2014 Highlights Include #DogsWeLove

Dogs show us there is joy to be had from living in the moment. Your day, and whole life, can include uncertainty but find a sunny patch on the city sidewalk, and you might find yourself enjoying a moment. Something as simple as a sweet look between man and dog can lift your mood. Senior dogs in particular can make great teachers. When I look back over the past year, my old dog influenced me in many positive, and meaningful ways.

 

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Grouchy Puppy Founder Sharon Castellanos, and Cleo, her muse

I've compiled some of the best stories from 2014 that show us how dogs are like gardens, why dogs are perfect for introverts, and what my experience was like letting my beautiful dog pass on ahead of me [...] 

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You've given us a Thanksgiving miracle

Happy Thanksgiving to all the dog lovers out there! Today I give thanks for you, the reader, commenter, follower and friend. If you know anything, I expect you already know how thankful I am for my beloved old dog Cleo, however now I want to make sure you know how thankful I am for everyone who takes the time to comment here, on Facebook and Twitter, even on Pinterest and Instagram!

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Tribute to our Grouchy Puppy: Happy Homecoming Day Cleo!

Nine years ago today we brought our sweet big dog Cleo home from the San Francisco SPCA. She gave us everything anyone can ask for from a dog, or a person for that matter. Our life together motivated me to create Grouchy Puppy and this blog. Her deeds inspired our motto Give Fearlessly Influence Positively

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Some people may remember the #Cleo8 party we threw for her last year. We partied on Facebook and we celebrated on the blog all day! We loved all of the sweet wishes and photos that were sent to Cleo. It was wonderful to witness her positive influence over so many people from all over the world.

Sadly we had to say goodbye to Cleo in late September this year. To honor her memory, and maybe inspire you a little, today, on her special homecoming anniversary, we share five untold stories about this Grouchy Puppy muse and incredible senior dog [...]

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Oct 30-Nov 2 Join the SF/SPCA Wizard of Oz-themed Halloween Adopt-A-Thon

Tricks and treats will be bountiful at the San Francisco SPCA’s Wizard of Oz-themed Halloween celebration, October 30th - November 2nd. The Adopt-A-Thon weekend kicks off with a cocktail party on Thursday night at the SF SPCA's Mission Campus. 

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12th Annual 'Cancerversary' Raises Money and Celebrates Family Dog Rescue Founders Survival

In 2002, Family Dog Rescue’s founder Angela Padilla was diagnosed with a very aggressive, high-risk case of breast cancer. Angela’s two rescued dogs became her devoted caretakers.

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Family Dog Rescue's Cancerversary: Angela's Story

 

Angela had rescued Mollie and Hooch from local Animal Control Centers when they were 5-months old and 6-years old respectively and their bond was unbreakable. Never leaving her side, they would snuggle close to her after treatments, their love and unspoken support helping relieve the nausea, exhaustion, and pain of the therapy. Angela recalls:

“When my hair fell out and I was bald, Mollie would sweetly lick my head, as if to tell me that she knew I was still beautiful. She seemed to know that my bald head hurt and needed love."

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How many ways can you celebrate National Dog Day today?

This holiday is every day at our house but August 26, 2014 is officially National Dog Day and we're spending it with our favorite senior dog Cleo! How will you celebrate? An extra meaty bone or maybe if you've an older dog like we do, lots of quiet cuddles...

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August 23 Dog Lovers Fight Cancer with Bark For Life of San Francisco

Grab your sneakers and best buddies then head over to Golden Gate Park for this great canine fundraiser on August 23rd in San Francisco.

The American Cancer Society Bark For Life honors the caregiving qualities of canine companions and is a noncompetitive walk event for dogs and their owners to raise funding and awareness for the fight against cancer. 

The Bark For Life event will feature an Opening Ceremony with a Cancer Survivor Lap (for both people & pets), as well as canine related activities, demonstrations, entertainment, vendors, silent auction, and more. Come take a bite out of cancer!

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Happy July 4th from Grouchy Puppy!

We wish everyone a safe and happy Independence Day! Today will be a day spent with Cleo and the rest of our family in San Francisco. And as the sun goes down and the fireworks begin at Fisherman's Wharf, I will be snuggling with my sweet old dog. Cuddles from mama or papa are more effective than drugs when it comes to calming Cleo. We're human Thundershirts...

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Where do you go when you're feeling low? #RescueRow!

Where should you go when you're feeling low? Rescue Row. Where can you find the kind of love that is unconditional? Rescue Row. We can verify there is lots of loving companionship waiting for you on Rescue Row in San Francisco.

The unveiling of this special place for adoptable pets happened on Saturday, but if you are looking to bring some love and sunshine into your life, today, as part of Maddie's Pet Adoption Days, adoption fees are waived at the SFSPCA, Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, Animal Care and Control of San Francisco, and Northern California Family Dog Rescue.

Head on down to Alabama between 15th and 16th Streets in San Francisco!  Here are scenes from Saturday:

 

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Follow the happy sounds...

 

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Rescue Row ribbon cutting ceremony kicks-off Maddies Pet Adoption Days

Where did you look for love? Did you wait for friends to introduce you to someone? Search online profiles? If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, there is a street and neighborhood that is overflowing with love. The kind that animal lovers appreciate and search for...now, this intersection has been officially recognized by the city of St. Francis. 

From the Rescue Row Resolution, sponsored by San Francisco Board of Supervisors Campos, Wiener, Kim, and Cohen:

RESOLVED, That there shall be an honorary naming of "Rescue Row" in recognition of the valuable contributions that these organizations make to the lives of San Francisco's animals and the city as a whole

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Thanks to the spirit of a little dog and collaborative partnerships, Maddie's Pet Adoption Days sets goal of 10,000 qualified homes for pets

I have had an amazing big dog in my life for over eight years now. She’s beautiful, full of personality and an endless source of inspiration. She also happens to now be old, arthritic, blind and diabetic, but, if I saw her for the first time today, I would adopt her all over again. The incredible joy she brings into our family is worth the heartache from knowing her life with us will never be long enough.

My dog Cleo is a big reason behind my interest in supporting and promoting Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days. I look into Cleo's eyes and see the face of a dog who knows she's loved. I want other people interested in bringing a dog, or cat, into their family to consider adopting a senior or disabled pet. Did you know the financial support going to the 200 participating shelters and rescue agencies -- in 591 cities across the U.S. -- includes a $2,000 per adoption of medically treatable and senior dogs and cats?

 

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Grouchy Puppy Founder, Sharon with Cleo, adopted from the SF/SPCA

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5th Annual Maddie’s® Pet Adoption Days Returns May 31-June 1

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The nation's largest free pet adoption event, Maddie’s® Pet Adoption Days, is coming to the Bay Area on May 31 and June 1.  Free adoptions of dogs and cats will be offered to qualified adopters at more than 100 locations throughout Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco and Santa Clara Counties. Visit adopt.maddiesfund.org for hours and locations.

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Be Kind To Animals Week: May 5 - 11, 2014

Wouldn't it be nice if we no longer needed sponsored weeks to encourage compassion and kindness towards animals?

Until that day is here, why not use this first week of May to raise awareness about how our community and the world, benefits from raising compassionate children?

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What is a Humane Education? Many organizations offer ideas and lesson plans to help parents and teachers, for free. Here are five:

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Skipalong for Animal Rescue on May 10 in San Francisco

On Saturday, May 10th people of all ages can join in a fun skipping fundraising event for Hopalong & Second Chance Animal Rescue.

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Walk by any school or playground in the city and you're bound to see kids skipping. Skipping is fun! It's part of a good workout, and it generates a lot of positive energy.

May 10th is the 15th Anniversary of Skip for a Cause sponsored by iSkip.com with this year's uplifting event benefiting Hopalong & Second Chance Animal Rescue.

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