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Glimpse what makes Goldens so special, check out Dog Camp!

Sure dog lovers say this about every dog but there is something special about Golden Retrievers. Goldstock is described as "the most fun you can have with your dog, and your dog with you." 

What makes this more than your average Labor Day weekend? This event is about promoting animal rescue, and raising money. It's about hundreds of Golden Retrievers teaching you a few life lessons.



Goldstock, which brings together hundreds of golden retrievers and their owners, is a yearly gathering that benefits and celebrates rescue dogs. The event was started in 1998 by Gail Lustig, a New York City dog-walker whose father built the camp in the 1950s.

Since then, Goldstock has grown from its humble beginnings of 60 attendees to include campers and rescue groups from all over the world. Roughly 400 dogs and nearly 30 different rescue groups participated in Goldstock 2014, as well as many dog-less attendees who showed up to support the cause.

This is better than any band camp, because dogs! What a wonderful event to close out summer with, and I can't wait to see Dog Camp in the fall!

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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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Dogs are a healthy and positive influence on relationships | New Study

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Another study is out proving how dogs are a positive influence on our life. This time the data shows that we are more likely to develop friendships and have healthy social interaction, thanks to our dog. 

From Oregon Alive:

The type of relationship they may develop ranges from a brief social interaction to the development of new friendships. Interestingly, the U.S. dog owners were much more likely than owners of other species to consider people they met through their dog as a friend.

People were even more likely to meet each other through pets than via their children's school, according to the research results, and walking your dog is among the top five best ways to meet new people.

Many of the pet owners also said their pets helped them establish relationships that led to tangible forms of social support in both practical and emotionally supportive ways.

Read more about how dogs positively influence us

Mine sure did! Tell me, has your dog helped you make friends or be more social? 

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Show compassion towards homeless animals... pass it on

I believe in the power of the human animal bond. I've seen how stray dogs respond to a soft voice, and a loving touch from a stranger. Offering a compassionate response to a lost or stray dog is something you will always feel good about. 

Hope For Paws

Via ABC 13 and Hope For Paws

A heartwarming video of a homeless dog being rescued shows how quickly an animal's demeanor can shift from panic to happiness with just a compassionate touch. Watch her incredible transformation before and after the rescue.

Find out more about the work being done for homeless dogs by the animal rescue team at Hope For Paws

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Maryland house, volunteers with big hearts, create sanctuary for senior dogs

In the movie, It's a Wonderful Life, you learn that every time you hear a bell ring, an angel gets its wings. Wouldn't it be nice to believe that every time a person or group chooses to help homeless dogs, especially senior dogs, that it is also a sign of something wonderful happening? Their compassion is a sign that the world at large, that humanity, is choosing to do the right thing, not because they are coerced but because it is the right thing to do. They are proof that not everyone is consumed by greed or narcissism, as much of the media would have you believe.

There are people and groups who understand that the compassion we show towards senior dogs will have a positive influence on the world. Watch this video about a Maryland retirement home for senior dogs, and be inspired:



 Via National Geographic

Nearly two-dozen dogs are spending their golden years at House with a Heart Senior Pet Sanctuary. Sher Polvinale and a team of volunteers at this Gaithersburg, Maryland, home spare no expense and care for the dogs' every need—from washing and feeding to medications and vet visits.

Click here to learn more about House with a Heart Senior Pet Sanctuary:

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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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Why our senior dogs need our compassionate response

Our older dogs need us to show compassion as they age. Moving through their golden years their vocabulary changes. Unlike a puppy, if they have an accident in the house, our senior dog could simply have forgotten to go outside or is dealing with something more serious. 

It's up to us to listen to what our senior dogs are saying, and respond with compassion. 

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Here are seven things your senior dog would like to tell you, via Mother Nature Network

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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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