Success Stories

Daisy

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Daisy trying her Muffin’s Halo for the first time. Thank you angels

Backstory 

“Daisy is a blind Bichon Frise who’s “mommy” passed away in December of 2015 leaving her care to Daisy’s 87 year old “daddy”. He recently was hospitalized and was no longer able to care for Daisy.

Also, Daisy is currently being treated for eye infections due to her elderly daddy not being able to clean and care for her eyes properly these past few months.”
New Jersey Bichon Rescue

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Piper

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Piper got her Muffin’s Halo!

Backstory
Piper was rescued just over a week ago from a hoarding situation along with 23 other dogs. She had to have an enucleation immediately and has little vision in her remaining eye.

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Swiper

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“Swiper has found his forever home!”

Becki B.

Backstory
“Swiper lived with 2 other dogs in a basement kennel for 5 years before coming to SASS Shih Tzu Rescue in Ohio. He is a sweet boy who just needs a little help getting around.”
Becki B.

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Miss Scarlett

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“Hello. My name is Brandy Nease and I was lucky enough to have a Muffin’s Halo donated to my Miss Scarlett. I am so over sorry I have not got to say thank you before now. Within a day of receiving the package I had my nose busted ( ironically from Miss Scarlett), a shoulder muscle pulled, a sinus infection and a sick Boston Terrier. When it rains it pours right?

I would sincerely like to thank everybody who had a part in making the donation possible. When I opened the package tears instantly came to my eyes! Not only did I have a beautiful Muffin’s Halo, but a package full of love, hope, support, devotion and caring. For once in the past 6 years I didn’t feel alone. There are many others out there that know the daily struggles, worry and ultimate love that goes along with being lucky enough to have a blind dog. I don’t believe that people can truly relate unless they have been in that situation. Is so comforting to know there are others out there in my situation who love their babies more than anything and will do whatever necessary to keep them safe and comfortable. That package not only gave my little angel an aid to make her more confident, it gave me hope that “we got this”.

Now on to how she is doing with the Halo since I have been rambling on for way too long by now. At first, she was a little apprehensive about it. This was unusual for her because typically nothing phases her. Then we figured it out. When we put a harness on her we always go for a walk. When I put the Halo on her that’s what she thought we were going to do. Now that we’ve been putting in on her everyday increasing the time she’s doing great! She can get on and off the furniture, drink, eat and snooze! I think within another week or two she’ll be doing even better with it. It’s amazing how quickly she responded to the Halo. It’s come in extremely handy since we have two other dogs that she used to run into. She hasn’t run into them once with the Halo. Yay!!! I will keep you updated on her progress 🙂.

I would again like to say thank you! Thank you to everyone who made donations, volunteers, reads these emails, send out the packages, answers phone calls, etc. Miss Scarlett, my husband and I will never forget this generous gift.

P.S. little background history on Miss Scarlett. Not only is she blind but she also has thyroid problems and we give her an allergy injection once a week. She is such a trooper. Every Sunday when we give her her shot she never gives us any problems and is a perfect angel! She is one of the toughest little dogs I’ve ever met! So also do this little trick where if you scratch her back, stop scratching, say “what you want?”, she’ll bark until you scratch her again…. That’s my little sassy girl!”

Brandy Nease

 

Backstory
“I will try to keep this short but that’s difficult for me to do. I got Miss Scarlet over 12 years ago when she was a little over a pound. 6 years ago she went completely blind from cataract. I did a bunch research and we made some adjustments.

My husband and I sleep on a mattress on the floor, we have a mat in front of her kennel, we have soft padding around all sharp corners, keep a radio constantly playing in the kitchen, kill all the grass around the inside of the fence and in general keep all the furniture the same. For years this is worked very well for us. We have even taught her voice commands to avoid Danger.

However my sweet, strong-willed, independent little girl has come down with dementia. She will have several spells a day. It is absolutely heartbreaking! She won’t respond to voice commands or us and and she completely freaks out. She will just repeatedly run into the doors the walls or anything nearby until the spell passes. Luckily she is responding to the medication but it can only do so much. I am very worried she could hurt herself. That’s one of the reasons we now sleep on the floor like college kids!

Overall, she is very healthy, active and still full of spunk! We usually have a rescue dog here every couple of months and she loves to socialize and play with them. We try to keep her as active as possible and she loves meeting new dogs and people. To be honest…. What she loves the most is getting into bed with her mommy, her daddy, her two siblings and having the fan blow on her! Oh yeah, she definitely loves her squeaky toys!”

Brandy Nease

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Piggy

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“Piggy got her Muffin’s Halo…Thank you Angels ♡Thank you so much for Piggy’s halo!!! She is doing very good with it on and no more ouchies on her little noggin!! Thanks again!”

Margie

Backstory
“Piggy was dumped at a shelter in Kentucky last August after laboring in a puppy mill her entire life. A rescue named Snooty Giggles picked her up and vetted her. She had mammary tumors removed as well as her eyes. She was born with small eyes and has been blind her entire life. I found her on pet finder last October and instantly fell in love, and adopted her.”
Margie

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Khorben

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“Khorben is rocking it out in his blue Muffin’s Halo! Thank you Angels♡”

Joy J.

Backstory

“Khorben was found roaming the streets, abandoned by his owner because he lost his sight due to cataracts. He came to us, emaciated, shaved haphazardly, and hunching over whenever touched. Despite all of that, he is a loving, playful, energetic boy that is learning that not all humans are bad. In these 6 days, he has gained 3.5 lbs and his coat is looking better. He has begun to wag his tail and try to play. He is learning his surroundings but would do so much better navigating with a halo. We are so happy to have Khorben as a forever fur baby!”
Joy J.

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Chester

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Dear “Second Chances for Blind Dogs”, 
I just wanted to express my immense gratitude for your donation of a Muffin’s Halo to our beloved Chester.  Chester seems to be less confused and quicker with his walking while he is wearing it!  He adjusted almost immediately to wearing it, and reacted as we hoped when would bump into something; he immediately stops and maneuvers around the object he bumped into.  We call it his “bumper”:0)  We are so blessed to have heard about Muffin’s Halo through the rescue group that I foster for.  I believe that the Muffin’s Halo is a deal-changer for Chester and his limitations with his blindness. He no longer is limited to small areas.  He even went for a hike on a trail while wearing it!! He hasn’t hiked in a year out of our fear of him running into a tree or boulder.  Thank you so much for your amazing product and gracious donation.  Both Chester and I will be eternally grateful!!  
Tricia Corneau

Backstory

Chester is an 11 year old Goldendoodle that we rescued when he was a puppy 10.75 years ago. Five out of Chester’s 11 years were spent as a blood donor for Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. He retired at 10 years old, right about when some terrible cataracts/glaucoma began. Chester has saved 53 dog lives!! Chester has also been a therapy dog for the Maxfund pet therapy program, visiting seniors in nursing homes and hospices. He has touched so many lives in his time and we would like to give a little comfort now that his vision has gone.

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Harley

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” Harley got her Halo. Thank you so much”

Tanya
Backstory

“She has lost her vision in her right eye and is losing it in her left eye. She has to have the right removed in a couple of months. I am on disability and cannot afford a halo. Thank you considering my Harley girl.”
Tanya C.

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Madori

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“Madori says thank you angles and muffin’s halo for donating my halo!! I’m still trying to get use to it but I seem to like it so far and no more bumped head… ??”

Ryan S.

Backstory 

“This is Madori, we rescued her 6 years ago from a shelter. She came from a hoarder with her brother. When we saw her in the cage with him there was an adopted sign on the cage and we asked if both dogs were adopted and the lady said they were but the couple only wanted the little boy now and not the girl because she had some type of past eye trama and was blind in that eye and didn’t want to deal with it..

So we were sold and adopted this sweet little girl. Unfortunately she recently lost the sight in her remaining eye due to a long battle with glaucoma. She was always very active but she is very cautious now and I would love her to gain her perky self and confidence back!!”
Ryan S.

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Shaylee

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“Check out Shaylee enjoying her new Muffin’s Halo! Now she can explore without bumping her head or her eye (ouch)! Thanks so much to the generous donors from Second Chance and Silvie for this wonderful invention to help blind dogs live a more fulfilling life. Now she’s already to go visit Grandma’s!”

Kimberly L.

Backstory
“Shaylee has always had A LOT of medical problems. She takes two medicines for her epileptic seizures. When we first saw eye issues, every vet we saw said it was allergies. We didn’t know it was something so serious until her eye became cloudy and swelled larger than the other eye. The vet recommended some drops but it did not get any better. We went to the pet eye doctor and discovered that it was glaucoma. The vision in the eye was gone so we went through an enucleation. She has been on drops for the 2nd eye, but just recently she developed dry eye and had to go on Tacrolimus which is like a doggie Restasis.

When she went to her eye appointment last Tuesday, she still had sight and her eye pressure was high but not in a dangerous level but the very next morning she was bumping into things and could not seem to see. We took her to the local vet but they still said her pressure was 26 which is what it was at the eye doctor. They did say she had scratched her eye. We are still giving drops and giving her the new eye ointment but we are not seeing any improvement.

I think she is totally blind now because she is bumping into everything. She doesn’t seem to orient herself well. Her appetite is still good but she is sleeping more and is not her normally jovial self since the loss of sight in this eye. I have considered ordering the halo but I am out of work (teacher– out for summer but also looking for a new job) things have been really tough with all the vet bills we’ve had this past year and a half (and we are possibly going to have to have another surgery to remove the eye. ) I am hoping a Muffin’s Halo would give her a way to explore her environment .”
Kimberly L.

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