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Adoptable Senior Dog of the Week: Willy von Stickleback

You may recall meeting this sweet little senior dog during #Cleo8, the epic homecoming party I gave on November 9th for my own senior girl Cleo. The folks at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue shared eight adoptable dogs in honor of Cleo's eighth year with us, with Willy von Stickleback being one of them. It's hard to believe with his great name, and mellow personality - especially around cats - this adorable Jack Russell Terrier isn't  adopted already.

What I also personally love about this guy is that like my Cleo, he's blind, but the blindness hasn't stopped him from being a dog. A 10-12 year-old dog who'll happily remind you when it is breakfast, dinner or snack time - and do little donut circles of joy in the kitchen.


Get to know Willy a little better in his interview with Calvin below, and help us find him a forever family. 

Q&A with Calvin: WILLY VON STICKLEBACK, a senior jack russell terrier for adoption… a exclusive!

Calvin here! I'm the mischievous terrier from small club: big adventures for small dogs. ((My pessimism clashes with the happy-go-lucky personalities of the dogs for adoption I interview - I have to wonder, what is wrong with these upbeat dogs? I mean, they don't even have homes and still they are optimists!))

This month, I'm introducing you to a carefree jack russell terrier named Willy Von Stickleback. Rescued by Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, Willy is living in a Muttville foster home with other dogs, cats, and chickens while searching for his forever family. I thought we’d bond about being terror terriers, but it turns out that Willy is the most mellow terrier I have ever met. Rats!

Calvin: Hello, Mr. Von Stickleback! Congratulations on being rescued by Muttville Senior Dog Rescue - I heard you have a unique foster home. What’s the story?

Willy: Call me Willy, Calvin! At my foster home I live in harmony with other dogs, cats and chickens. Oh, and some humans, too.

Calvin: Did you say cats? You like the cats!?!

Willy: Cats are great, Calvin. They think I am a bed-warmer for them, but actually they make a cozy blanket for me. Ha!

Calvin: Aack. Ok, I get it, you are an easy-going terrier. Tell me you bark, at least!

Willy: Nope, I don’t bark. The only time I make noise is meal time, when I just lose it! I spin around in circles and squeal with anticipation. Dinner is the best time of day, followed closely by nap time and belly rub time.

Calvin: So, Willy, I noticed you haven’t mentioned that you are blind.

Willy: Yup, I’m blind but I don’t care. Once I learn my way around in the house, I have no problem navigating using my landmarks… and dogs don’t rely on vision the way humans do. I can smell you just fine, Calvin!

Calvin: Ha. Hilarious. Got any hobbies, Willy?

Willy: I’m known for my marathon bully stick chewing sessions. One of the few things I find more interesting than napping.

Calvin: You are a quirky dog, Willy. Quirky and low maintenance! You’re gonna make some lucky humans very happy. Fill in the blanks for me, then you can get back to your bed...

What you like Best about Yourself: I have the best daily schedule of anybody I know. Nap, spin around, eat, chewy! nap, belly rub, sunbathe, keep cats warm, nap, spin, make humans laugh, eat, nap, repeat.

What you would Change about Yourself if you Could: I wouldn’t change me, I’d change the way humans look at me. My cloudy eye is no big deal, people!

Favorite Snack: Bully sticks. Nom nom nom.

Best Place to Nap: The nearest bed.

Biggest Pet Peeve: Humans who are late for dinner.

Most Likely To: Be made an honorary cat!

Calvin: Thanks for granting me this interview, Willy. I know your forever person is out there- maybe even reading this interview right now! How should they contact you?

Willy: Yeah! You should check out my profile on the muttville website, then fill out an application so we can meet and get to know each other. Smell you soon!

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