Discover why senior dogs rule when you meet Cowboy!

Ever know a dog who could giddy up, right into your heart? Hold on to your saddle because that's what will happen when you meet this handsome blend of Doxie!

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How adorable is Cowboy! We think he’s a big Doxie mix, but we really aren’t sure. All we know is Cowboy is an awesome dude!

He is social with dogs and new people, loves going for walks, and enjoys exploring. Cowboy also loves treats and is easily bribed to do whatever you ask.

He also has the cutest little trot! Cowboy is a special dog waiting for a special family. We know he’ll bring lots of adventure to your life!

Cowboy is about 10 years young and weighs 30 pounds.

Find this sweet cowboy at Muttville in San Francisco on Rescue Row!

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SoCal Dog Surf and SUP Lessons Return Benefitting Helen Woodward Animal Center!

Does your dog love going to the beach? Ever wanted to take your dog out on a paddle board while on vacation? If you live in or are planning to visit Southern California, you're in luck!! Not only can you sign up for dog surfing classes or paddle board lessons with your dog, but all the proceeds support a great animal nonprofit.

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

Meet Angelica! This lovely girl came to Muttville because her previous owners could no longer care for her. Luckily, she is very well adjusted and is happy no matter what. She has made herself right at home and is a social and sweet girl.

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Angelica is slightly vision impaired but can see about 4 feet in front of her. Despite this, she gets around very well and is very adventurous. Angelica does not startle easily and gets along perfectly well with all dogs. She is also affectionate and loves people and going for walks. We know this sweetheart will make a wonderful companion!

Angelica is about 9 years young and weighs 10 pounds.

Here is what Angelica’s foster had to say-

Angelica is a pretty quiet dog. She is very loving and will want to snuggle up against you on the couch. She has a low activity level, usually sleeps most of the day. However she loves walks, which we do 2-3 times a day. She is kind towards other dogs she passes by on the street and has no problem with other dogs in the house. She is house trained but needs to be taken out a few times a day. She has a good appetite. She loves to hang out and snuggle on the couch and will sleep in her dog bed. She also appears to be kennel trained and loves a kennel.

Angelica is a sweetie! She loves to be pet, cuddle and be with her person. She likes people and other dogs. When you’re home she’s happy napping in her bed or hanging out as a lap dog. She is low energy and likes slow walks, where she can sniff around and explore.

Angelica is friendly with other dogs. She does need a bit of extra attention on walks or navigating around new places, but is great about staying close and following your voice. She is potty trained and pee pad trained.

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Ahh, imagine the shared joy of discovery when you adopt a dog

When I met Sarge, all I saw was a big handsome dog who had the sweetest manners. His sugar face spoke of a gentleness and thoughtful personality. I never would have guessed that this dog had been thin, filthy and unloved.

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It's moments like these that get my imagination going. I think about the thousands of available adoptable dogs, each with their own unique stories. Each dog offers a new family the chance to learn something powerful about themselves. My own adopted dog positively influenced our lives from the day she arrived.

Choosing to adopt an older dog can bring you greater awareness about your own weaknesses, and strengths.

When I adopted my big old dog, she began as a reserved lady. Similar to Sarge, she was under-weight from stress but somehow maintained unbelievable table manners. I wouldn't have blamed her for gobbling food or trying take anything that might give her some comfort. 

My empathy for her emotional health allowed me to approach our new life together in ways that kept us on a path of wonderful discoveries. She, like Sarge, blossomed under the steady warmth and love being offered every minute of every hour. I didn't know if she'd ever fully look to me as trusted family, but she did, and that is a feeling I will always cherish.

We shared a mutual joy discovering how to communicate with each other. When I'd introduce a word or phrase for something, maybe a food she'd never had before, both our eyes lit up when she learned. The satisfaction you get when you set a dog up for success in their new life with you, in a new forever home, is immeasurable.

Imagine the shared joy of discovery

When I look back on adopting our dog, it makes so much sense now. We discovered how much we loved giving a dog the chance of a happy final chapter in their life. We had moments of mutual joy that is special between humans and dogs. Just getting to know each other brought us both to laughter. Yes, dogs laugh!

If you're a curious person, love dogs, and enjoy discovery then consider adoption. Head to your local shelter, humane society or breed specific rescue, or find them on social media tonight!

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Greta howls her way into your heart, today's Muttville moment

Last week I met a new Muttville mutt named Greta. She is a german shepherd, all legs, and currently skin and bones. Given our immediate mutual affection, I have a feeling she'll be plumping up soon. I can still smell the after-breakfast chicken treats I gave her on my fingers.

Having had a large Shepherd-Husky dog, I was drawn to Greta as soon as I saw her fuzzy gangly body. She loped across the doggy loft as soon as the door opened and I wheeled in the yellow cleaning bucket. Her concerned brown eyes locked on my movements, tracking the mop to the bucket and back to the floor. I was glad to see she was not spooked by my morning cleaning of the loft.

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

Certain dogs have these furry faces that are look like they have a world of information waiting to share with you. Then when they're oldsters, their sweet face looks like they got into the sugar bowl. Seymour a cute blend of Terrier is like this. It’s hard not to fall in love with Seymour, he’s such a mellow and easy going fella. 

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We don’t know much about his past, but we can tell that all he wants is to love and be loved! Seymour is great with other dogs of all sizes and enjoys all the hustle and bustle of the Muttville loft. He’s easy to walk on leash too.

Seymour will make a great addition to any home! He's a love bug!

We think Seymour is about 16 years young, weighing about 14 lbs.

Due to Seymour’s advanced age, heart disease, and arthritis, he is available for hospice care adoption.

Here’s what Seymour’s Foster has to say about him:

Seymour is the biggest sweetheart! I would adopt him if I could – he brings so much joy with his perennial puppy smile, tolerance for wearing cute flower crowns and bow ties, and ever patient cuddles. Naps are the name of the game with Seymour. He loves following “his person” around. He perks up whenever he can go outside for a walk, and although his preferred pace is a bit slow, he really enjoys being carried in a dog carrier around. I take him in a dog backpack on a bike and on Bart for my commute (an hour each way) & I hardly hear a peep from him. Seymour is house-trained but does well when let out regularly during the day. He doesn’t have accidents overnight. Seymour is the most amazing dog for someone who wants an easy-going companion to accompany them around. He is low maintenance and full of cuddles – and it is just to cute to watch him take naps next to you on the couch or while working!

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

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Summer of LOVE Senior Dog Adopt-A-Thon June 3rd & 4th

Want to feel the groovy love of an older dog? This weekend, Muttville Senior Dog Rescue in San Francisco is have a free adoption event!

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When you meet these sweet sugar faces, you're going to say, "I must be California Dreaming because there are so many adorable adoptable dogs!"

Turn on, tune in, drop everything and come celebrate the Summer of Love!

It’s the 50th anniversary of the Haight hippie explosion. And in honor of that historic San Francisco time, Muttville has got a summer full of love packed into one giant weekend. It’s the Summer of Love Adopt-a-thon Love-in!

Love is free and so are adoptions! All fees waived in celebration of love, love, love!

 

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Helen Woodward Animal Center’s 29th Annual Spring Fling Gala June 3rd!

Get ready to travel to old Havana, Cuba as you raise money for the amazing Helen Woodward Animal Center!!

This Saturday is the 29th Annual Spring Fling Gala, presented by Ed and Sandy Burr of EDCO. The highly anticipated black-tie evening, designed to transport guests to the vibrant capital city south of the Florida Keys during “A Night in Old Havana,” benefits the Center’s programs for animals and people in need.

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The event will be hosted by on-air celebrities KFM-BFM’s Shelly Dunn and KUSI’s Mark Mathis and provide attendees a 5-star dining experience with delectable tastings from top San Diego restaurants.

The event, which received Ranch & Coast Magazine’s San Diego’s Best Annual Gala Award for 2016, also features hosted bars; dancing all night; live musical performances; and an opportunity drawing to win two first-class round-trip tickets on United Airlines for travel throughout the U.S.; and to Alaska, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America.

For more information or to purchase tickets: contact Elisabeth Baker at 858-756-4117 x350 or ElisabethB@animalcenter.org.

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Discover why senior dogs rule when you fall in love with Gandalf

Some older dogs seem to understand how to be zen about life. This wee Yorkshire Terrier rolls with all that life puts in front of him. His positive influence rubs off on you right away. I found myself visibly relaxing when he first walked over to me in the doggy loft.

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Meet Gandalf! This adorable Yorkie is sweet, loving, and social. He enjoys going for walks, meeting new dogs, and actually enjoys a warm bath! Gandalf came to us when his owners moved and could not keep him.

He is still adjusting to his new surroundings, but we know Gandalf will warm right up to a new family. 

Read about what Gandalf’s foster has to say about him:

Gandalf is one excited peppy boy! He’s got a LOT of personality and is a great companion. He’s funny and very loving-a true joy to be around. He’s great on leash, and enjoys a few walks a day. Off leash at home around our dog and at dog parks he’s friendly and social. We are working with him through training-he’s improving! He’s a kisser! If you pet him on his head or chest, he’ll thank you with a few gentle licks. Such a lover.

Gandalf is 10 years young, weighing 12 pounds.

Fall in love with Gandalf at Muttville on Rescue Row in San Francisco.

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Having an older dog can benefit senior people in many ways

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After the year I've spent volunteering at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, and experiencing the amazing personalities of small older dogs for the first time, I know what my future is going to include.

If my bones are shaky, we'll walk slow. Whether on my lap, or next to me on the couch, we can gossip and debate whenever the mood strikes. We can be each other's alarm clock, and reminder to get up. I might even call my little senior dog Siri.

Yes, like Sarah Lilly, my future self plans to grow old and cranky with a little dog always by my side:

Sarah Lilly, who just turned 90, and her 12-year-old Lhasa apso-poodle mix, Katy, have been inseparable for nearly two years. They wake up by 7 each morning, eat breakfast, take a walk and spend much of the day lavishly doting on the other. When in their favorite recliner, for example, Lilly strokes Katy’s soft, tan, loosely curled fur, and the cuddly 12-pound dog expresses her appreciation with wet kisses.

“She’s such a blessing,” said Lilly, adding that before Katy came into her life she had become a homebody after being scared by several falls. Now, she takes Katy for at least two walks a day and to visit a neighbor caring for his ailing mother.

Read all the ways older pets can improve your health, or your parents health, in this wonderful story about Sarah from Ohio and The Dispatch

I bet now you understand why I believe senior dogs rule.

 

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Discover why senior dogs rule when you meet Beyoncé

She could become the queen of your heart soon after you meet this sweet chihuahua! 

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Beyonce is an adorable, spunky, friendly girl who can’t wait to meet you! This sweet girl will make a loyal companion- all she wants is love!

Beyonce is always wagging her tail, loves walks, and is perfect with dogs of all sizes- truly a superstar just like her name suggests!

Beyonce is an fabulous gal who is patiently waiting for her forever home!

Beyonce is 10 years young and weighs 12 pounds.

Meet lovely Beyonce at Muttville on Rescue Row in San Francisco, you'll fall in love!

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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.

 

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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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