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Success stories

Piccolo

Piccolo

Dear Muttville:

On November 2nd of 2018, I met Piccolo when I was looking for an older dog. My dear little 17 year old dog had died several months ago and I was lonesome for her company. As soon as I met Piccolo I loved her. She has helped me to recover from my loss, and made my days happy. I thought her name was strange and didn’t fit her, and wondered how she got it. My daughter read the complete medical history given to me by Muttville, and discovered her real name was Dottie. First time I called her that she perked up and came to me. Bless her heart she finally knew she was home. She discovered my old dog’s basket of toys right away and loves to play with them. She loves her daily walks, and gets to know neighbor’s dogs. This is good since as a very old lady I need to get out and walk daily. I didn’t know if she had been house broken, and placed “pee pads” on the bathroom floor and some other places. I found it funny that she always chose to go to the bathroom to “do her duty” as if she knew that was the proper place to go. Thank you, Muttville for giving these older and sometimes homeless dogs another happy life.

~Happy Grandma

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Nutmeg (in Memoriam)

Nutmeg (in Memoriam)

I’m so sad to let you know that my beautiful Nutmeg went over the rainbow bridge on November 13, 2018. I miss her so much. She was my little side kick and went everywhere with me. She came to work with me everyday and delighted my clients!

I adopted her in January 2013 at 9 yrs old and for 6 years she gave me companionship and unconditional love through some very hard times. She watched me through dealing with my daughters addiction and was a soft heart for her when my daughter suffered so much. She was there for me and grace for my heart when my daughter died 6/26/17. You know they feel your pain and I was so grateful for her love at that time.

I called her my little toothless wonder as she had already lost all her teeth before my adoption…she became deaf a few years later and her collapsing trachea was advancing. She was good with her medication tho and she loved to eat! She adapted to our moves and her first Winter in Colorado in December 2016. Our stroller walks to work was such a joy. She was getting tired tho at 13 years old! She was a trooper when health issues were getting harder. When the time came she let me know…she was a few months shy of 15 yrs old! My heart is broken and I miss the morning wake ups and the begging and the sweet stares that Pomeranians are so good at. I look forward to another Pomeranian rescuing me in the near future.

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Winston (formerly Ritz)

Winston (formerly Ritz)

Hello,

Being Christmas time and all we thought we would write and give you a “pupdate” on our Muttville pup Ritz aka Winston, since it’s all most five months since Winston joined our family. It’s hard to put into words how much we love our Winston, it’s like Christmas every morning walking up to his adorable face, then having our morning zoomies and cuddles together before getting his breakfast ready. Winston is “pawfection”! The four of us recently went on a outing to George Washington’s house Mount Vernon, as they are such a dog friendly place. Winston certainly enjoyed the longer car ride and he charmed everyone there: people at the ticket office, historical reenactors, tour guides, and clerks in the guest shop. Everyone has to stop and say hello to Winston, comment how sweet and well-behaved he is. One lady in the gift shop wanted to know all about Muttville, so we spread the word about how awesome it is and how to adopt from them.

Winston’s skin has completely healed and now he has discovered the awesomeness that is belly rubs. His coat is so silky smooth and he gets a little more golden everyday. Angeline and I had such fun Christmas shopping for Winston the other day. Winston is such a treasure, he adores when either Angeline or I play a music, whenever I sit down at my piano to practice Beethoven or Schubert or Angeline takes out her violin, Winston trots right over to his red bed or his wicker basket and looks up at your like “I am ready for my concert.” Though he has strict rules of not less then an hour of practice or he gives you a small hurmph and or a disproving look of “that was not a long enough practice young lady.”

Merry Christmas from all of us in Virginia! Maybe the New Year will bring another Muttville pup for a pal for Winston and bring even more love and joy into our family.

Yours Truly,

Carolyn, Caroline, Angeline & Winston

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Edna (formerly Mrs. Garrett)

Edna (formerly Mrs. Garrett)

Edna (Formerly Mrs. Garrett) was the missing piece to our family that we didn’t know we needed. When I first visited Muttville in August 2018, I had a hard time choosing which fur baby I was going to bring home. And then I met Edna. She was the only pup who wanted to sit on my lap and wanted my boyfriend to hold her like a baby. She’s so adventurous, that when we decided to adopt her, she wasn’t scared, she had a look of excitement in her eyes. She was very quick to trust the process and ready to come home. While Edna was shy at first, she quickly became friends with my other two dogs Emma and Patty. Not too long after bringing her home, she started to show so much affection towards me. Her favorite things are sneak attack kisses, long cuddles and treats. When I come home from a day at work, she is the first one at the door, with her sisters close behind, waiting to give me all the loves. It really didn’t take much time at all for her to fit in with our girl gang. I can’t even imagine what life was like before her now. While I may have less room on my bed at night, I have more love, snuggles and kisses which makes up for it. I hope Edna’s story can help those who might be unsure about adopting a senior dog to not be afraid. Adopting Edna was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. If you’re considering adopting from Muttville, please do. It doesn’t matter what age they are, a dogs love is unconditional and Edna is living proof of that.

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Friday, Bernice, and Jack

Friday, Bernice, and Jack

We first became aware of Muttville when we watched Sherri Franklin being honored as a CNN hero. Up until that point, neither of us had ever really thought about rescuing seniors (let alone a shelter that catered to them). But our hearts immediately went out to these little guys.

We started to scan the Muttville website and soon saw Friday. This little scrappy Malti-poo, who had been picked up off the streets of Oakland, was exactly the addition to our family that we wanted. We traveled the two hours to the shelter and immediately adopted him despite learning that he had been adopted and returned for being too ornery and snappy. Instead of thinking that there are bad dogs, we went with him to the vet and found out that he needed several more teeth removed (life as a stray is hard) and that he was allergic to most pet foods. That explained his aggressiveness when you touched his tummy and got near his mouth. Once we got him feeling better, he became the biggest lover there is. He loves to have his tummy rubbed and gives big smiles with the six teeth he has left.

We had such a great experience with Friday, that we came for Bernice soon after. Her Muttville name was Abita and she had been left at the groomers by her previous owner. Bernice is the sweetest poodle ever and everyone loves the way she prances down the street when we take short walks with her (she’s an old lady so walks tend to be a little short).

And since a house cannot have too much love, we also brought home a Bichon named Jesse about six months later. Jesse is blind, mostly deaf, and has a bit of dementia. He is also the best snuggler in the world. Jesse (who we renamed Jack) was a fospice dog and we expected to have him for a short time. Instead, he has been in our home for over a year and helped to fill it with love. It wasn’t long after getting Jack that we decided to make the family official. We were married at home surrounded by family (human and furries).

Jack passed this week. This is a sad moment for our family, but we are so thankful to Jack and are happy that we were able to help him spend his last year with his Muttville siblings, surrounded by love, and treated with dignity and respect.

Thank you Muttville for bringing Friday, Bernice and Jack into our family and helping other families fill their homes with love. Including Jen’s mom who just brought home Rocky. He’s great little Shih Tzu who is filling her days with companionship and affection since the loss of her husband.

Affectionately,

Scott, Jen, Friday, Bernice, Gertrude, & Walter (& old man Jack)

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Abigail

Abigail

Today is 6 months since we adopted our lovely Abigail from you. She is such a go with the flow and ready for every new experience kind of dog. We have traveled from San Francisco to Florida through 16 states in our 30 foot RV and she is an excellent traveler. She adores our deaf blind daughter, often sleeping on her legs. She even trusts her to take her walking. She also enjoys watching other creatures through the screen door, squirrels being her favorite. At meal time she does a happy dance that always makes us laugh. She even comes and sits politely to get her eye meds. So just wanted to send you a big thank you for everything you do for senior dogs, and for giving us a treasured member of our family.

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Sid (aka Cupid)

Sid (aka Cupid)

I have Sid (aka Cupid) for a whole year now. I found his name was Sid from his surrender paperwork to Vacaville Pound.

Poor guy, he was so depressed and skinny when he came home to me from Muttville, but he just melted into me and we connected right away. Over the next few months, Sid came out of his shell. He has a buddy, Jerry from Muttville that we visit often and they get along great, but no other dog can come near me or he barks madly at them and runs at them – hysterical, seeing as he is so placid all other times.

He loves his Condo. I used to take him to work with me, but he hates the crate and barked all the way. He was just being stressed out and so I began leaving him for short times to go to work, I am self employed so had that luxury! He just sleeps when I am away and awakens upon my arrival home. He loves his little walks and sniffs everyone that passes by. He has the cutest curiosity about him. He will stand in front of an open door and just peer inside!! He wants to know everyone’s business. He goes right up to all my neighbours, and stares at them until they pet him. So cute.

I tell people I fell in love on line. True. I took one look at that face and my heart melted. He has become a little incontinent and it can be challenging, but I just pick him up, wash him off and I love him even more today than I did a year ago. I thank Muttville every day for my little lovey-dovey.

Una Werner

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Bosco

Bosco

Hello,

Bosco was adopted by my mother through Muttville’s Seniors for Seniors program. He is now one of the luckiest dogs and has begun enjoying a wonderful life with Elisabeth. He enjoys following her around the house, chasing after toys thrown for him, sneaking under her covers when she is in bed, running around the yard kicking up leaves, and of course going on walks with the grandkids who live very close.

Thank you so much for your Seniors for Seniors program and to the foster family who took such wonderful care to nurse him back to health.

Best Regards,

Patricia Strobel (Daughter of Elisabeth Robinson)

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Argyle (in Memoriam)

Argyle (in Memoriam)

I wanted to send this over as Argyle deserves to be remembered by everyone. He passed over the rainbow bridge recently on Nov 14th 2018.

Argyle came into Muttville’s care in April of 2018. He was rescued from the streets of Fresno, CA. He was mostly blind, arthritic and was from his intake form “filthy” and “cute as can be.” I still don’t know how he survived on the streets. He was then starting his care to come back into his prime.

He was quiet and sitting in the corner by himself when I was brought to Muttville, not looking to adopt yet, but he came into my lap and wouldn’t stop kissing me. I had been chosen by Argyle and the feeling was mutual. After making sure he could be taken care of, he came home and my life changed for the better. I had to learn how to help a blind dog get around (hint: different rugs help) and find out how to feed him right and how to get an arthritic dog to go on walkies.

He loved his new beds, his throne in the car even though he tended to stare at the seat not the windows, and slept with me, pushing up against me in the night. We were a pair.

He got some new medication for the arthritis (a difficult injection but worth it for how it made him feel) and he became a new boy again, invigorated and wanting to explore the back yard, or any of the parks we went to. He loved strolling around in the grass, sniffing everything and the smile on his face was precious.

He got a brother. They didn’t exactly get along perfectly in the beginning as dogs don’t always know another dog is blind and Argyle knew his way around to all the beds in the house.

Then the smoke came. I had kept them inside but somehow he got pneumonia and when taking him to the hospital it showed the pneumonia in one of his lobes. Antibiotics in hand, he came home and I never left his side again. He had problems breathing again and fainted in my arms and when we got him to the hospital he immediately needed CPR which didn’t work. The vet explained ARDS (acute respiratory distress syndrome) had made his lungs fail and the smoke could have contributed to the whole scenario.

Argyle was gone. Suddenly. My soulmate and the best boy in the world had passed over the rainbow bridge. I had held him most of the day so in some way I helped him through this tough time but I would take all his pain to have kept him in this world.

I didn’t have him in my life for long enough but he made the biggest impact to me and everyone he met. He was loved by all and will be missed immensely.

Argyle, until I meet you on that rainbow bridge, I will never forget my soulmate.

Alan

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Mrs. Weasley (aka Ms. Donut)

Mrs. Weasley (aka Ms. Donut)

The original story provided by Mrs. Wesley’s mom, Dani, can be found here with more photos. Click here to view.

Hi Muttville!

Mrs. Weasley (aka Ms. Donut) and I would like to check in and let you know how we’re doing. Her good friends call her Molly.

Mrs. Weasley and I were truly soulmates from Day One. She was all smiles as she walked into her new studio apartment in San Francisco, and made herself right at home in my bed. But as much as she loved my bed, she refused to step foot in her own! So I bought her another…and another…no luck! Seriously…look at this madness.

Well, she insisted upon sleeping on the floor. No matter, to each their own. The important thing is that she began to earn her keep immediately, coming to work with me every day! As it turns out, Mrs. Weasley is a real whiz at Excel. And a real pupper-person, too; she became fast friends with her co-workers, a rag-tag group of old-timers and hungry young mutts looking to make a name for themselves at the office, and soon they were known as the Dream Team.

But before you think she’s become a workaholic, please know that our office comes with plenty of perks — free massages, company-sponsored continuing education (she learned paw and beg in just one short month!), and unlimited free treats. She also gets plenty of PTO to travel around, and boy does she travel in style! Since she has arthritis, she can only go so far before her “dogs start barkin’”, so she hops into her backpack and off we go to the next adventure! Sometimes she gets so cozy in the backpack it can be hard to coax her out!

Frankly, it didn’t take long before Mrs. Weasley was a whole new mutt. Gone were the days when she wouldn’t sleep in her bed, suddenly her bed was everything, and everything was her bed. If her bed was in the other room, she’d find a replacement — the umbrella you left open to dry, the towel you left on the floor. Hide yo’ backpack, hide yo’ laundry, nothing is safe from the nesting paws of Mrs. W.

Mrs. Weasley and I were both bummed to find out, just months into our new life together, that our job at Smucker’s Pet was relocating to Ohio. We knew we were California girls through and through, so we buckled down and found a new job at Google. Mrs. Weasley is so excited to become a “Doogler” as they’re called, and to be able to continue coming to work with me. It will be bittersweet to leave the city that brought us together, but we’re both excited to relocate to San Jose where Mrs. Weasley can live that grass-under-the-paws, sun-on-the-fur suburban lifestyle.

We will check back in periodically as our adventures continue, but I wanted to give my warmest thanks that you brought this absolute darling into my life. I wish we had found each other sooner, but as they say: It’s better late than never.

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