Success Stories

“Angel” Hoss

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It is with a heavy heart that I share the news that Hoss lost his battle to SARDS. He was a brave fighter to the end, but he became overwhelmed and fear aggressive. He loved his Muffin’s Halo, but didn’t have much time to enjoy it. He was having such a good time outside that day not bumping his nose on everything. With your permission, I would like to bless it on to Adoptabull.org Bulldog Rescue to save another bulldog from struggling with their world of perpetual nighttime. I understand that your network of miracle Angels donated that Halo for Hoss and I will return it if you would prefer.
On another note, I had a little extra in my paycheck this week from a project I have been working on. I made a donation through Facebook to your cause. I hope it helps. Thanks again to the Angels who donated the Halo to him. Bless you and the work you are doing to make such a positive impact on the lives of blind dogs.~Joy Schaefer and RIP Hoss, the bulldog.

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Thank you so much for Hoss’ Halo. He has really brightened up his spirits since he can explore his new world without bumping his nose. He’s is a much happier boy now! He is only 5 1/2 years old so he can look forward to a long life thanks to the generosity of the amazing Angels who had it in their heart to give blind dogs a second chance. Thanks also to Silvie, who took the time to make sure Hoss had a Halo that fit him properly.
With much love,
Joy and Hoss

Backstory

Three days after my last English Bulldog, Elmo, passed, I got a call from AdoptaBull (English Bulldog Rescue in Chicagoland area) asking me to foster a recent rescue who they had just paid for cherry eye and teeth extraction surgery. They had just picked him up in St. Louis from a shelter that had rescued him as a stray, alone on the streets of St. Louis. He was so skinny, only about 35 pounds when I got him. All his ribs and vertebrae stuck out. He had been flea infested. Needless to say, he is a foster failure since I applied to adopt this sweet boy within 2 days. He has had his health challenges with cornea ulseration, chronic dry eye, and stomach issues as a result of being starved. He is the light of my life. His personality is so distinctive from Elmo’s, and he made my missing Elmo so much easier to bear. Mid-January this year, he became more food focussed than ever and started putting on weight rapidly, eventhough I was trying to feed him the same amount. His water intake and peeing dramactically increased. He started balking at going outside, I had to put a leash on him just to get him out the door. I also noticed that he started bumping into the bushes when he would try to pee. And more frequently, he would bump into the wall, gate, and door. I took him to my vet, Dr. Chris Serpico of Rising Sun Vet Clinic, who diagnosed him with SARDS. He was totally blind within a couple of weeks. His whole world right now is sleeping and food. He is scared of outside and it breaks my heart. He has had a bad enough past, full of scary things, sounds, people, thunderstorms and snowstorms, and hunger and thirst. He deserves a better life, full of things to do and explore. My only consolation is that if SARDS was always in his future, he has me to help him get through it as best as we can. I love him and will stick by him to give him the best, he’s not on the streets facing this alone. He is fully obediance trained, someone put a lot of time and effort into his training. I don’t know how he came to be a stray, but that is his past and with God and my help his future is bright.

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“Angel” Pepper

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Angels, we have sad news today. One of our Halo Babies, little Pepper Garcia, crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. Please send your kindest thoughts to her Daddy Chris. Rest In Eternal Bliss, Pepper.
Sending Light🕯️

Hi Angels, I wanted to thank you again for the Muffin’s Halo for Pepper. I thought you might have wanted to know that I had to put her down yesterday, but the time she had the Halo truly did help her, so thank you again. ~Chris Garcia

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Just wanted to say thank you for the Muffin’s Halo for Pepper. It’s definitely helping her and she’s starting to walk around a lot more. She still has a long road ahead of her building her strength back but this is a great first step. 10/10 would recommend! Thank you, Grateful Dad & all of the Angels. ~Chris Garcia

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Backstory

Pepper is a 10 y.o. Boston Terrier. My mom got Pepper for me when I was in college, because nobody wanted her. Her teeth were rotting, she had tumors all over the place and we was malnourished. My ex girlfriend hated her because of her appearance but i didn’t care, I loved Pepper. I got her teeth fixed, and did what i could about the tumors and every time I went to visit her she was so happy to see me. Recently she got cataracts and went deaf while staying at my Moms.

We let her outside and she knows her way around the backyard. But one day she wandered too far and left the backyard; being a blind and deaf dog wandering the streets I thought I had lost her for good. But thankfully a neighbor found her a few blocks down from us holding up traffic. I’ve tried to make my own blind harness for her, but everyone keeps telling me to just give up on her and let her finish her days. She still has a lot of heart and loves going outdoors, and with me moving her into my own place soon I will have to help her adapt to the new environment. I will never give up on Pepper. ~Chris Garcia, NM

Benji

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Dear Silvie and the wonderful Angel Gaetan that donated Benji’s Halo! THANK YOU so much for your generous donation of a Halo for our Benji. We’ve just moved into a new home and the Halo has been great in helping Benji find his way around and navigate his new environment. Please find a couple of pictures attached of Benji in his new home. With much thanks and best wishes, Sue, Kate and Benji

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Backstory

Benji is a 9 y.o. Maltese-ShihTzu he was surrendered by his original family at 6 months old. They had brought him home to their older dog who didn’t appreciate his persistent enthusiasm and vivacious nature so swiped his eye out. Although Benji doesn’t like other dogs, he was put with another 6 month old pup (Oscar) in the animal shelter and they got along so famously that the shelter would only adopt them out together. We were only looking for one dog but after meeting the two of them, there was no doubt in our minds. We brought home double the love we were looking for.

Although the two were very happy together, Benji never liked other dogs and became vicious towards them. Roughly 6 years after bringing them home, my sister came home to the happiest dogs trotting up to her with his eye popped out. We’re not sure what exactly happened but we believe he was trying to get under the fence to next doors dog and popped his eye out. He was rushed to the vet but after surgeries and lots of hoping, he never regained his eyesight and it was best to remove the eye.

Throughout all of the vet visits and pain he must have been in, his tail never stopped wagging (for humans). Benji has adapted extraordinarily with the help of his buddy Oscar and the bells on his collar. Now however, we are moving house and are very concerned about the effect this will have on Benji and his poor little head as he navigates and becomes used to new setups.

Benji is extremely active! Although he is getting older, he’s still just a puppy at heart and loves playing with Oscar and rolling around on the bed. He still loves going for walks, even if he relies heavily on his humans ensuring he doesn’t crash.
Sue Richter, VIC

Renatta

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Hi Silvie !!! ~I’m just writing to let you know that I received my Muffin’s Halo !!! It is so pretty !!! Red looks good on me 😍. I’m getting used to it but so far so good. Yesterday, I went to my vet office and I was able to walk all over the place without hurting my head if I bumped into a wall since it was a new place for me. I’m such a lucky girl !!! Me and my mom are very grateful for this gift and we want to thank you for all that you do for dogs like me. Thank you for finding a way to make our lives easier.
Love, Renatta 

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Renatta is a 1 month old Cocker Spaniel. She was born blind as a result of being a double-merle crossing. A victim of a back yard breeder. She is a very sweet puppy. Her activity is very low. Not like a puppy at all. We are hoping that will change with a Muffin’s Halo. I am sure it will once she is feeling confident. We found out about your organization on the internet. We only want to keep our little girl safe and happy. Please consider our girl for a Muffin’s Halo Generous Dad. Thank You.
Majel Gonzalez, FL

Dolly

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Dolly received her Muffin’s Halo! She is adjusting to it and her blindness. Thank you so much for helping her Silvie & The Angels. I’m so very grateful for your help.~
Anita Brunner, Kansas

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Dolly is a 12 year old Cocker Spaniel. I got Dolly out of a shelter when she was 4. She had full cataracts so I had them removed. After about a year she developed glaucoma. With treatment she still lost one eye. The remaining eye did okay with the treatment of 12 drops a day until the last few months. Pressures began to rise and her last test showed the pressure up in the 60s. Yesterday she had a chemical ablation so now she is completely blind. Her activity level is low due to her age. Since her procedure yesterday she just walks around hitting her head on walls and furniture. She’s having a hard time getting her bearings back. Thank you for considering Dolly for this gift. ~ Anita Brunner

Mia

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Angels, Mia was one of the Dad’s Day Dogs that was assigned to Gaetan (Silvie’s Dad in Heaven) as a gift in his name. Mia has her Halo! So far so good and we are looking forward to updates and photos in future from here grateful Mom, Paloma.

Hi guys!!! I just want to say THANK YOU!!! We received the Halo for Mia this morning!! We’re very very happy!! THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 💕💖
Paloma Vigueria

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Mia is a 10 year old French Poodle. I adopted her 9 years ago, last month she lost her sight from diabetes, I feel like we couldn’t make it. But after a few of regular insulin injections she looks so much better!!!! I feel like we got this!! The only fear I have now, is that she will get hurt because she can’t see anymore. I feel sad, but I know she is happy. We love her so much!!!!! We want Mia to have a better, happier life, despite diabetes and blindness. Thank You.
Paloma Vigue, Bakersfield CA

 

Rocky

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Angels, I received the Muffin’s Halo for Rocky and good news, he got adopted last night! He is a little unsure of it, but I do think it will help him a lot! Thank you so much for your kind generosity.
Susan Hubbard, New York
Director @ Hubbards Hounds Dog Rescue

Backstory
Rocky is a 9 year old Dachshund. I just took Rocky as an owner turn in from MS. The owner had him from a baby and said she couldn’t keep him any longer. We just got him this past weekend and Rocky is learning his way around, but does run into things. He is a very sweet easy going boy. He wanders around quite a lot. Never runs, just walks.

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Ringo Starr

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“Thank you so very much for the Muffin’s Halo, Angels. Ringo is already experiencing so much improvement. This boy would never wear any Halloween costume or clothes all of his life. He stood completely still as we put the Halo on and he even sleeps in it! 😇”
Sarah Vandervoort Taylor, Kansas City MO

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“A few more pix of gorgeous Ringo Starr the black Lab we posted about earlier today. Ringo loves his Muffin’s Halo, Angels! We should have another vid of him at his new house to post tomorrow. The Halo takes the challenge out of a pup adapting to a new space. It will just be a fresh place to safely do that smell mapping thing they do. It’s their big fun. Muffin’s Halo takes the worry out of loving a blind dog. ”

Sarah Vandervoort Taylor, Kansas City MO

Backstory

“Ringo Starr is a fairly active 8 year old Black Lab whose vision started to change about six months ago. We had him monitored and very quickly he develop cataracts in both eyes. We were referred to a Veterinarian Opthamologist and he diagnosed Ringo with PRA and said he was not a candidate for cataract surgery.

Ringo does well in his environment but when he is outside of the house it is very stressful. He does not realize that he is blind and he will run full force into things. We are moving and are concerned about how he will adapt to his surroundings. Ringo Starr has lived in the same house since he was a pup. Thank you for your kind consideration, Angels.”
Sarah Vandervoort
Kansas City MO

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Lola

 

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“Lola is happily running around again! Thank you so much, Angels!! ”
Alma Garcia-Villarreal

Backstory
“Lola is a 10.5 year old Corgi/Mix she was adopted in 2007 at the local humane society. She has had an adventurous and wonderful life. Lola lost her vision in last 2 months very rapidly due to retinal detachment. She is still a happy dog but her confidence is shaken because she constantly bumps into walls, furniture, or toys that her year old human brother leaves out. We all miss our spunky girl!”

Alma Garcia-Villarreal

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Winston

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“We’re excited to announce that Winston has been adopted!! His new family fell in love with him instantly and they promised to help the blind dog through every and any obstacle that comes his way. Happy homes are the best homes. 

Thank you,

Kyla E Krissek

Backstory
Winston is an 8 year old Cocker Spaniel Mix. He came into our shelter heavily matted with very painful glaucoma (high pressure in the eye). He received a bilateral enucleation (removal of both of his eyes) to relieve his pain. All of his matting was clipped away as well. Winston is an incredibly sweet dog with a lot of love to give! Also, sorry the pictures are a bit blurry- he is quite the mover. Even though he is quite overweight at this time. His new diet and a Muffin’s Halo will really get his activity level up.
Thank you, Angels.
Kyla E. Krissek, Dallas Tx

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