Look at Us Now!

September 16, 2019 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

Last Sunday I had the pleasure of attending Old Dog Haven’s Foster/Volunteer picnic and on the drive home I amused myself by trying to remember the names of the dogs I saw at the picnic. I won’t show off by listing them for you, but I will say that the best part of remembering a…

Old Dog Haven: 15 years old and Going Strong

September 2, 2019 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

This year marks the 15th anniversary of Old Dog Haven and I’d like to give you 15 reasons why we’re still able to serve the needs of western Washington’s unadoptable senior dogs: 1.  Our founders Judith and Lee Piper saw a need, took action and created a haven when there was none. Without their vision…

Fear Free Procedures and Handling

August 19, 2019 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

  by Bryana Walters We are on our second Final Refuge foster dog, Rowdy. He’s a cute tiny chihuahua who came to us with no teeth and one eye. During our first month with him, it became clear that his other eye was bothering him too. So we brought him to the vet and found…

The Dangers of Leaving Your Dog in the Car

August 5, 2019 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

Taking a drive with your canine friend on a summer’s day sounds like fun, but you should think twice about leaving him or her in your parked car. Most pet owners aren’t aware of the dangers of leaving their dogs inside a vehicle, especially when it’s hot outside. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association …

Sniff and Be Fit

July 29, 2019 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

By: Laura Hentges, CPDT-KA, CCS    Physical and Mental Exercise A quick web search of “How much exercise does my dog need?” provides results filled with articles about how important it is to give your dog daily physical activity. When I ask my clients, “What kind of exercise does your dog get?” the answers are…

Walking With a Purpose – Generosity and Dedication

July 15, 2019 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

                                                               It’s not just a walk in the park. It’s a very purposeful walk with a great deal more going on than just people walking…

Wally’s Story: My Heart and My Teacher

June 24, 2019 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

  by Laura Hentges, CPDT-KA, CCS This week we welcome guest blogger Laura Hentges, CPDT-KA, CCS, Professional Dog Trainer & Behavior Consultant. Laura shares thoughts about separation anxiety and offers resources that you’ll find helpful.       “My dogs have always been my greatest joy! In 2017, I earned my first certification in dog training…

Old Dog Haven Foster Families

June 10, 2019 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

“My pledge to each dog that crosses my threshold is simple: You are wanted. You are safe. You will not die alone. You will not be forgotten.”- Flora Lindsay  “Quality of life centers all our actions for the seniors in our care and nothing improves the quality of life as much as love.” Beth Carroll…

Join the Family! Volunteer for Old Dog Haven

May 27, 2019 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

           In many respects Old Dog Haven is like a living, breathing jigsaw puzzle that can only be a complete picture if all of the pieces are in place and moving smoothly. Every piece is important. The pieces all fit together because even though the pieces are different shapes and sizes, they complement each other…

End-of-Life Plans for Pets

May 20, 2019 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

                                                                              By Peabody Johanson   This week we welcome guest blogger Peabody Johanson. Peabody and her husband Jason are Old Dog Haven foster parents for Banjo as well as mom and dad for several other resident Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Peabody.  I’m going to talk about end-of-life plans because…

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