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Success stories

Tucker (in memoriam)

I met Tucker on September 17, 2011 at a Muttville adoption fair in Mill Valley, CA. I wasn't seriously looking to adopt yet. I wanted to "just take a look" at the kind of dogs Muttville rescued and learn what I would need to do to live with a dog.

When I arrived, Tucker's foster mom greeted me. I told her I was thinking of adopting my first "maybe medium-sized" dog (which in my head was 40‑45 lb, a size I thought I could independently lift into my car if I ever had a sick dog that needed to goto the vet). She pointed to Tucker and said "he's medium sized." I didn't have the heart to tell her that, well, no, he's a pretty large dog. (I later found out he was "medium" to her because she lived with two 120‑130 lb Rhodesian ridgebacks). To be polite, I sat down on the ground to chat with her and meet Tucker.

Immediately Tucky put his head on my lap and I started to cave – maybe I could be ready to adopt a dog now?The following weekend, I took him for a trial weekend from his foster family. Antonia, Ari, and Anja drove to SF to meet us. We went to Golden Gate Park. Tucker put his head on my lap again. I adopted him from Muttville the following weekend, October 1, 2011.

Tucker had multiple nicknames over the course of his seven years with me. Some were my names of affection for him. Some were given by friends and family:

Tucker. Tucky. Tuckster. Tucky-two-times. (Ken)Tucky. Tuck-meister. Mr T. Tolerant Tucker. Tucky-bucky. Big man. Big boy. Turkey.

Tolerant Tucker came about because of how wonderful he was around kids.

I always thought he was the most handsome mutt (see his model shot). Even in his final days – and when he was put to sleep – he looked handsome, carrying such grace.

He had a funny penchant for meditating by sticking his head in plants. And, like so many dogs, he embodied unconditional love. Adopting him was the best thing I did at that time in my life. Feeling his love helped me realize that my life at that time wasn't going the way I wanted and I needed to make changes.

Tucker has been with me for major events in my life. (Above: ringdog at Gabe's and my mawwage; Vienna's arrival; Mateo's arrival. Right: Pretty's adoption)

Tucker has always shared the same predilection for sleep as my other main man, Gabriel.

Above left: Snuggled into my sleeping bag next to Gabe during a camping trip (he took over my sleepsack as soon as I stepped out for a nighttime potty break).

Above right: Snuggled one last time with Gabe and Mateo two nights ago. For the past week Gabe, Mateo and I have been camped out, sleeping on mats in our sleeping bags next to Tucker.

Tucker's final resting place, in the back yard looking west to the sunset and up the hill to our home. Thank you for seven beautiful years of unconditional love. We love you right back. (September 7, 2018)

Are you the proud parent of Muttville dog? Send us your story! Include three of your favorite photos and send it to success_stories@muttville.org with the subject line 'Success Story'.

Becki (in Memoriam)

Becki (in Memoriam)

I want to let you know that we helped our sweet Becki to the Rainbow Bridge this past June where she now waits for us with her Muttville sister Gertie. Becki had two awesome years free of cancer. Becki’s final months were spent doing all the things she loved…being held, snuggling with her fur sibs, car rides, walks, and eating her favorite things.

Becki brought immense joy to our family, and we will miss her every day. We are forever grateful to Muttville for trusting Becki’s forever to us. We are blessed to have been loved by such an awesome dog!

Are you the proud parent of Muttville dog? Send us your story! Include three of your favorite photos and send it to success_stories@muttville.org with the subject line 'Success Story'.

Cosmo (in Memoriam)

Cosmo (in Memoriam)

I adopted sweet hospice gal Cosmo. She was barely available when I snagged that sweet girl to foster, and when she was ruled as hospice, I couldn’t help but to keep that sweet baby, and keep her comfortable and happy for her last few months. She was with us for a total of 9 months. When she first got to Muttville and at her first vet visit with us, they didn’t give her more than a couple weeks to live.

Cosmo was such a special lady. At the time I adopted her, I was going through a very rough time due to mental health issues and there is no other way to put it but to say Cosmo saved my life. She exterminated all those sick suicidal thoughts in my head, and if it wasn’t for her getting into my life, I probably wouldn’t be here now. She taught me even when I thought I was worthless, someone or something out there could use my help and my love.

When she passed in April, I had just come out of the hospital, where they were finally able to give me the right diagnoses. She pretty much picked the pup we adopted then, and when I was finally more stable and on the right track, my sweet baby left me. It has been almost five months and there has not been one day since that I don’t think about her.

Cosmo was my sweet angel. When I thought I was saving her life, she was actually saving mine.

I try and look for every single way there is to cherish my baby girl, and so I thought of asking if you could possibly post her little memorial with the other ones on the website. Cos has such a sad story (or so we think) before she got to Muttville, and seeing her flourish and bubble up (bubbles was her nickname) to become my best friend was the most rewarding thing that has ever happened in my life.

Camila

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Red

Red

A quick note to let you all know that our gorgeous RED is the greatest gift to my family. We adopted this blind mini­pin the Sunday after Thanksgiving and it has been nothing but a pleasure to watch her map her yard, the house, adapt to car rides in the crate (and go on 2 road trips!) and facilitate her sun bathing, which is surely her favorite activity. She is the sweetest soul and the EASIEST dog I have ever had the pleasure of sharing space with. We love Red and we love Muttville!

xoxoxo

Amy

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Marni, Trinket & Juliette (aka Pom Pom)

Marni, Trinket & Juliette (aka Pom Pom)

We’re the proud family of not one, but three Muttville Alums.

It all started with our Marni. At the wise and seasoned age of ten our sweet Great Dane, Emma Lou, passed away leaving behind our sweet shih tzu poodle mix, Mopps.

Mopps was eight, and definitely didn’t have patience for a puppy no matter how lonely she was without her sister. Aside from that, as Emma had gotten older my husband and I found ourselves appalled at the amount of people who were shocked that we would care for her “old lady” ailments when we could just put her to sleep and get a new dog.

A close friend introduced me to Muttville, and I’ve never looked back. Marni was the perfect match for Mopps, and dispelled any myth that our five year old wouldn’t bond with a dog unless it was a puppy.

Life with Marni has been pure bliss. So much so, that my husband and I decided to open our home to two additional Mutts. Trinket joined us after the 2017 Senior Prom, and Juliette (aka Pom Pom) in late March 2018.

We call this little old lady gang The Golden Girls, and to say they’re our everything would be a gross understatement.

These girls have filled our home with love and humor while teaching us the beauty of slowing down and appreciating all the good that life has to offer.

Thank you, Muttville! These sweet girls would not be in our lives without the amazing work you do.

Love, Jaclyn

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Pacer

Pacer

Hi Muttville crew!

Just want to let you know how well Pacer (aka Charlie) is doing! He loves his new home and we love him! He has gained almost 2 pounds and loves his big backyard to run in. He had the last 4 of his teeth pulled in March and returned to the vet in June for his neutering. He is off all medicine and is thriving! He loves his rides in the car and his playtime with his big brother Stanley the Poodle. They are both about the same age so get along great!

Thank you for everything you do for these deserving senior dogs!!!

Jennifer & Lin

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Cody aka Ramon (in Memoriam)

Cody aka Ramon (in Memoriam)

Dear Muttville,

The first time I saw Cody (aka Ramon) at Muttville, I thought “that’s my dog!” I think he felt the same; he followed me around the room as I met some of the other Muttville dogs. He didn’t have to worry, he had already stolen my heart. He was 10 years old when I adopted him, and I got 4 great years with him. He was such a sweet, gentle dog. He passed peacefully in May. Thank you, Muttville, for giving Cody his second chance.

Karen

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Gary (aka Chey)

Gary (aka Chey)

Gary (aka Chey) has been in my life for 6 months now and every day is a blast! We love going for long walks, meeting other dogs, going for rides in the car, and snuggling :) He is so popular with everyone! We just have to make sure he stays out of the cat box XD

Thank you Muttville!

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Spanky

Spanky

Spanky and I met by fate. After reading his story and speaking with his foster mother about his history, I couldn’t resist his spirit and happy demeanor in the videos after all he had endured until arriving at Muttville.

As my father was disabled in an era without ADA laws, I wasn’t quite expecting the lack of kennels, pet stores, groomers, or pet­ sitters who would not offer a special needs dog the same care as our healthy four­-legged pets.

Spanky didn’t mind, he was my constant companion following me in our small home, listening for the fridge to open to get his apple and carrot treats when I started dinner and helping me with gardening. His favorite place was my lap when I arrived home from work to just chill on the couch. And yes, if I was on the couch he was there too. Spanky knew when Saturday arrived, and would twirl around in his drag bag until his wheels were on to chase cats and squirrels in the backyard.

Spanky attended disability and guide dog events with me, always attracting a lot of attention. A special dog who spent his remaining years as a happy and content dog and a valued member of our family. As our childhood pet is with my sister and parents, so too will Spanky be, as he deserves to never be alone.

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Frank & Rocky

Frank & Rocky

My husband and I have had Frank (black) for three years and Rocky (fawn) for one and a half. We love our Muttville boys so much. They sleep with us in bed every night. Thank you for bringing them into our lives!

Josie and Phi

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