Success Stories

Gracie

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Backstory
Gracie is a mellow 11 year old Boston Terrier. She has been going blind since she was very young. Gracie lived the first 10 years of her life with a family in Iowa. I’m not sure why they had to put her up for adoption but it probably had to do with her blindness. I adopted Gracie less than a year ago and we’ve become great pals. She’s a sweetie pie and she loves going for walks and running on the leash. She loves to play with toys. Gracie is the most playful dog I’ve ever had!

The problem is sometimes she gets too excited and bumps into things and hurts herself. The vet says that her eyes are very fragile. She has had 3 eye injuries in the time that I have had her despite us being very careful. If she keeps injuring her eyes they won’t get better and she will have to have surgery to have them removed or be put to sleep. So this is a last-ditch effort to protect Gracie’s eyes. We especially love the butterfly halo! Thank you for your consideration.
Janna Finch, Mankato MI

Update

Thank you all so much for helping my dog! The assistance couldn’t have come at a better time. I had a short gap in employment and just started a job. I was transferred too and Gracie has just gotten over an eye infection caused by being poked in the eye accidently. We just got the halo on the mail today I am so excited for her! This is the first picture of Gracie trying on her new halo! She’s still getting used to it but it seems to help.

 

Itty Bitty

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Itty Bitty has so much confidence now with his halo.He used to sleep much of his day away before seemingly depressed now he is up and on the go so alert now and able to go outside now with his halo. His life is so much more meaningful for him now all thanks to Muffin’s Halo.

Thanks so much

Lisa Woods

Backstory

Itty Bitty is a 9 year old Chia/Pom. When he was about 4 years old he was diagnosed with detached retinas. Itty was doing pretty well with getting around until I recently moved this past year and now my poor baby is bumping into everything. I know he would benefit from a Muffin’s Halo. Please consider us. Thank You, Angels,
Lisa Woods
West Augusta, VA

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Judd

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Look how adorable Judd looks in his Red Muffin’s Halo!

Judd got his Muffin’s Halo thanks to Geno!

Backstory

“Judd was an 11th hour rescue from Greenville, South Carolina. Neglected, abused, and malnourished, he flourished into a happy, healthy, and much adored part of our family. Last year, just one month after moving, Judd was diagnosed with diabetes and lost his sight soon thereafter. He has battled several bouts of illness but is finally on the right track to getting regulated and learning to navigate the world. He is even starting to slowly explore our favorite trails again! A halo would give him the security and confidence he needs to make even more strides. Thank you for your innovative idea & kindness! ?”

Melissa T.

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“Angel” Egon

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“Hi. This might be one of the most difficult messages I’ve ever sent, so I’m going to keep it short.

Thank you so much, from the bottom of my heart, for giving Egon a second chance. We were heart broken when we went to the vet to discover he was blind. No one wants to see their baby bump into walls to gauge where they are headed.

We received his halo last Thursday. We put it on him right away and after a few adjustments, he was off to the races. We cried tears of joy. And I can’t thank you and Geno enough for that. The added photos are of that day.

Unfortunately, the next day, seemingly out of nowhere, we discovered a large mass or abscess on the side of Egon‘s face along with facial paralysis on the same side. We went to the emergency vet hoping for antibiotics and a follow up appointment only to be greeted with the worst. He was just too sick and we had to say good bye.

We didn’t have him for even a year, but I’ll never forget him. And I’ll never forget you for giving him a few days of peaceful, stress free walks. We were planning on donating his halo to the rescue we adopted him from, boston buddies of southern California. We felt this was the right course of action long before he passed since they did so much for him and they almost always have one or more dog(s) with vision impairment. If you would prefer us to send the halo back, we understand and know it will go to an equally wonderful home. But for right now, as you can imagine, it’s in hiding as I can’t bare to look at his second chance. Soon.

Thank you for this product and all you do. If I can help you at all from South OC and no car, please let me know.”
Amanda T.

Backstory

“Thank you Geno, and Muffin’s Halo, this is super kind and I appreciate anyone who reads Egon’s story.
This is our sweet boy, Egon. We adopted him last summer a few days before his 13th birthday from a local Boston Terrier rescue group. While in the care of the rescue, Egon was diagnosed and treated for cancer on the side of his face, near his eye. Unfortunately, his stiches were super itchy and while healing, he ended up scratching his eye causing a corneal ulcer. By this point, we were already planning on adopting him and had no intentions to say no now. The surgery went well and healing was slow, but successful. After another surgery to close up his eyelid and remove an ulcer from the other eye, we were told he likely could see “some” out of his left eye, but his right eye would be his “good” eye. Luckily, he never slowed down, loved walks, car rides, and playing with his dog brother. Until about a week ago when we noticed a behavior change on walks. He started bumping into walls, missing steps, and became intimidated by curbs. We wasted no time in taking him to the vet where we learned he has cataracts in his eyes and they are advancing rapidly, so quickly that it seems he was blind almost overnight. It has been so difficult to watch him bump into a wall, or even worse, find him confused in another part of the house because he can’t find us. To make matters a tad more difficult on Egon, he’s very hard of hearing, leaving his sense of touch to be his main navigator. We are hoping to fit him for a Muffin’s Halo to help him gain his confidence back and keep him safe while on walks.”

Amanda T.

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Jayden

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“So thankful for the Angels who donated the muffins halo for my Jayden! Got in the mail beginning of week. Jayden is learning to adjust and trust a little more. She is starting to wag her tail now. So happy that she is coming out of her depression and she can get around without getting hurt. God Bless all for this halo and the ones who help send them to all fur babies in need. Thank you so much.”

Melissa T. & Jayden??

Backstory

“Two weeks ago I noticed Jayden wasn’t acting right. Was confirmed by vet 4-25-17 she has progressive retinal atrophy. She has been hurting herself bumping into things and it is breaking my heart so much. Just trying to get her some help. I cant afford to get one for her at the moment.  I would like for her to be able to move around and not be so scared and confused as she is now.”
Melissa T.

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Rocky

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We received Muffin’s Halo for Rocky and we are extremely grateful to have such a quality product that fits him perfectly and is so well made. Rocky lost his remaining eye in January to painful glaucoma and was spending most of his time on beds and sofas so that he would not injure himself. Thanks to the “halo”, he now walks freely in the house and in the yard without hurting himself. I’ve enclosed some photos. We have also expressed our gratitude to Southwest Snort Savers who donated the halo to our Northeast Boston Terrier Rescue boy.

Thank you so much for your compassion and generosity to our sweet Rocky.

Diane Laudani
Backstory

Rocky is in a foster home through a rescue group. He has one eye with a cataract, graft and now glaucoma. He lost the other eye to an infection after his graft surgery. We are hoping he can get a Muffin’s Halo to help him.
Northeast Boston Terrier Rescue

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Freddy

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Freddy got his Muffin’s Halo!

Dear Lisa and Silvie,
“Please browse the attached photos taken today of my dear old poodle, Freddy. I hope you can see how happy he is with his Halo. Now that he’s gotten used to it, he’s able to navigate our house and backyard with confidence, with
his head up, happy and comfortable.

Freddy turned fifteen on February 9th this year, and it was just about a month ago that we realized he had gone completely blind and deaf, poor boy. We knew he was starting to lose both senses, but didn’t realize it was so
bad, then suddenly, it happened. Poor Freddy was bumping his nose into everything and acting like he was afraid to move.

Freddy has a few health problems, but they’re manageable, and he still enjoys life. He still has a healthy appetite and mobility, enjoys playing, and seems to have no pain. A few people suggested it was time to let him go, but I couldn’t do that. It just broke my heart to see Freddy bumping his nose on things. I read that area rugs and runners help blind dogs navigate the house, but he was still bumping his nose a lot. I googled “tools for blind dogs” and found out about Muffin’s Halo, and thanks to you and Lisa, Freddy now has his own Halo and is once again comfortable in the
house and in our yard. I can’t thank you enough. it’s a blessing for Freddy. With sincere gratitude,”
Betsy P
Backstory

“My poodle (Freddy) is almost fifteen and his heart is strong, but two weeks ago, my daughter and I found out he has a bladder stone that needs removed, and in the last month he has gone completely deaf and blind. I can manage (borrow) the money for the surgery to remove the stone, but my heart is breaking because Freddy (a poodle) has been walking around the house, bumping into things, and acting miserable.

The surgery (if he survives) would ease his pain (I’ve been told the bladder stone is large and has razor sharp edges) but he would still be deaf and blind. We knew he was slowly losing his eyesight, but he just recently lost it completely, along with his hearing. It’s like it all happened at once, poor thing.

Freddy seems to hear me when I whistle, and he knows me by smell and touch, and he pretty much knows the layout of our house, but he still walks into walls and things. This has been going on for just two weeks, and its my hope that he’ll get used to it, but meanwhile, he bumps his nose a lot & it scares him. When I see that he’s about to walk into something, I stop him if I’m there, but I’m gone 8 hours a day and my daughter goes to school, so he’s alone a lot. I googled devices to help blind dogs and your halo came up, but I have no funds for the purchase. I don’t normally ask for free stuff, but the vet bill (to diagnose the bladder stone with xrays, etc.) took the little bit of funds I have left over each month. I understand if you are unable to help (by donating a halo), but for my dog’s sake, I had to ask.
I’ve attached a picture of Freddy. He’s a good dog. People are telling me I should put him down, considering his age, health problems, and loss of hearing and sight, but I don’t want to do that. I’m going to ask our vet to check his ears again and I’m hoping they just need a super good cleaning – maybe they’re plugged with wax, at least that’s my hope. I just can’t stand to see him bumping into walls & stuff. It’s pitiful.
Thank you for your consideration.”
Betsy

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Little Man

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“Today was visit the veterinarian day for wellness checks and vaccinations and he wore his halo in, none of the veterinarians or staff members had ever seen or heard of a halo, and the veterinarian I saw has a blind and deaf basset hound. Little Man got his Muffin’s Halo thanks to Blind Dog Rock Star Noah’s Muffin’s Halo Giveaway ♡”

Amy & Little Man

Backstory
“Little Man and his lady friend Millie were owned by an elderly woman in San Diego, CA. I became aware of them in December 2014 as I knew the woman’s grandson. I felt bad for them when I met them in December as they had a comforter to sleep on but really no human interaction.

Their nails were long and curling under so I imagine it was painful walking, even though they weren’t my dogs and I hadn’t known them very long, I took over their care as I am a huge animal lover and had 3 rescue dogs at home.

I took Little Man and Millie to the vet’s and got them updated on shots, I took them to the groomers, got them coats for cold days to wear, and got them on better dog food than the cheap stuff from the local grocery store.

When the elderly owner passed away in January 2013, her children fought over her possessions (everything but the dogs) when I asked who was going to take the dogs, the one daughter said her plan was to euthanize them as they were 1) old dogs 2) they weren’t poodles 3) they weren’t papered and 4) Little Man was special needs (blind) and she didn’t want that responsibility.

I knew they had life still left to live, and since I had already stepped up within the prior 6 weeks and taken over their care, it was a no-brainer. I knew I was taking them home with me to live and I hoped that it would be a smooth transition into my pack of 3 rescues at home.

They now have a 6 ft fully fenced yard to sniff and roam in. They have full run of the house, they get treats, warm beds (although they all sleep in momma’s bed), regular grooming and vet care, car rides and outings to local parks, beaches and just neighborhood walks. And because Little Man isn’t confident about walking long distances due to age and no visibility, to ensure he still feels like part of the family, he rides in a wagon when we go on pack walks.”

Amy

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Marjan

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“I was able to pick up Marjan‘s Muffin’s Halo today .  The results have been  immediate as you can see. Thank you very much for giving him hope I am so grateful.”
Carol R.

Backstory
“Marjan was a severely neglected dog that was dumped at the Sacramento County shelter. When he came into the shelter he was severely matted and his eyes were said to be not repairable shape. The County’s veterinarian felt it necessary to remove the eyes. After his surgery he was then put into foster care to heal. Then he was brought back to the shelter was adopted and then returned. When we heard about Marjan we went down and picked him up. He’s had a very rough life. Sadly he is not adjusting to his new disability very well. He is very frightened and very depressed. I believe a Muffin’s  Halo would greatly improve this dog’s life.”

Carol R.

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Mousey

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Update

Check out Mousey in her halo! Thank you so much to our friends at Muffin’s Halo.  Mousey’s foster Mom reports that she is getting used to her halo and doing well.

Backstory

Sweet Mousey is a great example of amazing, resilient puppy spirit. Mousey was dumped in a box on the doorstep of one of our fellow rescuers. She had a grossly infected eye and clearly had been neglected. Mousey was emaciated and had some issues with her skin.

Our rescuer friend rushed Mousey to her local vet, and it was determined that the infected eye needed to be removed. With Mousey around 2 pounds, 3 months old (as of December 2016), and malnourished, surgery was a risky proposition for this pint-sized sweetie.

Thankfully Mousey pulled through the surgery, and we are happy to report that she has made a full recovery. But recently she was seen by an eye specialist who confirmed she is completely blind in the remaining eye. Mousey has bounced back, and has proven to be the happiest puppy you’d ever want to meet. Mousey‘s foster mom reports that she is an excellent cuddler. Mousey also loves romping around in the yard.

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