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Lucy (in Memoriam)

Lucy (in Memoriam)

With heavy hearts, we want to inform you that we said goodbye to our Lucy yesterday. She was adopted from Muttville, originally Lucille, in February 2015. Words can’t even begin to describe how much we loved her, and how devastated we are that she’s gone. But we want to tell her/our story, because although we know there will never be another Lucy, we know that as dog-lovers, this is what we signed up for, and we want to remind people how special older dogs are. Whether you get your dog as a puppy or as a senior or somewhere in between, the love and the memories are worth every bit of heartbreak in the end.

My wife and I volunteered at the San Francisco SPCA for a year and a half to fulfill our doggie craving while we lived in an apartment that didn’t allow pets. We moved into our own house the last weekend of January 2015, saying we’d wait a bit to find just the right dog for us. We only made it to Valentine’s Day when little 10ish-year-old Lucy waddled into our family. We’d always been drawn to Muttville Senior Dog Rescue because we found senior dogs to be so sweet and mellow, and we knew from our experience at the SPCA that it was that much harder for them to find forever homes. But adopting Lucy was no charity act, because we considered ourselves truly lucky for every single day we got to spend with this grumpy old lady.

For three years Lucy really wasn’t much of a cuddle bug, but she struggled with dementia for quite some time, and as she became more fatigued near the end, she would literally fall asleep in our arms like a newborn baby. She always had a generally aloof personality, but somehow that suited us just fine, because we knew deep down she truly needed us and we would literally do anything to please her and make her more comfortable. We would revel in her happy bunny-hopping around the house, her soft blonde curls, her adorable curled-up poses in her bed, and of course her cozy snuggles. Lucy was absolute perfection to us, and to think that she was found stray and overweight with an enlarged spleen (that was eventually removed) and a mouthful of rotten teeth (also mostly removed) breaks our hearts. We can only guess what her life was like before, but we always hoped that her days with us were her happiest and comfiest to date.

As the first dog I’ve ever had to call my own, I can’t remember life without Lucy. Given her declining health near the end, it was nearly impossible to think about saying goodbye. But I wouldn’t trade our love for her for anything in the world, and I know our feelings are no less valid than someone who has had the same dog for 15 years. We see so many senior dogs – through Muttville and tons of other amazing rescue organizations – that once would have been overlooked by adopters, and we’re so grateful that these dogs are being given another chance. Because by opening our home to Lucy three years ago, by embracing whatever time she had left, we opened our hearts to a lifetime of memories: her lifetime with us. We will forever be grateful that she chose our family to be her own, and we will forever hold her in our hearts, our littlest love, our Lucy.

Thank you Muttville for all that you do, and for bringing us Lucy. I’m sure we’ll be seeing you again sometime soon.

Jessica & Nicole

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Shuggie

Shuggie

Shuggie settled in perfectly, the stitches are out and the vet gave him the perfect bill of health.

He’s such a lovely goofball with sloppy kisses and hugs to share for everyone! He also loves to do this adorable “butt dance” when he realizes he’s going out for a walk. Here he is the first week and a half settling in.

Thank you for the amazing opportunity to adopt this lovely big fellow!

Ella

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Farrah

Farrah

I can’t say thank you enough for giving us the opportunity to give Farrah a second chance. We love her! She makes our day, every day.

Farrah’s been on several trips with us, including a road trip to Portland. Farrah prefers short lazy walks, loves riding in the car, loves napping and makes us laugh with her funny groans. She gets excited for every meal and loves the mornings! She loves meeting new people and sunbathing.

She recently moved with us to her second home as a part of our family and did wonderfully. Our favorite part of the new home was seeing her trot through it.

It will be two years in August that Farrah is a part of our family and we couldn’t be happier.

Thanks again, Muttville!

Cristina, Tim and Farrah

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Bella (aka Jelly) #4620

Bella (aka Jelly) #4620

We adopted Bella (formerly named Jelly) #4620 on July 1st 2017. She was truly meant to be our pup! When I first saw her, my mom put her on my lap and it was love at first sight. We waited almost a month to adopt her because we were going on a family trip and we didn’t think it was fair to her if we adopted her then handed her off to someone else to watch over for a week. After we came back we went straight to Muttville the next morning to adopt her. We couldn’t believe that she was still there! She has been a great match for our family and she is still young at heart. Although she loves to sleep most of the day, she enjoys going on walks and running at the beach. We have already went on many adventures with her, such as Fort Funston, Ocean Beach, and Santa Cruz. She also loves to go and cheer my sister and I on at our soccer games. Bella is truly special and we love her so much! Thank you Muttville for introducing us to the dog of our dreams!

With love,

Renee, Chris, Skyler, and Peyton

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Gatsby (in Memoriam)

Gatsby (in Memoriam)

After two wonderful years, Gatsby has moved on to the next place. He was a sweet loving little guy and learned to smile. My daughter gave him a wonderful life and he spent the last two years melting hearts and making friends.

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Pierre (in Memoriam) #2864

Pierre (in Memoriam) #2864

Goodbye, sweet PIERRE

It is with the heaviest of hearts, that we say goodbye to you, our tired little buddy.

On Valentine’s Day, three years ago, we went to the Muttville shelter for older dogs and found you – shy and shaky little PIERRE.

PIERRE was the name that they had given you at the shelter, but we liked it, and we kept it. It fit you well, and confirmed the French-Canadian heritage that comes with becoming one of our family members.

You were found as a stray walking the streets of Oakland. At the shelter, you were sad, and alone, and scared. But we knew that you were a distinguished little gentlemen, who just needed someone to love you, and to care for you.

You came to us with deep and old wounds – both physical and emotional. And while we’ll never know the joys or sorrows of your first ten years, we committed ourselves to ensuring that your journey to find us was worth any pain that you may have suffered, any despair that you may have endured.

When I picked you up and held you for the first time, I knew that we also needed you. You brought us so much joy, surprise, smiles, laughter, pride, concern, stress and now…loss. In the end though, we gained so much more than we have now lost, because we could never have imagined that anything in this world could love us as much as you did, or challenge us to grow as people, or turn our lives upside down, or give us a different perspective on everything that we thought we knew.

Of course, no amount of vet visits, treatments, pain meds, massages, soft beds, cozy blankets, peanut butter treats, or fancy vests can keep an old dog from getting older. And so now, in our home, on a soft pile of your favorite blankets, in front of a warm fire, we lay beside you and quietly whisper goodbye to you, sweet PIERRE.

Someday, we’ll walk with you again along the Embarcadero, lie with you in the soft green grass, and stand together in the sunny spots beneath the Redwood trees.

Until then, goodbye sweet sweet PIERRE.

Mark & Kelly

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Yuki (in Memoriam)

Yuki (in Memoriam)

Very sad time for my family.

Yuki: Though you were on the earth for 16+ years, and was with us for a little less than 5 FEISTY years, you became a very important part of our family. We will miss you peanut. You loved Laurie and hugged her with your eyes every time you looked at her, you tolerated Tom putting his face into yours, and never seemed to mind the unsolicited love he gave you, and me, well all I can say is you put the Alpha male in his place and gave me the honor of serving as a good ball thrower and surrogate walker when Laurie was busy.

You will always have a place in my heart, and “The Year of the Dog” will have even more meaning for me when I think of your cuteness and spirit. Thank you for the joy you gave us all.

And thank you Muttville for showing us the true meaning and joy of what it means to be “a foster failure.”

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Emilio

Emilio

We cannot find words for Emilio, he is sent from Heaven. Emilio loves the outdoors and sniffs every piece of grass when he is out on walks. He loves his little dog buddies in the neighborhood and greets our neighbors with sweet little licks. He loves when you pet his little head and paws at you when he wants you to continue. He loves snuggling with Mom, Dad and Luigi in the big bed. He was a gift from Heaven for sure. After not finding a Mutt at Muttville on September 30, 2017, I told my husband hey lets go upstairs and look one more time…and there he was “Emilio.” We cannot imagine our lives without the little man. Thank you Muttville for everything you do.

Proud parents of Emilio, Jean-Paul and Lu

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Seymour (aka Paolo)

Seymour (aka Paolo)

Last August, you found me in a bit of a pickle in Visalia. You sorted things out, then Helen and Leon came over and took me home. I want to thank you for your help and let you know what’s happened since I left Muttville.

On my walks, I’ve made lots of friends. My people have too. Truth is, I’m very popular. That helps me because if my people have to be out for a long time, I sometimes get to visit one of my friends.

I have many comfortable places to rest, but I’m also learning to have fun outside. I have a new jacket that brings out the highlights in my fur. Also, I have a raincoat that I’m told is very flattering.

As you see, I’m having a good life here. And the absolute best is getting all wrapped up in a my favorite blanket.

Sending thanks and love to all my friends at Muttville,

Seymour (you knew me as Paolo)

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Adoptaversary: Penny (aka Miss Wiggles) #2797

Adoptaversary: Penny (aka Miss Wiggles) #2797

January 14, 2018 was the three year adoptiversary of our little Penny (known as ‘Miss Wiggles’ #2797 when we adopted her). Penny brings us so much joy, we can’t even imagine our family before she came into our lives. Penny loves sleeping, being on mommy’s lap at all times, rolling in the grass, taking walks with her sister, Prudence, and making silly faces in pictures. She’s the sweetest dog and wants nothing more than to give us kisses constantly! Penny has a food allergy and now takes medication and eats a prescription diet only, but that doesn’t stop her from loving life and begging to eat everything! And, she still wiggles her entire body when she is excited. Thank you, Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, for bringing Penny and our family together! Here are some of our favorite pictures of Penny from over the years. #ILoveMyMuttvilleDog

Love,

Shannon and Dan

Woodland, CA

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