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Sharon Castellanos
San Francisco
GrouchyPuppy® Founder and Publisher
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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 6 days ago 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 6 days ago 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 6 days ago 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
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When I spend time with old dogs I always seem to come away with a new wisdom or reminded of a forgotten lesson. Recently I sat with a big old girl named Bridgett. Her quiet watchful gaze followed me around... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2016 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
Do you give each other a knowing look? I swear even with the old dogs who don't know me well, we make similar faces and noises...
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Each week I visit with the old dogs at Muttville, and spend time caring for them. They give me such affection and attention, as if trying to update me on all the newest lessons available from their life in the golden lane. It’s wonderful. Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2016 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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We cannot deny how dogs and cats have moved into a very special place in our lives. Honestly, given the stresses in the world today, companion animals play an even greater role. They can provide a necessary, healthy balance, to what worries us. Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2016 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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When we care about, and for, old dogs, our lives are enriched as much as theirs. It's that simple. Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2016 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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It's never too early to learn kindness and compassion towards each other, and for animals. Young children are often first exposed to animals through their first toy dog or stuffed bear. As they begin to learn reading skills and watch... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2016 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
If you’re looking for a new BFF, look no further than Terry! Not only does he have the good looks, this silly guy has the best personality to match. A photo posted by grouchypuppy (@grouchypuppy) on May 4, 2016 at... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2016 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
Hey, the dogs with webbed feet were ringers! Service dogs who work with Invictus athletes had an informal dog paddle swimming contest to end this year's games in Orlando, Florida. The 2016 Invictus Games took place May 8-12 in Orlando.... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2016 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
This is Danny, a very clever senior dog from Muttville. Without me saying a word, he walked up during my recent volunteer duty, and put out his right paw. It was still pretty early on this San Francisco morning, and... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2016 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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Volunteering at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue every week brings me in close contact with old dogs. All of my desire to help them get another chance at love and affection with a new family is satisfied by the end of... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2016 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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Wherever you are, wherever you travel, around the block, or across the world, be kind to animals. Your heart will thank you, and if you're like me, you get a sweet puppy kiss from an Anatolian Shepherd in the Turkish... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2016 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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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 May 3, 2016 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 May 1, 2016 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog