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Sharon
San Francisco
GrouchyPuppy® Founder and Publisher
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In 2002, Family Dog Rescue’s founder Angela Padilla was diagnosed with a very aggressive, high-risk case of breast cancer. Angela’s two rescued dogs became her devoted caretakers. Family Dog Rescue's Cancerversary: Angela's Story Angela had rescued Mollie and Hooch from... Continue reading
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It's hard to believe she was surrendered to a shelter. When I look at my dog today, it feels like we were given an unexpected gift from the San Francisco SPCA all those years ago. I didn't expect to find... Continue reading
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This holiday is every day at our house but August 26, 2014 is officially National Dog Day and we're spending it with our favorite senior dog Cleo! How will you celebrate? An extra meaty bone or maybe if you've an... Continue reading
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There are some older dogs out there who remind me of my grandfather in the most wonderful way. Grey and white hair with the loving thoughtful gaze of someone who knows what life is all about. This is how I'd... Continue reading
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Some people and animal welfare groups will position dog adoption as "saving a life" and on one hand, that is true, but should it be the sole reason you choose to have a dog? Not for me. Bringing a dog... Continue reading
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The Grouchy Puppy motto is, “Give Fearlessly Influence Positively” inspired by people like Sandy and dogs like Shiloh. Together they spent six years as a therapy dog team in Tennessee visiting nursing homes and a children’s grief camp. They positively... Continue reading
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It's no secret that we adore old dogs around here. Through my time and experience with my senior dog Cleo, I've increased my appreciation for senior citizens, in particular my aging family members and neighbors. Both have contributed a lot... Continue reading
I couldn't agree more Jen! Dogs are amazing creatures, and such a positive influence.
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Pet guardians are advised by the San Francisco SPCA to keep animals off of escalators or purchase booties. The San Francisco SPCA is seeing far too many escalator-related injuries at their hospitals. Please spread the word! These are preventable injuries... Continue reading
Video inspiration by a cute pair, watch this puppy do squats like a champ! Post by Mustang 87.7. What can't border collies do? Don't miss out on anything, get the Grouchy Puppy blog delivered by email. Sign up here! Continue reading
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Love you giant hay eating doggy! Don't miss out on anything, get the Grouchy Puppy blog delivered by email. Sign up here! Related articles Cutest Photo Ever: Meet a Grouchy Puppy in Training Forever and ever: More states allow people... Continue reading
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I love dogs, but especially old ones. They can communicate their needs, wants and desires more clearly and often more quietly than a puppy. I've noticed with my own old dog, our time spent together is about quality rather than... Continue reading
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Dog lovers, you're in luck! Here is the cutest yet practical little tote! Don't you love it when you find necessary (sometimes boring) items, like a doggy bag, constructed with soft, eco-friendly material, while still looking fresh and adorable? You... Continue reading
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New research supports the notion that even five minutes spent with a therapy dog can positively influence your health. I'm glad more studies are proving what dog lovers already know. I believe including therapy dog teams in hospitals across the... Continue reading
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Some older dogs have this special ability to look straight into your heart and see the real YOU. Casey is one of those dogs. She is an adoptable Bearded Collie with the biggest heart and gentle spirit. Look at Casey's... Continue reading
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Because beautiful stories about dogs, old dogs, and their magical ability to make us better people need to be shared. Read this wonderful piece from Lourdes Garcia-Navarro, an NPR War Correspondent. We dare you not to shed a tear reading... Continue reading
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Get your tickets to this pug-filled extravaganza on August 17 benefiting Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, hosted by Pug Wine and Dogpatch WineWorks in San Francisco’s Dogpatch Neighborhood. Pugs for Mutts Summer Carnival: A Benefit for Muttville! Sunday, August 17, 2014... Continue reading
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Grab your sneakers and best buddies then head over to Golden Gate Park for this great canine fundraiser on August 23rd in San Francisco. The American Cancer Society Bark For Life honors the caregiving qualities of canine companions and is... Continue reading
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When we walked by this black dog graffiti on the wall on our dog walk in San Francisco, "That's so Banksy" is the first thing I thought. Don't miss out on anything, get the Grouchy Puppy blog delivered by email.... Continue reading
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My senior dog Cleo reminds me of my 92 year old aunt. They both enjoy their routines, and both rely on us to make sure they eat right. Before we discovered my dog had several food allergies, our top priority... Continue reading
My mother who was a dog trainer and showed a couple of our dogs when I was young, had the same view as your parents. With each of Cleo's issues, she raises the topic of euthanasia. My experience with dogs is also very much like yours. And thank you again for your kind words. I'm glad you find something good to take away from the site. I have a goal to elevate the conversation about senior dogs. If you ever have a topic that you'd like me to cover, please let me know!
Thank you Sobaka for sharing your story, I really appreciate it. The positive influence demonstrated between you and your dog, over your dad, is wonderful to read and is exactly what I try to highlight across Grouchy Puppy. I hope my dad is also inspired in some way by my care for Cleo. My level of commitment to my dog came naturally to me. It just seems to be the right thing to do. Like you, I'm glad to help my dog Cleo, it's not work. I'm curious, why do you think some people with dogs don't have that level of commitment inside them? I think about this for older dogs because I equate it with how I would feel if this was my grandmother...
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This adorable Chi-weenie is so fun to be around don't be surprised if you hear yourself humming, "Scooby scooby do, where are you?" Scooby is such a happy active senior dog it's hard to believe he's seven years old [...]... Continue reading
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Another weekend is here and this senior dog is ready! Don't miss out on anything, get the Grouchy Puppy blog delivered by email. Sign up here! Continue reading
Thank you for your kind words Christina, and for taking time to comment. I wrote a post once using the term "roller coaster" after Cleo had a seizure then a day later I got a call about my dad having a stroke. So many emotions indeed. I am really grateful for this connection I feel with my father that's due to my dog. My sister isn't so lucky.