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In Omaha, visiting hours now include your dog for longer term hospital patients

Could you imagine falling ill and being hospitalized away from your family for weeks and weeks? As you mend your physical body, the toll on your emotional health is bound to be tough. You are separated from loved ones, and all the routines and familiar faces that make a house a home. Now imagine that family included a beloved dog or cat? If it was me, I would be trying to convince my husband to help my dog Cleo Skype with me. Stat. 

Read about a hospital in Omaha that has a new program that is better than any Google Hangout or Skype [...]

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Why this photo of my old dog makes me smile every time

This life I've had with my first senior dog has been the best. My gratitude for every moment runs deeper than I can say. Even now as she rests after a minor seizure, I still see our life together as a glass half-full.

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Stay alert on local dog walks

While the debate continues over off leash areas for dogs in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, sadly someone has decided to go rogue and plant poisoned meatballs in a popular area of San Francisco. Again. These meatballs look very familiar and killed a little doxie we knew:

"Last July, a 7-year-old dachshund died and another dog was seriously sickened after eating meatballs the police believe were filled with strychnine. Police never located the person responsible for the deadly meatballs."

Even on leash, it's easy for people and dogs to get distracted when you have city streets and stairways like this one to hike or walk up.

[One of my favorite routes toward Twin Peaks is via these otherworldly steps]

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Adoptable Senior Dog of the Week: Lollipop

 

Oompa loompa!!! No kidding, he's from the Lollipop Guild. This little Shih Tzu blend is too adorable!

Easy going, calm and cuddly, Lollipop's Mom passed away and this little guy ended up in a pretty bad place in Southern California with no hope. But Muttville came to the rescue and brought him north!

Now he is marching around Muttville with his tail up and wagging. They say he is 14 years old, but he may be younger. He has lots of energy and a big grin.

Lollipop would be great in most households so come on down to Muttville and get your own smile on!

 

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What if shelters spent less time on blame and more on helping keep pets in homes?

Editor's Note: This is a guest post from Maggie Marton, of Oh My Dog Blog. Maggie continues where she left off last week, in "Take off your Judgey Pants: Let's Discuss Pet Adoption". Today she discusses how we all might benefit (the community, the owner, and the animal) if shelters and rescues concentrate more on helping a pet owner keep their adopted animal, rather than blaming them for surrendering the animal.

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Angel's Depot new partnership with Helen Woodward Animal Center AniMeals Program will benefit low income seniors

Having been significantly involved with Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS) in San Francisco for three years, I have seen first hand the power of the human-animal bond at work between low income seniors, the disabled, and their companion animals. It breaks my heart to imagine anyone having to choose to feed themselves or their beloved furry (and often only) family member. 

Today, thanks to an anonymous donor, a new partnership begins between the Helen Woodward Animal Center's AniMeals Program and The Angel's Depot, a San Diego county nonprofit serving the nutritional needs of seniors.

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How do dogs get us to do the silliest things?

Is it because they are goofy? Is that why dogs seem to inspire the worst puns, lame alliterations and bad poetry? I'll admit that I'm guilty of these crimes.

Are dogs uniquely capable of getting us humans to let our guard down and act like fools in front of them? I have not seen anyone talk like a baby to a cat, but I've seen plenty go nuts over a dog - from a puppy to a senior cutie. You know what I'm talking about. The person in question speaks in a silly voice and then some...

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Adoptable Senior Dog of the Week: Sally

Meet this week's adoptable senior dog, Sally. She is the perfect blend of Shepherd and Chow Chow, ideal for someone who needs to just mellow out and savor some quality time. 

Learn more about Sally from this fun interview by Calvin, the leader of small club: big adventures for small dogs. It's a grouchypuppy.com exclusive. Warning! Be prepared to fall in love, Sally is a little flirt [...]

 

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Photo credit: Suszi Mcfadden

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A Valentine Story: Elderly New York Nuns Adopt Senior Pit Bull

Grieving the sudden loss of their dog Kate to cancer, three elderly sisters head to a shelter looking for a dog. To their surprise they found not only a senior dog, but an elderly pit bull would be their perfect new roommate.

The nuns saw past any breed stereotype about pit bulls, right into the heart of Remy, a loving senior dog looking for a family and forever home. 

"Remy leaned her head into Sister Virginia’s chest and sighed. “She just got right up there,” said Sister Virginia, 79."

For many of us who've adopted a big adult dog, the moment we feel this animal give in to trust, physically relaxing with a sigh or other body language, is magical. I will never forget with my dog (small pony) Cleo buried her big head into my lap and left it there. Read the rest of this wonderful love story[...]

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[Guest Post] Take Off Your Judgey Pants: Let's discuss pet adoption!

Editor's Note: This is a guest post from Maggie Marton, of Oh My Dog Blog. This is a topic that I'm interested in, and I'm thrilled that Maggie wrote about it. Some folks may not know that Grouchy Puppy is a place for people to have lively debates about sensitive topics. In the past we've discussed breed specific legislation, and the question "is animal advocate a kinder, gentler activist?" Our mission here is about education and elevating conversations, how can you do that without healthy debate? Now let's hear from Maggie...

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Recently, two things happened at once that got me thinking about how we treat pet adoption, and Sharon was kind enough to let me tackle it here.

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