Ask Murphy

April 12, 2021 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

(Written for Murphy (who has problems typing) by his human, Joe Myers) As part of a species that studies human behavior very closely I thought I could be of some help in answering small social problems that you may be having. Here are answers to some questions that recently landed in my mailbox. Dear Murphy,…

DOG TREAT RECIPE FROM THE QUEEN OF TREATS

March 15, 2021 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

  by Dawn Ford  This month we welcome guest blogger Dawn Ford, co-owner of the Seattle Barkery, who has graciously offered to share one of her favorite dog treat recipes with us. If your dog has ever eaten dog treats from the Seattle Barkery, you may have wondered if you could make any of the…

It’s a Fine Line

January 25, 2021 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…

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…

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,…

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