Success stories

Shorty (aka Thumbelina)

Shorty (aka Thumbelina)

“There is no way I can express the love I feel for her,” says mom Edna, “but I did my best.” We think you did a beautiful job! Read Edna and Shorty’s love story:

My name is Thumbelina but my mom calls me Shorty because I’m so tiny.

3 years ago mom saw me on the Muttville website and went to the adoption day event to meet me. She instantly fell in love with me – yes, there is such a thing as love at first sight. When my mom brought me home I knew I was home furever.

I have a bed with fluffy blankets, healthy food and LOTS of love. Daddy is my favorite … sometimes he gives me nibbles of a McDonald’s cheeseburger. I like to steal daddy’s socks out of his shoes and mom laughs cause the socks are bigger than me. I spend my free time in the garden helping my mom or going to work with daddy. Mom plays practical jokes on me by dressing me in funny clothes or photographing me in silly situations – but I secretly enjoy it.

I am a blessed girl and I love my life – but the one thing that get on my nerves is when my St. Bernard brother takes my food … I get so mad and bark in his ear (he’s really scared of me LOL)

Mom is so grateful for Muttville having brought us together. We love Muttville and we think they are PAWSOME!!!

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Do E

Do E

Formerly Kix, Do E reports he’s been living the good life! Enjoy his success story:

My new name is Do E. it’s really Alardo which means “courageous prince” in old Greek, but Do E is my nick-name everybody calls me now.

My new mom and dad are really spoiling me, healthy food and fruit and vegi treats.

My mom insists that I have something on every time we leave the house for a road trip, walk, gold panning or to visit my cousin Cleo or to visit either of my grandma’s. I don’t really mind the outfits as I’ve discovered I’m quite a fashionista and I get more attention when I’m handsomely dressed up.

I’ve lost a little weight 1lb, which my vet said was ok, because I go out 5 times a day and one of those is a nice long walk.

Thank you Muttville and Meryl, my foster mom, for taking me in and keeping me safe until the perfect mom & dad could be found for me. I had my best Christmas ever, I’m such a lucky guy.

Our car even has a sticker on it that says “I love my PomChi”. I now know what I am too – half Pomeranian & half Chihuahua, perfect combination. Who cares about pure breeds anyway. Long live mutts!!!

So, thank you, again, to everyone who saved my life and loves me still.

Steve, Karen & Do E

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Tilly (aka 891)

Tilly (aka 891)

Thanks to mom Cathy, success story Tilly is enjoying the good life with her family that includes dogs, cats, chickens, geese, and even a pigeon! Enjoy her story!

This is Tilly’s third year hiking the Lakes Basin trails in the Sierra Buttes. Three years ago we met her at a Muttville adoption event and she’s been a treasured member of our family since. Skipper and Chica are her brother and sister, and she has bunches of cats, chickens, geese and a pigeon to play with. Some of the cats even pretend to let her chase them even though they are all bigger than she. When I first walked her I took her without the other dogs to see how far she could go. After all, she was a senior dog. When all 8 pounds of her pulled me down the driveway and all of our usual mile, I knew the other dogs would have to keep up with her!

In the mountains, Tilly can hike any trail. She can scramble over boulders, ford streams, cross logs and swim, if necessary (a chiwiener is not really a water dog.) Her best venue is the snow. Imagine a foot or two of snow, then a tire track about six inches deep. This is Tilly’s trail. You can hardly see her as she trots along but it’s plain she’s quite pleased with herself for figuring it out.

We make frequent trips to the Buttes and she’s always eager to go- love those rest stop smells! People up there say that even the most senior dogs feel a new sense of life when they get to the mountains but we know the best thing for many senior mutts is to be rescued by Muttville. Tilly is proof that even the small and quiet seniors have hidden depths that spring to life when given a second chance.

Thank you, Muttville!



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Brian

Brian

Formerly Romeo, Brian wrote to Muttville to send us his very own Success Story! Read this adorable tale, in Brian’s own words. Thanks to dad Matthew for letting Brian borrow his computer.

It’s been four months since my new dads adopted me from Muttville. At first it was confusing, they kept calling me “Brian” (after the dog in Family Guy) just when I had been getting used to being called “Romeo” but now, I couldn’t be happier.

I have a sister named Taylor who is the same size and age as I am (coincidence, I wonder?) and we get along great. While our dads are at work, we play, nap, and keep each other company. Our dads take us on walks together, play

with us, and take good care of us. For Christmas Taylor and I each got our own stocking full of treats. When it’s cold they put coats on us… Taylor doesn’t seem to mind it but I’m still getting used to it. My sister and I each have our own “houses” that our dads can wear on their backs when we go to the park or out in the city.

I’m so grateful to Muttville for helping me meet my new family, even though my sister can be a bit of a pain sometimes. Thanks to everyone who helped me find my dads and sister!

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BetteDavisEyes

BetteDavisEyes

Mutt mom Carolyn tells us about her Muttville lady in this humorous tale of a day in the life of Miss BetteDavisEyes:

She’s got ‘BetteDavisEyes’!

This sweet creature came to live with me as a foster dog in July. By September, those endearing trusting ‘BetteDavisEyes’ had captured me, and Muttville’s Betty Cocker had a new home along with her new name. This deaf old lady, mostly cocker spaniel, naps and stretches, then checks in at my office door to see if I’m still where I was before her nap. I give her prolonged eye contact, in wordless confirmation, and she goes back to catch a few more Zs.

In mid-afternoon, she’s restless and shakes her tags, reminding me it is time to go out for our daily smell-athon on her leash. When she slows down on the uphill stretches of the neighborhood, and gives me a certain look, I pick her up and carry her, giving her old heart a rest and giving me a bonus cardio workout.

Most of the day, when she’s not scarfing up chicken, she lounges or curls up on one of her beds, opening her eyes to say hi to anyone who enters the room. Unless she’s desperate, she waits for me to go with her out to the yard. When she’s ready to go back in, she waits for me again, then sprints up the stairs ahead of me, happy to be alive. Even with the promise of food in her dish, she respectfully acknowledges the resident feline.

When I return after being gone for a couple of hours, she dances around like a pup. We’ve both found a new best friend.

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Alvin and Booboo

Alvin and Booboo

Our first success story of the new year comes from mom Erin who adopted TWO mutts! Enjoy!

I came into Muttville in August of 2013 with the intention of “maybe fostering” a dog. I guess if I had been honest with myself I would have known before I walked in that day that I would be going home with two dogs, Alvin & Booboo. For the two weeks prior to my coming to Muttville I’d been obsessively visiting the website, looking at all the beautiful babies, reading all the stories and learning about the story of Muttville. I shed a few tears in those weeks, looking at the stories and thinking about my chocolate lab Hunter who had just passed away a few weeks earlier, after a long and wonderful life.

I don’t know exactly what it was about Alvin & BooBoo that caught my attention on the website, perhaps it was that they had been through the shelter experience together and that they were bonded, Muttville wanted them to go to their forever home together and I knew it was less likely that they would get adopted immediately. Also, they were crazy cute! When I got to Muttville met them and immediately knew I had to take them home. Booboo just melted into my arms she was then and is still the sweetest little nugget you’ll ever meet. Alvin on the other hand was a bit grumpy, definitely protective of Booboo and had that dominant personality characteristic of a min-pin, and while his grumpiness has mellowed a bit over the months he is a heck of a character!!

It wasn’t but a few weeks after I brought home to foster that I knew that there was no way I could let the little muffins go to any other home, I just couldn’t imagine anyone else taking care of them. Very quickly my home became the “house of a million dog beds”, I turned it into a little doggie wonder land, I solicited my friends help to take care of them when I’m out of town for work (they really have two Mommies) or if I need some help during the week, I even got a dog walker to pinch hit and make sure they always get their daily walks.

Their adorable personalities emerged even more once they were with me for a little while, Booboo likes to delicately nibble on her blanket when she’s getting pets & lovies, she does the most hilarious little dance when there is food around, her tail wags so fast it is a blur to the naked eye and despite her eyesight issues, that girl can run! Alvin loves to burrow under anything, toys are his favorite thing besides food, he loves to sit on laps and give kisses and he is especially & deliriously excited when he’s on his daily walk.

I love them so much I can’t imagine my life without them. They have brought so much happiness and joy to my life. Muttville is such a great organization; I am so grateful that they rescued Alvin & Booboo and took such great care of them. Thank you, Muttville!


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Freckles (#1424)

Freckles (#1424)

Muttville founder Sherri Franklin is known for being a great matchnmaker. Here is one of those stories where Sherri’s amazing intuition created the perfect lifelong match:

A friend of mine had encouraged me several times to adopt a dog, and had even gone as far as sending me links to various adorable dogs on Petfinder. I already had two senior cats and so wasn’t sure I wanted to bring a dog into the mix, but I also have a tough time resisting a cute face when it comes to animals so eventually I gave in and decided to consider it.

It turned out that the puppy in the original photo had already been adopted, but the very next picture & link on Petfinder was to a dog named Glenda from Muttville, which after thinking about it, how could I resist a dog of the same name?! Coincidentally, it also turned out that Muttville was going to be at the Palo Alto air show that very weekend. So with the universe sending me signs that I should adopt a dog, I went to the air show and met some of the Muttville mutts and the volunteers. After a great conversation with Meryl and cuddles with some adorable ‘mutts’, I submitted an application to adopt or foster a dog.

Sherri contacted me within a couple of days with some information about Glenda the dog, but also mentioned that she had an adorable Aussie in somewhat urgent need of a foster home, and he was great with cats, even curling up to sleep with them at his current foster home… would I be interested in meeting him? I wasn’t set on a particular breed or dog, so I was definitely open to any dog in need of a home that would be good with cats.

We exchanged several emails, then arranged for me to come up to meet Freckles the next weekend. He was a bit under the weather with tummy troubles, and we were both nervous – but after a quick walk in the park he gamely got in the car for the ride home with me.

Sherri, despite her busy schedule, was a great source of info and support the first few days as I questioned everything – Is he eating enough? He’s panting a lot, is that normal? how much pumpkin again? In hindsight, I was just like a nervous new mom! But I have to say I was impressed with how much Sherri wanted to make sure it was the right place for Freckles – Muttville really does care about the dogs and where they end up!

It only took about a week and the cats got used to the strange new beast living in their home, Freckles began to settle in, and I was less nervous that either he or they were okay. It was another couple of months before I realized that he could Houdini through the baby gate and get to the cat food… and that’s when he got a little bit too big for the ‘cat door’ and took down the gate.

About a month ago we moved to Seattle, and Freckles now seems to have happily adjusted to life in the city and has been great company for me in exploring our new home. He loves going for walks and seems to make friends wherever we go. Most people think that he’s much younger than his 11 years. In fact, some days he even wants to run instead of walk! He’s my constant companion when I’m home, often following me from room to room and settling next to me or at my feet. He loves attention and belly scratches, and if you’re really special, will show you his butt for a butt/back scratch.

It took about 3 days for him to warm up to the dog walker who takes him out in the afternoon, but now she tells me that he’s such a sweetheart that he’s already her favorite dog. The doorman at the building around the corner knows him, and I’ve encountered people in the elevator and on the street that I don’t know but they all greet him by name! We even once wandered by accident in to the Seattle Seahawk football players getting off their bus downtown and a few of them stopped to pet him and he got a some ‘what a great dog!’ compliments. Freckles, however, other than enjoying the attention, was unimpressed, having no idea who they were…

I have only one of my cats, Linus, now and I think that having Freckles around helped Linus adjust to the loss of his brother. Linus will sit on Freckles when I have the brush, both of them competing for the attention and brushing. Freckles will lick Linus in greeting when we return from a walk (which usually causes Linus to grimace a little), and I’ve caught them curled up together on the bed or the couch asleep.

Freckles is such a love that you can’t not love him once you meet him, and I’m so grateful to Muttville for bringing him into my life. I think that Sherri had true matchmaking instincts of dog to person when she suggested I meet him, and I can’t say enough good things about Muttville – telling everyone about the organization every chance I get!


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Wally

Wally

When Vanessa and her husband decided to foster a little blind MinPin named Wally, little did they know he would steal their hearts. Vanessa writes, “…sometimes I think our hearts may explode rainbows and butterflies.” Read their beautiful love story:

How does a couple describe the love of their lives? How is there room in their hearts when they already feel fulfilled with love for each other and their two hairless rescue dogs? The answer is simple…I don’t know! But I do know that I will try because Wally needs his story told.

For a little background about this little lovebug, named Wally, you must first know that he is blind. He is blind because he doesn’t have eyes and because he doesn’t have eyes, he can’t see. Now that we’ve cleared that up, you must also know that he absolutely doesn’t need them. He can walk on a leash, jump on the couch, find his bed, burrow under covers, chase birds, and play with dogs at the dog park, among many other things. To put it lightly, he is a miracle dog.

Prior to his life at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, his life is unimaginable. He was found blindly running around the beach and when he arrived at Muttville, he looked like he had been cast to play a role in a scary movie. In addition to the cloudiness and the redness in his eyes, they were bugged out and had growths on them. An emergency vet visit gave the prognosis that he had an untreated eye infection that ruptured his corneas. The ruptured corneas caused him to go blind and was so painful, all he could do was scratch his eyes, shake, and cry. Because of this, it was a no brainer that the only solution was to remove his eyes. Luckily he has an amazing sense of smell and perfect hearing so he adjusted quickly. However, once his eyes were healed, he had a backward sneeze that caused him to constantly regurgitate, which made it hard for him to gain weight and absorb much needed nutrients. Another vet visit showed that he had MRSA (a staph infection). Luckily, it was treated quickly and he has mostly recovered. I say mostly because he still has a severe reverse sneeze, pukes at least once a day, and has the worst breath you could imagine! What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, right?

I was a volunteer dog walker at Muttville when I met Wally but it wasn’t until my husband and I watched him over a weekend while his foster mom was out of town that I realized how special he is. That weekend turned into a week, which turned into a month, which turned into forever! We started out by fostering him through Muttville but realized after a short time that we could never part with him so made it official by filling out the adoption paperwork in June 2012. Since then, he has become our heater box, snuggle buddy, secret holder, conversation starter, heart warmer, guard dog, and anxiety reliever.

While it is true that he has been known to pee on a stranger’s shoe because he confused it for a rock or a tree, and it is also true that he has severe separation anxiety that makes it impossible to leave him alone for longer than an hour or two, he has completely stolen our hearts and filled us with so much joy, sometimes I think our hearts may explode rainbows and butterflies.

Caring for a dog that is considered special needs does have its challenges, but the love that he gives and the fact that he asks for so little makes it a breeze. Thank you Muttville for showing us that we can open our hearts to more love. We absolutely can not imagine our lives without Wally who has affectionately collected numerous nicknames such as Walter J Bird, Willy, Sir Walter J, and Wallaceburg.


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Babs

Babs

Thank you to mom LeRay for sharing her love story with Babs, who gave her great joy before recently passing over the rainbow bridge.

“I saw this precious girl posted on the Muttville page, and I knew she and I were meant for each other.

I called to ask about her, and how to go about adopting her. Was told that there 3 other people ahead of me to adopt her.

After about a week I got a call from you telling me that Babs was available if I was still interested. That is when my life changed and I fell in love with Babs!!!

She has been such a blessing to me, and was my constant companion for a year.

I knew when I adopted her that she had health issues and that I wasn’t sure just how long she would survive. I would like to believe that I gave her a longer healthy life, or maybe a easier last year of her life.

I understood that she was on the euthanasia list when found at the shelter.

I saved this little girl, she saved me….because you see I have never had my own animal that was truly mine. We had lots of different animals when I was growing up, but I never had a dog of my own.

This little girl showed me what it was to be loved unconditionally!

I had to put her down Wednesday November 6, 2013. This was the hardest decision of my life.

I didn’t want to, I still want to make it all go away and have her back again.

But, she is so much better now that she is at the Rainbow Bridge able to run and play with the other animals.

I already miss her so so much, I think I hear her little bark, and not to see that sweet face look up at me, ( even though she had cataracts,) but I knew that she was talking to me.

Thank you Babs for allowing me to be part of your life and I am so glad you were and will always be in my heart."


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Pocket, Pippin, and Paco

Pocket, Pippin, and Paco

You read that right! This week’s Success Story features THREE Muttville dogs, all adopted by lovely mutt mom Kimberly. And more amazing – Kimberly lives in Alaska! Kimberly says, “Sherri teases me now about visiting San Francisco. Each time I leave with a dog.” Enjoy Kimberly’s triple love story:

Our family has adopted three Muttville seniors, all in the past year.

We first became aware of Pocket at the time of her rescue in late June 2012, along with over 20 other dogs, from a hoarder/backyard breeder in Woodland Hills, CA. The original rescue group wanted to keep all the dogs in state and would not let us adopt from Alaska. Pocket had six foster homes and one adoptive family over the summer. Eventually, she was taken in by Muttville, and we were able to adopt her. My son and I flew to San Francisco on 10/31/2012 to bring Pocket back to her forever home in Anchorage, Alaska. Pocket is an amazing little girl! She has adjusted very well to life in Alaska and to her new family. Pocket spent 13 years inside a house, but she now enjoys walks and hikes in the vast outdoors of Alaska.

We returned to San Francisco for a medical meeting in February 2013. At that time, we visited the new Muttville facility to give Sherri an update on Pocket, and to tour the new building. We had two seniors at home, and no intention of adopting another dog. During our visit, an adorable little Maltese picked us out and decided we were not leaving without him. He had just come in to Muttville the evening before, and had not yet been cleaned up. He was dirty and matted, but oh so adorable! We left Muttville with our little Pippin (formerly called Birdy). Pippin also adjusted to life in Alaska, and enjoyed a fabulous summer of walks and picnics, and spending time with friends and family. Sadly, Pippin had a tumor in his spleen which we did not know about. It did not show up on his recent x-rays, any of his vet visits, nor via any of his comprehensive bloodwork. The tumor ruptured, and Pippin was rushed to a 24-hour veterinary clinic, where he died while being prepared for emergency surgery on October 17, 2013. Pippin was an absolute joy, and the life of our household. He is missed terribly.

We were not planning to adopt another dog so soon, but received a call from a close friend in San Francisco, who is also a Muttville volunteer. She called to tell us about an amazing little senior named Paco, who she is fostering for Muttville. Little Paco was found on the streets of Salinas, CA starving and missing much of his hair. With Linda’s devoted care, Paco has been putting on weight and growing his hair back. Of course, we fell in love with him as soon as we saw him, and have officially adopted Paco. I will be flying to San Francisco at the end of November or early December to pick him up and bring him to his forever home in Alaska.


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