Muffin's Halo - A bridge back to life for blind dogs

Scott Smith
Mar 1, 2017

Muffin and Silvie bordeaux. Muffin was given the ultimate "Second Chance" 

We are thrilled to feature Muffin's Halo guide for blind dogs. The world was introduced to Muffin's Halo back in 2012, but the story has continued, and is more prevalent than ever before. Muffin's Halo is truly the miracle that keeps on giving.

As many of you know, I've been writing extensively about pets and animals for the past five years. Muffin's Halo is one of the most moving stories that has ever come across my desk. What is so great about Muffin's Halo is that it's not just a moving story, but also the solution for blind dogs. It's also the solution for vision impaired dogs, pets with dementia and pets that are prone to seizures too! Muffin's Halo protects their heads from injury. The halo is the solution for blind cats as well.

Buddy, a courageous blind dog who survived a severe mauling from a bigger dog is our Muffin's Halo Ambassadog in Texas. 


As a major animal lover and human dad to 6 dogs myself, I can confidently say that every animal hospital, veterinary facility and rescue organization around the world should have Muffin's Halos on hand for our furry friends in need. With a simple purchase, each of us can restore an innocent animal's life back to normalcy. The faster these vision impaired and blind animals are equipped with Muffin's Halo, the faster they can regain their confidence and feel freedom again.

We all know the song, "The Things We Do for Love", well there's no better depiction of that song than Muffin's Halo. True love is what propelled inventor, Silvie Bordeaux , to create a life changing product that has given thousands of animals a new lease on life.

Noah visits schools to teach children not to bully others who look different.
 

Let's take a look back on how all this magic transpired.

A couple of years ago, when Muffin was 11 years old, Silvie noticed that Muffin was bumping into things. Muffin even fell down the stairs one day. Silvie immediately took Muffin to the vet and, unbeknownst to her, they found a mass in his stomach.

They then went to see Dr. Christin Fahrer, a leading Veterinary Ophthalmologist at Eye Care for Animals in Culver City, CA. -- Dr. Fahrer diagnosed Muffin with cataracts and that he was losing his vision.

Between the mass in his stomach and losing his vision, Muffin needed a miracle.

Silvie immediately went to an internal vet to deal with the mass in his stomach. While the vet was performing a Fine-Needle Aspiration to investigate the mass, Muffin was accidently lascerated. The vet recommend an emergency blood tranfusion. He told Silvie to prepare for the worst.

Its interesting how life puts on the ropes sometimes to find out who we are; To find out if we will fight or flight. Silvie was doing some serious praying the night of Muffin's surgery. She had made a proclamation that if Muffin pulled through, she was going to find a solution for blind dogs so they can still have quality of life. And low and behold, a miracle was delivered. Muffin survived the surgery. It took him three weeks recover.

Muffin's Halo is great for big dogs also. German Shepherd, Mandy, finds quality of life again. 

When Muffin first lost his sight, he was timid, scared and depressed. Many people suggested putting him down. It's not uncommon to hear suggestions like that when pets go blind. Life can be very challanging for pets that are losing their vision or blind. They live out their years being scared and nervous. Not to mention, eye surgery can cost over $5000.

But Silvie wasn't having that. Putting Muffin down was not an option.

Through sheer will and perseverance, Silvie created that solution. Between lightweight wire, tubing, fabric, velcro and 2 patents, Muffin's Halo was born. It's true what they say, "Love is the Mother of all inventions" -- In the past couple years Muffin's Halo has bridged thousands of animals back to life. Muffin's Halo is not just a game changer, it's a life changer. Muffin was happy, confident and adventurous again.

Dr. Fahrer said “I think Muffin’s Halo Guide For Blind Dogs is a good tool to help augment the lives of our patients with vision loss.”

America's favorite Celebrity Veterinarian, Dr. Marty Becker on Muffin's Halo; “I was recently sent a review product called “Muffin’s Halo” to try, and it blew me away enough that it became one of my Top new products of the year.  These wings and halo help my blind dog ‘see’.”

Embrace Pet Insurance company's CEO, Laura Bennett says; “Muffin’s Halo has taken a major problem for blind dogs – the risk of head trauma – and solved it in a remarkable way, improving their quality of life substantially. It only makes sense to do our part in helping pet parents afford this impressive product by covering it under Wellness Rewards.”

Beautiful Sheltie, Sochi, getting his confidence back 

Silvie's dream is for people to order Halo's and have them donated to blind dogs in shelters. That dream will literally save lives and return happiness to our furry friends.

You see, in kill shelters, blind dogs never get a chance. Bronwyne Mirkovich, a certified Dog Trainer and rescue volunteer out of Los Angeles, said that blinds dogs are at the top of the kill list in shelters. It's very sad actually. All of that has changed because of Muffin's Halo.

Browyne rescued vision impaired dog, Max, that later went blind, who'd been surrendered by a homeless person to Glendale Humane Society, a nonprofit that’s been finding loving Forever Homes for thousands of pets for nearly 100 years. Bronwyne purchased a Halo and put the wind back in Max's sails. She said that he bumped into things like he normally did but it wasn't his nose bumping into it. It was this shield. "It was like having some kind of superpower for a blind dog".

Sweet Yorkie is one of thousands of lives who've been transformed by Muffin's Halo. 

Silvie even went the extra mile to bring a sense of fashion to Muffin's Halo. Just because the halo involves the subject of "blindness," doesn't mean it can't be fashionable and trendy. Each Halo comes with Angel wings attached to them. The wings let people know the dog is guided by angles. I love that. For bigger dogs, the halo is made stronger to deal with more impact. Silvie came up with a quarterback-style with shoulder pads and all for the bigger Halos 

As we know, Silvie turns dreams into realities. Silvie created "Second Chances for Blind Dogs", a 501(C)(3) organization. Second Chances fulfills Silvie's dreams. Donations to "Second Chances" go to purchasing Halos for blind dogs in shelters and rescues throughout the world. One random act of kindness may not change the world, but it changes the world for the recipients of that kindness.

Prince with his halo 

On December 5th, 2015, Sadly Muffin crossed the rainbow bridge. As heart breaking as that was and is, it's important to remember, Muffin lived out his life for another 4 years with grace, dignity and quality of life thanks to Silvie's creation of Muffin's Halo. 

Towards the second half of 2016, on the way to a business meeting, Silvie saw a Facebook notification about a blind dog in need of loving family and home. The onwer was very sick with lung cancer. Silvie canceled her meeting and drove two hours to meet him.

Amazingly enough, the woman's name was Sylvia and some of friends called her Silvie too. She had rescued Prince from the streets a few years before. Silvie knew she had to take Prince and continue her journey giving blind dogs their lives back.

Prince is literally now the Prince of Muffin's Halo. Not bad for a dog who was rescued off the streets years ago. It goes to show you with love, hope and faith, anything is possible.

 

Muffin's Halo went on to win 'Best dog product' at SuperZoo, a national show for Pet Retailers conference in 2015 and 2016. Silvie and Muffin's Halo won "Best New Product' at Canada's Pijac trade show in September of 2016. And if that were not enough, on February 9th, 2017, Silvie Bordeaux was awarded with the "Pet Hero Award" at the 14th Annual New York Pet Fashion show.

Great video showing many different dogs finding their stride again thanks to Muffin's Halo.