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Sharon Castellanos
San Francisco
GrouchyPuppy® Founder and Publisher
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An immediate benefit from choosing a no-pull harness for any dog is that pulling decreases when they find themselves turned around toward their person away from whatever their destination was. #HarnessTheLove, an educational campaign promoting the benefits of no-pull harnesses for our dogs. #HTL #academyfordogtrainers Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
Thanks Shannon! Aren't we lucky to have Muttville?
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With her passing, memories of our days together motivated me to get out of the house and down to Muttville Senior Dog Rescue this year. Each morning I'm there I get a dose of mutt magic, in exchange for doing their laundry, mopping and walks around Rescue Row. Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2016 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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It was incredibly rewarding for me to spend my time with my old dog knowing I was writing the final chapter in her life, and our life together. What I learned about the aging process had a positive impact on my relationships with both my parents before they passed away. I also have a little better appreciation for my own mortality. Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2016 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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Black Betty is a sweet, sensitive and darling senior dog that can’t wait to meet you! This cutie loves belly rubs and quiet snuggles. Betty may seem a little shy when you first meet her, but we just think that’s... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2016 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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What words come to mind when you look at a dog? How about after you spend time with one? Do you find yourself coming up with the same expressive words even if you are around different dogs? I've spent a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2016 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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Find out why senior dogs rule when you meet Daisy the beagle at Muttville! Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2016 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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Older dogs can show you how being old brings experience at how to stay calm in the midst of noise...chaos, upheaval Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2016 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
I have seen first-hand this summer, young kids caring for and about the senior mutts at Muttville. It's pretty wonderful because all of them have expressed nothing but joy, and serious interest in these dogs and their wellbeing. These senior... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2016 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
The joy found outside between kids and dogs is contagious! Wait for meeeeeee 🐾 #adventureswithdogs #dogsandkids #mansbestfriend #getoutside #dogsthathike #dogstagram A photo posted by grouchypuppy (@grouchypuppy) on Aug 20, 2016 at 8:59am PDT Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2016 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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Adopting senior dogs is one of the most rewarding things anyone can do, and we wouldn't change anything. We will continue to focus on all the happy times we all had together. Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2016 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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We are a nation of dog lovers. There are so many of us that we influence our communities, businesses and animal welfare laws for the better. Compared to a decade ago, we can practically take our dogs with us everywhere... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2016 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
Dogs enrich our lives in a million different ways, at every age of their life, and ours. When I decided to start volunteering at a senior dog rescue, my goal was to physically help older dogs live the last chapter... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2016 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
Hey Bay Area dog lovers!! It’s that time of year again…time to #cleartheshelters! Local shelters nationwide are offering free adoptions this weekend, July 23-24 thanks to NBC and Telemundo. A photo posted by grouchypuppy (@grouchypuppy) on Jul 20, 2016 at... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2016 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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Older dogs, like JR from Muttville, are the best medicine when you're feeling out of sorts, or worried about the future. Hang around one and I promise you, the world outside will fade away, even for just a little while. The atmosphere being near an older dog is calming, and meditative. Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2016 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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If you give them a chance, every older dog will give you their all. They are professionals at showing people of all ages what's so special about having an animal companion, and why senior dogs rule. Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2016 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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Our dog saved us from being murdered by 40 mail carriers, 16 UPS drivers, and because we live in San Francisco, add 4 solar panel salesmen, 2 possum, and 1 raccoon...guess we should be more grateful. Related articles Is your... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2016 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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My view is that if you use a prong collar on a dog, you are sadly missing out on everything. Your relationship with your dog is not based on love, trust, fellowship. If you want to experience the best of being with a dog, why would you use a tool that causes pain? Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2016 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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When someone compliments me today, on my photo taking of dogs, I think of her. This old dog gave me lessons every day, and the price was love and kibble. A real bargain, wouldn't you say? Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2016 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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Summer offers us more days with fun and games outside with our dogs, but it also brings added risks. A sudden noise can spook a dog into bolting over a fence. An unexpected encounter with another animal on a hiking... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2016 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
Military veterans need our support. Homeless dogs need our compassion. An Arkansas veterinarian is using his experience and position to help both. What started as a chance encounter between dog and veterinarian has developed into a close-knit relationship and mission... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2016 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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They don’t get much sweeter than Peggy Sue! This cutie-pie is a true blend of breeds with her adorable whiskers and big smile. Not too big and not too small, Peggy Sue is the perfect size for cuddle time on... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2016 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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When you are with old dogs, rather than starting at a place of sadness, begin with joy. I am happy to discover a new personality each week when I volunteer at Muttville. It is fun uncovering an old dog's individual nature. They are all unique, just like people, and like older people, the dogs have years of creating their own personality. Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2016 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
Karl, I feel compelled to give a dog every opportunity to feel that we love and support them whether they offer us love back, or not. Maybe it's because I love each of them unconditionally?
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When I look at an old dog staring out of the window at the doggy loft, I see someone who understands loyalty. The older dog has experienced what it feels like to be a part of a team. They know... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2016 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog