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Sweet Senior Dog of the Week: Cesar

It's Sunday, time to share a new adoptable older dog with you. This week Calvin is back to interview Cesar, a Muttville Cattle Dog looking for love and forever family. He a talkative sweetheart who the volunteers love to take for walks. Look at this boy's face. What a charmer, even my dog wouldn't wear a bandana...

cesar: my smile is contagious
photo by j'adore le chien pet photography

Learn all about this adoptable senior sweetie in a charming and candid conversation. We have a special Vine video at the end.

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July 14 Celebrate Bastille Day & Join in a Pug Lovers Fundraiser!

Photo May 21, 2013, 3:11 PM


Event - Vive Le Pug - a Bastille Day Fundraiser for Central Coast Pug Rescue 

Location - DogPatch Wineworks - 2455 3rd Street, SF

Date - Sunday, July 14th 3 - 6pm

Description - Bring your pug(s) (or pooch)...Eat, Drink, Play with Pug lovers and their people.

Tickets - $50/advance, $60/door - included food, a glass of wine and pug-centric activities


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Pittsburgh Volunteer Celebrates Birthday Pays Senior Dog Adoption Fees

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EAST LIBERTY (KDKA) – Ginny Merchant has volunteered thousands of hours at the Animal Rescue League in East Liberty. If she hasn’t already given back enough, today, June 27, on her birthday, she has decided to pay for the adoption cost of senior dogs at the shelter.

“The older dogs are passed up for the younger pups,” said Merchant. “It just breaks my heart to see this happen. So, if I can do something to help and I’m happy to do it.”

The adoption cost averages around $150 for a dog at the shelter, but that will be waived until 7:30 p.m. for any dog over the age of 6. It’s a birthday wish that many older dogs will find a home.

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How to Keep Your Dog Safe

We love our dogs. It's always sad to see a lost dog flyer in the neighborhood or nowadays on Facebook. Summer means kids running in and out of the house. 4th of July fireworks and summer outdoor concerts bring loud noises.

Petfinder has created a great infographic with five ways to help you prevent your dog from getting lost this summer. Please share this with friends and family alike. 

Photo Jun 27, 2013, 8:46 AM


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Can dogs sell real estate?

Would you be more likely to buy or rent an apartment or a house, if the ads showed a dog? Real estate agents already stage a home they are trying to sell with stylish well-placed rented furniture. Why not add a dog to the print advertisement, or even better, inside the home during open houses and broker Tuesdays.

ABC = Always be closing? How about .. Always Be Cleo

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Adoptable Senior Dog of the Week: Goldie

This week we're sharing a special needs elderly dog who has nothing but love and warm companionship to give you. She's the kind of dog who'll soak up all the love you have to give and quietly return it ten-fold.

She's the kind of dog who reminds me of my Cleo. While my dog may not be able to see much, her hearing is better than ever. Through our help and her dog smarts, Cleo navigates life in and out of the house like a champ. Her desire to win treats doesn't hurt either. 

Meet gentle gorgeous Goldie.

Through no fault of her own, Goldie has been bounced around from home to home, always ending up at the animal shelter. Saved on her last day, we are happy she is safe now.

Goldie is a gorgeous 8 year old Golden/Chow mix, very sweet and gentle with people. She's good with older children. We are still deciding if she can live peacefully in a home with another well-matched dog.

She is hearing impaired but her vision seems OK and she has the smarts to learn some signing.

Goldie loves to go for walks. While she gets around pretty well, she has some arthritis and stairs are a no-go for her. She has an appointment with the vet for a wellness check soon. She may not be a dog park kind of dog but if you are looking for a faithful companion to lay by you as you garden, work, etc., then Goldie might be your girl.

All Goldie really wants is a loving and stable home where she can stay forever.


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Does pet-friendly translate into tourism dollars?

Would you choose a restaurant if you could take your dog with you, if your table option was outdoors? Michigan is considering a new law that would allow this because lawmakers believe more pet friendly businesses could increase tourism revenue for the state.

Here in San Francisco we have lots of patio dining options that allow a dog to join you. As always, it is the well behaved dog who practically becomes part of the landscape, and is nice to see in my view. It doesn't matter the size or breed of the dog, but the key for fellow dinner guests and waitstaff is manners. This goes for children as well in my opinion.

As always I find it fascinating to read online comments. Some commenters in this story wouldn't mind a dog outdoors with someone dining, if the dog didn't bark, poop, get in the way of servers, beg or whine. Also, a friendly spaniel would be welcomed and expected naturally to be a well behaved dog, versus a 90-lb Rottie. Stereotype much? You know what they say when you assume...

[Editor's note: My 85-lb Husky Shepherd takes up space, sure, but she is Sphinx-like when sitting or lying next to us among strangers. I'm the one tucking her tail in so you don't step on it, or telling you that no, it's not a good idea for your child to give her people food.]

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New hospital program offers caregivers downtime with SPCA dogs

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Pennsylvania SPCA and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) are joining forces for a new program that is aimed at boosting morale and reducing stress among hospital workers.

These are therapy dogs of sorts for the caregivers who deal with high-stress situations every day and even experience the trauma of losing a patient from time to time.

In this monthly program, hospital workers can take a few minutes to reduce stress by participating in the “Pet a Pooch” program.

“We all feel terrible when someone dies, when there is a loss, when we build these relationships and something goes wrong, and so your soul needs some reassurance,” says Dr. Victoria Rich, the chief nurse executive at HUP.

“An animal, such as these great dogs here, they feel lonely. You can identify with that sadness in their eyes when you touch them and when you hug them, and they validate you as a human. And that is what this is all about.”

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Homeless woman's love of dogs saves lost North Hollywood beagle

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Jay Hofstadter was in a panic as he taped his missing-dog posters on streetlight poles in North Hollywood.

His 8-year-old beagle Snoopy had escaped out the front door of his Ben Avenue house and disappeared.

Though he didn't know it at the time, Martha Aguel had already come to his rescue.

A former county worker who lost her job, Aguel is homeless. She's also an animal lover. So she didn't hesitate when she spied the beagle foraging for food behind a shopping center trash bin.

She scooped up Snoopy and carried him to the culvert where she lives with her own two dogs, a poodle named Chino and a Chihuahua called Nina.

Three days after Snoopy's May 23 disappearance, Hofstadter expanded his search beyond his neighborhood. He was posting a flier in a commercial area when a passerby said he had seen Aguel carrying what looked like a beagle. He described the culvert where Aguel camps and soon Snoopy — whose collar had come off during his odyssey — was back in Hofstadter's arms.

Snoopy's grateful owner tried to pay Aguel a reward and was stunned when she declined it.

"She told me she was just glad I had my dog back," said Hofstadter, a real estate broker. "She mentioned that the rainstorm last month had washed away her clothes and other belongings. She said all she had left were her own two dogs."

He returned with replacement clothing for her and with a determination to get her, Nina and Chino off the street and into safer housing.

That may be easier said than done, however. Few shelters allow homeless people who have pets.

"I heard of one place, but when I checked there's a five-year waiting list," said Aguel, 50.

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Dog lovers don't need lame surveys

Are cats considered "starter" dogs? Why do more women have a dog than men? Why do Americans prefer dogs over cats? So many questions! Too bad these questions are only sort of answered by what I ultimately found to be a lame survey that dog lovers don't need. 

A new poll from Public Policy Polling (PPP) - that isn't the typical PPP political poll  - states 21% of American voters would choose a cat over a dog.

The PPP surveyed 603 registered voters over the phone between June 11 and June 13, covering a broad range of animal-related questions ranging from favorite movie-animal characters to whether cat owners are weird. Overall, the study found that most Americans are pet-friendly, with 6 in 10 voters owning a pet while 1 in 5 people prefer to spend time with their pets over humans.

How accurate do you think this survey is for most people? How many unregistered voters feel the same or differently? 603 people are going to influence public policy when it comes to pets? This "study" did nothing for me to be honest. Yes, I used quote marks to emphasize my dissatisfaction..

Why do we love dogs so much?

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