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I'm thankful for my dog this Thanksgiving

Remembering Cleo: Requiem for a Grouchy Puppy

When we love dogs, we love them all the way. The experience is all-encompassing as you enjoy the highest highs, the lowest lows, and everything in between...” That roller coaster of emotion is true for Cleo's guardian and mom, Sharon Castellanos, as she said goodbye last month to her Grouchy Puppy muse and beloved ambassador of big dog adoptions. 

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Two weeks ago we had to let our dog Cleo go. Until the end, she was surrounded in love, listening to her favorite music, with her favorite dog treats under her nose. My heart hurts and as my husband said, our life feels like a level of gravitas has fallen over it with her departure.

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Continuing Cleo's Legacy

Grouchy Puppy will continue honoring Cleo's legacy across social media and other channels. Striving to elevate the conversation about dog adoption and senior dogs is a mission Sharon feels very passionate about and is dedicated to persuing. Consider subscribing to the Grouchy Puppy blog and newsletter to join in the journey. 


In Memoriam

If you would like to make a donation in honor of Cleo or your own sweet senior dog, consider one of these fine San Francisco nonprofits:

The San Francisco SPCA, who saw Cleo's potential at that country shelter up north and brought her to the big city for Sharon to fall in love with.

Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, a wonderful local group whose mission has already helped rescue and rehome almost 3,000 senior dogs!