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Success stories

Bubba

Bubba

Thank you to Mama Lynette who passed on this very sweet note from Bubba, formerly Hoss. Bubba also crafted his own collage to share with us to show how much his life has changed for the better now that he has a forever home. Thank you Lynette and Bubba!!

Bubba says….

’I’m happy in my forever home. My mom says I’m the newest Giants fan and we are waiting of opening day. Mom says I’m blind as a bat but she loves me even more for being unique and the glasses in this pic are just to fun! I sleep by moms bed every night. I have a dog walker named Corbin I love! Mom says I saved her and then she saved me right back.

PS. I still love belly rubs!’


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Shadi: Rescued in Iran, Shadi finds a new mom & new wheels in San Francisco!

Shadi: Rescued in Iran, Shadi finds a new mom & new wheels in San Francisco!

Here is the story of a dog named Shadi, who traveled halfway around the world, starting in Iran, to find her forever home – and forever friends.

Let’s start her story from the beginning. From the words of Farah, the U.S. Representative for Vafa Animal Shelter, a group that rescues dogs in Iran. She describes Shadi’s rescue from her street life in Iran:

“It was winter, 3 years ago, when Vafa was notified of a tripod dog found in the middle of snow in Kordaan, nursing a litter of puppies. Our volunteers went and picked her up and brought her to the shelter. After a little TLC, they all started to feel better – the shelter vet spayed Shadi and later her puppies were also spayed/neutered. The puppies all found new homes, but Shadi did not, likely because she is a tripod. No one wanted her … until a kind lady named Maryam, who had adopted a tripod named Golpar asked for Shadi. We had her micro-chipped and were in the midst of getting her documents/travel set up when Maryam lost her battle with cancer. Shadi ended up staying in Hashtgerd.

“I found kind sponsors who offered to pay for the travel expenses for Shadi and another dog, so I sent them both to a rescue group in rural Virginia. After several months, Shadi was still waiting for a home. I thought about Shadi going to California and joining Muttville. I contacted Patty [Stanton, Muttville board member and volunteer], and the rest is history!”

Watch Vafa’s video about Shadi.

When Shadi arrived at Muttville, Sherri and many volunteers fell in love with her. In Sherri’s words:

“The first time I looked into Shadi’s big brown eyes, I knew her journey to us was just the new beginning she needed. And that she would trust us to find her the right home, a home where she didn’t need to worry any longer, a home full of love.”

Muttville volunteer and animal massage therapist Shelah Barr joined the team to help with Shadi’s physical issues:

“I first met Ms. Shadi after getting a combination of calls, texts, and emails from different people involved with Muttville asking if I could help this beautiful and wonderful dog that had just arrived.

“It’s obvious when you see Shadi that she has several deformities that affect her ability to get around. But it’s just as obvious that she’s learned to adapt and does pretty well for herself. The issue for me wasn’t whether massage could help her, because while it could relieve some symptoms of the dysfunction, it can’t change the circumstances that cause it. In addition, she’s an older gal now and I could see that she tires quickly, and that’s only going to increase the older she gets. The most sensible solution was to put her in a self-propelled wheeled cart. This would relieve the burden of her having to use her rear limbs, while giving her freedom she never had before.

“I contacted the staff at Eddie’s Wheels since they’ve made several carts for other clients. They worked very closely with us in getting the proper measurements, and have even re-worked the cart to make it even more comfortable for her to use. If it weren’t for the talented staff at Eddie’s Wheels, the generosity of Jaye Shissel, and the support of the loving Muttville staff and volunteers, Shadi might not be rolling in happiness the way she is today!”

From Jaye Shissel, the generous advocate who donated the funds for Shadi’s wheels:

“Shadi means ‘happy’ I’m told, and that is our girl: a lovely, brave lady, come halfway across the world with her BFF to teach us 2-legged’s how it’s done. Lovely Shadi did not like her picture taken when measured for her cart. I saw this and deleted all such pics from my phone. Like Shadi, I try to live in the moment and try to meet creatures where they are. This is why I cannot hear the sad stories – they sear my soul, and haunt me forever. I trust in other brave rescues to do that hard work that I cannot do.”

From Muttville foster parents, Charlotte and George, who cared for Shadi for 2 months:

“My husband and I had been thinking of fostering for Muttville after one of our dogs died. As luck would have it, Shadi arrived at Muttville the very day we were ready. She needed a foster home pronto that had easy access to a yard, a patch of grass and not many stairs. We had all that and more….

“After meeting Shadi, George and I both knew that we also had the time, energy and desire to provide the stability, attention and love that this dear sweet dog deserved. We were hooked on Shadi within 5 minutes of meeting her. Shadi, with her gentle, trusting soul and contented, happy disposition touched us both as she has touched so many people around the world.

“Shadi was easygoing and a joy to have around. She was never demanding and was very accommodating of our two old, infirm dogs. Shadi had a real appreciation of every little thing that we did for her and thanked us profusely with her frequent tail wags. She loved being brushed and scratched. We could never resist her unbridled display of enthusiasm, so onward we’d brush…she was a clever girl as well as a sweet one.

“Shadi had a big impact on us. We feel that she gave us a lot more than we gave her. She taught us so many lessons about how to live. Some, but certainly not all, of the lessons we learned from this smart, funny, loving and eternally optimistic girl are:

1. A pleasant personality and positive outlook can take one far in life. It took Shadi halfway around the world.

2. You can have a disability and not feel disabled. Shadi never knew her back legs weren’t quite right because she didn’t have a mirror and no one ever told her. She could pretty much do what her buddies were doing only it took her a little longer. Since she didn’t wear a watch (she couldn’t tell time) she didn’t really care how long it took.

3. A philosophy of ‘Nice is Nice’ is a good way to live. To Shadi, all animals and people were potential friends so it made sense to be nice to them all. Shadi excelled at eliciting smiles from everyone who was around her. The name ‘Shadi’ means ‘Happiness’ and Shadi brought that as a gift wherever she went.

4. Sometimes you think you’re helping someone and it turns out that they’re really helping you. We feel so lucky and so honored to have played a small role in Shadi’s incredible life and to have been a way station for her on her long journey to her forever home.”

…And, finally, from Shadi’s forever mom, Liz!

“Because of my sweet little lovebug Maggie, I really like the idea of older dogs. She was so well behaved, mellowed out and set in her sparkly ways that I decided to rescue another senior dog. When I saw Shadi’s face I fell in love. I’ve always been interested in tripods because they are so adaptive and capable. Shadi is all that; well behaved, mellowed out, beautiful and capable. The more I get to know her the more her world class personality comes out. I see that there was something special about her that made an international team of caring individuals fly her half way around the world.

“I feel so lucky to get this special dog. She is ideal in so many ways. I love the way she perks up and wags her tail the first thing in the morning. It makes my workday mornings so much more entertaining and effortless. When we come home in the evenings she frantically scrambles off our couch and herds me into dropping everything and petting her. We look forward to getting her rebalanced wheels from Muttville. I have a feeling that she will love to travel on hikes when she gets her gear and we anticipate much excitement during her reunion with ‘Team Shadi’.”

Shadi’s amazing journey is beautifully summed up by Jaye: “[Team Shadi] have all so beautifully demonstrated that it indeed takes a village, and that miracles can and do happen every day. If we work for the greatest good for all creatures, we can raise the bar on love and care of creatures worldwide.”

Muttville hopes to bring you more stories like Shadi’s. We can only do so with support from people like you. How can you help?
Adopt. Foster. Volunteer. Donate.

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

Sophie

Sophie

Many thanks to Joan for sharing her beautiful Muttville success story, “Sophie”:

I had always wanted a small senior dog.

I lurked on the Muttville fb page and “liked” all the pups and read a zillion bios…but thought I was always too busy, traveling or working too much to actually adopt.

Then my dear friend, Phillip, was diagnosed with terminal cancer and my life came into sharp focus.

What was important to me? How did I want my life to be lived? What was I waiting for?

So on Aug 19th 2011 I filled out the application online and on Aug 28th I brought my girl, then 13 yr old Sophie home to stay.

I was nervous, never having had a dog of my own before. I was a cat lady. Could I deal with a dog?!

I remember writing an email to a friend worrying about if I had done the right thing.. she assured me that " it’s never a mistake to bring more love into your life".

She was totally right. I love this little old dog so much (and I think my 15 yr old cat, Fred has a crush on her too). She has brought me so much joy over the past year and half. She is always up for adventure and fun. We regularly go camping with my vintage trailer group and she recently won a spot in Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter calendar contest and is now “Miss August” in their 2013 calendar!!

I think Muttville is just wonderful and am so thankful for all they do and especially for introducing me to Sophs!!

I’m now a dog lady too!


If you adopted a Muttville dog, we would love to feature you in an upcoming ‘Success Story’. Please contact success_stories@muttville.org with the Subject line ‘Success Story’

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Peanut

Peanut

Thank you to mom Hillary Sciarillo for sharing this adorable story about her family’s new love, Peanut, formerly Little Bear:

“On a summer weekend in 2012, my family and I walked into the Whole Foods on Noe Valley’s 24th St., expecting to buy some food for a barbeque; instead, we left with a 17-pound senior dog from Muttville.

We walked over to the Muttville Adoption Event area just to “say hi” to the adorable dogs out front. When my son approached Peanut with a cautious hand out, he was met with sloppy dog kisses and tail wagging. The connection we all felt to this furry, sweet dog was immediate.

We liked that Peanut was energetic, but without the frenetic energy of a puppy. As a dog with some history, so to speak, he was clearly comfortable with and used to people and other dogs, so we felt comfortable that he could make the transition into our family.

Peanut brings a lot of happiness into our household; we enjoy taking him for long walks and hikes around our home and are rewarded daily by his loving companionship. I’m grateful to Sherri Franklin and Muttville.

They are giving families like mine an opportunity to know the joy of bonding with a fabulous senior dog."


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Paris

Paris

This is one of our Seniors for Seniors Success Stories! Thanks to Jean for sharing her love story with Paris, the little poodle that stole her heart….

My friend, Pat, introduced Muttville to me in Aug. 2012, after my beloved dog Katie was put to sleep. I decided to get another dog. Muttville foster mom’s Danielle and Cooper called me around the first of December 2012. Paris came for her first visit on December 8, 2012.

My first words upon seeing her were “oh, isn’t she cute… may I pick her up?”.

We went up to my apartment and she made herself right at home. She went exploring each room. Pat and I picked her up and cuddled her.

She came a week later. Danielle and Cooper also brought their 2 pomeranians. They all played and finally Paris got tired and got in the new bed I had for her! She felt right at home with me and her new home.

Paris came to live with me on Dec. 18, 2012, Paris is more than anyone could have hoped for in a dog. She is loyal, wants to be with you and cuddle. She likes people, children and other dogs. She likes walking around Stow Lake and our apartment complex.

My special friends, Lavonne, Vicki and Pat came over to see Paris recently. They think, we were made for each other.

I have signed us up for Assisted Therapy Animals with the SFSPCA. We will visit people in hospials, rest homes, etc. I am happy we can do activities together. I will attend the first class next Sunday, Feb. 10, 2012.

I was heartbroken after Katie was gone. Cried a lot. Now I am happy, once again, with Paris in my life. My little canary, Peep, is also happy to have Paris with us.

So, thank you Pat and thanks Muttville and her foster parents, Danielle and Cooper.

If you adopted a Muttville dog, we would love to feature you in an upcoming ‘Success Story’. Please contact success_stories@muttville.org with the Subject line ‘Success Story’

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Ethel, In Memoriam

Ethel, In Memoriam

Ethel was a beautiful soul, loved by her family, Jane and Becca. She passed away this month, and we’d like to send our condolences to her family on behalf of the entire Muttville family.

Becca shared, "Jane and I loved her with our whole hearts, and we are bereft. Lucy was distressed to see her go. She was a wonderful, affectionate dog who brightened our lives immeasurably. "

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Dudley

Dudley

This is one amazing transformation we had to share!

Thanks to “failed foster” mom now forever mom Dahlia for sharing adorable Dudley ’s story! Enjoy!

I couldn’t resist sharing these before and after pics of Dudley. It’s only been a couple months, but as you can see his poodle hair has grown back (he even got his first around-the-eyes hair cut), he’s put on a couple pounds and has developed a special bond with his brother Spirit. Spirit is calm and happy for the first time since losing his brother of 13 years a couple years ago. We both adore Dudley and are so grateful he snuck his way into our hearts via the Muttville foster program. In fact, the moment he crawled onto my lap on the car ride home from Sherri’s house i knew this foster had found his forever home.

Thank you for saving him and all the other senior dogs whose lives you have touched. and thank you for bringing him into my life.

warmly, dahlia

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Gracie

Gracie

a perfect story for the holidays to remind us of the little things that make life special for our furry family members.

thanks to russell for sharing the story of a little senior lady named Gracie:

this is gracie’s story. the story of a most ordinary dog living an extraordinary life. the story of despair and fear turned to joy – and a little less fear. and this story has the ending that every dog’s tale should have… a happy one.

today, gracie is my dog. her life is extraordinary. she gives love and gets love – and in case i’ve forgotten, she reminds me that nothing else matters. she writes blogs for other old dogs, she poses for pictures and shares her deep thoughts online. with her compassion and experience, she helps our Muttville foster dogs adjust to their new lives and prepare for forever homes. she enjoys daily adventures with senior small club – sniffing more than walking, but this is how old dogs get their exercise!

on the weekends she joins us for long hikes along the beach, riding on my back in a backpack, watching the scenery, and eventually being lulled to sleep by the rhythm of my footsteps. and when she is with me she feels safe.

being loved by gracie changed my life. i didn’t expect it. i thought she would be like most of the dogs we foster at small club – in need of a little extra care before being ready for a forever home. emotionally, physically, spiritually neglected, these dogs open up and slowly transform into beings who can trust and love again. then they meet the right person, get adopted and live happily ever after. gracie progressed slowly. after 3 weeks she chose to come out of her crate. after 3 months she decided it was safe to hang out on the couch. patiently we gave her space to grow; tenaciously we posted pictures, blogs and videos of this secretly hilarious girl. despite our efforts – and the popularity of her videos – no adoption applications arrived with gracie’s name on them. ever. not one.

we began to call her “one of a million,” because she appeared to be the most ordinary muttville dog: an overlooked 10-12 year old mutt, brown, with a cherry eye and no teeth. this is usually no obstacle to finding a perfect home, since each of these truly unique dogs is meant to go on to enrich the life of a lucky person. turns out that for gracie, i was that person.

over time, gracie learned to connect with me while struggling to feel comfortable around any other humans, even ones she saw every day. she let me carry her, she let me take her to cautious canine class, and she learned that she could kind of trust me. for many dogs, trusting their foster is just a step on the way to trusting people in general. and we had foster dogs in the past who had lived with us for more than 6 months before the right person came along. so i was reluctant to adopt gracie… i already had a dog who needs a lot of time. and if i kept gracie, i might be giving up a spot in our home reserved for the next homeless dog in need. it was the words of muttville executive director sherri franklin that changed my mind. after inquiring about the other foster dogs,“how’s lady? and prince william?” she smiled, laughed and asked, “…and how’s gracie?” i gave her the usual update: “a little bit better.” she looked me straight in the eyes and said, “russell, why don’t you just give her what she wants?”

i thought about it: gracie doesn’t ask for much… all she wants is to rest on her corner of the couch, eat as often as possible, and look forward to me coming through the door at the end of the day. she wants to stay where she feels safe, and she wants to be with me.

so gracie will spend her golden years here. every day she forgets a little more of her past, replacing her sad memories with dreams and deep thoughts created while snoozing the day away in a warm bed. she needed someone to love, but had never had the chance. almost 2 years ago she was delivered from some hellish backyard in bakersfield – now she loves not just 1 person but 2 people, 2 dogs, and all our foster dogs. she wouldn’t admit it, but she needed someone to love her. someone like me, who will challenge her but never ask her to be anything other than who she is… my touchstone, my philosopher, my laughter, my ordinary old dog.

If you adopted a Muttville dog, we would love to feature you in an upcoming ‘Success Story’. Please contact success_stories@muttville.org with the Subject line ‘Success Story’

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

Napoleon

Napoleon

Straight from the pup! Success Story Napoleon dropped a note to Muttville to let us know how wonderful life is since his new beginning. Read on!

Hello Muttville!

Family and I are celebrating a milestone – my 2nd Thanksgiving in my forever home. How cool is that! All is very well with me! They say pictures can express a thousand words so I hope you can tell that I’m happy and spoiled! My family and I can’t begin to express how incredibly grateful we are to Muttville for giving me the chance to live and thrive. Thank you fairy godmother Sherri, foster mom Lauren, and all the super duper awesome staff and volunteers that save seniors like me everyday!

Happy Thanksgiving & Holidays,

Napoleon

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Augie

Augie

Thank you to Augie’s parents, Emile and Jennifer, for sharing their beautiful love story with Augie:

We love senior dogs! We discovered Augie on Muttville.org in early February. We knew we just had to meet him. We turned in our application and headed out to a meet and greet in SF. Upon arrival, we discovered that Augie was not going to be there because a family was considering him for adoption. We spent some time with lots of other adorable senior dogs. After much thought, we decided to keep looking. Later in the weekend, we received an email stating that Augie was still available. We quickly set up an appointment to meet him and his foster mom.

On Sunday, February 19, 2012 we had the pleasure of meeting Augie in a local park. He was adorable, friendly, and we immediately knew we wanted to bring him home.

Augie has brought so much love and joy to our home. We love his toothless smile (thanks Muttville for helping with his teeth before adoption), ability to nap anytime, and his love for going to work with Emile in our home office. Augie loves his daily walks and going to the drive-in movies (he is great at napping, remember?). He is also great at cheering for our SF Giants, especially when Timmy or Romo is up. We enjoy taking Augie with us on all of our adventures. He enjoyed his first house boat trip this summer, many car rides to grandma’s house, and especially loves walking around our neighborhood. Augie is very patient when meeting new people, even young children who see him in the park. He doesn’t bark much, unless he hears something unusual at our home and wants to protect us.

We are so thankful for Sherri and her entire Muttville team. Thanks for giving Augie a second chance and we are honored to be his forever home.

Emile and Jennifer







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