Success stories

Mr. Muggles

Mr. Muggles

Hi Muttville!

From the moment Mr. Muggles came out from his safe spot under a Muttville desk and jumped on our daughter’s lap it was a match. Mr. Muggles was skittish at first but he has warmed up so much with our family we don’t remember anything else.

We love him! Thanks Muttville!

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Allie (aka Chickadee)

Allie (aka Chickadee)

We adopted Allie last fall, shortly after she had been rescued by Muttville. Having gone through quite a bit of hardship, understandably, Allie was initially fearful of mostly everything — people, noises, going outdoors, car rides.

But with lots of love and attention, I’m happy to say that her transformation has been remarkable! She quickly came out of her shell and her spunky personality began to shine through. She’s now energetic, playful, and super cuddly. We go for long walks several times each day while she leisurely sniffs her way throughout the neighborhood, curiously checking out every new smell. Initially she had no interest in toys. But now she loves to play, bounding up and down our stairs bringing her toys from room to room. And she’s happy to be right in the mix of things when our grandkids and grand-doggie come to visit.

When she’s not playing or going on walking adventures, Allie is quite the cuddle bug. She snuggles in my lap while I’m working on my computer, next to me when watching a movie, and at night in bed. When I come home from being out, she greets me with nuzzles and showers me with kisses.

We are so grateful to have adorable Allie as part of our family. Thank you Muttville for bringing this beautiful little soul into our lives and giving senior dogs another chance for a loving, forever home.

All the best,

Chris

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Hazel

Hazel

We LOVE Hazel!!! Hazel is the most amazing little girl in the world! When we found her at Muttville, her fantastic foster (who we still send pictures to!), was so kind and communicative with us. We met with Hazel at Muttville, and wanted nothing more than to get her to her new home. Hazel was very overweight, 19+ pounds, and was very lethargic, no energy, didn’t like to go on walks, was afraid of just about anything and everything. We put her on a diet, made her walk with us 2-3 times a day (yes “made”, she didn’t want to walk!) and we had to take slow short walks at first as she was winded. We have no idea who had Hazel her entire life, but she was found as a stray and thank our lucky stars, Muttville got her out of a shelter and took her in. She didn’t even know how to play (ran from toys). Here we are two years later, and Hazel RUNS, plays, jumps up on the sofa on her own, she is now 14.5 pounds, and is an ENTIRELY different dog. I cry writing this, because I love her so much. Thank you Muttville, for Hazel, she is our heart and soul.

She is with my dad in that last picture. When he came to visit a few months after we got her, she hid under the bed from him. This picture was a few months ago.

Gratefully Craig and Rebecca Hall

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Gulliver (In Memoriam)

Gulliver (In Memoriam)

Hi Muttville

I’m very sad to let you know that Gulliver (formerly Duffy) passed away last night after a valiant fight against kidney failure.

When I walked into Muttville in January 2018, Gulliver and I made an immediate connection. I asked him “Do you want to come live with me?” and he responded by touching his nose to my hand. I took that as a yes and from that moment on, both of our lives were indelibly changed for the better.

Despite his tough path in life, he radiated love and hope. He gave kisses, wagged his tail, and trotted through adventures. He was resilient, cheerful, and sweet. He loved trekking through the San Francisco hills, canvassing for treats, and sprawling out while he napped. He had the softest and most animated ears.

Gulliver will be missed immeasurably by his family and friends. Thank you, Muttville, for bringing us together. A few pictures attached of happy memories.

Becca

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Stella (In Memoriam)

Stella (In Memoriam)

Our little star, Stella (aka Starla), crossed the Rainbow Bridge this morning. The vet guessed that she was well into her teens, and we are fairly sure that she had been abused in her earlier life. It was a privilege to welcome her into our family 14 mos. ago, and show her what love is all about. She had become my little shadow, never letting me leave the room without following me. Such a happy little spirit! We’ll miss her!

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Totoro (aka Lance)

Totoro (aka Lance)

Hi Muttville Family!

On May 12th, we will have had Totoro, you knew him as “Lance” or “Mud Puppy”, for EIGHT years!! He came to live with our first rescued pug, Sebastian, and we have since adopted Toby, bring our pug grumble to three!

Totoro had been an owner-surrender at an agency that thought he should be euthanized due to aggression!! Muttville was kind-hearted enough to bring in this little senior, and during your eval, you realized he had eight bad teeth! That would make anyone grumpy!! Thank you so much for giving him a chance. He has brought us so much joy and love.

Totoro has had a few more visits to the doggie dentist, but other than that, and some age-related, cataracts, he’s been a perfectly healthy little man. He still gets around really well, and still does his jumping-happy-circle-dance at mealtime. He’s a very happy pug.

Just one more success story Muttville should be proud of! Thank you for entrusting this adorable boy with our family.

Vicci, Isabella, & Olivia Logan Wright

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Marble

Marble

Hi, Marble here to tell you my success story.

I met my mom, Courtney, on March 25, 2017 at Muttville headquarters, and it was love at first sight. She had seen me on the website, and I was the first one to greet her at the entrance of the adoption fair. After a walk around the block, she was so impressed with the pep in my step that she took me home to Berkeley that very day.

I have colitis, so it took a little while to figure out what was best for my tummy, but once I started a fish-based diet with pumpkin and supplements, I gained a couple pounds and a soft coat. I look so good now that some people mistake me for a puppy, even though I’m 13 years old!

I like to ride shotgun in my mom’s Smart car, sun my belly, sit on laps, and have adventures. My mom and I do a lot of activities together, including hiking in Tilden Park, taking weekend trips to Sonoma and Mendocino counties, and dressing up for Halloween. Last year we were Prince vs. Michael (Jackson). LOL!

I even hold a part-time job at mom’s workplace in San Francisco and get to commute on BART once a week for “Marble Mondays.” My first day was so nerve-wracking that I peed in front of the CEO, but I’ve since become an essential member of the team, boosting morale by dressing up on holidays and providing cuddles to all.

Thank you, Muttville, for helping me find a great home where I can enjoy my golden years. I’m PAWsitively grateful!

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Rusty (In Memoriam)

Rusty (In Memoriam)

On July 22, 2017 Rusty joined our family and made our dreams of having a dog come true. Rusty was a friend to all, readily welcoming pets from anyone walking down the street with his cottony tail wagging so fast that it was a blur. He was an aficionado of socks and collected them from all over the house. He loved roaming the beaches of Pacifica as much as he loved a lazy day curled up in bed. Rusty was a best friend to everyone in the family and showed us a kind of love we had never felt before- excited, unconditional, and unwavering.

On May 22, 2019 Rusty crossed the rainbow bridge. We all learned so much from having this adorable apricot ball of fluff work his way into all of our hearts. Rusty always reminded us not to be in a hurry. He dawdled along wherever we walked sniffing every flower and twig as if he were engrossed in a novel. He taught us the joy of living in the present and was never afraid to remind us that it was time for a belly rub. Most of all, we learned to always have our hearts open to friendship and new experiences. We were Rusty’s second family and he loved us with all of the sniffs, cuddles, and love we could ever want.

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Ralph

Ralph

Hello: I adopted Ralph from Muttville in February 2017. He was completely blind from cataracts but learned to navigate the house well and still enjoyed his walks, toys, and two cat brothers. Although I was a bit hesitant to adopt a completely blind companion, it turned out just fine and wasn’t much different than having a pal that could see.

Although Ralphie seemed to be enjoying his new life and was such a joy, it was determined that Ralph was an excellent candidate for cataract removal surgery. A special eye surgeon in Rocklin performed the surgery in February 2018. After surgery, Ralph was able to see his mom for the very first time.

He is now an even happier, healthier, more active and still sweet boy. He has been such a blessing and I can’t imagine life before him.

Thanks for all you do at Muttville and special thanks to Ralph’s foster who drove to my home in Sacramento from Vallejo for us to meet.

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Tootsie

Tootsie

Hello Muttville Family,

I wanted to send you all a one week update on Tootsie’s transition into our family and share some photos with you.

She has gone hiking in Golden Gate Park, out to lunch, to the vet to have her stitches removed, and to the pet store to pick out some treats. She loves playing with toys and going for walks. She even likes to run on our walks, so we jog with her. Tootsie and my other dog Barnie have been trying to figure out who the alpha dog is, and to my surprise, I think it’s her. He’s been a little jealous, but they are gradually getting used to each other. She seems to be a picky eater and does not consume much; we are still trying to figure out what she likes (she hasn’t been interested in any of the dog foods we have tried). It has only been a week, and we already love her very much!

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