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Discover why senior dogs rule when you fall in love with Mrs. Jones!

Mrs. Jones is a darling Shih Tzu girl who came to the San Francisco Bay Area all the way from Yolo County. She is a merry prankster and the perfect dog for someone who loves to play, or who wants to be reminded to play!

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Her owners gave her up due to unknown personal matters, but despite all the recent changes in her life, Mrs. Jones is as sweet as can be!

This loving girl wants nothing more than a person to love. She does perfectly well with other dogs and enjoys going for walks.

Her favorite activity is taking in her surroundings from a warm, cozy bed. Come meet this darling girl today!

Mrs. Jones is 12 years young and weighs about 10 pounds.

Fall in love with her at Muttville on Rescue Row in San Francisco!

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Have you ever noticed how some dogs smell like a stuffed animal?

When I was three years old my parents rehomed an older dog. At the time, we lived in the high desert of Southern California, in a tiny town of cinder block houses. Her family knew ours and my mom thought the dog would fit in. She did, so much so that I stopped playing with my dolls and only wanted to be with her. She was a big, fluffy Samoyed dog who I believed needed me to brush her, every chance I could.

I could sit for hours on the dirty concrete in our car port, surrounded by potential playthings, and only care about her well-being in that hot arid climate. I felt so calm next to her dusty fluffy bear-like body. I would smile into her panting face. Why care that my doll could walk with a push of a button, when I had an open mouth breathing lion to care for? I had a wild beast as my best friend, who smelled like a stuffed animal.

We were inseparable. I never played with dolls again. When I look back fifty years later, I can see this was no coincidence but fate. I had been destined to be a dog lover.

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Enter Chispa. During a recent morning session volunteering at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, I met this lovely lady that you see here. In less than a minute, she brought back memories of my Samoyed. Softly petting Chispa between the eyes, letting her creep closer as she accepted my love, I felt a familiar warmth pass between us.

Without hesitation I leaned in to feel her fluff with my face. Not only did she let me, she closed her eyes and settled in for whatever else I had in store. Is my response common to other older dog lovers? Do we all have this imprint that stays with us? You read the phrase, "dog print on my heart" but this sensation I feel is at a molecular level.

My time volunteering at Muttville is always satisfying, but moments with dogs like Chispa are restorative. I hope someone out there with extra love finds her. She will repay you with the sweetest breath, the kindest eyes, and a quietude to balance the noisy world of today.

Thank you Chispa for taking me back in time.

Have you noticed the similar smell between a stuffed animal and a dog? When did you know you were a dog lover?

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

Have you know a dog who can fly? How about an senior Chi still so spry he can fly? Acorn, the chihuahua flew over the baby gate and into my arms on a recent visit to Muttville Senior Dog Rescue.

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If you’re looking for a sweet and spunky companion then look no further because Acorn is the pup for you!

This loving boy is full of love and personality. He is active, happy-go-lucky, and sweet as can be.

Acorn loves people and does very well with dogs of all sizes.

He enjoys burrowing, jumping from bed to bed, eating treats, and cuddling. Can Acorn be your new best friend?

Acorn is about 10 years young and weighs 10 pounds.

Catch him at Muttville on Rescue Row in San Francisco!

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Cute News Desk: Your first dog or next dog could look like this...

You never know what kind of dog will adopt you, and vice versa. This is true whether you discover the love of an older dog, or a young one.

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You could look down and recognize a fellow companion ready to share your adventures and life. I believe we meet the right dogs at the right time, that the match is made from equal parts timing and openness, with a dash of magic.

But that's just me.

What do you think?

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