Old Dog Haven: Every Old Dog Has a Story to Tell

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olddoghavenOld Dog Haven…sounds appropriate to write about this place during Senior Dog Month doesn’t it? But what is Old Dog Haven? Well, it’s a special place located in Washington state that lives up to it’s name, it’s a truly haven for old dogs.

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by Ardeth De Vries asking us to read and review her book Old Dog Haven: Every Dog Has a Story to Tell. Ardeth is a former teacher who got involved with the Old Dog Haven in 2005 when she retired. She has written a wonderful book about the organization and the work that it does for senior dogs who find themselves without a home in the last phase of their life.

She tells the story of thirty-four of these lucky seniors who made their way to Old Dog Haven and with it, found a soft place to land during their final years. Their stories are sometimes heartbreaking and sometimes heartwarming. They’ve been rescued from animal hoarding situations, or maybe they are former show dogs too old to perform, or dogs found wandering the streets or taken from abusive or neglectful situations. They come from all walks of life, but the one common denominator – they were abandoned or forgotten in their old age, but were fortunate enough to end up at Old Dog Haven.
The book and the stories of these wonderful canine senior citizens is a tribute to the good works being done by this organization. Our last three adoptees have been seniors, and I think all of our future dogs will be too. I’ve often written about the benefits of a senior dog and I’m so glad to see others with the same soft spot for these sometimes forgotten souls.
Many of the stories brought a tear to my eye, but also a warm feeling to my heart as I remembered our seniors. I was going to pick a favorite story, but there’s too many to pick from. We have Frank, a puppy mill rescue, scared of his own shadow like our Maggie. Or Aaron who was rescued from an animal hoarder…or Francis who was blind like our Tino, or Queenie, who looks like our Becca or Max, whom they describe as a big, goofy, guy…just like Jack.
Rather than limit myself to telling you just one story, I recommend you get the book. It’s full of inspiring tales, and De Vries also provides interesting background on how Old Dog Haven came into being, their ongoing rescue efforts as well as background information on the various situations and events these dogs endured before coming to the Haven.

You can read more about the organization here, or purchase the book here. Makes a nice stocking stuffer for the dog lover.

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  1. Sounds like a sweet book, and definitely a good stocking stuffer for dog lovers!
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  2. I’m sure that book would definitely bring a few tears to my eyes; love all the dedication to giving these great older dogs the love they deserve. I know it’s been said many times before but you really can’t beat the love and companionship of an older dog; they’re the most loyal friend you’ll ever know.
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  3. It’s a wonderful book for all who love dogs. But I’m afraid that my mom is not strong enough for this book, she is the one who needed a “security-reader”( who had to mark the sad parts with a paper clip) for Marley&me.
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  4. Oh wow, that sounds like a very powerful heavy read.
    Thank you for sharing.
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  5. What a great holiday surprise for anyone who has a heart for a dog! Thanks Slim

  6. What an awesome endeavour. A difficult one, but a rewarding one.

  7. Senior dogs make such great friends. These pups were lucky to end up with someone who cared for them.

  8. Sounds rather sad. Mom doesn’t like hearing sad things about senior dogs these days with Katie being a senior and having her troubles. Katie brings enough tears to mom’s eyes, but I bet it is a good book.
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  9. Wonderful work. I just read about someone going into the shelter to trade in their old dog for a younger model. Needless to say the shelter sent them away.
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  10. I’ll be adding this book to my Christmas list. I guarantee you it will make me cry, but I’m glad to hear there are some heartwarming stories as well.
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  11. Older dogs have so much love and wisdom to share. This sounds like a great book.
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  12. Sounds like a great book and organization.
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  13. Thanks for sharing, sounds like a tear jerker for sure, so glad those seniors had a place to stay and feel loved.
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  14. And the people of Old Dog Haven are amazing. Absolutely amazing!!!
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  15. It sounds like a wonderful book, but I try to avoid books that will make me cry too much! I follow a couple Facebook pages of sanctuaries for senior dog…it’s so great what they do to help them. But having them go to homes like yours is really the best.
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  16. I love that there are places like this. Like you, I expect any future dogs I have will be seniors. They are just such sweet souls.
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