Discover why senior dogs rule when you fall in love with Seymour!

Certain dogs have these furry faces that are look like they have a world of information waiting to share with you. Then when they're oldsters, their sweet face looks like they got into the sugar bowl. Seymour a cute blend of Terrier is like this. It’s hard not to fall in love with Seymour, he’s such a mellow and easy going fella. 

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We don’t know much about his past, but we can tell that all he wants is to love and be loved! Seymour is great with other dogs of all sizes and enjoys all the hustle and bustle of the Muttville loft. He’s easy to walk on leash too.

Seymour will make a great addition to any home! He's a love bug!

We think Seymour is about 16 years young, weighing about 14 lbs.

Due to Seymour’s advanced age, heart disease, and arthritis, he is available for hospice care adoption.

Here’s what Seymour’s Foster has to say about him:

Seymour is the biggest sweetheart! I would adopt him if I could – he brings so much joy with his perennial puppy smile, tolerance for wearing cute flower crowns and bow ties, and ever patient cuddles. Naps are the name of the game with Seymour. He loves following “his person” around. He perks up whenever he can go outside for a walk, and although his preferred pace is a bit slow, he really enjoys being carried in a dog carrier around. I take him in a dog backpack on a bike and on Bart for my commute (an hour each way) & I hardly hear a peep from him. Seymour is house-trained but does well when let out regularly during the day. He doesn’t have accidents overnight. Seymour is the most amazing dog for someone who wants an easy-going companion to accompany them around. He is low maintenance and full of cuddles – and it is just to cute to watch him take naps next to you on the couch or while working!

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

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Summer of LOVE Senior Dog Adopt-A-Thon June 3rd & 4th

Want to feel the groovy love of an older dog? This weekend, Muttville Senior Dog Rescue in San Francisco is have a free adoption event!

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When you meet these sweet sugar faces, you're going to say, "I must be California Dreaming because there are so many adorable adoptable dogs!"

Turn on, tune in, drop everything and come celebrate the Summer of Love!

It’s the 50th anniversary of the Haight hippie explosion. And in honor of that historic San Francisco time, Muttville has got a summer full of love packed into one giant weekend. It’s the Summer of Love Adopt-a-thon Love-in!

Love is free and so are adoptions! All fees waived in celebration of love, love, love!

 

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Helen Woodward Animal Center’s 29th Annual Spring Fling Gala June 3rd!

Get ready to travel to old Havana, Cuba as you raise money for the amazing Helen Woodward Animal Center!!

This Saturday is the 29th Annual Spring Fling Gala, presented by Ed and Sandy Burr of EDCO. The highly anticipated black-tie evening, designed to transport guests to the vibrant capital city south of the Florida Keys during “A Night in Old Havana,” benefits the Center’s programs for animals and people in need.

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The event will be hosted by on-air celebrities KFM-BFM’s Shelly Dunn and KUSI’s Mark Mathis and provide attendees a 5-star dining experience with delectable tastings from top San Diego restaurants.

The event, which received Ranch & Coast Magazine’s San Diego’s Best Annual Gala Award for 2016, also features hosted bars; dancing all night; live musical performances; and an opportunity drawing to win two first-class round-trip tickets on United Airlines for travel throughout the U.S.; and to Alaska, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America.

For more information or to purchase tickets: contact Elisabeth Baker at 858-756-4117 x350 or ElisabethB@animalcenter.org.

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Discover why senior dogs rule when you fall in love with Gandalf

Some older dogs seem to understand how to be zen about life. This wee Yorkshire Terrier rolls with all that life puts in front of him. His positive influence rubs off on you right away. I found myself visibly relaxing when he first walked over to me in the doggy loft.

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Meet Gandalf! This adorable Yorkie is sweet, loving, and social. He enjoys going for walks, meeting new dogs, and actually enjoys a warm bath! Gandalf came to us when his owners moved and could not keep him.

He is still adjusting to his new surroundings, but we know Gandalf will warm right up to a new family. 

Read about what Gandalf’s foster has to say about him:

Gandalf is one excited peppy boy! He’s got a LOT of personality and is a great companion. He’s funny and very loving-a true joy to be around. He’s great on leash, and enjoys a few walks a day. Off leash at home around our dog and at dog parks he’s friendly and social. We are working with him through training-he’s improving! He’s a kisser! If you pet him on his head or chest, he’ll thank you with a few gentle licks. Such a lover.

Gandalf is 10 years young, weighing 12 pounds.

Fall in love with Gandalf at Muttville on Rescue Row in San Francisco.

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Having an older dog can benefit senior people in many ways

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After the year I've spent volunteering at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, and experiencing the amazing personalities of small older dogs for the first time, I know what my future is going to include.

If my bones are shaky, we'll walk slow. Whether on my lap, or next to me on the couch, we can gossip and debate whenever the mood strikes. We can be each other's alarm clock, and reminder to get up. I might even call my little senior dog Siri.

Yes, like Sarah Lilly, my future self plans to grow old and cranky with a little dog always by my side:

Sarah Lilly, who just turned 90, and her 12-year-old Lhasa apso-poodle mix, Katy, have been inseparable for nearly two years. They wake up by 7 each morning, eat breakfast, take a walk and spend much of the day lavishly doting on the other. When in their favorite recliner, for example, Lilly strokes Katy’s soft, tan, loosely curled fur, and the cuddly 12-pound dog expresses her appreciation with wet kisses.

“She’s such a blessing,” said Lilly, adding that before Katy came into her life she had become a homebody after being scared by several falls. Now, she takes Katy for at least two walks a day and to visit a neighbor caring for his ailing mother.

Read all the ways older pets can improve your health, or your parents health, in this wonderful story about Sarah from Ohio and The Dispatch

I bet now you understand why I believe senior dogs rule.

 

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Discover why senior dogs rule when you meet Beyoncé

She could become the queen of your heart soon after you meet this sweet chihuahua! 

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Beyonce is an adorable, spunky, friendly girl who can’t wait to meet you! This sweet girl will make a loyal companion- all she wants is love!

Beyonce is always wagging her tail, loves walks, and is perfect with dogs of all sizes- truly a superstar just like her name suggests!

Beyonce is an fabulous gal who is patiently waiting for her forever home!

Beyonce is 10 years young and weighs 12 pounds.

Meet lovely Beyonce at Muttville on Rescue Row in San Francisco, you'll fall in love!

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More life lessons from dogs. This time forgiveness.

Volunteering at a senior dog rescue has exposed me to all sorts of dogs arriving for different reasons. Some dogs are strays, others have the misfortune of having their person pass away unexpectedly. Everyone agrees that all the dogs are loved no matter where they come from, or why they are with us at this advanced age.

Something that gets people to dance around is the subject of dogs who get surrendered by a family. I've heard people take absolute positions on this. They feel that if you decide to have a dog then you better keep that dog no matter what. These people have little empathy or compassion for anyone giving up a dog.

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I have a more nuanced response thanks to dogs like Otis.

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Discover why senior dogs rule when you fall in love with Berry!

Meet Berry! This precious Shepherd mix comes to us all the way from Taiwan where she was picked up as a stray. Berry spent several months with a loving foster and was fully vetted before arriving at Muttville.

 

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Here is what her foster mom says about Berry:

Berry is a friendly, sweet, and mellow senior girl. She is a happy go lucky dog and loves to be around people and loves to be pet. Berry enjoys her daily off leash walks, rides well in the car, and can wait patiently while her foster mom runs errands. She is now in a foster home with many rescued dogs. Berry gets along with dogs of all kinds of temperament and ages. Berry is very good with young children and is very gentle with them.

Poor Berry was abandoned in a busy street where she was starving. People were not nice to her. They either kick her away or chase her with sticks. A kind high school student felt so bad for her that she bought Berry some food then Berry followed her around. She immediately called several rescue groups but no one was willing to help Berry because she is a black senior dog.

She brought Berry to a nearby vet who helped her contact a rescue group that had a lot of experience. The rescue group was completely full but had a soft spot for black dogs and didn’t want to see Berry suffer on the streets. The rescue agreed to take in Berry. Berry has been doing very well since the first day she arrived at her foster home. She quickly made friends and won the hearts of everyone in the foster family.

Berry has been vaccinated, spayed, microchipped, de-wormed, and passed negative on her blood tests. She is one healthy girl.

Berry is 10 years young and weighs 35 pounds.

Come meet the international darling Berry today at Muttville on Rescue Row in San Francisco.

 

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Patricia McConnell Gives Fearlessly in her New Book "The Education of Will"

Anyone familiar with my blog, or the Grouchy Puppy motto, will know that the central theme to the writing and social media posts is the broad positive influence of the human-dog bond. 

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When Dr. Patricia McConnell published her new book, The Education of Will, I was immediately interested because it spoke to what I hold dear, the positive influence of a dog. However, her stories of facing one fear after another pulled me through the book. Her self-effacing and humble style of sharing filled me with empathy. It isn't easy to face our fears even with the help of a special dog. 

"I knew Willie like I knew myself. I knew what it was like to be happy and friendly on the outside and yet spend much of your life in fear."

This mutual memoir is a story of injury and recovery, but in addition to the themes of trauma, fear and love, I felt forgiveness, empathy, and compassion were striking themes throughout the book. 

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Discover why senior dogs rule when you fall in love with Dixie Jane!

If you are looking for sweet companionship, forget those dating apps and come over to Muttville Senior Dog Rescue. You'll discover lovely ladies like Dixie Jane whose available because her family could no longer care for her.

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Dixie Jane is a wonderful Border Collie/ Australian Shepherd mix.

This sweet girl is gentle, mellow, quiet, and sweet as can be. She does great with dogs of all sizes, enjoys going for walks, and likes making new friends.

Dixie Jane has a loving demeanor that will make her an amazing companion.

Dixie Jane is about 14 years old and weighs 50 pounds.

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

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April 21st San Francisco SPCA Celebrates 149 years of Saving Lives!

The San Francisco SPCA is celebrating its 149th birthday and inviting partygoers to join in the fun. On Friday, April 21, visit the SF SPCA’s Mission Campus Adoption Center from 6pm – 9pm for wine, nibbles from Et Volià, and treats from Smitten Ice Cream. Watch the shelter dogs celebrate with a special doggie birthday cake! Tickets are required and available with a donation.

Attendees can bring home their very own SF SPCA birthday present – rabbits and adult cats will be free to adopt all day on April 21! This adoption special includes animals at both the Mission and Pacific Heights Campuses.

“For 149 years the SF SPCA has been committed to helping animals, people, and the San Francisco community,” explained Dr. Jennifer Scarlett, SF SPCA President. “We were the fourth humane organization to be established in America, and the first west of the Mississippi.”

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The SF SPCA was founded on April 18, 1868, by James Sloan Hutchinson, who caught sight of two men dragging a terrified hog along the rough cobblestone street. Hutchinson was appalled and stepped in to stop the abuse. The rescue served as a catalyst for Hutchinson and 15 others to fight animal cruelty by establishing the SF SPCA.

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Discover why senior dogs rule when you meet Sansa the poodle!

Volunteering at a senior dog rescue has shown me, over and over again, why assumptions are bad. How many people assume older dogs are boring or sleep all day? I met Sansa last week and she took me for a RUN around the block, and showed off enough of her personality to make me laugh out loud.

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Sansa is a happy little poodle girl who comes to Muttville all the way from LA.

She is well-adjusted and would love a family to call her own. Sansa is great with other dogs and friendly with all people.

Her loving, outgoing personality makes her easy to fall in love with. We know Sansa will make a great companion!

Sansa is 13 years old and weighs 11 pounds.

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

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National Dog Fighting Awareness Day with ASPCA and Sir Patrick Stewart

Dog fighting is cruel. Dog fighting is the ugly side of humans. I believe one way to counter animal cruelty is to raise compassionate children, to positively influence our communities about dogs. 

April 8 is National Dog Fighting Awareness Day, an annual day to raise awareness about the prevalence of dog fighting and encourage animal lovers to take action against it.

Throughout April, the ASPCA is teaming up with Sir Patrick Stewart and asking animal advocates to #GetTough on this cruel practice by posting a selfie with their pet to their social media channels, flexing their arm muscle in solidarity with the movement.

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Discover why senior dogs rule when you meet Betty White!

Betty White may look like a “plain Jane” to some, but this perfect little blend of Terrier and Chihuahua has so much love to give!

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Betty is a loving and soulful gal who would love to find a family to call her own very soon.

She enjoys going for walks, meeting people, and does well with dogs of all sizes. She is a very quiet girl and spends most of her time lounging in a cozy bed or exploring.

Overall she has a gentle demeanor that would make her a wonderful, calming companion!

Betty White is about 10 years young and weighs 12 pounds.

Here is what her awesome foster has to say:

She’s doing so much better than I expected! Betty White sleeps through the night, appears to be house-trained, all of those good things!

Find her at Muttville on Rescue Row in San Francisco!

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Have you ever thought about what it means to have an old friend?

One of the benefits of volunteering every week at a senior dog rescue is that I am never without an old friend to visit with, and it feels pretty great. Each dog there offers me something. Look at Henry, this blend of Basset Hound and happiness. Imagine what conversations you'd have together!

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You can't make old friends, but you can adopt one.

Whatever our age, there are times when we need someone to bounce ideas, or share deeply personal thoughts. Who says that 'someone' can't be a dog?

I have all kinds of conversations with the different dogs I meet. It's very satisfying. I love how each has their own way of responding. I might get a wag, a bark or an attempt to climb into my lap. It's a real treat when a dog offers me a little kiss!

What's wonderful about having a dog as a friend is that their positive influence is never-ending, and it never goes away even when they leave us.

My beloved dog passed on almost three years ago but thanks to our time together, and many conversations, I discovered Muttville Senior Dog Rescue.

I've been getting up at six once a week for a year now. Helping care for the furry oldsters first thing in the morning always makes the day, and my life, a little brighter. I've appreciated their friendship and ability to always make me feel good.

Look back up at Henry again. Have you thought about what it means to have an old friend?

Learn more about Henry, and Muttville.

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