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Success stories

Betsy

Betsy

Betsy came to Muttville almost 1 year ago! She says, “Fospice is just a label. I intend to live forever!”

Betsy has been doing great. In addition to the liver support supplements we have been giving her some joint supplements that have helped her joints seem more comfortable. She sure kicks up her heels in the yard and runs around, and is super spunky in general. She has moved off the allergy food and eats normal food with no skin issues. Overall she is great and not exhibiting any overt health issues.

Her favorite pastime is to lay on her best buddy, our Italian Greyhound, and follow her around. She has mastered the dog door, although she still decides to potty in the house at times. Oh well! I’ll take the 95% outside potty rate. A couple of weeks ago she finally figured out she could climb the stairs and thought peeing in our bedroom was a great use of her new found skill. Baby gate now installed! We’ve been camping a few times and she loves to be out and about, especially at the beach. Betsy has lots of funnny little behaviors. We would love to know what she thinks.

Thank you for letting us take care of this hilarious little dog! She send lots of love and little doggie kisses to Muttville.

Beth



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'.

Dixie

Dixie

Two years ago today Dixie came home with me from Muttville. She is a quiet little creature with a zen-like approach to life’s ups and downs; brave and uncomplaining when in pain, serenely happy when lying next to me, and always, always ready to greet friends and strangers alike with a furiously wagging tail.

Dixie is my ambassador to the world. She makes friends wherever she goes and some of those people have become my friends as well. And over time I have discovered that she has become something of a neighborhood celebrity, with fans of all ages. Just the other day a man passed us, stopped short and told me how seeing Dixie and me always makes him smile.

She’s slowing down now and is no longer an active, energetic senior. We don’t go on long adventures in the park like we used to, but as our relationship moves into a new phase I feel more tenderness towards her than ever, and am grateful every day for the high honor of being her human guardian.

Thank you, Muttville, for introducing me to this very special dog.



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'.

Nona (aka Tawney)

Nona (aka Tawney)

Thank you SO MUCH for helping to connect us with this little love! Tawney (now Nona) is settling in beautifully! It turns out that she really likes hanging with baby goats. Our other dogs love her, and one of our livestock guardian dogs seems to have fallen for her!

Thank you for all you do to save these wonderful old dogs!

Best,

Leigh



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'.

Ozzy 4167

Ozzy 4167

It looks like Ozzy is being seriously loved! Enjoy this short and sweet update from Lindsey:

“My mother and I adopted Ozzy about three months ago at one of your events. He is such a big part of our lives now and we love him so much and so I just wanted to show you how he’s doing now as a sort of thank you for everything you do!”



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'.

Gracie (aka Grace Lee aka #999)

Gracie (aka Grace Lee aka #999)

Gracie lived to complete her bucket list – and then some!

Russell shared his tribute to his little “ordinary brown dog”:

Thank you, Muttville, for rescuing my girl Grace Lee 6 years ago. At age “at least 18,” Gracie passed away exactly how she wanted – at home with me, while all the other dogs slept and Marie had run out to the store. No vet, no attention, just us. Gracie always got what she wanted in the end.

We are full of gratitude for the time we shared with her, and can say without question that we made the most of it. There is a quiet place in my heart that will hold our nonsocial low-rider forever; there’s a hole in our lives that once was filled with homemade food prep, supplement distribution, daily supervised marches on the patio, slow motion exploration of the yard, ride-or-die stroller adventures… and a daily load of laundry. Maybe two loads.

As you senior dog folks know, the art of caring for a dog becomes part of who you are as much as your dog becomes a part of your family. I find the free time – & savings on the water bill – a poor substitute for life with our very ordinary brown dog. I hope she really did feel safe and happy, and that we challenged her, just enough. She did as much for us.

Gracie’s 3 tips for senior mutts seeking longevity: Remember, you made it this far because you are strong. Eat fresh food. And, you should remove all your teeth. Seriously.

P.S. passing away unassisted is rare. Of the multitude of dogs we have taken to the bridge, 98% needed us to make the right decision to bring in a vet. Please do not hesitate to give your dog this gift when it is time.

Editor’s Note: Gracie’s first success story was published in 2012: muttville.org/blog/success-story-gracie



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'.

Roscoe

Roscoe

Fospice family Cathy and Scott share what it is like caring for their latest senior fospice mutt, Roscoe:

Roscoe is a dream! Impeccable manners, loads of fun, loved by all. His heart lets him down sometimes when he gets really excited-chasing squirrels, digging for gophers, racing around- and he will keel over but so far has always recovered. Dr. Adams in San Rafael has taken great care of him. Roscoe and our big dog Haehly are always up to something outside. Roscoe has also fallen big time for one of our cats and is a little confused about cross-species relations. So grateful you gave him a chance. He is a little ray of sunshine.

Cathy and Scott



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'.

Annie and Andy

Annie and Andy

Mutt mom Amanda admits that her two seniors were a challenge! Read their story:

Annie and Andy have officially been spicing up our lives for a year now! Here is an update on our exciting life with them.

Annie, whom we nicknamed “Mama,” is whole new dog. Muttville really saved her life, giving her the surgery she needed for her masses and hernia. After we had had her a few months, we discovered she also needed a tumor removed from her pancreas. It turns out she had had very low blood sugar the whole time- but her other maladies were so bad we didn’t notice! We did a successful GoFundMe fundraiser to help us pay for the surgery, and she has had ongoing chemo to keep the nasty cells in check. Two months ago, her blood sugar read normal for the first time! She still acts like we never feed her _ . With her back legs nice and strong after doing pup-pilates with Dr. Strubel at the Rex center, Mama Annie has become an energetic, playful little spitfire who pirouettes and bounces like a bunny when she is excited. You would never suspect she was the same dog that a year ago mostly slept and sat around just watching Andy play.

Andy is in great shape, and has come a long way in terms of his behavior. He has always been a good-hearted dog, but his leash reactivity was a challenge when we first brought him home. But after some classes that taught us how to work with him, he has improved immensely and continues to gain confidence and be more relaxed on leash.

I have seen so many Muttville dogs transform, even in the little time they spend at Muttville before finding forever homes. I hope our story helps encourage people that even after you bring your mutts home, they continue to evolve and become healthy and happy in body and mind.

Andy and Annie were challenging when we first brought them home and we were worried we would not be able to make it work. How glad we are that we stuck with it. They both have learned many commands, and have become much better behaved little citizens. They even let me brush their teeth! You can certainly teach old dogs new tricks, with patience, love and a lot of treats.

We are so grateful for the second chance Muttville gives senior dogs, and for saving Andy and Annie so they could complete our family.

Love,

Amanda and Greg



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'.

Cleo (aka Maureen)

Cleo (aka Maureen)

Timing is everything. Well, it helps to be very cute and charming too! Enjoy Cleo’s adorable story:

We’ve both recently just transitioned out of the Military and moved to the Bay Area. We were looking for a little addition to make our new place feel a bit more like home and that’s when we found our little fluff, Cleo! We went to Muttville around thanksgiving last year and it’s been the best decision we’ve made! She was the first little pup to come up and sit down with us at Muttville. With her charming personality and adorable little eyes, We instantly knew she was the one!

She has a wonderful and kind personality and loves to snuggle and go on walks. It’s always great to come home to her. She even has her welcome home mommy and daddy dance she does for us! She completes our family and we thank Muttville for all they do for little dogs like her! She’s exactly what we needed!

Quennie & Alex



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Harley

Harley

This lucky Beagle mix found a new homes with beagle lover Cheri! Enjoy his story, in his own words:

Hi, I’m Harley, I was known at Muttville as Freddie. My Mommy and Daddy changed my name because they said I just looked like a Harley, and I’m cool with that.

I was Muttville’s resident Tri-Pawed Beagle Mix. I have 2 brother’s Nash and Flash and a sister Savannah who also came from Muttville. She’s still a talker let me tell you! Her and Daddy have some pretty funny conversations.

I really love my new home. There’s a doggy door so I can go outside whenever I want. Having three paws has not deterred me at all. I can go up and down the steps and Mommy and Daddy got steps so I can sleep in the bed with everyone else. Since I’ve come here, I’ve felt really safe and secure here. I had a little bit of trouble with Nash because he’s older than I and can be a little clumsy, but we’ve worked through it and now we’re buddies. Savannah doesn’t like any of us, so at least she’s consistent with that. I really think she does like us but she has to yell at us like a girl, and it’s funny because Flash is afraid of her. Ok, I’m not much into talking so that’s my story. I’m very happy here and glad to have this great family to live with, even Savannah. :)

From Mommy and Daddy….

I was a little bit apprehensive about rescuing a tri pawed dog, but one hour with Harley and that totally went away. He has more energy than all of us, and you can just tell he’s happy to be here. He got into our routine of life really fast, he knows when it’s nap time here, and at bedtime sometimes we find him already up in bed, sleeping like a log. He loves his total freedom and we’re so happy that his senior years will be spent with us. He always has a smile on his face and he is very protective of me. Anywhere I go, he’s always right there beside me. I’ve gotten a whole new perspective of dogs with disabilities, they’re no different than any other pet, and it almost seems as if they are more grateful for the love you give them. I call Harley Fuzzy Wuzzy because he’s so furry compared to Flash, Nash and Savannah and he loves when I sing the Fuzzy Wuzzy song because he know’s it’s special for him.

Muttville has shown us that rescuing senior dogs are very rewarding and these special seniors are so happy when they go to their new forever homes. I’ll always be grateful to them for showing me this, and Harley and Savannah will always have our love and care.

Thanks Muttville, you rock!



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Lemon

Lemon

Happy Adopt-a-versary to Lemon! Her life is an inspiration – and she is still going strong at 17 years young:

Happy 3rd adoptaversary Lemon and your 17th birthday today.

Despite Lemon’s health issues with congenital heart failure diagnosed a year ago, she again steps up to be the perfect therapy dog.

Lemon helped both of us through transplant surgery and recovery. Her Mutt-mom was her Mutt-dad’s cross-match kidney donor, so both Mutt-parents were recovering after transplant surgery last June 2016. Lemon knew exactly who needed her most. She would go over to the one in pain and lied next to them so we could pet her. There is truth that petting a dog is good medicine for healing… along with laughter and hugs.

After Lemon getting us through 3 health issues this last 3 years, we know Lemon rescued us… without a doubt.

We’re praying Lemon will make it through another year to 18. And her 4th adopt-a-versary. Lemon had her annual checkup yesterday with all the labwork. The vet was so surprised she’s doing so well. We said she knew her job wasn’t over yet, she’s here for a purpose.

Proud Mutt-parents Angie & Ed



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