How do you celebrate the power of the dog human bond?

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 shine a light on it whenever we can. How do you celebrate this incredible bond? 

If you are the O’Donnell family, and you are forever grateful for the timeless experiences you had with your dog, Eli the most cherished Yorkie, then you decide to sponsor the senior dog adoption fees for February (Valentines ❤️ month) at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue in honor of her.

This couldn’t be a more perfect example of how people might show the positive influence dogs have on us, or how we too can give fearlessly like they do. With older dogs, imagine being the one who gets to write the last chapter of their life!

All of February, qualified adopters will have their adoption fees waived at Muttville, to celebrate Eli’s Month of LOVE ❤️ 

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See the available dogs at Muttville 🐶 https://muttville.org/available_mutts 

Maybe you’ll find the missing piece to your family puzzle, maybe your first heart dog, or maybe just the one true friend you need right now.

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Discover why senior dogs rule: Fall in love with Chicken Little!

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 sees me and softens, and if I am lucky (it is early!) gets up and comes over to say good morning. Meet one of those dogs. This sweet man will see you in all your love and meet you half way.

Is the sky falling?? No, it’s you, fallin’ for Chicken Little!!

This handsome speckled chihuahua has flown the coop to become your new best friend!

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Fall for Chicken Little!

With a happy smile and wide eyes, Chicken Little is ready to take on the world with you! Perfect for taking on walks, playing in the grass, and cuddling up with after a long day, this curious and energetic guy will make your heart take wing!

Chicken Little may be small but he will make a BIG impression on you!

Fly on over to Muttville Senior Dog Rescue in San Francisco and meet Chicken Little!!

Learn more: https://muttville.org/mutt/chicken-little-6811

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If you want a pup who loves to snuggle as much as he likes to play or go on a good walk, Chicken Little is your guy. Chicken Little is such a special dog who just wants to be squeezed and loved on by his person. All it takes is one look into those big, bright eyes and you’re in love. You’d barely know he was a senior, he’s got such great energy and a wonderful capacity to love. Chicken Little and I have had such a great time hanging out together in my office, it’s going to be hard to let him go.

Wags,

Danielle

Chicken Little is estimated to be 11 years young and weighs 12 lbs.

Chicken Little’s foster has to say:

Chicken Little is the sweetest little pooch! He will follow you around, especially in the kitchen, and will follow your lead at home, on whether it’s time to play or relax and chill out. He gets very excited for his walks and will take off running, stopping to sniff all of the interesting plants along the way or roll around in the grass. When home and relaxing, he’s happy cuddled up next to you. He’s good with a routine, and sleeps well through the night. He enjoys peace and quiet; it can take him a minute to warm up to other people and animals.

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Discover why senior dogs rule: Fall in love with Soda Pop!

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 a dash of romance...Soda Pop!

If you enjoy the finer things in life, have we got a dog for you! Soda Pop is a wonderful Miniature Pinscher with beautiful black and brown fur and the cutest little jumpy-wiggle when he’s happy.

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Add fizz to your life with Soda Pop!

What more could anyone look for in a best friend? Soda Pop is refreshing all the time, night and day. And these are the days, my friend, because this little furry friend has long legs for days … without the calories!

Who cares if that glass is half-filled or half empty? We only care that it’s Soda Pop! Isn’t it time to get your doggy fill? Fill ‘em up!

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Come by Muttville Senior Dog Rescue in San Francisco and meet Soda Pop today!

Learn more: https://muttville.org/mutt/soda-pop-7620

Here’s what this guys foster has to say about him:

Soda Pop is affectionate & calm. He has low to moderate energy & enjoys walks. Soda Pop is great with dogs large & small however, he chases & barks at cats/chickens. He is potty trained & does not go in the house. He will walk over by the door when he wants to go out. Soda Pop loves chicken & meal times! He also likes to sleep on the couch or a dog bed & will curl up on your lap if you let him.

Soda Pop is estimated to be 8 years young and 11 pounds

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Magic of Dogs: 25 ways and counting, dogs positively influence our life

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 overwhelmed?

From my decades of experience, I often feel better about something, or feel closer to a calm outlook, thanks to a dog. It’s like their secret super power is having the answers to life, but they can only communicate it when we stop and give them a belly rub, or take them for a quiet walk. We have to slow down and listen to them and their special canine communication.

Whether you adopt a dog, or volunteer, their positive influence will be felt. 

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If you are wondering what the possible positive impact a dog might have on your life, here are just a few ways (okay, 25 ways and counting!) dogs add color, purpose and dimension to our life:

  1. They think you’re the best cook
  2. They don’t care about your weight
  3. Feeling a dog lean against you in complete trust makes you feel like you can conquer anything
  4. Five minutes or fifty, they miss you
  5. They forgive quickly and completely
  6. You will learn to nap again and feel good about it
  7. They don’t care if you exercise only that you play with them
  8. When you adopt a dog you get to remind them that they are loved
  9. A dog choking is the best alarm clock
  10. They make you feel like you won the lottery
  11. They keep your secrets
  12. They lower your blood pressure
  13. You exercise more without realizing it
  14. You meet your neighbors
  15. They are good at answering the door for you
  16. They don’t care about your bad breath
  17. Regular walks with your dog burns calories
  18. When you adopt a dog you get to make their final chapter the best
  19. A dog can save you money on therapists by focusing you on what’s important
  20. They know the secret to living in the moment and will teach you
  21. Spending quiet time with a dog can heal your heart
  22. Adopting an older dog can teach you patience and show you how to age gracefully
  23. Dogs don’t judge you
  24. They don’t mind if you use them as a reason to say no to an invitation
  25. You get to know and feel pure love, without reservation.

These are some of the reasons why I believe the human animal bond, and dog human bond, is real, and it’s spectacular!

It’s a new year and a natural time to take stock of your life. If you love dogs, be assured having one increases the quality of your life exponentially.

Consider adopting from your local shelter, or volunteering with your closest animal rescue. If you can’t volunteer, find a cuddle club! It’s about having dogs in your life and letting them work their magic!

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🌲 SAVED FOR THE HOLIDAYS ADOPT-A-THON DEC. 7 & 8 💖 RESCUE ROW IN SAN FRANCISCO

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 mutts find their forever homes.

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Come on down to meet your new best friend!! They would love new forever families for the holidays.

WHAT: Saved For The Holidays Adopt-a-thon

WHEN: 12pm to 4pm, Saturday, December 7 & Sunday, December 8

WHERE: Rescue Row (a.k.a. Alabama) and 16th Street, San Francisco

WHY: Free adoptions and SENIOR DOGS!!!!

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Connie Loves Belly Rubs!

 

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Hail Mary Loves Cuddles!

Come on down to meet your new best friend!! It is going to be an amazing weekend filled with lots of love, sloppy kisses, and amazing connections.

Learn More:

Muttville Senior Dog Rescue

San Francisco SPCA

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Why adopt an older dog? Let’s start with these eight reasons...

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!

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Here are some of our favorite reasons why having a senior dog is like fast-forwarding to the best part:

  • You get to write their last chapter
  • No puppy teething!
  • They are more likely to mirror the pace and pattern of your life
  • It can feel like getting a chance to love and live with your grandparents
  • They’re grown! What you see is most likely what you get
  • You have a greater sense at the start what medical and dental care will be
  • Older dogs are more willing and able to pay attention than puppies
  • They communicate directly and without hesitation what they want or need

There so many ways an older dog is perfect for city life or ensconced in the suburbs. With age comes clarity. Older dogs have less desire for the hectic or chaotic which is a wonderful respite these days. 

What makes senior dogs so perfect is how much love they have to give. They have a lifetime of love to offer, and in return you get the chance to remind them what compassion and empathy feels like. 

Please consider adopting a senior dog, and if you can’t, then look into volunteering at your local shelter. Discover what is so special about older dogs, and how time spent with them is just perfect.

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Rediscover the meaning of Thanksgiving with an older dog

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 to consider. It is all about making the perfect match and that is something the folks at Muttville have perfected over ten years now.

 

 

Take it from me, after volunteering on a weekly basis with Muttville for about four years, older dogs are perfect companions in a million different ways! Every week there is one or more encounters with a resident of the doggy loft that leaves me encouraged, inspired and always feeling loved.

Visit your local rescue, or come by and visit Muttville Senior Dog Rescue and discover why senior dogs really do rule!

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Wow 😳 It’s been ten years since an adopted dog inspired the launch of Grouchy Puppy

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?

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Ten years ago, a big, older dog, who found her way from the country and into our hearts, inspired the creation of Grouchy Puppy. To many, this may not come as a surprise given how popular dog pages are on Facebook, in Twitter feeds, and how many dog Instagram stars and influencers there are today. However, ten years is a long time ago in dog years and definitely in social media years!

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Gaining an older dog’s trust is slow but I am in no hurry 🍂

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. It can be life changing for both dog and person.

From my first meeting with an old dog in the Muttville Senior Dog Rescue doggy loft, I observe their manner. I watch each dog for signs of interest, or aloofness. I love these old timers but I am in no hurry or rush. No one wants to be overwhelmed when they are in a new place. My job as a volunteer, and as a human being is to remind these sugar faces that they are in a good place. We are on their side.

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Imagine how your life can change for the better when you adopt a dog

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 Instagram filling up with photos documenting every new experience together. I can still remember adopting my first dog from the San Francisco SPCA.

It helped me to have previous experience with dogs from my childhood, but not by that much in all honesty. The world is a different place from the 1970s and I found everything I needed in the dog community. The benefit to social media and to us being a nation of dog lover is that it didn’t take long for me to find answers to my initial questions, to find supplies, to learn about how to take care of a dog in the city.

Deciding to adopt a dog from a shelter turned into the best, and biggest decision I had made since deciding to get married. Seriously. I really felt everything shift around me after we brought our dog home from Rescue Row on that rainy fall night. Who knew in a few short years our life together would inspire the creation of Grouchy Puppy? I didn’t, but I did embrace wholeheartedly our new life and tried to live in the moment with her.

She introduced me to experiences that no one else can. Our dog human relationship was based on respect, and fellowship. We had our own girl club. As months went by, we learned about each other and probably unsurprising to dog behaviorists, we supported other. Receiving compassion from a dog is a unique experience.

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Our time together has informed my life ever since. When I walk into the doggy loft at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue and meet a dog like Midnight, I am reminded of my girl. I can feel the pull from Midnight to spend time with her, to understand her, to appreciate her. Every dog is unique and individual. It is our job to uncover and celebrate their qualities. I can tell you from my experience that when you embrace a dog for who they are, life gets better. Your life together glows brighter. They share even more secrets and magical life lessons with you!

When you choose to adopt a shelter dog give them extra. Give them extra love, and time to get to know you. Give them extra patience to learn how to live in their new life with you. Give them extra reasons to trust you. When you set them up for success, when you trust they are doing their best, that their intentions are pure, your heart will thank you. Your life will glow with goodness and light. A dog who believes in you will only make you a better person.

Midnight reminded me of all these things in our short time together. Imagine what you can learn, how your life can change for the better when you decide to adopt a shelter dog?

Learn more about Midnight, a beautiful adoptable from Muttville: https://muttville.org/mutt/midnight-6052

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My big beautiful reward from a pit bull dog

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 is like with a dog.

Last week, I was reminded about how easy it is to make assumptions when around pit bull type dogs. A very sweet old lady, Gemma, was in the doggy loft when I arrived for my morning shift. She’s a big girl with a steady gaze. I blinked first.

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I love all dogs and it surprised me that I reacted to her with even a millisecond of nervousness. My verbal greeting was met with a hoarse bark but no wagging tail when I arrived. With her block head and solid body, I wasn’t sure how to engage with her.

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Stars Shine for Remember Me Thursday Global Pet Adoption Awareness Campaign!

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 orphan pets euthanized each year.

This month, Helen Woodward Animal Center will once again unite with animal welfare proponents and organizations worldwide for the 7th Annual Remember Me Thursday®.  Honored on the fourth Thursday of September, the campaign asks pet lovers and animal rescue groups to create an unstoppable, integrated voice advocating for homeless pets to live in forever homes, not die waiting for them. 

Grassroots candle-lighting ceremonies and a global avalanche of social media buzz will shine a light on the millions of orphan animals still awaiting adoption and encourage communities to opt to adopt and reduce the millions of homeless pets euthanized each year.

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You don’t own a dog, you have a dog. And a dog has you!

“You don’t own a dog, you have a dog. And a dog has you!” is a wonderful way to approach life with a dog. It’s a quote I read in a Chelsea Handler book that stuck with me, if you saw her shows, you can tell she’s a big dog lover. (who can forget Chunk!)

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.

On Saturday, from 10AM to 4PM on Rescue Row, senior sweethearts will be looking for love and companionship, a cheerleader, a champion, or simply a caring person to write their final chapter together with. 

Are you an introvert? There is a dog just for you! Want to be the loving hero to write the last chapter in a dog’s life? Here is a sweet sample of the available sugar faces at Muttville:

 

All over the US there are available dogs ready to get another chance at having a forever family of their own. If you live in the Bay Area, stop by Rescue Row in San Francisco and visit Muttville Senior Rescue, the San Francisco SPCA or San Francisco Animal Care and Control for lots of adoptable cuties!

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Visit Clear The Shelters.com for a list of ALL the participating rescues and shelters close to you: http://www.cleartheshelters.com/

Adoption fees are reduced or waived for qualified adopters thanks to the financial support from #NBCBayArea and #Telemundo

 

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Fifth Annual Clear The Shelters 🐾 Adoption Event Saturday August 17th

#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 NBC and Telemundo, adoption fees are waived, or reduced, at shelters during this special weekend. 

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Muttville Senior Dog Rescue is joining more than 50 Bay Area animal shelters and rescues who will offer low cost or waived adoption fees on August 17 

Visit ClearTheShelters.com to access a list of local participating shelters and rescues 

 

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Muttville Cuddle Club: Where Older Dogs Give Love Get Love(d) by Seniors

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 it!

Another important issue is that as we age, a dog lover may reach a point when they can’t take care of a dog, but they still enjoy giving and getting the canine affection. They intrinsically appreciate the human dog bond.

A very sweet way to access the love and affection from a dog is cuddling and for those in the San Francisco Bay Area, Muttville Senior Dog Rescue offers Cuddle Club!

 

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