Old Dog Haven is a nonprofit organization helping western Washington’s homeless senior dogs by providing a network of loving, safe, private foster homes. Author Ardeth De Vries has recently written a book about the dogs and organization.
The book, Old Dog Haven: Every Old Dog Has a Story to Tell, is an illustrated collection of true stories that explains the organization by introducing you to 36 Old Dog Haven dogs and the people who rescued them. A celebration of hope, transformation and life lessons taught by old dogs and the people who love them, this book includes articles on planning ahead for your animal’s long-term welfare, making end-of-life decisions for your animal companion, and how to cope when an animal friend dies.
Old Dog Haven: Every Old Dog Has a Story to Tell is an award-winning finalist in the “Animals/Pets: Narrative Non-Fiction” category of the 2014 USA Best Book Awards. All profits from the sale of this title go to Old Dog Haven.
April Gilly from Readers’ Favorite writes, “Old Dog Haven: Every Old Dog Has a Story to Tell is an amazing book that tells the inspiring stories of some of the dogs helped by Old Dog Haven. This is a heartwarming book that tears at your heartstrings while showing that some humans have absolutely no compassion for their animals. The book brought me to tears but made me smile through those tears, knowing that there are people willing to help older dogs that nobody else cares about.”
Also, Debra J. White of Animals 24.7 writes, “Buy this book. I could not stop reading it. Each dog’s story captures the reader’s heart and never lets go. I give a well deserved “thumbs up” to Old Dog Haven: Every Old Dog Has a Story to Tell and highly recommend it.”
Ardeth De Vries has been involved with Old Dog Haven, the largest nonprofit senior dog rescue organization in the United States, since she retired from a 45-year teaching career in 2005. Currently she serves as President of the Board of Directors, and is the editor of Old Dog Haven’s online newsletters as well as the print newsletters, which are available six times a year. De Vries also writes articles for the Old Dog Haven website and counsels people about end of-life decisions, grieving, and the care of senior dogs.
In addition to her work with Old Dog Haven, De Vries has served on the Advisory Board of The Grey Muzzle Organization, a nonprofit group that improves the lives of at-risk senior dogs. She also operates her own nonprofit organization, Broken Arrow Memorial Fund, which provides financial assistance for veterinary care of companion animals that live on Whidbey Island in Washington state.
De Vries has lived with special needs senior dogs for over fifty years, and she has been a volunteer at the Whidbey Island Animals’ Improvement shelter for seventeen years. She also authored First Light: Animal Voices in Concert (Publishing Works, 2006), a collection of stories about what animals teach us, and A Space Between: A Journey of the Spirit (River Sanctuary Publishing, 2010), a metaphysical novel.
De Vries lives on Whidbey Island in Washington state and shares her home with four senior dogs.