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Help Sweet Dog Bullwinkle Find New Home | Bay Area (CA)

Meet Bullwinkle! His guardian passed away recently. Friends and relatives who know Bullwinkle are trying to rehome him in the Bay Area rather than take him to a shelter. 

Bullwinkle

He's a really cute dog who loves to play! He is a two year old Great Dane mix. He weighs around 65 lbs. He has all of his shots and he's neutered. He's a high energy, loving dog. He's good around kids, loves chewy toys, and laying around the house. He should be in a one animal home.

He's currently in the Stockton, California area but can be transported elsewhere within the Bay Area. 

If you are interested please call or email Olivia. He's a sweet dog!

Email olivia.a.estrada@gmail.com

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5 Things You Shouldn’t Say to a Senior Dog Owner

Guest Post Friday is our series which shares funny pet bloggers, and smart dog lovers, pet industry influencers and animal advocates. With lots of fascinating people involved in making a difference in the lives of animals this is our way of sharing them across the Grouchy Puppy community. 

Today our friend A.J. from I Still Want More Puppies returns, with a list of comments and questions she hopes never to hear again about her Bella or any senior dog. Her sweet Bella is along for the ride, showing her support with two choice photos. To read more about pup culture and pop culture in A.J.'s tongue-in-cheek style, check out her blog. Her motto may be Puppies = serenity now, but don't let it fool you, she actually likes adopting adult dogs. And while you're at, read her previous post she wrote for us about the many reasons you should adopt an older dog.

5 Things You Shouldn’t Say to a Senior Dog Owner

Chances are that one day you will encounter someone who owns a senior dog (or you have already). You’ll innocently ask the dog’s age. Upon learning that the dog is no longer a spring chicken (or a spring puppy, I suppose), what will you say?

Bella keeps a list

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Even in Magical San Francisco Poop Fairies Don't Exist

San Francisco is filled with moms, babies and dogs. My neighborhood of Noe Valley has major stroller patrol throughout the day. Have you seen the pile up in front of the branch library on Tuesdays during story hour? 

Mr. Mom
Mr. Mom does it all. Look at those bags besides the baby and dog.

Eagle eyes, and eyes in the back of their head. I would like to invite all moms out there, with or without dogs, to keep an eye out for poop. My idea is that since so many moms carry totes with enough odds and ends they'd win hundreds of dollars being an audience member on Let's Make a Deal, I bet they have a spare little bag. You only need a little one to pick up most dog poop. Forgotten and abandoned dried old poop from small city dogs is maybe two tablespoons in size. My big Shepherd-Husky blend poops are bigger but they still fit in a quart size baggie or less.

Moms make magic happen

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Win Nutro Natural Choice Dog Biscuits

Having a diabetic dog with allergies motivated me to learn more about her nutritional needs. Honestly, I spend more time reading labels and watching over her stomach than I do my own. Anyone with a dog who has special dietary needs knows what we're going through, and so does the Nutro Company.

We have two bags of the new NATURAL CHOICE® dog biscuits to give away to two lucky readers. If you have a dog with a sensitive stomach or a furry best buddy who has packed on the pounds, this special giveaway is just for you!

Nutro Co. Natural Choice All Natural Biscuits

These biscuits are all-natural with no artificial colors, no artificial flavors or sweeteners, and no artificial preservatives! One lucky winner will get a bag of NATURAL CHOICE® Lite Adult Biscuits. These low in fat and calories biscuits aids in weight maintenance for overweight and less active dogs. Another winner will receive a bag of NATURAL CHOICE® Sensitive Stomach Adult Biscuits Chicken & Whole Brown Rice Recipe. These biscuits are fortified with whole grains and pumpkin, a natural antioxidant source.

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TWO WINNERS CHOSEN

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Why a Senior Dog Could be Your Perfect Match | It's Petfinder's "Adopt a Less Adoptable Pet" Week

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September 17-23, 2012 join in Petfinder's "Adopt a Less Adoptable Pet" Week

Some people seem to believe that there are senior dogs who are "less adoptable." I don't know anyone who has met my old dog Cleo that would say or believe that. However, to promote these senior sweethearts, and other incredibly special animals, Petfinder.com has designated September 17-23, 2012 as “Adopt a Less Adoptable Pet Week”.

In case you were wondering if I was lying about my sweet and adorable old dog, let me present her photo..

Cleo-GrouchyPuppy
Sleepy sweet senior dog alert!

 

..and after the jump, a few thoughts on why a senior dog could be the perfect match for you too...

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Sept 15 is Responsible Dog Ownership Day

How do you make your dog's health a priority? When we first adopted our dog, I simply fed her the way my mom had fed our dogs when I was a child. Like many people, I copied what my parents did before I began to learn about my dog's individual needs and personality. As we got to know her, we figured out what she liked, but we also figured out what she needed. As she has aged, and her nutrition needs have changed, because we took an active role in what she ate, Cleo has managed to live a pretty healthy and active life.

President of the Clean Plate Club
Cleo cleans her plate

September 15 may be called Responsible Dog Ownership Day, but we see it as "being responsible people because we have a dog day." If you know Cleo, then you know we could never "own" her. We're lucky to have her.

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Send Us Your Young Adult "Teenage" Dog Nutrition Questions

Do you have a "teenage" dog? We want your nutrition questions! This Thursday, September 13, we’ll be with a handful of bloggers participating in The Nutro Company's NATURAL CHOICE® Young Adult Interactive Chat with celebrity veterinarian, Dr. Jeff Werber.

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Dr. Werber on the Dr. Oz Show

Nutro is launching an entirely new pet food specifically for dogs between six months and one year old. As a dog grows from a young pup into an adult their developmental needs change with them. Cleo is a senior dog but some of you may be interested in information regarding this lifestage -- Email me your questions to ask Dr. Werber: grouchypuppy@yahoo.com.

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Friday Find: Nutro MAX® Pet Foods Coupon

These days, getting an instant savings at the check-out is always a nice treat. Finding my size is on sale and available makes me happy. Stretching a dollar is smart, and so is downloadable coupons. Our Friday Find is a $3 coupon that can used on any of the nine types of Nutro® MAX® dry dog food.

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How my old dog brings my grandmother alive

Living with my old dog has me wondering what it would have been like if my grandmother was still around. Every day I need to help my dog with age-related health issues. She struggles with stairs. She has lots of different prescriptions to manage. I imagine holding my grandmother's arm as she got into the passenger seat, each time I hold my dog's harness and gently guide her into the car for a ride.

Sweet-senior-dog-Cleo
There are habits my dog has that are quite familiar to the over sixty-five crowd. The parallels are actually quite funny, and had me thinking more about what lessons an old dog can teach you.

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