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Success stories

Rocky Raccoon

Rocky Raccoon

We have both a happy and sad tale to share. Thank you to mutt mom Pam for sharing the story of Rocky Racoon, who recently crossed over the Rainbow Bridge earlier this month. Our hearts go out to Pam and her family. Thank you Pam for giving Rocky a wonderful life!

Rocky was one of the first dogs to be adopted in the Senior For Seniors program. He was adopted as a companion for my father who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. My father passed away in early May 2013 and Rocky passed away one month later from congestive heart failure. Rocky was adored by many of the staff and the residents of Spring Lake Village in Santa Rosa. He was a true gift to our family and all the people who knew him.

With love,

Pam Rosell


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Sally

Sally

Thanks to mom Suzanne for giving Sally, one of the most athletic senior dogs in Muttville’s history, the loving life she longed for. Enjoy this story as told by her forever family:

Before we can describe our excitement with bringing Sally home, we have to thank our 2 year-old terrier mix Roxie, for making it possible. Because of Roxie’s love of life and all adventures, we could expand our family!!

We first saw Sally and thought she was so cute, dynamic, and healthy beyond her 10 years. We found out she had been at Muttville for longer than usual, had been in and out of other shelters, and had been through two cancer surgeries…that was it. A survivor like her needed a forever home with a peaceful retirement! We also learned that between shelters and the humane society Sally was-TWICE-minutes away from being euthanized and someone stepped up to save her. We are especially humbled by those dogs who will not give up and the many volunteers who won’t give up on them

Well, our home is now filled with laughter, a few feisty exchanges over territory, and more joy than we could have imagined. Sally and Roxie love going on long walks together, napping in the sun, and chowing down their peanut butter treats (on opposite sides of the kitchen). But the really terrific thing is that their unique personality traits shine and grow together. It is a powerful thing to watch these vulnerable animals grow from tussles, to toleration, to a relationship. We are inspired by each dog’s willingness to trust again and forgive.

most importantly, Sally, Roxie, and Muttville sustain the larger vision of a society that does not give up on others.

Sincerely,

Suzanne, Victor, Sally & Roxie


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Vladamir

Vladamir

Vladamir’s story is a shining example of what a new lease on life can do for an abandoned senior dog. Thank you to mom Leigh for giving Vladimir a chance to know love and happiness.

Life Of Vladamir

“Vladamir is one of those really fortunate dogs to have come right up to death’s door and return with an olympic tenacity for life. He was unable to move and seemed to have given up as he lay there in the LA Devore Shelter all alone. PetConnect.US saw this beautiful boy so depressed and sick, and made great efforts to get him out so he could live his remaining days in peace and comfort. Who was waiting to help this boy on the other side? Muttville! And, his saint of a mother to be, Leigh Leamons.

Vladamir had severe spinal degenerative disc disease. Did this prevent him from crossing the room for some love, or down the stairs for a spin around the block? Oh no! Leigh faithfully took this boy to acupuncture each

week to tend to his needs and make sure he was as comfortable as he could be. Dr. Kris Kruse of Animal Scan treated him with acupuncture and herbs. It really made a difference. His walking and mobility improved. He knew it and felt it. He knew his appointment days. He would head for the front door in anticipation because he knew that he was going to feel better and he would see Diana Martin who would so lovingly hold him and entertain him during his treatments. However, the cold winter seemed to take its toll. The good periods that Vladamir enjoyed seemed to get shorter. Dr. Kruse consulted with Dr. Carrie Jurney of AIMSS who had seen Vladamir initially. It was decided to repair the worst disc in hope to restore his quality of life that he enjoyed a few months earlier. He did well with the surgery but contracted pneumonia a few days later. He bounced back from that surprisingly quickly. When Vladamir left AIMSS to come home he left with lots of hugs and kisses from staff and Dr. Jurney. Unfortunately, his time was limited. So many people went to great lengths to do what was needed for him. You just couldn’t avoid loving him, his great spirit and beautiful sweet face. Vladamir lived the best possible last year of his life any dog could hope for with Gladys, (another wonderful senior from Muttville) and their incredibly devoted mother Leigh.

May you, Leigh, receive all the love and care you gave to Vlad in return during this time of seeing him over the rainbow bridge.


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Cramer

Cramer

Ah, the joys of having a senior dog companion! We love stories like Cramer’s, and we think you will enjoy this heart warmer too. Thank you Sally for sharing your love story.

“I adopted Cramer just before Christmas, so we have now been together half a year. And when I say “together” I mean together, because he would follow me everywhere if he could, like he is tied to my ankle. His personality is the perfect combination of noble and sweet. He loves to eat, to be outside, to go on alert when he sees a squirrel in GG park (daily!). He is a very silent dog except for the occasional yip of pleasure, or mournful howl when I leave (I’m told it doesn’t last) I have only heard him bark once in six months. He is wonderful with other dogs, especially my daughter’s dog, a young (6!) terrier who lives in the same building. Yet Uncle Cramer takes no guff from snarky dogs. A particularly agressive standard poodle who tries to rule our block made the mistake of getting in Cramer’s grill the other day, and the old man would have none of it. I cheered and laughed all the way home.

Cramer eats special food and is on meds for weakened kidneys, but is otherwise perfect. Thank you Muttville for saving this dog!


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Nabu

Nabu

Nabu (formerly Paddy) went from a high kill shelter to Muttville into the arms of his forever mom. He even gets to accompany her to the hospital! Read Tara and Nabu’s touching story:

How A Little Angel Flew Right Into My Heart

By mid-February I could no longer wait. I had been wishing for a long time to connect with a small four legged buddy, and my soul knew that now was the time to start reaching out. I met with Sherri Franklin at Mutville, filled in all the paperwork, and then left empty handed knowing that I needed to be patient.

After completing the preparations for and the final presentation of the number 1 on my Bucket List by the end of March, I waited another few weeks until one day I finally logged on the the site again looking for the perfect match.

I was stirred to see a little lady dog named Posey and let Sherri know my intentions of coming to meet her. We arranged to meet Sunday morning April 14th.

The Mutville van was about to leave for an adoption event as I stepped out of my car right next to it, and Sherri plunged into the van to retrieve the little guy that would steal my heart. She handed Paddy to me who had just been flown in that day from Southern California with a Pilot N Paws private plane. After also visiting with the lady dog I had seen on the website and observing both of the dogs, I knew it was Paddy that was the Perfect Pet for me.

On our way home in the car, I told him that he would get to meet my cat Diva. I had made sure to tell Diva that morning before I left, that today might be the day I would bring home a new friend for her.

They met at the front door and I believe Paddy thought to himself: “Oh hi, you must be the cat” as Diva thought: “Oh hi, you must be the dog”. All went as naturally and smoothly, like old friends meeting again.

In spite of my heart soaring for this little new friend, I admit I feared he would pee just about anywhere in my house as he had done in the offices at Alabama Street.

Sherri gave me a lap band and some incontinence pads and all went just perfectly well.

The next day, as I was looking deep into his little black pearl eyes, I met his soul and I realized his name was to be Nabu. While pregnant, more than thirty years ago, I was gifted a Flanders Bouvier pup that I named Nabu. This adorable little fellow passed to the other side way too soon even before reaching his first birthday.

Now here I was, I believe, in the presence of Nabu’s reincarnation, who had come to help me with the last phase of my life.

Already in the first week that Nabu was with me, he accompanied me to the hospital where I get treatments twice a week for approximately 7 to 9 hours each time. He passed these days with flying colors in terms of presence and attitude. All my nurses and nurse assistants fell in love with little Nabu. He is quiet and very respectful. I am so, so very blessed and grateful for his presence in my life!

Later, I became curious about his life, and I found out that he had spend three weeks in a high kill facility in Orange County. Thanks to Michelle Aylward for freeing little ten year old Paddy from his cold and damp cell. Thanks to a lady named “Wendy” for giving him a home for a couple of days and finally thanks to pilots Bill, Bruce and John from Pilots N Paws, and of course, thanks to Sherri Franklin and Mutville who ok’d the whole operation saving Paddy from a very grim destiny and flying him right into my heart. He needed some serious dental intervention and now that that has been done he is a very a happy little guy with amazing sensitivity.

I vow to take care of my little buddy for as long as we are together.

We are in a developing and growing relationship with amazing breakthrough’s on a regular basis.

Even just a few days ago, we discovered that Nabu enjoys being in a sling around my body so we both feel the non-stop flow of energy between us.

Also I now have transformed a simple halter leach in a heart guided leach… Immediately I felt the flow and exchange of heart energy. Guide your dogs by their hearts…They are so-oh sensitive!

In return, Love to all of you.


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Buddy aka Wonton

Buddy aka Wonton

Mutt mom Barbara shares her story about Buddy! Here is a great Seniors For Seniors story! Thank you Barbara!

Buddy, a Muttville alum, is our sweet little Shih-Tzu mix who loves to give kisses, lie in the sun, sit on your lap, and hang out with Cookie, our Maltese. We adopted Buddy (aka Wonton) from Muttville in February of this year. Our 16-year old Shih Tzu had recently passed away and we thought that if we were going to get another dog, we should do it soon before Cookie got used to being an only dog. So we took Cookie with us to a Muttville adoption event, where we met Wonton, who was being fostered by Don and Susana. Cookie and Wonton got along fine, so we decided to adopt Wonton and we renamed our new family member “Buddy” since he would be Cookie’s new buddy.

We learned that Buddy had been picked up as a stray in Orange County and treated by a vet there before Muttville took him in. He was around 9 years and a very sweet boy even though he had numerous health issues, the most critical one being a ruptured cornea in his right eye that was causing him pain. Muttville and Don and Susana’s vet in Marin County had already determined that removing the eye was the best option, and he was scheduled for surgery the following Saturday. He also had skin problems and ear infections, no doubt due to his time on the street, and was on numerous medications, including one for pain.

We filled out paperwork and took Buddy home with us from Muttville that day. Don and Susana were wonderful; they even drove down to our house in Redwood City the next day to drop off the rest of Buddy’s meds, and we arranged to meet the following Saturday so that they could take Buddy to their vet for his surgery. Buddy adapted quickly to our household and found the important places – food and water, door to backyard, beds, etc., and Cookie immediately taught him when to expect treats and how to beg for them. Buddy can be quite verbal, and right away he let us know when he wanted out or needed some lap time. We take short walks twice a day and Buddy quickly got to know the neighborhood kids, who immediately took to him.

The following Saturday, Buddy had his right eye removed, and on Sunday, Don and Susana brought him back. The surgery went well and he was a trouper about taking the pills and dealing with the pain – though was not too fond of his protective cone collar. Cookie wasn’t too crazy about the collar either, as Buddy would run into him with it. The neighborhood kids were interested in Buddy’s eye surgery (one girl asked if his eye would grow back), and we heard that he was the topic of some good family discussions about disabilities. Buddy has no problem having only one eye – maybe his other senses have improved – but he doesn’t miss a thing!

We have had some minor setbacks. The skin and ear problems persisted and we were constantly trying to keep him from scratching, licking, or rubbing. Then he got a small sliver in his foot, which became infected, and we were back on multiple antibiotics, foot baths, and the dreaded cone collar. Apparently, Buddy is susceptible to infections that resist common antibiotics, probably because of his past health issues. But again, he kept his sweet, sometimes silly, personality. The infection cleared up and the licking and scratching has greatly decreased (it seems to be mostly habit now) and we finally are able to stop telling him “No” all the time.

We are really grateful to have Buddy as a member of our family and we appreciate all that Muttville and Don and Susana did to save this little dog. He is such a sweet boy and deserves a good life. I totally recommend adopting a senior dog; these dogs have so much to offer and fit in so readily, and you don’t have to go through long and painful puppy training! Muttville also makes it very easy for seniors to adopt senior dogs.


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Hemingway

Hemingway

Mutt mom Bunny shares the wonderful story of her senior boy Hemingway:

When we share our Muttville story with people they often remark “That is so great of you to rescue a senior dog and give him a chance!” But from our point of view as pet owners, adopting Hemingway has been one of the most rewarding and loving experiences of our lives.

It was hard to “choose” from so many adorable mutts online so we went to Muttville HQ to meet some of them in person. Sherri and her staff were amazing—they listened to our wants and needs in a pet and were honest about what dogs they thought would be a good fit for our household. We didn’t find our mutt that day, but kept checking the website for new dogs.

We saw Hemingway (formerly Pappi) on the website and immediately knew he was the one for us. He had been surrendered to Muttville after his senior mom went into a nursing home. His teeth were badly rotten and he was obese from lots of treats and little exercise. When he came to us in November he was a roly-poly chunkster who couldn’t walk across our living room without stopping to catch his breath.

Now a little more than six months later, he has had a full dental where they removed 13 rotten teeth and he happily runs around our neighborhood with us for several blocks with lots of energy. When he came to us he weighed over 10 lbs, and with a healthy diet and several walks a day he’s down to 5 lbs 12 oz.

Hemingway is one of the best things to happen to us as a couple—he fills our home with so much joy and has opened our eyes to the world of rescue dogs. A few months after we got Hemi I started volunteering for Muttville as a way of saying “Thank you!” for placing such a wonderful companion into our home. Every day during the week my husband takes Hemi to work where he lights up the office with his spunky attitude, and every weekend I volunteer for Muttville and get to spend time with some of the best dogs I’ve ever met.


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Cinnamon Girl

Cinnamon Girl

This is what Muttville is all about! Enjoy Cinnamon Girl ‎’s story as told by mom Debra:

At 16+ years old, even the rescue pros figured this dog would not be adopted. Her stars must have been aligned. Cinnamon Girl was picked up by Muttville from the Peninsula Humane Society/SPCA where she was dumped when her owner passed and the family didn’t want her. She could simply live out her days there at Muttville headquarters. A fabulous life given the alternatives. But that’s not where the story ends. Her destiny was about to change after a few short weeks at Muttville.

At the same time, a family down the Peninsula was grieving the loss of their 16 year old border collie, Scout. It was heartbreaking to watch Scout’s despondent sister Skecher, who had never been without him, constantly moping around and trying to find him to no avail. We thought that finding her a new companion might be a good idea but it would have to be another senior dog since Skecher was a 16 year old blind and deaf border collie.

We found out about Muttville and decided to attend one of last year’s June adoption events in San Francisco. We had seen Cinnamon Girl online and wanted to meet her. She seemed like the perfect match – a herding dog mix, same age, mostly blind and deaf, similar disposition. So that day she came home with us to start life at her new forever home. It took a few months for her to settle in. By nature she is a very independent dog and didn’t really enjoy being cuddled much. Dogs of her breed need to have a job to do and it wasn’t long until we would all figure out what that meant for us.

Not long after Cinnamon got here, Skecher became very ill and we started Cancer treatments for her. During that time Cinnamon was very sweet with Skecher and patient with the constant changes going on to help make Skecher comfortable in her final days. We lost Skecher last November and Cinnamon then became our only dog. She took charge right away to make sure we knew she was up to the challenge of taking care of us. We have grown to adore her quirky and feisty personality and she has learned how much she really does love all the attention and cuddling and even comes looking for more. She just had her 17th birthday and is still going strong!

We can’t imagine life without Cinnamon in our family. She helped us through an extremely difficult time by becoming an extraordinary companion and family member. At the same time we’ve always felt her grateful devotion for being given a second chance. Her incomparable loyalty makes her a true rock star. And, as it turned out, the irony of her rock star name predicted her destiny to find her forever home.

♫…I wanna live with a Cinnamon Girl… I could be happy the rest of my life…with a Cinnamon Girl…♫

(Neil Young)


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Humphrey

Humphrey

We love it when the dogs write their own Success Stories! Here is what Humphrey wrote about his wonderful new life with his mutt family:

My name is Humphrey. That is the name Sherri gave me when she rescued me from an animal control shelter. I am 10, or 11 or 12 years old…we just are not sure because I was a stray dog.

I am totally motivated by food, since I haven’t always been fed on a regular basis. My wonderful Muttville foster mother, Lisa, gave me love and support when I was so frightened. My forever family, Betty and Herb, and I have created a terrific, loving life. I love to cuddle. We watch TV together, I am on the couch next to whomever is sitting there. We spend long afternoons in the garden and I sit on whichever lap has the right amount of sunshine. I was partly bald when I first came home, but my new vet figured out I had a thyroid problem. With the right medication my hair is now full and thick. It is a mix of black and brown, as I am an 11 pound mix of Schipperke, Boston Bull, Chihuahua and who knows what else? I still flinch whenever someone picks up a flyswatter or a broom, but I know my forever folks would never hit me.

I want to thank Sherri and Muttville for giving me a chance for a wonderful old age.


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Moppit

Moppit

Beth’s love story is what Muttville wishes for all adopted dogs. Moppit found a new, loving beginning after once being a homeless unwanted senior mutt, and Beth shares with us how she was blessed with a new beginning too:

I dreamed of having a little white fluffy dog named Moppit. I would scour the internet looking for the dog who fit the name. I did this in spite of the fact that my apartment lease said, “NO DOGS.” In my mind, it was kind of just a fantasy.

Then one day I went to a friend’s house, and low and behold, there was the perfect Moppit. My friend was fostering her for Muttville, and she had just picked her up from the shelter. Someone had dumped her off in the night box: she was underweight, dirty, had rotting teeth, and she hopped around on three legs like a tri-pod. But underneath, I could see that she was just the perfect dog because she was uncommonly sweet and well-adjusted.

I knew that I just had to have her. But alas, my landlord said, “absolutely not.” I was crushed. Then my friend suggested I look into calling Moppit a service dog. I did some research, and though I did not qualify for a service dog, I suffer from depression, and I did qualify for an “emotional support animal.” I felt goofy saying it, but after getting a prescription from my doctor for such, my landlord was legally obligated to roll out the red carpet for Moppit.

Since then, Moppit and I have had a happy ever after story. She’s super sweet, low-maintenance, and is loved by all my friends. She doesn’t bark EVER so she’s not the best watchdog. She loves sitting on my lap as much as she does going on hikes. Her leg has completely healed, and she doesn’t limp anymore. In spite of her tiny size, she can hold her own with all the big dogs in her daily dog-walking pack. Best of all, she truly has helped me with my depression.

I don’t know how anyone could have abandoned Moppit as she is an amazing dog. I like to believe that her owner must have died or gone to a nursing home because I can’t imagine her not being loved. I’m sad that I missed the first eight years of her life – but hopefully there will be eight more for us to enjoy.

Thank you Muttville!


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