Success Stories

Harry

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“Harry’s Muffin’s Halo came today and he is thrilled! (So are we!!!) he has a home visit with a potential adopter today and his is excited to show off his new found independence. Thank you Angels, Silvie and Muffin for helping Harry reach his full potential and find a furever home! Here is a shot of Harry with his other “differently abled” pooch friend!  Here is a shot of Harry with his other “differently abled” pooch friend!”

Love, Harry, Jenna and the crew at PUDR

 

Backstory
“Harry is a foster dog with Paws United in London Ontario. He was brought in as an unclaimed stray from the local pound. He has likely been used as a breeder. Harry has cataracts and is mostly deaf.”

Jenna

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Peaches

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“Hey guys, thank you so much for my Halo!!!  After being dumped at the pound I was taken in by a local rescue group and placed with my foster mum. It was hard to adjust to my new surroundings at the ripe old age of 12, but since my Halo arrived I have a new found confidence that has blown everyone away!! I even break out in the occasional run, knowing that my Halo will protect me 🙂 Thank you again, from the bottom of my paws for giving me my second  chance.  – Lots of love from Australia”
Peaches xoxox

Backstory

“Peaches was picked up by a member of the public as she was wandering around an industrial area very close to the highway. Due to her advanced cataracts it was clear to the man who picked her up that she was totally blind. She was taken to the local shelter the next morning and the owner was notified that she had been found however he never came for her.

We jumped at the chance to have this beautiful little lady with us and judging by her overall condition we are so glad that her owner declined to reclaim her. She is such a happy little dog and is loving being in foster care with her fur siblings!

She spends her day laying in front of the window to soak up the sun and her nights cuddling up with her foster mum on the couch. We are so happy we have been given the chance to make sure her last years will be filled with love and our only sadness is that she didn’t come to us years ago.

Being that she has gone from stray, to the pound and now to a new home she still hasn’t adjusted to her new surroundings so is bumping into furniture and walls of the house and has little grazes on her nose constantly from banging into objects, we are hoping that a Muffin’s Halo will be just what the doctor ordered to help this little angel regain her confidence.”
GEELONG Animal Shelter in Australia

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Mercy

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“Mercy is adjusted quite well to her halo. She is back to being her previous independent self! Thank you so much to my Angel for assisting her with this transition in her life!”
Kim

Backstory  

“Mercy is an 11 year old Boston Terrier. I rescued her from a puppy mill when she was about 3 –months old. Due to her markings and a problem with her eye, she was considered a “reject” and couldn’t be sold. Mercy was diagnosed with dry eye.

Mercy is a therapy dog. For many years, she would go to work with me when I worked the night shift at a memory care unit. She knew who needed her company and who wanted her to keep her distance. She even had her own “employee” file. ?

July 29, 2012, my brother passed away unexpectedly. Ten days later on August 8th, my dad passed away unexpectedly. The day my dad passed, I received contaminated steroid injections. Approximately 2 months later I was hospitalized for sixteen days with Fungal Meningitis due to the injections.

During my hospitalization, Mercy was being cared for by my mom and was attacked by coyotes. We live in a rural area and people were illegally dumping fish and deer remains on our property. At the time, we were unaware that this was happening or that we even had a problem with coyotes. To everyone’s dismay, Mercy survived her attack and we were both discharged from the hospital and able to recover together. Mercy had several injuries including losing most of the tendons in her front feet/legs, puncture wounds, and scarring on her eyes. Every time the vet sees her, he reminds me that she’s a little miracle. She’s such a trooper. She allowed us do her painful dressing changes twice a day. I think Mercy understood I needed her more than ever at the time. I had gone through and lost so much, I couldn’t bear the thought of losing her too.

She has adjusted quite well to her injuries and doesn’t complain at all. As the vet says, “She is such a sweet little old lady”. We have been through so much together, I can’t imagine my life without her.

This past December I had to have surgery. Due to unexpected complications, I needed more time off from work than originally anticipated. When my FMLA was exhausted, my employer chose to terminate my employment after 12 years of service.

Recently, I’ve noticed Mercy’s vision seems to have gotten worse and she is having difficulty maneuvering through the house. Normally it wouldn’t be an issue to pay the retail cost for a Halo for Mercy, but due to my recent circumstances it’s not something I can do at this time. I would gladly make a donation to your non-profit once I am able!

Thank you in advance for taking the time to read my letter and considering Mercy’s dilemma! I have attached a few pictures of Mercy so you can see the sweet girl she is. ?”

Respectfully,
Kim N.

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Charlie Booth

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“Charlie Booth got his Muffin’s Halo! He has been walking with his head up and wanting to play more! He has more confidence! Thank you so much!!”

Michelle B.

Backstory

“Charlie was born in Memphis, Tennessee. I was able to bring Charlie and his brother Beau home with me to Baton Rouge when they were 12 weeks old. Charlie started having complications ( joint would pop out of socket) with his back leg and ended up up having surgery on his knee twice. A few years later, when I brought in for a checkup with our vet, he noticed something was going on with his eyes. He sent us to the LSU Vet School Opthalmolgy Department. They were able to tell us that he had glaucoma in his right eye and his left eye had an abnormality but he could see. They treated his right eye for 1 1/2 years and then removed it because the pressure was to great. I have been putting drops in Charlie’ s eye everyday for the past 4 years. His left eye developed glaucoma and he has slowly lost his vision. I am not putting drops 4 times a day and having the pressure checked in a regular basis. At my house, he was able to adjust to losing his vision but he still is unsure of himself and runs into walls. Just recently, my home was flooded and I had to move in to my parents home. He has struggled to adjust and runs into things constantly. He walks with his head low and he seems very nervous. Charlie is a precious, loving part of our family and I would love for him to be able to maneuver with confidence in all environments. Thank you for your consideration.”

Michelle B.

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Daisy

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Daisy trying her Muffin’s Halo for the first time. Thank you angels

Backstory 

“Daisy is a blind Bichon Frise who’s “mommy” passed away in December of 2015 leaving her care to Daisy’s 87 year old “daddy”. He recently was hospitalized and was no longer able to care for Daisy.

Also, Daisy is currently being treated for eye infections due to her elderly daddy not being able to clean and care for her eyes properly these past few months.”
New Jersey Bichon Rescue

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Piper

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Piper got her Muffin’s Halo!

Backstory
Piper was rescued just over a week ago from a hoarding situation along with 23 other dogs. She had to have an enucleation immediately and has little vision in her remaining eye.

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Swiper

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“Swiper has found his forever home!”

Becki B.

Backstory
“Swiper lived with 2 other dogs in a basement kennel for 5 years before coming to SASS Shih Tzu Rescue in Ohio. He is a sweet boy who just needs a little help getting around.”
Becki B.

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Miss Scarlett

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“Hello. My name is Brandy Nease and I was lucky enough to have a Muffin’s Halo donated to my Miss Scarlett. I am so over sorry I have not got to say thank you before now. Within a day of receiving the package I had my nose busted ( ironically from Miss Scarlett), a shoulder muscle pulled, a sinus infection and a sick Boston Terrier. When it rains it pours right?

I would sincerely like to thank everybody who had a part in making the donation possible. When I opened the package tears instantly came to my eyes! Not only did I have a beautiful Muffin’s Halo, but a package full of love, hope, support, devotion and caring. For once in the past 6 years I didn’t feel alone. There are many others out there that know the daily struggles, worry and ultimate love that goes along with being lucky enough to have a blind dog. I don’t believe that people can truly relate unless they have been in that situation. Is so comforting to know there are others out there in my situation who love their babies more than anything and will do whatever necessary to keep them safe and comfortable. That package not only gave my little angel an aid to make her more confident, it gave me hope that “we got this”.

Now on to how she is doing with the Halo since I have been rambling on for way too long by now. At first, she was a little apprehensive about it. This was unusual for her because typically nothing phases her. Then we figured it out. When we put a harness on her we always go for a walk. When I put the Halo on her that’s what she thought we were going to do. Now that we’ve been putting in on her everyday increasing the time she’s doing great! She can get on and off the furniture, drink, eat and snooze! I think within another week or two she’ll be doing even better with it. It’s amazing how quickly she responded to the Halo. It’s come in extremely handy since we have two other dogs that she used to run into. She hasn’t run into them once with the Halo. Yay!!! I will keep you updated on her progress 🙂.

I would again like to say thank you! Thank you to everyone who made donations, volunteers, reads these emails, send out the packages, answers phone calls, etc. Miss Scarlett, my husband and I will never forget this generous gift.

P.S. little background history on Miss Scarlett. Not only is she blind but she also has thyroid problems and we give her an allergy injection once a week. She is such a trooper. Every Sunday when we give her her shot she never gives us any problems and is a perfect angel! She is one of the toughest little dogs I’ve ever met! So also do this little trick where if you scratch her back, stop scratching, say “what you want?”, she’ll bark until you scratch her again…. That’s my little sassy girl!”

Brandy Nease

 

Backstory
“I will try to keep this short but that’s difficult for me to do. I got Miss Scarlet over 12 years ago when she was a little over a pound. 6 years ago she went completely blind from cataract. I did a bunch research and we made some adjustments.

My husband and I sleep on a mattress on the floor, we have a mat in front of her kennel, we have soft padding around all sharp corners, keep a radio constantly playing in the kitchen, kill all the grass around the inside of the fence and in general keep all the furniture the same. For years this is worked very well for us. We have even taught her voice commands to avoid Danger.

However my sweet, strong-willed, independent little girl has come down with dementia. She will have several spells a day. It is absolutely heartbreaking! She won’t respond to voice commands or us and and she completely freaks out. She will just repeatedly run into the doors the walls or anything nearby until the spell passes. Luckily she is responding to the medication but it can only do so much. I am very worried she could hurt herself. That’s one of the reasons we now sleep on the floor like college kids!

Overall, she is very healthy, active and still full of spunk! We usually have a rescue dog here every couple of months and she loves to socialize and play with them. We try to keep her as active as possible and she loves meeting new dogs and people. To be honest…. What she loves the most is getting into bed with her mommy, her daddy, her two siblings and having the fan blow on her! Oh yeah, she definitely loves her squeaky toys!”

Brandy Nease

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Piggy

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“Piggy got her Muffin’s Halo…Thank you Angels ♡Thank you so much for Piggy’s halo!!! She is doing very good with it on and no more ouchies on her little noggin!! Thanks again!”

Margie

Backstory
“Piggy was dumped at a shelter in Kentucky last August after laboring in a puppy mill her entire life. A rescue named Snooty Giggles picked her up and vetted her. She had mammary tumors removed as well as her eyes. She was born with small eyes and has been blind her entire life. I found her on pet finder last October and instantly fell in love, and adopted her.”
Margie

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Khorben

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“Khorben is rocking it out in his blue Muffin’s Halo! Thank you Angels♡”

Joy J.

Backstory

“Khorben was found roaming the streets, abandoned by his owner because he lost his sight due to cataracts. He came to us, emaciated, shaved haphazardly, and hunching over whenever touched. Despite all of that, he is a loving, playful, energetic boy that is learning that not all humans are bad. In these 6 days, he has gained 3.5 lbs and his coat is looking better. He has begun to wag his tail and try to play. He is learning his surroundings but would do so much better navigating with a halo. We are so happy to have Khorben as a forever fur baby!”
Joy J.

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