Success stories

Rosie (aka Miss Chunky)

Rosie (aka Miss Chunky)

We are so incredibly happy to have adopted Miss Chunky (now Rosie)! Her personality has totally blossomed since we brought her home—she is spunky, knows exactly what she wants (and has a lot of attitude if she doesn’t get it), and, best of all, is always such a joy to be around. She is also an endless supplier of laughs, snuggles, and kisses :) We are also happy to report that Rosie has lost some of her weight! She is now ~2 pounds lighter and has been going on some pretty long hikes with us. She is such a champion and has integrated incredibly well into our lives! Recently, Rosie got to help us celebrate Chrissy finishing her Ph.D. on the Berkeley campus, and then joined us on a camping trip to Lassen National Park—Rosie loves spending time outdoors, particularly when it involves exploring new smells and getting to bask in the sunshine! She’s extremely smart, and she usually positions herself to be able to chase chipmunks and still get to enjoy all the smells from our grill :)

Best,

Julian, Chrissy, and Rosie

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Sadie (aka Beverley)

Sadie (aka Beverley)

Hi Muttville,

It’s been an entire year since we adopted Beverley/aka Sadie, and I wanted you to know that she is the happiest, healthiest, most delightful girl! Now that her cancer surgeries are behind her (you did a couple, then we did a couple), she seems to be in A1 health. She’s dropped all her extra weight, and is a champion walker, as well as a champion snuggler. And we discovered that she loves kids! She has lots of typical heeler behaviors, including that characteristic nipping at ankles, but she seems to know not to try that with kids. She became our proud grandson’s favorite show and tell subject; his entire class fell in love!

All in all, she’s been a wonderful addition to our family. Even our nervous little wire-haired guy thinks she’s the greatest.

Thanks so much for all you do, and for making Sadie’s happy ending possible.

All the best,

Patsy Slater

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Captain

Captain

Having Captain (Maurice, Ugwu) in my life has been an absolute blessing. He’s a truly delicate and sweet boy, who never gives any fuss and radiates an easy-going attitude.

Without his vision, he depends on his other senses and so when he’s not napping, his ‘Roomba-ing’ around the apartment is a non-stop cute sight to see. Don’t look down when walking Captain on a leash or you’ll quickly be dizzy from all the circling and back and forth. He has a very keen nose and usually goes around each section of our walks a few times to make sure he fully sniffs them out. Captain never forgets a meal…he tries to urge me for more food just about every day with his puppy eyes! He loves sleeping in late into the morning and enjoys his daily nap(s), which I love for encouraging me to join him! I am grateful to Muttville for connecting me with Captain.

Best, Julian

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Mandu (aka Veronica)

Mandu (aka Veronica)

Hello!

We’d like to share Mandu’s story with Muttville to be posted on the website. I’ve added some photos as well.

Thank you for bringing Mandu (formally Veronica) into our lives! She is the sweetest, gentlest, most loving dog. She instantly bonded to me from day one, but took some time to get used to my husband. To be fair, it took him some time to get used to her as well since Mandu is his first dog ever. Now he is solidly a dog person and loves her and sneaks her pets and treats when he thinks I’m not looking.

She loves her walks and can hike a solid two before getting tired. She seems to like being carried in a bag, even going on bike rides in it. She loves her food, whether it’s her kibble or treats. Her favorite spot is to snuggle in between us on the couch, with her head resting on my husband. She loves meeting other dogs and chasing birds in the park.

Within a few months of adopting her, a lung tumor was found on a screening chest X-ray. Her vet and Muttville has been very helpful as we transition her to hospice care for her presumed lung cancer. She is doing great and has no idea she has cancer! We are so blessed to have her with us so we can spoil her like crazy during her golden years.

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Lego

Lego

Hi my name is Terry my girlfriend Colleen and I recused LEGO and 10 year old tea cup yorkie. We came in on February 27 because we heard there were some yorkies available. We came in and met a few different ones but LEGO jumped up on my lap and wouldn’t leave. The problem was he was supposed to be taken.

We came back on the 28 and LEGO jumped on my lap again we were there to make a choice on one of the others but LEGO became available. So we took him home in the February 29 and he has been such a joy. He really has helped us in this crazy covid times.

LEGO is now a registered emotional support dog with the state of California and loves it.

Thank you Muttville!

Thank you,

TLP

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Oolong (aka Gayle)

Oolong (aka Gayle)

Dear Muttville,

I saw Oolong (formerly named Gayle) on the Muttville website, thought she was cute, and went to see her the following weekend. When I arrived at Muttville she was coincidentally the first dog that approached me. I took that as a serendipitous sign and adopted her that very day, September 15, 2019. She was categorized as a hospice dog (she was 13 at the time and has kidney failure) and I was told that she may only live 3-6 months. Well it brings me great joy to share that we just celebrated her 1 year adoption anniversary and her 14th birthday! She is typically on a strict diet due to her kidney failure, but for her special day we decided to spoil her with steak and a puppuccino!

When I first brought Oolong home she was very timid, barely wagged her tail, and followed me everywhere…even to the toilet. Now she is the happiest, sassiest, and most carefree dog. She wags her tail everyday, is always in the kitchen begging for treats, and loves to go for walks (for a little old lady she sure is fast)! She has somehow managed to take up my entire bed with her little body, likes to rub her face on everything, and is my number one copilot!

A year with her has flown by and I have thoroughly enjoyed watching her blossom. She has plenty of dog friends and a lot of people that love her, and we hope to spend many more years with our little old Oolong! Thank you Muttville, for giving dogs like Oolong a second chance and thank you for blessing me with my best friend.

Sincerely,

Oolong’s Mommy – Journee

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Issa

Issa

Adopting Issa from Muttville in March made an otherwise challenging year totally worthwhile for us. Through a pandemic, a layoff, a recession, and California fires, Issa reminds us daily to live in the moment and be grateful, bringing us endless joy and constant smiles!

She LIVES for her chicken stew dinners and meatball treats (no teeth? No problem!), booty scratches, and cuddling on the couch after a hard day of napping. We couldn’t imagine a more perfect pup for us, and although she’s older (guesstimated 12), we know she has plenty of years full of snacks, snoozes, outfits, and adventures ahead of her.

We don’t know what her life was like before she came into ours, but it couldn’t have been easy. Despite her likely rough past, and a diagnosis of “cognitive dysfunction”, Issa is the most resilient, trusting, easy-going girl around; she teaches us to appreciate the little things and face the world with curiosity and love. Thank you Muttville for bringing this funny little lady (aka “Baby Grandma”) into our lives!

Rachel & David

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Arturo (aka Preston)

Arturo (aka Preston)

Preston is Arturo now (“Artie,” for short), and he’s a lovely little nugget. I’m so happy I adopted him! He has settled in nicely with the cat. They’d rather not cuddle, but I’m convinced they’re friends in every other way. We hang out at Lake Merritt a lot since we live nearby, and there’s nothing Artie loves more than chilling on a picnic blanket with the wind in his ears by the lake. He also loves his daily walk at sunset, and has such a funny disposition when we’re out there. This is his neighborhood, and he won’t let a little arthritis stop him! We’ve been camping together, to the beach, and to the grocery store a few times, too! Such adventure!

Beki

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Red

Red

Red came to Muttville at about 9 years old in January 2014. He was a MinPin Chi. I’d been looking for a rescue dog and Muttville posted lots of photos of senior dogs needing homes.

At first, I passed over Red, but my New York City daughter Bekah recognized him as potentially mine!

Robin and her daughter Hanora were fostering Red for Muttville, and through Red I got a lifelong human friend in Robin – as did Red. Red and I went home to Arcata in May after I adopted him.

Whenever I traveled, and it was a lot, Robin had Red. So, he had his “country estate” in Arcata, a condo in the sky in Emeryville, and a San Francisco urban dwelling.

Red had a very special relationship with my daughter. I’m grateful she was able to come to Arcata at the end of August and spend eight days with us. That look he would give her is forever embedded in my memory.

Red and I were constant companions. Those six words have such important content for me. This last year I have been his personal attendant 24/7, happily.

WE RESCUED EACH OTHER. We really did.

Well, my heart feels as if it has broken into a million pieces as Red took a turn for the worse in October, and I knew the time had come. Malcolm Richardson and Melissa Moser of Myrtletown Vet Hospital were the midwives for his final breath as I held him in my arms.

When his cremains join my Corgi’s in the yard, his stone will read “We rescued each other.” We were together all the time, more so since the pandemic. I found him to be great company, and he said the same for me. It feels like it’s the closing of a major chapter of my life. Red provided love, structure, grounding, and a whole lot of fun. We really were best friends, companions, comrades…FAMILY.

This chapter has closed, and the next chapter has not opened. I know the pain will lessen, but I think it will take a very long time for the deep ache to dissipate.

As for Muttville, I think they are true heroes and heroines. They do not give up on any dog despite whatever is going on. I have been a once a month Mutt Guardian donor to this extraordinary

organization since Red and I found each other six and a half years ago. I will continue on with Muttville for ever and ever.

Pam

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Freddie (aka Moptop)

Freddie (aka Moptop)

My husband and I adopted Freddie (Moptop) on 8/31/2018 through the hospice program. She is our 2nd hospice adoption. She had malignant mammary tumors. She had 2 major surgeries to remove both mammary chains. It was the best investment ever. We celebrated her 2nd adoptoversary this week. Attached are a few photos of Freddie living her best life. She is my best girl and she loves to be included in everything. Her favorite thing is Friday date night to frozen custard.

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