Success Stories


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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.


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!”


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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“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.”


“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.”


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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.”


“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.


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!!


Two-Tank Oopsie And Her Remarkable Recovery


Two-Tank Oopsie is a sweet, little, 12-year-young girl, who found herself in dire circumstances. She was found wandering the mean streets of Illinois, alone, frightened, and blind. She’s also mostly deaf. But Oopsie’s luck changed the day a very nice lady saw her circling and circling and circling by the side of the road.

A massive tumor hanging down between Oopsie’s legs was also discovered. After she had surgery to fix a hernia they found out she has two bladders! Today Two-tank oopsie is with Fluffy Butts Rescue where she sleeps on BubbleButt beds, enjoys treats and gets lots of cuddling like she deserves…and she got her donated Muffin’s Halo!

Thanks to our angel contributors of “Second Chances For Blind Dogs” – Muffin’s non-profit that donates Muffin’s Halos to blind dogs in rescues/shelters to help them navigate into their forever homes. Newsflash! Oopsie has been adopted!

Thank you Angels! We did it again!


Basil The Blind Dog Bounces Back With Muffin’s Halo


We were delighted to help Basil, a blind dog in need of assistance from across the pond. Read all about Basil’s story and watch his amazing video in a great article from the Daily Mail. From the article… Just six months ago, this little fellow was found hungry, destitute and unable to see. Basil the blind dog was picked up by rescuers who noticed he could not walk five yards without bumping into something. Now, thanks to an innovative new gadget from America, Basil has been given a new lease of life – and his carers hope they will now be able to find a family to permanently house him.

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Sparty Gets His Spark Back!


Sparty was left at a veterinary hospital by a man who says he found him. When the front desk person went to get the microchip scanner, the man had left, leaving Sparty tied to the desk. The dog warden then brought Sparty here to Animal Friends Rescue in Pennsylvania because we are a no-kill shelter.

Sparty was aged at about 10 years old, though to all of us who really know him, he just seems SO much older. Our closest guess to his breed is a cattle dog/pointer mix. Our medical dept has him listed as being blind in both eyes due to cataracts, he was treated for skin issues and ear issues when he first came in, his ears are cauliflowered, he is slightly anemic, he gets medication for his thyroid (it is on the low side, but not bad), he has to urinate often due to his aging kidneys, and his hind quarters are weakened due to age, so he wobbles at times.

The medical dept has him listed as a geriatric dog. He has had issues learning to navigate his way around the Animal Friends / Think Outside The Cage in Pittsburgh (it’s a big shelter) so he often bumps into the walls. The volunteers work very hard to help him walk, stop with him when he doesn’t want to go anymore, and they try to guide him the best they can.

It is my hope that if an organization like yours can provide a Muffin’s Halo for Sparty, he will gain confidence while walking around the shelter and will just feel much better all the way around! He is super sweet, and gentle, but it is hard to adopt out a blind dog from a shelter. I think the public sees him and they might worry about things like what could they do for him, can they handle a blind dog, how will he get around in their house, will they have to be there all the time to take care of him, etc. It is my hope the public will see through your organization that there is help out there, that others have made this situation work, and they can too! And if they see Sparty in a halo, well how can they resist?!



Denny Doin’ His Thing


Dear Silvie,

I have several blind dogs in my rescue; however, the one who needs a halo the most is Denny. I rescued Denny from Lancaster shelter almost three years ago. He is blind and deaf. He was an owner surrender and 8 years old. He has scars on his back from where he had been burned. He is blind due to cataracts. I took him to an eye specialist at VCA in Portland, Oregon. I was told that Denny’s cataracts were too mature to be removed. Since Denny is also deaf, he lives in a world of silence and darkness. He navigates his way around pretty well but sometimes he bumps into other dogs and they are not so forgiving. Out of all my blind guys here, Denny needs a halo the most. A local man tried to make one himself, but it came out directly from Denny’s chest and Denny kept tangling his feet up in it and the wire kept flopping down. Poor Denny! He is a sweet old boy. I would love to be able to get a Muffin’s Halo for Denny.
Kind regards,
St. Martin’s Animal Rescue

Sometimes we cry for joy and happiness. This is one of those times. Denny, who has been with the rescue for two years, has just received a donation of a Muffin’s Halo to help him get around. He is blind and deaf so his world can be very confusing. Now, we don’t want to jinx anything and we wanted to wait until it was all final, but one of our former adopters wants to adopt Denny! He is currently making adjustments to his home to accommodate a blind/deaf dog so the Muffin’s Halo has arrived in perfect timing to help Denny adjust to his new digs. We will post happy adoption photos when Denny goes to his new home soon. For now, this is Denny trying on his Halo. Halos for your own blind dogs can be purchased at


Dozer Back In Action!

This was his story: Tornado Alley Bulldog Rescue. A little over a month ago we had a three year old male bulldog surrrendered to us by his owners, He is blind due to lack of entropian care and well as allergies, and basically just sat and scratched his eyes out. We had him looked at and his eyes are just basically not there anymore. He is a true love bug, but due to his vision issues wants to be next to someone all the time. I was thinking that perhaps with one of Muffin’s Halos he would learn some confidence and become more independent once again.

Yay Dozer has navigated into his forever home with his Muffin’s halo~! Here he is in his Muffin’s Halo at his new forever home

Yay Dozer!!!


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