Remi’s Lessons

September 18, 2017 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

Separation Anxiety and Socialization   I’ve learned something from every dog I’ve known. Sometimes the lesson is the “Really?” I never knew that” kind of lesson, but often the lesson learned is a validation of what I already knew to be true. Some lessons taught by dogs are so important they deserve to be revisited…

How Many Old Dogs Does it Take to Change a Light bulb?

September 11, 2017 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

In my continuing effort to become enlightened by old dogs I decided to ask several Old Dog Haven dogs if they would help me change a light bulb. Here are their answers:   BENNETT: “Change a light bulb? Are you kidding? As you can see, we’re ready to watch my namesake kick some butt. No…

Sadie: From “Poor Baby” to “Wow!”

September 4, 2017 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

A few weeks ago I wrote about Old Dog Haven’s dedicated Final Refuge foster families and this week I thought you might like to meet a woman and a dog that are marvelous examples of the kind of commitment, transformation and love I’m talking about. Here’s what Leslee has to say about her journey with…

A Family Like No Other

August 28, 2017 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

 By Tonya Kniest I read Ardeth’s blog, Kudos to Old Dog Haven Final Refuge Families, a few weeks ago where she praised the work we fosters put in for our dogs within our families at home. All of it is absolutely true; it can be an emotional roller coaster.     But the best thing…

A Tail of Two Dogs

August 21, 2017 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

By Suzanne Engelberg, PhD Recently someone told me about a couple with two large dogs.  The dogs spent much of their day menacingly patrolling their property for invaders.  When the neighbor’s smaller dogs came into their own yard, the two large dogs raced to the fence line, baring their teeth and aggressively barking.  Understandably, the…

Kudos to Old Dog Haven Final Refuge Families

August 14, 2017 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

  I had intended to write about something else this week but I’m working on the September E-Newsletter and am reminded once again of the amazing commitment our Final Refuge fosters have to the dogs they welcome into their homes. I’m not talking about just giving an old dog a home. I’m thinking about much…

4 Unique Tips to Protect Pets from Possible Poisoning

August 7, 2017 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

 By Sloan McKinney Once again we welcome our guest blogger Sloan McKinney, a journalist based in Southern California. After writing about pop culture for a number of years, she has recently begun writing for a new audience. Inspired by DeAnthony, her cat, as well as her dog Max, Sloan now hopes to help other people…

Am I an Old Dog Now?

July 31, 2017 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

By Leslie Brown   Even though I’d love to talk about the wildly successful Walk for Old Dogs, I’ll save my coverage of this extraordinary event for the September Old Dog Haven E-newsletter and you can read all about it there. But … I will say that even though the final numbers aren’t in yet,…

They’re Just Trying to Help

July 24, 2017 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

By Suzanne Engelberg, PhD Have you ever noticed that dogs seem to slow down when we’re in a hurry and need them to speed up?  Instead of quickly coming when we call, they give a leisurely yawn, sniff the ground a bit, and then saunter over to see what we want.  They may even lick…

from “A Dog and a Keyboard”

July 10, 2017 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

  Our guest blogger this week is Leslie Brown, a writer and editor who has raised dogs for more than 40 years. She’s seen many puppy muzzles turn gray and has held them during their last moments of life. Leslie’s involvement with animal organizations began at ten years old when she donated her allowance to…

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