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

A wonderful effect from playing with older dogs is lower blood pressure. When I play with fluffy white cotton-ball dogs like Shiro, I find myself visibly relaxing. Look at his expression, and you can imagine mine!  

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Meet the adorable Mr. Shiro! This sweet, terrier mix guy wins over everyone he meets with his spunky personality and adorable looks.

Shiro’s favorite things are going on walks, playing with squeaky toys, and eating yummy snacks.

He is the perfect medium size and has a very soft, all white coat.

This boy is full of fun energy and would make a wonderful companion! Shiro is 13 years young and weighs 17 pounds.

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

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Little old dog plays very big role in Bay Area dental practice

Dogs are amazing adaptable creatures. They enrich our lives in many ways, including easing our stress and lifting our moods. When you're a dog person, even if you haven't been around a dog since childhood, engaging and handling one can transport you to a place of familiarity and comfort.

Enter Muttville Senior Dog Rescue and a stray Papillon from the streets of Hayward, California scooped up in September...

When a dog at Muttville gets adopted their new life often starts with a different name, in addition to a new home, as part of the matchmaking process. In the case of Babs, the Papillon, her name changed after she was adopted by Dr. Garrett's mother, and then again after Dr. Garrett moved her mom into an assisted living home and Babs took on the role of dental comfort dog.

Here's a special interview with Bay Area dentists, Dr Cameron T Garrett DDS and Debra Garrett RDH who realized a little old dog could play a very big role in their dental practice. 

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Karma, making dental patients happier


They tell us repeatedly that having Karma there makes the whole dental experience that much better.

 

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

Come check out this cutie pie! Harold is ready to find his perfect home, can it be with you? He’s a super mellow fellow that likes to live life in the slower lane.

Harold loves to spend his afternoons taking naps in the sunshine and going for leisurely strolls around the block. If you’re looking for an easygoing old dog to love, Harold is the boy for you!

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Here’s what Harold’s foster has to say about this special boy:

“He’s easy going, likes cars, doesn’t mind stairs, very nice dog, and he loves lying in my lap, and when you stop petting him and he wants more, he’ll put his paw on you or rub his head in your hand. He likes warm/soft beds & blankets, and is very happy to share a bed with you! He’s ok with stairs but I sometimes carry him. He is good with other dogs, no problems. He barked a bit at a cat in the house, but no real problems. Very nice dog, will make someone a great companion.”

We think Harold is between 9-11 years young, weighing about 20 lbs.

Find him at Muttville on Rescue Row in San Francisco!

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

Just one look into Kibble’s soulful eyes and you can tell he has so much love to give. This precious, delicate boy hasn’t had the best of luck lately, but he’s happy to now be safe and sound at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue.

He's a sweet little man ready to snuggle the winter blues away, or just watch Netflix and chill.

 

Need a hug? A snuggle buddy for the cool temperatures? Kibble @muttvillesf is your man! He's why #seniordogsrock #shihtzu

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Kibble is the type of senior boy that likes to sit back, relax and watch all the hustle and bustle happen around him.

Though he likes going for his short walks around the block, Kibble is happiest laying by your feet or right in your lap! This lovebug can’t wait to finally find his forever home.

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

Find him at Muttville on Rescue Row in San Francisco!

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30th Anniversary of SF SPCA and Macy's Union Square Adoption Windows

It's the most wonderful time of the year! 'Tis the season for believing in the power of our love for dogs and cats to overwhelm passers by in downtown San Francisco so that they opt to adopt.

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SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF., November 11, 2016 – The San Francisco SPCA and Macy’s Union Square are teaming up to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Holiday Windows. This holiday season adoptable animals will once again be showcased in the effort to find them loving homes.

Last year alone, 261 cats and dogs found new homes in time for the holidays, and more than $88,000 was raised to support the SF SPCA’s life-saving programs. Since the beginning of Holiday Windows, more than 8,800 dogs and cats have been adopted at the event.

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

Warning: cuteness overload!! Piccolo looks just like a little stuffed animal come to life! This adorable senior boy will melt your heart the second you meet him.

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He’s mellow, cuddly and gets along fabulously with dogs of all sizes. They say great things come in small packages, and we couldn’t agree more about Piccolo!

Better hurry on down to meet him, because we have a feeling this little charmer is going to get adopted in a heartbeat.

Here’s what Piccolo’s foster has to say about this special boy:

“Piccolo is doing great, he is an amazing boy. He is calm, loves to be around people. Only barks to greed us or when he wants to pee. Despite his leg condition he enjoys his short walks and likes to go from leg to leg when called cute. He is super friendly. "

We think Piccolo is between 12-14 years young, weighing less than 8 lbs.

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

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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! 

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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.

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

Visit www.aspca.org/31days 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.

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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! 

 

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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