In 2011, my precious 11-year-old toy poodle Muffin, went blind due to cataracts. I was devastated, since he kept bumping into walls and falling down the stairs. He became very depressed and was afraid to move around. I could not let him out of my sight and carried him around everywhere. I searched the internet extensively for solutions/assistance.
That was when I realized that there is a great need for a products to assist blind/visually impaired dogs, so I invented this aid for dog device/guide, “Muffin’s Halo Guide For Blind Dogs ® ” that has changed his life, as well as mine. Muffin got to know his home again and he could travel with me to any hotel or friend’s house and get familiarized quickly in any new surroundings.
In 2012, while I was inventing my aid for blind dog product, we discovered Muffin had a mass in his stomach. I consulted with multiple vets, changed his diet, and gave him daily iron supplements and medicine, hoping to reduce the mass. As a result, he was doing well and was more energetic.
During a follow up appointment to check on his mass, a certain Vet lacerated him internally by mistake, leaving Muffin dying on the operation table. Muffin had to have excessive amounts of blood transfusions and emergency surgery that cost me an excessive amount of money, but most importantly, great emotional distress. The Vet told me I had to prepare for the worse and that Muffin would probably not make it through the night (I still cry when I think about that day.) They feared his main artery was cut and that he could not survive this type of injury. I was petrified, devastated and in total disbelief.
As Muffin (who had recently gone blind and was traumatized in the ER with complete strangers) was in critical care fighting for his life, I was on my knees sobbing all night. I was surrounded by his bed, toys and clothes and pleaded to God to please give us a “Second Chance” and save my little guy. I promised in return, upon his recovery, Muffin and I would be of service and dedicate our lives to helping blind dogs.
My greatest prayer was answered and after many weeks of tender loving care, Muffin recovered and I have since worked on and developed “Muffin’s Halo Guide For Blind Dogs ®” that is now global and available for other blind dogs too. I was stunned to find out how many dogs are abandoned or put down because they go blind. Muffin’s Halo offers them a second lease on life, with enhanced confidence and they all deserve to have one.
Muffin passed away on Dec 5th, 2015 at the age of 15.5. We built a strong legacy together that today has helped over 35,000 blind dogs lead a bump free with his Muffin’s Halo.
His sister, Chloe – our Supermodel malti-poo, was part of the team advocating for blind dogs. She traveled with us to many Trade Shows/Events around the world to spread the word about Muffin’s Halo. Chloe and Muffin loved being paraded around in their Petgear stroller. It was the three of us conquering the world for many years!
My beloved Chloe passed away on Sept 3rd, 2019 at the age of 16.5. She was deaf and visually impaired prior to her passing. My original 2 blind babies are together in heaven guiding us from above.