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Skipalong for Animal Rescue on May 10 in San Francisco

On Saturday, May 10th people of all ages can join in a fun skipping fundraising event for Hopalong & Second Chance Animal Rescue.

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Walk by any school or playground in the city and you're bound to see kids skipping. Skipping is fun! It's part of a good workout, and it generates a lot of positive energy.

May 10th is the 15th Anniversary of Skip for a Cause sponsored by iSkip.com with this year's uplifting event benefiting Hopalong & Second Chance Animal Rescue.

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Therapy Dogs "open the door to a connection" for Oregon Hospice Patients

Dogs have a gift when it comes to making a connection with people. I know a few shy and introverted folks who blossom when I walk up with my big dog Cleo. Their faces light up as we approach, and we spend a few minutes sharing anecdotes about dogs while they pet Cleo. This is one of the few times when she is willing to stop in the middle of her walk to "hang out" with someone who needs a little furry love. 

I've also seen the impact on hospice patients and their families when a therapy dog arrives. The warm body, the happy face and gentle demeanor can work wonders on the emotions.

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Read this wonderful example in Oregon of how therapy dogs are helping patients and grieving family members alike [...]

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Elsa the pit bull inspires patients while dispensing love as a therapy dog

Elsa the courageous pit bull has battled cruelty, illness and paralysis. It's no wonder this inspiring rescue dog was awarded the British Columbia Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals' "Animal Hero Award" in 2013.

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Look at her happy face! Today Elsa not only is in a loving home but she has been matched up with the perfect job for her skills, an ambassador of love...from HLNTV.com

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Highlights from Record Breaking SF DogFest 2014

This year was bigger than ever at DogFest in Duboce Park in San Francisco. The sun and crowds came out to support the community and the kids at McKinley. 

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Golden Retriever is natural "hen mother"

11-year-old golden retriever Champ is a natural at nesting. A box of baby chicks were left on their doorstep and while her mom searches for homes for the brood, Champ is showing everyone why senior dogs rule.

 

  

 

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SF DogFest 2014: Pet Parade, Dog Show, Kid Carnival Sat. April 26th

Looking for family fun this weekend that also supports a neighborhood public school? If you love dogs and kids then come out for the annual DogFest in beautiful sunny Duboce Park. This is the seventh year of the huge outdoor community fundraiser for McKinnley Elementary School in San Francisco. 

 

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Saturday, April 26, 2014

11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Cost: FREE to watch. Tickets are sold for food and kids games. Registration fee for the dog show.

Duboce Park | Duboce and Noe

San Francisco, CA

For more event details about this fun event.

 

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Are you prepared? April is Pet First Aid Awareness Month

There are ways to prevent dog bites, but do you know what you would do if your dog got hurt at the park? How about if your puppy devoured a bag of chocolate chips?

Not only have I thought about those situations but my dog is elderly and blind. Oh, and I live in San Francisco, an area famous for having earthquakes. I've many reasons to periodically take a minute and ask myself, "What would I do if Cleo was hurt?"

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Do you have a First Aid kit for your dog?

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Guest Post: Our Experience With Holistic Treatments (Part Two)

I believe that it's important for dog lovers to share our personal canine experiences in our own voice, which is why you will find occasional guest posts on Grouchy Puppy doing just that -- do remember Maggie's two-part series on pet adoption or Elisa's series on her experiences dog fostering?

Today, Jana Rade is sharing part two of a two-part guest post discussing her experience with holistic treatments. Jana is a graphic designer by profession and never aspired to learning about dog health issues until she met Jasmine. Unfortunately, she received a crash course in the subject due to Jasmine’s many health issues and has since become an advocate for other pet owners and their four-legged friends.

Our Experience With Holistic Treatments (Part Two)

Here is a little note: any modality is only as good as the vet using it. Truly. It is one thing to decide to go with either conventional modern medicine or alternative holistic medicine and it is another thing all together to find a vet who is good at it. I know people who curse holistic medicine just because they stumbled upon a bad apple and things went wrong. Holistic vets are good or bad just like conventional vets are good or bad. This is important to keep in mind. If you’re not getting the results you want, you might be using a wrong approach OR you might be using a wrong vet.

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After our first non-traditional experience, I did change my point of view and always considered using holistic approach before resorting to conventional medicine. 

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Adoptable Senior Dog of the Week: Tommy G

What is it about Dachshunds, or as I like to call them Doxies, that make them so happy and upbeat? All of these wee dogs that I've met are like this week's adoptable senior dog, happy, ignores cats, and does that little Doxie trot during a walk around the block. 

This week we have a new fun interview between mischievous terrier Calvin, the leader of small club: big adventures for small dogs, and Tommy G.… a www.grouchypuppy.com exclusive! Come read this cute question and answer session with this sweet senior dachshund, Tommy G [...]

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Guest Post: Our Experience with Holistic Treatments

I believe that it's important for dog lovers to share our personal canine experiences in our own voice, which is why you will find occasional guest posts on Grouchy Puppy doing just that -- do remember Maggie's two-part series on pet adoption?

Today, Jana Rade is sharing part one of a two-part guest post discussing her experience with holistic treatments. Jana is a graphic designer by profession and never aspired to learning about dog health issues until she met Jasmine. Unfortunately, she received a crash course in the subject due to Jasmine’s many health issues and has since become an advocate for other pet owners and their four-legged friends.

Our Experience with Holistic Treatments

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, I was an oblivious dog mom. I figured that taking my dog to a vet and then do what they said was all I needed to do. In an ideal world, it should work that way. In this one, it often does not.

There were things they just dismissed instead of digging deeper for a diagnosis. And there were times when the treatment seemed worse than the disease.

And then there was the fact that Jasmine often had bad reactions to various drugs.

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Two legged dog enjoys first trip to the beach

What an inspiration! Duncan a two-legged Boxer experiences the beach for the first time. Watch out! About 47 seconds into the video this adorable dog almost runs into the camera he is so happy. 

 

If you're feeling blue or need to be visually reminded of why dogs make the best teachers, watch this video. You will have smiles for miles!  Watch Duncan, can you feel the joy seep into your bones?

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National Pet Day | Celebrating the joy we found with a rescue dog

Do dogs have intuition? Cleo sure can smell love. She has an uncanny way of knowing when to slow down and patient. She has always been a good detective but I think losing her vision has enhanced her ability to identify love under the surface of any animal or person. An insurance company could hire her as a lead risk management agent or head investigator, she's that accurate.

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April 11, 2014 is National Pet Day, and a day we celebrate our discovery that rescue dogs are the best and we'd adopt again in a heartbeat!

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