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Success stories

Henry 4499

Henry 4499

Hospice dog Henry hears the Call of the Wild! Thanks to Cathy for sharing:

Henry is a total love. He’s gotten strong and improved his stamina quite a bit chasing Haehly. He’s very competitive so doesn’t like to be left behind. At the river he ran all over the rocks and in the water. He ran through tall grass in the meadow following deer trails. He encountered 3 young bucks and was very respectful. As they moved toward him he stood his ground until they whirled away bounding off He didn’t chase, just looked happy. He’s a great traveler, enjoys a good burger and checking out rest stops. He’ very good about going outside, even in new places. He’s so much fun! It’s great to see him get excited and launch into the back seat of the car He also has a very special trick that he pulls out only when one of his very favorites, usually pizza, is on offer. I’ll try to get a pic but he’s got me laughing so hard I forget. He also puts on his “utterly sincere” face. Quite an act. Well he’s so endearing and fun and cute I hope he’s with us for quite a while. We go back to the mountains to celebrate the 4th with him. So grateful for him and all the mutts that gain their independence from lack to love with you. You guys are really the greatest!

Much love

Cathy, Scott and Henry (WhiteFang)



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Fergus (fka Franco)

Fergus (fka Franco)

Fergus’s story is the stuff dreams are made of! Thanks to Lin for sharing:

J’adore this guy! He loves the redwoods and that he can see the kitchen from the end of the bed. He loves the car, doing errands and going to the office. And that was just day one!

We are blessed🐾🐾

lin and tully



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Blossom #1628

Blossom #1628

Thanks for this wonderful update, Eve and Gretchen! Read Blossom’s sweet story:

This is Blossom. She is a true princess in our home. She was originally adopted from Muttville by Joanne. Joanne’s daughter Skye was my other dog, Atom’s, dog nanny as Atom had severe separation anxiety. They got to know each other while Skye cared for Atom. Sadly, Joanne developed a recurrence of breast cancer after many years and ultimately passed away less than a year after adopting sweet Blossy. Skye asked me if I would consider taking Blossom myself as it would be good for Atom to have a sibling and it would lessen the grief of losing her mom. We are now a very happy family with a 3rd westie sister Scout.

Thanks for doing what you do at Muttville!

Eve and Gretchen (and Blossom, Atom and Scout)



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Muggs

Muggs

A San Francisco Love Story: Two Brides and a Beagle Best Man

We adopted Muggs from Muttville in August of 2015. We weren’t really expecting to adopt a dog, but we fell in love as soon as he barked at us. It took a while for Muggs to warm up to us. It was understandable, considering he had a family abandon him and then an adopter give up on him. For the first six months or so, Muggs was cautious around us.

When we brought him home, it wasn’t long before we learned that he had an undeniable passion for food. If there was a drop of anything edible, anywhere in our tiny apartment, he would find it. And he would be pleased with himself. We learned quickly that he had to be kept busy – lots of stimulating toys and stuffed animals were needed to keep our active senior occupied. He was incredibly patient with his bossy new sister, Sadie, allowing her to rule the roost and take the lead. He would entertain us with his silly antics, his voracious appetite, and his constant energy. It was clear that he loved to explore nature, and try new things.

It has been almost two years since we brought Muggs home. He’s sick, and we aren’t sure how much longer we have with him. We’ve made a bucket list of things to do with him, and things to feed him. He’s got a gastrointestinal disease that makes it nearly impossible for his body to absorb proteins. He’s losing weight drastically. But his spirit remains. He loves nothing more than to go on long walks and explore the outdoors. He loves eating, all day, every day. He loves to lick our bed and guard our front door. Every time we come home or we have a visitor come over, Muggs enthusiastically brings over a stuffed toy, a peace offering and a sign of his friendliness and love. He loves to play tug of war. Like a true beagle, he has about 15 different barks that tell us if he’s thirsty, hungry, happy, scared, bored, or silly. We love him so much and will forever be grateful to Muttville for allowing us to be part of his story. It’s been so fun to be his moms.

We loved having him at our wedding. It felt fitting for him to be at a celebration of commitment and love, knowing that he originally ended up at Muttville when a divorce went sour. We hope that he knows how much we treasure him, and how lucky we feel to have been chosen by him!

Love, Amy and Rachel



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Humphrey fka Drake

Humphrey fka Drake

The path to true love isn’t always straight!

Thanks to wonderful mutt parents, Andrew and Celestine, who adopted Humphrey, for sharing their story.

My girlfriend and I began to visit Muttville in February 2016, and in March, Drake came in. It was obvious that he had been through a lot. He was skittish, went ballistic when he saw other dogs, was difficult to handle, and HATED to cuddle or be picked up. Let’s just say we were lucky he didn’t have any teeth.

We visited him every weekend, and checked his status on muttville.org every day. We watched visitors week after week pass over the misunderstood little tyke. Two months passed, and the poor old boy still had no luck. But one weekend, we had a breakthrough. As usual, he was ignoring us, when suddenly another dog came into the room. We’ll never forget what happened next. Drake saw us playing with her, crept across the room, pushed her out of the way, and after a moment of hesitation, gingerly climbed into my lap. We stayed there for hours, just holding him and crying together.

However, because we had both recently lost our childhood dogs, we still didn’t know if we were ready. And I’m ashamed to say that we left without him. We were only able to visit sporadically the next few weekends, and as time went on, he began to lose his scrappy nature and became more and more depressed.

Eventually, he found a temporary foster home, and we heard how much happier he was in a home environment. And when his temporary foster mom had to bring him back, we offered to foster him.

A month later, a good adoption applicant contacted us. It didn’t pan out, and the relief we felt made us realize that we couldn’t let him go. I’m sure it comes as no surprise that by this point, we had fallen madly, deeply, and hopelessly in love with him. We went from being weekly visitors to foster parents to his forever home. We adopted him at the Clear the Shelters event, and Drake became Humphrey, aka Humphreydoodle aka Humps aka Scuttlebutt. It was one of the happiest days of my life. Nine months after we first took him home, he is now a completely different dog. He runs to greet us when we enter the room, wags his tail furiously, and jumps up on us. He waits for me when I take a shower, sitting patiently outside the door until I’m done. And the biggest change of all – he loves being picked up and cuddled by his mama! Even though he’s over 14, he acts like a puppy now that he's come out of his shell.

He loves to run in the park, chase balls, and pounce on his toys. Senior dogs have so much love to give and to be given in return. He is the best part of my morning when I wake up, and what I look forward to the most coming home everyday. He is my best friend. My only regret is that we didn’t take him home sooner.



Are you the proud parent of a Muttville dog? Send us your story! Include 3 of your favorite photos and send to success_stories@muttville.org with the subject line ‘Success Story’.

Are you the proud parent of Muttville dog? Send us your story! Include three of your favorite photos and send it to success_stories@muttville.org with the subject line 'Success Story'.

Jimmy 3590

Jimmy 3590

It is also Jimmy’s birthday! Mom Meaghan tells us:

Jimmy turns 16 today and he has not slowed down one bit in the year and a half we have had him. If anything he has more puppy energy now than ever. He runs around the house chasing a ball or one of his other toys every day. Jimmy enjoys long walks exploring the city. He’s done his fair share of traveling including flights to Toronto and Vancouver.

I think Jimmy’s favorite thing in the world is food. He has an amazing talent for opening all sorts of things you need thumbs for to get to something tasty.

There is no way to express how much joy he has brought us. He brings a smile to just about everyone’s face when we are on our walks. We are so thankful to Muttville for bringing Jimmy into our lives. We have become crazy pet parents and would have it no other way. I hope that we are bringing as much love and joy into his life as he has brought to ours.

Thank you Muttville!



Are you the proud parent of a Muttville dog? Send us your story! Include 3 of your favorite photos and send to success_stories@muttville.org with the subject line ‘Success Story’.

Are you the proud parent of Muttville dog? Send us your story! Include three of your favorite photos and send it to success_stories@muttville.org with the subject line 'Success Story'.

Suki #3034

Suki #3034

Happy Second Adopt-aversary to Suki and mom Anne:

I can’t believe 2 years have gone by since Suki joined our family. Instead of slowing down as one might expect with a senior dog, each day Suki just shows more of her animated puppy spirit. She can hardly contain her excitement to get outdoors for long walks in pursuit of the next tree, post, bush or patch of grass to sniff…and of course, pee on. Her love for her walks is matched only by her love for her breakfast, lunch, dinner and, oh yes, snacks…lots of them! Suki will tell you, “Mom has never served a meal I didn’t love”! In her down time, Suki enjoys napping for hours with fur sister Ziggy and spending relaxing lap time with Mom and Dad. She has brought us much joy, kisses and laughter at her hilarious antics and we are so lucky she could find her forever home with us.

Thank you Suki, and Thank you Muttville!



Are you the proud parent of a Muttville dog? Send us your story! Include 3 of your favorite photos and send to success_stories@muttville.org with the subject line ‘Success Story’.

Are you the proud parent of Muttville dog? Send us your story! Include three of your favorite photos and send it to success_stories@muttville.org with the subject line 'Success Story'.

Mickey (in memoriam)

Mickey (in memoriam)

Our hearts go out to Katie, who recently lost Mickey:

I adopted little Mickey on August 29, 2016 and he passed on April 12, 2017.

He was the light of my life for the quick time he was mine and he truly did change me. He was feisty, such a bad-ass, but also the best little dude to snuggle with and love. I can’t believe it happened so quick, but I know he’s in a better place. He’s my absolute Angel, just as he was when he was here.

I thank you for your amazing mission and for bringing me a little guy like Mickey. He is truly my best friend and will always have a special place in our hearts. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to give him an excellent life for the later part of it and for accepting these babies regardless of their circumstances. He was easy to love and so very hard to let go. We will think of him daily.

To Mickey, to Muttville- Thank you



Are you the proud parent of a Muttville dog? Send us your story! Include 3 of your favorite photos and send to success_stories@muttville.org with the subject line ‘Success Story’.

Are you the proud parent of Muttville dog? Send us your story! Include three of your favorite photos and send it to success_stories@muttville.org with the subject line 'Success Story'.

Success Stories: Mother's Day Edition!

Whether you’re a Mutt Mom, a Mom Mom, or you have somebody you call Mom, we salute you! Did you know that at Muttville we have many in the triple-Mom category? Meet some our stellar mom-kid volunteer teams.

AMY AND DANIEL


Mom Amy

My 14-year old son, Daniel, and I began volunteering at Muttville last August, and are fairly faithful Sunday afternoon/evening regulars. I must admit, that sometimes my motivation to get out of the house on Sunday afternoons lags a bit, and in an interesting bit of role reversal, Daniel starts urging me to get moving, saying he does not want to be late for our shift. Daniel loves his time at Muttville, and he is a wonderfully dedicated volunteer. During our three hours there, we rarely do the same tasks, and only bump into each other occasionally, which I had not expected when we started as volunteers. When we meet up at the end of the shift, we share notes on the drive home about our favorite dogs, and Daniel likes to tease me about my canine “boyfriends.”

I have been amazed and impressed with his willingness to do manual labor at the shelter, as that is not always the case at home. He has also become a fierce advocate for senior dogs, enthusiastically extolling their virtues to prospective adopters. Daniel’s work in the Muttville kitchen, prepping and administering medications and food for the dogs, has nurtured his interest in the medical field. I have truly appreciated how welcoming and encouraging Muttville staff has been of Daniel and me, and they have enabled Daniel to jump in and volunteer in a variety of ways. And his efforts are truly appreciated by staff-what parent wouldn’t want to hear praise about their child and his work, and see how proud it makes their child as a result?

I am truly proud of Daniel’s volunteer commitment to Muttville. I have seen his incredible compassion for the dogs, especially those most physically challenged. He has also shown that he can work well with others on a team, and has demonstrated impressive maturity and responsibility in his efforts. Volunteering has been a surprisingly wonderful opportunity for Daniel and me to see each other in new and different roles, and I am truly grateful that we have found Muttville.

Son Daniel:

When I started volunteering at Muttville I thought it would feel like work to me. But it is not work, I really enjoy it! I pressure my mom to leave the house every Sunday so that we can get to Muttville on time. It’s cool that there are tasks for both of us to do as Muttville volunteers. My mom is good at washing and folding laundry, and I love preparing food for the dogs. I love when we share stories about our favorite dogs and get excited when they get adopted or fostered. We bond over Muttville, and it is a great experience that we get to share every week.



MICHELLE AND CHIARA


Mom Michelle:

I would never have guessed that our happening upon a Muttville adoption event in October 2015 would have resulted in a weekly volunteer experience that my daughter is fully committed to, and turn me, a total non-dog person, into a person who enjoys dogs. My daughter has always been an animal lover and would gladly have as many as possible, but because our family is not home during the week much, we aren’t a good option to have a dog at home, so when Chiara had the opportunity to hop into a Muttville adoption pen and pet away, she was in heaven! She wanted to keep coming back every week and so we became regular attendees at the adoption events before we became official volunteers. I’ve been struck by how open and welcoming the staff and volunteers are at Muttville and how you can find the right niche for you. 


Everyone there saw a fellow dog lover in Chiara and took the time to show her the ropes and give her the opportunity to grow and take on more responsibility. When we are there we sometimes work together, but mostly she spends her time with the dogs (washing them, walking them, and giving some TLC especially to the ISO dogs) but also making sure the laundry is done and the ISO rooms are cleaned while I spend time chatting people up about Muttville. I love the fact that Chiara understands that there is more than just the fun parts of having a dog and that there is a lot of unglamorous work to make a place like Muttville work and she embraces that too. Her volunteer work has also allowed her to get more comfortable talking with people she doesn’t know because she is always happy to talk about dogs or what needs to be done around Muttville.

Shortly after the first dog that really captured Chiara’s heart (Louise) was adopted, I was getting her up for school one day and she said, “Oh I wish you hadn’t woken me up, I was having the best dream about Louise.” Each week there is a new dog that captures her attention, across all breeds and physical conditions, that finds their forever home because of Muttville’s great work that we’ve had the opportunity to be small part of, and becomes one of the dogs of her dreams.


Daughter Chiara:

My favorite dog was Louise, she followed me around and would not go anywhere without me. Typically, on the way home, my Mom and I talk about which dogs we liked and our favorites. Coming to Muttville makes me feel sad and happy. I feel bad for the dogs but I am helping. Coming with my mom is fun and I get to spend some extra time with the dogs, because we can’t have one.


ROBERTA AND SOPHIE


Mom Roberta:

Sophie and I started volunteering at Muttville in 2015.  We initially thought we would be foster parents, which we were, immediately for a gorgeous schnauzer named Prince Charming, we had him for 2 days before he was adopted. We realized pretty quickly that we loved Muttville so much that we wanted to spend more time at HQ. We have been volunteering pretty much every Saturday for the last two years. But that’s not all, together we have transported dogs from LA, dropped off and picked up dogs from the vet, worked adoptions events all over San Francisco and become adoption counselor/closers. It has been truly awesome that this is something that we both love and that we love doing together.

I think that a lot of what has made our experience so rich is not just the amazing dogs (which were certainly the initial draw) but the people of Muttville. We had no idea there was such a huge network of people out there constantly communicating about animals that need to be saved and people to save them by car, by plane etc. It is clear to us that Muttville is not only saving dogs it is saving people.

We look forward to being a part of the Muttville family for a long, long time.  And at the moment we are totally and completely enjoying our adorable and sweet foster Calla Lily! 


Daughter Sophie:

I like volunteering at Muttville with my Mom because I love the dogs and the people and it’s a place where we can bond, plus we share a love of dogs.

When we leave for the day we don’t stop talking about the dogs and how cute they are. 

We make my dad suffer through our hour-long conversations about the mutts when we come home. 

My first favorite dog was Reese, she was a gray-black terrier mix. She crawled into my lap one day and I was hooked. 

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Rosalind (fka Gretchen)

Rosalind (fka Gretchen)

We’ve had Gretchen (now named Rosalind after Rosalind Franklin) for about 2 months and she is thriving. She found a good sun spot in the house, shares the bed with the big dog and is befriending the rabbit (see pictures attached). She had 16 teeth removed last month and has slowly started eating again and gaining cute pudge. She is incredibly loving and playful! We are forever grateful to Muttville for introducing us. Rosalind constantly makes us smile and reminds us to be resilient. Another Muttville miracle!

Hope things are going well there!

Best,

Lou and Raylan



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Are you the proud parent of Muttville dog? Send us your story! Include three of your favorite photos and send it to success_stories@muttville.org with the subject line 'Success Story'.

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