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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Discover why senior dogs rule when you fall in love with Mrs. Jones!

Mrs. Jones is a darling Shih Tzu girl who came to the San Francisco Bay Area all the way from Yolo County. She is a merry prankster and the perfect dog for someone who loves to play, or who wants to be reminded to play!

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Her owners gave her up due to unknown personal matters, but despite all the recent changes in her life, Mrs. Jones is as sweet as can be!

This loving girl wants nothing more than a person to love. She does perfectly well with other dogs and enjoys going for walks.

Her favorite activity is taking in her surroundings from a warm, cozy bed. Come meet this darling girl today!

Mrs. Jones is 12 years young and weighs about 10 pounds.

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

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Have you ever noticed how some dogs smell like a stuffed animal?

When I was three years old my parents rehomed an older dog. At the time, we lived in the high desert of Southern California, in a tiny town of cinder block houses. Her family knew ours and my mom thought the dog would fit in. She did, so much so that I stopped playing with my dolls and only wanted to be with her. She was a big, fluffy Samoyed dog who I believed needed me to brush her, every chance I could.

I could sit for hours on the dirty concrete in our car port, surrounded by potential playthings, and only care about her well-being in that hot arid climate. I felt so calm next to her dusty fluffy bear-like body. I would smile into her panting face. Why care that my doll could walk with a push of a button, when I had an open mouth breathing lion to care for? I had a wild beast as my best friend, who smelled like a stuffed animal.

We were inseparable. I never played with dolls again. When I look back fifty years later, I can see this was no coincidence but fate. I had been destined to be a dog lover.

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Enter Chispa. During a recent morning session volunteering at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, I met this lovely lady that you see here. In less than a minute, she brought back memories of my Samoyed. Softly petting Chispa between the eyes, letting her creep closer as she accepted my love, I felt a familiar warmth pass between us.

Without hesitation I leaned in to feel her fluff with my face. Not only did she let me, she closed her eyes and settled in for whatever else I had in store. Is my response common to other older dog lovers? Do we all have this imprint that stays with us? You read the phrase, "dog print on my heart" but this sensation I feel is at a molecular level.

My time volunteering at Muttville is always satisfying, but moments with dogs like Chispa are restorative. I hope someone out there with extra love finds her. She will repay you with the sweetest breath, the kindest eyes, and a quietude to balance the noisy world of today.

Thank you Chispa for taking me back in time.

Have you noticed the similar smell between a stuffed animal and a dog? When did you know you were a dog lover?

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

Have you know a dog who can fly? How about an senior Chi still so spry he can fly? Acorn, the chihuahua flew over the baby gate and into my arms on a recent visit to Muttville Senior Dog Rescue.

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If you’re looking for a sweet and spunky companion then look no further because Acorn is the pup for you!

This loving boy is full of love and personality. He is active, happy-go-lucky, and sweet as can be.

Acorn loves people and does very well with dogs of all sizes.

He enjoys burrowing, jumping from bed to bed, eating treats, and cuddling. Can Acorn be your new best friend?

Acorn is about 10 years young and weighs 10 pounds.

Catch him at Muttville on Rescue Row in San Francisco!

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Cute News Desk: Your first dog or next dog could look like this...

You never know what kind of dog will adopt you, and vice versa. This is true whether you discover the love of an older dog, or a young one.

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You could look down and recognize a fellow companion ready to share your adventures and life. I believe we meet the right dogs at the right time, that the match is made from equal parts timing and openness, with a dash of magic.

But that's just me.

What do you think?

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Younger dog people are expecting and willing to pay for more services

Sure, people with money have always expected to get whatever they want for their furry companions but today, millennials are expecting more canine services, and are willing to pay for them.

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From the New York Post:

Many urbanites use prepared-meal delivery services these days, so it’s no surprise that the trend has spread to the furry set. Ollie, a 4-month-old company based in the city, delivers fresh food made with fit-for-humans-grade ingredients, such as beef, blueberries, spinach and chia seeds. Delivery costs $20 to $50 per week. “It mirrors the way [New York humans] want to eat,’’ said co-founder Gabby Slome, 30.

 

According the American Pet Products Association, billions are spent on pet food, the most of any category they track. I expect that given how more young people are growing up with dogs treated, and seen, as beloved members of their family, they will continue that vision when they start their own household.

Treating our companion animals with compassion is never a bad thing, but it's important to try as hard as you can to embrace a dog's essential "doggieness" rather than treating them like miniature humans with human diets or desires. By all means, give your dog the healthiest food you can afford but remember, meals don't need to be complicated to be well-balanced and healthy.

Love your dog, spend time with your dog playing, and engaging with them in meaningful ways. They are with us for such a brief amount of time. Worry less about trends and more about the quality of your time together. Your memories together of hanging out, going on walks, naps on the couch, even making breakfast or dinner together will be what you care about most when they are gone.

Trying to embrace my dog in all her glory is what I am grateful for when I think back to my fluffy girl. I'm so glad I realized somewhat early in our relationship to stop worrying about making any mistakes with my caregiving, and to focus more on being in the moment with her. 

Do you have advice for millennials getting their first dogs?

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

How adorable is Leon!? He loves cuddle piles! This sweet chi comes to Muttville from Oakland where he was found as a stray.

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We don’t know anything about his previous life, but Leon is sweet and loves everyone he meets.

He is still getting used to his new surroundings but has already shown himself to be people-oriented, cuddly, and sweet as can be.

Leon does great with other dogs and would love to be your new BFF!

Leon is about 7 years young and weighs 6 pounds.

Find him at Muttville on Rescue Row in San Francisco!

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Animal shelter rescued by Portugal native Cristiano Ronaldo with donation

Sometimes it's a simple gesture to help an animal rescue, or animal welfare organization that makes the biggest difference. In this case, it was a donation by famous footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo.

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The Cantinho da Lili shelter in Gouveia in northern Portugal was set for closure but the Madeira native stepped in to help raise funds to keep it open.

Ronaldo donated an autographed jersey which will be auctioned to keep the kennels in business, with it currently finding it difficult to stay afloat due to the expensive treatments undertaken at the centre.

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Whether it's volunteering your time, or if you're a superstar athlete and can donate a jersey, we can all contribute in our own way to helping make a difference in the lives of animals. 

What a wonderful gesture by Cristiano. Given his global status, I hope he inspires others in Portugal and elsewhere.

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Senior Dog Spotlight: City of Elderly Love Rescue

There is something special about older dogs. Is it that having lived beyond the spazzy puppy period, their calm demeanor can lower our blood pressure? When I volunteer at my local senior dog rescue in San Francisco, the adoptable pups there are cuddle bugs and it's a joy spending time with them every week.

Experiencing the warmth and affection these old dogs offer is why I am so happy to shine a light on a new rescue focused on giving older dogs a second chance. City of Elderly Love Rescue in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is "dedicated to saving Philly's vintage pets" and in a few years have re-homed over 400 animals.

Since they co-founded the rescue in 2014, Erin Lewis and Samantha Holbrook have saved more than 400 animals.

Erin adds, "We always say that quality is greater than quantity we don't really care how long they'll be with us as long as they have amazing lives and they can make some families really happy during that time."

Erin's own senior dog, Gemma, was the inspiration.

"I call her my soul dog because she was just that amazing and I like to think that every senior pet we rescue could be someone else's Gemma," said Erin.

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If you haven't experienced the love of a senior dog yet, consider visiting this rescue or go to one of their adoption events. Discovering why senior dogs rule will change your life for the better!

 

Adopt     Foster     Donate

WebsiteCity of Elder Love

Twitter: @SaveASeniorPet

 

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San Francisco SPCA Launches Pop-Up Adoption Center at Embarcadero Center!

Need a quick snuggle during an afternoon coffee run? Thinking about adding to your family with an adopted dog or cat? Maybe a bunny? If you live or work downtown the San Francisco SPCA has a pop-up adoption center in Two Embarcadero for the month of February!

They had me at "coffee cuddles"

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February 1, 2017 – The San Francisco SPCA, in partnership with Embarcadero Center, has launched a Pop-Up Adoption Center at Two Embarcadero Center. Visitors will meet adorable, adoptable animals and participate in fun events designed to introduce potential adopters to their new best friend. The Pop-Up Adoption Center will be open weekdays February 1 – 28, 2017 from 11am to 7pm, with the exception of Presidents’ Day on February 20.

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Offer some affection to a senior dog, and your heart will get HUGE

What is so special about dogs, especially old dogs, is their ability to pull you out of a funk. You know, when you feel blue or maybe just out of sorts.

Dogs seem to do just the right thing, at the right time. It doesn't have to be a dramatic move, but it could be they simply need you to take them out to go to the bathroom or give them a few scratches in a place they can't reach.

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Dogs have a way of getting you to focus less on whatever is bothering you and more on them. Their sweet but steady demeanor reflects a serenity that can quiet the noisiest mind. 

Introverts would do well to spend time with a senior dog. Someone prone to depression could benefit from time with a dog.

What is so wonderful about a dog is the simplicity of your time together, and interactions. They love you without reservation. Their needs are not complex.

A dog has no hidden agenda or ego. They offer a pure form of companionship that can change your life for the better.

The hardest thing is quieting your own internal dialogue so that you can hear and understand what a dog is saying to you. 

If you can be quiet then no doubt you'll learn about how dogs communicate, and as you spend time with them don't be surprised to feel their positive influence

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

Nessa is an adorable Papillon whose owner passed away. Now, this adorable girl is looking for a new best friend. Could it be you?

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Nessa is very social and sweet. She does great with other dogs, rarely barks, is house-trained, and loves meeting new people.

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Like most Papillons Nessa is very loyal and would love a companion to spend her golden years with.

Nessa is about 10 years young and weighs 10 pounds.

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

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