’s happy to be a cuddly little lap dog, she also fetches like a retriever, eats like a horse, and snores like a bear. Everything the big dogs do, she wants to do. When our Golden Retriever goes swimming, Essie launches herself into the water after him. Throw a ball and she beats him to it every time. Early on, we learned that Essie is ball-obsessed (soccer balls, tennis balls…wool dryer balls). She chases them, chews them, and sometimes just cuddles with them—all while making happy grunting noises.

Whether we are relaxing at home or out birdwatching, Essie is always a perfect companion. She never seems to tire. Even if we’ve had a full day of hiking, she requests a half-hour of “ball time” before bed. But it is a polite request; in fact, she is the most well-mannered dog I’ve ever had. We haven’t had the opportunity to get her certified as a therapy dog, but when introduced to a friend in hospice, Essie snuggled up right next to her. Essie’s still got personality to spare, but she gets along with everyone, and is now much more relaxed around other small dogs. (She gives any little dog that passes her a hard Paddington Bear stare, though.)

Thanks to Muttville and Mission Pet Hospital, Essie’s mammary tumor is gone and her rotten teeth were extracted (she has only about a dozen or so teeth left). The vet also diagnosed her with a heart condition rare for dogs. This doesn’t seem to affect her energy though, and although it is tempting to coddle her, Essie has made it clear she wants to live her life to the fullest. We feel honored to be the ones to make that possible for her.

Kate

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Carmelo (aka Glowworm)

Carmelo (aka Glowworm)

Carmelo, aka Glowworm, just turned 14 years young!! Carmelo loves a good walk, enjoys his favorite Hawaiian shirt, and loves to snuggle under the covers. Carmelo was the first dog we adopted from Muttville. Two weeks later we followed up by adopting two more dogs; Ruben, a Chihuahua and Bee Bop, a Terrier mix. One-month later we adopted Chica, a Pitbull from the Stockton animal shelter. Last month we found a little black kitty, Muffy in the trash can at school, she now lives with us, too. Carmelo has been to Carmel twice where he has partaken in five-star dinners.

He’s enjoyed playing in the ocean in Santa Cruz and strutted his stuff on the boardwalk. Carmelo has also enjoyed hikes up to the Mokelumne River and bathed in the river as well. It’s a group effort managing all our animals, but we have plenty of help in the home with my animal-loving children. Carmelo sleeps with my 16-year-old daughter every single night faithfully under her covers. She is high functioning autistic but loves the dog being with her, it reduces her anxiety. Bebop sleeps with my youngest son every night with his head on his pillow. The Pittie sleeps with my youngest daughter taking up most of the bed and Ruben shares my bed. The cat is with my 20-year-old every night.

Everybody does very well in sharing with the responsibilities of taking care of our little dog farm. Happy birthday my sweet boy. Here’s to many more years!!

Alcy

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Nessie (In Memoriam)

Nessie (In Memoriam)

Our sweet senior rescue Vizsla, Nestle (Nessie), was the sweetest most wonderful dog who loved everyone. Nestle had a wonderful year with us and she was very happy with so many wiggles, running around and dancing. We used to joke that she would tap dance for meals. She had so much love to give and we enjoyed every moment with her.

Nessie slept with my kids, our other Vizsla, and even our rescue cat. She came to us very skinny but got to her ideal weight and loved to eat! We spent our year with her hiking, exploring and lots of trips to the beach. She was so thankful and joyful for a final chance of happiness.

Nessie had many prior hardships. She was used as a breeding factory, possibly chained up as was indicated by the abuse from her teeth. Her canines were broken in half and many teeth were broken into several fragments. She would not eat due to mouth pain and was severely underweight and could barely walk due to severe arthritis.

She also had several mammary tumors that were enlarged and needed to be removed. We quickly got her into surgery where she had major teeth extractions and tumors removed. After surgery we learned that she had cancer.

Although our time with her was short, she stole our hearts and will forever be remembered as a beautiful kindhearted girl. I am not sure who saved who because we feel like our hearts are forever touched by this beautiful Vizsla. We love you sweet Nestle.

Tawnya and family

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Burt Reynolds (aka Moe)

Burt Reynolds (aka Moe)

We adopted Burt Reynolds (AKA Moe) five months ago and we couldn’t be happier. He brings so much joy to our life and an excessive amount of cuteness. Moe is an adorable gentleman who is mostly interested in sleeping, belly rubs, and eating (his most favorite thing is whipped cream).

A year ago, Oscar and I got married. We were ready to open our hearts to a pup and, when we saw Moe’s picture, it was love at first sight. A couple of weeks after we adopted him, the vet recommended removing all his teeth (they were in really bad shape), so now he has his little tongue sticking out quite often. Moe has the ability to comfort us when we feel down, but mostly, he makes us laugh with his amazing personality. He is super relaxed and friendly. He always wants to say hi to every dog and every person he meets. We discovered he knows some tricks and understands the commands in Spanish and English, he is such a smart boy.

When he first came in, he was a bit shy, but it didn’t take a long time for him to feel at home. We are so thankful to Muttville, as well as Carol and Adria who were Moe’s foster moms, they taught him all his good manners and helped us through the adoption process to make it as smooth as possible for him.

We love Moe with all our heart, and we are grateful to have him around.

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