Success Stories

Koala

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“My service dog has changed my life. Your amazing generosity can allow me now to return the gift and to change her precious life.”

Susan R.

Backstory

“I originally adopted Koala, who was a stray, from a high kill shelter. Sadly, although she was a “designer dog” (a Schnoodle) she was so terrified, she just sat in the back of her tiny cage shaking, so no one wanted her. She had just gotten kennel cough when I saw her. This virus is the excuse the overcrowded kill shelters use to “euthanize” dogs, citing them as “diseased”. I rescued her in the nick of time.

Over 35% of dogs alert naturally. Koala is one of these gifted dogs. Soon after I adopted her several personal tragedies happened, including the disappearance and death of my beloved mother. The grief and stress I experienced prompted some severe medical episodes, the severity of which I had not experienced in years. But Koala was right there and began instinctively alerting and intervening in my episodes on her own. She was a literal life saver. Heaven sent. After I saw her gift, I had her trained as my medical alert service dog. She goes everywhere with me. Knowing that she will alert me at the early onset of an episode and do the tasks needed to prevent it from getting worse has opened up my life in ways I can not describe.

Sadly, in the past few weeks Koala has rapidly lost her sight. Witnessing this amazing, sweet pup so scared and confused breaks my heart. I too am scared–how can she look out for me when she can’t see? How can she go everywhere with me and take care of me when she is so scared of bumping into things or falling off something? All of the (many) vets I have taken her to tell me that Koala is very smart and will still be able to do her job once she becomes accustomed to her “situation”.

Muffin’s Halo will allow Koala to gain confidence and feel more in control of her environment. Second Chances and the beautiful Silvie Bordeaux’s Angels can allow Koala and I to get our lives back. Thank you Silvie and Your Angels for your consideration in helping the being who has helped me so profoundly.”

With gratitude,
Susan R.

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Blake

 

Backstory

“Blake aka Bambi was pulled from a high kill shelter in Clinton Arkansas by Fuzzy Hearts Animal Rescue of Fairfield Bay of whom i am a board member and foster mom for.

Blake was abused and neglected all his life and came into the shelter with diabetes and a heart murmur and also blind . The shelter knew he was blind but didnt know about his heart murmur or diabetes until i pulled him for rescue and got him to the vet.

He was badly emancipated ..Literally skin and bones .I have worked with a diabetic dog before and have been trained to give insulin injections so i would not give up on this sweet boy.

I’m learning at this time to work with him on his blindness ..He does constantly bump into everything and keeps his nose skinned up and his head banged up . He is so smart and brave though . He has learned to climb up the steps by himself so he can follow the sound of my voice back inside after potty breaks .He is still fearful of moving around alot but he goes from front door to his kennel in the kitchen or to the doggy bed by my computer desk with no prompting, So he has learned his way around my home.

Being his foster mother i am praying that we can work with him thru his blindness and find a loving family to whom that doesn’t matter .he deserves all the love he can get after his horrible life .

A Muffin’s Halo would be sure to give him more independence and self confidence to keep him from hurting himself. I also feel it would help him find an adopter. Please help me give this sweet boy a second chance at life and love.:
Roxie B.

 

Pixie

 

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“Pixie received her halo from her angel today and she would love to thank u from the bottom of her heart she will take a little time to adapt to its as she’s a nervous dog all the time . But she sat nice for a picture . Thank u again”
love pixie and Jackie

Backstory

After Pixie started to hide and jump at close objects and constantly bump into things I took her to a ophthalmologist and he confirmed our theory she have sever juvenile cataracts I started to google and speech the web and came across this organization pixie also has slipping patellas and sever allergies so we see the dermatologist for this all up she’s on 3 tablets a day and two eye drops I would love a halo for her to see if it will return some confidence in her .

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Dorothy

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“Little Dorothy’s recovery is going well. Muffin’ Halos donated this to help Dorothy learn to navigate without hitting her face.”

Pamela W.

Backstory

“Dorothy was found as a stray in Providence, RI. She was held for the 5 day stray hold, no one came to claim her.

One of our board members, Trisha volunteers at the Providence Animal Shelter each week and when she met Dorothy, she fell in love and knew we needed to help her. Trisha took her to an eye specialist who confirmed she was indeed blind in both eyes and diagnosed her with having Hyphema & Phthisis Bulbi in her left eye and Glaucoma & Cataracts in her right eye which is causing her pain.

The doctor recommended having both of her eyes removed to rid her of the pain. We are hoping to have the surgery scheduled this coming week. We were hoping to get a Muffins Halo to help Dorothy along as she is bumping into things. ”
Pamela W.

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Levi

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” Levi loves his new football themed Halo! Thank you and your Angels for your very generous gift, it has made a world of difference to little Levi. He is once again able to pal around with his pack mates.” ?

Carol Trees & Levi

Backstory

“Thank you for your call last night in response to my request for a discount. The $19 discount is much appreciated and will exactly cover the expense of today’s Rx for Levi‘s Flurbiprofen. I’ve never before asked for any sort of break to assist with financial stress and your discount will help. The recent vet bills have been massive. Aside from Levi‘s chronic disability, 2 large dogs broke through my rather strong back gate and savagely mauled my other 2 dogs. Multiple surgeries and other treatments left me with more than $5k in vet bills, and the loss of of one of my beloved dogs, Blueberry Pie. One of the dogs that injured my two dogs turned on me next and I have been in treatment 3 times a week since November. As a retired senior on fixed income these unforeseen medical expenses have been difficult. I sincerely thank you again for your kindness. You have made a difference.”
In gratitude, Carol

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Squishee

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” Here you go he is our helper at the Clinic we have. Thank You so much for helping by donating his halo. He loves it and moves are much faster now…..”

Backstory

He came to our rescue born with one eye that was not developed. Also he is blind in the other eye and he does well but bumps the walls and run into other things.

 

 

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Woofstock

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Woofstock is so chilled out now that he has his Muffin’s Halo to help him navigate….hopefully into a forever home soon. Check out his profile and please share so we can help him find a great family♡

Backstory

Woofstock was abandoned in his home when his family moved out; by the time he got rescued he was emaciated.  he was also severely matted and his cataracts were so bad he was blind. Lastly, most of his teeth were rotten and needed to be pulled. Despite all the above, however, he is the most happy-go-lucky little man! He loves EVERYONE he meets; human or animal. He does have some anxiety but this is understandable, and it’s nothing too intense.  Although he is up for adoption with Pet Haven Inc. of Minnesota, he will likely end up being a hospice case due to his age and medical needs. Regardless, we would love for him to be able to navigate through the rest of his life as comfortably as possible, and we would LOVE to be able to offer him the chance to go for walks and get around his foster home without fear of injury. The HALO device would allow him this freedom and independence.

 

Woofstock Blind Cockapoo Halo 

 

Becca

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“Becca didn’t mind the Muffin’s Halo at all and maneuvered around really well.  The halo does a good job protecting her head and most importantly, her eyes.  She definitely loved  the vest and the pink looks especially cute with her coloring.  I think we need to adjust the halo up a bit, but that is easy to do.  Good product with very good instructions.  The Velcro makes it very, very easy to put on the dog.”

Becca’s foster mother

Backstory

Becca was found wandering the streets in rural, NC and was picked up by a kind Animal Control Officer. One of her eyes was out of its socket and the other eye has a severe case of dry eye such that she has little to no vision. Becca was not adoptable by shelter standards and no rescue groups came forward to take her, so Hart-2-Heart Rescue stepped up. Our vet remove one eye and we are treating the other with Tacrolimus to see if it can be saved. Becca also had almost all her teeth removed and her soft-palate resected so she could breathe more easily. She will be leaving the vet clinic the end of this week and going into a foster home. Side view picture is after eye removal and front view picture is before eye removal.

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Cricket

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Cricket got her Muffin’s Halo and a forever home!

Backstory

Cricket came into the Colorado Miniature Schnauzer Rescue after being picked up as a stray. She was blind, likely from birth, so it was truly amazing that she survived the mean streets. When she came into rescue our vet decided that removing her eyes was the best option to prevent any unintentional injury or infection in the future. She came through the surgery with flying colors. Then, best of all, this young cute dog found an amazing forever dad. She even has a Facebook page – Cricket Hope. Here are a few photos of Cricket in the Muffin’s Halo that she received while in rescue from Muffin’s charitable arm that helps rescues acquire these amazing devices. Thanks Muffin and mom!! What you do is such a gift ?

 

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Flower

Backstory

“I found Flower at an event for the Denver Dumb Friends League in Lakewood, Colorado when she was 4 months old.

Flower had cataracts at that time and as she has gotten older they have gotten worse. Flower has always been the best dog and it has been hard watching her vision get worse and worse as she ages. She has gotten to where she is starting to run into things and I hate that for her. She is a very happy go lucky girl, and when she smiles she actually has dimples.

I am praying she can get a halo to protect her from hitting her face.”
Heather D.

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