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Sharon Castellanos
San Francisco
GrouchyPuppy® Founder and Publisher
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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 3 days ago 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 7 days ago 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
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#ClearTheShelters returns! This nationwide adoption event that attempts to clear the shelters returns for a fifth year! If you or a loved one is ready to have a dog this is the weekend for you. Thanks to the sponsorship from... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2019 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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It’s been over three years since I began showing up for morning volunteer shifts with the senior dogs, and it still never gets old. Ha! These old timer jokes write themselves when both the dogs and the volunteer (ahem, that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2019 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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Without judgement, old dogs match your lifestyle and activity level, and I love this. They don’t try and make you change. You are embraced for being you, the you that you are, right now. Old dogs are just glad for your companionship and compassion. Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2019 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
This year is the tenth anniversary of Grouchy Puppy and that means we need to celebrate! A decade is a long time in human or dog years. Since supporting animal nonprofits has always been an important component of Grouchy Puppy,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2019 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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There are more older people who are life long dog lovers than ever before! These folks are positively influencing senior facilities and retirement centers to accept dogs either as residents, or at least as regular visitors, and I’m here for... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2019 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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Given my personal experiences, I might have to confess to having a special place in my heart for adoptable big older dogs. The bigger the dog, the bigger the love? For some of us, it sure can feel like you’ve... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2019 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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If you are looking to add a sweet little cup of cuteness into your life, this weekend make your way to Rescue Row in San Francisco, for Muttville Senior Dog Rescue’s Boston Tea-rier Party! Have a cuppa of cuteness! There... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2019 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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To many of us, actually millions of people according to trade associations, dogs mean everything. We love them more than most people. We spend more on our dogs than we do on ourselves. We care about their wellbeing and spend... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2019 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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O Henry you sweet, sweet, adorable love bug! Look at those eyes, he’s charming his way into your heart without even realizing it. He politely stared into my eyes until I opened my arms to let him climb up for... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2019 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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Thank you San Francisco Mayor London Breed for the new proclamation recognizing the positive influence of Muttville Senior Dog Rescue. June 6th is now Adopt a Senior Pet Day in San Francisco! To celebrate this wonderful occasion, come down to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2019 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog
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Join animal lovers at the San Francisco SPCA springtime gala, Metamorphosis, on April 30th. Metamorphosis will be the first major fundraising event at their Mission Campus. The San Francisco SPCA’s Metamorphosis event celebrates the healing and transformations that animals undergo... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2019 at Grouchy Puppy® Blog