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Shucks

Shucks

Hello Muttville!

I wanted to share a short adoption story + photo with you for Shucks 6825. Please pardon my delay; Matt was traveling, and I wanted to get a full family shot :)

On September 3rd, Shucks came home with us as our first foster pup, and less then a week later, we failed (in the best way!) and adopted our new best friend. He is the kindest, cuddliest little dog we’ve ever met, and we couldn’t imagine life without him curled up on our laps. The Muttville crew is one in a million, and we can’t thank you enough for rescuing Shucks and matching him with us. Life is sweet with Shucks!

Love, Steph, Matt, & Shucks

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Lulu (In Memoriam)

Lulu (In Memoriam)

Hello friends at Muttville,

It is with the heaviest of hearts we are reaching out to you guys to let you all know our beautiful baby girl, Lulu (formerly Catelyn) crossed over the rainbow bridge yesterday. She was surrounded by all of us, in her favorite blanket. She passed peacefully in my arms, pinned to my chest, like she always was.

Thank you for giving her a chance. Thank you for helping us find each other. It’s the wonderful work you all do at Muttville that gives these beautiful babies the lives they deserve.

I wrote the following piece for her:

I’ve never felt such unconditional love for a little ball of fur (until you and Cleo).

We knew from the very beginning, when we adopted you that our time shared was going to be limited. But my dear Lulu, you were what we needed. In a perfect world we would’ve met you much, much sooner. We would’ve loved you as soon as you came into the world if we could. But it’s not up to us to decide when or how we meet each other. We could only be grateful that we did. We wanted to protect you, give you excess of everything. Toys, beds, treats and behind-the-ear rubs. And for the almost two years you gave us, We’re happy to say we were able to do that.

The love we wanted you to have in your golden years was the kind that you should have had for your life’s entirety. We hope you know it’s the same selfless love that understands when love alone cannot keep you here.

We love you more than you’ll ever know, my little shadow, my bed hog, my 7 pounds of sunshine. You’ve left this earth with a part of our hearts and your dad, sister and me will miss you everyday until we meet again. Safe travels over the rainbow bridge, baby mine.

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Butter (In Memoriam)

Butter (In Memoriam)

I wanted to let you know that Butter (aka Stutter), our sweet and beloved senior Pomeranian from Muttville, passed away peacefully in my arms a few weeks ago.

I’m sure you see lots of dogs—Butter was in your hospice program, and we adopted him in October. His prior owners had dropped him off in a kill shelter in San Jose, declaring him “too old,” but thank goodness you guys scooped him up.

My sons, my husband and I all adored Butter, and we did all we could to make his every day a good one. I work at home, and also have an 8-year-old bichon, so he pretty much got constant cuddles. He also really loved to walk—his arthritis and other issues didn’t stop him.

Butter affected me deeply with his willingness to trust and heal. He knew he was Butter Goldberg, that he belonged and that he was loved. He was perfect in every way. We miss him tremendously.

I’m so grateful to Muttville for giving him the second chance he so deeply deserved, and that we got to have him for the time we did. Thank you for the amazing work you do.

Warmest regards,

Kathryn

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Timmy (aka Hugo)

Timmy (aka Hugo)

Timmy (previously Hugo) was a special guy and while being a bit of a curmudgeon he was like your favorite putzing grandfather. He was both of our first experience with a senior dog rescue and Tom’s first dog altogether. He loved to sleep under covers and especially loved hunting for snacks. He had a mischievous streak and in his old age learned to knock over garbage cans 4x his size. Further, he loved to rummage through an open Tupperware cabinet regardless of the fact there was nothing edible inside. No snack was safe on Timmy’s watch!

He brought us so much joy in taking him camping and on any other adventure he was able to join (he did not like the sounds of the ocean/ beach). It was camping where we think he was happiest and able to just be in nature. We are so thankful to have had him for the 4 years that we did and feel confident he felt the same. For anyone reading this we hope you consider adopting a senior dog as it was one of the most rewarding relationships we could have imagined. Muttville gave us a special gift in Timmy and for that we are so grateful.

XO Adele and Tom

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Ava (In Memoriam)

Ava (In Memoriam)

Grant and I lost our beloved Ava to kidney failure on August 15, 2019. We are still trying to cope with this painful loss, as she was a central figure in our lives. Ava was my joy, attached to my side for the last four years. We would joke that Ava and Grant were kindred spirits with a deep love of food, frequent naps on the couch, and leisurely walks.

She had a miraculous journey to reach our family. She was found by the roadside in Tijuana, completely emaciated and thought to be dead. West Coast Animal Rescue of Long Beach, led by Sherri Stankewitz, spent 6 months reviving her and caring for her. Then, Sherri’s selfless rescue work was honored by a local television show Prank It Forward (you can find the episode on YouTube – it’s quite heartwarming). One of the “prizes” was that they found homes for all of her dogs. Her senior dogs, including Ava, were taken in by Muttville, led by Sherri Franklin, to be adopted in the Bay Area.

Grant and I were finally ready to welcome a new dog in October 2015, after having lost our Copper of 15 years. We arranged to meet with Ava’s awesome foster mom at Muttville headquarters, took one leisurely walk around the block, and knew we wanted to take Ava home with us. There was a potential snag – another family had an appointment to meet with Ava, but the amazing Sherri Franklin saw how quickly we were bonding with Ava and made an exception for us.

We are so grateful to all these people whose inspiring work brought Ava into our lives and into our hearts. Although we are grieving, Grant and I consider ourselves so lucky to have enjoyed four wonderful years with Ava, our miracle dog.

Jessica & Grant

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Hannah

Hannah

Hello Muttville family!

We are recently retired and new residents of the East Bay. We rescued Hannah from Muttville in early July. In 6 weeks, she has become the love of our lives!!

She is friendly & kind to people & dogs alike. She is a calming influence and stays by our side. During a family visit, we had as many as 5 dogs here for the weekend & all did great!! Her coat is shiny and her tail hair is growing in nicely! (Tail was partially shaved when we got her.) She needs some dental work, but the vet wants to wait for a couple months until she is more settled and to give her a break. Her best friend is a male terrier that lives across the street. We watched him for a week while the owners were on vacation & he and Hannah became besties!!

Also working on toys….she loves balls but doesn’t like to share with other dogs….she wants ALL the balls!! She seems to think stuffed toys were made for shredding, but that’s improving! (Although she really doesn’t want to share those!)

We have a large yard – Hannah is convinced that one of these days she will be successful in catching a squirrel!! Although she did chase a raccoon until it went up on the neighbors roof!

Hannah loves to go in the car! We take her as many places as we can – the brewery, restaurants, shopping, etc. She’s so well behaved & everybody loves her! We took her to Buchanan dog beach in the bay & oh my she had fun!! She rolled in the sand, played with all the dogs, stole some balls (of course), and jumped right in the ocean!!

We rescued a doggie named Hannah.

She was wearing a yellow bandana.

Her style was freewheeling

She was so darned appealing

That her new name is HANNAH BANANA!

So, thank you for our wonderful Hannah!! She’s having a wonderful life and we are enjoying her soooo much!!

Thanks again, Muttville!!

Stan & Becky Bielecki

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Poppy (In Memoriam)

Poppy (In Memoriam)

Dear Muttville,

This note is long overdue, but I am finally able to put words to paper to express our profound gratitude to you for connecting us with our beloved dog, Poppy (fka Sarah 2). We adopted Poppy from Muttville in August of 2011 and our family was able to enjoy 7 wonderful, heart-warming years with her. In the last year of her life, Poppy was diagnosed with a fast-growing cancer and wasn’t healthy enough to make it into the new year, succumbing on January 31, 2018. Her kind spirit and beautiful presence is deeply missed in our home.

Our children were toddlers when we adopted Poppy, though she was initially shy and scared of everything, she was always patient and sweet with them. They named her Poppy Seed Bagel because of the black spots on her white face. We would walk her to Crissy Field daily, and at first, she was afraid of the other dogs and even of the waves. This quickly became difficult to believe as within months this became the favorite part of her day – excitedly dipping in the bay and cavorting with any playful dog. She began to welcome us home with loving howls (truly the best sound in the world) and bury anything she could find in our backyard. She also became a Velcro dog in the truest sense, never wanting to leaving our sides, always ready for any family adventure.

Poppy filled our lives with infinite amounts joy and compassion. We are so grateful for the time we had with her and will do our best to honor her life by supporting other dogs in need. To Muttville, we thank you for enriching our lives so fully and for continuing your mission to honor the lives of senior dogs in need.

Warmly,

Kelly, Sig, Boden and Elsa Anderson

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Chuckie (In Memoriam)

Chuckie (In Memoriam)

Not sticking with him was never an option — it was just a matter of sorting out what was best for him :). He was a funny, funny dog. I wish I could know what he was like when he was younger, I’m sure he was hoot.

I attached two pictures: In one he somehow fell off the bed and landed on the side table – and then just acted all cool as if it was entirely intentional.

The other is of him sleeping. He loved to be wrapped up tight in a blanket with his face pressed against something.

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Dot (aka Dorothy)

Dot (aka Dorothy)

Dear Muttville,

I know it’s been just two weeks since Dot (fka Dorothy 6595) came home with me, but I know you love updates! She made herself at home very quickly and as you can see she has taken charge of what used to be my bed. (I still get to sleep in it as long as I behave myself.) She has also been very quick to bond with me and is very affectionate and we’re loving each other more each day.

Today there was a doggy pageant & parade in my Inner Sunset neighborhood and Dot was the most stylish dog there. She got tons of attention in the form of smiles and scratches and loved every minute of it.

But stardom can be exhausting and requires time to recharge. Dot was fast asleep within seconds of coming home, where she knew she didn’t have to pretend to be glamorous or ladylike.

I just adore this sweet dog and I’m so grateful to have found her at Muttville.

Thank you and best regards,

Scott Keever (and Dot)

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Hippo

Hippo

Where to begin? I fell in love with Hippo in early February of this year when I first saw his sweet face via Facebook and thought he looked similar to our current chihuahua. Once we went to Muttville and met him we knew we had to have him. Did we reeeeally need a third dog? We didn’t think we did but it felt right and we knew he needed us. We prayed he’d be a good fit with our other two. Boy did we luck out. He fit in immediately, learned the doggy ramps and doggy door and figured out that we really liked it when he went potty outside within a few days. He’s the best thing we ever did and love him to the moon and back.

His brother Little and dachshund sister Reedy adore him too and it feels like he’s been with us forever. He’s now living his best life but we are too thanks to him. We may have rescued Hippo but he rescued us as well.

Laurie Garcia

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