More life lessons from dogs. This time forgiveness.

Volunteering at a senior dog rescue has exposed me to all sorts of dogs arriving for different reasons. Some dogs are strays, others have the misfortune of having their person pass away unexpectedly. Everyone agrees that all the dogs are loved no matter where they come from, or why they are with us at this advanced age.

Something that gets people to dance around is the subject of dogs who get surrendered by a family. I've heard people take absolute positions on this. They feel that if you decide to have a dog then you better keep that dog no matter what. These people have little empathy or compassion for anyone giving up a dog.

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I have a more nuanced response thanks to dogs like Otis.

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Discover why senior dogs rule when you fall in love with Berry!

Meet Berry! This precious Shepherd mix comes to us all the way from Taiwan where she was picked up as a stray. Berry spent several months with a loving foster and was fully vetted before arriving at Muttville.

 

Berry came all the way from Taiwan to show us that #seniordogsrock around the world 🌎 see for yourself @muttvillesf

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Here is what her foster mom says about Berry:

Berry is a friendly, sweet, and mellow senior girl. She is a happy go lucky dog and loves to be around people and loves to be pet. Berry enjoys her daily off leash walks, rides well in the car, and can wait patiently while her foster mom runs errands. She is now in a foster home with many rescued dogs. Berry gets along with dogs of all kinds of temperament and ages. Berry is very good with young children and is very gentle with them.

Poor Berry was abandoned in a busy street where she was starving. People were not nice to her. They either kick her away or chase her with sticks. A kind high school student felt so bad for her that she bought Berry some food then Berry followed her around. She immediately called several rescue groups but no one was willing to help Berry because she is a black senior dog.

She brought Berry to a nearby vet who helped her contact a rescue group that had a lot of experience. The rescue group was completely full but had a soft spot for black dogs and didn’t want to see Berry suffer on the streets. The rescue agreed to take in Berry. Berry has been doing very well since the first day she arrived at her foster home. She quickly made friends and won the hearts of everyone in the foster family.

Berry has been vaccinated, spayed, microchipped, de-wormed, and passed negative on her blood tests. She is one healthy girl.

Berry is 10 years young and weighs 35 pounds.

Come meet the international darling Berry today at Muttville on Rescue Row in San Francisco.

 

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Patricia McConnell Gives Fearlessly in her New Book "The Education of Will"

Anyone familiar with my blog, or the Grouchy Puppy motto, will know that the central theme to the writing and social media posts is the broad positive influence of the human-dog bond. 

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When Dr. Patricia McConnell published her new book, The Education of Will, I was immediately interested because it spoke to what I hold dear, the positive influence of a dog. However, her stories of facing one fear after another pulled me through the book. Her self-effacing and humble style of sharing filled me with empathy. It isn't easy to face our fears even with the help of a special dog. 

"I knew Willie like I knew myself. I knew what it was like to be happy and friendly on the outside and yet spend much of your life in fear."

This mutual memoir is a story of injury and recovery, but in addition to the themes of trauma, fear and love, I felt forgiveness, empathy, and compassion were striking themes throughout the book. 

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Discover why senior dogs rule when you fall in love with Dixie Jane!

If you are looking for sweet companionship, forget those dating apps and come over to Muttville Senior Dog Rescue. You'll discover lovely ladies like Dixie Jane whose available because her family could no longer care for her.

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Dixie Jane is a wonderful Border Collie/ Australian Shepherd mix.

This sweet girl is gentle, mellow, quiet, and sweet as can be. She does great with dogs of all sizes, enjoys going for walks, and likes making new friends.

Dixie Jane has a loving demeanor that will make her an amazing companion.

Dixie Jane is about 14 years old and weighs 50 pounds.

Fall in love with her at Muttville on Rescue Row in San Francisco!

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