Look At Us Now!

February 19, 2018 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

                    Watching and participating in the transformation of an old sick dog to a healthy happy dog is the very best part of caring for the dogs that come to Old Dog Haven. We celebrate every day of improvement and dancing in the street is a…

If You REALLY love me …

February 12, 2018 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

It’s Valentine’s Day this week so I thought I’d talk with a few Old Dog Haven dogs to see if there’s anything special they’d like to have or do for Valentine’s Day. It was tough to get them to be serious, but I’ll faithfully report what they had to say to me:     Stewart:…

Say Cheese!

February 5, 2018 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

  By Joanna Mitzel February is National Pet Dental Health Month In observance, I wanted to chronicle my experience in caring for and rehabilitating a small, senior dog, whose dental health care had been overlooked by his owner. Week after week, I read the ODH postings of (often small) senior dogs available for adoption or…

Please Don’t Feel Sorry for Me

January 15, 2018 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

Those of us who live with senior dogs that have what most people would perceive as limitations, disabilities, age-related illnesses and disease often have a difficult time deciding whether to sing the “Poor Baby” song or act as cheerleaders encouraging the dog to be the best version of himself that he can be right now…

Finding The Right Balance When Exercising Older Dogs

January 8, 2018 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

    by Sloan McKinney       In November, it was the time to advocate for “Adopting An Older Dog,” and without going into the many positive rewards and attributes associated with this loving endeavor, it’s still simply the right thing to do. Don’t shop – Adopt! While we’re skipping over the many positive…

New Year’s Resolutions of an Old Dog

January 1, 2018 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

By Joanna Mitzel (We welcome the new year with guest blogger, Joanna Mitzel. Joanna works as a construction loan administrator in Bellevue, WA.  As a long time supporter of the ODH mission, she hopes to become an active volunteer in the coming year. She shares her home with her boyfriend Tom, their three active senior…

Reflections … 2017

December 25, 2017 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

2017 isn’t quite a memory yet as I write this, but it soon will be so I’ll take a little time to offer some reflections on 2017 before we launch ourselves into 2018. 1. Old Dog Haven continues to grow in many ways. I could offer all kinds of statistics here but you can read…

Receiving the Gifts of all Seasons from Your Dog

December 18, 2017 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 opens…

A Season of Love for Old Dogs

December 11, 2017 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

  Everyday we wake up and give thanks to all the amazing people who have joined Old Dog Haven in our mission to help old dogs. Because of our caring supporters 300+ dogs have safe and loving homes. Over 280,000 people follow us on Facebook and help spread the word about senior dogs in need…

Love a Dog … Live Longer

December 4, 2017 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

Scientists, medical personnel, psychologists and pretty much every kind of people/animal professional all seem to agree that many people who share their lives with dogs live longer than people who don’t share their homes and hearts with dogs. For those of you who live with dogs (and that’s probably almost everyone reading this blog) the above paragraph is…

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