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Discover why senior dogs rule: Fall in love with Bob

Meet Bob. He is a very fun loving older dog looking for that perfect partner to spend his life with. 

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He is mellow and happy, and loves to be held and be with his person (or people).

Bob is confident but not overbearing and he gets along well with dogs and cats of all sizes. He is very smart and is also housetrained and potty trained on pee pads.

He adapts well to any situation and just goes with the flow. In short, Bob is pure perfection!

We think Bob is between 8-10 years young, weighing less than 10 lbs.

Meet him at Muttville on Rescue Row in San Francisco! You'll fall in love with him and understand why older dogs are the best!

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The "adorkable" senior dog named Bunny

Choosing to adopt an older dog can be rewarding in many ways. For my friend Shelah Barr, owner of Happy Hounds Massage, the little old dog she met transformed into an adorkable bundle of curiosity and seeker of sunshine.
In Shelah's own words, this is what happened:
I first laid eyes on Bunny in 2009. I had gotten calls from a few volunteers about a dog who had just arrived at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue who seemed to be in pain. I can't believe what I saw when I got there - what a mess! She had been on the streets for a while, then someone had shaved her entire head, ears and body, but left the long curly foxtail encrusted fur on her legs and paws. She had a rash, was hopping off one back leg and goose-stepping with the front ones, trying to get someone to pay attention to her. What a clown. Anyway, I checked her out and had my suspicions about her knees so after a quick visit to the vet the next thing I know she's had surgery on both knees and I'm rehabbing her! And now I can't get rid of her. 
She's the oddest dog I've ever had. She has immense curiosity about people and things - she walked up to a guy jackhammering with genuine interest in the jackhammer and him! She's not afraid of anything, loves big dogs, thinks cats are the best thing ever, and has the strangest penchant for sitting and laying down in driveways. She's recently expanded her proclivities to crosswalks, wheelchair ramps, and a nice cozy space right next to the active streetcar tracks. She even plopped down in front of the neighbor's house where the driveway was going to be built. People like to theorize why she does that, but I think we'll never really know why. Just another mystery that is Bunny!
You never know who you'll fall in love with, but I think Shelah now definitely knows why senior dogs rule. 

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Discover why senior dogs rule: Fall in love with the Boss!

When you're ready to bring a little love into your life and home, choosing to adopt an older dog could be the best decision you'll make!

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Don’t let his name fool you, this pocket-sized lovebug is as sweet and easy going as they get! 

Boss is the kind of dog that wants nothing more than to be your second shadow. He can’t get enough loving!

We think Boss is between 8-10 years young, weighing about 8 lbs.

Meet him at Muttville on Rescue Row in San Francisco!

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Helen Woodward 27th Annual Spring Fling Gala & Charity Auction

Good food, live entertainment and a charity silent auction will raise important funding for the Helen Woodward Animal Center on June 6th. This unique private animal non-profit located in North San Diego County does so much in their community and beyond. They raise awareness of the human-animal bond, get record numbers of orphan pets adopted during Home 4 for Holidays campaign, and positively influence hundreds of children each year with their pet therapy programs.

What sets the Helen Woodward Animal Center apart? This is their mission:

Helen Woodward Animal Center's passionate belief that animals help people and people help animals through trust, unconditional love, and respect, creates a legacy of caring. Sharing this philosophy with others, the Center inspires and teaches, locally and globally, the importance of the animal-human bond.

They have been applying this philosophy for forty years with extensive educational programs aimed at inspiring compassion in children, and a variety of services that benefit their greater San Diego County community. 

The 27th annual Spring Fling Gala is their largest fundraiser of the year, and will be held on Saturday, June 6 at Fairbanks Village Plaza in Rancho Santa Fe. The evening will include live entertainment, selections from San Diego’s top restaurants, open bar, live and silent auctions, and an incredible opportunity drawing.

Get your tickets here!

Do good, feel good. Support the work of the Helen Woodward Animal Center!

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SF SPCA Hosts "Dogs on the Catwalk" Fashion Show & Cocktails on May 29!

The San Francisco SPCA is hosting a fun new cocktail party and fashion show on Friday, May 29 at their Mission Campus on Rescue Row. They hope to introduce adoptable dogs to people who might not otherwise plan to visit the shelter. Adoption fees will be waived all weekend as part of Maddie's Pet Adoption Days.

sfspca.orgEnjoy custom cocktails, check out the latest fashion trends, and meet your new best friend!

The San Francisco SPCA invites you to the inaugural Dogs on the Catwalk cocktail party and fashion show. 

Adoption fees will be waived this evening at both the Mission and Pacific Heights Adoption Centers! The free adoptions will continue on Saturday and Sunday, May 30 and 31, as part of Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days.

“These parties aren’t just a fun night out; they actually save lives,” said SF SPCA co-president Jason Walthall.

Get a front row seat at the catwalk for the 7:00 pm fashion show featuring Claire Farwell and Jill Milan. Many have seen designer Claire Farwell’s beautiful gowns on the Hollywood red carpets. Now you’re invited to see her latest designs in person!

Luxury handbag designer Jill Milan, who counts actresses Jennifer Lawrence and Anne Hathaway as clients, will be showing her latest Italian made, cruelty-free purses. 


The festivities take place Friday, May 29, 5pm – 10pm at the SF SPCA’s Mission Campus (201 Alabama Street).

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Enjoy a cocktail bar and delicious vegan and vegetarian food trucks!

Check out the casual threads from San Francisco-based Betabrand, and Dogs N Ties colorful ties and scarves purchases will help homeless animals.

Live music by Sit Kitty Sit.


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Discover why senior dogs rule: Fall in love with Reba

Anyone who thinks older dogs are boring has never met this Chihuahua blend. There’s never a dull moment when this confident little lady is around.

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Reba is one sassy little senior sweetheart who will always bring a smile to your face!

Reba would love to be your newest constant companion and dog-friendly activity partner!

We think Reba is about 8 years young, weighing 11 lbs.

Come down to Muttville on Rescue Row and meet her!

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My vacation included cleaning sleepy eyes, offering affection, and sausage bits to stray and pet dogs in Turkey

Going on vacation should be fun. When you have a dog, if you cannot take them with you, leaving them behind can be tough emotionally. It's also not fun if your separation is distressing for both of you. When you love a dog like I do, and your furry best friend is aging rapidly, you choose to stay with them every chance you can rather than leave them, even for an hour. You can question my relationship with her and call the depth of my attachment unhealthy, but I can look back now and say with confidence that I squeezed every ounce out of our limited time together.

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Stray street dogs in Istanbul can track animal lovers

A tagged stray dog hangs out in Istanbul. Most of the street dogs I saw in Turkey wanted to be near people. At one point it seemed as if they were tracking me, a known animal lover. These loose dogs showed up at every place I went, and didn't hesitate to come close. Could they smell my desire to clean out their eyes or give them a soft pet?

Istanbul's street dogs seemed to be content either observing the flow of pedestrians, or napping in the sunshine. They were calm and sweetly passive to feet stepping very close, or in this case letting me sit near him on the bench to chat for a minute. 

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Most of the dogs I saw in Istanbul were somewhat healthy looking, considering they lived outside and fended for themselves. This is a busy, crowded city. I was glad to see most people here either ignored the dogs, or were pleasant to them. Given the amount of cars and buses on the streets, I expected more aggressive behavior from people towards the loose dogs. Sure they honked at dogs walking in the road but that was all.

I was also kind of amazed to watch how the dogs navigated the crowds of tourists. The dogs I saw didn't spook easily and had a level of confidence in their behavior that told me the majority of them must be getting their needs met somehow.

I hope whatever they are doing in Istanbul is spreading to other Turkish cities and rural communities. The majority of dogs may not have a home but they didn't appear neglected, or abused, as I saw in some of the smaller towns.

My big struggle during this trip was deciding how to respond when I came across one of these dogs. What would you do if this happened to you on vacation in another country?


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Discover why senior dogs rule: Fall in love with Pops

They don’t get much cuter than Pops! You can see why we love older dogs so much. This senior sweetheart just flew into San Francisco on a wing and a prayer, and a lap, thanks to Pilots N Paws.

This sweetie pie came all the way from Los Angeles and is destined to fly into your heart when you meet him in person on Rescue Row.


Muttville may not know too much about his past, but can tell he’s a total lovebug who can’t wait to find his forever home.

Pops is also great with cats! We think Pops is between 11-13 years young, weighing about 17 lbs. The co-pilot, Carol, held him the whole way...

Stop by Rescue Row in San Francisco and meet Pops, the newest daredevil and adorable adoptable senior dog at Muttville!

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Discover why senior dogs rule: Fall in love with Solomon

Discover why senior dogs rule when you meet the handsome miniature dachshund known as Solomon.

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No way he is a senior with this puppy face! This sweet adorable pup is a pretty cool fella.

Solomon will do best in an experienced home that is OK with all of his little personality quirks.

He may be a little shy around new people at first, but with some time and patience you become Solomon's BFF!

Solomon wants nothing more than to be your one and only, your partner in crime, the apple of your eye!

Solomon is 7 years young and weighs around 13 lbs.

Meet him at Muttville on Rescue Row in San Francisco.

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Just give me the dog treat already

You didn't have to know much about dog behavior or body language to figure out what he was trying to say to this lady. We were in the Aegean region near Fethiye, Turkey, and this dog was fluent in the international language of good smelling dog treats.

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Dogs understand what treats are, and how to ask for them in any language... 

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