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Smokey

Smokey

This story may start out sad, but it does have a happy ending, promise!

In December 2009, our dog Po lost his battle with cancer. Po was a very special boy, and we all were heartbroken, including Puddin’, our (now 7 year old) pit bull. Po was her big brother and best friend.

In the spring of 2010, we knew it was time to start looking for a new family member. Puddin’ was lonely, and we were ready to open our house and hearts to a new dog. We visited local shelters, and of course, looked on Muttville’s website. The minute we saw Smokey (Well, Smokey 3), and read his bio, we knew he would be a good match. He was the perfect size to keep up with Puddin’ and according to his write-up, he was affectionate, smart, and a friendly guy.

We planned a time to meet up with Smokey and his Muttville foster mom, Ali. We went to a park, and watched Puddin’ and Smokey interact – he wasn’t that interested in her, which was perfect. She can be a princess, and is picky when it comes to friends. It was obvious he knew how to read her signals, and his mellow energy was exactly what she liked. At one point Smokey ran up the hill and tried to hump a young dog. That made us laugh, and we agreed to take him home – to take over his fostering, and to see if Puddin’ would accept him as her new big brother.

The rest, as they say, is history. As Smokey made himself comfortable, his easy-going attitude and enthusiasm for the simple things in life (like car rides and laser pointers) won us over. We don’t know Smokey’s exact story, but we do know that his owners deemed him “too old.” Too old for what, we don’t know, because sometimes we can’t keep up with him on walks, and he moves like lightening to chase lights and reflections. We don’t really need to know any more about Smokey’s past, because he belongs with us now. He sleeps in our bed (he pushes), he goes for rides in our car (every day, he insists), and he cuddles with his sister (well, she cuddles with him). It’s been nearly two years since we adopted Smokey, and we have enjoyed every moment with him. And we hope to enjoy many more.

When we think about Po, which is often, we always say, ‘Po would really have liked Smokey.’ And, he would have. They would have been good friends, and sometimes I can almost see them in the backyard together, enjoying the sun and waiting for their next walk.

It’s never too late for a new beginning!

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Josie

Josie

As soon as the Simpson family saw the Muttville profile of beautiful Josie, they knew she was the one.

From kids Sarah & Kyle, mom Diane, and of course Josie too, read this wonderful tale of Josie and her forever family.

Sarah:

Before I had my dog, Josie, I asked for a dog more than once a day. To think, my too cute of a dog was beaten and abused all her life like she didn’t have feelings. Luckily enough for her she was rescued by this amazing program. Once I met Josie, I said yes – very quickly might I add. Ever since then I have loved Josie to the bone and I’m sure she is happy in her new home.

Kyle:

I was never really a dog guy, more of a cat guy. But when we met Josie for the first time I was instantly hooked on this girl. I’m not sure if it was the floppy ears or the crinkly head when she perks up her ears, but I knew she was a perfect dog for our family. Every night when we are getting ready for our walk, she does her little happy dance that’s so cute. If we’re too slow she’ll start barking at all of us – the only time she ever barks. And when you’re petting Josie and you stop too soon, she nuzzles your hand or arm with her nose, letting you know it’s not quite time to stop. I love my Josie.

Diane:

My daughter, Sarah, had been wanting a dog forever. We’re not home a lot so I’d continually said no, it wouldn’t be fair to a dog. She was relentless though, but I knew it had to be just the right dog who’d be happy sleeping at home alone all day, but could handle tons of love whenever we were home. A friend told me about Muttville – so we started looking. All those sweet faces, so deserving of a good home and a happy ending. How would we ever choose! We all knew when we saw Josie’s profile picture, we had to have this sweet faced adorable girl. When we had our first date, it was love at first sight! Josie has enriched our lives in so many ways. We couldn’t be happier to give this sweet girl all the love she so deserves!

Josie:

I’m a pretty easy going dog. I don’t bark much. I don’t destroy things. I’m good with kids, cats, other dogs. A little food and a little love, and I’ll be your best friend. Unfortunately that’s not how I spent the first 13 years of my life. I was allowed to roam the streets a lot, fending for myself. When my new family took me to the vet for the first time they were told I’d been beaten a lot – I have dental fractures and my back legs are pretty weak and wobbly. I’m not really sure why anyone ever hit me, but they did. I ended up at the Petaluma animal shelter because my former owners didn’t want to pay the fee to get me out one more time. It was a scary place and I was not doing well, but lucky for me Muttville rescued me and found me a really great new family. I’m so lucky to have a home where I’m loved. I have 3 beds – wow!! I get to go for walks every day, sometimes we go to the beach, we go for hikes and to the dog park, they even take me on vacation with them. I’m a loved, lucky dog!

It’s never too late for a new beginning!

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Lima

Lima

This is a story about Lima, a pit bull that ended up at the Fremont Animal shelter at 8 years old.

Lima used to help a little girl read and was her therapy dog, but the family fell on hard times and Lima went to the shelter.

A senior pit bull in the shelter doesn’t really stand a chance to make it out alive. BUT one of Muttville’s rescue partners, Nancy, heard about Lima’s story. And once Muttville heard it, we had to save her!!

Lima is still spreading joy to everyone she meets.

From her new mom, Peggy:

I LOVE Lima. She’s doing great it’s like she was always here.

Thank you for the best dog in the whole wide world, she’s the princess and we all love her, the cats didn’t skip a beat around her and Princess the kitty is already after her for love. Lima is very gentle with everyone and she seems very happy.

Thank’s again I’m so very very happy to have her.

It’s never too late for a new beginning!

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Zozo

Zozo

As told by ZoZo, and Alfred Olson, a much loved Muttville volunteer:

Alfred: SHAME ON ME
The purpose of all Muttville Outreach get-to-gethers is to introduce pups to potential parents. I breached the protocol when I saw at a Sunday outreach in the Castro, the little girl I wanted to foster. I was sure she was the one. After so many false starts, where I picked a candidate only to find them going to be fostered or adopted by someone else, I hatched an evil plan to kidnap

keep her away from the group until the outreach ended. I knew very well that one look at those beautiful black eyes and matching toenails would cause many folks to swoon, leaving me to wave goodby with tears in my eyes. At closing time we went back to the group, where

I put her on the ground and announced to the other volunteers, and our beloved leader Sherri, ‘This girl is going to be my foster baby.’

ZoZo: The guy led me away and we got in his car. I just knew he was taking me back to my home. We arrived at a house and he carried me up the stairs. He put me on the floor. I was screaming in my head, ‘This is not my house! Where is my mommy? Where is my mommy!’

Alfred: I carried her up the stairs and put her down on the kitchen floor. She appeared to be in shock. She wouldn’t walk or sit, she wouldn’t eat or drink water. I carried her to the yard, but nothing. Her shriving was constant, so I wrapped her up in towels and placed her in an old dog bed a friend brought over.

ZoZo: The guy slept on the floor next to me, and I remember him comforting me during the night. In the morning he held out his hand to me which contained small pieces of chicken. I ate.

Alfred: When she woke up I offered small pieces of chicken – she ate them. I took her out of the bed, unwrapped her from the towels to see if she would walk, and she did walk, over to the water bowl. We went out to the yard and she smelled all the vegetation, like it was new to her. It was a sign that everything was going to be OK.

POSTMORTEM

Ten days later, Sherri called to say,‘I have a couple of people who saw your foster on the website, and think she is the one for them.’

I said, ‘I have someone here right now who wants to adopt her immediately!’

Sherri asked, ‘do you know this person?’

‘Yes I do Sherri, it’s me.’ 

Sherri then called me a foster failure, and I didn’t care. ‘No one is going to take away my baby’ I whispered away from the phone.

And so it came to pass on August 30th, 2009, ZoZo, and I adopted each other. The first thing to happen after this union was approved, was the discovery that ZoZo was deaf. I proceeded to make up hand signals she would understand. Everyone who came to the house were taught how not to startle her. She learned to cope with the 85 lb. Golden Retriever she was to live with,

and he held swinging doors open so she could go through, and always lets her go out or in every door first.

She has three beds. One next to my bed, one in my studio, and one in the kitchen. This way she can always see me and follow if I leave the room.

From two vets, one who said she was nine and one who said she was ten, I made her 9½, and with a little fudging, her birthday is March 20th, the 1st Day of Spring, and this coming March, she will be 12 years old.

ZoZo closes with these words, ‘I love this guy, and want to be with him forever – and the big dog too.’

Thank you Sherri, for helping to make this story come true, between a senior dog and a senior man.

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Winston

Winston

Thank you Mirto for sharing your love story with Winston!

Winston came to us with no last name, only a cunning resemblance to Dobby, the house elf from the Harry Potter series. He was taken into our home in October 2010.

With his highly positioned ears, but always kept low and outwardly, his big, round, brown eyes and his white muzzle he pushed himself into my heart through an extremely difficult time.

Winston wasn’t suppose to happen to me, he was a surrender to Muttvile (an amazing rescue that focuses on rescuing senior puppies either strays or abandoned the minute the get older, slower and bit more smelly) at a time that I was still bargaining with the World to give me back my beloved Eddie.

He was surrendered by his owner, for no apparent reason (to me).

You see, Winston arrived into my life at a very challenging time:

It was about two months after I had to say goodbye to my Eddie, my senior puppy whom I adored and I was privileged to have called my own for a year and a half.

It was about a two months of having to overcome the shock of my dad’s sudden death to a stroke upon hearing of my mom’s deteriorating condition.

It was about one month after seeing my mom die on a hospital bed after a two year long and painful road fighting Lupus.

He had a lot of work to do.

There was no misunderstanding that Winston would replace anyone or anything, but I was unsure if I had anything left to give this sweet soul so we called his stay a fostering stay at the beginning, a helping hand to a dog that needed an in-between place to stay at.

But creatures, animals and humans alike, have this uncanny ability to burrow in and instead of filling a specific shaped hole, they just expand you heart further and create this whole new space you didn’t think you had in you.

Winston is twelve years old, loves long, off-leash walks in the park, treats of any kind, and giving us plush toys.

Winston is a dancer, doing a little jig with his front paws whenever he wants food.

Winston gives the softest drive-by licks and snores deep into the night while exposing his hairy belly.

I am very fortunate to have found him and him being persistent enough, not to give up on me and pulling me into his life.


So here he is: Winston, The House Elf, Hamon Salabasi Twist or also affectionately known as Ruru or Ru.

Thank you Muttville.

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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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