Emotional Transformation Part 4

February 20, 2017 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

  This final post in a series about emotional transformation is a bit long, but I think you’ll want to read every word. The story is very special because Gracie is no longer physically with us (a sudden departure several weeks ago) and her Final Refuge parents Carol Collins and Phil Hoover are writing about…

Emotional Transformation- Part 3

February 13, 2017 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

  This week’s story about Georgia is told by her Final Refuge mom Kate Seabeck. The first photo on the side shows her at the shelter and the others as she is now.   “When Judith sent me a photo of lil Georgia Peach my heart melted. Such a funny face on such a sad…

Emotional Transformation- Part 2

February 6, 2017 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

   In this second in a series of four blogs about emotional transformation I’d like you to meet Annie, whose story is told by her Final Refuge dad Mike Mc Vey. Photos: Annie with mom Denise, (top graphic), Annie at the shelter, Annie and Dakota, and in Annie’s family photo L-R- Kitsie, Dakota, Texas (Jacob),…

Emotional Transformation

January 30, 2017 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

The physical transformations that take place in our Final Refuge dogs are often the first to begin, once the dogs receive the medical attention they need; but the emotional healing is often slow to surface. Senior dogs that have found themselves homeless through no fault of their own are often emotionally damaged and helping them regain…

Taking Care of Your Dog’s Ears

January 23, 2017 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

Many of the dogs that come to Old Dog Haven have problems with their ears because any kind of regular care just never happened for them. The results often call for extensive treatment and in some cases major surgery to resolve the problems. Remember Thor?  Although a dog’s ears need to be regularly monitored for…

7 Things Your Senior Dog Would Like to Tell You

January 16, 2017 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

By Jaymi Heimbuch As dogs age, their needs change. Paying attention to the side effects of aging will help you make your dog comfortable in his later years. Having a dog is one of the best things in the world, but it isn’t without its downsides. One of the worst aspects of having a dog…

Learning to Speak Dog

January 9, 2017 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

by Suzanne Engelberg, PhD [Our guest blogger this week is ODH foster mom Suzanne Engelberg. Suzanne is a licensed clinical psychologist who has had nearly 20 years experience providing psychotherapy for children, families and adults.]   Sometimes I’m amazed that my dogs and I live together so happily.  As two different species, we don’t really speak…

Old Dog Haven Dogs Share Their New Year’s Goals

January 2, 2017 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

  Now that we’ve officially started a new year most people have goals they hope to accomplish in 2017. I figured our dogs might have a few goals too so I asked 10 Old Dog Haven Final Refuge dogs about their goals for the year. Here’s what they had to say:   Jack loves to…

Old Dog Haven Highlights 2016

December 26, 2016 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

  Since 2016 is almost just a memory I thought you might like to read about some of the highlights of the year for Old Dog Haven. My numbers won’t be completely accurate because I’m writing this on December 22 and we don’t do year-end numbers until December 31, but you’ll be able to see…

Receiving the Gifts of all Seasons from Your Dog

December 19, 2016 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

  In last week’s blog suggestions were made about ways to give comfort and joy to the dogs of Old Dog Haven. This week I want to talk about receiving. Receiving graciously is a gift too. Especially if the gift is from your dog. When you receive gifts from your dog that act of receiving…

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