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 research on foster care sponsored by Maddie’s Fund. As a part of her research, 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 resort. Mugzy was a kind of canines.

Kelly Duer

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

Kelly Duer

He had crudely cropped ears and Vestibular illness, which triggered some mobility points, however he soaked up affection like a sponge and was particularly keen on stomach rubs! Kelly fortunately snapped just a few footage of Mugzy whereas they have 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 images from their huge day to IMGUR, the place we noticed the thread and browse his story. We at iHeartDogs have been all so taken by his huge, completely satisfied smile whereas standing exterior the door of the pet provide retailer that we reached out to Kelly and requested to share the images. She despatched extra and instructed 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 beloved visiting the pet retailer, curling up on the sofa within the resort room, however most of all, he beloved the love he bought from the folks he met that day.

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


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

HART organized to select him up, they usually instantly made their technique to Southern California to deliver him dwelling. They have been decided that Mugsy by no means spend one other night time in a shelter kennel. He grew to become a Closing Refuge canine with HART, and his foster mother fell in love with him and determined to offer him a house for the remainder of his life.

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

Mugsy thrived with HART, and fell in love together with his new dwelling and household. For 2 years he lived the great life, with loads of associates, his personal spot on the sofa, a foster sister, and plenty and many love. We have 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 may wrassle any zucchini to the bottom.

Summer season 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 comfortable cushion or a prepared lap or within the backseat of the automobile, head hanging out of the window and jowls flapping within the breeze – mainly, anyplace out of the shelter – is a GREAT time for an previous canine!”


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

“Thoughts you, he by no means felt sorry for himself. Fiercely loyal, he took his job of retaining his folks protected 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 have 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 varied 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 favored 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 instructed was the way in which to perform that finish. For Mugsy, instructions have been merely recommendations. Generally he took them … and generally he didn’t. His Momma labored round this by retaining him in a harness more often than not. It was comfy 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 unhealthy, and over time it bought worse, to the purpose the place even treatment wasn’t actually serving to. Going out to his particular pooping spot a brief means down the highway grew to become tough. So … he bought a chariot. Generally 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 recognized for some time that he was preparing for his final journey throughout the Rainbow Bridge. He was prepared … however actually, the individuals who beloved him weren’t. His Momma, Grandma Orinda – all his folks – needed a lot to offer him only a few extra days, after which just a few extra, to snuffle round and guzzle treats and snuggle in blissful consolation. But it surely was getting too laborious for him.

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

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


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


Featured Picture: Kelly Duer & @HearthfireAnimalRescueTeam/Fb

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