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Sharon Castellanos
San Francisco
GrouchyPuppy® Founder and Publisher
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You don't have to get a puppy for your child to teach them about life, or to build empathy. Exposing young people to senior dogs is a great way to have important conversations about life, compassionate care, and respect for our elderly citizens. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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Muttville Senior Dog Rescue is a special kind of shelter. Maybe it's the old dogs, or maybe it's the volunteers, but when you are inside Muttville, your life gets brighter. Mine has. Helping write the last chapter of an older... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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Puppies are very cute, but I don't want one. Never have. Even when we had a litter of puppies during my childhood, they were sweet creatures but they couldn't hold my attention like our adult dogs. The older dogs kept... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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During a vacation last year across Turkey, I had the chance to see stray dogs for the first time. They displayed their own unique way of hanging out, and engaging with people. The spaniel in this photo was an intact... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
"To keep going despite what life has handed you" is exactly it Edna! Thank you for sharing this wisdom. I feel lucky each time I learn something about myself, or about life, from a dog. Thank you for taking the time to comment. Sharon
This has to be one of the best dog videos ever! It's as good as this one about why we shouldn't leave dogs in cars, only funny. There are three dogs in this car, with the Airedale in front letting... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2016 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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Help, Foster, Adopt. There are many ways all of us can do the right thing for companion animals. I recently started volunteering at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue. What if there was a way for you to take action, and help... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2016 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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I tell people every single day that if they have a chance to have an older dog in their life, grab it! Want to feel like you won the lottery? Need a personal in-home yogi to show you how to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2016 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
Ha! I love the vision of your dog being teleported... and there is something about watching dogs problem solve that fascinates me.
Sobaka it is understandable that you miss the dogs after they are adopted, I imagine if I get that connected to one I will feel the same. Yes, I think getting this policy change is important and timely when I read so often now how colleges are bringing in therapy dogs so that kids relax during finals. Why? Because the dogs remind them of home. Fast forward to those kids working and having their own families, and expectations shift again.
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You would expect a big dog to move through your house like a bull in a china shop. I've been around noisy, gregarious Labradors who thunder from the kitchen to the yard, back through the sliding glass door until crashing... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2016 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
Yay! Thanks Kelly! Let me know if you have any story lines you're interested in.
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If you ever wanted to feel what love and warmth is like when given by a big old senior sweetheart, you are in luck! Having just snuggled up with this cutie in the doggy loft, I can confirm you will... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2016 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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The joy I find in being around dogs is immense. We speak the same language. Their way of processing life around them is a wonder to behold, and the old dogs in particular inspire me. I love watching them problem-solve.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2016 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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The dogs of today don't need to be dominated to learn how to be a wonderful companion.Teaching a dog basic manners doesn't have to be through aggressive techniques. Positive reward-based training allows you to show a dog why it's worth it to listen and learn from you. It worked for us. Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2016 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
This is the sweetest (and funniest) dog meme this week! shiba or marshmallow ? A photo posted by Karen Zack (@karenzack) on Mar 11, 2016 at 4:59pm PST Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2016 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
I've never been a fan of incendiary language. I don't believe it helps affect permanent change that we want to see, rather it more often causes knee-jerk reactionary dialog. Sobaka, there is value to lifting our conversations about puppy mills and pet shops so that we educate the people looking to bring a dog into their life...to bring about educated rather than just emotional choices.
Well, consider me on the list of humans offering you unconditional love and respect. And you know, I never caught the negative in Adopt Don't Shop before, but I like Opt better. Thanks for that! Thanks for taking time to comment and share your experience Bethany.
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Fabulous Fabio is Muttville’s newest heart throb! Not only does he have rugged good looks, he has a great personality to match. He likes meeting new people and dogs wherever he goes, and makes a wonderful walking companion. A stray... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2016 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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Squirt is a quiet, gentle soul who has been through a lot recently. He's a Dachshund capable of showing you why senior dogs rule. He deserves the best home a dog can get! Squirt is a mellow boy, a delicate... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2016 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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Acknowledging, and appreciating, the unique companionship dogs offer humans is what sets us apart, individually and as a community. I also believe how we treat dogs reflects our culture, and our own humanity. If you see a dog as your... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2016 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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People who really care about dogs educate, they don't criticize and shame those looking to bring a dog into their life. Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2016 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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Get ready for a spectacular evening of dancing and dining in support of San Francisco SPCA animals! The Bark & Whine Ball is presented by Critter Lovers at Work (CLAW), an all-volunteer nonprofit with the mission to support the SF... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2016 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
You're right Howie, sometimes just being together brings about life lessons. I definitely felt my older dog reflected back to me the positive aspects of her aging process. I liked that. It helped a lot with my aging parents, and their eventual passing. Thanks for stopping by to comment and share your point of view!
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Having experienced the love and companionship of an old dog, I appreciate the increased support senior dogs, and those who love them, are getting. One nonprofit committed to these wonderful sugar faces is The Grey Muzzle Organization. They provide funding... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2016 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog