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