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Success stories

Cupcake

Cupcake

Thanks to Muttville mom Josie for sharing the story of Cupcake:

You wouldn’t know by looking at this itty, bitty poof ball of a girl dog the immense character and sweetness she has within. Everyday she shares her heart and silly ways with us and we LOVE it! Although she had little hair on her tail and bald spots on her tiny body when we first met, she’s rockin’ a full coat of blonde fur these days that her lovely, white eyelashes compliment so beautifully. This little girl brings us so much happiness simply by being who she is. Her Dad calls her Marilyn Monroe when she follows him around batting her loving, soulful eyes at him when she wants him to take her for a walk. It’s so adorable how she communicates with us. When she’s decided it’s time to go somewhere or sees me grab the iPod, she dances to the front door singing along the way with her front paws bouncing up-n-down, so excited. We’re crazy in love with Miss Cupcake, a total sweetheart whose exterior disguises the enormity of what she’s about on the inside.

I often think of our first few meetings at Muttville. She seemed content to be by herself, curled up and away from the action. Sherri told me she wants for nothing and likes to go out, but is so teeny and quiet it’s easy to miss her since she blended in so well with the comfy bedding she enjoyed snoozing away in. Although she has her fave spots, she still likes to move about and arrange her blankets just so to catch a nap.

Like all the other deserving souls Muttville has saved, her story was compelling; all 4 pounds of her was found dragging a cantaloupe sized hernia around, most of her teeth needed to be removed, there were open areas of skin on her body, one of her legs is jacked up from something that happened in her previous life…And yet, here she is one ear up, one flopped down lookin’ so darn cute, enhancing our lives beyond measure. She doesn’t carry even a hint of a grudge for the neglect she endured. We are so grateful to Sherri for seeing that Cupcake was ready for her new beginning.

It’s never too late for a new beginning!

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Tucker

Tucker

Tucker was found in the Mojave Desert, left to die. Thank you to Tucker’s mom, Helen, for giving him the good life he deserves! Here is their story:

It’s been 3 months, and life with Tucker couldn’t be better. He has learned to be off-leash and come back (either with ‘come’ or a whistle) and it is so wonderful watching him run, play, frolic. He LOVES the beach and yesterday my boyfriend and I took him to the Sonoma coast and a teenager with a remote controlled 4-wheel car (the size of a soccer ball) was ‘driving’ his toy car on the sand dunes and Tucker went absolutely crazy chasing the car across the beach. The teenager and his family had such a hoot. Everyone was laughing up a storm. I wish I’d caught it on video!

I have been telling everyone about Tucker. My family and I voted daily for Muttville during the recent 7X7 voting. And I asked family/friends to make donations to Muttville in lieu of any other gifts.

I’m working on my boyfriend to consider adopting a dog as he’s loving Tucker, too.

Happy New Year!

Helen

It’s never too late for a new beginning!

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Lucy

Lucy

Many thanks to Lucy’s parents for sharing their beautiful Muttville love story:

Just wanted to share a quick note about our dog Lucy (Luci in the Muttville records). My wife and I are first time dog owners but had been looking for a while before we found Muttville. From the first moment that we met our sweet girl it was mutual love. Lucy looks at us with her big, soft eyes and you can see that she trusts us completely (and asks only for her morning and evening ‘constitutionals’ that she assures me are guaranteed in the puppy dog bill of rights). It breaks my heart to think of her being abandoned in her previous life but I cannot thank Muttville enough for rescuing her so that she could come and live with us. Quite honestly she is the best thing that has happened to us and I couldn’t imagine a better dog. Thanks to Sherri for establishing an organization like this that saved our girl’s life.

It’s never too late for a new beginning!

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Cow Belle

Cow Belle

What a great way to reflect on the wonderful success stories of 2011 with the beautiful tale of Cow Belle, as told by her loving parents.

“Looking back at 2011, one of the most wondrous gifts that came to my life is undoubtedly Cow Belle.

Cow Belle is an exemplary Muttville alumna – super mellow, well-behaved, full of love and life. She has been not without hardship (being stray and rescued on the day listed for euthanasia, with severe allergies, eye/ear infections and mammary tumors) but accepted all with grace and continues to trust, sharing her unshakable peace with us and younger sister Katy in her unique way.

Cow Belle’s foster mom, Stephanie, and Sherri have been with this newbie mom through my panicky start and on. When Cow Belle was going through the tumor surgery, Sherri wrote in her email “we stand by our dogs,” and that is exactly what Muttville has done.

Thank you all for uncovering the beauty of senior dogs and standing by them!

Seon Joo (& Han & Katy)"

It’s never too late for a new beginning!

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Tilly

Tilly

Read this update from Tilly’s mom, Cathy!

Dear Sherri and Friends at Muttville,

Here’s Tilly on her second mountain trip. This summer she hiked in the Lakes Basin near Graeagle. She can do four miles easy (with a little assist over boulders) and with great enthusiasm. On Thanksgiving she did several long hikes in the snow! All she requires is a small track to walk in, such as a ski track, and she can really go. A little tough for to her go off-track after chipmunks but she’ll try anything. She even did a little swimming this summer to cross a stream.

Tilly, Chica, Skipper and I run a mile 5 days a week. Tilly is always out front and doesn’t like to stop very much.

Tilly has taken to family life in Sonoma as if she’s always lived here. She’s the greatest dog. Thanks so much for saving her and letting us adopt her. Can’t imagine life without her now.

Cathy

It’s never too late for a new beginning!

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Precious

Precious

Precious is a tiny little min pin who is blind and deaf. She was easily scared and always hiding in a pile of blankets. Here is an update from her mom, Lara:

“Remember I said I had started to feed Precious on the floor next to her bed, rather than in her bed? Well, A couple of times now she has not wanted to take her food when it was given, and I just left the bowl there on the floor. After a time, she chose to leave her bed and go to eat her food, standing next to her bed – like a real dog. She is doing so well! The surgery has made a big difference to her quality of life. A very big difference.

Yesterday we sat in the garden for a short time (until I lost the sun) – I took her whole bed out and put it at my feet. Well, she squeaked and chirped a great deal and smelled the air incessantly for about twenty minutes, then curled up on her towel. I put a couple of different garden items in her bed – a small potted plant, herb leaves, flowers – and let her investigate. She seemed to have a grand old time. The neighbour’s dog was in their garden, Precious sensed him and whined with (positive) excitement. Very cool. She is learning to lie contentedly while I drink coffee or eat lunch at a restaurant. So much more trusting of her world.

She has changed my life too. She is lying here at my feet like a little bird in the egg of her basket. My cat is sharing a pillar of sunlight with her and the house is so peaceful."

It’s never too late for a new beginning!

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Chloe

Chloe

Foster-turned-forever mom Patty shares her story of when she first met a sweet deaf cocker spaniel named Chloe who stole her heart.

“I was at at Muttville one day two years ago as a backup walker when Sherri said, ‘can you take this dog home to foster?’

My last Muttville canine visitor had just gone to his forever home so I said ‘sure!’

I had walked Chloe, a deaf black cocker spaniel around Muttville HQ’s neighborhood before and remembered that she was good on the leash. Onto her temporary home we went where I introduced her to my permanent Muttville guy, Frankie. He digs the chicks and he was glad to meet her.

Chloe…I learned early on that touching a sleeping dog who can’t hear is startling, so I blew on her, that worked.

She wakes up gently and she wakes up often as this deaf dog tends to close her eyes more than a dog whose senses are engaged.

Her vet said she could hear at some point but those chronic cocker ear infections had taken that ability away.

For Muttville’s website, I was sure to take good photos of Chloe as I had heard about ‘black dog prejudice’ and I know how important a good photo is in the ‘aww’ factor of a would-be adopter coming forward. I was sure that you could see her deep soulful eyes and her shiny black coat.

One inquiry, that was all that came in, and it was from a person who had a female black cocker in the recent past.

A couple of months into my relationship with Chloe, I noticed she had some raw pink spots above some toe nails. We made an appointment at SFVS to see the doggie dermatologist, then the doggie oncologist and together they determined lymphoma was the cause of this condition. Six rounds of chemo ensued and she got through it easily.

The sores healed, her blood work looked good and by gosh, we were in love.

The interested party didn’t want a dog who had cancer or was in remission, I get it.

I often wonder where Chloe came from and why someone gave her up.

Her face is so attentive, goofy, smiley, appreciative, and sweet.

Muttville has rescued 1,150 worthy dogs, Chloe was almost 600 dogs ago.

Cocker Spaniels, I count myself as a Cocker person now…we talk at dog parks.

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Pepper

Pepper

Pepper is a very special little Pom. In fact she is so special that she decided that she wanted to tell her own story! In the words of Pepper, here is how she found her forever home with her family, Jennifer and Stephanie:

I knew from the moment I saw her that she was the one. She had come over to Sherri’s to see a dog called Honey Bear and before leaving, she asked to be introduced to the other available mutts. That’s when she ventured upstairs to the shoe closet where I was waiting for my prince/princess to come.

Since arriving at Muttville from the mean streets of San Jose, I had been hanging out upstairs, enjoying the peace and quiet. When Jenny walked through the door and sat herself down, I could tell what she was thinking – although growing up with dogs, she’d never had small, fluffy one like me. She thought of us as fashion accessories, carried around in purses. I knew she wasn’t looking for a dog like me and gave me a skeptical look when I jumped on to her lap and Sherri remarked, “look at that, she really likes you!” “I bet she says that to everyone,” I could hear Jenny say in her head as she walked off to check out another dog, a spunky terrier named Fancy. My heart sank when I heard her say that Fancy was more her type – medium sized, a little scruffy and who could keep up on hikes, bike rides and long walks.

A couple days later, Jenny returned, this time with Stephanie, to take Fancy up to the dog park. Since Stephanie was there too, they decided to take me along as well. I had just had a dental and was still getting over my anesthesia, so I was moving a little slower than usual. Thankfully, Stephanie helped me up the steps that lead to the park. I could tell Jenny was saying to herself, “see, no way a little Pom would work for me.” She was absorbed with trying to get Fancy to walk calmly on the leash and not run wildly all over the place and hardly noticed I was doing everything I could to get her to notice me.

When Jenny and Stephanie returned, they found out that Fancy was probably going to be adopted by someone else, but Sherri suggested that they foster me for a couple of weeks just to see if having a dog in their lives would work. Jenny was indeed concerned that a small condo and full-time job might not be the best environment for a dog, so fostering sounded like a good way to try things out. Since I seemed well-mannered and polite, she thought I would be a good dog to introduce to Ginger, the cat of the house. So, it was agreed that on July 2nd I’d come over to a 2 week visit.

Jenny took that day off so that she could get me settled in and that weekend we went up to Sonoma to spend some time with Stephanie’s family. Everyone I met fell in love with me, but I wasn’t quite sure how Jenny felt. She’s the strong silent type and probably didn’t want to admit that she could fall for a fluffy little Pom like me. As the days went by, however, I could tell that her heart was starting to melt. She took me everywhere, even to work, and when we went for walks up and down the steep hills of Potrero Hill, she’d pick me up if I started to fall behind and hold me up by her shoulder so we could chat about the day. When Jenny called Sherri to ask it if was OK to take me to Bernie’s for a bath and haircut, we all knew that I wouldn’t be going back to Muttville. Jenny had realized that despite herself, I was in fact the perfect dog for her and she couldn’t imagine life without me. She might not have thought that I was the dog she wanted, but I showed her that I was exactly what she needed.

It’s been three years now and I can’t remember what life was like before Jenny, Stephanie, Ginger and I became a family. We’ve been on many great adventures and every day we are together is a gift. Thank you, Muttville, for my fairy tale ending!

“You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometime, you just might find you get what you need.” – Rolling Stones

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Henry

Henry

This is not just a Muttville success story about a mutt once named Scotty, now named Henry. Written by his mom Cara, read about Henry and Cara, two success stories that began after they found each other and changed each other’s lives in positive ways.

It all started with # 383. His name then was Scotty and when my husband Justin and I walked through to door to Sherry’s house and into to a cacophony of barks welcoming us to the official headquarters of Muttville, he was anxiously sniffing and watching as the other more forward dogs charged us. Justin sat on the couch and I stood next to Sherry and began explaining: “We’re just here to foster a pup…I got a new place and we can have dogs, but we’re thinking we don’t know if we’re ready for the long term commitment.” There were 2 other ladies there checking out the moving mass of fur and paws- a bit overwhelmed as well. It was quite the scene of energy, excitement, anxiety and anticipation.

Things calmed down a bit and that’s when this little senior dog made his move. His white fluff was a dingy gray at this point and his eyes were watery and lost. These were the symptoms you would expect from anything that had been through his recent dramatic life changes: from years with a cozy house and family to cold shelter, then to a new house with 13 other dogs and a future undefined. In the next moment, the sea of pups seemed to part and he moved forward, put his paws on my shins and stared upwards in silence. I was a bit startled by the calm move. While the rest of the dogs continued their alarm barking, Scotty continued to gaze at me. I stared back, then turned to Justin and said “Oh no…he’s coming home with us now.” Justin nodded with resignation knowing now that the foster gig was short lived and we gathered our new family member and took him straight for a bath. Scotty became Henry and millions of hugs later, he’s found a place in our hearts.

The story doesn’t end here, though. Henry has brought more to our lives than TLC…he helped me found a business. When I got Henry, I wasn’t prepared to be a long-term caretaker and having a full time career in Human Resources, I had to find walker immediately. My search began in earnest the day after we brought Henry home. I started asking around, looking online and reading what I could about finding a perfect match for your pup. Unfortunately, I wasn’t finding what I wanted: a daily outing (more than just a walk around the block) of at least an hour at a local park, a dog walker with solid educational or real world animal behavior experience, a service that was managed and not just a side job for someone, groups of no more than 6 dogs and a company with a bent toward environmentally friendly business practices. I was picky. I was also an HR Director who knew how to hire people. The solution became Canine Crew, my very own business where I could hire the exact people I wanted who loved Henry and any other pups that may want to enjoy a daily outing.

Now, two years later, Canine Crew has grown to 5 experienced walkers, a fabulous General Manager and more than 30 dogs who get to enjoy top notch care from outings to dog (and people!) training, to overnight boarding and sitting. Muttville has provided more than a home for a dog that needed love, it has provided a livelihood for 6 people, ongoing love and attention for the pups we service, and the excitement of starting a small business for a woman who wouldn’t have tried if not for a loving dog that made the decision to do it very easy. I never forget that. In order to pay it forward, I am extremely proud to say that in the first half of this year, we were able to donate $1,000 to Muttville and we expect to do the same for the second half as well. I can only hope that this money helps bring another dog to a loving home and helps inspire them to do something wonderful. You’d be surprised what a little dog can do.

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Sparky

Sparky

He came to Muttville as Bobo, and now Sparky is in a wonderful forever home. Read about his new happy life from his dad, Francis:

I love Sparky, aka Bo, so much that I couldn’t even put it into words, and I swear that he actually does his best to protect and look after me. Sparky is the most wonderful dog that I have ever known, and I can’t tell you how many times a day I tell him how much I love him. We are totally aclimated to each other and from the first few days when he slept on his bed, to now when we sleep together and he makes sure that our bodies are touching. I wake up now if we lose contact, but we correct that situation right away. I took 100 or so pictures of Sparky doing all kinds of things, and all kinds of nothing that only his Daddy would find cute and charming. Two weeks ago I gave him his first bath and I got rid of the tangles that he had at the base of his tail and and on his hind legs. I don’t know if he enjoyed his bath, but still he was very well behaved. I keep Sparky on his lead but I may give him 10 feet or so to roam a bit, but he is never out of my sight, and I can pull him in, should strange people or animals approach us. I’m not about to have anything happen to Sparky and I think he appreciates my care because no matter what I may be doing, Sparky will always find a place to lay down and rest where he can watch me.

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