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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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Arnold

Arnold

My wife and I officially adopted Arnold 2 years ago on July 29th and he’s such an amazing boy! He is happy, healthy and thriving and we are beyond in love with him!

I met Arnold when he first arrived at Muttville as I had just started volunteering about a month before. Because he is blind and had been a stray, he was confused and a bit shut down.

They kept him separated from the other dogs at first so he could have a minute to decompress and adjust to his new surroundings. He slowly became more comfortable and seemed to be grateful that we were all there to help him.

I made extra trips to Muttville HQ just to hang out with him and take him on walks. We became fast friends, he even showed me he knew ‘sit’ and ‘shake’!

I asked (pressured, insisted, maybe even cried a little) my wife if we could foster him, “he really needs a quiet, snuggly place to live until he finds his forever home” I said!

Well, she relented and I brought him home to meet our cats. That introduction went really well and it only took a few days for us to realize we couldn’t imagine living without him!

The last 2 years have been amazing! Arnold is the best boy, such a love, a great snuggler and SO smart! He knows his way around not just our home but also our neighborhood. Stopping at his favorite trees and meeting his friends from down the block. His favorite things (besides eating and snacking) are riding in the car to the park, snuggling on the sofa and playing with his squeaky toys.

He has enriched our lives beyond imagination and because of him we will forever be advocates for and supporters of the senior pups!!

Thank you Muttville for everything you do for the mutts!

Julie and Anne Marie

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Prince

Prince

Hi Muttville Champions,

It is with great sadness that I have to report that Prince 3952 crossed the rainbow bridge yesterday after a rapid decline in health. We opted for euthanasia to ease his suffering. Prince was a hospice superstar who lived with us for 3 years after coming home in early July, 2016.

True to his name, Prince lived these last 3 years like royalty, sleeping on a huge bed with his family and enjoying treats of steak and chicken, and stopping in to visit everyone in his realm during walks around the block.

RIP Prince, you were a good boy.

Doreen

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Gladys, Phyllis, and Trudy

Gladys, Phyllis, and Trudy

Hello Muttville,

It’s been 4 months since we’ve adopted our girls Gladys (Tan pug), Phyllis (black Chihuahua), and Trudy (Mini pincher). We were a family of three before cancer came and took my husband in late October 2018. In early 2019 we decided we needed to bring some happiness into our house and lives. We decided on seniors and ended up at Muttville. My son Anthony came to look into adoption and instantly he fell in love with our girls. Gladys is easy going, loves people, loves car rides and is a huge fan of belly rubs. All I have to say is “wanna go?” and she darts off to the door ready to jump in the car. Phyllis is shy and hates walks but loves cuddle time and will often slip you kisses when you least expect it. Trudy is our snugglebug and loves walks. She will spin in circles if you ask her if she wants to walk. She also loves burrowing her head into you and giving endless kisses. I think they are rescuing us more then us rescuing them. They bring so much joy to the house and we are so fortunate to have them. Thank you for bringing us our girls.

Mary, Valerie, and Anthony

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Squishy

Squishy

Squishy is named after a Scott “Squishy” Squibbles, a Disney character that was overlooked and underestimated by everyone. Although she started off overweight, she has been working very hard over this past year to get more active and shed her extra pounds. Although she could not climb any stairs just 12 months ago, she was recently able to climb the stairs to the top of a 40 story building! Her confidence and energy have skyrocketed and she continues to surprise and inspire everyone with her progress.

Squishy has done more for me than I can ever do for her. I would like to thank Muttville for giving me the chance to meet my best friend. Her loyalty, work ethic, and love keep me going everyday.

I love you so much Squishy!

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