Success Stories

Elsa

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Hi I wanted to send a huge heartfelt thank you to Elsa‘s angels! We have received her Muffins Halo and she has been wearing it. It is so nice to not jump out of my skin everytime she bumps into something. This is going to improve her quality of life so much. Thank You just doesn’t seem like enough!

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Elsa is a 4 year old German Shepherd. 3 weeks ago we took her to the vet with red swollen left eye. When it wasn’t getting better we took her back and it was already too late for the left eye. Took her to specialist yesterday and she had lost vision in the right eye as well. In 3 weeks time she went from being able to see to completely blind. Elsa is a very active pup with a huge prey drive. I heard about Second Chances For Blind Dogs from my FB blind dog group. Thank You, Angels.~Tristy Hoogacker, TN

Boris

 

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Boris is a 10 y.o. Boston Terrier and he is my baby. He is such a cuddler and little love bug. My husband and I fell in love with his quirky personality and the looks he always gave us. He had very expressive eyes and facial expressions that were one of a kind. He lost his first eye due to a very unfortunate circumstance a few years back while playing with a boxer. Her paw caught his eye at just the right spot that we couldn’t save it. He adjusted very well to life and was still just as playful as ever. He recently had surgery to remove his second eye and we don’t even know what happened really. One moment he was fine, the next his lower lid looked like he had a sty on it, and than his whole eye got cloudy within days. We tried to save it but he ended up rupturing something in his eye which resulted in this last surgery. We have three kids who are 9, 7, and 1 and another playful pup. Our house is always filled with noise, activity, and movement.

It breaks my heart to see my baby filled with so much anxiety and getting so turned around from the noises the kids make that he gets confused and keeps bumping into the chairs or walls. He is also nervous to be by our other dog. Hopefully in time his anxiety levels lessen. Boris is moderately active. He likes his naps but still plays like a pup. When my Boris went for surgery to remove his second eye and I was looking online for tips and tools to help transition him better. I came across Muffin’s Halo and found your Page along with Guido’s Birthday Bandana offer. Thank You, Angels.~Kristina Massaro, NJ

Toph

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We can’t thank you enough. Her confidence has skyrocketed since receiving her Muffin’s Halo. She no longer bumps into things and the bandana from Dress Guido is adorable. Thank You, Angels! TY Guido!~🌼
Alysha & Toph

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Toph is an 8 week old Sheltie puppy that was born both blind and deaf as a result of poor breeding practices. She was scheduled to be euthanized by the individual that had her but I feel she can have a very full and happy life with our pack. I have two other dogs that she tries to play/interact with but due to her inability to see and hear she tends to run into immovable things such as walls, doors, etc. She wants to be a puppy and play but every time she runs into something it’s apparent that she gets discouraged. She’ll stop playing, retreat, and lay down in one of the four corners of our living room. Toph finds comfort against the walls.

I understand that her life is going to be full of obstacles but her family is here to help her get around as many as possible. A Muffin’s Halo will help her be the puppy she’s meant to be. She’s spunky and sweet. If the fear of running into things and hurting herself can be alleviated even in the smallest way it would make a huge difference. Toph is a dog and our family member first, a blind and deaf dog second. She deserves to feel like a well loved member of our family first. Thanks for considering Toph for a Muffin’s Halo today.

Aries

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Thank you Angels, especially Angel Loraine Harrison from the bottom of my heart. I am now able to safely walk around my home, and especially walk around my favourite place, my backyard! I am no longer hitting my head and my nose into things. I can’t even express how much my Muffin’s Halo means to me. Woof woof from the bottom of my❤️
I woof woof you.
Hugs and licks,
Aries and my Mom & Dad

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Aries is a 13 year old Morkie. He started having cataracts a few years ago but when he had a tumour the size of a clementine on his spleen and had it removed, his cataracts progressed immediately after surgery in April 2017. Poor little guy bumps into everything. He loved going in the bush and running after balls. His nose has become great! His activity level has not changed but we have to restrict it because he bumps into everything. He loves playing outside and going for walks. My vet showed me your website and recommended the Muffin’s Halo. Thank You for considering Aries for a donated SCFBD Halo today.
Suzanne Brouillette, Canada

Tasia

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For the Angels at Second Chances For Blind Dogs~ Thank you so much for donating a Muffins Halo for my little Tasia. We’ve been using it for a few days now and she’s starting to get the hang of it.
Sincerely grateful, Heather and Tasia 💕🐕

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Tasia is a 13.5 y.o. Chihuahua. She was diagnosed with diabetes 6 years ago. I’ve been administering her insulin shots twice a day every day since then. I gladly do this for her and have not traveled or left my home more than 12 hrs. Soon after her diagnosis she became about 80% blind. Last summer she suffered a ketoacidosis event which took the remainder of her vision. She used to at least be able to maneuver her way fairly well but now she bumps into everything and gets herself stuck in corners. It breaks my heart every time. When I’m home I tend to carry her everywhere but she really wants to run around still. She is my best friend in the whole world (just ask my husband  )

Tasia is fairly active for her age. She does sleep a lot now. She takes walks on a leash everyday as I have trained her to navigate by my finger snaps so she knows when a curb is coming. She loves to play fetch with kitty cat balls that have bells inside. She loves to ride in my bike basket (especially down hill) Weeeeee! I was searching for a ball that makes noise on E bay for my blind fur baby because she used to love playing fetch. The Muffin’s Halo appeared in the search. I never knew such a thing existed. Thank You for considering Tasia for a Muffin’s Halo today. ~Heather Gersztyn

Sammy

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Today my Sammy got a gift, one we are very thankful for. About 6 months ago I started to notice Sammy running into things. It wasn’t till the last 3 months that it is was obvious he could no longer see. It is very nerve racking worrying about your dog being in the yard while your at work. So many things he could run into and ways he could get injured. It is really very heartbreaking to watch. About a month ago there was this offer to give away “Halo’s” to dogs just like my Sam. So, I took a chance. When Sammy was selected I literally cried. My boy Sam was going to get the help he needs to navigate through his day. What a God send. So from Sammy and myself, we would like to thank Muffin’s Halo for your wonderful gift. Life for Sam is about to get a lot easier…he is looking fly!~ Jenifer & Sammy

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Sammy is a 10 year old Lab/Pit Mix. He seemed to go blind very quickly. He is such a sweet boy. He constantly runs into things and I fear he will seriously hurt his head. He is mobile and active. He is always up and ready to go for a treat or a outing. It gets dark early now so I haven’t tried walking him. I don’t want anything to happen to either of us so I can’t risk taking him when I get off work and it’s dark. I heard about your organization on Facebook. Please help. Thank You so much.~Jenifer Olson, CA

Zoe

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We received the Muffin’s Halo on Thursday – Valentine’s Day. We just want to thank you with all our heart for this gift you have given our Zoe! She is now able to walk around and not be afraid of bumping into things and hurting herself. She is an Angel to us and now she has her “wings”. Thank you again, Angels!!!!! ~The Burridge Family

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Zoe is a 9 year old Shep/Mix. We started noticing Zoe’s eyes getting cloudy and she is also diabetic. The Vet said they could remove the cataracts but since she is diabetic, they will just come back. She started running into things and I researched on line to find what we could do to help her and found Muffin’s Halo. We want to do everything we can to make her life more comfortable. Zoe is a very laid back dog. She loves to cuddle and just want to be around people. Thank You for considering Zoe for a SCFBD Muffin’s Halo today, Angels.~
Laurie Burridge, VT

Ellie

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Yay! Ellie’s Halo has arrived and it’s amazing! It’s such a weight off our shoulders knowing that when she wears it she can navigate her surroundings with confidence and without fear of injuring her beautiful Puggy eyes. Thank you so much to the wonderful people who donated this Halo for our precious fur-baby. We couldn’t have done it without you. You are truly Angels to blind dogs in need. Love & kisses, Ellie & Amber xo

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Ellie is a 6 y.o. Pug. She is a happy girl who loves to play with her brother Remy and she loves her snuggle time. Recently, she stopped playing and began bumping into things and having a hard time navigating the house. We discovered that she had suddenly become blind. She has been diagnosed with SARDS (Sudden Acquired Retinal Degeneration Syndrome). She is struggling to adapt to such sudden and profound vision loss. I heard about your organization from a shared FB post. Thank You for considering Ellie for a SCFBD Halo.
Amber Boutilier, Canada

Seigfried

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Here is a picture of Siegfried wearing his Muffin’s Halo. He’s adapted well at my house and it really helps when I take him out to new places. Thank you so much, Angels! ~Kathy & Siegfried

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Seigfried is an 8 y.o. Pomeranian. He was picked up as a stray in Wharton, Texas and taken to the shelter. Second Chance Pomeranians Rescue pulled him and I am currently his Foster Mom. The cause of his blindness is inoperable cataracts. I found out about Second Chances For Blind Dogs on Facebook. Thank You for considering Seigfried for a Muffin’s Halo today, Angels.~ Kathy Compton, Tx

Simba

 

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To Second Chances For Blind Dogs, Muffin’s Halo, and my amazing Angel Loraine Harrison: Thank you so very much for my Muffin’s Halo! Getting around the yard and outside has become fun again. I’m happily back to basking in the sun with my sister. As you can see I’m all ready for summer now. My Halo has given me new life and I look forward to everymoment of it. My family say thank you so much for all your help.
Love, Simba and Family

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Simba is an 11 y.o. Chihuahua. He came into my life in 2008. He was given to me by my boyfriend at the time. When the relationship did not work out, he was sent to live with my ex’s brother because it was the best option for him. In May of 2014 while at my mother’s house with my new my boyfriend (who would later become my husband), animal control showed up at my door telling me that they had a Chihuahua in their shelter. Simba’s microchip was still registered to my mother’s house. We were told that if we did not claim him that he would be euthanized because he was deemed a “vicious dog”, so we rushed over to pick him up.

We arrived at the shelter to see him cowering in a cage with other larger dogs, and Immediately asked to have him released to us. I was so happy to have him back in my life. However, over the years that we have been apart he developed diabetes, which caused him to start going blind. He requires two insulin shots a day. With the cost of insulin, syringes, prescription dog food, and his glucose test kit, it has been very difficult and expensive to help him with his condition. He has also needed two surgeries for his tooth infections. The tooth infections caused his glucose levels to become very unstable and caused him a lot of pain and discomfort. We tried to reach out to an organization to help pay for his surgeries, but because of his diabetes he was considered too high risk to receive any aid. After two surgeries, he is still alive and kicking. This little guy has so much fight in him even after he has been counted out by everyone else. We don’t have much, but we would give anything to give him the life that he deserves.

I used to love taking Simba on our daily walks with the rest of the pack, but his blindness has become progressively worse making it difficult. Recently while stopped at the red light he was unable to feel out where the curb was and he ended up falling of the curb and hitting his face. I’ve never felt so bad. He has a stroller we found at a yard sale, but he doesn’t like it very much. He would prefer to walk but his mommy just worries a lot. I heard about your organization on FB. Thank You, for considering Simba for a SCFBD Muffin’s Halo.~
Suzanne Vucci-Herrera, CA

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