Success Stories

Cracker

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“Cracker loves his halo! Thank you so much.”
Thanks,
Chris & Cracker

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Cracker a 10-year-old #blindchihuahua.She was diagnosed with diabetes in September 2018. He wasn’t feeling good, was lethargic, vomiting, and urinating all over. We took him in that evening to the vet and his BG was over 700. We were told to put him down because it was a lot of work to take care of a diabetic dog. I said no, not until we know what everything it entails. Two years later and here he is living life to his fullest. He’s a spunky little guy and this has not stopped him. His vision is starting to get worse and we can’t afford eye surgery. He gets startled very easily, is running into things more often, and gets lost a lot. My heart breaks for him because he deserves the very best.

 

Tippy

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“Here is little Miss Tippy in her new halo. She doesn’t seem to mind having it on which was my main concern. I know it will get easier over time and will help her to not run into things. We are so appreciative of your organization and the angels for giving our little girl the chance to have a full life.”

Thank you!
Karen & Tippy

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Tippy is an 11-year-old #blindchipoodlemix. We adopted Tippy from a local rescue in January 2009. We actually went to view a different dog and this little black fluff of a girl was just so friendly that we ended up watching her interact for 45 minutes. She just wriggled with joy at the kids! Having young grandchildren, it was important for us to have a tolerant dog. Tippy quickly wrapped us and our extended family around her little paws. She loved snuggles and laying in the sun!

We recently noticed that she was much less active and walking funny, like a little old lady. We now know that she was likely trying to navigate herself with poor vision. It seems like she lost her sight over just a couple of weeks. She started walking into things and would stay in her crate or a small corner. It’s been heartbreaking but we know we will still give her the best Pupper life possible! We have two other rescued Puppers, a 12-year- old golden retriever mix with arthritis, and a four-year-old poodle mix with epilepsy so you can imagine how often we go to the vet. Being retired, we can spoil these fur babies all day long.

Tippy used to love going for a walk or a ride would stalk lizards in the yard. Now she just lays in her crate or next to me on the couch.

Kipper

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“Thank you so much for donating the Muffin’s Halo for Kipper.
It’s such a big help to him and makes such a difference in his confidence.
I really appreciate you reaching out to me and offering to send the halo.”

Patricia & Kipper

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Kipper is an 8.5-year-old #blindschnauzer. He was diagnosed with diabetes in April. His vision was fine until about 3 days ago and now he is completely blind. He is still active and a halo could help him adjust and not bump his head.

 

Boris

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“I would like to say I’m blown away by your generosity. Boris and I can’t thank you enough. Boris is a very loveable but clumsy Pug who likes to explore the garden and house. He’s struggled to do this since being diagnosed with SARDs in 2018. With the halo, he can now do this without risking any injury. He’s recently had a bad eye injury from bashing his eye so the halo will hopefully prevent that from happening again. He loves his donated harness and the freedom it gives him to explore. Thank you for designing such a great product and helping so many blind dogs!”

Barry & Boris

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Boris is a 10-year-old #blindpug. He was diagnosed with SARDs back in 2018 and very quickly lost his eyesight completely. He’s recently had a bad accident where he bashed his eye. He’s currently recovering and I’m hoping he won’t need surgery to remove his eye. He reacts badly to the sedation drugs at the vets so surgery would be very risky!
He’s very clumsy so bangs his head on just about everything he goes near!! I’m hoping a halo will stop this happening again and save him from bashing his head so much. His activity level is low, I think mainly because he’s afraid to move around.

Lucky

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“Thanks to Second Chances for Blind Dogs for donating a Muffin Halo for Lucky. We received it yesterday and I wanted to share pics of him wearing it. We both love it! It totally helped Lucky from running into things.

I would like to express my gratitude and appreciation to you and your organization for the donation. It’s been hard financially trying to adjust to Lucky having SARDS and Osteoarthritis. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!”

You guys are awesome!
Sheila & Lucky

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Lucky is a 10-year-old #blindjindo. He is a rescue from a high kill shelter that I fostered and eventually adopted him. He was going to be euthanized and they literally pulled him out of the room just in time. I have been blessed to have him for these 10-11 years, and I look forward to more.

Recently, I found out that Lucky has SARDS in addition to osteoarthritis in his hips. This came so suddenly with no preparation. Within 2 weeks or less, he became blind. I am devastated, however, I committed to giving him the best quality of life for as long as he lives.

Before the blindness, he was active. Walking 2-4 miles a day. Now his activity level is low because he is dealing with blindness and osteoarthritis in the hips.

Unfortunately, I cannot afford the Muffin’s Halo with the vet bill and trying to come up with the money for physical therapy. I would love to have one for him so he could have more flexibility and protection as he tries to figure out his way without seeing. Thank you for listening to my story and I appreciate everything you all do.

Larry

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“Thank you to the angels who donated Larry’s halo!”

Britney & Larry

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Larry is a 2.5-year-old #blindjackrussellpug. We have had Larry for 2.5 years and over the past weekend, he suddenly lost his sight. The vet told us that it is from a genetic condition. He seems to be in high spirits but is bumping into things a lot now. He is fairly active and loves playing with his toys, going for walks, and fetching his ball inside.

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

Spanky

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“Thank you so so much!”
Sara & Spanky

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Spanky is a 12-year-old #blindmaltipoo. He had to have his eyes removed about two years ago. He is very frightened to move around and mostly stays in one spot. He won’t even walk towards us to come in from the yard when we call him so hopefully this would help him feel more confident in his world. Otherwise, he is in good health and likes to wrestle with your hand but would never dream of biting too hard.

 

Cashew

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“This is my dog Cashew! She is a chihuahua mix and is 8 years old. I adopted her a little over a year ago. Her previous owners surrendered her at the shelter because she was blind with a congenital retina defect where she is only able to see pitch black. With the halo, she is so confident! The halo is very good quality and strong so that she doesn’t hit her head against walls or corners when she is excited and running. She is so much happier with the donation, and we could not thank you enough!”

Sincerely,
Cashew’s Mama & Cashew

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Back Story:
I adopted Cashew over a year ago. She was originally from Vallejo, CA, but her original owners gave her up because she became blind. They also kept her in a crate, so she was unable to practice walking with her other senses while adjusting to being blind. Cashew’s blindness is due to genetics with her retinas. She became blind around age 7 with both eyes.

Cashew’s activity level is normal but walks slower than other dogs to avoid bumping into things, especially when at a new park. She would definitely benefit from a halo because she runs really hard into walls.

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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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.

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