Success Stories

Coco Beanie

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Aloha Silvie,
I’m so thrilled to let you know that CoCo Beanie’s Muffin’s Halo arrived today and it’s a big hit. She took to it right away and was bumping into things with no worry as to hurting herself. The little energizer bunny never stops but with the Halo it seems she has a new sense of freedom without the fear of getting hurt.
I cannot thank you and the very generous donors enough for this precious gift. CoCo Beanie says “Mahalo Nui Loa” which is thank you very much in Hawaiian.
I took a few pics and hopefully they all come through. If they’re too big I’ll send in separate emails.
Again, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We are very grateful for your generosity.
Keep the sunny side up!
Janene & CoCo Beanie
Backstory
CoCo came to us at 7 months old as a neglected puppy. She wasn’t in great condition and wasn’t cared for properly. She was scared of everything including my husband and myself. I worked with her, encouraged her, took her to dog obedience training and she became my best buddy. She went from a wall flower to a social butterfly; always happy and wagging her tail. Through all the ups and downs with her health she was always a trooper. Then 4 years ago she developed secondary glaucoma and 3-1/2 years ago had her first eye removed with a prognosis that eventually she would lose her other eye as well. In an attempt to preserve her vision as long as possible, we diligently administered the myriad of prescribed eye drops 3 times a day. Initially the doctors had told us she would lose her second eye within a year of the first. As the first year passed we got hopeful she might keep it. After the second year we became even more hopeful and thought maybe the doc’s were wrong. Of course, our luck ran out earlier this year and we lost the battle. She has done remarkably well adjusting to navigating a 2 story house but still bumps her noggin daily. One of these halos would help her significantly from bumping into things. Every time she hits an object hard it breaks my heart to see her get hurt; especially when she lets out a little cry. If CoCo is selected for one of your Muffin’s Halos she will be eternally grateful… as will we, her parents.

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Winston

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Hi Silvie – I just wanted to thank you again for your generous gift to my sweet boy Winston. His Halo came today and once Winston got over the initial “what is this thing on me?!” moment, it has completely changed his life for the better. He immediately wanted to wander around the house. While I normally watch him and hope he doesn’t run into anything , today I wanted him to test out his new gear. And it worked!!! He uses it to guide himself along the kitchen wall to the sliding glass door to go outside to potty. He sniffs his way back into the house but not before running into chairs, the grill, etc…but with the Halo, he said “ok, there’s something there, I’ll walk around it!” No more ouchies!

I’m in tears writing this to you (but they’re happy tears). Myself, my wife, and our special boy Winston thank you so much!!!

Love, Light and Oceans of Bliss!

Backstory

My wife and I rescued Winston when he was 13 years old. He was an owner surrender with no reason given. We learned recently that he is completely blind. He knows the layout of our house and can get around, but still rams into hard objects occasionally. Even worse, when our other two rescue poodles bark it startles him and he either runs or jumps and hits a dresser, bed or refrigerator very hard. It hurts my heart. Although his eyes don’t work anymore, he is still very full of life and love to give! He is my little buddy and I love him so much!

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Herald & Gerald

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Herald and Gerald in their new Halos! They were perfect models!

Rancho Coastal Humane Society wants to send a heartfelt THANK YOU! to all of the Angels and to Sally’s rescue for

donating two Muffin’s Halos for the blind to our dear, sweet Herald and Gerald. It has been a long road for these two boys. After 7 months living in a crate, they forgot what ‘normal’ is. They had forgotten how to play with toys. They had forgotten what it’s like to be loved. Now they’re getting lots of love and attention. It’s great to see the joy come back to them. The Halos are the next step in their journey to a full and happy life. We can’t wait for them to fully adjust to their new, amazing gear and really start cruising around Southern California in style!

Thank You!

Kathy Zerkle

VP of Adoption Services

Rancho Coastal Humane Society

Backstory

Two blind 13+ Chi/Doxie brothers, Herald and Gerald, are a bonded pair. They were residing in an overcrowded shelter when we found them. They had been living in a folding wire crate for 7 months! We just couldn’t leave them like that for another day when we knew we could help find them their forever home. They are now at our shelter where they are receiving complete medical care, have beds and toys, a full kennel, visits from staff/volunteers and they get out to a yard several times a day.

We would love for them each to have a Muffin’s Halo to help give them the best possible life in their remaining years together. A representative from your organization stopped by our shelter several years ago and shared information about your product with us. He mentioned the program that will donate to shelter pets in need. Thank You for considering these two lovely blind brothers today.~
Kathy Zerkle
Rancho Coastal Humane Society

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Lola

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Lola got her Muffin’s Halo! A huge thank you to Silvie for this wonderful invention, and the Angels 🖤  for the generous donation … this was super kind.
Thanks for giving Lola hope, now she can navigate without fear, she can even go up & down the stairs. She is back to being herself 🐾
Lola says: “thanks from the bottom of my paws for giving me a second chance.”

Backstory

Lola was rescued from the shelter in 2012. She was in very bad shape but after taking her to the vet, we were told that she was pretty healthy. She has been a part of our family since then and we love her so much.
Last week she suddenly became blind, we took her to the vet and confirmed it, cataracts came on very very fast.
We are still trying to understand what happened.

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“Angel” Hoss

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It is with a heavy heart that I share the news that Hoss lost his battle to SARDS. He was a brave fighter to the end, but he became overwhelmed and fear aggressive. He loved his Muffin’s Halo, but didn’t have much time to enjoy it. He was having such a good time outside that day not bumping his nose on everything. With your permission, I would like to bless it on to Adoptabull.org Bulldog Rescue to save another bulldog from struggling with their world of perpetual nighttime. I understand that your network of miracle Angels donated that Halo for Hoss and I will return it if you would prefer.
On another note, I had a little extra in my paycheck this week from a project I have been working on. I made a donation through Facebook to your cause. I hope it helps. Thanks again to the Angels who donated the Halo to him. Bless you and the work you are doing to make such a positive impact on the lives of blind dogs.~Joy Schaefer and RIP Hoss, the bulldog.

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Thank you so much for Hoss’ Halo. He has really brightened up his spirits since he can explore his new world without bumping his nose. He’s is a much happier boy now! He is only 5 1/2 years old so he can look forward to a long life thanks to the generosity of the amazing Angels who had it in their heart to give blind dogs a second chance. Thanks also to Silvie, who took the time to make sure Hoss had a Halo that fit him properly.
With much love,
Joy and Hoss

Backstory

Three days after my last English Bulldog, Elmo, passed, I got a call from AdoptaBull (English Bulldog Rescue in Chicagoland area) asking me to foster a recent rescue who they had just paid for cherry eye and teeth extraction surgery. They had just picked him up in St. Louis from a shelter that had rescued him as a stray, alone on the streets of St. Louis. He was so skinny, only about 35 pounds when I got him. All his ribs and vertebrae stuck out. He had been flea infested. Needless to say, he is a foster failure since I applied to adopt this sweet boy within 2 days. He has had his health challenges with cornea ulseration, chronic dry eye, and stomach issues as a result of being starved. He is the light of my life. His personality is so distinctive from Elmo’s, and he made my missing Elmo so much easier to bear. Mid-January this year, he became more food focussed than ever and started putting on weight rapidly, eventhough I was trying to feed him the same amount. His water intake and peeing dramactically increased. He started balking at going outside, I had to put a leash on him just to get him out the door. I also noticed that he started bumping into the bushes when he would try to pee. And more frequently, he would bump into the wall, gate, and door. I took him to my vet, Dr. Chris Serpico of Rising Sun Vet Clinic, who diagnosed him with SARDS. He was totally blind within a couple of weeks. His whole world right now is sleeping and food. He is scared of outside and it breaks my heart. He has had a bad enough past, full of scary things, sounds, people, thunderstorms and snowstorms, and hunger and thirst. He deserves a better life, full of things to do and explore. My only consolation is that if SARDS was always in his future, he has me to help him get through it as best as we can. I love him and will stick by him to give him the best, he’s not on the streets facing this alone. He is fully obediance trained, someone put a lot of time and effort into his training. I don’t know how he came to be a stray, but that is his past and with God and my help his future is bright.

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Rocky

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Angels, I received the Muffin’s Halo for Rocky and good news, he got adopted last night! He is a little unsure of it, but I do think it will help him a lot! Thank you so much for your kind generosity.
Susan Hubbard, New York
Director @ Hubbards Hounds Dog Rescue

Backstory
Rocky is a 9 year old Dachshund. I just took Rocky as an owner turn in from MS. The owner had him from a baby and said she couldn’t keep him any longer. We just got him this past weekend and Rocky is learning his way around, but does run into things. He is a very sweet easy going boy. He wanders around quite a lot. Never runs, just walks.

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Ringo Starr

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“Thank you so very much for the Muffin’s Halo, Angels. Ringo is already experiencing so much improvement. This boy would never wear any Halloween costume or clothes all of his life. He stood completely still as we put the Halo on and he even sleeps in it! 😇”
Sarah Vandervoort Taylor, Kansas City MO

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“A few more pix of gorgeous Ringo Starr the black Lab we posted about earlier today. Ringo loves his Muffin’s Halo, Angels! We should have another vid of him at his new house to post tomorrow. The Halo takes the challenge out of a pup adapting to a new space. It will just be a fresh place to safely do that smell mapping thing they do. It’s their big fun. Muffin’s Halo takes the worry out of loving a blind dog. ”

Sarah Vandervoort Taylor, Kansas City MO

Backstory

“Ringo Starr is a fairly active 8 year old Black Lab whose vision started to change about six months ago. We had him monitored and very quickly he develop cataracts in both eyes. We were referred to a Veterinarian Opthamologist and he diagnosed Ringo with PRA and said he was not a candidate for cataract surgery.

Ringo does well in his environment but when he is outside of the house it is very stressful. He does not realize that he is blind and he will run full force into things. We are moving and are concerned about how he will adapt to his surroundings. Ringo Starr has lived in the same house since he was a pup. Thank you for your kind consideration, Angels.”
Sarah Vandervoort
Kansas City MO

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Lola

 

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“Lola is happily running around again! Thank you so much, Angels!! ”
Alma Garcia-Villarreal

Backstory
“Lola is a 10.5 year old Corgi/Mix she was adopted in 2007 at the local humane society. She has had an adventurous and wonderful life. Lola lost her vision in last 2 months very rapidly due to retinal detachment. She is still a happy dog but her confidence is shaken because she constantly bumps into walls, furniture, or toys that her year old human brother leaves out. We all miss our spunky girl!”

Alma Garcia-Villarreal

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Winston

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“We’re excited to announce that Winston has been adopted!! His new family fell in love with him instantly and they promised to help the blind dog through every and any obstacle that comes his way. Happy homes are the best homes. 

Thank you,

Kyla E Krissek

Backstory
Winston is an 8 year old Cocker Spaniel Mix. He came into our shelter heavily matted with very painful glaucoma (high pressure in the eye). He received a bilateral enucleation (removal of both of his eyes) to relieve his pain. All of his matting was clipped away as well. Winston is an incredibly sweet dog with a lot of love to give! Also, sorry the pictures are a bit blurry- he is quite the mover. Even though he is quite overweight at this time. His new diet and a Muffin’s Halo will really get his activity level up.
Thank you, Angels.
Kyla E. Krissek, Dallas Tx

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Blinky Hope

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Hello from Blinky Hope in the UK and thank you for my Muffin’s Halo!

Backstory

Blinky Hope the sheep was born without any eyes on a farm in the UK. She cannot be used as a breeding ewe due to her condition so the farmer was going to send her to the slaughter house for meat. Myself and some other lovely ladies sponsored Blinky Hope by paying the farmer money so he would agree to letting her come and have a loving and supportive forever home at The Smallest Flock sheep sanctuary in Bath, U.K.
She has been at the sanctuary since beginning of September but is having trouble finding her way about and constantly bumping into things which is not good for her stress levels as sheep find journeys and moving stressful at the best of times. I personally run the sanctuary and I’m self funded and have been doing this, for love of sheep and all farm animals since 1997. If I can save just a handful of lives in my lifetime then I have achieved something in my time in this world.
Charlotte Reynolds

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