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Sharon Castellanos
San Francisco
GrouchyPuppy® Founder and Publisher
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When you're ready to bring a little love into your life and home, choosing to adopt an older dog could be the best decision you'll make! Don’t let his name fool you, this pocket-sized lovebug is as sweet and easy... Continue reading
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A tagged stray dog hangs out in Istanbul. Most of the street dogs I saw in Turkey wanted to be near people. At one point it seemed as if they were tracking me, a known animal lover. These loose dogs... Continue reading
Thank you so much Sobaka for your kind words, and for your sharing own perspective on having dogs. Influencing others about the positive influence of dogs is important to me, and if I can do that through body language and action, I'm a happy person. I do believe our actions speak louder than words, and certainly when it comes to our treatment of animals, especially domesticated dogs, it felt right for me to reach out to these street dogs in Turkey. I wanted to show locals, and visitors unwilling to engage with the dogs, that showing compassion to a dog would be received well, and feel good too. I hadn't thought about it clearly but you're right about my current state of mind. Focusing on the larger community of dogs is where I belong right now. I would feel like I did right by all the life lessons Cleo shared with me if I could make a real difference in how people view dogs as a whole. I think society as a whole benefits when we show compassion for animals, especially those we domesticated.
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Good food, live entertainment and a charity silent auction will raise important funding for the Helen Woodward Animal Center on June 6th. This unique private animal non-profit located in North San Diego County does so much in their community and... Continue reading
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The San Francisco SPCA is hosting a fun new cocktail party and fashion show on Friday, May 29 at their Mission Campus on Rescue Row. They hope to introduce adoptable dogs to people who might not otherwise plan to visit... Continue reading
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Anyone who thinks older dogs are boring has never met this Chihuahua blend. There’s never a dull moment when this confident little lady is around. Reba is one sassy little senior sweetheart who will always bring a smile to your... Continue reading
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The dogs across Turkey reminded me why they (dogs) are the ones I love. They demonstrated how smart all dogs are, and don't need to understand English to understand when someone loves them. They validated everything that I've been trying to do through Grouchy Puppy and Life & Dog for over five years. Continue reading
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They don’t get much cuter than Pops! You can see why we love older dogs so much. This senior sweetheart just flew into San Francisco on a wing and a prayer, and a lap, thanks to Pilots N Paws. This... Continue reading
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Be Kind to Animals Week is here. A reminder that teaching compassion for animals benefits our community in many ways. Raising compassionate children is key to ending animal abuse, reducing domestic violence and moving us toward becoming a No-Kill nation. Continue reading
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While traveling through Turkey, I met wary stray dogs, independent but cared for by the community dogs, and pet dogs. This senior dog came to visit and get a nice snuggle. He was the perfect finish to our lunch after... Continue reading
We had one that lasted forever! Also, Cleo loved smelling our clothes more than cedar through the fabric. I loved how easy it was to assemble or take apart...
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Discover why senior dogs rule when you meet the handsome miniature dachshund known as Solomon. No way he is a senior with this puppy face! This sweet adorable pup is a pretty cool fella. Solomon will do best in an... Continue reading
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Dogs will put their lives on the line for us humans, and it never ceases to amaze me. With my own dog, I did not take for granted her willingness to protect and watch over me. I see search and... Continue reading
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You will understand why senior dogs rule when you meet this adorable dog. They don’t get much sweeter than Cassidy! This gentle giant can’t help but bring smiles to the faces of everyone that meets her. She may be considered... Continue reading
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April 25, 2015 is World Veterinary Day. I'm giving thanks to Dr. Morris and Dr. Van Horn who both cared for my dog Cleo in her prime and on her last day with us. They showed nothing but compassion, and... Continue reading
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You love your dog and the planet. Here are some fun and easy ways to have a green and eco-friendly life, and celebrate Earth Day all year long! Continue reading
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You will discover why senior dogs rule when you meet the handsome Captain. He's a sweet Chihuahua hoping to be a member of your family and crew. He may appear a bit shy at first, but that’s because of all... Continue reading
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It's National Pet ID Week. So many friends and strangers loved our dog, look at her beautiful puppy face! Not only did we never leave her unattended outside a store, or inside our car, out of worry she would be... Continue reading
Some dogs are simply better at making the perfect expression for the moment, and this pug is no exception. His face speaks volumes! Your majesty 👑 #art #alleys #streetsofsf #dogswelove #ClarionAlleyMuralProject #magicalcityofsf A photo posted by Sharon Castellanos (@city_girls) on... Continue reading
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For so many older dogs age is just a number, and this little terrier is no different. Baby is a spunky senior lady with a super fun personality! Give her a squeaky toy and you will be her best friend... Continue reading
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We had a dog who loved to get into the trash. She also tried, and sometimes succeeded in picking up a stray chicken bone while we on a walk. We were fortunate that those events were rare and beyond one... Continue reading
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If you're thinking about adding a dog to your family, you won't want to miss the biggest little festival in Southern California. Bring your friends, fringe and flower crowns to the Helen Woodward Animal Center's Big Festival of Little Dogs... Continue reading
Yes! It's one of the most fun moments is being out on a dog walk or just walking to the store, and discovering a new mural or other cool drawing. And I love how so many are of dogs! I'm glad you like the city, it's pretty wonderful. Thanks for taking time to comment!
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San Francisco loves dogs and when you go for a dog walk, or explore the streets on your own, you will find canine images. The Mission District is home to lots of murals and street art of small and large... Continue reading
That's wonderful you found love with a senior poodle! I just love older dogs for how mellow they are, and ready to hang out with you. No short attention span of a puppy!