Success Stories

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

Dora

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Thank you so much to Angels the Curl Sisters, Agent Little Joe & his sisters Big Jesse and Nana Rose who donated Dora’s Muffin’s Halo! She’s a very confidante Pug who literally lets nothing stand in her way. Wearing her Halo gives me peace of mind she won’t harm herself or knock her confidence. Such a sassy lady… bless you and the brilliant work you all do.~ Dora & Marcia 💖💖

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Dora is an 8 y.o. Pug. She has been blind since birth. I adopted her a little over a year ago. Since then she has grown in confidence, running round with my other two rescue pugs, Dora’s is now so confident that she get so excited and playful she misjudges her surroundings and I’m getting worried she will injure herself. She loves her walk and I’m at a stage where I’d be happy to let her on a long leash to independently explore on walks, but again I’m afraid of the low branches that could catch her. Dora is an enthusiastic walker, 3 times a day and she explores my safe garden often. I heard of SCFBD as I am a member of Pug Dog Welfare and Rescue. They sent your link to me. I’ve also viewed the product before on your website after seeing a friends Pug wearing hers. Thank You for considering Dora for a Muffin’s Halo. ~Marcia Jackson, Essex

Trooper

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Aloha, I just wanted to let you know that Trooper’s Halo has arrived! Grandpa was able to get him setup in it and he is adjusting beautifully. Myself, Trooper, and his grandparents want to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your generosity. It has been a difficult adjustment for me to let him stay with his grandparents while we are in Hawaii. The Halo will help him adjust to his environment and move around comfortably and now I do not have to worry about him getting injured.

You angels are truly blessings. I cannot thank you enough. I really look forward to being able to support you and other doggies who are going to be getting halos. It is comforting to have found a support group that knows how to best help my fur baby. Thank you again for your generosity! We will put it to good use! Enclosed are some pictures of his first day in the Halo and a short video of him wearing it for the very first time! You truly are angels!~Jenna

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Trooper is a 12 y.o. Boston Terrier. I adopted him when he was 12 weeks old. I was fresh out of college and wanted a companion. I didn’t know much about Boston’s other than they were small dogs who thought they were large. I went and picked up my cute puppy. What I didn’t realize at the time was that I was getting a loyal best friend and companion. This small dog changed my life. We have done many adventures together from running, hiking, cuddling on couch, to countless road trips.

When Trooper was about 9 years old, I noticed he began to lose his sight. At first the changes were difficult to detect. I remember one late afternoon he was chasing me around the yard, I stopped in the yard and he ran right into me. At the time, I thought he was just excited and was going to fast. In hindsight, it was the first sign his vision was going. I noticed other signs as time passed such as he began having a tough time getting in the bed. He wound jump to get on the bed and miss. Over time, I have watched my best little four legged buddy going from being extremely active and energetic to now cautiously playing with only 1-2 toys because he can’t see.

Even more heartbreaking, my husbands job has relocated us to Hawaii for the next 12 months. Due to his health, he has been advised by our vet to not make the flight. Trooper stayed back with grandma and grandpa until our return. He has the most loving grandparents that are accommodating his needs. I do think that his new environment is difficult for him due to his lack of vision. Having a Muffin’s Halo would make all the difference for my sweet baby! I heard about SCFBD though my Boston Terriers ohana- a Facebook group. They referred me to you, Thank You.~Jenna Hall, TN

Sunny

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Sunny just received her Muffin’s Halo! She is still adjusting to it. Not quite sure about it yet. But our other blind girl (recently adopted Ivy) did well with the Halo after awhile. We are sure it will be the same for Sunny. Thank You Angels, for donating another Muffin’s Halo to our rescue. We really appreciate it.~
Teresa Sims

 

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Thank you so much for the donation of another Halo for one of our rescue Bulldogs. Ivy received her Muffin’s Halo and has now been adopted. We recently took in another senior that is also mostly blind. Her name is Sunny she is 9. She was a owner surrender. She had a tumor the size of a baseball coming from her tail pocket. She had that successfully removed last week. Sunny was living in a crate 23 hours per day in her own waste. She now is living the good life but she does walk into walls and doors. She is fairly active for someone that can’t see. I know if she would be even more active if she weren’t hesitating because she feeling she going to hit her face.~
Teresa Sims (Sunny’s Foster Mom) 

Paddy

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We received Muffin’s Halo yesterday thanks to generous (angels) donors at Second Chances for Blind Dogs. It is the perfect fit! Even though it has only been a day, Paddyis more confident when she is wearing it, which is evident in the proud way she stands, and her sped up gait. We are so appreciative, and look forward to days when Paddy can hike confidently in her Halo with us. Thank you for giving Paddy another tool to help her navigate her world, and a reason to keep wagging her tail. As we make more progress, we look forward to sharing more videos and photos.
Leslie MacPherson, Canada

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Paddy is a 7 year old Standard Poodle Mix. She was the runt of a puppy mill litter. We took her in as a puppy because we had a dog who could help guide her and alleviate her anxiety. Paddy actively thrived in our family, hiking, swimming, and visiting the dog park. A few weeks after her 6th birthday, Paddy went blind overnight. We were devastated, but took on the challenge of becoming experts at living with a blind dog. We installed baby gates, trained on new commands, and have made great progress. But, 16 months later, Paddy still has not gained the confidence to break into a run. Pre-blindness, Paddy was an active dog. She maintains an active lifestyle now but is cautious. I heard of your organization through my SARDS FB Group.
Thank You for considering Paddy for a Muffin’s Halo today.~
Leslie MacPherson, Canada

Loki

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Loki received his Muffin’s Halo! We are so extremely grateful for all of the Angels. This means the world to us both. Loki will be able to maneuver through the world without injuries and I can already tell the difference in his confidence. Thank you all so much!
Love, Loki and family 🐾🐾

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Loki is a 1 y.o. Mixed Breed. I adopted Loki at 2 months old from Take Me Home Pet Rescue in NY. At 6 months old, he was diagnosed with Uveodermatologic Syndrome. It’s a rare autoimmune disease that affects the skin and eyes. It’s typically found in older dogs. Initially, the vet thought he had pink eye and didn’t test for glaucoma due to his age. His eye pressure sky rocketed and he ultimately went blind in his left eye within 5 days. His right eye went two months later, at 8 months old, as his opthalmologist was unable to control it with the prescribed medication. He may have lost his eyesight and some hair, but after surgery he is back to the puppy I adopted. He missed out on 3 months of puppy-hood so he is a little behind on his socialization. I take him on walks and to the pet stores and dog parks but the Muffin’s Halo would be an amazing help for him. I heard about your organization through my FB blind dog support group. Blind Dogs – Owners and Supporters. Thank You, Angels.~Alexa La Marca, NY

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