Spotlight on Senior Dogs: Older dogs are worth every moment!

LilysLegacy.orgLook at this sweet old face. Sunny is an adoptable dog at Lily's Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary in Northern California. This is a rescue and sanctuary that we've been following for a couple years now. [Loving Old Dogs] Like San Francisco's Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, they help older dogs find new homes or have the chance to live out their days in a loving home environment rather than be discarded and forgotten in a shelter.

I believe both organizations are important to support because how we treat our aging population, this includes our companion animals, reflects back on us as a society.

I've been writing about the many valuable life lessons that my old dog has been teaching me over the years, and when I see that people continue to discard a dog just when they've matured into the best part, I'm grateful these two nonprofits exist. 

Imagine sitting with your favorite grandparent, enjoying their steady support and love when you needed them. Now look at Sunny and imagine the love and quiet joy an older dog can bring to a family. 

If our dog Cleo taught us anything, she showed us that old dogs are worth every moment of love and ounce of heartache...

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Special Sidewalk Sale Tomorrow Benefits Muttville Senior Dogs!!

Love a good bargain? Swoon over sweet senior dogs? Need cute dog stuff for fall? It's your lucky day if you live in or near San Francisco! If you don't, that's okay too. Scroll down for special online info!

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THURSDAY, 10am-2pm P.L.A.Y. Pet Lifestyle And You is having a sidewalk sale and a percentage of sales will go to Muttville Senior Dog Rescue. 246 Second St in San Francisco.

Adopt a Muttville dog and get a free bed too!

Pssst! Bonus! If you don't live in the area, use the MUTTVILLE promo code all September long and 50% of your online purchase value will go to help the senior sweethearts at Muttville!

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Sept. 25 Animal Lovers Light a Candle to Raise Awareness for Orphan Pets

Remember Me Thursday™ is a day to remember the millions of orphan pets who lost their lives before they found a family by lighting a virtual candle or attending a Remember Me Thursday candle ceremony.

By lighting a candle on Thursday, September 25, 2014, we are honoring those lost pets and bringing awareness to the pets in need of forever homes.

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12th Annual 'Cancerversary' Raises Money and Celebrates Family Dog Rescue Founders Survival

In 2002, Family Dog Rescue’s founder Angela Padilla was diagnosed with a very aggressive, high-risk case of breast cancer. Angela’s two rescued dogs became her devoted caretakers.

Angela Padilla
Family Dog Rescue's Cancerversary: Angela's Story

 

Angela had rescued Mollie and Hooch from local Animal Control Centers when they were 5-months old and 6-years old respectively and their bond was unbreakable. Never leaving her side, they would snuggle close to her after treatments, their love and unspoken support helping relieve the nausea, exhaustion, and pain of the therapy. Angela recalls:

“When my hair fell out and I was bald, Mollie would sweetly lick my head, as if to tell me that she knew I was still beautiful. She seemed to know that my bald head hurt and needed love."

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August 23 Dog Lovers Fight Cancer with Bark For Life of San Francisco

Grab your sneakers and best buddies then head over to Golden Gate Park for this great canine fundraiser on August 23rd in San Francisco.

The American Cancer Society Bark For Life honors the caregiving qualities of canine companions and is a noncompetitive walk event for dogs and their owners to raise funding and awareness for the fight against cancer. 

The Bark For Life event will feature an Opening Ceremony with a Cancer Survivor Lap (for both people & pets), as well as canine related activities, demonstrations, entertainment, vendors, silent auction, and more. Come take a bite out of cancer!

Bark For Life

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Marching with Muttville to Celebrate Mutt Pride and Senior Dogs

#AllLoveIsEqual Everyone knows this, and I believe dogs do too! In the case of my own senior dog Cleo, she knows love is love, just like all the Muttville mutts we share on these pages each week. An old dog deserves to love and be loved as much as a puppy! People are the same. All love is equal.

In case you missed it, San Francisco PRIDE was this past weekend, and I got a chance to show my Mutt Pride by walking in the parade with Muttville Senior Dog Rescue. It was a blast to see all the people along the parade route who love Muttville.

 

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Einstein said, "those who have the privilege to know have the duty to act" and I know how wonderful life is with a senior dog. This weekend it was more privilege than duty for me to show my support for our local LGBTQ community and for senior dogs, because love is love.

Here are a few highlights from the day [...]

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Thanks to the spirit of a little dog and collaborative partnerships, Maddie's Pet Adoption Days sets goal of 10,000 qualified homes for pets

I have had an amazing big dog in my life for over eight years now. She’s beautiful, full of personality and an endless source of inspiration. She also happens to now be old, arthritic, blind and diabetic, but, if I saw her for the first time today, I would adopt her all over again. The incredible joy she brings into our family is worth the heartache from knowing her life with us will never be long enough.

My dog Cleo is a big reason behind my interest in supporting and promoting Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days. I look into Cleo's eyes and see the face of a dog who knows she's loved. I want other people interested in bringing a dog, or cat, into their family to consider adopting a senior or disabled pet. Did you know the financial support going to the 200 participating shelters and rescue agencies -- in 591 cities across the U.S. -- includes a $2,000 per adoption of medically treatable and senior dogs and cats?

 

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Grouchy Puppy Founder, Sharon with Cleo, adopted from the SF/SPCA

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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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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

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Dog fighting is a crime but continues in America. Learn how to recognize & report it

According to Albert Einstein, "Those who have the privilege to know have the duty to act" and for Grouchy Puppy that means helping raise awareness of the awful crime of dog fighting. The ASPCA is leading a series of events that will teach how to recognize and report dog fighting.

The ASPCA has officially designated April 8th as National Dog Fighting Awareness Day to raise awareness about dog fighting brutality, and will be hosting a Google+ Hangout with national experts to discuss the underground world of dog fighting. The panel will be moderated by ABC News anchor Dan Harris and will include little-known truths about the blood sport and its continued prevalence in America.

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Spring cleaning and housekeeping at Grouchy Puppy

Spring is here and it's traditionally a time of home and garden improvement. I tend to go through my dog's toys, unused collars and bedding etc. to see what can be donated. April also brings extra cleaning, the type that requires real effort, maybe a stepladder, and some dusting in hard to reach places. Therefore now is the perfect time to announce some housekeeping here at Grouchy Puppy.

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Angel's Depot new partnership with Helen Woodward Animal Center AniMeals Program will benefit low income seniors

Having been significantly involved with Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS) in San Francisco for three years, I have seen first hand the power of the human-animal bond at work between low income seniors, the disabled, and their companion animals. It breaks my heart to imagine anyone having to choose to feed themselves or their beloved furry (and often only) family member. 

Today, thanks to an anonymous donor, a new partnership begins between the Helen Woodward Animal Center's AniMeals Program and The Angel's Depot, a San Diego county nonprofit serving the nutritional needs of seniors.

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