As someone who lived far away from home during college, I remember how much I missed my dog, especially during my awkward freshman year and then during the stress of finals every semester. What I would have given to enjoy some playtime with a golden retriever or any dog happy to hang out with me for a little while. Besides helping with students mental health, I can see these programs having a positive effect on the over use of alcohol on campuses for many kids. Seeing more therapy dog programs and pet therapy included at universities is only a positive in my book [...]
Day of the Dead or Dia de los Muertos is about celebrating family and loved ones. Each November we take time to remember our dear departed. Each year the festivities fall near Halloween but this day isn't meant to be scary. We are meant to honor family members who have preceded us in death, and for me that means someday in the future my celebration will include my dog Cleo.
Do you have a guide for taking care of your dog? My gut is my compass. Women are known for their intuition, and my intuition and internal compass steered me away from many choices that were based on old fears. I wanted to have a happy, healthy dog. Over the months and years together, I've learned many lessons but that the key to a good life is relying on my gut.
We are seeing more hospitals in the United States requesting therapy dogs to visit, or setting up their programs. Here is a sweet story from Down Under showing the success of therapy dog visits in a Canberra Hospital pediatric ward.
Meet Blake, this week's adorable older dog ready for his forever family. He's a sweet blend of Corgi and Pomeranian.
No Halloween mask can hide the love our dog is feeling right now for her papa. How can people deny themselves this amount of unadultered affection? Why wouldn't you take a chance to experience true love that is profound, and with few filters and less restrictive criteria than Match.com or ChristianMingle.com?
We were taking our dog for a walk. Every day we walk through the city. Every day our dog surprises us by her impact on others. One day a child will be over the moon from their encounter, another day, like today, a man at a bus stop will have a look that causes us to stop. He clearly was thrilled to have a moment with Cleo, then he shared with us the reason for his joy. He was recovering from cancer & had returned from a stay with family up north, where he had discovered the healing power of dogs.
His encounter with Cleo today, in the moment before his bus arrived, made him very happy. His sharing made us happy & again amazed at dogs, and the power of Cleo. It's 2013 and..[...]
In case you missed it, we're throwing an online party for the beautiful Grouchy Puppy muse, Cleo. This November marks eight incredible years together. Since the number eight is significant in many cultures and religions, we thought this is the year to do it up right. She is a living legend to many so we're planning to give our dog the equivalent of an Honorary Oscar.
What's a party without guests? This is a virtual party so we're welcoming friends from all over, including New Zealand, Hawaii, Texas, Pennsylvania, Canada, South Carolina, Japan and of course the San Francisco Bay Area. Haven't seen the event on our Facebook page yet? Consider this is YOUR personal invitation to join the party!! It's going to be epic..[...]
Do you ever wonder what happens after dogs are rescued from a hoarding situation or a puppy mill? This is a story of mother and daughter malamutes who not only survived a horrible environment but are now both thriving after being adopted by two loving families on either side of the country. And thanks to modern day technology, they get to visit and "woo woo" at each other over FaceTime on iPads. Too cute for words.
When I saw these cute Australian Cattle dogs playing tether-ball together, and separately, the first thing I thought of was that scene from the movie Napoleon Dynamite. Only the boy dog here seemed to be enjoying himself more.
Don't you think this dog showed more expression on his face than the actor? Watch and tell me what you see in the comments. Enjoy!
We love our dogs and all of us would do most anything to stop them from feeling unnecessary pain. A permanent stumbling block for us though is understanding dog behavior. I'm not an academic but I certainly read a lot about dog behavior in order to better understand my dog Cleo, especially now that she is older and her behavior patterns seem to be changing more frequently.
It never fails that once a week I wish she could talk and tell me why she is not hungry, why she suddenly bumps into a wall that hasn't moved, or isn't interested in a treat she used to drool over. The more serious worries I have are over whether she is showing signs that she is in pain, and I'm not picking up on that.
Now comes Whistle, a new device that could give "a voice" to dogs undergoing therapy or drug treatment.
This week our available adoptable dog is a happy senior Chihuahua blend. Her name is Freckles or as everyone around here calls her the totally adorkable Freckles! Look at her face! She's a funny girl who is ready to be your nap buddy, kitchen assistant and welcome home kisser. Her foster family says she'll be a joy to have in your life!
Come read another special Q&A with Calvin, the terrier from Small Club here in San Francisco, as he interviews sweet funny Freckles… a grouchypuppy.com exclusive! Fall in love with this amazing girl and find out how you can bring her home.
Last fall, Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS) celebrated 25 years with a big party. This weekend, PAWS rolled out the welcome mat to their new permanent home in the Mission District of San Francisco and had a new annual fall fundraiser, PAWS After Dark.
PAWS began as a grassroots compassionate response to the AIDS epidemic, helping care for the pets of so many souls struck by the disease. Today this nonprofit still carries the same mission of supporting and nurturing the human animal bond for those most needy in the community, only now their clients include many more low income seniors and disabled.