Success Stories

Rocky

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We received Muffin’s Halo for Rocky and we are extremely grateful to have such a quality product that fits him perfectly and is so well made. Rocky lost his remaining eye in January to painful glaucoma and was spending most of his time on beds and sofas so that he would not injure himself. Thanks to the “halo”, he now walks freely in the house and in the yard without hurting himself. I’ve enclosed some photos. We have also expressed our gratitude to Southwest Snort Savers who donated the halo to our Northeast Boston Terrier Rescue boy.

Thank you so much for your compassion and generosity to our sweet Rocky.

Diane Laudani
Backstory

Rocky is in a foster home through a rescue group. He has one eye with a cataract, graft and now glaucoma. He lost the other eye to an infection after his graft surgery. We are hoping he can get a Muffin’s Halo to help him.
Northeast Boston Terrier Rescue

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Freddy

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Freddy got his Muffin’s Halo!

Dear Lisa and Silvie,
“Please browse the attached photos taken today of my dear old poodle, Freddy. I hope you can see how happy he is with his Halo. Now that he’s gotten used to it, he’s able to navigate our house and backyard with confidence, with
his head up, happy and comfortable.

Freddy turned fifteen on February 9th this year, and it was just about a month ago that we realized he had gone completely blind and deaf, poor boy. We knew he was starting to lose both senses, but didn’t realize it was so
bad, then suddenly, it happened. Poor Freddy was bumping his nose into everything and acting like he was afraid to move.

Freddy has a few health problems, but they’re manageable, and he still enjoys life. He still has a healthy appetite and mobility, enjoys playing, and seems to have no pain. A few people suggested it was time to let him go, but I couldn’t do that. It just broke my heart to see Freddy bumping his nose on things. I read that area rugs and runners help blind dogs navigate the house, but he was still bumping his nose a lot. I googled “tools for blind dogs” and found out about Muffin’s Halo, and thanks to you and Lisa, Freddy now has his own Halo and is once again comfortable in the
house and in our yard. I can’t thank you enough. it’s a blessing for Freddy. With sincere gratitude,”
Betsy P
Backstory

“My poodle (Freddy) is almost fifteen and his heart is strong, but two weeks ago, my daughter and I found out he has a bladder stone that needs removed, and in the last month he has gone completely deaf and blind. I can manage (borrow) the money for the surgery to remove the stone, but my heart is breaking because Freddy (a poodle) has been walking around the house, bumping into things, and acting miserable.

The surgery (if he survives) would ease his pain (I’ve been told the bladder stone is large and has razor sharp edges) but he would still be deaf and blind. We knew he was slowly losing his eyesight, but he just recently lost it completely, along with his hearing. It’s like it all happened at once, poor thing.

Freddy seems to hear me when I whistle, and he knows me by smell and touch, and he pretty much knows the layout of our house, but he still walks into walls and things. This has been going on for just two weeks, and its my hope that he’ll get used to it, but meanwhile, he bumps his nose a lot & it scares him. When I see that he’s about to walk into something, I stop him if I’m there, but I’m gone 8 hours a day and my daughter goes to school, so he’s alone a lot. I googled devices to help blind dogs and your halo came up, but I have no funds for the purchase. I don’t normally ask for free stuff, but the vet bill (to diagnose the bladder stone with xrays, etc.) took the little bit of funds I have left over each month. I understand if you are unable to help (by donating a halo), but for my dog’s sake, I had to ask.
I’ve attached a picture of Freddy. He’s a good dog. People are telling me I should put him down, considering his age, health problems, and loss of hearing and sight, but I don’t want to do that. I’m going to ask our vet to check his ears again and I’m hoping they just need a super good cleaning – maybe they’re plugged with wax, at least that’s my hope. I just can’t stand to see him bumping into walls & stuff. It’s pitiful.
Thank you for your consideration.”
Betsy

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Little Man

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“Today was visit the veterinarian day for wellness checks and vaccinations and he wore his halo in, none of the veterinarians or staff members had ever seen or heard of a halo, and the veterinarian I saw has a blind and deaf basset hound. Little Man got his Muffin’s Halo thanks to Blind Dog Rock Star Noah’s Muffin’s Halo Giveaway ♡”

Amy & Little Man

Backstory
“Little Man and his lady friend Millie were owned by an elderly woman in San Diego, CA. I became aware of them in December 2014 as I knew the woman’s grandson. I felt bad for them when I met them in December as they had a comforter to sleep on but really no human interaction.

Their nails were long and curling under so I imagine it was painful walking, even though they weren’t my dogs and I hadn’t known them very long, I took over their care as I am a huge animal lover and had 3 rescue dogs at home.

I took Little Man and Millie to the vet’s and got them updated on shots, I took them to the groomers, got them coats for cold days to wear, and got them on better dog food than the cheap stuff from the local grocery store.

When the elderly owner passed away in January 2013, her children fought over her possessions (everything but the dogs) when I asked who was going to take the dogs, the one daughter said her plan was to euthanize them as they were 1) old dogs 2) they weren’t poodles 3) they weren’t papered and 4) Little Man was special needs (blind) and she didn’t want that responsibility.

I knew they had life still left to live, and since I had already stepped up within the prior 6 weeks and taken over their care, it was a no-brainer. I knew I was taking them home with me to live and I hoped that it would be a smooth transition into my pack of 3 rescues at home.

They now have a 6 ft fully fenced yard to sniff and roam in. They have full run of the house, they get treats, warm beds (although they all sleep in momma’s bed), regular grooming and vet care, car rides and outings to local parks, beaches and just neighborhood walks. And because Little Man isn’t confident about walking long distances due to age and no visibility, to ensure he still feels like part of the family, he rides in a wagon when we go on pack walks.”

Amy

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Marjan

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“I was able to pick up Marjan‘s Muffin’s Halo today .  The results have been  immediate as you can see. Thank you very much for giving him hope I am so grateful.”
Carol R.

Backstory
“Marjan was a severely neglected dog that was dumped at the Sacramento County shelter. When he came into the shelter he was severely matted and his eyes were said to be not repairable shape. The County’s veterinarian felt it necessary to remove the eyes. After his surgery he was then put into foster care to heal. Then he was brought back to the shelter was adopted and then returned. When we heard about Marjan we went down and picked him up. He’s had a very rough life. Sadly he is not adjusting to his new disability very well. He is very frightened and very depressed. I believe a Muffin’s  Halo would greatly improve this dog’s life.”

Carol R.

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Mousey

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Check out Mousey in her halo! Thank you so much to our friends at Muffin’s Halo.  Mousey’s foster Mom reports that she is getting used to her halo and doing well.

Backstory

Sweet Mousey is a great example of amazing, resilient puppy spirit. Mousey was dumped in a box on the doorstep of one of our fellow rescuers. She had a grossly infected eye and clearly had been neglected. Mousey was emaciated and had some issues with her skin.

Our rescuer friend rushed Mousey to her local vet, and it was determined that the infected eye needed to be removed. With Mousey around 2 pounds, 3 months old (as of December 2016), and malnourished, surgery was a risky proposition for this pint-sized sweetie.

Thankfully Mousey pulled through the surgery, and we are happy to report that she has made a full recovery. But recently she was seen by an eye specialist who confirmed she is completely blind in the remaining eye. Mousey has bounced back, and has proven to be the happiest puppy you’d ever want to meet. Mousey‘s foster mom reports that she is an excellent cuddler. Mousey also loves romping around in the yard.

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Marley

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Marley got his Muffin’s Halo.

Backstory

“Two little sibling pups stole my heart in 2007. Marley, the male and his sister Maggie.

Four years ago, Marley was diagnosed with a Canine type of Luis. He had to be put on high doses of Prednisone to help to attack his disease. Unfortunately, one of the side effects is blindness. As of this year, he is considered 100% blind.

I am praying for a Halo to be donated to him. He is a Merry Little Cocker, but has lost confidence in his travels. He often hits his eyes on door frames and helps. I just break out in tears for him.

I had begun to save for the Halo,and at the end of October, I was rushed to the hospital with Congestive Heart Failure. My heart meds are extremely expensive and living on Disability does not allow me any extra money at this time. I will continue to pray for a donor and promise to give back when things calm down.

Thank you in advance for considering my baby boy.”
Katie L.

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Reagan

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“Reagan got his Muffin’s Halo! Thank you Angels ♡”

Joleen L.

Backstory

“I am writing for some help and guidance. Please allow me to share our story. My dog Reagan is a puppy mill survivor. I rescued him at 6 weeks old. Was told he was a Rat Terrier, but ended being a Yorkiepoo as far as I can tell. He was the one of a litter of four that lived.
So his bloodline is not pure.

Moving forward he is now 7 years old and been thru a lot. From anger issues to allergies, ear infections, toxic liver disease, to now being diagnosed with diabetes and only has 10% eye sight and was told he will be blind in a short amount of time.

I am just devastated. This poor little dog has endured his share of bad luck from in breeding to constant health issues. This latest double whammy of diabetes and losing his sight is so stressful for him.

I came upon your site while searching for answers and ways to make this transition for him a better experience.

My intent is to make his life as good as it can be with what he is dealing with. I can already see his stress and depression showing. Any guidance and assistance you could provide would be greatly appreciated as I am financially challenged.
Thank you so much for your time in Reading Reagan’s story.”
Sincerely,
Joleen L.

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Hamilton

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Hamilton aka Hammie got his Muffin’s Halo! Thank you!

Megan B.

Backstory

“We were contacted about Hamilton aka Hammie around September and he has just come into my personal care as a foster parent. He is the sweetest boy, but you can tell he is coming into new scenarios and due to cataracts and his loosing sight he is nervous when around the entire pack of dogs. It may be a rare site to get him up and moving as his favorite place is being right next to me, his foster mom. Which is one thing I do not mind. Please know Pictures are not the best because it will be a miracle to catch him in a position that is not laying on my chest.”

Megan B.

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Niko

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“I got it last night. Thank you so much.  Y’all are amazing! Thank you again!”

Casey L.

Backstory

“On March 7, 2016, I lost my first dog, he was a Keeshond and was only 3 years old. I was devastated. I knew the only way I would be able to grieve would be to get another dog. Not just any, but another Keeshond. Life was empty.

I decided to reach out to some rescues just to get my name on a list because I figured it would be at least a year. Well, 6 days later I was blessed with Willie, a 1 and 1/2 year old Keeshond. His previous owner hated him. Wanted nothing to do with him. He threw the leash at me and said “here he’s yours”. That was on March 13, 2016.

Then in July, I decided to join the Savannah Kennel Club on Facebook, where I posted a photo of Willie. That’s when someone messaged me asking if I wanted another Keeshond. I of course said “yes”. She worked for a rescue here in Savannah, GA and said he was around 2-3 years old and his name was Niko. I asked if I could bring Willie to do a meet and greet. We did and I fell in love. There was something special about him. He was very timid, but had such a sweet soul.

Willie and I came home, did all the adoption paperwork and went back on July 23, 2016 to pick him up.

Niko was rescued from hell. He was rescued along with 40+ animals and brought in to animal control back around March of 2016. He was then rescued and brought to Savannah. He was heartworm positive and went through intense treatment before he could be adopted out.

The day I brought Niko home, I knew something was wrong. He was bumping into the other dogs, walls, me, doors, chairs. He would run into them and jump backwards. Noises even scared him, like a squeaky toy, refrigerator door, food going into his bowl. Sometimes he’s so scared he poops without having any control. I called his vet and got him in.

The day we went to the vet she did the light test and notes blind. Something I knew, but just needed clarification. We were referred to the animal eye specialist, where we met with his doctor (who we adore). His right eye was noted: retinal detachment and his left eye was noted: retina atrophy. Pretty much he is blind and there is nothing to be done to fix it.

Last week I took him in for his checkup (this is our 4th time since July). He had some bleeding in his detachment eye, which was likely due to blood vessel tears and we were told the blood clots will remain for long term. Luckily the pressure and all is normal in his eyes. We think his blindness was probably due to trauma.

Willie helps Niko a lot. Helps build his self confidence. I love Niko so much. He’s a fighter. Never once did he give up. Even with him losing his vision he keeps on going. He’s a blessing and I’m so grateful for him. Niko deserves to be happy and I think him having a halo would help him build more self confidence.”
Casey L.

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Keitaro

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“A huge “Thank You!!!” to whomever our generous donor was. Keitaro is already navigating better! It was very hard to keep him still because he now wants to go everywhere! Merry Christmas!’

Sara D.

Backstory

Our Min Pin, Keitaro, (12 yrs old) is going blind due to cataracts. His peripheral vision is completely gone and he’s slowly losing the rest of his vision. We want to be able to help him live a bump-free life but do not have the funds to buy one due to medical problems.

My husband had a partial knee replacement and is now facing open back surgery. I have PTSD, Panic disorder, social anxiety, and depression. He’s become my ESA since his sister passed away. I want to help him like he’s helped me. Can you help us?”
Sara D.

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