Success Stories

Della

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Thank you so much for sending a donated Muffin’s Halo to my special girl Della. I really appreciate that there are such nice people around who have gone to the trouble to give Della this chance to be able to navigate this journey of hers safely and bump free. Thank you again to The Angels that donated and to everyone who is involved.?
Thanks Lisa and Della x

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Della is a 7 y.o. Chocolate Lab. She has been diagnosed with detached retinas. She does still have some vision in daylight but her night vision has already gone and she is struggling indoors and on overcasts days. Vet said her eyes will continue to get worse until she is completely blind. Della is an Australian champion in the aquatic sport of DockDogs with an Iron Dog title to her name. Due to her eyes she can only compete in 1 discipline now “ big Air “ but I will continue to jump her for as long as she wants to keep jumping. I’m using scented balls and balls that beep to keep her going. Thank You for considering Della for a Muffin’s Halo through SCFBD today.~Lisa Waters, OZ

Sancho

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Hi, Sancho is doing much better! He is getting used to his Muffin’s Halo. Nothing was more rewarding then to see him walk around new places without hurting his face. Here is a picture of him for the calendar. Thanks for everything, Angels! ~Cecilia Portola

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Sancho is an 11 y.o. Pit Bull. When my son was 11 years old he had a classmate that had a friend that wanted to dump their 1.5 year old Pit Bull to the shelter. I knew Pit Bulls are overflowing in the shelter and being put down so I took him in. I noticed his vision was off. I took him to UC Davis after a few visits with our Vet. Long story short… Sancho was completely blind within 4 years. I am completely in love with Sancho and I will do anything for him. He is now 11 years old and I wanted to enrich his life. So I hired a “Rover” dog walker to come to our house and walk Sancho while I am at work. Sancho absolutely loves it! But while out on his walks his face hits fences, cars if street is very narrow, and other things. Thank You for considering Sancho today.~Cecilia Portola, CA

Ramsey

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This Halo has been such an incredible Blessing for my little boy Ramsey. The Halo has actually given him a renewed sense of confidence while navigating both inside and out. He wears it quite comfortably and actually with how the harness and everything fitting nice and snug it actually seems to give him a feeling of calmness. Because he also suffers of doggie Alzheimer’s he used to get stuck in corners of the room but with the Halo has now prevented that from happening. A Double Blessing.We cannot Thank You enough for helping my boy make the most of his senior years.~
Bless Your Hearts
Susan Grimes and my fur child Ramsey xoxox

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Ramsey is am 18 y.o. Dachshund Papillion. Other than just being an old dog very old within two weeks of my husband passing away my baby suddenly lost his vision. And literally his mind acquiring doggy Alzheimer’s. My husband was confined to the bed for over 10 years and my baby was his constant companion and there really was no explanation as to how come he suddenly lost his vision and I truly believe in my heart his grieving over my husband is what brought this on.

I’m in and out of the house every two hours to take him out for a little walk and potty break we have been limited quite a bit because of his vision. He seems to get very frustrated not being able to figure out where he is. He likes to walk around from room to room but right now since this has all happened and it’s been a few months now my entire house is wrapped in comforters blankets sheets towels pillows anything I can to prevent him from bumping into everything and getting injured. Every table leg every chair leg everything is bolstered as best I can. I have followed this amazing invention and how much it has benefited babies that are limited with their sight. It’s just a beautiful thing that it helps so many blind dogs. Thank You, Angels!~
Susan Grimes, FL

Gemma

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Thank you to the Second Chances for Blind Dogs Angels for providing Gemma with her Muffin’s Halo. She loves her new Halo! It provides much more freedom for her and a little more for me. Normally, we we go out exploring, I am hyper-focused on protecting her from walls and poles. That’s something that will never stop, but it is reassuring that her Halo has my back! I’m now a team of two in protecting my little Gemmy. She has so much more confidence with the Halo. She really seems to like it and it gives her a lot more freedom. Thank you for offering this wonderful opportunity for my sweet girl. ~Mary L Bass

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Gemma is an 11 y.o. English Toy Spaniel. A puppy mill rescue. She got out of the mill at around age 2 as she had some tumors the mill did not want to deal with. They were removed and she’s had no recurrence.

Gemma developed corneal edema when she was 6 years old. She is now completely blind. Gemma also has some neurological conditions and is on gabapentin for the pain. Since beginning the medication, she has become much more active.

Gemma and her “brother” like to walk around the neighborhood. I need to be very careful when walking her. Because of her smooshed face and her height, she doesn’t have much protection if she runs into things, such as the corner of a retaining wall or high weeds. She once developed a corneal ulcer that took a couple months to heal. I suspect it was from walking into weeds. I’ve been known to cut other people’s curb grass when it gets too high, just for her safety. I am also hyper-vigilant when we are walking to ensure she is safe.

For her age, she is very active and otherwise healthy. She loves to explore. When she is outside on a walk, she will follow all of the smells. Since beginning on gabapentin, she has developed a lot of energy and tenacity. I refer to her as my “puppy”. I heard about SCFBD on FB. Thank You for considering Gemma for a donated Muffin’s Halo today.
Mary L Bass, NJ

Cowboy

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Just wanted to say THANK YOU to Special Angel Sally from Sally’s Rescue Inc for Cowboys donated Halo Collar!! He is adjusting so well and doesn’t bonk his face on the walls and cabinets any more. I am sure he really appreciates it so very much. Thank you so very much to all of the Angels! ~Cyrese Jezek and Cowboy.

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Cowboy is a 12 y.o. Mini-Schnauzer. He became diabetic in Oct. 2017. He woke up Jan. 1, 2018 blind due to rapidly developing cataracts. We had eye surgeries to remove cataracts and put in new lenses. After two weeks seeing he went blind again overnight. He had a second surgery to remove scar tissue and he also had developed a bacterial infection in the other eye which was surgically removed. He still was not seeing . He had three different unidentified bacterials in the one eye which would not react to any antibiotics. He had to have a third surgery with a graph on one eye and have the bacterial eye removed.

That eye was biopsied and found it had glaucoma. Six months later his one eye left went blind with glaucoma so now he is totally blind. He is having a hard time adjusting to no sight. Cowboy still loves to go for walks and play with his favorite toy. Someone from my FB Blind Dog Support Group suggested I apply for a Muffin’s Halo from SCFBD. Thank You for considering Cowboy for a Halo today.
Cyrese Jezek, Tx

Bubbles

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Thank you all so much. Our beautiful baby received her Muffin’s Halo. Thank you Angel Loraine Harrison for the donation. Bubbles has come so far in the last week. We are so happy and proud of her. See for yourself. God bless you all. Thank You, Angels!~Terry & Bubbles

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Bubbles is a 3 year old Chihuahua. We rescued her when she was i year old. Our Chiwinnie (Abigail) 7 months older attacked her, and removed her eyes. The doctors could not save them, we surrendered her. Double heartbreak. Bubbles is curious and very nosey, doesn’t want to miss a thing. I heard about Second Chances For Blind Dogs through our local Humane Society. Thank You Angels for considering Bubbles for a Muffin’s Halo. ~Terry Berrios, VA

Denny

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Denny and I would like to say a BIG THANKS to Second Chances for Blind Dogs and Angels, for donating his new Muffin’s Halo! He’s still getting used to it, but I can’t wait to visit new places without fear of him running into anything and hurting himself. Thanks again for the very generous donation! ~ Susanne Joy

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Denny is a 5 y.o. Shih-Tzu. I met Denny last week when I was dropping off some donations at my local shelter. He had just been left there as a stray the evening before ( the shelter manager believes the people who dropped him off were his “owners” but they wouldn’t admit it ). He was shaking and cowering under the desk. I spoke gently to him and he came right up to me – we bonded instantly.

I visited him every day until his stray hold was up, I would just sit and hold the stinky little guy in my lap and talk quietly to him while giving him neck scratches (his favorite). When I would stand up, he would plant himself right between my feet. Even though I wasn’t planning on adopting another dog, and I have no experience with blind dogs, I did lots of research to determine if I was up to the task and ended up putting in an application for him. I was approved and I just got to bring him home today!

One of his eyes is almost completely sealed shut, which the vet believes is due to an old puncture wound. His other eye has a large corneal ulcer that is currently scabbed over, which he is being treated for. We believe Denny may be able to see shadows out of that eye, but he will never regain his vision. The important thing is that he isn’t in any pain. He’s fitting in great so far with the rest of my crew; but it being a completely new environment for him, he is having some trouble navigating. I am sure that this will get better in time, but we also like to travel and go on adventures – I believe Muffin’s Halo will help him be more independent and confident when experiencing these new situations. I know we would both be incredibly grateful if we were selected! ~Susanne Joy, VA

Kenneth

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Thank you so much for gifting Kenneth with a Muffin’s Halo. He was a blind stray whom no one wanted. My daughter a vet med student offered to operate his eyes but the ones who brought him in said they cannot take him back after the procedure and so we opened our home to him. We used a cone so he can navigate his way but now, with his Halo he is able to move around quicker and with more confidence. Thank you Angel’s for changing this good boy’s life. He is and always will be loved ♥️ ~
Honey Santos

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Kenneth is a 3 year old Mixed Breed Dog.He is a stray dog who was hit on the head by some bad people causing his eyes to swell up. My daughter is a college student and she saw him wandering around near her dorm. She took him home. We took him to a doctor and was told he had to have an operation. Both eyes have zero visibility. They already took one eye out and the next will follow when the first one heals. We are excited to bring him home after his operations are healed. We plan to love him until he forgets all the bad things that he has gone through. I heard about SCFBD through my Blind Dog FB Group. Thank You for considering Kenneth for a Muffin’s Halo, Angels!
Honey Santos, Philippines

Thelma

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Thank you so much for Thelma’s donated halo, she’s taken to it really well. Now she can go to friends houses and the dog park without fear of damaging her eyes further from walking into the fence like she normally does.Very kind you all! Thanks again xx Keisha.

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Thelma is a 7 y.o. Pug. A few months ago I got a call at work (I work at the vet) from the council saying someone wanted to give their Pug away because she kept peeing on the pavement and not the grass, I said yes to taking her without knowing any details. Turns out I was her third home, and she was blind from untreated entropion and in season (ex breeding dog) and 3 kilos underweight.

Since being with me, she’s been spayed, entropion surgery twice (first one failed) and is now at a healthy weight. Her eyes are permanently damaged and scarred from constant ulcers, so she will never regain her sight back. Thank You for considering Thelma for a Muffin’s Halo from SCFBD. ~Keisha Milligan

Berkeley

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Berkeley has his Muffin’s Halo in time for Christmas! His Halo was donated in honor of our Ambassadog and ASPCA 2018 Dog Of The Year, Noah! Thank You, Angels!!

Thank you so much for Berkeley’s donated Muffins Halo! He has been adjusting so well. It didn’t take this smart boy long to get use to wearing it. Berkeley has been walking through the house with more confidence and ease. It makes me so happy to see him more independent, and I can now worry less about him injuring himself. I will continue to send photos and updates along our Halo journey. Thank you so very much again, for your kindness and donation. Sincerely, The Castro Family

Berkeley sure got the hang of his MBD Muffin’s Halo in a jiffy. Merry Christmas sweet boy! Enjoy your new bump-free life. 

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Berkeley went from having perfect vision, to suddenly going fully blind within a 48 hour time frame. He was diagnosed with SARDS in 2017. He adjusted well, but it was difficult for my husband and I to see him struggle and not want to get around as much anymore. We have never been able to afford an Angel Halo for him, because were a single income family with my husband currently serving in the U.S Army. Berkeley spends his days basking in the sun, taking lots of naps, taking daily walks through the neighborhood, and receiving lots of love from my husband and I. Our house is covered in bubble wrap and pool noodle bumpers, but Berkeley doesn’t let ANYTHING hold him back. He is 45 pounds of fearless determination.

With him being so fearless and unstoppable, it makes us worried that one day he will seriously hurt his head or bump his teeth. He has already taken some bumps to the head, but I think a Muffin’s Halo would give him the confidence to be more himself again. Berkeley also has a expensive and long list of other health issues that comes along with SARDS, including a dislocated knee cap that he needs surgery for very soon. We love our chunky little boy so much and we would be very grateful for this opportunity.~
Thank you, The Castro Family

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