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Sharon Castellanos
San Francisco
GrouchyPuppy® Founder and Publisher
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Meet Gandalf! This adorable Yorkie is sweet, loving, and social. He enjoys going for walks, meeting new dogs, and actually enjoys a warm bath! Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2017 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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After the year I've spent volunteering at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, and experiencing the amazing personalities of small older dogs for the first time, I know what my future is going to include. If my bones are shaky, we'll walk... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2017 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
Thanks Anna for your comment. We're fortunate dogs don't hold grudges, aren't we?!
Volunteering is rewarding, especially when you get more than you give thanks to these oldsters! Thanks for stopping by!
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She could become the queen of your heart soon after you meet this sweet chihuahua! Beyonce is an adorable, spunky, friendly girl who can’t wait to meet you! This sweet girl will make a loyal companion- all she wants is... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2017 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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This big lovable blend of Australian shepherd was recently surrendered to Muttville Senior DOg Rescue because his previous family had an unexpected change in their living situation. Rather than thinking something was wrong with him because they didn't keep him, I chose to have a compassionate response. I looked at Otis and silently thanked his family for raising such a sweet and loving dog. Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2017 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
Meet Berry! This precious Shepherd mix comes to us all the way from Taiwan where she was picked up as a stray. Berry spent several months with a loving foster and was fully vetted before arriving at Muttville. Berry came... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2017 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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When Dr. Patricia McConnell published her new book, The Education of Will, I was immediately interested because it spoke to what I hold dear, the positive influence of a dog. However, her stories of facing one fear after another pulled me through the book. Her self-effacing and humble style of sharing filled me with empathy. It isn't easy to face our fears even with the help of a special dog. Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2017 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
Thanks for stopping by Zoey and taking the time to comment.
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If you are looking for sweet companionship, forget those dating apps and come over to Muttville Senior Dog Rescue. You'll discover lovely ladies like Dixie Jane whose available because her family could no longer care for her. Dixie Jane is... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2017 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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The San Francisco SPCA is celebrating its 149th birthday and inviting partygoers to join in the fun. On Friday, April 21, visit the SF SPCA’s Mission Campus Adoption Center from 6pm – 9pm for wine, nibbles from Et Volià, and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2017 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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Volunteering at a senior dog rescue has shown me, over and over again, why assumptions are bad. How many people assume older dogs are boring or sleep all day? I met Sansa last week and she took me for a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2017 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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Dog fighting is cruel. Dog fighting is the ugly side of humans. I believe one way to counter animal cruelty is to raise compassionate children, to positively influence our communities about dogs. April 8 is National Dog Fighting Awareness Day,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2017 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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Betty White may look like a “plain Jane” to some, but this perfect little blend of Terrier and Chihuahua has so much love to give! Betty is a loving and soulful gal who would love to find a family to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2017 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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One of the benefits of volunteering every week at a senior dog rescue is that I am never without an old friend to visit with, and it feels pretty great. Each dog there offers me something. Look at Henry, this... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2017 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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You never know what kind of dog will adopt you, and vice versa. This is true whether you discover the love of an older dog, or a young one. You could look down and recognize a fellow companion ready to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2017 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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Mrs. Jones is a darling Shih Tzu girl who came to the San Francisco Bay Area all the way from Yolo County. She is a merry prankster and the perfect dog for someone who loves to play, or who wants... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2017 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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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 Mar 21, 2017 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 Mar 21, 2017 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