Success Stories

Bella

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“Thanks a million for Bella’s halo!  It gives me great comfort to feel like I am protecting her as much as I can and also giving her a better quality of life. Also, I absolutely love the hot pink! Just to let you know I am working on a picture of her for you.”

Thank you,

Marianne & Bella

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Backstory

She had cataracts and has been blind for 3 yrs. Her activity level is good. She still plays ball along with her sister.

Bella Star

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“We did try the halo out and Bella Star doesn’t seem to mind it at all.  She was excited to have a harness on.  The grass is still very damp but I am hoping I can get some better pictures of her later this evening. Here are a few pictures that I took this morning.  Her halo was a little crooked.  All of the stores are closed here so I am going to try to fashion a t-shirt for her to eliminate the harness from sliding.
I am delighted with how well the Muffin’s Halo is constructed.  The Velcro is the strongest that I have ever come across.  The parts really hold together perfectly and the halo extremely simple to put on.  I also love that the wings alert people that she is blind.   Although I am confident that she would never snap at someone, it does frighten her when people, especially strangers, come at her suddenly from above.  I have to constantly remind them that she is blind and educate them (especially younger people). on how to properly introduce themselves to dogs.  As soon as people see her, they just want to rush her.  They don’t know any better.
I left the halo on Bella Star for about 30 minutes just to see how she would react to it. She didn’t struggle at all when I was putting it on her.  I have the halo adjusted just above her head because she tends to put her head downward and cross-cross, using her nose as a guide. I am hoping that in time, she will learn that when she is wearing the halo, she cannot run smack into things and will begin to raise her head when walking/running.”
Thanks again!
Bella Star and her 2-legged Mommy!

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Backstory

We had been hoping to adopt another dog as a companion to our other rescue, Bruce, who was aggressive both towards people and dogs. During his obedience class, our training instructor brought in Bella Star. She was only 6 weeks old and I was afraid Bruce was going to hurt her. He barked and nudged her a bit at first. Then, all of sudden, he started playing with her and she with him. We took her home that day!

Until about 2 years ago, Bella Star was pretty active and always very lovable. Except for allergies to all things chicken, she has been pretty healthy. All of sudden, she began walking in circles and tilting her head sideways. A trip to our vet revealed she was blind and could only see shadows. Our vet treated her with antibiotics and steroids hoping more of her sight would be restored. Although the treatments didn’t restore her sight, our vet assured us that Bella Star would adapt and encouraged us to try getting her to lose some weight.

We tried assembling some home-made gadgets like the halo to help her navigate the yard and our house but they fell apart. As our vet said, she has adapted very well. As she has lost weight (in the last year, we have worked to get her down from 46lbs to just under 35lbs), she is able to run faster and tends to run into things more often. We want her to be able to play and run after her partner in crime (Bruce) without hesitation, but we worry constantly that she is going to run into something hard. We have done our best to safeguard our house and the yard but one wrong turn and she can still run smack into our house or fence. We play with her daily as does Bruce, her seeing-eye dog.

Teddy

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“Guido thank you for such giving me a Muffin’s Halo. I can explore my yard again”

Teddy?

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Teddy was a perfectly normal dog a couple of months back. We suddenly noticed that he started bumping into walls & had a hard time going down the stairs. I took him to the vet and found out he was going blind. It saddens me to see Teddy sometimes forgets he’s blind and begins jumping and running outside when he’s excited. Teddy enjoys going on walks. Due to Teddy going blind his activity level has gone down by a lot. He has a hard time walking around our big yard due to being scared that he’s going to bump into items around him.

I think this is an amazing opportunity for my doggo to get a halo that will make him feel more confident in doing his everyday life activities.

Cupido

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“The Barking Lot (TBL) would like to thank you for your generous donation of a Muffin’s Halo to improve Cupido’s life!

This great little guy has been through so much, coming to us from Thailand after having endured some pretty awful circumstances. He came from Nakhon Panhom as a result of the 2018 Rabies Scare in Thailand. He had undoubtedly been someone’s house dog. When he was found by our rescue partner Soi Dog Foundation, his eyes were terribly infected and non-visual. He also had a problem with one of his kidneys, so it had to be removed along with both of his eyes, but his remaining kidney is fully functioning. None of this stops Cupido and now, when he goes to adoption and fundraising events, he will have the confidence to get around even better than before. Importantly, when he gets adopted and leaves his foster home, he will be able to safely adjust to his new home and environment.

We are so thankful for this amazing invention to help blind dogs thrive!”

Very best,

Lauri Julian, TBL Public Relations

Stacy Parmer, TBL Founder

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Backstory

Cupido is absolutely heaven-sent, though he made his way to The Barking Lot rescue after having endured some pretty awful circumstances. He came from Thailand as a result of the 2018 Rabies scare. He had undoubtedly been someone’s house dog. When he was found by our rescue partner Soi Dog Foundation, his eyes were terribly infected and non-visual. He also had a problem with one of his kidneys, so it had to be removed along with both of his eyes, but his remaining kidney is fully functioning. None of this stops Cupido from being the most loveable little man. Although he gets around okay in his foster home, we are hoping he will get adopted. But then he won’t be used to his new surroundings. so Muffin’s Halo will keep him safe and give him the confidence he needs to thrive in a new home.

Murphy

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Here is our friend Murphy wearing his new Halo.  This is very helpful for him especially when he goes to new places.  Now Murphy holds his head up when he walks without fear of bumping his nose on things.
Thank you so much for this life changing gift for Murphy!
Stacey Olson
Lovebugs Rescue Director

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Backstory

We rescued this little guy from the Downey Shelter where he had been turned in as a stray. He is used to bumping into things and walks with his head down to avoid hitting his face. We hope that a halo will help him hold his head up high without fear of injury.

Ghost

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“Thank you so much!  Ghost is slowly but surely getting used to his halo.  Since the halo, he’s saved himself several bumps to the face and is slowly regaining his confidence.  Our family cannot thank you enough for sending him a halo and helping us make sure he has a good quality of life in is golden years!”

Thanks again, angels!
The Patrick’s

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Our family adopted Ghost, and his brother Charlie, 10 years ago. Earlier last year we noticed his eyes becoming cloudy and we found out it was due to cataracts. Ghost and Charlie were best friends and even before his sight began deteriorating, Ghost stuck like glue to Charlie. Charlie would help his brother get around. Unfortunately, we lost Charlie in October of last year and Ghost has been struggling to get around without his brother and much less confident than he used to be. We would really love for our sweet boy to enjoy the rest of his golden years and regain his confidence.

Izzy

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Izzy got her Muffin’s Halo!
Thank you Angels♡

“Oh, my goodness! Thank you so very, very much for the Halo for my baby Izzy!!!! We were not expecting this at all! I wrote you her story but didn’t even think she would get one! Tears of joy! We are so happy!

This will give her more freedom when we are in places, she is not familiar with and gives her more independence as right now she is always on a leash and harness. She’s not used to not being able to go where she wants to without running into things. Now she can!”

Thank you so much and God Bless!

Linda

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Back Story:
Izzy was diagnosed with diabetes in April 2019 and became blind within a month. Very challenging to be 10 in January 2019 and then becoming blind by May. She is okay when inside our home for the most part, but very challenging in different environments. I no longer let her out without being on a leash as she wound up getting into a shallow creek early on and she hates not having her independence. She is also mostly deaf.

Archer

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Thank you and the Angels so much for this wonderful generosity! Archer is doing so well and we couldn’t be happier. We took him on a trip to his grandma’s house soon after receiving the Halo. It was heartwarming to see him in an unfamiliar place and moving around with confidence. We’ve attached some pictures of his latest adventure and look forward to many more!

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Archer is our sweet, loving miniature dachshund. He has always preferred cuddling under a blanket over a walk in the park and will literally suffocate you with affection (i.e. lay on your face and force kisses). This past September, Archer went suddenly blind and was subsequently diagnosed with SARDS. Although it hasn’t been easy, Archer is brave and resilient and continues to adjust to his new normal every day. He enjoys exploring the backyard but typically takes it slow.

Sade

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Sade got her Muffin’s Halo!
Thank you Angels♡

Thank you so much! Here she is wearing it!!!

Staci

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Sade was diagnosed in April 2018 with diabetes. Sometimes managed well but not always. We moved from IL to NV in July 2018. She recently lost her sight. She’s 100% confirmed blind in the right eye and just about 100% confirmed blind in the left eye. It breaks my heart when she runs into the tree or back of the house in the yard. She tends to hit on the side of the couch. We don’t move anything in the house, so she remembers but the light outside or nightlight outside is disorienting. Sade would benefit from a halo

Gigi

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“We could not be more  thankful to all the donors that allowed her to receive one! She loves it!!”

Thank you again!!!
Hanna and Gigi

 

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Gigi is 9 years old and suffers from glaucoma in both eyes. She had been suffering with this condition for over two years and has gone completely blind within the last few months. Gigi faced the possibility of having both eyes removed, but her vet has decided she can keep them. Gigi is also riddled with extreme arthritis in her legs, meaning that her bones in her feet pop out of place and lead to immense pain when she walks around and runs into furniture. With the numerous visits to an eye specialist and after paying for expensive medication, her owner, a college student, has been struggling to keep up with all of the bills. With the help of the Halo, Gigi will finally be able to walk around the house without risking running into furniture she can no longer see and further injuring her legs.

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