My Muttville Story About Adoptable Tag

What is it about big dogs that I love so easily? Is it their large body proportions? Their often out-sized personalities? This week when I met a new big shepherd-like boy at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, all of my empathy responded to his presence.

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This dog came at me as soon as I entered the open doggy loft. He thrust his big plush head into my lap to say pet me. So I did. His thick fur was rich. I immediately smoothed his face and cleaned his eyes, telling him with my hands and expressions that he is loved, and in a safe place.

Some people get nervous when a big dog isn’t shy about telling you that they need and want you. This dog’s body language said he was open but wasn’t a pushover. He let me kiss his face, and enjoyed some cuddling but he wasn’t lazy about it. He seemed to orchestrate how you could engage with him, as if he was saying, “I want you to pet me, only right here, not there, and like this.”

He reminded me of when we first met our newly adopted dog. She was a big fluffy girl who acted very open and willing, but only to the untrained eye. In reality she was just showing you that her confidence in herself allowed people she barely knew to engage with her. But as we learned over time, she knew what she was doing and if you did something she didn’t like, you knew it.

Tag, the big shepherd boy, was showing me similar signs. What I hope to communicate to anyone interested in adding him to their home is this lesson. Trust him. Love him. Set him up for success, and he will be your fiercest buddy and confidante.

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Captain America 🇺🇸 is ideal narrator for Superpower Dogs movie!

Wonderful dog lover and sometime Captain America, Chris Evans will be narrating  Superpower Dogs, a series of stories about some of the world’s most incredible dogs! The trailer below has a few highlights but if you’re like me, smitten with the secret powers of dogs already, and probably know a few dogs worthy of the title “hero” ...then grab a tissue.
 
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With soaring music that sets the tone of heroic feats ahead for these canine crusaders, the trailer with Captain America’s voice, had me a bit weepy. I can’t wait for March when the movie comes out in IMAX theatres. There are only quick highlights and a few slow motion super hero clips in the trailer, but I spotted the Italian Coastguard Newfoundlands and several known search and rescue teams! Who else is excited that these amazing groups (often all-volunteer) are getting this well-deserved attention?
 
Watch for yourself and if you’ve a dog at home, give them some extra love and gratitude for being your best friend. They may be more of a couch warrior but their ability to give fearlessly is as real as the dogs in this movie.
 
Watch the official trailer and experience the superpowers and extraordinary bravery of some of the world’s most remarkable dogs:


(Photo above is screen grab from trailer)
 

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My Muttville Mutt Story about Adoptable Franknfurter

One of the best things about spending time with dogs is the engagement. You get to figure out what they like to do, how they like to play, what makes them happy and want to hang out with you. At least that is how I approach every dog I encounter when I volunteer at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue.

My goal with every dog is to learn what makes them, them. To focus on them and what they are communicating with their noises, and body language. Playing with Franknfurter recently I learned what his kryptonite is — ear rubs!

I work at Muttville during the morning shift so I am there before most of the staff arrives. Today I was having a fun session in the lower office where Franknfurter was hanging out. We played and tossed his ball a little before breakfast then before he settled into his bowl of chow, I gave him a little ear rub “see you later” and he suddenly plopped down hard against my hand! It was so funny and suprising because HE LOVES BREAKFAST. I thought he’d already mentally moved on from me to his bowl, but guess what? He gave me extra minutes!! I felt like the biggest winner as I left his room and went to work on laundry.

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Senior dogs inspire: Meet Samba the Tripawd

Meet Samba. We ran into her on the streets of San Francisco where she was showing two young boys how to sit and wait for a treat. I love seeing dogs out on walks. Often I exchange a smile and a knowing “dog lover club” look with the person, or sometimes just with the dog. I wave at the dogs if they look at me, otherwise I gauge my reaction based on them. When a dog is on a mission to poop or pee in a particular place, or get to the dog park, it would be criminal to get in the way.

 

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

Some dogs just make the cutest noises without even realizing it. This little poodle spaniel girl is one of them!! She’ll steal your heart and every other body part if you give her a chance.

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Puffin is a sweet poodle who is so ready for a new beginning! She wanders around Muttville all day long looking for her forever-people. If you are looking for a mellow friend who loves you no matter what then there really is no need to look any further. Puffin loves to cuddle in a big pile of blankets and return the favor if you tuck her in at night. This fluffy sweetheart is so looking forward to spotting you at the next adoption event!

Puffin is estimated to be 13 years young and weighs about 25 pounds.

Here’s what her foster has to say:

Puffin muffin is a real sweet girl! She likes people and dogs of all sizes. Puffin will meander up to people and kindly wait for them to pet her. She has a head tilt that could break your heart, and a coat that’s as soft as velvet!

Puff is quiet. She has only let out a few barks in the time I’ve known her, once when she couldn’t understand why I wouldn’t share my pizza. Puffin loves to snuggle up on the couch in a pile of blankets, and generally sleeps through the night. She loves a good dental chew and is very food motivated.

Puffin can keep a good pace on a walk and loves to take in all the neighborhood scents. When she’s sleepy, she’ll quickly do her business and trot back to the house to resume her cozy spot. Puff would do best in a home with easy access to an outside space so she can continue to perfect her house training.

Fall in love with her at Muttville in San Francisco today!!! Visit 🐾 this link: https://muttville.org/mutt/puffin-6160

“Hear about Puffin and watch her being cute!” —> https://youtu.be/Y7jZurR1POE

 



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Can you believe we began Grouchy Puppy a decade ago?! 😳

Happy New Year dog lovers and Grouchy Puppy peeps! It’s storming here in San Francisco and it seemed like the perfect time to sit indoors with a cup of tea and return to writing blog posts. 

Have you seen or heard about the #10YearChallenge on Facebook or Instagram? Quite a few adorable side-by-side photos of dogs growing from puppy to adult have filled our news feed. Ten years is a long time and for most people and pups, it’s hard not to see significant changes, though I swear some of the dogs at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue do not seem aged at all.

So this challenge had me looking back at old blog posts and I realized that Grouchy Puppy is ten years old. Can you believe it?! The oldest post I have saved is over on Cleo’s blog because this is where it began, with my overwhelming love and new life with this enormous, fluffy, adopted dog from the San Francisco SPCA — a dog who people thought was a wolf and a boy! 

Today, January 17th, ten years ago, inspired by my dog and our new life together in the big city, I launched a blog and website. The posts and site have ranged from simple, funny, and deep, but always devoted to the human dog bond. Take a look in the archives and you will see what I mean...

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I didn’t even use any photos of her yet, just this sentence that I imagined she would say based on the look she gave me after she did the dramatic drive-by around the foot of our bed. Hahaha, dogs are such expressive creatures! Every week at Muttville, there is at least one dog whose face or body language is speaking volumes about how they feel or what they want to do, or don’t do. I love deciphering or at least trying. 

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When I look back, is it any surprise the first blog post is titled Magic? For me, all dogs are magic. I’m as passionate today as I was ten years ago about dogs, and our unique connection with them. I am fascinated by the evolution of our relationship. With that in mind, I am thinking about how to celebrate this wonderful decade Grouchy Puppy has officially been in existence. 

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How does a giveaway of some fun dog books sound? To celebrate ten years of all things Grouchy Puppy, I have some ideas but would love to hear from you instead. We have 11 months for festivities!!

Share any and all suggestions in the comments below, go to the Contact tab above, or send your email to info@grouchypuppy.com — or use hashtag #grouchypuppy10 and Tweet or Instagram us your ideas! 

Thank you for sharing our dog-filled journey!

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This holiday season and beyond, love is always the perfect gift

When in doubt, this holiday season, remember that love is always a perfect gift. 

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Love is timeless. Sharing your heart with an adopted dog can make you feel like the smartest, happiest, most amazing person in the world. Opening your home to an animal companion gives the gift of love, safety and care to another being.

So, this holiday season, and beyond, always remember that love, is indeed, a perfect gift.

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Discover why senior dogs rule when you fall in love with Fuzzi 🐻

How adorable is this little girl?! When I met Fuzzi, her vision impairment took me by surprise because it wasn’t noticeable at all. She heard my voice and trotted straight over to say hello and let me scratch her butt, before she turned around to go find out what Walter was doing.

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Fuzzi knows her way around! There really is no need for her to see any better, this cute lady detects sweet people already from afar.

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It was so fun playing with Fuzzi, but when she was ready to take a nap, she confidently found and climbed into a bed without a peep. She’s so sure of herself!

Fuzzi is laid back, chilled and just dreams about a cozy home with friendly people all around that snuggle up with her and just let her be. So finding her favorite person is really the only item left on her long bucket list.

She is a wonderful little girl and a joy to hang out with. We even had a nice breakfast together this morning.

Are you the perfect match and ready to hang with her? Come by one of the Muttville adoption event to meet her!

Learn more about this sweet little bear 🐻  —> Fuzzi 6101 https://muttville.org/mutt/fuzzi-6101

Fuzzi is estimated to be 12 years young and weighs about 10 pounds.

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Senior Dog Adoption: Like Fast-Forwarding to the Best Part 💜

For us, choosing to adopt a senior dog is more than giving them a second chance at a loving home, it’s like fast-forwarding to the best part of having a dog.

November is Adopt A Senior Dog Month.

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When you open your life to a senior sweetheart you are letting yourself experience the richest portion of life with a dog. The sugar faces at Muttville show me every week how amazing life together could be. I love volunteering there and getting fresh reminders and new ideas of what wonderful positive influence an older dog offers, and that they still can give fearlessly to you despite a slower pace or impaired vision.

Check out all the senior sweethearts at the following animal nonprofits:

Muttville Senior Dog Rescue

Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary

Lily’s Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary

Oldies Club UK

 

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Discover why senior dogs rule: Fall in love with Mr. Muggles!

Mr. Muggles is one cute scruffy guy!! He may be a little wary at first but once you let him give you the once over, and let him approach you, he’s pretty quick to warm up. I sat with him and let him “read” my shoes first.

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Then after a bit of walking around and sniffing me, he eagerly came closer to give my face a sniff before letting me return the affection.

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As you can see, Mr. Muggles is an adorable little guy. We can’t even decide his cutest feature…his soulful brown eyes, his scruff colored in fawn and black complete with a white mohawk that grows naturally.

He may be a little timid at first, especially around loud noises and voices, but we can tell he is going to be an active outgoing boy! He really loves to be around dogs and trots around to say hi to everyone!

If you are looking for your lifelong BFF who is super duper cute to boot, look no further, Mr. Muggles is your guy! 

Seriously he is so sweet and cute, come fall in love today at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue in San Francisco, on Rescue Row —> Mr. Muggles 6006 https://muttville.org/mutt/mr-muggles-6006

Mr. Muggles is estimated to be 7 years young and weighs 9 lbs.

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Why Invest in a Senior Dog?

Quiet. Solitude. Restorative. Peace. Serenity. These feelings can be experienced by a person after time spent with an older dog. The cost? You have to slow down, close your mouth, and open your heart. Being willing to sit still longer than a minute or stay in a bed an extra thirty is also appreciated. A price some people may struggle with paying but I’m here to tell you that you will get what you pay for. If you can, try and look at it as an investment, a long term investment in yourself, and a short term investment in a dog.

Some of us have a harder time than others dealing with the daily negativity online and on television.  We get depressed from the high stress level, and would prefer an alternative to drinking a bottle of wine, or spending five hours on a treadmill trying to restore our positive outlook with a few endorphins.

You know what we found is a good alternative? Investing in a senior dog!

Senior dogs epitomize endurance.

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Why we love old dogs ♥️ November is Adopt A Senior Dog Month.

Forget reading your Sunday horoscope. Don't listen to the podcast that promises to tell you secrets to the meaning of life. Save your money by not going to that success seminar given by a life coach. Instead, I suggest you find yourself an old dog.

Find yourself a sugar face, a senior sweetheart from your local animal shelter, then love them and care for them through their final chapters. If you are unable to bring an old dog into your home, then find your local rescue and start spending as much time as you can there with their older residents. Volunteer, or if you are older too, join in a cuddle session like they offer at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue’s Cuddle Club.

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GUIDE DOGS FOR THE BLIND'S GRADUATIONS OFFER UNIQUE EXPERIENCE FOR ALL

Do you live in the Bay Area? Do you have an animal lover or dog person who loves to see how dogs positive influence our lives? There are free graduations happening this fall at Guide Dogs for the Blind in San Rafael.

These moving events are open to the public and are inspirational and family-friendly for all ages. I think they make for a wonderful weekend excursion and a great way to learn more how dogs give fearlessly!

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Why We Love Older Dogs and What’s so Wonderful About Senior Dog Adoption

Do you ever see yourself in a dog’s face? Does a dog’s adoption story ever resonate with you? I’ve noticed that the older I get the more I see myself and even my daily life in the life of older dogs.

When my own dog entered her golden years I saw my parents in her daily struggles, and aging process. She showed me a lot about what they were going through with their aches and pains, slower pace, greater need for naps, and dietary changes.

I swear both my parents and my old dog shared a love for snorting at me in disbelief when I would ask them something. (In my dog’s case, it was my asking her the rhetorical question, “do you want to go for a walk.”)

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Discover why senior dogs rule: Fall in love with Hemingway!

Hemingway is the picture perfect gentleman!

This distinguished boy would not look out of place in a top hat – he’s a man with great manners! Wouldn’t he look fantastic laying at your feet or in your lap while you sip a glass of wine, whiskey, or water?

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When you’re done, you can indulge in an evening stroll around the neighborhood – he loves to sniff around and explore.

If you’re looking for a dog you can introduce to your friends, he’s a perfect fit as well – this polite boy doesn’t jump or bark when greeting new people. Instead, he’ll greet them calmly and and ask for some head pats. Bring this wonderful boy into your life today!

Hemingway is estimated to be 12 years young and weighs 18 pounds.

Here’s what his foster has to say:

Hemingway likes to lounge. He has a lower activity level & will sniff around the yard a bit but doesn’t go on very long walks. He is great with other dogs & is fine with cats & chickens. He is good at going up stairs but needs some assistance going down. We are working on potty training with belly bands. His favorite place to nap is the couch.

Fall in love with Hemingway at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue on Rescue Row in San Francisco — visit to learn more: https://muttville.org/mutt/hemingway-5765 

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