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Rescue Says Goodbye, Remembers Shelter Canine Who Lived Fortunately Ever After

Mugzy’s story is an ideal instance of how one little kindness can change a life for the higher. He’s what we imply after we say {that a} canine lived “fortunately ever after.”

In the summertime of 2017 Kelly Duer was collaborating in a examine on foster care sponsored by Maddie’s Fund. As a part of her examine, she would take a canine out of his kennel for a pleasant day away from the shelter, and an in a single day keep at a lodge. Mugzy was a type of canine.

Kelly Duer

Mugzy had been dwelling on the shelter longer than any of the opposite canine at Ventura County Animal Providers. Life hadn’t been simple for him, and Kelly felt if anybody deserved a time out, it was Mugzy.

Kelly Duer

He had crudely cropped ears and Vestibular illness, which precipitated some mobility points, however he soaked up affection like a sponge and was particularly keen on stomach rubs! Kelly fortunately snapped a number of photos of Mugzy whereas they had been out, confirmed him some love, however sadly, their day got here to an finish and she or he needed to return him to his kennel to proceed her analysis.

She posted the photographs from their massive day to IMGUR, the place we noticed the thread and skim his story. We at iHeartDogs had been all so taken by his massive, completely satisfied smile whereas standing outdoors the door of the pet provide retailer that we reached out to Kelly and requested to share the photographs. She despatched extra and informed us the story about this good-looking pittie.

Kelly Duer

Kelly’s day with Mugzy had been his first time away from the shelter in over 500 days. He cherished visiting the pet retailer, curling up on the sofa within the lodge room, however most of all, he cherished the love he obtained from the folks he met that day.

Mugzy charmed our readers, too. His submit was shared over 1,000 instances on Fb – and reached Orinda Beiers with the Hearthfire Animal Rescue Crew in West Richland, Washington.


“Mugsy known as out to Orinda from a shelter close to LA. We’re undecided why we needed to spend 4 days on the highway to fetch one bedraggled outdated pit bull. It’s not as if there’s a scarcity of bullies, or outdated canine, proper right here. However he’d been ready practically two lengthy years, and it was … mandatory.”

HART organized to select him up, and so they instantly made their option to Southern California to deliver him house. They had been decided that Mugsy by no means spend one other night time in a shelter kennel. He turned a Remaining Refuge canine with HART, and his foster mother fell in love with him and determined to provide him a house for the remainder of his life.

Mugsy was a member of HART’s household, and thru frequent Fb posts and photographs, stored his followers conscious of how he was doing. He acquired all of the medical care he wanted by way of their Remaining Refuge program. Kelly adopted his story too, and donated to assist with a number of the bills.

Mugsy thrived with HART, and fell in love along with his new house and household. For 2 years he lived the great life, with loads of mates, his personal spot on the sofa, a foster sister, and much and plenty of love. We had been so sorry to listen to that simply yesterday, December 2, 2019, HART mentioned goodbye to Mugsy.

In Mugsy’s stunning reminiscence, they shared a few of their favourite moments on Fb:


Mugsy didn’t have too many enamel, however he might wrassle any zucchini to the bottom.

Summer time was all the time his favourite time of the 12 months … besides throughout autumn, winter, and spring … as a result of ANY time spent on grass or a snug cushion or a keen lap or within the backseat of the automobile, head hanging out of the window and jowls flapping within the breeze – principally, wherever out of the shelter – is a GREAT time for an outdated canine!”


“Typically, when life was too good and he obtained to forgetting that it was a severe matter, he needed to be tortured. Like this time when his folks made him gown up as a turkey. Look, Mugsy had far too clear a way of his personal self – he knew his price. However significantly … a TURKEY? Poor canine!

“Thoughts you, he by no means felt sorry for himself. Fiercely loyal, he took his job of maintaining his folks secure significantly. There wasn’t a deal with or a bowl of meals he didn’t glom down with energetic enthusiasm. From the second he left the shelter, he grabbed maintain of life with gusto and lived each second he had!”


Days had been spent indoors, He was allowed on the sofa with the particular canine cowl on it. He was not allowed on the “clear sofa”. His Momma would pile numerous issues onto the sofa to assist him keep in mind … and so far as Mugsy was involved, they only made sofa time extra fascinating.

“The factor about this man was, he preferred to make his people completely satisfied. He actually WANTED them to be completely satisfied. However he by no means really purchased into the notion that doing what he was informed was the best way to perform that finish. For Mugsy, instructions had been merely recommendations. Typically he took them … and typically he didn’t. His Momma labored round this by maintaining him in a harness more often than not. It was snug sufficient for him, and it meant she had a deal with when she wanted to seize maintain and make him thoughts.”


“Mugsy LOVED his every day walks. He by no means went far – his arthritis was dangerous, and over time it obtained worse, to the purpose the place even treatment wasn’t actually serving to. Going out to his particular pooping spot a brief method down the highway turned tough. So … he obtained a chariot. Typically he didn’t want it, and that was wonderful – Momma or Grandma Orinda would take it alongside anyway. However often in some unspecified time in the future he’d berelieved to climb aboard and let the people do the strolling.

“We’ve identified for some time that he was preparing for his final journey throughout the Rainbow Bridge. He was prepared … however actually, the individuals who cherished him weren’t. His Momma, Grandma Orinda – all his folks – needed a lot to provide him just some extra days, after which a number of extra, to snuffle round and guzzle treats and snuggle in blissful consolation. However it was getting too onerous for him.

“At the moment when the vet came over, he was completely satisfied to see her. For a short time, greeting her, he appeared like his outdated self. However he wasn’t, actually. His battered outdated physique was drained, and it was time to let him go.

“He crossed the bridge along with his tail excessive and his jowls flapping within the breeze. We miss you, candy boy.”


It took lots of people to provide Mugsy his fortunately ever after. We’re grateful for Ventura County Animal Providers, Kelly Duer, Orinda Beiers and HART, Mugsy’s household, and each single one among our readers who shared his story.


Featured Picture: Kelly Duer & @HearthfireAnimalRescueTeam/Fb

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