It’s Not Magic, But . . .

May 22, 2017 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

By Suzanne Engelberg, PhD   I don’t believe in magic, but I do believe that some things are true even though I don’t fully understand them.  That belief has been strengthened by experiences with my Final Refuge dog ChiCha. Like many dachshund mixes, ChiCha can be pretty yappy.  When she joined our family I quickly…

Incontinence in Senior Dogs

May 15, 2017 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

Molly (not her real name) ended up in a shelter because she was peeing in the house. Apparently she’d been incontinent for quite awhile, but Molly was never brought to a vet to determine the cause of the problem. Most shelters don’t have the financial resources to pay for extensive vet exams or surgery, so…

GiveBIG to Old Dog Haven – Wednesday, May 10.

May 8, 2017 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

  His name is The Mayor Augustus May Who of Whoville, aka Augustus, Auggie, Gus or Mr. Mayor.  Yes, I’m talking about the poster dog for this year’s GiveBIG campaign. The Mayor is one of more than 300 Old Dog Haven dogs you’ll be helping if you participate in GiveBIG on Wednesday May 10. Here’s…

You Don’t Own Me

May 1, 2017 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

Even though some states are dancing around the issue, dogs (and other animals) are considered property or possessions in the eyes of the law. Along with that designation comes the generally accepted mentality that people are owners of their animals. As possessions, dogs are bred for money, raised in puppy mills for monetary gain, sold…

What I Wish My Old Dogs Would Learn From Me

April 24, 2017 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

    by Suzanne Engelberg In my last guest blog I wrote about the important things I’ve learned from my old dogs. This month I’d like to share a few things I wish my old dogs would learn from me.  Here are my top five:         When something hurts, tell someone.  Like…

Common Senior Dog Health and Behavior Problems

April 17, 2017 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

  By Sloan McKinney Our guest blogger this week is 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…

Help the Dream Continue by Becoming a Golden Guardian

April 10, 2017 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

  In 2004 Judith and Lee Piper had a dream: To help senior dogs who had been abandoned spend the rest of their lives in a safe and loving home. Since then over 5000 senior dogs have been helped and currently Old Dog Haven has over 300 dogs in permanent foster care. We’re excited to…

Adorable AND Adoptable!

April 3, 2017 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

  Even though almost all of the dogs taken in by Old Dog Haven aren’t really adoptable because of physical, mental or emotional issues, on occasion we do get dogs that are adoptable. I’d like to tell you about three dogs that are—or soon will be—adoptable with the hope that you might consider welcoming one…

Old Dogs-Young People

March 27, 2017 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

by Bryana Walters This week we welcome guest blogger, Bryana Walters. Bryana started working with animals in 2003 and earned her veterinary assistant certificate.  She has worked in an animal hospital, an animal shelter and most recently as a professional dog trainer and pet sitter.  She has trained dogs for basic commands, behavior modification, aggression,…

Everything I Need to Know I Learned from my Old Dogs

March 20, 2017 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

By Suzanne Engelberg I like to think that I know how to get along in life.   Most of the time I do, but there are some lessons that are harder for me to learn.  Fortunately, the old dogs in my life are great role models.  Everything I really need to know, I’ve learned from them. …

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