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Sharon Castellanos
San Francisco
GrouchyPuppy® Founder and Publisher
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When I was three years old my parents rehomed an older dog. At the time, we lived in the high desert of Southern California, in a tiny town of cinder block houses. Her family knew ours and my mom thought... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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Have you know a dog who can fly? How about an senior Chi still so spry he can fly? Acorn, the chihuahua flew over the baby gate and into my arms on a recent visit to Muttville Senior Dog Rescue. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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Sometimes it's a simple gesture to help an animal rescue, or animal welfare organization that makes the biggest difference. In this case, it was a donation by famous footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo. The Cantinho da Lili shelter in Gouveia in northern... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2017 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
There is something special about older dogs. Is it that having lived beyond the spazzy puppy period, their calm demeanor can lower our blood pressure? When I volunteer at my local senior dog rescue in San Francisco, the adoptable pups... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2017 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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Worry less about trends and more about the quality of your time together. Your memories together of hanging out, going on walks, naps on the couch, even making breakfast or dinner together will be what you care about most when they are gone. Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2017 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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How adorable is Leon!? He loves cuddle piles! This sweet chi comes to Muttville from Oakland where he was found as a stray. We don’t know anything about his previous life, but Leon is sweet and loves everyone he meets.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2017 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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Need a quick snuggle during an afternoon coffee run? Thinking about adding to your family with an adopted dog or cat? Maybe a bunny? If you live or work downtown the San Francisco SPCA has a pop-up adoption center in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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A dog has no hidden agenda or ego. They offer a pure form of companionship that can change your life for the better. The hardest thing is quieting your own internal dialogue so that you can hear and understand what a dog is saying to you. Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2017 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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Nessa is the softest and sweet senior dog who lost her person too soon. Thankfully Muttville Senior Dog Rescue is here to help find her a new match and family. Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2017 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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A little known secret in the medical and canine community is that older dogs have super powers. Yep, senior dogs have the power to heal you, to make you feel tremendous! If you've never experienced life around an older dog,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2017 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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Meet the cutest dog in the world who is adoptable! Smores is just as sweet as her name! This happy and sweet girl would make a wonderful companion for someone who wants a quiet, mellow, and easy-going dog. She spends... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2017 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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Investing a few hours every week caring for older dogs at my local shelter is returning HUGE dividends. Senior dogs like Miller here, get straight to the point. Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2017 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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Is there such a thing as a puddle of a Poodle, or a Poodle puddle? Ralph is a silly, fun and affectionate senior boy who can’t wait to meet you! Give him a second and he'll be in your arms ready to snuggle up before dropping into the cutest little snoring bundle. Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2017 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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Christmas time in San Francisco means dogs wearing colorful coats! Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2017 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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This sugar face is the bell of the ball at Muttville. If you want to feel the love of an senior dog this little beagle is your girl. Look who is on cookie patrol! Not too big and not too... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2016 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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I'm so thrilled Sherri Franklin was named a CNN Hero of the year for her work with Muttville Senior Dog Rescue. Her mission to raise awareness about old dogs languishing in shelters, and being seen as undeserving of having a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2016 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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A wonderful effect from playing with older dogs is lower blood pressure. When I play with fluffy white cotton-ball dogs like Shiro, I find myself visibly relaxing. Look at his expression, and you can imagine mine! Meet the adorable Mr.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2016 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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Dogs are amazing adaptable creatures. They enrich our lives in many ways, including easing our stress and lifting our moods. When you're a dog person, even if you haven't been around a dog since childhood, engaging and handling one can... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2016 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
We have Flor tiles in the kitchen circling our island and they have worked great. No regrets at all. We've replaced a couple squares that got stained but overall they've protected the hardwood below well.
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Come check out this cutie pie! Harold is ready to find his perfect home, can it be with you? He’s a super mellow fellow that likes to live life in the slower lane. Harold loves to spend his afternoons taking... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2016 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
Just one look into Kibble’s soulful eyes and you can tell he has so much love to give. This precious, delicate boy hasn’t had the best of luck lately, but he’s happy to now be safe and sound at Muttville... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2016 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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Love from dogs never grows old. Love from older dogs enriches. Love for dogs makes us better people. Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2016 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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It's the most wonderful time of the year! 'Tis the season for believing in the power of our love for dogs and cats to overwhelm passers by in downtown San Francisco so that they opt to adopt. SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF.,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2016 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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Some people play solitaire or Words with Friends on their phone or computer, I take dog photos on my phone and create art using popular free apps. You should try it too! It's fun and you can use your creation... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2016 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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If you love traveling with your dog, and that means taking the train, you're in luck! To celebrate the new release of The Secret Lives of Pets, tickets booked on Amtrak December 6 - 11th will allow your best buddy... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2016 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog