Success Stories

“Angel” Murphy

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“It is with a heavy heart and greatest of sadness that i am informing you of beloved Murphy’s passing over the Rainbow Bridge yesterday. I am not even sure how my heart continues to beat without him by my side. He was so valiant and brave as he endured daily insulin injections and blindness. I cannot express my thanks for such selfless donations such as a Muffin’s Halo that you so gracefully gifted us just a couple short months ago. I would like to forward that generosity in Murphy’s name to another fellow fur baby in need of some extra help in navigating the challenges that blindness bring. Please let me know what steps i need to take to see this to fruition. Once again, I cannot thank you enough. With great sadness and even greater shared memories, Dana and Murphy.”
Dana Skurzewski Borg

Dana,
Please accept our deepest sympathies for the loss of your beloved baby Murphy. Thank you so much for paying forward Murphy’s Large
Blue Muffin’s Halo in his honor, so that a blind dog in need can navigate bump-free in his pawsteps.
Xo

Backstory

My beloved dog son is a Jack Russell named Murphy who is now 15. When he was 13 he went into acute diabetic ketoacidosis. This caused him to go blind within three weeks. He amazes me every day how he has adapted to his sightless surroundings, always with a joy for his human friends, foe and family. At times he often bounces off of furniture and outdoor surroundings like a pin ball. It breaks my heart to watch his struggle but he never lets me know it. I often use clicking of my tongue for sounding but over the last year even his hearing has declined. He diligently fills my days with unending joy just as i wish to do for him. I have been interested in a Muffins Halo for well over a year now but as a single person doing all i can to afford his costly daily insulin injections and never sacrificing his very high quality diet to keep him in the very best possible health,
It seems i just can’t find the extra finances at the end of each month to come up with the extra financial ability to afford him a Muffin’s Halo. I know that such a wonderful item such as this would enable him to have a better quality of life and only bring so much more love and care during this late time in his life. I cannot thank you enough for your consideration. Bless Muffin’s Halo in recognition of fulfilling such a greater need in giving our fur babies a greater quality of life. Smiles to you from us, Dana and Murphy!” Angels,
Murphy deserves a second chance and he would do great with a Muffin’s Halo to help him navigate bump-free.

Nemo

 

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Backstory

I got him from a local reputable breeder when he was a puppy. He was the runt of the litter and needed extra special care.  He was me and my husband’s first dog together and we just fell in love with little Nemo.  We don’t have any children so our dogs are like our kids.  Nemo fit right in to our home and loved attention.  He used to run in circles like a crazy dog just for entertainment.  We used to have stairs and even though he knew how to go up them he could never figure out how to come down so he would play this game where he would run around in circles and then out of nowhere run up the stairs and get stuck. So he would then bark and bark until we would go up and get him.  He was a little ham!  He loved going for walks.  That was Nemo’s most favorite thing to do!  When he walked he literally looked like a show dog with his tail up in the air and his body posture just perfect and his head held up high.  He was very proud and very happy on walks.  He would look at everything in sight and when he saw other dogs or people he would pull his way to them to say hi.  He loved seeing squirrels run and birds fly.  He would literally look from side to side taking in everything he saw.  When we were at home he would jump up on the window sill and look at the window all day to get a glimpse of some sort of activity.  We even had visual games we would play.  I taught him commands just using gestures and he was so smart.  He learned them quickly.

He has always been pretty healthy until last year we noticed him bumping into things and walking slowly and with his tail down.  At the time his eyes were not cloudy yet and so we could not tell he was going blind.  Finally we had him checked out and sure enough he was going blind due to the cataracts and the progressive retinal dystrophy in both eyes.  Nemo didn’t stand a chance.  Within 6 months he pretty much lost all sight and we noticed him getting depressed.  It made me sad to see him this way and how when we went on walks he would now walk very slowly with his tail down and his head down and all sounds made him jump.  Then just 2 months ago we noticed some other things that didn’t seem right and that is when we found out he had a small mass on his intestines that turned out to be cancer.  They removed the mass and they don’t believe the cancer has spread but he had to go through a very major surgery to have it removed which made him even more depressed.  Nemo is slowly getting his confidence back and his slowly managing the blindness although he does bump into things.  What I wouldn’t give so that he could see the birds and squirrels again and walk like that show dog Nemo that he used to be.  Nemo is very special to me and my family.  I love him with all of my heart!  He is my heart.

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Charlie went from stressed to chillaxed

Blind Poodle Charlie

Wow! Look at you now Charlie. ..Went from feeling stressed to chillaxed. It’s only going to get better for you from now!

Charlie says thank you to all the angels out there that are helping him regain his life… After losing his eyesight overnight completely with no warning, my little monkey is so anxious to get his halo! As his mama I can’t thank you enough for your kindness and generosity… You guys truly are angels! Thank you and God bless each and everyone of you.

Woohoo! Charlie’s getting a Muffin’s Halo!
Thanks angels
Xo

Backstory:  “I got Charlie when he was about 8 weeks old. He actually picked me… He kept getting out of his kennel and crawling across the floor on his belly at 6 weeks u…ntil he could crawl up into my lap repeatedly lol. He has been a happy healthy active little man until last Saturday. When he woke up Saturday morning he was completely blind.

We have since found out that Charlie has diabetes and have started him on insulin as of last night and special diabetic dog food. He won’t eat it unless I put chicken broth or vegetables steamed in with it but I am figuring out how to get him to eat the dry food. He is having serious problems getting panicked when he doesn’t know where he is.

He is bumping into everything and everyone in the house and it scares him. If he doesn’t hear my voice or if he can’t find me he definitely freaks out and then him running into things gets worse. Kind of like a pinball machine. Charlie has always been active and loves to play sach and get the kitty. He still wants to play but he can’t because he starts running into things and it makes him too scared and he goes and lays down.

It is heartbreaking as his mama to see him like this and I really feel that he would regain some of his confidence and protect his little face and eyes if he were to have one of your wonderful halos. I’m very concerned about him and can’t leave the house even to take the trash out without having a panic attack because I am so scared of what’s going to happen to him.”
Rita

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Wasi

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“Wasi says thank you for her Muffin’s Halo. She loves it and is more mobile because of it .Darlene

Backstory

Wasi is a female Shepherd mix maybe 10 years old who went blind a year ago. Wasi is very hesitant to even go on her walks. I think it’s because she can’t see what is in front or around her. She goes outside and bumps in to the barbecue and anything that she comes in contact with. I have put bubble wrap around furniture and walls and while it helps some,the poor thing still runs in to walls.

My son John who is disabled, rescued Wasi from the Animal Shelter 9 years ago and she has been a positive and loyal emotional support companion/service dog to him. I told our veterinarian about my sons dog being blind and he gave us a couple of sheets of paper with information about the Muffin’s Halo and he said that he went to a convention and heard about it helping blind dogs to become more confident with their mobility.”
Darlene

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Maggie

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“Miss Maggie thanks you for her Muffin’s Halo”

Tracy S.

Backstory
“Maggie is an 8 year old Standard Poodle. She used to be our crazy baby, always running and playing and being a general goofball with her brother Jaxx. This is until just before she was diagnosed with SARDS in April. At first we noticed that she was bumping into things and having trouble with the many stairs in our house and slowly she just stopped moving around the house at all. We are guessing because she never knew where she was. It was heartbreaking when we soon found out that she had a little understood auto-immune disease called SARDS. We have spent tons of time and energy doing our best to make her comfortable in the house and understanding this crazy disease. It has come with excessive drooling, constant thirst and hunger as well as incontinence to name a few side effects. Shortly after she was diagnosed she started vomiting up mass amounts of blood and spent days in ICU where we found out she had severe Pancreatitis. Through tons of meds, IV fluids etc, we nursed her through that while still trying to figure out as much as we could about her vision loss and making her more comfortable in our home. She is in a good place right now with the pancreatitis under control but her vision loss due to SARDS is still an issue as we have 3 full sets of stairs in our home, 2 of which are hardwood that she won’t go near anymore since she is afraid of falling. This leaves her alone on the main floor at night and any time we go upstairs which is upsetting for her and us. Needless to say it has been a very rough few months. We are hoping that Muffins Halo is the boost she needs.”

Tracy S.

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Sophie

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Even with all we are going through, Sophie and I are so very grateful for so many things. Today we are grateful for Noah and his Mom Lisa at Noah’s Legacy: I’m a blind rockstar, this is how I roll and Muffin and Silvie the creator at Muffin’s Halo For Blind Dogs !! Noah and Lisa heard about Sophies Story and all of our struggles with her medical bills from her multiple eye surgeries and they have been kind enough to donate a halo to Sophie!! Like my babies Sophie and Poncho, Noah also in a wheelchair. Noah was born without eyes and with deformed hind legs but, thankfully was rescued from a backyard breeder! Noah and Lisa have received an outpouring of support and they are kind enough to pay it forward to other visually challenged dogs. I stumbled across a story about Muffins Halo and contacted Silvie. I was concerned if a Halo could or would work for a dog in a wheelchair. Silvie then told me about Noah and directed me to a video of Noah using his wheelchair and Halo. Once I saw Noah’s video I was excited and sad at the same time, knowing that as far behind the eight ball I am already due to Sophie’s eye surgeries, medications and missed work, I could not afford to get a halo. The next thing I know, Silvie is saying send me Sophie’s story. Thank you, thank you, thank you !!!
Anyone reading this PLEASE go by and like both their pages. The more likes they get, the more exposure they get and the more exposure they get means the can help other people like Sophie and I. Thank you Jesus, again…..

Backstory

Sophie was rescued from a terrific neglectful situation and was near death when I picked her up in sept 2013. She was paralyzed, had urine and feces burns all over her body from being crated nearly 16 hrs a day while her dad worked/slept, was a frail nine pounds of skin and bones. She came to live with me, she got a wheelchair I nursed her back to health and I
got her to a healthy weight. All was well out of nowhere she developed sudden onset glaucoma in her right eye in November of 2014. She had a laser surgery to relieve the pressure in the pain however the doctor believes she was blinded at onset in that eye.
Then a few weeks ago on July 6th it happened to her left eye. The eye surgeon did emergency eye surgery after I left the ER with her but during the surgery the surgeon discovered she couldn’t do the lens removal surgery she wanted to because the cornea would not uncloud therefore she had to go to plan b which was just a drain implant that is temporary. She now needs a third surgery to actually do the lens surgery that was attempted on July 6.
And then after that she will need a 4th surgery to remove the temporary drain implant once the third surgery has taken hold. Each of these surgeries seem to be averaging about $3500, not including ER visits and the very expensive eye drops of which she is receiving 10 different ones at the moment. I’ve lost time from work because she’s on every 2 hours drops for the first week to 10 days min after each surgery. I have depleted all savings/favors/options/loans. As much as it kills me to do so, I have just sold my mothers wedding band set to afford the 3rd surgery

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Pogo

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“Thanks so much for Pogo’s Halo. I think he must be the first dog in Ireland to have one!”

Rachel Wells

Backstory

“Pogo is a really great dog. He is so sporty and active for such a tiny dog. As well as hiking, he used to love agility but we have had to stop that in case he gets injured. That is why I thought the Quarterback Halo could really suit his personality! But at the end of the day, we are just so grateful to get any of Muffin’s Halos so that Pogo can keep his independence as he loses the last of his sight.”

Rachel Wells

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Maggie

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“Miss Maggie thanks you for her Muffin’s Halo”

Backstory

Maggie is an 8 year old Standard Poodle. She used to be our crazy baby, always running and playing and being a general goofball with her brother Jaxx. This is until just before she was diagnosed with SARDS in April. At first we noticed that she was bumping into things and having trouble with the many stairs in our house and slowly she just stopped moving around the house at all. We are guessing because she never knew where she was. It was heartbreaking when we soon found out that she had a little understood auto-immune disease called SARDS. We have spent tons of time and energy doing our best to make her comfortable in the house and understanding this crazy disease. It has come with excessive drooling, constant thirst and hunger as well as incontinence to name a few side effects. Shortly after she was diagnosed she started vomiting up mass amounts of blood and spent days in ICU where we found out she had severe Pancreatitis. Through tons of meds, IV fluids etc, we nursed her through that while still trying to figure out as much as we could about her vision loss and making her more comfortable in our home. She is in a good place right now with the pancreatitis under control but her vision loss due to SARDS is still an issue as we have 3 full sets of stairs in our home, 2 of which are hardwood that she won’t go near anymore since she is afraid of falling. This leaves her alone on the main floor at night and any time we go upstairs which is upsetting for her and us. Needless to say it has been a very rough few months. We are hoping that Muffins Halo is the boost she needs.

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Flood

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“Muffin’s Halo made his life so much better. He has been adopted into a great home. He is now Beaux”

Dana C.

Backstory

Flood was found when he wandered up to these people house with a piece of rope hanging from his neck Emaciated and with an old wound on his rear that was maggot infested. Lone Star Boxer Rescue took him in and got him neutered and his old wounds clean and then I took him as a foster. He has some slight vision in his right eye but that is very slim and I think he only sees shadow and some movement.

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Molly Jo

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“Mollie Jo is loving her Muffin’s Halo. Thank you!”

Katie W.

Backstory

” At age three, Mollie Jo was deemed useless in the breeding kennel and was passed around until she landed in my home. She has been my constant companion for 12 wonderful years. 2 years ago she started developing cataracts and soon after went blind. My happy spunky sweet girl lost her confidence. She has made a turn around but still fearful of walking around.”
Katie W.

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