Success Stories

Angel

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We received Angel’s Muffin’s Halo and it’s just perfect! She wears it all the time. She got use to it right away. And if she runs outside first thing in the morning without it I just say “Come back and get your Halo!” And she turns right around and let’s me put it on. I know she feels safe with it already. Such a smart girl. Thanks so much for giving her back her confidence. We are so appreciative for your kindness. I will send more pictures. Sincerely, Jennifer O

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Backstory

Angel is an 11 y.o. Boston Terrier. She was diagnosed with an eye disease that is common in female Boston Terriers. It causes ulcers on the lens and pressure in the eye that eventually leads to blindness. Angel is being treated but she is still just a puppy at heart. She runs, enjoys long walks and playing with younger Boston sister. While playing with her sister one day in the backyard she bumped her head and due to the eye disease and pressure the eye had to be removed. She still has limited sight in the remaining eye. And it causes her to bump her head a lot and it so scary. We would like to keep her other eye safe as long as we can until that window closes. I was referred to Second Chances For Blind Dogs by a fellow member of Blind Dogs -Owners and Supporters. Thank You for considering Angel today.
Jennifer Schreiber, NJ

Sylvestor

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Silvie ~ I want to thank you so much. You created an invention that has given me my dog back. After his surgeries he was so exhausted and frustrated with his cone. Today Sylvestor got his stitches out and finally had a nice bath and is now with his Muffin’s Halo walking around the room like he used to. I give thanks to all the Angels because this gift has hit my heart. Thank you for helping me get my dog back. ~Tracy Rey, CA

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Backstory
Sylvestor is a moderately active 10 year old Yorkshire Terrier. In October 2008 I received a Yorkshire Terrier as an emotional support animal. I have had anxiety issues my whole life and I needed a companion who could help me get through my trials. Fast forward, this dog has become my soul mate. He is the one I can count on and I love him so much more than anyone could ever imagine. Summer 2018 he was diagnosed with diabetes.

Shortly after he lost his vision to his diabetes. Months later after finally finding the dosage and type of insulin that works for him he contracted conjunctivitis, which then turned into glaucoma with an ulcer. We had to do a procedure which costs thousands of dollars to freeze his eyes so the fluid pressure wouldn’t get any worse than it was so he be comfortable. Unfortunately one of his eyes ruptured and two weeks after his freezing surgery he needed an emergency eye removal.

This journey has been devastating. I have spend so much money in saving his life like he has saved mine. Now my baby is missing one eye and is completely blind. This guy means the world to me and I couldn’t imagine living my life without him. He’s just my little furry soul mate. I am completely broke paying for all his doctor visits and his surgeries. I believe in your product. I wanted to come on here and thank you for creating this product and as soon as I can afford to buy one I will for my baby. People like you give the lives back to little furry friends. I can’t wait to have one when I can afford it. Keep dreaming and saving puppy’s lives. I heard about SCFBD from our Vet at Eye Care For Animals in Upland, CA. 😊 Tracy Rey, Colton CA

Oso

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A huge hug of gratitude and thanks to our Angel Jan Sheldon who generously donated a Muffins Halo for Oso.  I wish you were here Jan to see the difference in Oso’s world with this amazing invention. He runs free in the yard for the first time ever and is truly excited with renewed energy.  He loves his Muffins Halo!

Oso is getting a donated Muffin’s Halo from Second Chances For Blind Dogs! Thanks to the constant generosity of Jan Sheldon. As we have thanked you so many times before… Thank You, Jan❣️ TY, Angels!! You rock!

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Backstory

Oso had known nothing but cruelty, abuse and neglect his first 5 years of life. He lived outdoors, unable to escape the hot and cold climates of Phoenix, Az. He suffered malnutrition which destroyed his immune system and blinded him with premature cataracts. He was severely underweight and full of bite scars and hot spots when he was turned over to the humane society which and was put on the euthanasia list. Luckily, Safe Haven rescue pulled him and helped him heal his sores and gain weight. Then I adopted him in November of 2017 and he is flourishing and very happy! Safe Haven was supposed to pay for Oso’s cataract surgery but I never heard back from them. Meanwhile a Muffins Halo would sure help Oso explore his world without fear of bumping into things when he is excited!

 

Paris

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I want to thank the Angels for donating a Muffin Halo to my sweet girl Paris, she liked it almost immediately! Thank You so very much! ~Lynn Murray

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Paris is 6 years old. She is an American Cocker Spaniel that was a backyard breeder for the 6 years of her life. She was badly neglected and lived outside her whole life. Paris had worms and fleas and was quite sick. She is now with me learning what a loving caring home is. Paris will never experience neglect again in her lifetime. I heard about your organization on FB and elsewhere. Thank You, Angels for considering Paris for a Muffin’s Halo. She is so worthy and deserving of this gift.
Lynne B Murray, MD

Ray

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Dear Angels,
Thank you so very much for your generosity in donating to Second Chances for Blind Dogs! One of our shelter dogs, Ray, has greatly benefited from this awesome product!
Ray was found lying on a raised piece of cement, in the beating sun, at an abandoned school in Cleveland, Ohio. We weren’t sure if he got up there on his own or was put there because he was afraid to come down because of the decline in the cement. He was covered in mats and burs.
The Parma Animal Shelter partners with the Cleveland Animal Control and pulls dogs when they are running out of space or dogs that have special needs. We saw Ray and could not leave him in the small cage at the kennel.
Ray quickly started exploring his new foster home, banging his head on everything. I tried my best to prevent him from hurting himself but he would quickly move his head around and smash into things. Outside, he would run around the backyard and often run into trees and fences. It broke my heart. I went online and came across Second Chances for Blind Dogs and knew that this halo was exactly what Ray needed.
The halo has made a HUGE difference in Ray’s life. He seems more confident walking around now and he’s not hurting himself! This is an amazing product and even more wonderful that you have so generously donated so that other blind dogs could be helped.
Thank you!
Love,
Ray, Colleen Siedlecki (Ray’s foster mom) and Parma Animal Shelter

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Backstory
Ray was picked up as a stray from Cleveland Animal Control. He was stuck up on a piece of slanted cement and it was unknown if someone put him there, or he wandered up there and could not get back down because he couldn’t see. Cleveland Kennel is a very large kennel and they rely on other rescue organizations to pull dogs from their shelter to save these dogs. When I saw Ray I knew we had to help him. He was extremely matted and dirty. I had to give him 2 baths and brushed him for 1.5 hours to get the mats out. He will still need to be shaved as the mats are hurting his skin. He is a very loving dog and wants to be near you. This is my first time helping a blind dog so I’ve been looking at products that can help him get around. I thought these halos were adorable and might even help to get him adopted faster.
Colleen Siedlecki (Ray’s foster mom)

Kobe

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Kobe would like to say thank you to the angels at Second Chance for Blind Dogs for my Muffins Halo in memory of #YAY Margaux!.  Attached is two pictures of me wearing it on our walk today.  My mom tried to get a video of me walking with it on but it did not come out so well.  This Halo has given me so much more confidence on my walks.  The one picture is of me in the woods wearing it.  Before I got my Halo I was afraid to go into the woods for fear of walking into a tree, bushes, or getting my eyes injured.

Again, thank you so much for picking me to receive a Muffins Halo in memory of #YAY Margaux.  My mom told me so much about her and I think she was a great inspiration to many people, including my mom, who was worried about me when I lost my vision.

Sincerely,

Kobe Whitman

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Backstory

Kobe is a 9 year old Pug. He was diagnosed with diabetes in January 2018. He then went blind in June due to cataracts. He has had many attacks of pancreatitis. I almost lost him three separate times during those episodes. I am trying to keep him as active as before. We go on a mile walk every day. He does not use a leash as we walk the same trail everyday. Kobe would benefit greatly from a Muffin’s Halo because he likes to go off the usual path but bumps into things when he does. I heard about your organization and the #YayMargaux! Give-A-Way on Margaux’s FB Page.
Thank you for considering Kobe for this wonderful gift.
Judy Whitman, PA

Coco Beanie

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Aloha Silvie,
I’m so thrilled to let you know that CoCo Beanie’s Muffin’s Halo arrived today and it’s a big hit. She took to it right away and was bumping into things with no worry as to hurting herself. The little energizer bunny never stops but with the Halo it seems she has a new sense of freedom without the fear of getting hurt.
I cannot thank you and the very generous donors enough for this precious gift. CoCo Beanie says “Mahalo Nui Loa” which is thank you very much in Hawaiian.
I took a few pics and hopefully they all come through. If they’re too big I’ll send in separate emails.
Again, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We are very grateful for your generosity.
Keep the sunny side up!
Janene & CoCo Beanie
Backstory
CoCo came to us at 7 months old as a neglected puppy. She wasn’t in great condition and wasn’t cared for properly. She was scared of everything including my husband and myself. I worked with her, encouraged her, took her to dog obedience training and she became my best buddy. She went from a wall flower to a social butterfly; always happy and wagging her tail. Through all the ups and downs with her health she was always a trooper. Then 4 years ago she developed secondary glaucoma and 3-1/2 years ago had her first eye removed with a prognosis that eventually she would lose her other eye as well. In an attempt to preserve her vision as long as possible, we diligently administered the myriad of prescribed eye drops 3 times a day. Initially the doctors had told us she would lose her second eye within a year of the first. As the first year passed we got hopeful she might keep it. After the second year we became even more hopeful and thought maybe the doc’s were wrong. Of course, our luck ran out earlier this year and we lost the battle. She has done remarkably well adjusting to navigating a 2 story house but still bumps her noggin daily. One of these halos would help her significantly from bumping into things. Every time she hits an object hard it breaks my heart to see her get hurt; especially when she lets out a little cry. If CoCo is selected for one of your Muffin’s Halos she will be eternally grateful… as will we, her parents.

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Winston

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Hi Silvie – I just wanted to thank you again for your generous gift to my sweet boy Winston. His Halo came today and once Winston got over the initial “what is this thing on me?!” moment, it has completely changed his life for the better. He immediately wanted to wander around the house. While I normally watch him and hope he doesn’t run into anything , today I wanted him to test out his new gear. And it worked!!! He uses it to guide himself along the kitchen wall to the sliding glass door to go outside to potty. He sniffs his way back into the house but not before running into chairs, the grill, etc…but with the Halo, he said “ok, there’s something there, I’ll walk around it!” No more ouchies!

I’m in tears writing this to you (but they’re happy tears). Myself, my wife, and our special boy Winston thank you so much!!!

Love, Light and Oceans of Bliss!

Backstory

My wife and I rescued Winston when he was 13 years old. He was an owner surrender with no reason given. We learned recently that he is completely blind. He knows the layout of our house and can get around, but still rams into hard objects occasionally. Even worse, when our other two rescue poodles bark it startles him and he either runs or jumps and hits a dresser, bed or refrigerator very hard. It hurts my heart. Although his eyes don’t work anymore, he is still very full of life and love to give! He is my little buddy and I love him so much!

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Herald & Gerald

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Herald and Gerald in their new Halos! They were perfect models!

Rancho Coastal Humane Society wants to send a heartfelt THANK YOU! to all of the Angels and to Sally’s rescue for

donating two Muffin’s Halos for the blind to our dear, sweet Herald and Gerald. It has been a long road for these two boys. After 7 months living in a crate, they forgot what ‘normal’ is. They had forgotten how to play with toys. They had forgotten what it’s like to be loved. Now they’re getting lots of love and attention. It’s great to see the joy come back to them. The Halos are the next step in their journey to a full and happy life. We can’t wait for them to fully adjust to their new, amazing gear and really start cruising around Southern California in style!

Thank You!

Kathy Zerkle

VP of Adoption Services

Rancho Coastal Humane Society

Backstory

Two blind 13+ Chi/Doxie brothers, Herald and Gerald, are a bonded pair. They were residing in an overcrowded shelter when we found them. They had been living in a folding wire crate for 7 months! We just couldn’t leave them like that for another day when we knew we could help find them their forever home. They are now at our shelter where they are receiving complete medical care, have beds and toys, a full kennel, visits from staff/volunteers and they get out to a yard several times a day.

We would love for them each to have a Muffin’s Halo to help give them the best possible life in their remaining years together. A representative from your organization stopped by our shelter several years ago and shared information about your product with us. He mentioned the program that will donate to shelter pets in need. Thank You for considering these two lovely blind brothers today.~
Kathy Zerkle
Rancho Coastal Humane Society

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Lola

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Lola got her Muffin’s Halo! A huge thank you to Silvie for this wonderful invention, and the Angels 🖤  for the generous donation … this was super kind.
Thanks for giving Lola hope, now she can navigate without fear, she can even go up & down the stairs. She is back to being herself 🐾
Lola says: “thanks from the bottom of my paws for giving me a second chance.”

Backstory

Lola was rescued from the shelter in 2012. She was in very bad shape but after taking her to the vet, we were told that she was pretty healthy. She has been a part of our family since then and we love her so much.
Last week she suddenly became blind, we took her to the vet and confirmed it, cataracts came on very very fast.
We are still trying to understand what happened.

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