Success Stories

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.
Backstory

“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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Cinnamon

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Remember Cinnamon I posted last week? For 9 months no one took interest in her…. She got her Muffin’s Halo this week and has been ADOPTED! !! She is now navigating bump-free in her new furever home.

Backstory

Blind poodle mix Cinnamon has been at the vet’s office since April 2014. Her family thought the Pet Care Center was the pound where they were taking her and she would have been put down. She was very under weight, matted, blind and had a very bad yeast infection on her skin. The Pet Care Center keep her in a playpen to keep her save but she cries because she doesn’t want to be only in the playpen. She is at the Pet Care Center in LA and they asked for a Muffin’s Halo so she can get noticed.

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“Angel” Elmer

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“Earned my wings, and became an Angel. Cancer didn’t beat me…I lived, loved, and smiled, and kicked it in it’s ugly but several times!”

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Life has given me some challenges, as I am a differently-abled dog. I have gone blind from retinal degeneration. I take a few bumps here and there, but I don’t let my loss of sight keep me from having fun!
Most recently, my Mom found a lump on my leg. It’s turns out it’s a cancerous, high-grade, Mast cell tumor. It was completely removed, but it looks like there are going to be a lot more doctor’s visits in my future.
It is my hope with my page, I can raise awareness for many animals that may be differently-abled, sick, suffering or in need of rescue. I’ve had some challenges along the way, but I was rescued and I am loved. All animals deserve the same!

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Shadow

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“I know I said this before, but I am so thrilled and excited for him to get this. He is just the most perfect dog and so sweet.”
Cheryl

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“Thank you so much, I am literally crying because of your compassion and the dog’s owner’s compassion. Believe me, I don’t ordinarily cry over gifts, but this means he won’t keep bumping into the iron fence at the dog park. I try to warn him, but he doesn’t always listen, and he loves to wander free there.
I will get all that you need ASAP.  Again thank you and please tell the other owner that I am forever grateful, but sorry that he had to lose his dog in order for Shadow to get this wonderful gift.”

Cheryl

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“Shadow has been my best friend (along with Mickey, the cat) for one year plus one month. I adopted him because he was blind and getting up there in years, we golden agers have to stick together. He is just so wonderful, he’s obedient and sweet. I think that he may have been abused as he shies away from anyone new and doesn’t trust men or children, plus his reaction when I had to yell his name was awful, he utterly collapsed as if I had shot him. Needless to say I am very careful with how I call him. He doesn’t seem to know how to play or know what to do when I buy him a chew bone. He does like to play with other dogs, though I have to watch him so he doesn’t run into anything. He is the most wonderful dog I’ve ever had and I’ve had pretty wonderful dogs in the past. I don’t know how his owners could have given him up, they said it was because they couldn’t take him with him. I don’t think that is true just from the way he acts. I hope he gets a lot of votes because living on a fixed income I really can’t afford the halo for him, he’s 88 lbs, a big dog, actually the size of a miniature horse. He really deserves the halo, but I imagine everyone who enters this think the same about their dog.”

Cheryl

“Angel” Esther

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“My name is Tracy Barton-Niles and This is Esther ! She was set to be euthanized on the very day we adopted her. We adopted her on October 10/17/14. She was due to be euthanized due to “quality of life concern” on 10/18/14. Well. Esther is blind but she eats , plays and gets around quite fine except for those pesky things called furniture. Our hospice doggy has become a HOT SPICE doggie and continues to kick life in the butt even with her diabetes running her down she get’s up and runs this house. She is one of four shelter pups in our family. It’s now November 28th and we say poo poo to Hospice Pup! smile emoticon She is here forever! smile emoticon thank you for this great opportunity to keep the little bumps and hematomas from popping up on her chest and head. Her itty bitty head is the size of a clementine! she did a little online shopping and determined she is 5.8 pounds and would probably need the XXS Halo! God Bless you all for your LIKES! and for saving and loving blind puppers! Esther is going to do a calendar to raise funds for future blind/senior doggies in our shelter so they too can have a home and a Muffin’s Halo! God Bless and have an Esther kind of Day! Praying that all our friends will jump in and LIKE this post for Esther~! All her brother’s are pulling for her as well!”

Tracy Barton-Niles

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“Angel” Cotton’s Crazy Comeback!

Cotton update: “Cotton finally had her eye removal sutures removed. Second chances For Blind Dogs kindly donated her Muffin’s Halo – wings of love and thank you Silvie Bordeaux for being there for all blind AMA Rescues.

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I will post a medical update after Cotton is rechecked next week. She is able to sleep comfortably through the night and distribute more weight to her weakened back legs with the help of pain control. Her weight now hovers around 5.3 pounds, far healthier than the 4.6 pounds she was one month ago. She enjoys a raw food diet and it agrees with her. Her dental, spay and hernia surgery will be next. Neurologically I do not see a big change in her. There is some underlying disease or disorder to her brain that causes her to circle, pace, become stuck in tight places and show detachment. She has never had a seizure in my care and I record her with a camera 24/7. She does not press her head against objects or head tilt.

I know that she appreciates my presence and my touch because sometimes she does things to draw me to her. I tried to get more information from her surrendering owner about her – when this change in her began, but he was not helpful. She was ‘corrected’ for pooping in the wrong spot inside (he was gone for more than 8 hours) by having her poop pushed into her nose. I told him it was abusive to do that to any dog and extremely cruel and senseless to punish a handicapped dog that way. I feel sad for Cotton because he described how she waited each day in the garage for him to return home – only to have that done to her by the only person in her world. Everything is hard for Cotton, ruptured cornea, blindness, starvation, ruptured disks, hernia… and whatever is going on in her mind. I said I would assess her for two weeks and my assessment is… she needs more time.

I know many of you reading this would make a case for ‘ending her suffering’ but I am the one who spends day and night with her – and she’s hard work – but she shows me that she wants to fight and with the ability to control her pain then I make a case for giving her time – not for a miracle, though one would be nice – just some time to let her enjoy having her needs met by her family.”


Bronwyne Mirkovich, Cotton’s Foster who was rescued from American Maltese Association Rescue.

Oh my Dogness! Look how gorgeous Cotton looks in her red Muffin’s Halo!

Thank you angels for your generous donations so we can provide Muffin’s Halo to blind dogs who deserve a second chance  especially like Cotton.

Check out how much the halo is helping her in this video!  Truly remarkable!!

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