Success stories

Liz Taylor

Liz Taylor

Thanks to foster mom Leslie for sharing the love story of forever mom Bryna and Liz Taylor, formerly Fifi:

Fifi came to me at the beginning of July 2013. Two weeks earlier, I had just lost my sweet Abigail who was my Muttville foster-failure. My other dog, Petey, and I were ready for a new foster. We went to Muttville to pick a new friend and someone said, “How about Fifi?”.

Fifi turned out to be a 10 lb purebred platinum french poodle who came to Muttville via the Oakland Animal Services. She had been picked up as a stray. Who ditches a sweet beautiful purebred pup? Well, I guess when you lose your hearing, and your vision is no longer so good and you have a little trouble holding your pee, the mean streets of Oakland are where you end up.

In the car on the way home, she bounced around in the car from the back to the front and to the back again. I spent the drive across the Bay Bridge trying to keep her off my lap and trying to recall where I had last seen Petey’s car harness!

She spent her first night or two with us checking out my house and the yard. Her vision wasn’t great. Neither was her hearing. She would bump into furniture, street poles, fences, and wouldn’t always hear me trying to get her attention. Oy!

And I guess checking things out while being supervised by myself wasn’t enough for her. She needed to check out the street…on her own! Imagine my surprise when just two days after bringing her home, I got a call in the middle of the day from the Muttville office telling me that a guy named John had found Fifi in the middle of the street. He called to return the dog.

I only live a ten minute drive from my work so I drove home quickly only to see that my front door had been kicked in and my house broken into. I guess she found the open door and wandered out. Petey was sitting on a chair in the living room and was elated that I was home. It turned out that John was a dog walker and had been driving through my neighborhood to pick up some clients for their afternoon walk. He found Fifi, called the number on her tags, then took her with him on the walk with his clients. When I met up with him later, he told me she wasn’t able to walk the entire 3.5 miles with the other dogs and that he had to carry her!

Thankfully, the rest of the summer was quiet for the three of us. There had not been any applications for Fifi so I asked Muttville if I could take her to get her eyes checked. I thought that maybe if her cataracts could be removed and her vision improved that it would increase her chances of being adopted. The eye vet assessed her and found a bigger problem than the cataracts. It turned out that her lenses were subluxed and could detach which would be very painful for her. Her lenses need to be removed. Muttville was notified but the project was put on hold as money needed to be raised as the surgery would cost close to $3000. Thankfully, two very generous women stepped forward and made contributions on Fifi’s behalf to go towards her surgery. Sherri gave us the green light and the surgery was scheduled for September 23rd.

Being the superstar that she is, Fifi came through the surgery well but was put on a few medications in addition to her incontinence meds. Some of the medications were steroid-based, and these made her incontinence worse despite the pill she was taking for this. Additionally, I felt that some of the meds were causing her to have anxiety. She would bark and bark, and I would come home to pee everywhere. I bought doggy diapers. She peed through those. And the barking! OMG! As the days grew shorter through the fall, all I could think was that I was going to get stuck with another difficult Muttville pup. (Abigail had been my first foster, and turned out to be at biter who was in kidney failure= foster failure). What the heck had I gotten myself into??

Well, around Thanksgiving, I took her to the regular vet who switched her incontinence meds. It took some time, but eventually the new meds helped. Also, her steroid-based eye drops were being tapered off and this probably helped out too. Gradually, her diapers were dryer when I got home from work and the nighttime barking seemed to be less.

Then, just before Christmas, there were three….THREE applications for her! I couldn’t believe it! After six months! Nothing came of the first two applicants, but the third seemed like she might be a good fit for Fifi. I took her to Muttville on Sunday Dec 22nd and we sat outside in the sunshine and waited for the applicant to meet us. Finally, a woman parked, got out of her car, and made a beeline to the happy girl sunning herself in my lap. I don’t even think Bryna looked at me once as she couldn’t take her eyes off Fifi.

And the rest is history! They are so happy together and the perfect match. And the best part is that I have a new friend and her name is Bryna! Fifi, now Liz Taylor, and Bryna have met up with Petey and me on a number of occasions. Its so cute to see the two of them reunite! Liz Taylor even came for a weekend when her new momma went out of town for a couple of days and it was just like old times.

Through all the ups and downs, I loved having Fifi here with Petey and me. It was amazing watching her transformation which has continued with Bryna. It still makes me sad and mad when I think about her previous owners putting her out on the street, but when I look at her now, I know that there is no place in the world that is more loving and perfect for her than being with Bryna.

My motto is that I won’t adopt out a foster to anyone unless I feel that they will love the dog as much if not more than me. I know in my heart that Bryna and Fifi will be happy together forever!!

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Danny Boy

Danny Boy

Danny Boy is one of Muttville’s hospice dogs, and we are grateful to have fospice caretakers Marie and Russell offer up their home and their hearts to dogs like Danny Boy – and they’re helping him fulfill his bark-it list too! Read on to hear all about Danny’s awesome life:

Danny Boy has loved every day of his life with us. His joy is infectious. He tells the world that his life is awesome by singing with his raspy voice, or rolling on the ground, arching his back side to side and touching his back toes to his nose all at the same time. When he is outside, basking in the warmth of the sun, wading his feet in shallow water, or romping through tall grass, he is beyond happy. He is perfect. And he is invincible!

Anyone would expect a senior dog as handsome as Danny to catch the eyes of many adopters. As fosters, we planned to hang out with him for a short time until he found his forever home. As part of a routine senior wellness exam at Muttville, Danny received a blood test. It came back with very strange results (the vet thought that it was due to equipment error). The strange results turned out be due to multiple myeloma – cancer of the plasma cells. That means cancer cells are in his blood and bones. Although we happen to be hospice caretakers for Muttville, it was ironic that this healthy-looking senior dog that we thought was going to be an easy foster turned out to be a dog in need of special TLC and a hospice home. An oncologist told us he didn’t have much time to live, and we could buy some time if we started him on chemotherapy. We decided a quality life was better than a longer life.

Danny has cheated death for the last 13 months – without the use of chemo or cancer drugs. According to his vet Dr. Adam, who cares for Danny with both Western and Eastern treatments, Danny’s ‘shen’ is strong because of his joy and will to live. His cancer care has been simple: a home-cooked wholesome diet, Chinese herbs, and daily adventures. Danny says, “Cancer care? This should be every dog’s care for an awesome life!”

When we first learned of his cancer, we created Danny’s “bark-it list” -  all of Danny’s final wishes he wants to accomplish before he ‘kicks the bucket’. We have happily helped him fulfill his wishes – from visiting the state capitol to attending a fancy fundraiser to being a model! Danny’s bark-it list was read by over 300 people when it was featured on Dogster.com. How did he manage to get interviewed by Dogster? Well, the #1 wish on his bark-it list was to be a Dogster Hero! Of course they were honored to fulfill his wish! (Click here to see Danny’s complete bark-it list.)

Danny included on his list that he wanted to be a philanthropist. He wished that he could help other hospice dogs fulfill one of their wishes too. Danny made a goal to raise $1000 so he could spread a little joy to other dying dogs. (He only needs $43 to meet his goal!) 

Danny still has a few more wishes left to fulfill. Will he complete all the wishes on his bark-it list? Paws crossed, we hope so.

Many people have witnessed the awesome times in Danny’s life through his photos and stories on Facebook. We decided now was the right time to share his Muttville success story. Although Danny has been joyful most of the life we’ve known him, the cancer in his body hasn’t miraculously gone away. And it is time for us to face the reality of our roles as hospice caretakers.

Danny is also facing his mortality. He wants all his friends to know that he is thankful to be a part of the Muttville family. He is grateful for the chance to live life to its fullest, thanks to his family – Marie, Russell, and his canine siblings Gracie, Calvin and Ocean. And he wants to savor the memories when he was happy, funny, and feeling invincible. So Danny asked us to share our happy memories about him, like the times when he made us laugh with his ‘touching my back toes to my nose’ trick, or annoyed us with his terrible singing, or reminded us not to take life so seriously. And we’ll always remember the times when he invited us to roll around in the tall grass with him or enjoy a nice swim. Or just take a moment to smile.

“Short time or long time, as long as it’s a good time.” That’s what his hospice dad Russell likes to say. Danny Boy can attest that he has truly lived up to this motto.

Danny Boy would love your well wishes. Send him a note at dannyboy@smallclubsf.com

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Gracie (1847)

Gracie (1847)

Left in a backpack and covered in urine and feces, poor Gracie was dropped off at the local SF shelter. Muttville staff were shocked and horrified that someone could leave this sweet blind girl in such shocking conditions. But Gracie proved to have an unbreakable spirit. Her personality remained sweet and kind and trusting. Helen saw Gracie’s amazing will to live and be happy, and Helen decided Gracie was her perfect first dog! Read their beautiful love story, as told by mom Helen:

I think I’m the luckiest person in the world – because I found Gracie! Gracie is super sweet and gentle, and has the most adorable wiggle when she walks. She steals everyone’s heart, even the five bunnies who share the house with her. She visits them in their various rooms, and she must wonder what they are because she can’t see them, but she loves their smell! One naughty bunny will tease her when she’s eating!

This is what Gracie says about her new home: “I love lots of things in my new home – the sofa with lots of pillows – going for short walks and rolling in the grass – snuggling with my mom when she’s watching Mad Men – roaming around the house and bumping into bunnies – kisses and belly scratches and being silly. And I love going to work with Momma on Fridays – everyone at the office says I’m super cute!”

Still, Gracie has challenges because she is blind. But I think that makes her so much more special. I can’t imagine having any other dog except this sweet girl – she makes me smile so much every day – from the moment I wake up and find her dozing on the sofa, to the moment I come home from work and she’s wagging her tail patiently waiting for lots of hugs and coos and smooches. She is incredibly tolerant and resilient, and is teaching me all about being a good dog “parent” – she is my first dog and I am so delighted!

I am sad sometimes because I don’t know what happened to Gracie’s first family, and I worry that she misses them, but I try to give her as much love as I can, and make her feel safe and secure, and hope that she knows she will always belong right here with me!

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Slippers

Slippers

Slippers discovered his inner happy mutt after he was adopted by Stacey and her family. What a difference love makes! Read their beautiful story.

We Love Slippy!

We were looking for a new dog, well, actually, a new family member. Our dog Scruff (also adopted mid-career) had passed away at 16 years old, and we were finally ready to commit again. We were looking for a running partner who would also be gentle with our 3-year old daughter, co-exist well with our two cats and come to work with me. Also must love car rides and hanging out at the barn while I take care of my horse. A big order.

We searched all the shelter and animal rescue websites, met dogs, but none of them seemed just right. Then I saw a photo of a very handsome Pointer mix on the Muttville website. He was sitting in a car and was wearing a tweed cap set at a jaunty angle. We had to meet him!

On June 2, 2013, my husband, daughter and I drove up to San Francisco to meet Billy, at the Maddie’s Adoption fair weekend. I was so nervous, I felt like I was on a first date. I think it was the prospect of actually meeting the right dog and knowing that I was going to commit my heart to a dog again. After Scruff, this was a big deal and one that I didn’t take lightly. We saw Billy coming down the sidewalk with a Muttville volunteer. I knew it was him. He was thin and kind of dingy looking, his head hung low and his eyes were sad, kind of vacant. But he was determined to trot along and be a part of the festivities. We took him for a walk and he was extremely gentle with our daughter. We adopted him that day and I promised him he would be safe forever. He had been picked up as a stray and a lot of kind people had helped him along the way to make it to Muttville. I knew Billy was not going to be a running partner, but that wasn’t important all of a sudden. I knew that he belonged with us.

Billy was quickly renamed Slippers by our daughter. She announced it after he came home with us and it kind of fit him. His other nicknames include Slip, Slippy, Pickles, Doggy, Boojie, and our daughter’s favorite, ‘Meat Nose’. He was fairly shut down when we arrived, but gradually he seemed to understand that he was staying and we were his family. He attached to me right away and hasn’t let go yet. He’s rarely more than a couple of feet away from me in the house and if I sit down, he does his best to lay on top of my feet. We have been helping him with his separation anxiety and he’s able to stay at home for a few hours successfully, so he’s doing quite well, thanks to his Kong and relaxing music. Luckily, he can come to work with me and we are together most of the time.

Another amazing thing about Slip is how gentle and tolerant he is with our daughter. She is 4 now and grew up with our other big dog, so has learned the ways of big dogs with wagging tails and how to pet gently. But she’s still a young kid which involves lots of running, shrieking and random chaos. Slip takes it all in stride, in fact, sees it as his job to monitor all of her playing out in the yard, helping out with bedtime routine, stretching out next to her to watch Sesame Street and supervising all meals to help with clean-up. He’s also teaching her how to walk a dog although she has not yet mastered picking up dog poop.

Slip participated in a race in Carmel (got a medal and a dog cookie!), walked on the beach for what seemed the first time ever (his toes were splayed and his legs stiff as if he thought he might fall through the sand) and has a regular gig as Massage Demo Dog for the BodyWork for Shelter Dogs class that I teach at the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter.

Slippy’s progress from thin, shut-down, confused dog to who he is today is remarkable. Dogs can be so incredibly resilient and forgiving. He had a tumor removed and a large pink skin tag taken off that was hanging from his belly (several passersby told me my dog had laid in gum…) We had a couple of bad teeth removed, which seemed to make him a lot more comfortable. He LOVES his massages and falls asleep within the first few minutes. After struggling for months with digestive issues, Slip is now recovered and glows with health. He dropped his dingy wiry coat and grew in a brilliant thick, soft white coat. He’s stronger, has muscle tone and loves to go on his daily walks. He wags his tail, especially around mealtimes and when he sits for food, his face lights up as if it’s the first time he has smiled.

He is almost totally silent. He will make a very quiet whining noise when he sees a dog or person who he wants to go greet, but otherwise seems to have no voice. He has only barked 3 times in almost a year since he’s been with us, and each time was at the UPS driver coming to the back door. His reaction was fierce with a huge big defensive bark. Apparently the FedEx guy is ok, but UPS is a threat.

He’s made me cry, or at least teary. His moments of realization or courage or trying something new, usually something that seems to come so naturally to dogs that live in homes, have really touched me. They are fleeting and might seem insignificant to an outsider, but they are huge to Slip and to us. The first time he grabbed his stuffed alligator and stiffly bounced around the living with it was a big deal. He was self-conscious and looked like he instinctively knew to do this, or maybe thought it was what I wanted, but wasn’t sure exactly how to do it. It was adorable. The first time he barked at the UPS guy was so out of character and so surprising to all of us, even the cats were staring at him with huge eyes. I was teary-eyed while I praised him and reassured him that we were safe. I was so proud of him.

Slip’s past is a mystery and he seems to shut down in busy, populated areas. Luckily we live in the mountains so most of his time is spent in quiet areas. Although he appears to show little emotion or excitement much of the time, he is extremely friendly and interested in meeting others when we are out and about. He is friends with every dog on our street, even has diffused the “drama queens” who want to make a big deal out of meeting each other. Dogs relax in his presence. He also loves meeting new people, especially if he sees a group of people gathered – he must go over to the group and stand among them. He’s very polite, as always, but he acts like it’s really important that he go over to say hi. Once they greet him, he’s happy to move on. Our two indoor cats own him. They steal his beds, make him wait in line at the water bowl and rub their bodies all over him, while he stands there waiting for them to finish. He’s such a sweet dog.

LIKES


Napping, especially with a body part touching mom
Snoring
Walks off leash
Friends Daisy, Keenu, Albus and Ruger
Wiping his mouth on the couch after eating
His Kong full of something yummy
Wearing his fleece jackets after his bath

SPECIAL SKILLS

Getting the last bit out of a stuff Kong
Eeyore imitations
Mopping the floor
Being adorable

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Ishkabibble

Ishkabibble

Ishkabibble was an adorable ball of love when he arrived at Muttville. But since being adopted, it turns out there was a svelte hunk waiting to be revealed! Read this adorable update about sweet Ishi written by mom Aja:

When I first adopted Ishkabibble (who now goes by Ishi, pronounced Eeshee), he was a very chunky (yet very adorable) chihuhahua at about 8 lbs. His nickname at my work was “Potato.” It was hard walking him the first couple weeks because he walked so slow, and tired out after nearly a half block. He also had difficulty breathing, and would snort with every breath. He was so lethargic in those early weeks, and only showed any sort of excitement or happiness when it was meal time. While walking Ishi one day, a woman asked about him and I told her that I just adopted Ishi a few weeks ago. She leaned down and told my dog that he was lucky to still be loved even though he was a 10 year old, overweight chihuahua. I was obviously outraged and confused by the comment. If only she could see Ishi now!

I gradually started restricting his diet, because I knew that this and exercise were key to getting my new little buddy healthy! After a month or so of his new diet, daily (slow) walks, and steady weight loss, something seemed to click in his mind. He can walk fast- even run- effortlessly! Ever since then, he’s been speed walking like a youngster, and even I have trouble keeping up with him. It’s like Ishi has suddenly transformed into a puppy (he’s been mistaken for a puppy a few times)! He has so much energy and LOVES his walks. He seems to have so much excitement for more than just food- but for life! His favorite thing to do is run around at the beach. Fast forward 3 months, and Ishi is just under 6 lbs. His original nickname “Potato” no longer fits because now he is a slim jim! A potato wedge! Losing 2-3 lbs doesn’t seem like a lot for humans, but that’s HUGE for such a little dog. I feel that Ishi was only able to show his true personality once he shed the pounds. There’s nothing weighing him down now (pun intended)! He’s such a ridiculous and goofy little guy, and has always been a sweetheart. But now I see more of that spunk on a daily basis, and I love it.

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Ella Enchanted

Ella Enchanted

Ella Enchanted captured the hearts of her family, thanks to a stunning photo they saw on Facebook. They traveled thousands of miles to meet and eventually take home this little 3 lb girl. Here is their story:

It started with a picture on Facebook. Ella Enchanted, a senior Chihuahua in need of a forever home. With huge ears, a hanging tongue, and eyes so bright and full of life, we couldn’t get her picture out of our heads. The only problem was this little angel was 3,000 miles away in California. Thanks to Ella’s awesome foster parents and the caring, dedicated people at Muttville (and trains, planes and automobiles!) Ella arrived at our home in early November. She left the sunny California weather and found herself right smack at the beginning of one of the coldest New Jersey winters on record. She has been a little trooper, braving the polar vortex and thundersnow! Ella has seen and felt snow on her little paws for the first time. Let’s just say, she is NOT a fan.

Ella not only has a new mommy and daddy, she also has an older Chihuahua brother named Chachi. The two have already become friends and sleep together every night. Ella is the boss and Chachi is okay with that, since he likes to be lazy in his old age.

Ella is a ball of energy and makes us laugh and smile every day. For a 4 pound dog she has a huge personality. It feels as though Ella has been with us for years. She is our little princess. We are so thankful to Muttville and her foster parents for bringing Ella into our lives. Our little family is now complete.

AnnMarie & Michael

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Webster

Webster

In his old life, Webster suffered from being morbidly overweight. Well over 30 lbs his ideal weight, Webster could barely stand. The only thing he carried easily was his smile. Today, Webster is a much more comfortable weight, has a large yard to exercise in, and he is only heavy with joy in his heart! Read his happy story, as told by his family, Roger and Marion:

WORLD WIDE WEBSTER!

At Christmas 2011, our Yellow Lab, Harley, passed away, and we replaced him with a young pup, Smoke. Three months later, our 6 year old GSD x Boxer, Sox, developed bone cancer, and by April, we had a young German Shepherd, and a home full of puppies. Unfortunately, Smoke has a recessive gene, and went blind at about 9 months old. He made the adjustment amazingly well, and continued to enjoy life with his pal, Monty.

In April 2013, we moved to Oakdale to develop a carriage driving center, and the dogs were given a large, fenced, back yard, where Monty spent much of his day. Smoke sometimes got a little frightened, in the house, when Monty was outside and we were working with the equines, so we decided to find him an older pal who would not be as boisterous as the GSD.

Enter Muttville, and Webster. When we met, he was about 90 lb. and very slow moving, with rolls of fat. However, he had a wonderful disposition, just the kind of presence Smoke needed to give him security. We brought him home from San Francisco, and he soon became one of the pack. We walk the dogs round part of our property every night after the equines have been fed, and Webster soon got the idea of waddling along behind. He also found that his diet was being strictly controlled, and has lost considerable weight since February. He now keeps up with the other dogs, on our walks, and presents a cheerful ‘laughing’ face. He still sleeps on his back, but finds it much easier to roll over and get up.

Webster has been a wonderful addition to the ‘family’ and we are delighted we found him, and Muttville.

Roger & Marion

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Bella (a.k.a. Onyx)

Bella (a.k.a. Onyx)

Onyx was found as a stray in Martinez, CA. We could tell she had multiple litters of pups and was then dumped on the streets. Onyx and Muttville were blessed when Debbie found her, and she saw what we saw – a diamond in the rough just waiting to blossom. With lots of love, Debbie uncovered her beauty. Here is their story, as told by mom Debbie:

Thank you for giving me Bella (formerly Onyx). She is truly a blessing and she is what her name means, beautiful inside and out. She is a pit bull mix and a delight. I tell her, ‘the first 7 years were hard but the next 7 will be wonderful.’ She is so sweet and smart. She can open the door and let herself in and out. She greets everyone so sweet, takes food like a lady from your hand. She potties only where she is supposed to and never gets into anything.

She rarely leaves my side. She is pure joy.

This past month with her has been so sweet. She had three teeth removed and never blinked. She brings more love to me than I can ever express.

She greets all people and other dogs with a happy tail wagging. She is funny. She goes outside to potty and runs like the wind back to me spins around then sits very still. She walks over to her bed and literally throws herself into and onto it.

We walk twice a day and she waits patiently for the lead to be put on and then when we come home she waits for the lead to be taken off. She goes outside and never tries to run away. We walk to the mail box and back and she is happy and content to do so without being told. She loves to ride in the car and tries to talk me into it every time we walk down the driveway.

I saw her picture shortly after my Molly died, but I was not ready as my heart was still sad. Four months later, I looked (on the Muttville website), and there she was and I knew it was meant to be. She is my love.

Thanks again.

Debbie

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Roli & Polly

Roli & Polly

One of our earliest success stories! This brings back memories! Thanks to mom Lindy for sharing with us the story of Roli and Polly:

ROLI and POLLY! What can I say about them? Sooooo much! Roli and Polly were two of the first Muttville dogs. In 2008 when I picked them up from transport and saw them just sitting there I fell in love and the love affair has only continued. Roli with his little tongue sticking out (lack of teeth), no hair on his ears and tail, just looking pathetic and Polly looking at me like I’m here hurry up let’s go home. And HOME it was! Even though they were my foster babies, my intention was to give them all the love and adoration they deserved until a new forever home was found. Two nice guys fell in love with Polly and were willing to take Roli because they were a package deal. We emailed back and forth and it sounded like a wonderful home. What more can you hope for right? Wrong! About 10:00 pm the night before they were to go to their new home I called Sherri bawling and having a complete meltdown, telling her that I couldn’t give them up. Poor Sherri. In her usual calm Sherri way she said “OK Lindy. If that’s what you want I will call the adopter and let them know.” Well, the adopter was not too happy with Muttville or me (I understand that). They were excited and looking forward to getting these little guys even though I told Sherri there were 5 million other dogs that needed a home. Well I guess that wasn’t the point.

It is because of this “foster failure” that Sherri now tries, and I’m sure does not succeed all of the time, to have the understanding with the fosterers that when a new furever home is found they let them go. That’s the only way she can keep saving them right? In all fairness to me, I did foster others and let them go to new homes crying and fighting it all the way!

I have no regrets. I am the epitome of a “foster failure” with 8 babies and I wouldn’t have it any other way! Roli is now about 14 or 15, slowing down and almost completely white, but he is still my baby. His feet never touch the floor and that’s how he likes it! Thank you Sherri from one of your staunchest supporters!

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Lily (aka Junebug)

Lily (aka Junebug)

With heavy hearts, we share this news from mom Meaux about the passing of her beloved Lily (aka Junebug). Please join us in sending our condolences and wishing Lily safe travels across the rainbow bridge.

“I’m writing with great sadness to let you know that our little Muttville alumni, Lily (formerly Junebug) passed away today. She was a truly marvelous little dog and Patrick and I are so grateful for the four years we had with her. She was an unstoppable force of nature who taught us so much. Everything we need to know we learned from our little senior Shih Tzu.

· It’s never too late for a second (or third, or fourth) act.

· Don’t dwell on the past, it will get you nowhere.

· Love with your whole heart.

· Sleep close to those you love.

· Greet every day with enthusiasm.

· Stop and sniff the roses.

· Never refuse a cookie.

We chose the name Lily because we thought that the little withdrawn dog that we brought home would blossom over time. It took a while for Lily to realize that she was in her forever home but once she came out of her shell, she had the biggest personality you can imagine. She ruled the house with a quiet but absolute authority. She had clearly once been a well-loved pet and though no one knows what caused the change in her circumstances, she never let the rough times hold her back. She was such a happy girl.

Lily was the sweetest little dog who left huge paw prints on our hearts. Thank you, Sherri, for rescuing our little girl so that we could share her golden years with her. We loved every minute of it.

xoxo

Meaux and Patrick

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