Success Stories

“Angel” Mr. Pickles

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Mr. Pickles passed away yesterday. He got extremely sick this week and we couldn’t save him. Thank you so much for providing him with a Halo. We are going to keep the Halo for now until we see who our next rescue is. If we don’t get another blind dog, we’ll pass the Halo onto another dog in need.

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Mr. Pickles looking mighty spiffy!

Backstory 

This is our new adoptee, Mr. Pickles. He’s been with us 5 weeks now. He came to us blind, emaciated and in early stages of congestive heart failure. He is blind simply due to neglect of his eyes. He is the happiest pug with a huge personality! His vision won’t recover but he’s coming in to a healthy weight and his skin is getting better too.

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Allie now running free with the horses on the Farm!

 

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Allie is now running free with the horses on the farm with her donated Muffind’s Halo to help her navigate safely.

Backstory

“Allie is a rescue whose previous owners lost the house they were renting and abandoned her in the house. The owners were suppose to be going to feed and take care of her every day. I never received a straight answer how a dog was suppose to last 24 hours between times. I gave up a long time ago trying to understand some things and quit trying. That is one of those things. When we got her she was flea infested, thin and massively losing hair. Then she started losing her eye sight. The vet told me that she does not have enough blood vessels to support her sight. It is a defect she has and will continue to deteriorate until she is completely blind. Now she trips over many things and walks into walls. I do not want to see her injured and think Muffin’s Halo will help her immensely and am excited you are helping get her one. Besides taking in horses, we also take in cats and dogs when needed. So far we have had up to 4 dogs at a time and we have been able to keep them until they pass away or when they have no quality of life left we have them taken care of.”
Hoofprints in the Sand Rescue.

 

Maggie is saved and rides off into her freedom ride with her wings!

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MAGGIE IS SAVED AND RIDES OFF INTO HER FREEDOM RIDE WITH HER WINGS!

Blind and Deaf MAGGIE entered the North Central Shelter in Los Angeles as a stray a few weeks ago. (ID#A1537124) This sweet senior was scheduled to be euthanized today but volunteers were able to get reprieve until Monday.

The inside of her ears are filthy dirty and she is likely fully deaf.

But…none of that deters her steadfast intent to enjoy her little walks.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3yJb2tQti1Y

We want Maggie to spend the rest of her life in a home (however much or little time that is).

Second Chances For Blind Dogs is raising funds to donate a Muffin’s Halo for her that will allow her to learn new surroundings (and a donor has offered to make up the difference).

The Animal Protectorates – TAPS

Angels,
I am crying tears of joy as I share this post with you. MAGGIE is out and safely navigating with her Muffin’s Halo wings and halo in honor of our friend Biddy who shall look after her from the little cloud in heaven he is perched on now. I cannot express enough my love and gratitude for all of YOU who support “Second Chances For Blind Dogs” We are changing the world for Blind Dogs for which I take great pride in.

Thank you with all my heart!!!
Xo

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Pipper

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“Here is Pipper & her Halo!! She loves it! And is doing amazing!
Thank you Angels!”
Nicole W.
Rescued in the “Nic” of Time Rescue
 Backstory  
“A family located in the tough streets of Bridgeport, CT opened up their front door one morning to find a crate with 2 little Chi’s on their Show instructions for displaying custom content with PHP
door step. The dogs were in horrid condition. Their nails were longer than you can imagine & they were suffering from a very bad skin condition. Both dogs had missing fur, could hardly walk & were very very dirty. The family took them into their home & tried to care for them the best they could. Their health was not good & funds were low, they knew in their heart they can’t give these two girls what they need. So they went from shelter to shelter, rescue to rescue reaching out for help. Nobody could help. I was contacted on March 17th my birthday… I didn’t hesitate & said I would pick them up the following day. When I arrived the following day, the girls needed Immediate care, we went straight to the vet. Nails were cut, a full panel of blood work was done on both girls, they were giving medication for their skin condition, they would require medicated baths on regular basis & both suffered from horrible ear infections. Not only did they have a lot of health issues going on, it was discovered that Pipper was completely blind & deaf. The girls then entered foster care after their vetting. In foster they are getting the up most care… their foster mom has been doing all she can for them to make them the most comfortable they can be. After some care & love the girls are breaking out of their shell & starting to trust. They have been attending daycare daily & are enjoying playing with other dogs & playing with toys!”
Nichole W.
Rescued In The “Nic” Of Time

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Lulu Thrives On Against All Odds

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“LuLu came to us as an emergency foster in August 2011. His previous owner knew he was diabetic but did not treat him for 2 years. Finally, on deaths door, she took him to be euthanized. The doctor called the rescue instead and they called us to ask if we could try to rehabilitate him. When he got to us he weighed only 5 pounds and was having diabetic seizures. It was a pretty rough first few days for him, we thought we were losing him more than once.
He is now a very happy and healthy 12 pounds. When he came to us he was deaf, we think from birth, but otherwise was pretty normal once his diabetes was under control. He gets three or four small meals a day and insulin injections are like clockwork. In the first year that he was with us as a foster he started developing cataracts in both eyes and they progressed very quickly and became almost completely blind within a few months. In 2014 LuLu had cataract removal surgery that failed. One eye was too damaged to even do surgery and the eye they did do was too damaged to restore any vision. That eye eventually needed to be removed a couple months later. Despite his rough start, blindness, deafness and diabetes, he is still one of the happiest dogs ever. Loving, sweet, attentive, cuddly and exceptionally high spirited.”
Summer Lindsey

THANK YOU ANGELS FOR GIVING LULU HIS WINGS TO FLY AGAIN 🙂

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Cody

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Thank you everyone! All the angels who helped my boy have his halo. He’s been whizzing around the garden at home! It’s fab!

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Hi Everyone, we have finally got Cody’s halo after our post office mislaid it! So he’s had his fist session with it this afternoon in the garden. We will get some film footage to show you. It’s such a clever invention! We love it and it will keep Cody so safe from bumping his poorly eyes and face.
Thank you angels at Second Chance for donating for Cody’s Halo! It means the world to us that you all care so much ?

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Omg! Thank you so so much, I’m blubbing again! After reading all your beautiful comments on his post I was already crying. This will mean so much to him, I’m hoping it will make him confident while out walking. I wish he understood English so I could tell him all about Muffins Halos.
Thank you so much you are all angels ?

Backstory

Cody is a hunting dog and was shot in the face and all down his back, luckily it didn’t kill him but did blind him in both eyes. He was found and taken to the pound where a very kind lady spotted him, he was pacing around his pen bashing into the cage walls. If he wasn’t removed then his chances of survival were slim to none. I saw a picture of his face and saw his blinded eyes and straight away knew I wanted to help him. I wanted to be his eyes for the rest of his life! He flew into Gatwick airport last August and we had a long trip back home, he was terrified and confused. Once home we introduced him to our other four dogs at 2am! It was a bit hectic and our dogs were very excited to have a new buddy. Cody has his paws firmly under our table and he will be part of our family for the rest of his life. He adores everyone and is happy meet and greet anyone who comes his way, he’s only approx 3yrs so has lots of years of fun ahead of him.
We were hoping one of his eyes could be saved but after two vet checks it can’t, both eyes are damaged so severely, our vet is holding off removing them as he has pellets still in there. At home he’s quite confident and can even fetch a ball by listening to the sound, but when we are out and about he bumps into things, I really feel for him. I do wish dogs could talk and tell you how they feel.
I would love to get him a Muffin’s Halo, but at the moment I cannot afford it.

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Brownie

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Brownie received her Halo last week and I finally got some pictures of her. Thank you guys so much. She is so blessed and is now in her forever home with her bonded brother. Thank you from Angels Saving Those In Need Rescue!

Backstory

Brownie and Rocky (bonded pair) were surrendered together to the Maricopa County Shelter in AZ because of “cost”. With no photos posted online, Gwen went to the shelter to assess them. They were already on the “due out” and “Euth list”. Realizing Brownie‘s disabilities (glaucoma and blind) and that she relied heavily on Rocky for support, Gwen pulled both of them at that moment. They were taken to the groomer and then to the vet, where it was determined that Brownie was completely blind and due to the untreated glaucoma, one of her eyes had already shrunk on its own. She is now on eye drops for her remaining eye.

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Coco has her real halo now in heaven

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Angels,
Remember Coco who you kindly donated a Muffin’s Halo to?

Coco, a 10 year old blind poodle whose human died and ended up at humane society and you helped her get a set of wings which safeguarded her from bumping into the walls. She was then able to navigate in new surroundings while under foster care.

… We got news that Coco is now reunited with her owner in heaven. She is very grateful to have had her Muffin’s Halo which made her life much easier before she had to go to The Rainbow Bridge. Thank you Angels for your kind hearts in helping this sweet girl. Xo
RIP sweet Coco
We love you
Xo

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Gizmo

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“Sweet little Gizmo is living a happy and full life now that he’s out of the puppy mill. Cataracts blinded him long before we saved him, but thanks to the generosity of one of our supporters, Gizmo has his very own halo from Muffin’s Halo For Blind Dogs. He can now navigate safely and bump-free in his forever home.”
 Kim L.
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“Gizmo, a blind Yorkshire terrier that was rescued as part of our Operation: Hundred Hearts rescue had a special gift donated to him. Gizmo has bilateral mature cataracts and the specialists do not know exactly how long he has been blind, but they do know that his eyes were left untreated for some time, causing him needless pain. A group called “Muffin’s Halo for Blind Dogs” found out about Gizmo and donated a halo to him. A halo is a custom-designed device that protects blind dogs from bumping into walls and objects. It is a great aid in helping blind dogs become familiar with existing or new surroundings quickly. A halo is lightweight and comfortable and does not obstruct a dog’s normal daily activity, helping them get their self-confidence back. Gizmo is currently in foster care and was fitted with his wings this past week. His foster family told us that “at first he just stood still and wasn’t sure about moving. They put little pieces of cheese on the floor and he started walking around and looking for the cheese. It was very cool to see him exploring the room, and when he bumped into a chair and a table, it didn’t seem to bother him! He was used to staying on the kitchen floor and his wings gave him the courage to walk into the living room and all around this new space.” On behalf of Gizmo and everyone at NMDR, we wanted to thank “Muffin’s Halo” for their kindness and generosity in donating a halo for Gizmo! For more information about Muffin’s Halo For Blind Dogs please visit their Facebook page.”
  Kim L.
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“Gizmo spent the first 9 years of his life as a commercial breeding dog. He lived every moment of those 9 years in the confines of a small cube of wire with two or three other dogs. His worth was measured in only one way; his ability to produce puppies. Throughout his 10 years in captivity,Gizmo’s feet never touched the ground, he never took a breath of fresh air and he was never touched with the kindness of a loving hand. If all of that isn’t sad enough, Gizmo is also totally blind….

On Feb. 2, Gizmo’s life changed forever. He was rescued by National Mill Dog Rescue during Operation: Hundred Hearts. The NMDR rescue team traveled 2,000 miles to pick up 101 dogs in three different states that weekend. Gizmo was handed over to the loving hands of our team and driven to Lily’s Haven, NMDR’s kennel facility in Colorado. Finally, Gizmo was able to explore life outside the cage. He was placed in a spacious kennel with a friendly roommate to show him around. Carefully, he navigated the entire area, walking slowly and sniffing every inch. A mat was placed under his food and water so he would know where to eat and drink and a comfy bed was placed on a soft blanket so he knew where to rest and sleep. Every day, Gizmo is greeted with kind words, loving hands and hugs and kisses. His happiness with his new life was quickly evident as he wagged his tail and listened attentively to the new world around him. Gizmo has won over many hearts over the past few weeks. He is truly a survivor.

Gizmo is a friendly and courageous little dog. He loves to be held and enjoys experiencing the big world he has come to know.

Gizmo would love to try a Muffin’s Halo! His new found freedom would be greatly enhanced by wearing a Halo. Knowing he could go anywhere without bumping into objects, would surely bring Gizmo great joy.”
Kim L – National Mill Dog Rescue

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“Angel” Nori

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Hello all, really sorry it’s been so hard this week. Losing Nori on Friday hit us really hard and still coming to terms with it all. Have some really awful tragic news for you guys. With an extremely heavy heart I have to tell you that Lainy passed away at home on Sunday. It was a sudden unexpected death and has honestly broken many hearts. Lainy was the most amazing selfless woman you’d ever meet and would drop everything and juggle things about for any animal in desperate need of help. We don’t know what happened yet and as you can imagine this is a really tough time for us all. Will try to keep her good work going. xxx

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“Nori with his Halo on. OMG it worked stopped him walking in to lots. So it looks big and u can’t miss it but hell if it saves his face , eyes etc who cares he sure didn’t. Can’t wait to take him up woods see if I could let him off i’m hopeful I could. It didn”t bother Nori one bit not much does bother Nori mind lol xxx”

Lainy

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“WOOP WOOP Nori’s Muffin’s Halo For Blind Dogs is on it’s way.  OMG  I am so so happy pray it works and helps him. I am so so happy and grateful as if it works it will make his life so so much better.”

Lainy

Backstory

“Nori was found wondering streets in Leeds by a dog warden, he was taken to vet but could only be given medication to make him comfortable as by law owner has to agree to treatment. As a stray that was all that could be done and he was then taken to a pound (https://www.facebook.com/groups/111215415649948/ )
They were great! Most pounds don’t do what they did and a dog in Nori’s state would have done his 7 days in pound by law then been put to sleep. But they put a plea out on the Animal team rescue register (https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Animal-Team-Rescue-Register/233383466745037 ), l was tagged in the post. Sadly rescues have no money or space to take on dogs in Nori’s state, l was no way going to turn my back and say no, even though l had no free space or money in kitty, l will do anything to get it and l said yes to taking him on. Soon as his 7 compulsory days in pound were up l drove up to Sheffield from Corby, Northampton to get him, on 9th of December.
l took him straight to my vet and we decided not to remove his eyes, blood tests and biopsy show big problems with infections etc, both his retinas are detached and the veins in his eyes are totally destroyed! Many sores from blisters etc, so he was on antibiotics and pain killer. Tests on his eyes suggest they cause him no pain, his nose did but he was put on high dose of steroids. l have worked on giving him organic to let his system rest from chemicals. His feed is made up by our local Butcher, all minced white meat and a mix of organic veggies, creams etc.
Nori has improved 100%, so many have fallen in love with this big boy, he has such a long way to go but has already come so far! Right now we still have no real answers to whats caused his horrific injuries – yes neglect and abuse is involved 100%, tests done so far have no conclusive answers though. Akitas can get an immune problem, but the tests and biopsy don’t confirm that as an issue, so to date being the 1/01/2015 I’m still n the dark and using my years of helping abused animals to help Nori in best way l know how, this is Noris Story and you can follow his progress and see how he goes in life.”

Lainy

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