Sometimes things happen in unexpected ways. Beauty follows pain, clarity follows confusion. We discover the path we are meant to find, the work we are meant to pursue, and the people and animals we are meant to love. This is the story of two extraordinary dogs, one who helped ignite a passion and mission of good will and another who helped heal a broken heart.
When Silvie’s beloved toy poodle, Muffin, was 13 he lost his sight to cataracts. She watched helplessly as he struggled to adjust while growing more depressed and anxious by the day. Desperate to help him, she searched for solutions to make his life easier. And when she couldn’t find a solution, she invented her own – Muffin’s Halo, a device that allows blind dogs to navigate their surroundings while also staying safe. Muffin regained his freedom and Silvie found her mission in life.
|Muffin and Silvie. Photo used with permission of Muffin’s Halo For Blind Dogs|
Muffin’s Halo for Blind Dogs
While launching Muffin’s Halo For Blind Dogs, Silvie discovered a mass in Muffin’s stomach. She consulted multiple vets and specialists, changed his diet, introduced natural supplements, and the mass reduced in size. Tragically, during a routine procedure the mass was lacerated and left him fighting for life. He lost massive amounts of blood, endured transfusions and emergency surgery. Silvie prayed and promised that if he survived she would devote her life to helping other blind dogs. Muffin survived and Silvie kept her promise. Not only does she run a successful company, featured on ABC News, The Discovery Channel, National Geographic, and The Huffington Post, she also started Second Chances for Blind Dogs, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping thousands of blind dogs in shelters and rescues. Sadly, Silvie lost her beautiful Muffin on December 5th, 2015, but his heart and spirit live on through her important work.
But Muffin wasn’t finished just yet …
In mid June, Silvie was having dinner with a dear friend who told her that when she was ready, the right dog would appear. The following morning on the way to a business meeting Silvie received a notification on Facebook about a blind dog in need of a new home. His owner was suffering from lung cancer and her final wish was to find a loving home for her rescued blind poodle. Upon seeing this message, Silvie immediately canceled her meeting and drove several hours (with Chloe her other dog who is deaf) to meet him.
Amazingly, she discovered that the woman’s name was Sylvia and her friends sometimes called her Silvie. She had rescued Prince from the streets a few years before; she posted signs, but no one claimed him. Listening to this beautiful story, Silvie knew in her heart without a doubt that Prince was meant to join her family.
Silvie brought Prince home and two days later the newly formed family headed to Phoenix for BlogPaws where I had the privilege of meeting them. A month later, she reports that Prince is the sweetest boy in the world, follows her everywhere, and cuddles and sleeps happily with Chloe every night. What’s meant to be will always be.
Thanks to Muffin, Prince, Chloe and Silvie for sharing their story and creating a ripple of kindness that will surely help change the world for blind dogs. Through Muffin’s Halo For Blind Dogs, Angel Muffin’s spirit will live on, protecting Prince and thousands of other dogs.
Saving one animal won’t change the world, but for that one animal the world will change forever.
Please consider adopting or fostering a special needs dog or cat because second chances are amazing whether you are on the giving or receiving side. If you enjoyed this post, please check out my posts on adopting a blind therapy dog and adopting a deaf dog.
For more information on Muffin’s Halo for Blind Dogs, please visit their website or follow them on Facebook. If you want to learn more about Silvie’s efforts to help blind dogs in shelters and rescues, please visit Second Chances for Blind Dogs.
Prince is part of The Specials, an award-winning blog series focusing on special needs pet adoption. Senior pets, those with chronic medical issues, behavioral or temperament concerns as well as overlooked or misunderstood breeds like Pits and black cats. If not for the courage and compassion of their adopters, many of these animals might have been euthanized in shelters or died alone and hungry on the streets. You can read more special needs adoption posts here.