Success Stories

Cody

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Cody received his halo..yay. !!.. and mama bear is over here … crying and laughing! There isn’t enough words I can come up with to express the gratitude and gratefulness that we have for you and your Angels…Thank you for your thoughtfulness, kindness and donations

Cindy Tessmer

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Backstory

Cody is 12 years old and he is my world and my everything.. Recently this year, he started having eye problems and I noticed he was having a hard time out when the sun was out.. Now that a month or two has progressed he’s starting to walk into walls and things. I am on disability and I live by myself.. so the financial situation for me is very tight. I took him to the vet and so far spent over $600 just in office visits and testing and eye drops. He does have cataracts in both eyes.. and the one eye has a red vein across his cornea. Financially I cannot afford cataract surgery or further testing . And it breaks my heart because I want to take care of him to the best of my ability.

He is a trooper when he isn’t sleeping! He doesn’t go for walks down the street anymore but I do go out back in my yard with him in a small area and try to get him out and about and walking around but he’s very skittish.

Cassi

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Cassi received her Muffin’sHalo. We can’t thank everyone involved enough. My sweet girl loves it. She was diagnosed with SARDS one year ago and has had a difficult time adapting. Cassi’s Halo has been on a very short period of time and she is already doing so much better.
We want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and all the best in the New Year !

Thank you again,
Tanya and Cassi

Isn’t she adorable?!!

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Backstory

I rescued Cassi 9 years ago. She was a neglect case and wasn’t expected to live, but she made it and has been living the best life. Just over a year ago she went blind overnight and was diagnosed with SARDS. Cassi is still adapting to her blindness and smashes into EVERYTHING. Cassi has recently been diagnosed with Cushings Disease and her medication for one month is $300. I’m on medical leave awaiting a major back surgery, so a Muffin’s Halo for Cassi would be so greatly appreciated as I can’t afford to buy her a halo.
Thank you for reading our story,
Tanya & Cassi

Finley Drew

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Here I am enjoying my back yard again leash free ♥️💕 Thanks so much I really hate being on a leash in my own yard but it kept me from running into the fence and the house but now I can wonder around on my own with my moms supervision   It’s wonderful seeing him so confident again!

Thank you Angels!

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He was taken from a breeding situation and adopted by some one who claimed they were allergic and left him outside on a farm (even in winter) where he was chased by coyotes the adopter said the thing that saved him was his small size he could fit under the porch and the coyotes couldn’t. I took him in made him a house dog it took him a little bit to adjust toys scared him at first he didn’t know what they were for. When he finally got used to the good life he came down with diabetes when we thought he had that licked (keeping his sugar down getting used to twice daily shots) he lost his sight. Now he’s afraid to explore or do very much of anything I feel like we’re back at day one. This poor little guy can’t get a break. His activity level has decreased considerably since becoming blind. I would say on a scale of 1-10 probably a 2 at this time but prior was considerably more active.

Colors

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Hi everyone. It’s Colors. I wanted to send you all some pictures of me with my new halo! Without all you Angels out there this would not have been possible. It has already helped my confidence and just today the SAINT org. got a message that someone wants to meet me! It could be my new someone special. The foster home has been great but can’t wait to have a forever place of my own. Red heart Thanks for your love and prayers

 

 

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Backstory

Colors is a 3 year old Pit-Mix. She was surrendered to our shelter right before Christmas of last year. Had 6 pups in the shelter. Then in March one of her eyes had to be removed because of glaucoma. Then two weeks ago the other eye for the same reason. Our non profit paid for the removals and took possession of her. We are now looking for her forever, loving home. She was in our shelter for over 8 months. I have been spending time with her and I would say she is at a medium activity level. She loves to play fetch. Thank You for considering Colors for a Muffin’s Halo today. ~Gail Moscato S.A.I.N.T. Org, AZ

Luca

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Update 12-15-19

Time for us to recognize an amazing organization that we have used multiple times. They are called Muffin’s Halo For Blind Dogs and they provide halos (see photo!) to blind dogs. We can’t tell you what a game changer this has been for some of our doggies, most recently Luca. Luca came to our hospice program as a scared, old, mostly deaf, completely blind dog. He would shake and spend most of his time rolled up in a dog bed.

Then he received his Halo. It allowed him to gain confidence. It allowed him to have a life worth living. That is priceless. We are so thankful for Muffin’s Halo!

Luca is featured in Muffin’s Halo calendar, which raises money to provide Halos to other pups in need! Please considering donating to this worthy cause. They make a world of difference for blind, scared doggies.

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Update July 25, 2019

Good Morning Silvie and The Angels and thank you for your patience. Luca had been very concerned when the foster first introduced his new Muffins Halo. With very slow care and support she has been working a lot with him to ensure he was comfortable and had a positive interaction every time the Muffin Halo was put on him.

I am so happy to report that he is getting much more comfortable and is now cruising around the house well and loved the dog park this weekend. Thank you for helping him stay safe and excited for life’s adventures. He sure is loving life, seeing with his heart that’s to your wonderful donations to dogs in need. Thank you again for all you do and your support. ~Eileen Hill

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Luca is a 14 y.o. Mini-Schnauzer. He came from a shelter in Arkansas. He was shut down, shaking and covered in infection. Rescue partners helped get him safe up to Minnesota where he lives with his forever Foster now apart of the Hospice program. This is the description from his Hospice Foster, his forever Mom: Luca came up to Minnesota in February 2019, from Arkansas, listed as 11 but more than likely 14 years old. He had a very bad yeast infection over his body and ears and had scratched and chewed himself raw. That has since healed but he has numerous other issues. He is completely blind and deaf, most likely the result of too many untreated infections. All his teeth have been removed. He was also diagnosed with the beginning of canine cognitive disorder or doggy dementia. The dementia causes him anxiety and when stressed he paces in circles, cries, panics and potties. Despite all his ailments, he is making progress and finding joy. He is starting to find his way around and learning to navigate stairs. He paces, cries and panics less. He still potties inside but I am going to start him in diapers and see how that goes. Small steps but they are something.

He enjoys his foods and makes quite the mess of it. He like being outside and sniffing. When he is being walked, he doesn’t walk – he prances, proudly, like a show dog. I think in his mind, he is a show dog. He usually can find his doggy bed to nap in or make it down the hall to the bedroom at night. I wasn’t sure about him sleeping in my bed, but I gave it a try. Luca does not move, he curls up as close to me as possible, puts his head on me and sleeps. I know this is him letting me know he loves me and is thanking me for taking care of him. That makes all the messes worthwhile. I will do everything I can to make sure his remaining time is the best as it can be, while showering him with love and affection. Thank You!
Eileen Hill~ Forever Love Hospice, MN

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

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