Success stories

Little Prince William

Little Prince William

Little Prince William has had an amazing journey. He came to Muttville, one of the most neglected dogs we’ve ever met, but he was a strong little guy who always held his head up high. Read his blog story from June 2011.

His parents Rob and Kristi wrote this loving story of how they met their “Little Prince”, a.k.a Willy.

Our Little Prince

I have to say that I was a little intimidated when my husband and I decided to bring Willy home. I have had many dogs in my life but never one with Willy’s history or needs. He had spent most of his life in an extremely neglectful home, locked in a small cage. He was blind, had no teeth, could barely walk, was very hunched over and was missing about half his fur. When Marie told us that the doctors thought he only had about a year left, I was afraid of becoming attached and then devastated when we lost him. But we decided that we could give him a good life, hopefully good enough to make up for his prior years, with lots of love, exercise, attention and happiness.

The first day we brought him home, Willy showed us what he was made of. He walked the perimeter of our yard for hours, laying down for breaks whenever he got tired. He fell a couple times and walked into several things, but as weak and fragile as he was, he wanted to check it all out, and he did. He seemed so happy – sniffing everything along the way and lifting his face to the sunshine while he rested. He obviously didn’t think of himself as disabled, and seemed happy to just be alive and able to walk around and explore. We were so impressed with his determination and bravery, we fell in love with him instantly.

Over the past several months, Willy’s strength has improved, his fur has grown in thick and soft, and he’s definitely gained a few pounds! He loves to eat and lets us know he’s hungry between meals by making his way into the kitchen and staying there until we get him a snack (his favorites are cheese and liverwurst). He has taken many naps lying on my chest or in my husband’s arms and we love him more every day. He is so brave – never afraid of a challenge – and sweet. He never complains about anything and is actually the easiest of our 4 dogs, despite his “special needs.”

Willy has taught us to appreciate what we have and to have the best attitude you can, all the time. He still has many health issues and we don’t know how much longer we will be blessed with this little guy, but we couldn’t be happier that we overcame our fears and brought him home with us. We hope we’ve enriched his life as much as he’s enriched ours. Our little Prince William!

As we get ready to publish Little Willy’s story, his parents inform us that he recently was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer. We send our love and thoughts to Rob and Kristi, and our Little Prince, who has touched our lives in so many ways. We will always be grateful for all the life lessons we learned from Willy. Thank you, Little Prince for all the joy you brought to those who knew you. We’ll always love you.

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Scrabble

Scrabble

One of our veteran volunteers, Yoko, contributed this Success Story about her Muttville boy, Scrabble. Yoko and her furry kids, Scrabble and Ruby, will be moving to Japan at the end of the month. We wish them a fond farewell and all the happiness in the world, and Yoko promises to spread senior dog love across the seas!

I met Scrabble in an evening of early October 2009.  I just adopted out my very first foster and was heartbroken as a rookie foster parent.  A few weeks after my successful first adoption, I got an email regarding my next foster, a male Pekingese mix from Oakland Animal Shelter.

Headed to Muttville HQ on the day he arrived from Oakland, opened the door and saw a little half bald Peke mix with funny looking mass on his butt.  The first impression was not good – he wasn’t friendly or affectionate.  But his personality wasn’t the only issue – his physical condition was another problem.  Upper part of his mass was fan-shaped and jaggy on the edge, and the base of his tale was swelled up.  His stomach, hip, tail, and legs barely had any hair, and the baldness accentuate his mass as there’s no fur to cover the terrible looking bumps.  His nickname at the shelter was “Monkey Butt.” According to the vet, the bumps were hormone growth caused by neutering and should disappear in 2-3 months.

I have taken him to as many adoption events as possible since his arrival.  I put an oversized coat on him to hide his bumps and talked him up, but people were too discouraged to even consider because his mass were simply too gross, and unfortunately I couldn’t disagree. Although his mass was doing enough damage to attract potential adopters, his personality didn’t help much either.  He would not wag or smile at anyone; moreover, he attempted to bite a few volunteers at his first event.  It seemed impossible to find his forever home at that time – either he needed to lose his temper or lose the bumps.

A few months passed, and he was settling in nicely (yet bumps were still there).  And long-awaited first application for him was sent.  A lung cancer survivor was looking for a buddy to be out and about with.  Within 10 minutes of her first meet-n-greet, she fell in love with him and said “he’s the one.”  Scrabble went to his new home in the end of December, and everything was great. His new mom emailed me everyday to let me know how he was doing and how happy she was to have him by her side.  It was a match made in heaven; however, he ended up coming back to me 2 weeks later as his new mom’s condition suddenly worsened, and she was no longer able to care for Scrabble.

3 months after his return, we received another application for Scrabble.  The meeting went well, and new candidate seemed genuinely interested.  But part of me was not thrilled about the idea of letting him go as my dog, Ruby, and I were very attached to him at this point. I was secretly hoping that this adoption wouldn’t happen, and I did not hear back after the meet-n-greet, so I was somewhat convinced that the adoption wasn’t happening.  And shortly after, Scrabble went to his temporary foster care for 2 week as I was going out of town.  At the end of my vacation, I got an email from Scrabble’s temporary foster mom saying the lady from the recent meeting wants to adopt him and was coming to get him before my return.  My heart dropped.  I wanted to claim that he is mine, but unfortunately he wasn’t, and I was not ready to have a 2nd dog just yet.

While Scrabble was gone, it wasn’t just me who didn’t enjoy his absence, but Ruby also had hard time without him.  Usually she inhales her food, but she would not finish her food and didn’t seem too excited about her meal.  Nothing affected her appetite prior, so I knew it was because Scrabble wasn’t around.

A few weeks after my return, I got an email from Scrabble’s new mom – it was about how things weren’t working and she wants to return Scrabble.  I did not waste any time to ask when I can pick him up, and I went the right next day.  I could tell she felt terrible to return him, but I was way too ecstatic to have him back that I wanted to thank her almost.  I could tell Scrabble was thrilled to see me, and he jumped right in my car.  We got home, and as I was watching Ruby and Scrabble reunited, I realized he completed my household.  I knew he was meant to live with us, not temporarily, but permanently.

On 2010 June 30th, Scrabble had officially become my child.  We have been very happy together since, and not to mention, Ruby got her appetite back the day Scrabble came back.  My dogs allowed me to foster 4 dogs after Scrabble’s adoption, and they have been nothing but fantastic to all the dogs that came to stay with us.

Scrabble had finally had his ‘monkey butt mass’ removed 2 months ago, his hair grew back beautifully, and people we meet always compliment him on his beautiful coat.  He’s been a loving loyal companion, and I cannot imagine my life without him now.  We are moving to Japan in 2 weeks and starting our new lives together.  Though I’m a little nervous about the move, as long as my furry children are with me, I know I can make it though.  My happiness resides where they are!

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Baby Ruth and Piano Man

Baby Ruth and Piano Man

Foster mom Stephanie penned this sweet tale she titled
“One Tale of Two Tails and Six Names”:

All was not well. After a cruel and neglectful life of puppy production, Mattie and Shelty were unceremoniously discarded at the shelter. Once their failing health limited their ability to turn a profit, it was not worthwhile to keep them around. And so it was that exactly one year ago they clung tightly to each other, terrified of the unknown. At their age and in their poor condition, there was no hope for them. Until Muttville saved their precious and important lives.

 

“All will be well,” we whispered to them. As part of the healing process, they were promptly renamed. Baby Ruth and Piano Man. Both were in urgent need of medical attention and Sherri gave the green light to “take care of these babies, do whatever it takes.” Leaning on each other for support, they bravely worked their way through it all. Weeks turned into months as they patiently awaited their forever home. Not an easy adoption in any way, the common belief was that they would become permanent residents in their foster home. Yet as tempting as it was, we held onto the hope that there was a home out there for them. A home where Baby Ruth would be carried upon command, where Piano Man would receive the special TLC he needs for his seizures and where they would be accepted as they are. This happened for them.

 

All is better than well. Heather and Mike welcomed them into their home and hearts. This is that perfect home, the one we imagined for them. The little babies now have their forever names. Daphne and Charlie. Daphne begins her days by delicately sipping foam from lattes. She is a sassy and demanding toothless wonder who thinks the world revolves around her. And it does. Charlie receives the best care possible and spends much of his time hero-worshiping brother Winston and cuddling with sister Jada. He relishes his hugs and kisses, his little tail finally swishing back and forth with joy. They go to the beach. They play with toys. They eat carrots and bok-choy. They sleep under countless layers of blankets. They are happy. Heather and Mike are an encouraging reminder of all that is good in this world. And thanks to them, life is finally beautiful for Daphne and Charlie. Look at them now.

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Boo Boo

Boo Boo

Thank you to Muttville mom MaryAnn for sharing her love story:

My name is MaryAnn. I adopted a Pomeranian named Boo Boo (Muttville name Pixie ) on June 21, 2011 from Muttville Senior Dog Rescue.

I noticed Boo Boo when I was walking my dog Teri. It was just a coincidence that her foster mom lives close by me and was walking Boo Boo right across from my house. I didn’t know during that time she was up for adoption. Boo Boo caught my attention right away because she reminded me of my last Pomeranian. I went over to greet this little pup. Only then, the foster mom Lisa told me that this dog needed a home. Honestly, I had no intention of getting another dog since the one I have is already a handful and she is also extremely antisocial. But I decided to take a chance and have Boo Boo meet my Teri. With the help of the foster mom, the doggie introduction was a cautious one. Honestly, I feared for the worse. I really didn’t have high hopes. But in disbelief, Teri has no issues with Boo Boo. She immediately shared her food and her extra bed with her. I guessed it was meant to be. The adoption process was easy and quick.

I have two little fluffy girls in my life now. In addition, Teri has an adorable sister to share her daily walks and her huge closet of clothes.

Many of my friends have said Boo Boo is extremely fortunate because I have given her a second chance and a well overdue loving home. However, the truth is that Boo Boo has given me a happier outlook and hopeful future. She came into my life after my mom passed away a year and a half ago. I was still mourning my immense loss and felt a tremendous emptiness inside. This fate encounter cannot come at a better time. Both Boo Boo and I were searching to fill a void in our lives. Our hearts are fuller now.

Most importantly, Teri and I give thanks to Muttville for taking Boo Boo out of the shelter and the foster mom Lisa for providing Boo Boo the necessary care before my adoption. They are definitely Boo Boo’s fairy godmothers. Muttville is one of the best dog rescues around, especially because it focuses to find homes for the most overlooked and neglected dogs, the senior group. Thumbs up to their great cause.

And just a final note, Boo Boo has countless admirers, especially during our walks and many strangers have stopped to take pics of her. She is often compared to the Pomeranian named “Boo”, known as the current cutest dog on the Internet. My Boo Boo doesn’t really understand this comparison but she appreciates all the attentions she has be getting lately. She definitely deserves it.

It’s never too late for a new beginning!

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Detective Tinkerton

Detective Tinkerton

Detective Tinkerton was a very special little fellow!

He was rescued by Muttville back in 2010. Janice Serilla and her husband Niall from Santa Cruz adopted him within months of Muttville taking him.

The Detective was abandoned in a vacant apartment in San Francisco and when found, was emaciated and covered in fleas. Who knows how long he was left alone. He was also pretty blind, somewhat deaf, had hardly any teeth, an old jaw injury from who knows what, a fistula (which was an abnormal connection between his sinus cavity and his mouth. So basically he had a hole into his mouth from his nose) which was very infected, he had a suspected brain tumor and a mass in his belly, low blood sugar and had mobility issues due to something possibly pressing on his spine. He was in very bad shape. It was very obvious that his previous owner never had taken him to a Veterinarian for care.

Even with all his health problems, he had the will like no one had ever seen. He was the happiest little old fellow and would greet anyone openly.

Janice and Niall adopted him with the knowledge that his days were numbered due to his conditions. They wanted to give him the best ending to his life and wanted him to know what it was like to be unconditionally loved in his last few shorts months. Tink passed away on April 5th 2011. He lived much longer than what was had expected. Read his story in full here on Janice’s website, Gimpy Pets.

‘Tink’ inspired Janice to continue to adopt seniors and disabled animals. She was also inspired to start a pet related business to help promote the positive light in caring for a disabled pet. Janice started the website Gimpy Pets.com which she writes about all sorts of pet related issues on her blog as well as has designed pet products with a message. Her pet adoption message t-shirts and her Detective Tinkerton products sell on her Gimpy Pets Zazzle store. 10% of all Gimpy Pet’s sales go to help animals in need.

Muttville, Janice and Niall thank Detective Tinkerton for being a part of their lives. He definitely had something very special about him. He touched so many that met him. Rest in Peace little fella! We miss you and will love you forever as well as will never forget you!

It’s never too late for a new beginning!

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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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