Success Stories

Cinnamon

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“Thank you very much, we really appreciate it. It really means a lot ! We were all so excited:)”

Toneja W.

Backstory 

“My name is Toneja Williams and I am contacting you in regards to Cinnamon, who is not only four legged friend, but a member of the family, who we all love and adore. Cinnamon is a 14 year old Cocker Spaniel, who is full of life and energy.

I’ve had Cinnamon since she was a puppy, and she has been a huge blessing. She’s so loving, caring, and always puts a smile on everyone’s faces. Unfortunately, Cinnamon has completely lost both her sight and ability to hear. However, that has not stopped her from missing a beat.

I was hoping that Muffin would have an extra halo for my best friend Cinnamon. I am currently a full time student at UCSD, and have been working several jobs in order to get myself through school. I unfortunately do not have the extra funds at the moment to purchase a halo for Cinnamon. It truly hurts my heart to see Cinnamon discouraged and sad from bumping into objects while walking. With this halo, I hope to give her the joy of having more freedom to regain a part of her old self, and grant me with the security that she’ll be able to move around freely as she enjoys without getting hurt.”

Toneja Williams

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Ash

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“Christmas came early for Ash and I wanted to thank you and all your angels for gifting a Muffin’s Halo for Blind Dogs to him. Here is a picture, of him wearing it. He has adjusted easily to it and slept in it his very first night wearing it. He is way less barky with it on since he knows he will not be bumping into walls when he walks around the house or in the now snowbank filled backyard. He is returning to his old happy go lucky self and no longer stays in the safety of the bedroom because his confidence has returned knowing he is safe maneuvering around the house on his own.

Many, many thanks for giving this dear sweet old man his quality of life back, I will send more photos as I get them and will spread the word about the great work you and your organization are doing to improve the quality of life for blind dogs everywhere!

Happy Holidays to you, Chloe, Prince and all the angels who make the lives of these precious babies easier and happier!”

Anne
I am so sorry for the loss of beautiful Angel Muffin, but I know his work here continues powered by the love he shared with his mother, sister and now Prince.

Backstory

“Ash is a 16.5 year old Pomeranian I adopted almost 2 years ago. He was blind in one eye with partial vision in the second, 80% deaf and arthritic, but the sweetest little old man ever. A friend in Florida had Ash since he was a baby, but circumstances for the house changed and with the family away from home more frequently for college and work, they made the brave decision to try to rehome him.

I knew it was a long a shot that anyone would want such an old guy, who didn’t see or hear very well and who wasn’t too playful due to the arthritis in his knees, I instantly asked to take him and the following week Ash moved up north in the middle of a frigid, snow filled January.

It turns out he loves the snow, is adored by my two cats who always keep an eye on him to make sure he is ok, and even the bunnies that frequent my garden don’t run when he is out back because they know he would never harm them. The medication my vet ordered for his knees has put pep back in his step and after just two months with me everyone I knew that met him when he first arrived couldn’t be that the happy little guy running around like a puppy was the same dog.

Over the past three months Ash has lost the vision in his other eye, making him completely blind and he has gone from being able to freely run through the house, to getting lost in a corner and not knowing how to get. He doesn’t like to be alone in the yard, because he has lost his confidence in moving freely about, so he spends most of his time sleeping away the hours in the safety of our bedroom.

I don’t know how long I will have Ash, but I promised him the day I brought him home, that whether he has two days, two months or two years with me, I would do everything I could to show him he is loved, secure, and valued for the beautiful little old man he is. My goal is to make his time remaining joy filled and comfortable and I think a Muffin’s Halo would go a long way to restoring his confidence in movement. Please consider donating a halo to Ash.”

Anne

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Jack

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Thank you so much for donating a Muffin’s Halo to my forever foster Jack. He has used it twice now, and I have noticed that he is much more confident when walking around. With the halo on, he does not get caught in the chair legs under the dining room table. It also keeps him from bumping into our other partially blind dog, which sometimes ends up in a lot of snarling and snapping as they are both surprised by the encounter. This alone makes the halo a wonderful addition for Jack and our family. We are in a heat wave right now in Los Angeles, but soon we are going to try it out at the dog park!

Jack is completely funded by Dachshund Rescue and Placement in Lancaster, California. They recently spent over $2000 on dental surgery forJack, who lost 17 completely rotted teeth. DRP has two other super seniors, who also required extensive dentals and other treatments, which has left our rescue in financial stress.

It is hard to imagine what his life was like before Joy Brunn, DRP director, found him at the shelter. Since we estimate his age at 15 or more, and he has had a stroke that left him barely able to walk, if we had not rescued him, he would have certainly have been euthanized. Instead Jack is loving life, sleeping on the sofa and the big bed, barking with his little dog pack, eating grain free soft food, and getting lots of love and kisses.

Now that he has his halo, he can navigate without fear and we are looking forward to Jack enjoying life in his Golden Years. Thank you so much for your donation of the Muffin’s Halo. Jack says “two thumbs up”!

Sincerely,
Marla Conti, Foster Mother
Dachshund Rescue and Placement

Backstory

Old Jack came from a high kill shelter in Lancaster, CA. We only know that he was already about 15 years old. Poor senior dog was deaf and could barely stand up without falling over. Dachshund Rescue and Placement took him in and he became a Forever Foster and I am his foster mother. He regained a lot of his strength, but still has some effects of a possible stroke.

Now he is deaf AND blind, so eating and sleeping are his favorite activities. He loves being snuggled and petted. He loves treats. He needs help finding his way back inside after a potty break in the yard. He gets stuck under the dining table because of the chairs. Sometimes he falls over while lifting his leg to pee. Jack just had a dental and lost 17 severely infected teeth.

Jack could really use a Muffin’s Halo because it would give him confidence when walking around. He deserves to enjoy his senior years and a Halo would add a lot to his quality of life. Dachshund Rescue and Placement has spent over $2000 on Jack and we are really hurting for money since we have three elderly Forever Fosters like Jack at the moment.
Marla C.

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Deke

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Backstory

We received Deke‘s halo today and I must say he looks VERY handsome! His “seeing eye cat” needed to check it out and gave it two paws up.  Thank you so much for helping us protect Deke as he enters his last stage of vision loss. You truly are angels.

Eileen M.

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“We were looking for a dog to adopt after we lost our previous dog 2 years ago. We wanted a medium size adult dog and were looking at rescue sites. At that time we were pet parents to 2 disabled rabbits. One was bound and the other has wry neck. I saw Deke on a website and it said that he was 4 years old, rescued from a hoarder and he had vision problems. Since our previous dog had been losing her vision prior to her death I was interested in seeing Deke.

We drove 2 hours to meet him. He was overweight and we were told distrustful of strangers, especially men. As soon as we walked in the house he rolled onto his back and it was love at first sight. We were told his vision problem was due to living in a dark boarded up house for 6 months. He was severely underweight when rescued, had to have part of his tail amputated due to gangrene and suffered from anxiety as well. By the time we adopted him he had been fattened up too much and was still very anxious. He also had terrible gas and diarrhea.

A couple of weeks after getting him home we took him to an eye specialist who diagnosed with with PRA, Progressive Retinal Atrophy for which there is no cure. She gave us a list of things to watch for as well as tips on how to ease him into his darkening world. That was almost 2 years ago.

Since then we took Deke for training to try to improve his other senses. He relies mostly on his hearing now. He has gotten down to his ideal weight and loves snuggling in bed with us in the morning. We also have 3 cats. Our male cat is his best friend. We refer to Tanner as deke’s seeing seyeing eye cat. Deke’s retina in his right eye is now fully detached and he is only seeing shadows out of his left eye. It likely won’t be long until he loses that as well.

He is a very exuberant dog. We tell people we wanted to adopt an adult dog and got a 4 year old puppy instead. Deke’s tail never stops wagging. He is nervous of cars, so taking him for walks can be challenging but we are working through that with him. Our house is a split level so we have a lot of stairs. He does amazingly well with them. But because of his exuberance, he crashes into the furniture and walls constantly. We just can’t get him to slow down so we really need a halo to protect his sweet face.”
Eileen M.

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Bear

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Bear got his Muffin’s Halo! Thank you Angels♡

Backstory

“My income is fixed, I am 80 and live with a handicapped person. We both are troubled by our health issues, and now Bear is suddenly blind. We are praying a Muffin’s Halo can help him.”
Roberta W.

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Panzer

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Panzer got his Muffin’s Halo!

Backstory
“Panzer had to have his eyes removed 2 weeks ago due to Glaucoma and PRA.”
Tina D.

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Harry

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“Harry’s Muffin’s Halo came today and he is thrilled! (So are we!!!) he has a home visit with a potential adopter today and his is excited to show off his new found independence. Thank you Angels, Silvie and Muffin for helping Harry reach his full potential and find a furever home! Here is a shot of Harry with his other “differently abled” pooch friend!  Here is a shot of Harry with his other “differently abled” pooch friend!”

Love, Harry, Jenna and the crew at PUDR

 

Backstory
“Harry is a foster dog with Paws United in London Ontario. He was brought in as an unclaimed stray from the local pound. He has likely been used as a breeder. Harry has cataracts and is mostly deaf.”

Jenna

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Peaches

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“Hey guys, thank you so much for my Halo!!!  After being dumped at the pound I was taken in by a local rescue group and placed with my foster mum. It was hard to adjust to my new surroundings at the ripe old age of 12, but since my Halo arrived I have a new found confidence that has blown everyone away!! I even break out in the occasional run, knowing that my Halo will protect me 🙂 Thank you again, from the bottom of my paws for giving me my second  chance.  – Lots of love from Australia”
Peaches xoxox

Backstory

“Peaches was picked up by a member of the public as she was wandering around an industrial area very close to the highway. Due to her advanced cataracts it was clear to the man who picked her up that she was totally blind. She was taken to the local shelter the next morning and the owner was notified that she had been found however he never came for her.

We jumped at the chance to have this beautiful little lady with us and judging by her overall condition we are so glad that her owner declined to reclaim her. She is such a happy little dog and is loving being in foster care with her fur siblings!

She spends her day laying in front of the window to soak up the sun and her nights cuddling up with her foster mum on the couch. We are so happy we have been given the chance to make sure her last years will be filled with love and our only sadness is that she didn’t come to us years ago.

Being that she has gone from stray, to the pound and now to a new home she still hasn’t adjusted to her new surroundings so is bumping into furniture and walls of the house and has little grazes on her nose constantly from banging into objects, we are hoping that a Muffin’s Halo will be just what the doctor ordered to help this little angel regain her confidence.”
GEELONG Animal Shelter in Australia

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Mercy

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“Mercy is adjusted quite well to her halo. She is back to being her previous independent self! Thank you so much to my Angel for assisting her with this transition in her life!”
Kim

Backstory  

“Mercy is an 11 year old Boston Terrier. I rescued her from a puppy mill when she was about 3 –months old. Due to her markings and a problem with her eye, she was considered a “reject” and couldn’t be sold. Mercy was diagnosed with dry eye.

Mercy is a therapy dog. For many years, she would go to work with me when I worked the night shift at a memory care unit. She knew who needed her company and who wanted her to keep her distance. She even had her own “employee” file. ?

July 29, 2012, my brother passed away unexpectedly. Ten days later on August 8th, my dad passed away unexpectedly. The day my dad passed, I received contaminated steroid injections. Approximately 2 months later I was hospitalized for sixteen days with Fungal Meningitis due to the injections.

During my hospitalization, Mercy was being cared for by my mom and was attacked by coyotes. We live in a rural area and people were illegally dumping fish and deer remains on our property. At the time, we were unaware that this was happening or that we even had a problem with coyotes. To everyone’s dismay, Mercy survived her attack and we were both discharged from the hospital and able to recover together. Mercy had several injuries including losing most of the tendons in her front feet/legs, puncture wounds, and scarring on her eyes. Every time the vet sees her, he reminds me that she’s a little miracle. She’s such a trooper. She allowed us do her painful dressing changes twice a day. I think Mercy understood I needed her more than ever at the time. I had gone through and lost so much, I couldn’t bear the thought of losing her too.

She has adjusted quite well to her injuries and doesn’t complain at all. As the vet says, “She is such a sweet little old lady”. We have been through so much together, I can’t imagine my life without her.

This past December I had to have surgery. Due to unexpected complications, I needed more time off from work than originally anticipated. When my FMLA was exhausted, my employer chose to terminate my employment after 12 years of service.

Recently, I’ve noticed Mercy’s vision seems to have gotten worse and she is having difficulty maneuvering through the house. Normally it wouldn’t be an issue to pay the retail cost for a Halo for Mercy, but due to my recent circumstances it’s not something I can do at this time. I would gladly make a donation to your non-profit once I am able!

Thank you in advance for taking the time to read my letter and considering Mercy’s dilemma! I have attached a few pictures of Mercy so you can see the sweet girl she is. ?”

Respectfully,
Kim N.

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Charlie Booth

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“Charlie Booth got his Muffin’s Halo! He has been walking with his head up and wanting to play more! He has more confidence! Thank you so much!!”

Michelle B.

Backstory

“Charlie was born in Memphis, Tennessee. I was able to bring Charlie and his brother Beau home with me to Baton Rouge when they were 12 weeks old. Charlie started having complications ( joint would pop out of socket) with his back leg and ended up up having surgery on his knee twice. A few years later, when I brought in for a checkup with our vet, he noticed something was going on with his eyes. He sent us to the LSU Vet School Opthalmolgy Department. They were able to tell us that he had glaucoma in his right eye and his left eye had an abnormality but he could see. They treated his right eye for 1 1/2 years and then removed it because the pressure was to great. I have been putting drops in Charlie’ s eye everyday for the past 4 years. His left eye developed glaucoma and he has slowly lost his vision. I am not putting drops 4 times a day and having the pressure checked in a regular basis. At my house, he was able to adjust to losing his vision but he still is unsure of himself and runs into walls. Just recently, my home was flooded and I had to move in to my parents home. He has struggled to adjust and runs into things constantly. He walks with his head low and he seems very nervous. Charlie is a precious, loving part of our family and I would love for him to be able to maneuver with confidence in all environments. Thank you for your consideration.”

Michelle B.

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