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Sharon Castellanos
San Francisco
GrouchyPuppy® Founder and Publisher
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Grouchy Puppy is all about celebrating how the power of the human dog bond is demonstrated by dogs and those who love them. This demonstration is unique and special to each of us which is why it’s our passion to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2020 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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There is something extra about a dog you just meet, who looks you in the eye, and immediately sees you’re on their side. With my morning volunteer shifts at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, I love discovering an old dog who... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2020 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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Ever since my own dog became elderly and went through her final journey along the aging process, I’ve written about senior dogs and their similarities to elderly people. (Why do older dogs sleep so much?) During her final years, she... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2020 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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There is something extra special about min pins! These dogs pack full size love, silliness, snuggles, fierce protection and the sweetest sleepy faces in the tiniest body. Meet the perfect wee man to give your life sparkle and fizz, with... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2020 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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Make it your new year resolution to discover the many joys dogs bring to your life. We all face stress from our daily lives, scary headlines, and even just the winter blues. How do we handle it and not get... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2020 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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When year end and holiday gatherings start to add stress more than joy, consider this message from (wo)man’s best friend. A Timeless Gift from Dogs Timeless Gifts From Dogs: Peace, Love, Snuggles Slow down, and embrace your inner stillness. Let... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2019 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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Celebrating our Grouchy Puppy ten year anniversary has gotten us to stop and take a look at how dogs have positively influenced us over the past decade. When I look around at the dog books I have read, and the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2019 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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As 2019 closes, I’d like to share a few dog stories from the doggy loft I visit every week on Rescue Row, in San Francisco. From my earliest years, dogs have been my favorite teachers, and best friends. This year,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2019 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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Muttville Senior Dog Rescue is excited to join the San Francisco SPCA in hosting a “Saved for the Holidays” Adopt-a-thon Saturday and Sunday, December 7 and 8. Muttville will be offering FREE ADOPTIONS to qualified applicants to help these amazing... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2019 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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Have you ever wondered why senior dogs really do rule? Are you curious about what life would be like if you adopted an older dog? Have no fear, we have a list for that! Here are some of our favorite... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2019 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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It’s Thanksgiving week, a perfect time to share a series of adorable adoptable older dogs from our local San Francisco favorite, Muttville Senior Dog Rescue! If you’re thinking about adding to your family, these sweet sugar faces are wonderful choices... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2019 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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When you get caught up worrying about the future, there is a dog for that. Consider adopting a senior dog. You may find yourself pleasantly surprised by how much an older dog can get you to forget about the future... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2019 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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It’s amazing to watch an adoptable older dog blossom. When you see them uncoil and let their heart feel your affection, it’s infectious! Taking a dog to a place where they actually sigh out loud, and contentedly close their eyes next to you is an incredible experience. Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2019 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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A walk in nature, an art exhibit, the autobiography of an inventive person? Where do you draw inspiration? Have you ever been inspired by a dog? Ten years ago, a big, older dog, who found her way from the country... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2019 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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There is a special look and expression, even a sound, dogs make when they feel their own rush of oxytocin inside and under the skin. I have witnessed this firsthand many times. With my own older adopted dog, there are... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2019 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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Have you ever wondered how many roles a dog can play in your life? It’s amazing to me when I read about how people see a dog, as just a dog, when they are so much more. The roles they... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2019 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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On the fifth anniversary of her passing, and ten years after we adopted her from the San Francisco SPCA, I’ve written a letter to my Grouchy Puppy muse. November is a big month here. November is Adopt A Senior Dog... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2019 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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What’s amazing about adopting a old dog is the experience of gaining their trust. There is something special, almost sacred about gaining someone else’s trust. When that someone is an old adoptable dog, the experience is out of this world.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2019 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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When you start thinking about having a dog in your life, it can be a simple decision, or a consuming series of scenarios. Having a dog is life changing. From your daily routine shifting to center around being, to your... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2019 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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One of the reasons volunteering at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue is worthwhile for me is the education I receive. Each week there is a lesson related to dogs, palliative care for old dogs, myths about dog breeds, or what life... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2019 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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Whenever I hear someone talk about how they are not ready for a dog and want to wait for just the right time, I wonder aloud, “when has a dog not made life better?” When you stop and think about... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2019 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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Throughout the world ‪on‬ ‪Thursday, September 26th, 2019‬, social media posts and candle lighting ceremonies will shine a light on the millions of homeless animals still awaiting adoption and encourage communities to opt to adopt to reduce the millions of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2019 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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How can you tell summer is officially over? When you see dogs on surfboards in the California sunshine, raising money for one of our favorite animal groups! Sunday, September 8th it’s Helen Woodward Animal Center’s 14th annual Surf Dog Surf-a-Thon!... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2019 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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We can’t think of a more fun way to celebrate National Dog Day, and a decade of celebrating how the human animal bond is demonstrated by dogs and those who love them than with a free giveaway!! Starting August 26th,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2019 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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If you can imagine a life with a dog, then you can imagine adopting an older dog, and if you are ready to have a dog, then you should consider visiting your local shelter or coming by Muttville Senior Dog Rescue for #ClearTheShelters adoption event tomorrow, August 17th. Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2019 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog