2018 Old Dog Haven Calendar

October 25, 2017 Events and Announcements, General News, Uncategorized

The 2018 ODH Calendar is Here! The 2018 Old Dog Haven Calendar is one of our favorites yet and as always it’s filled with wonderful photos and stories about our dogs. Many of the photos are actually taken by the foster families and you can really see the love and joy they have for their…

Latest Newsletters

July 2, 2016 Events and Announcements, General News

Wonder what it’s like to be an ODH permanent foster (Final Refuge) home? Read more about the dogs and our terrific foster families and volunteers in our November 2017 print newsletter; September 2017 E-Newsletter. Miss a previous newsletter?  You can read them here: July 2017 print newsletter; May 2017 E-Newsletter; March 2017 print newsletter  ; January 2017 E-Newsletter; November 2016 print…

Dream with your dog

June 20, 2016 General News

Humans spend way too much time thinking and doing rather than feeling and being. We’re so busy thinking our heads are full of stuff that gets in the way of connecting with animals and people on an emotional level. This busy mind syndrome can be like navigating a mine field for your dog if he…

Old Dog Suckerness

June 13, 2016 General News, Life Lessons from Old Dogs

Do you qualify to be a member of the Brotherhood/Sisterhood of Old Dog Suckers? Semi-retired psychiatrist and Old Dog Haven staff member Shirley Stallings offers a diagnostic assessment of a disorder found in people uniquely drawn to elderly dogs. Check out her criteria to see if you have this disorder: “A. A disorder that may…

Communicating With a Deaf Dog Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks

April 18, 2016 General News, Life Lessons from Old Dogs

Our guest blogger this week, Old Dog Haven foster mom Tonya Kniest, shares her thoughts about teaching a deaf old dog new tricks. Pictured right are Tonya with Lizzy.   My first Final Refuge foster, Lizzy, came to me deaf, tail tucked, and fearful of sudden moves toward her, even trying to scramble to the…

“How Do You Stand It?”

April 2, 2016 General News, Life Lessons from Old Dogs

  Deeanne Matz, our guest blogger this week, is the webmaster of the Old Dog Haven website and she is also a member of the Board. She and her husband Francesco are dedicated Old Dog Haven Final Refuge parents. Pictured right with Dee and Francesco are their current dogs (L-R) Emma Pearl, Penelope, and Benny.…

Thor: A Lesson in Inner Strength, Resilience and Hope

February 29, 2016 General News, Life Lessons from Old Dogs

The Norse god Thor is generally associated with being able to make thunder, which would require quite a feat of strength. Our dog Thor isn’t very strong physically … not yet … but his inner strength is quite remarkable and he could probably make thunder if he wanted to do that. Let me tell you…

ODH Book Available for Purchase!

November 2, 2015 Events and Announcements, General News

  Awards: Finalist in the “Non-Fiction Animals” category of the 2015 Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards! Finalist in the “Animals/Pets: Narrative Non-Fiction” category of the 2014 USA Best Book Awards! Finalist in the “Animals/Pets” category of the 2015 National Indie Excellence Book Awards.!     Every Old Dog Has a Story to Tell by Ardeth De Vries…

Welcome to Old Dog Haven

October 2, 2015 Events and Announcements, General News

We are a network of private homes helping Western Washington’s homeless senior dogs.  Old Dog Haven has no shelter or kennel, all our dogs live as members of a family.  We are caring for over 250 dogs at a time in our foster homes. We focus on the oldest dogs left at shelters but occasionally we…