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This Dr. Seuss fan and dog lover will pass

On Tuesday, a new Dr. Seuss book called What Pet Should I Get? was released, and according to Time

The book centers around a brother and sister who set out to a local pet store in search of a furry friend to call their own.

Attitudes towards dogs as pets and companions have changed a lot over the past fifty years. We are seeing more people understand the joy a senior dog can bring to your life. Thanks to many animal welfare organizations we are closer than ever to becoming a no-kill nation.

I'll be honest, I grew up reading and enjoying Dr. Seuss books. However I know how little things can influence a child's mind, and in this book it bothers me that a pet store is the focus of where they might find their new furry friend

I'd rather have them learn why adoption is a better option than buying a pet [SF/SPCA]

There are classic kid-friendly dog books already out there like Go, Dog. Go! and Harry the Dirty Dog. Do you think this new Dr. Seuss compares?


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Would you buy the book to use as a way to teach children about why adoption is a great option? I'd love to read your comments on this.


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City dog walks, who's happier?

Taking your dog for a walk is something everyone needs to do daily. The exercise benefits both ends of the leash. However, the next time you are out with your dog consider the stranger passing you on the street. If it's me, you should know that your dog may have just made my morning...

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As much as I appreciate the blue bird of happiness, having this sweet puppy cross my path made my day. How about you? Do you get a shot of joy from a stranger's dog?


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

Watch out, cuteness overload!! Bumblebee is ready to buzz her way right into your lap! She may be one of the cutest senior dogs around, and she sure has the best personality to match.


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Hard to believe, but Bumblebee was shut down, terrified and curled up in a ball at the LA shelter where Muttville rescued her from. Abandoned and all alone, she had no idea what was coming next.

Fortunately Bumblebee was saved and transported up to Muttville where she has rebounded like the sunny girl she is! You won’t be able to help but smile when you meet this special girl.

Although Bumblebee can’t see very well, it doesn’t stop her from bouncing from person to person giving them a big doggie kiss!

We think Bumblebee is 11 years young, weighing less than 10 lbs. Come down to Rescue Row in San Francisco and meet her!

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Discover why senior dogs rule: Fall in love with Andy

How adorable is this senior boy? You can see why we think older dogs are the best! Andy has a permanent puppy face that always brings a smile to everyone’s face.

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Can you believe Andy was found as a stray? We sure can’t, Andy is perfect in every way! He's a dream dog.

Andy is the type of dog to lean into you for affection, follow you from room to room, and lay right by your feet.

Andy will make a lovely constant companion for a person who wants to help get him back to healthy weight and spoil him rotten!

Everyone at Muttville thinks Andy is 12 years young, weighing 35 lbs.  Come down to Rescue Row and fall in love!

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Her Majesty loves her Corgi subjects | Wordless Wednesday

Dogs know what love feels like on the other end of a leash, and how you pet them. Look at the face of this corgi feeling all the love Queen Elizabeth is giving them.

Dogs know love. I saw it with the stray dogs in Turkey, and I have witnessed it here in San Francisco. The expression made by both giver and receiver looks like a visceral response to the rush of oxytocin flowing.


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Discover why senior dogs rule: Fall in love with Patootie

The time when a name perfect fits the dog. Fall in love with Patootie, also known as Cutie Patootie, a sweet older dog looking for her new home.


This girl will always bring a smile to your face. Patootie may seem a bit shy around new people at first, but we think that’s due to all the recent transitions in her life.

With some patience and a little TLC, you’ll see Patootie come out of her shell and into your lap! A stray no longer, this lovely senior can’t wait to find a mellow home to spend her retirement years in.

Muttville thinks Patootie is between 9-11 years young, weighing about 30 lbs.

Come down to Rescue Row in San Francisco to discover why senior dogs rule, and fall in love with Patootie!

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Dog butts and a good scratch! Wordless Wednesday

I have yet to encounter one dog who has turned down a good scratch when the spot is hard to reach. The dogs I met while traveling in Turkey enjoyed my human affection, and this youngster most definitely loved getting her butt scratched after lunch.

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Have you ever had a dog turn down a butt scratch?


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Discover why senior dogs rule: Fall in love with Sophie

Why do I love older dogs so much? Look at the face on this beautiful blend of chow and shepherd. Sophie is a big girl with an even bigger heart!

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This fluffy girl came all the way from LA to be a part of Muttville and everyone couldn’t be happier to have her. She gets along great with dogs of all sizes and loves the company of people.

Sophie isn’t one to shy away from greeting everyone that walks through our doors with a big smile on her face.

She can’t wait to find a home where she’ll get spoiled rotten and get a chance to lose some weight just in time for summer. The Bay Area is the perfect place for outdoor fun together while buring a few calories.

We think Sophie is 8 years young, weighing about 65 lbs.

Come down to Muttville on Rescue Row in San Francisco to meet her!

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Summer kick-off: Ways to keep dogs safe + special giveaway!

The Fourth of July is almost here. For us it marks the official start of summer, and it means keeping an eye out for dogs! Our dog was very uncomfortable with loud booms, and we had to keep Cleo extra close to one of us during the fireworks every year. Before she lost her vision, she also was quick to grab a chicken bone from an unattended plate during our barbecues! At home or out at the park, amidst the fun and games, pet health should be kept top of mind to help ensure a safe summer season. 

Here is a great refresher on summer pet safety, with the top five dangers to watch out for:

Now that you're ready to keep your dog safe from summer dangers, I have a treat for you... it's a giveaway!

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