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Sharon Castellanos
San Francisco
GrouchyPuppy® Founder and Publisher
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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 4 days ago 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 6 days ago 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
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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 May 1, 2016 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 Apr 30, 2016 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.