Success Stories

Sniffels

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“Sniffles got his donated Muffin’s Halo. Doesn’t he look adorable?
Thank you”

Backstory

Sniffels came into my life April of 2003. He became my best friend and companion. In 2004 I went through a very hard divorce from my children’s father. I quickly went into a deep depression. Sniffels even being so young knew I was emotionally not well. He constantly was by my side. He would make me smile when I felt like crying.

In 2007 our lives were changed when I found my current husband and Sniffels new daddy. Our lives were good and started our adventure as an army family.

In January 2012 I noticed Sniffels left eye looked scratched. We loaded him up and went to his vet. After tests and exam, the vet stated that his eye needed removed. I broke down and felt at a loss. The vet gave us an estimate of the costs which was a lot for us. Sniffels daddy said we will find a way. The next morning he sold his motorcycle to make sure my baby could get the surgery and be ok. Sniffels did great through the surgery and seemed to be fine for awhile.

A few months later we noticed he seemed to be having problems seeing out of his right eye. Back to his vet we went. Then the news I didn’t want to hear. His vision was failing due to age and having to compensate for losing the other eye. I then vowed to Sniffels that I was his eyes now.

In 2013 my husband was hurt in the army and was released from duty. Our lives have changed but Sniffels always shows us how to go on.

We make sure we keep his surroundings always stay the same and guide him with our voices. It is breaking my heart seeing him walk into things. I know an angel halo would help him in so many ways. Please help my angel!

 

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Irene

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Irene wearing her Muffin’s Halo. It was donated by Silvie Bordeaux and Second Chances for Blind Dogs. Now that she has her angel wings, where is that runway?

Backstory

“Irene was found in a ditch and turned in to Hillsborough County Animal Services. She was emaciated with demodex and hardly any hair, infections in both ears, a heart murmur requiring medication to keep her heart from putting pressure on her trachea and causing her to make horrible choking sounds, and she developed vestibular disease possibly from the medication so she has dizziness and walks in circles and falls down when she has an episode.

She is blind from severe cataracts and has little hearing. She was rescued by Aussie and Me in Sarasota and I have been fostering her for 2 months trying to get her healthy enough to be adopted. Once her health issues were addressed her well being and activity level have increased dramatically.

Her hair has grown back and she is beautiful again, and is a bundle of energy. the biggest problem I have with her now is that I can’t let her have free run of the house without supervision because she bumps into everything like a pinball in a machine. She is a herding dog, so she goes constantly and never stops.

She gets stuck behind furniture and can’t get out, she runs into my other two dogs which are greyhounds that are 2 and 3 times her size, and I am also afraid if she spooks them that they will snap at her and I don’t want her to get hurt. She has run into plants in the yard that have poked her in the face. I never let her out without a leash but she pulls suddenly sometimes and gets a little closer to a plant or a branch than she should.

I don’t think it is going to be easy to find a permanent home for her due to her blindness, so she may be with me for a while. I have already spent quite a bit of money on her, and can’t continue to neglect my own dogs because of her needs, but have to make sure she has the necessities. One of her meds that I had to get for her skin was $187.00 alone.

This dog is the absolute sweetest, most docile, well behaved little girl you could imagine. I feel bad that she has to be so restricted in my home because I am not set up to accommodate her needs. I work full time, but even when I am home I have two other dogs to attend to and the usual household responsibilities so I can’t give her constant supervision. This would give her a chance to increase her activity level and independence without fear of injury to her. Thank you for your consideration.” Candy Luther

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Sami

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“Sami is doing great in his Muffin’s Halo! No more bumping into everything and hurting himself! Thank you so much Silvie and all of you Angels.” ??

Marti

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“Sami took to his Muffin’s Halo right away! As soon as I put it on him he started to explore. It has done something I never could. He has slowed down and checks out everything around him. No more crashing into everything and hurting himself! It’s such a blessing! Silvie is right, EVERY blind dog deserves a Muffin’s Halo! With all my heart I thank you Silvie, and all of you angels! ”
Marti

Backstory

“I adopted Sami on May 3, 2010, from a high kill shelters. He was dumped on the streets and picked up by animal control. He was completely blind and both eyes were badly infected. He was so sad and just skin an bones. I was told no one wanted him because he was bumping into walls, so he was going to be put down. He was so alone and scared.

I wanted him because no one else did and it broke my heart. He was neutered that day and I brought him home and discovered I was blessed with the sweetest angel. He is such a sweet boy and loves everyone he meets.

The problem is because he is so trusting he thinks it is safe to just run instead of being careful and he slams head, first into everything. He is always hurting himself. Because I can’t slow him down, a Muffin’s Halo is his only hope to save him from all that pain and injury. He would be so blessed to have his own. ”
Thank you,
Sami’s Mom, “Marti”

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Glinda

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“Hi!! Thank you so much for Glinda’s Muffin’s Halo!! I cannot express how grateful I am for you getting together donations for the halo. I think it is going to be awesome for her!

Again thank you so much for everything you do!!!”
Jacki

Backstory

Hi! My name is Jacki and I am with the rescue ARRF, Atlantic Rottweiler rescue and friends. We are a 501(c)3 rescue which started out as a breed specific rescue and have since expanded to an all breed rescue. We have a very special little blind shih tzu named Glinda in our program.

Glinda was found as a stray at a rural shelter in our area, she was severely matted painfully infected eyes among a host of other issues. We can only imagine the life she had in her short years (she is only 3ish) before us, she was terrified to be barely touched. Due to this we opted to have her eyes removed since they were terribly painful for her and we could not administer her meds. She has come a long way in our program to trust her foster dad but that is it.

To be groomed she has to be put all the way under due to her fear aggression. She will probably never be adoptable but has sanctuary in her foster home because we love her no matter what. Just recently she has allowed her foster dad to touch her with a comb which is huge for her. She is doing ok without her eyes but gets scared when she hits things even if it is a long blade of grass.

We think that she could learn to wear her halo to protect her from her fear of bumping into things. Thank you for your consideration and any help would be appreciated.

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Bao LI

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Bao-li got his Muffin’s Halo and his daddy thanks you!

Backstory
This blind boy was adopted from Angels Among Us Pet Rescue.

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Woody

Backstory

Las Vegas Cocker Rescue saved Woody from a kill shelter in Las Vegas after they determined he was loosing his sight and would not be a candidate for their adoption program and would be put down if he were not rescued. Woody loves to go for walks and play at the park, but tends now to just hang very close to his permanent foster Jamie. Indoors he has the tendency to knock into things when he gets excited and wants to play because of his failing eyesight (100% loss in left eye and 90% loss in right)

 

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Cadet

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Thank you Angel Muffin for this great legacy you left behind…. “Just wanted to send a quick update on Cadet. He was ADOPTED today!!!! Thank you again for helping him out with his very own halo!!!”

Kristy M.

Backstory

“Cadet is currently waiting for his forever home at the Cleveland Animal Protective League. We are unsure of his story as he was pulled from our city pound. He is an amazing and fantastic boy!!”

Kristy M.

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Candi Cane

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Here’s Candi head up high outside!!!????THANK YOU ANGELS!

In January I took my little girl, to her vet, cause she was drinking a lot and having accidents in the house, which she never did! So she has diabetes and she was losing her eye sight, as of Jan 12, she was completely blind!!

 

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“Angel” Trooper

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My heart is broken into a million pieces. For a year we have completely changed our lives forever & for the better. Yesterday our baby trooper crossed the rainbow bridge. As much as it hurts and we were not ready to say goodbye he was in terrible shape. They didn’t think he would make it a few months let alone a full year. He definitely was THE definition of a rescue at least for me anyway. I cannot explain how truly grateful I am to everyone who donated months ago to help him get an MRI to confirm our biggest fear & then to support us along the way. Our lives won’t be the same without him but I know he is better than he has ever been & knows the love we had for him.
Backstory
We found trooper in the bed of a truck in the middle of winter (20 degrees). We immediately brought him to the vet. I had thought he may have had parvo because he was so weak he couldn’t open his eyes or mouth & was also extremely skinny. Troopers gums where also white as can be. The veterinarian started him on fluids and had the girls syringe feed him every 3 hours. Once they took him off of the fluid they realized he wouldn’t drink water so they started giving him water via syringe. The next day my husband and I brought him home. Trooper was so bad off that he could barley even walk. We even did water therapy with him to get his legs stronger. One day when I went to feed trooper I noticed he started hitting my hand with his mouth so we smashed some can food up and let him lick it out of a bowl. After about 2 weeks of not getting any better and not gaining any weight we brought him back to the vet. At that time our veterinarian told us he could have hydrocephalus (fluid on the brain). I immediately started crying trying to figure out where to go from there. My vet then advised me that an MRI which would give us answers would be about $1,500 on the cheap side. I have a good friend that owns a rescue so we decided to put on a fundraiser. In the mean time we continued to try to make him stronger and continued soaking/mashing food and administering water to him thru a syringe. In a short period of time we came up with the money and made an appointment for our sweet rescue. About a week after our appointment I got the most terrifying phone call, it was true he had fluid on his brain. So now we wait, we wait for the day he goes to the rainbow bridge but until then we keep him comfortable and not let him be in any pain.
Trooper sleeps a lot but in very active when awake and even tries to run around our home.

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Bonzy

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“Good Morning Silvie!
Bonzy aka Bonny Jones loves his halo it has really helped him. He is able to run around and play without having to worry about knocking into anything. Thank you so much for creating such a wonderful tool for disable animals.”
Kindly,
Rita

Backstory

Bonny Jones, 3 year old Shih Tzu with one eye. We actually rescued him from the streets of Hermosa Beach, CA. He was roaming around a dumpster and was a total mess. He was badly emaciated, dirty, matted and was crying in pain. We took him to our vet to discover he had a horrible infection in his right eye. The vet had no choice but to remove the eye completely. After rehab and lot’s of care he survived the horror that once was. It is exactly 2 years this month since Bonzy Jones came into our lives. He is a lovable pup with tons of energy and because of that, he tends to bump into walls quite often. Recently he was playing and ran right into the door frame, he hit the side of his face where his eye used to be so hard that it caused an internal pocket infection to form. Luckily we caught it just in time and he is was treated with a slew of meds. It’s been one week and he is back to his lovable, playful self.

 

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