Who Loves Ya, Baby?

February 24, 2020 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

Why do dogs love people? Science tells us that the hormone oxytocin (more commonly called the “love hormone”) is released in both dogs and people when they have a positive interaction, and it cements and increases the bond. Also, research has shown that just the smell of a person they like will make a dog…

            Calculating Candles on the Cake: New Research on How Our Dogs Age

February 10, 2020 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

By Emily Felty This week we welcome guest blogger Emily Felty who says this about herself:   I’m Emily! I’m an East Coast transplant with a West Coast heart and a few furry rescues. I started volunteering with Old Dog Haven for probably a similar reason that brought you to this blog, a love for…

If Not Us, Then Who?

January 27, 2020 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

      By Elaine Gantz   This week we welcome guest blogger Elaine Gantz, foster mom to Old Dog Haven dog Archie. Elaine has been doing final refuge for a number of rescue groups, including Old Dog Haven, for the past decade. Elaine lives in Port Orchard “with four barking fur babies,” and she…

Dementia in Senior Dogs

January 13, 2020 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

  Note: I’ve had so many conversations with people about dementia in senior dogs in the past couple of months I thought perhaps it might be good to re-visit the topic with the hope that my words might be of some help to those of you who are dealing with the issue. When I talk…

BELIEVE

December 30, 2019 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

  Last week I watched The Polar Express as I do each year during the Christmas season. The message of the film is a powerful one that extends beyond a charming story, and it can be seen in what happens within the Old Dog Haven family every day of the year.       Our…

On Being Connected

December 16, 2019 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

I’ve talked before about how Old Dog Haven dogs are ambassadors in so many ways, and this week I’m thinking specifically about the connection that’s made between our dogs and the people who sponsor them. If you’ve looked at our website you know that many of our permanent foster dogs are posted under the section…

Harley Rae

December 2, 2019 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

By Paula Moreschi Your continued support to our mission has had a profound effect on so many senior dogs in need. #GivingTuesday is tomorrow and today we’d like to share a very special story with you to demonstrate how your devotion gives hope to our dogs.       For lack of a better word,…

Old and Grumpy

November 18, 2019 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

  By Laura Hentges, CPDT-KA, CCS   Have you ever described your dog as old and grumpy? Is your dog less interested in playing or slowing down on walks?  Less tolerant of your neighbor’s puppy or taking longer naps? That’s just a normal part of aging, right? Not necessarily.     I’ve had several wonderful…

Yes, I know You’re a Dog

November 4, 2019 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

As we leave the Halloween season of dressing ourselves and sometimes our dogs in costumes, we move into holiday festivities, which offer the same possibilities, and I got to thinking about why people dress up their dogs. I’ve written about this before, but I think I may have a handle on it now.    …

Don’t Stress, Decompress

September 23, 2019 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

    By Laura Hentges, CPDT-KA, CCS Congratulations! You’ve decided to welcome a new rescue or foster dog into your home. You have all the usual supplies: collar, leash, bowls, comfy bed, food, treats, toys, and lots of love. What could go wrong? Everything about your warm, safe, loving home is completely new (and potentially…

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