Loving a blind dog means letting her poke you in the eye, lens and nose because she wants to get closer.
— Sharon Castellanos (@FromSF)
Cleo was born in Northern California but began her real life in San Francisco when she was brought to the SF/SPCA. Shortly after arriving in the city, she was discovered by Sharon and her husband during their quest to find a four-legged member to complete their pack.
No one knows her age, but since Cleo is a real lady, it doesn’t matter. She is often mistaken for being a boy and a wolf but Cleo takes it in stride and focuses on influencing positively. Her life in the big city demonstrates daily her ability to give fearlessly. She can be found inspiring her female, comforting strangers and generally trying to influence all around her to be better. She is also an unofficial ambassador for adopting adult large breed dogs.
Grouchy Puppy is based on Cleo in every way, from the look to the content. Since her blog launched in 2009 Cleo has been given the Sunshine Award and Creative Blogger Award by fellow bloggers and given a Blog Star Award by Dogtime. She believes the 2011 Dogtime Media Pet Award Nomination was due solely to her mad skills and popularity.
Whether walking in the neighborhood today, or when she used to run free at Fort Funston and in the Presidio, Cleo elicits reactions. She has had her picture taken with a tourist family from India and has supported those on the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer.
Since she has officially moved into her golden years, Cleo spends more time napping now and using her nose as a white cane. She focuses her days on teaching everyone who will pay attention, how to savor the moment. When she isn’t demonstrating the art of zen or the power of the human-animal bond, you can find her quietly being cute and a senior dog ambassador.
How one dog sparked a movement to educate people of all ages that dogs are not mercenary or slavish but give fearlessly and influence positively — remains a mystery.
Potential pink eye at the AHA Hero Dog Awards