Success Stories

Shaylee

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“Check out Shaylee enjoying her new Muffin’s Halo! Now she can explore without bumping her head or her eye (ouch)! Thanks so much to the generous donors from Second Chance and Silvie for this wonderful invention to help blind dogs live a more fulfilling life. Now she’s already to go visit Grandma’s!”

Kimberly L.

Backstory
“Shaylee has always had A LOT of medical problems. She takes two medicines for her epileptic seizures. When we first saw eye issues, every vet we saw said it was allergies. We didn’t know it was something so serious until her eye became cloudy and swelled larger than the other eye. The vet recommended some drops but it did not get any better. We went to the pet eye doctor and discovered that it was glaucoma. The vision in the eye was gone so we went through an enucleation. She has been on drops for the 2nd eye, but just recently she developed dry eye and had to go on Tacrolimus which is like a doggie Restasis.

When she went to her eye appointment last Tuesday, she still had sight and her eye pressure was high but not in a dangerous level but the very next morning she was bumping into things and could not seem to see. We took her to the local vet but they still said her pressure was 26 which is what it was at the eye doctor. They did say she had scratched her eye. We are still giving drops and giving her the new eye ointment but we are not seeing any improvement.

I think she is totally blind now because she is bumping into everything. She doesn’t seem to orient herself well. Her appetite is still good but she is sleeping more and is not her normally jovial self since the loss of sight in this eye. I have considered ordering the halo but I am out of work (teacher– out for summer but also looking for a new job) things have been really tough with all the vet bills we’ve had this past year and a half (and we are possibly going to have to have another surgery to remove the eye. ) I am hoping a Muffin’s Halo would give her a way to explore her environment .”
Kimberly L.

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Andy

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“Andy is so happy with his halo! We can’t thank your angels enough! I know that my Andy isn’t hurting himself anymore & am so thankful for that!”
Deana C.

Backstory
“Andy was pulled off a street in Houston. Westbury rescue told me it was after the flood down there, last year. When I got her to our home, I started noticing him running into things. The vet said he had a small cataract in one eye, which could be the cause. Had him at the vet for shots & asked her to check his eyes again. At that point she told me he was blind in one eye & probably only sees shadows. Andy is so loving & seems to take this all in stride. I hate to see him hurt himself so often. He deserves so much more!”

Deanna C.

DJ

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“Thank you my Angels from Second Chance and Muffin’s Halo. I’m getting around but still not sure why I stop before I hit the walls, lol but Thank you so much from my Mom and Dad and lots of love from DJ????”

Sherilyn W.

Backstory 
“Several years back DJ was attacked by our neighbors dogs, since that time his eye sight has went downhill, he how has cataracts.”
Sherilyn W.

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Gerry

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“Thank you angels! The entire Saving Grace family is so happy that Gerry was chosen to receive a halo. Gerry was quite excited to get to go exploring this afternoon. We can’t wait to watch Gerry‘s confidence grow with his halo as he searches for his fur-ever home. Thank you again!”

Gerry & everyone at Saving Grace Animal Rescue of Maryland

Backstory 4th July
“Gerry joined Saving Grace Animal Rescue when he was pulled from a shelter in TX and made his long journey to MD this past spring. He is heartworm positive, has arthritis in his rear legs/hips, has lots of lumps and bumps, and if that wasn’t enough, is blind. We also say he has selective hearing which is an improvement from how he was found originally.

Gerry currently lives with his foster mom, Lesley, and four other dogs. Despite all his medical issues, he is quite a happy (and handsome) boy (though he can get a little snappy when startled). He loves to spend his days sunbathing on the deck, wandering the yard, and lounging by the fan. His favorite past time, however, is using that amazing nose to find food! He has been known to steal his foster mom’s dinner or two.

Gerry’s bloodwork has since come back with good levels and his heart looked good on X-rays which was a relief. There was a slight decline in the lungs which may just be due to age. He currently swims every 2 weeks to help his arthritis and loves it. Soon he will begin heartworm treatment.

As we help Gerry find his forever family, a Muffin’s Halo would give him confidence as he navigates at adoption events, medical appointments, and hopefully soon, his forever home.”
Sandy C.

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Stella

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“Stella said thank you all for her halo. She got it today. We will send a video tomorrow after we go for our walk.”

Wendy M.

Backstory

“Stella was abandoned by her previous owner when the owner moved. She was turned into the shelter by the landord. She was full of mats and had terribly crusty eyes. We shaved her and I fostered her with the intention to adopt her. She is 15 years old, has 5 teeth, and a mammary tumor. On top of that she is nearly blind. Her vet said that he couldn’t see through her eyes. The shelter vet said her sight can be lost any time now. She is starting to run into furniture and walls and has fallen off the couch recently. I love her so much and adopting her was one of the best things I’ve ever done. She brings so much joy to my life and it breaks my heart to watch her try to make her way around the house.”
Wendy M.

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Bobo

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“We got Bobo’s Halo yesterday! Thank you so much! It is something new to him, so he’s going through the ‘getting used to it’ stage. This is really going to be a BIG help to both him and I when we move and he has to learn new ‘paths’. Thank you again! ”
Gregory E.

Backstory 6-28-16

“Bobo came into our lives the beginning of the summer of 2006. My Dad had passed away 3 days before his 84th birthday in January of 2006. A friend of the family came by my Mom’s house that summer and had Bobo with her and asked my Mom if she wanted Bobo. Of course my Mom, being the animal lover that we all were, said yes.

The friend said Bobo was about 2 years old and had been born blind. We all fell in love with Bobo. At that time I had attributed Mom’s forgetfulness to her age, but watching her get worse, I decided to take her to a neurologist who diagnosed her with Alzheimer.

During the following years, I had became my Mom’s caregiver and during this time her biggest worry was what would happen to Bobo when she was gone. I reassured her Bobo would come live with myself and Miley, my pug/chihuahua mix little girl.

Mom’s disease worsened, and in August of 2015 she developed blood poisoning and was hospitalized. Her Alzheimer had worsened to the point she had almost quit eating and thus, lost so much weight. During her hospitalization, I would bring Bobo and Miley to see her and she just was so happy to see them…more so than me, I think!

Mom passed away on September 19, 2015 (this is so hard writing/reliving). I am sure Bobo went through a depression period, but has adjusted well. Me, not so much. I still see a therapist about the loss of Mom. But Bobo and Miley are my life now.

Bobo does ok, as long as nothing is moved out of place. But where I have been renting has been sold, so now we are moving, and he will have to learn again. He bumps into things, and that part does not worry me much…he’s got a hard head! What does worry me is his bumping his eyes.

I made a promise to Mom I would take care of him for the rest of his life, and I intend on doing so. I have already made arrangements for him, and Miley to go live with my sister should something happen to me, as I have health issues myself. I want Bobo to grow old and be added healthy as possible. I know that smaller pets can live a very long time. I had one of my fidos and one of my kitty’s live over 19 years.”
Gregory E.

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Jack

 

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“Dear Muffins Halo for Blind Dogs “ANGEL FRIENDS”- Jack and I would like to THANK YOU for your kindness and generosity. You ALL have Blessed us beyond what I could ever Thank in a Letter. Jack is already getting used to his new help and hopefully in time he will be a little more independent again.This Blessing could not have came at a better time.
Forever Thankful”
❤️Jack & Laurie❤️

Backstory 

“Jack started going blind about 1 year ago and his vision has gotten worse very quick. I’m not sure of the cause and percentage of sight because I can’t afford to take him to the doctor, except to clinics for shots.
Jack is very loved and we are crushed to see this happen to him.

Jack was very active. Now he hides under tables and chairs in fear of being stepped on.”
Laura D.

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Zoey

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Angels,
“The Muffin’s Halo is just perfect for Zoey and she knew immediately what it was for. She has learned her way around the house. It’s wonderful to see her move around confidently. I am so grateful to Second Chances for sending Zoey her halo. She moves very tentatively unless she has the halo on and then it’s full speed ahead! It was hard to get a picture because she won’t stay still long enough. I have made a donation to Second Chances to pay it forward and help the next blind dog. What a great way to assist our blind dogs! On Zoey’s behalf, thank you so much!”
Judy S.

Backstory

“Found abandoned on side of highway with eyes out of sockets, covered in sores. Possible torture case, but vet says likely glaucoma. Remainder of eye tissue removed.”

Judy S.

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Gracie

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“Good afternoon Sochi Strong this is Gracie I received my halo today. I would like to thank my angel and everyone who cheered me on. Here are a few pictures my mom took today. I will update everyone this weekend for the true test. Sending all her love Gracie”

Dianah G.

Backstory

“Here is Blind Dog Gracie who wrote Sochi and asked if he could help her get a Muffin’s Halo in honor of his 6th Birthday. How could he say no to that little face♡ “Gracie started going blind very quickly and at a very young age it started last summer. The vet said it was very unusual for her to only be 6 and already going blind. She was a very active and playful dog love to swim and go for boat ride and go everywhere with us. She love to play with kittens. Loves children just an all-around fantastic Baby to our family.”

Dianah G.

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Rocky

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“Rocky is Loving his new Muffin’s Halo!!  We thank you very much for making his life “bump free”!  After a few hours of getting used to it, he’s a confident pro now!!  You have a great program and it’s helping so many dogs like Rocky!! Thank you so much!!”

Rocky’s Mommy, Mary

Backstory

Here is the 5th Blind Dog that Sochi would like to help in honor of his 6th Birthday… Rocky is the sweetest dog! He loves meeting new people and will sit very still for babies and small children to pet him! He likes to go outside but has been bumping into everything lately. He looks up at me frustrated and says “What’s going on Mommy?!” He is blind in one eye and has 30-50% sight in left eye.  I’d love to get him a Muffin’s Halo while he has a little sight so he can get adjusted to it before he’s totally blind. Rocky loves to walk around the yard exploring. It’s heartbreaking knowing he will soon be blind and won’t be able to investigate flowers (his favorite!) and other things.”

Thank you so much for your consideration.
Warmest Regards,
Rocky’s Mommy, Mary

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