Flower in Bloom, A Senior Dog’s Story

March 23, 2020 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

  This week we welcome back guest blogger Emily Felty with a dog story that many of you will read with a smile because it sounds like your own experience.     To remind you about Emily, she says this about herself: “I’m Emily! I’m an East Coast transplant with a West Coast heart and…

Sharing is Caring

March 9, 2020 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

As kids we’re taught that sharing is a good thing and that concept often follows us through adulthood because many people are very good at sharing, whether it’s time, money or anything else that’s “shareable.” Old Dog Haven is good at sharing too. If you look at our website (www.olddoghaven.org) or our Facebook or Instagram…

Who Loves Ya, Baby?

February 24, 2020 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

Why do dogs love people? Science tells us that the hormone oxytocin (more commonly called the “love hormone”) is released in both dogs and people when they have a positive interaction, and it cements and increases the bond. Also, research has shown that just the smell of a person they like will make a dog…

            Calculating Candles on the Cake: New Research on How Our Dogs Age

February 10, 2020 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

By Emily Felty This week we welcome guest blogger Emily Felty who says this about herself:   I’m Emily! I’m an East Coast transplant with a West Coast heart and a few furry rescues. I started volunteering with Old Dog Haven for probably a similar reason that brought you to this blog, a love for…

If Not Us, Then Who?

January 27, 2020 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

      By Elaine Gantz   This week we welcome guest blogger Elaine Gantz, foster mom to Old Dog Haven dog Archie. Elaine has been doing final refuge for a number of rescue groups, including Old Dog Haven, for the past decade. Elaine lives in Port Orchard “with four barking fur babies,” and she…

Dementia in Senior Dogs

January 13, 2020 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

  Note: I’ve had so many conversations with people about dementia in senior dogs in the past couple of months I thought perhaps it might be good to re-visit the topic with the hope that my words might be of some help to those of you who are dealing with the issue. When I talk…

BELIEVE

December 30, 2019 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

  Last week I watched The Polar Express as I do each year during the Christmas season. The message of the film is a powerful one that extends beyond a charming story, and it can be seen in what happens within the Old Dog Haven family every day of the year.       Our…

On Being Connected

December 16, 2019 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

I’ve talked before about how Old Dog Haven dogs are ambassadors in so many ways, and this week I’m thinking specifically about the connection that’s made between our dogs and the people who sponsor them. If you’ve looked at our website you know that many of our permanent foster dogs are posted under the section…

Harley Rae

December 2, 2019 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

By Paula Moreschi Your continued support to our mission has had a profound effect on so many senior dogs in need. #GivingTuesday is tomorrow and today we’d like to share a very special story with you to demonstrate how your devotion gives hope to our dogs.       For lack of a better word,…

Old and Grumpy

November 18, 2019 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

  By Laura Hentges, CPDT-KA, CCS   Have you ever described your dog as old and grumpy? Is your dog less interested in playing or slowing down on walks?  Less tolerant of your neighbor’s puppy or taking longer naps? That’s just a normal part of aging, right? Not necessarily.     I’ve had several wonderful…

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