Receiving the Gifts of all Seasons from Your Dog

December 21, 2020 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

  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 opens your heart just a bit wider. I made a list (and yes, I checked it twice) of some of the gifts you receive from your dog, and my…

Welcoming a Senior Dog into Your Home and Heart

December 7, 2020 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

  If you’re interested in becoming a member of the “Old Dogs Club” and are thinking about adopting or fostering an older dog I have a few thoughts about a welcoming routine that you might find helpful, so I’ll just pass them on for your consideration. Just use what makes sense for your situation.  …

Don’t Worry. I’m Fine.

November 23, 2020 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

By Claudia Kulvinskas Note:  Many dogs that come to us have lived with someone who loved them very much, but were unable to continue to care for their dogs for various reasons. We don’t always know their names or have any contact information for them but our fosters, like Claudia, want these people to know…

Growing Up with Tessie

November 9, 2020 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

  By Maddie Pust Note: This week we welcome guest blogger Maddie Pust. Maddie says this about herself:  “I grew up in Olympia Washington with lots of pets! Four years ago, I moved just across the border to attend the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Now I am getting my Master of Management…

Forever in my heart: Sweetie

October 26, 2020 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

By Amber Kizer   Sweetie lived in technicolor rainbows and invited those around her to play in the joyful pot of gold. She was larger than life in all the best ways. Whether she was cuddling or hiking a boulder from one end of the yard to the other, Sweetie did it with all her…

Always in My Heart 

October 19, 2020 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

  by Trudy Sigler Dogs touch our hearts and create fond memories that are with us forever. Today Old Dog Haven foster Trudy Siegler shares some heartfelt memories of her Maranda Fund dog Stanley.       Tiny Stanley, aka Lil Man Stan, was a shih tzu mix who found himself in a shelter with…

Maranda Fund Memories

October 5, 2020 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

  Today Old Dog Haven founder and Director of Veterinary Services/Dog Manager Judith Piper shares her fond memories of some of our Maranda Fund Dogs. ——————— Since the Maranda Fund was started in 2010 over 150 dogs have been helped. We started the fund because we saw how wonderful it was for Maranda, a final…

Dog Roles

September 21, 2020 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

  I’ve been thinking about how people interact with each other, which—predictably—leads me to think about dogs and how they interact with each other. First, let’s talk about people: Human to human interaction is largely driven by relationships. You probably wouldn’t talk to your grandmother in the same way you converse with your teen-age son,…

Why Do Senior Dogs End Up in Shelters? 

September 7, 2020 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

  For those of you who have a love for senior dogs and wonder why an old dog would end up in a shelter, this posting provides information that will answer your question. Knowing the why behind the thousands of homeless senior dogs living in shelters probably isn’t particularly helpful, but I just felt you…

Old Dog Haven is a State of Mind

August 24, 2020 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

We often have people contact us who want to know where we’re located because they’d like to come and visit our facility, and they’d like to meet our dogs. But, as most of you know, we don’t have a facility, and meeting our dogs would involve a very long road trip that would mean visiting…

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