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Have you ever thought of how a dog might help you with loss or grief? | FEATURED CONTENT FROM THE BLOG

Grouchy Puppy Founder, Sharon Castellanos writes about going through the experience of saying goodbye to her old beloved dog last year, and how it helped her with the recent death of her father. She shares this private journey hoping that her story will help ease the sadness in others. People of all ages lose a loved one, but after reading this post you'll understand how the positive influence of a dog can help. 

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I learned so much about myself and what "quality of life" means from this dog. As she came to the end of her life, I appreciated why we should not dwell on the past, or only focus on the future. She showed me how to be present, and to quietly embrace our time with loved ones.

When the time came to say goodbye to Cleo, I felt that I had done everything I could to be ready. I would only find out if this was true later.

A year has passed and I have the chance to lean on those experiences, to see how they stand up with the recent death of my father.

Read her personal story and be inspired

Five Myths of Having a Senior Dog | FEATURED CONTENT FROM THE BLOG

Some people think having an old dog is the opposite of fun. I beg to differ with them. Cleo couldn't have been more fun and cute, entertaining and full of personality. At 13 years old, she still made us feel protected with her booming barks, and watchful radar-like ears listening for trouble.

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If you fear loving an older dog, here are five myth-busters that come from our life with a senior dog. Read them and then consider adding an older dog into your life by adopting from your local shelter.

Myth 1. They're boring.

Fact: How can you be bored when you have this face around keeping you in stitches?

Read all of the five myths