Want to feel good about helping give an older dog a second chance at a happy life?

Whenever I volunteer at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue there always seems to be Kodak moments with the dogs. These sweet adoptable dogs caught my eye last year with their loving manner, soft and welcoming expressions, and ability to make me laugh.

Do you need a dose of oxytocin, or a shot of endorphins? Want to feel good about helping give an older dog a second chance at a happy life? Have a few hours in your week to offer?

 

You’ll get love, when you give love (and a little elbow grease), each time you help Muttville mutts! 

Learn more here.

Foster. Adopt. Donate. Volunteer.

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Get free love every weekend at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue

One of our favorite places in the city of St. Francis is Muttville Senior Dog Rescue. Every week I love volunteering there because I never know what dog will want as many cuddles as I can offer!

After a year of spending time with these sweet oldsters I can tell you there is something special about a senior dog. If you want to discover what I’m talking about, come down to Rescue Row.

Every weekend you can get free love from the sugar faces, because senior dogs rule. Scroll through theses cutie pies to see what I mean.

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Discover why senior dogs rule when you meet Boba!

How adorable is Boba!? This darling boy is looking to slim-down and turn over a new leaf!

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Could you be the special person he needs to get back his beach-bod!? Boba came to Muttville very overweight, but very happy. He loves to walk around exploring his surroundings and meeting new people.

He is very laid-back and sweet, and would love a family to call his own. Boba is great with other dogs and is quickly adjusting to his new diet :)

Boba is 12 years young and weighs 27 pounds.

Check out what this sweet guys foster has to say about him:

Boba is a total sweetheart! He loves to be close & to cuddle on the couch, but he is fine being left alone as well. He is coming out of his shell more & more since we’ve had him & he has a fun, easygoing personality.Boba (aka Bo Fatty) came to us VERY overweight – he was very slow & low-activity at first. But he is learning to love walks – when you go to the door with the leash his tail starts wagging & he gets excited! His walks are getting longer & longer as he is losing weight, with a record-setting walk around the block today. You can tell that he wants to be at a higher activity level but is stuck in that big body of his! Once he gets to his “beach bod” & closer to his goal weight we imagine he will be quite the walker. He gets along with our other two dogs just fine. His house manners are GREAT – no accidents in the house since we’ve had him. Super nice & easy dog! If we could, we would adopt him in a heartbeat.

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Grouchy Puppy Approved: 5 Unique Gift Ideas for Dog Lovers of All Ages

Are you a dog person or know someone in your life who loves dogs the most? This year I’m sharing my personal favorite gift giving ideas for dog people!

Below are five very different and special gifts for dog lovers of all ages. There is a website where you can use your own photos or original artwork to create cute gifts for your dog loving friends and family, ranging from everything from pillows to note cards.  There are also three new gift ideas just discovered this year!

Whether for the holidays, a birthday or a housewarming gift, you’re bound to find the perfect gift for the dog lovers in your life.

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

Darling Joyce is a sweet, purebred Poodle coming to us all the way from Los Angeles. She is a very happy rambunctious girl, and perfect for keeping any winter blues away!

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This adorable girl was originally found as a stray, so we don’t know much about her previous home life. Despite all the recent changes she’s gone through, Joyce is as sweet as can be.

 

She loves meeting new people and welcomes petting and attention. She’s also great with other dogs, loves going for walks, and is fairly mellow. Such a sweet girl!

Joyce is 12 years young, weighing 17 pounds. She’s also hypo-allergenic!

Fall in love with Joyce 5127 at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue in San Francisco!

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Nov. 17th San Francisco SPCA unveils 31st Annual Holiday Windows!!

Rain or shine expect a line when it comes to adorable adoptable pets! Celebrate the season by joining the San Francisco SPCA and Macy’s Union Square for the 31st unveiling of the iconic Holiday Windows on Friday, November 17, at 5:00 p.m. The window displays, which have become one of the most beloved symbols of the holiday spirit in San Francisco, will once again feature adorable – and adoptable – cats and dogs who need loving homes. San Francisco pastry chef Yigit Pura will partner with Snoopy to unveil the windows, and children from the De Marillac Academy Choir will provide the holiday soundtrack.

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This year’s windows celebrate the bonds between family and friends. Titled “The Perfect Gift Brings People Together,” the theme centers on the joy of sharing holiday season festivities with those we love. Generations of visitors will delight once again, seeing the cuddly adoptable faces ready to share the holiday in a new home.

In 2016, 257 animals found homes during Holiday Windows and nearly $100,000 was raised to provide year-round support for the SF SPCA’s lifesaving programs. Over the last 30 years, Holiday Windows has made it possible for more than 9,000 animals to find loving, permanent homes.

“Combining the magic of holiday giving and finding these animals new homes, along with the importance of being with those we love throughout the season, makes these windows one of our favorite projects all year,” said Macy’s Visual Manager, Rise Hixson. “Guests from all over the Bay Area and the United States love watching the adorable animals in these windows. Spreading that cheer at this time of year is magical.”

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This year, the magic will expand beyond the windows with a special space on the 6th floor where visitors will be able to see more adoptable animals and even schedule time in the wildly popular SF SPCA Cuddle Experience. Cuddle sessions will be available from 11am – 1pm and 5pm – 7pm on weekdays and 10am – noon and 4pm – 6pm on weekends.

WANT TO HELP?

Holiday Windows relies on volunteer support. The short two-hour shifts involve greeting the public, collecting donations, and directing people to the SF SPCA adoption center inside Macy’s. No prior training is required, and groups are welcome to volunteer together. Learn more at sfspca.org/holiday

“Thousands of lives have been saved through the Holiday Windows event, thanks to our partnership with Macy’s,” explained Dr. Jennifer Scarlett, SF SPCA President. “Every holiday season the San Francisco community comes together to help our animals find new homes. This is our biggest event of the year, and the tradition truly brings out the magic of the holiday spirit.”

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Hey! It's National Grouchy Puppy Day!

November 9th is a big day around here! Today is the day one fluffy, large, adult, husky-shepherd dog changed our life forever. Thanks to her mere presence, Grouchy Puppy was conceived, slowly blossoming over the years into an incredible community of dog lovers!

In 2013 we threw a fun virtual party that is still whispered about. In 2014 our beautiful muse passed away and November 9th that year turned into a tribute.

This year, we invite you to celebrate with us again, in a way that embraces all the ways dogs give fearlessly and influence positively!! We invite everyone to share the spirit of Grouchy Puppy this weekend by contributing a six word story about dogs, a dog you know, a fictional dog, or your own dog(s). 

 

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Share Six Word Stories Celebrating the Dogs We Love All Weekend Long

Tell a story consisting of just six words. Inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s famous challenge and first six word story, “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”

What: Share a six word story about dogs, a dog you know, a fictional dog, or your own dog(s).  

How to join in the fun? Email us at info@grouchypuppy.com your stories and photos, we'll share them across our social media channels. Leave a comment below. Tweet us @grouchypuppy your photo and story, or message us on Facebook.

Giving Tree: November is Adopt a Senior Dog Month. We've had a soft spot for the oldsters for years, and since the passing of Cleo we've been spending hours every week helping the sugar faces at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue. If you buy anything from our Zazzle store until the end of the year ALL proceeds will go to Muttville as our way of paying it forward

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Join us! It's easy! Above are two stories that are endearing and funny six word stories reflecting our grouchy puppy muse. We hope you'll contribute your own six word stories in celebration.

We'll close with our deepest thanks for sharing these years with us and for your steadfast support!

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Adopt a Senior Dog Month: Reason #5 Why Senior Dogs Are Amazing

Wonder why senior dogs are amazing? One big reason is they show how age is just a number!!

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November is Adopt a Senior Dog Month. Discover for yourself how older dogs can positively influence your life, and just how it feels to have one show you what fearlessly giving is.

 

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Don’t fear! Senior dogs are very dear — and worth adopting!!

One of the biggest reasons senior dogs, and generally adult dogs, have a hard time getting adopted from shelters is because many people fear loss.

You know a simple way to counter that fear? Flip your perspective! 

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5 Great Reasons Why Senior Dogs Rule and Puppies Drool

November has turned into a favorite month thanks to the older dogs in my life. I love senior dogs more than Thanksgiving turkey and cranberry sauce!

My excitement for this month began after we adopted my own amazing Shepherd Husky from the San Francisco SPCA in November. After we shared every “Gotcha Day” and adoptaversary each November, I loved this month a little bit more.

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Since my big fluffy girl had to move on three years ago, I’ve been spending time every week at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue among an ever changing tide of sweet oldsters. They show me how much more fun being around well-seasoned dogs are compared to puppies! 

Curious about what makes these sugar faces so great? Read on and see for yourself  Adorable adoptable dogs ahead!!

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Dogs with a knowing gaze

Is it because Border Collies are dogs known for being smart? Why does Noemi have such a deep and thoughtful face? 

She’s such a sweet girl and since I have spent the last three or four weeks visiting with her at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, she has only shown me this quiet demeanor.

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When I look into her eyes she seems to be telling me something important. I get the feeling that I need to pay attention, so I find myself  putting away my camera and not taking pictures when I’m with her.

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Her body language definitely encourages quiet petting sessions.  I found myself today sitting on the hard  linoleum floor with her, quietly massaging her hips and petting her sides for over 15 minutes.

It was glorious to only think about how to get her so relaxed that she would start to snore. I stopped thinking about the world and the noises from out on the street and only thought about maintaining the rhythm of petting her. 

I wonder if the knowledge behind her gaze was that she knew that I needed this time with her ? 

Noemi is available through Muttville’s Fospice program

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

Meet Vinny, a charming little Maltese mix who is looking for a new best friend! Look at this sweet sleepy face after we had a major after-breakfast cuddle session.

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Vinny comes to us from Fresno and is so excited for Muttville to help him find his new beginning. This little guy is looking for someone who likes to go for walks, is open to long cuddle sessions, and will give the occasional treat or two!

He loves people and will prance on over to meet you. Vinny is very friendly and has made lots of other pup friends in the Muttville lofts. This gentleman is just about perfect, come meet him today!

Vinny is around 12 years young and weighs just under 7 pounds.

Meet this handsome boy at Muttville on Rescue Row in San Francisco!

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When dogs you’ve just met demand your affection, how do you respond?

When a dog refuses to acknowledge a barrier, physical or emotional, do you think they realize what they are doing?

I’ve noticed during my encounters with big dogs at Muttville that when one pushes through my arms, or puts their head into my lap with intention, I feel privileged. I’m grateful when they take the initiative to, in their own doggy way, ask for my attention and affection. I’m there to give them affection anyway, but it’s a different kind of feeling when a dog who doesn’t know you, demands you love on them.

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This is Everett. I had barely walked into the room before he barreled straight into my legs. He wasn’t waiting for me to come to him. He didn’t see my hesitation, or if he did he didn’t care, what he cared about was getting my attention and my affection.

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

Look at this sugar face! We think delightful little Sally is just the bees knees! She may be on the petite side, but she sure does have a Texas sized heart!

Sally comes to Muttville from Texas, part of a group of dogs that we took in to help make room for displaced animals affected by Hurricane Harvey.

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Sally is just perfect, and we think that she has good house-training ability. This girl is sweet with other dogs and loves people. She does well on leash, and loves a good walk.

Sally is looking for a forever family that will give her love, security, and happiness in her retirement years. Do you have room in your heart and home for sweet Sally?

Here’s what Sally’s foster has to say about this sweet gal:

Sally is the ultimate cuddlebug! She loves sleeping on the couch next to you, in bed & she gets very excited to go for walks. Sally loves her outdoor time & does a very happy little bouncy dance when the leash comes out. She’s great with other dogs and cats! She ignores the cats for the most part. When home, Sally will mostly sleep & ask for belly rubs. She does however love to go for walks/hikes and seems to be able to go on forever. Once in a while she gets very excited & starts to play, dashing all about. Sally is house-trained but would do well in a home where she can be taken out every 4 hours or so. Sally is adorable! She’s a little shy at first, but once she opens up, she’s a total doll!

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

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