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

What is wonderful about older dogs is they are open books, and with Kimmy (Schmidt!) she's got an open face! Just like the sweet and fun-loving character on television, Kimmy is a happy girl!

If you’re looking for a lovable senior gal to call yours, look no further than Kimmy! She’s a true blend of breeds that turned out just right.

Can you believe a doll like her was found as a stray? Good thing she wound up at Muttville, where we’re sure she’ll find her perfect match in no time at all!

She may not be able to see too well, but that doesn’t stop her from greeting new people with a wagging tail and a big smile on her face.

Kimmy is such a special girl that deserves the very best from here on out!

We think Kimmy is 11 years young, weighing about 30 lbs.

Find Kimmy at Muttville on Rescue Row in San Francisco!

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Learn how you can help homeless pets with a photo of your dog!

Love dogs too? Want a fun way to celebrate Adopt A Shelter Dog Month with your dog, and help raise money for animals in need? Join in the ASPCA's 31 Days of Rescue Dogs Campaign!

Participants will be asked to post one photo of their favorite rescue every day, and each post will encourage their friends to donate $1 a day in exchange for 31 days of adorable photos. The featured dogs can be rescues, fosters, or shelter pups in need of homes.

Each post should contain the hashtag #31DaysofRescueDogs for the chance to win prizes and be featured on Pit Bulls and Parolees.

Visit to learn more and sign up!

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

Some dogs have that personality that grabs your attention first. Then there are old dogs like this guy, whose face (that little snaggle tooth!), AND personality go straight to your heart!! Swoon.


Who’s calling Bogey a senior? We think he acts like a much younger pup!

Bogey bounces from room to room, greeting every person and dog with a wagging tail and a smile on his face.

Not too big and not too small, Bogey is the perfect size for outdoor adventures and cuddle time on the couch.

This handsome boy will make a great addition to any home! 


File Bogey under A for ADORABLE

We think Bogey is 7 years young, weighing about 20 lbs. Meet this cutie pie at Muttville on Rescue Row in San Francisco!


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

Daisy is a big, beautiful beagle that can’t wait to meet you! She LOVES everyone and has a cutest personality!

Its clear that food equaled love in her past home, so she’s ready to get back to a healthier lifestyle with lots of walks around the block and a balanced diet.

Daisy gets along great with dogs of all sizes and loves to meet new people. She does well with cats too!

There’s nothing she wants more than to find her perfect match to spend her retirement years in.

We think Daisy is between 12-14 years young, weighing about 45 lbs.

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

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Discover why senior dogs rule: Fall in love with Black Betty!

Black Betty is a sweet, sensitive and darling senior dog that can’t wait to meet you! This cutie loves belly rubs and quiet snuggles.


Betty may seem a little shy when you first meet her, but we just think that’s due to all the recent changes in her life. 

Betty will warm up and show her silly side once she’s in warm, loving home.

A stray no longer, Betty deserves to spend her golden years getting spoiled rotten!

We think Black Betty is between 9-11 years young, weighing about 13 lbs.

Come down to Muttville in San Francisco and you'll fall in love with her!

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Older dogs offer you something special, often intangible

When you spend time with older dogs, it feels like you've been given a free meditation lesson. Hanging with Murphy here in the doggy loft at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, I literally could feel his soothing aura embrace me while I sat next to him on a bed.


Older dogs offer you something special, often intangible.

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Serial senior dog adopters stay focused on happy times together even after unexpected loss

I believe strongly in the power older dogs have for enriching our lives. Opening your heart and home to senior dogs is worth the inevitable future loss. Why? That answer varies for many of us, but it could be simply that you appreciate quality over quantity. I learned this from experiences with my beloved dog. After she passed on, I miss her but the feeling of gratitude I have for the quality of time we had together overwhelms any sadness.

When a loved one passes away, their loss can knock you for a loop, even when they are showing signs their time with you is coming to a close. Imagine the devastation when two loved ones unexpectedly go within days of each other? That recently happened to long time senior dog lovers and adopters, Karl and Jessica.

If you missed them, I recommend you read their three guest posts from earlier this year, about their senior dog journey: It started with Tara, Continued with Bobo and Jameson, and their journey is Destined to Continue.

Karl and Jessica shared their sudden loss in an email, which they graciously allow me to share below. I hope you'll read it and take away the message of how the enrichment you get from caring for and about older dogs, far outweighs any pain.


An update to our Senior Dog Journey

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NBC's Clear the Shelters Adoptathon 2016

Hey Bay Area dog lovers!! It’s that time of year again…time to #cleartheshelters! Local shelters nationwide are offering free adoptions this weekend, July 23-24 thanks to NBC and Telemundo.


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Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, as a participating shelter will be waiving fees all weekend for qualified adopters. Come down to 255 Alabama on Rescue Row, 10:00AM to 4:00pm!

The San Francisco SPCA is throwing a street fair on Rescue Row with games straight from the midway, delectable sweet treats, vegetarian nibbles, oodles of fuzzy new friends to take home with you, and the return of the notoriously creative dog costume contest!

This is a contest of Olympic proportions, so get your glue gun fired up and strut your dog’s stuff on the runway at 1pm. At stake, bragging rights and prizes from NBC.

Last year it was the SF/SPCA's most successful adoption weekend ever, finding forever homes for 111 animals! All animals adopted from the SF/SPCA will go home with their new families for free. *

Events on Rescue Row:
1pm Saturday Only
Dog costume contest (Registration 10:30am-12:30pm)

All Day Saturday and Sunday
FREE adoptions at SF SPCA Mission and Pacific Heights Campuses
Big Jenga!
Colossal Connect Four!
Crowd-art watercolor wall
Midway games
Selfie station
Bouncy obstacle course
And more!

*SF residents will be required to pay SF dog license fee.


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My Muttville Moment: Old dogs understand loyalty

When I look at an old dog staring out of the window at the doggy loft, I see someone who understands loyalty. The older dog has experienced what it feels like to be a part of a team. They know what it means to be able to depend on someone. I sense they are feeling the loss and it breaks my heart. My compassionate response is to give that old dog all the love and affection they can tolerate, to show them that they weren't wrong to trust us. I feel compelled to step up and show them their loyalty is valued, even more than love.

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Mandy is an old dog at Muttville who understands loyalty. I took her out for a walk one morning and her focus wasn't on peeing, it was finding a certain someone or their car. We race-walked down the street pausing at every, single, parked car. She determinedly sniffed each door and tire before moving down the row. I asked her repeatedly to please go potty, because it was nicer for us all if she did her business outside, rather than in the doggy loft among the other dogs. She ignored me. She had priorities.

I don't know many cocker spaniels but I do recognize loyalty, and what it means to be part of a team.

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My Muttville Moment: Big old dogs know about grace

When I spend time with old dogs I always seem to come away with a new wisdom or reminded of a forgotten lesson. Recently I sat with a big old girl named Bridgett. Her quiet watchful gaze followed me around the room until I stopped mopping and came over. She had fit her large shepherd body onto a piece of AstroTurf along the far wall. I couldn't tell if she missed laying on grass or wanted a little private space.

Since her eyes were open I decided to go visit. I'm so glad I did. Bridgett lifted her sugar face up and calmly gazed at me. I took that as a green-light and sat down on the floor. We chatted.

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Discover why senior dogs rule: Fall in love with Peggy Sue!

They don’t get much sweeter than Peggy Sue! This cutie-pie is a true blend of breeds with her adorable whiskers and big smile.

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Not too big and not too small, Peggy Sue is the perfect size for cuddle time on the couch and walks in the sunshine!

Peggy Sue makes human and doggie friends wherever she goes. How could she not? She is such a love!

Here’s what Peggy Sue’s foster mom has to say about this special girl:

“She lives to snuggle, gets on well with cats and dogs of all sizes, and is playful and goofy. She is so happy and has a great personality. I adore her”.

We think Peggy Sue is between 11-13 years young, weighing about 16 lbs.

Find her at Muttville on Rescue Row in San Francisco

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Discover why senior dogs rule: Fall in love with Terry! He's full of wags!

If you’re looking for a new BFF, look no further than Terry! Not only does he have the good looks, this silly guy has the best personality to match.


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Terry isn’t quite ready for retirement yet and has plenty of pep in his step! He’s the perfect combination of walking companion and couch potato.

Terry is super friendly and gets along well with people and other dogs. What’s not to love?

We think Terry is between 12-14 years young, weighing 24 lbs.

Meet him at Muttville in San Francisco to discover what a super cutie he is, and such a wagster!

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Old dogs are full of tricks!

This is Danny, a very clever senior dog from Muttville. Without me saying a word, he walked up during my recent volunteer duty, and put out his right paw. It was still pretty early on this San Francisco morning, and I needed another cup of coffee, but this little cocker spaniel was intent on showing off his tricks.

Unlike my big old Shepherd Husky, Danny didn't need to sit down to shake hands. He also proved he is ambidextrous by offering his left paw a few minutes later. 


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If you're lucky enough to meet Danny, or even adopt him from Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, you'll find out for yourself why senior dogs rule. Check out the rest of his Muttville background here:

  • Danny likes to explore
  • He's very mellow (yep!)
  • Incredibly soft and very sweet
  • Danny is about 30 lbs and 9-11 years young


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Finding your heart dog reflected in another

Volunteering at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue every week brings me in close contact with old dogs. All of my desire to help them get another chance at love and affection with a new family is satisfied by the end of my shift.

This week I had the unexpected additional pleasure of spending time with Patricia, a shepherd with the looks and personality of my heart dog who passed away almost two years ago.

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Instead of feeling sad about my loss, or reminded of the hole she left behind, I felt joy. I felt gratitude for having some time with another dog who enjoyed my company so much she dozed off on my feet, and stuck close to me every chance she got. I even got a very sweet smile reminiscent of my angel girl. Her soft eyes and fur are an elixir and soothing balm to noises in the world.

If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, come see Patricia for yourself and find out what I mean! From the Muttville posting:

  • Patricia is great with dogs
  • Excellent walking on a leash
  • Loves new people (Yep!!)
  • Patricia about 10 years young and weighs 45 lbs.

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Animal Advocacy and Adopt a Shelter Pet Day: Spotlight on Muttville Senior Dog Rescue

Muttville Senior Dog Rescue is a special kind of shelter. Maybe it's the old dogs, or maybe it's the volunteers, but when you are inside Muttville, your life gets brighter. Mine has.

Helping write the last chapter of an older dog's life feels amazing.

Let me tell you, it's easy to advocate for animals when you've a senior dog trying to snuggle up next to you. I've been volunteering a few hours each week at Muttville and these old dogs don't pull any punches. They are professionals! Muttville mutts either boldly demand you give them affection, or purposefully seek out a quiet blanket in a peaceful corner.

Marvelous Muttville

Thanks in large part to their continued focus on education, and successful use of social media, Muttville has had an explosive growth in the last four years. In 2012 they also signed a lease for their building, giving Sherri, the founder and executive director, her house back.

Though she still has several dogs with her on any given day, the doggy loft at their home on Rescue Row and the many foster homes allows Muttville to help many, many more senior dogs.

Muttville has about thirty dogs in their new building on Alabama Street, with another 80-90 in foster homes. What is unique is that the few kennels you'll find in their headquarters all have open doors. The dogs are free to sleep wherever they want. 

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Jackpot & Jax were both adopted later that day

Animal Advocacy

Of the hundred Muttville foster homes, 70% have cared for 10 or more dogs. That says a lot about how committed you become to advocating for senior dogs after helping your first. Older dogs shut down the most in a loud and crowded place like a city shelter. This contributes to their depressed and quiet demeanor, and doesn't help their adoption chances.

The open doggy loft and family of foster homes allows Muttville mutts to blossom and show their true loving nature.

Choosing to adopt a shelter pet can have wonderful consequences for both of you. When you decide to adopt a senior dog, you open yourself to a world of love. When kids care for animals, they learn empathy and compassion. 

Promoting dog adoption, advocating for senior dogs and championing well-run shelters is something we can do every day, not just once a year, don't you think? Join me!

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