Open Communication

Communication with your dog isn’t as simple as you talking and hoping your dog listens. Communication where you connect with your dog and your dog connects with you, and there is an understanding where you are working together, is what I refer to as open communication. Sometimes it is words, but most of the time…

Pasture Politics

I am not sure what it is, the cold snap we just had, the shorter days, the full moon, sexual maturity, or life, but I have a lot of opinions out in the pasture right now! I might even have a lot of opinions in my house right now, but alas, this is about my…

I don’t train husbands …

For nearly two decades now, not a week goes by where I am asked to help with a husbands behavior. And my answer has always been, I don’t train husbands. For a good reason, but I’ll get to that in a minute! My training business is surprisingly more men then women. I never really took…

A Taste of Winter

On October 8th it was 65 degrees and I was picking the last of our apples, amending the soil in my garden beds, and preparing our animals for a coming storm. It dropped to 25 degrees in a matter of two hours, and then the snow came. I love winter so it wasn’t a bad…

Processing Our Quail

Years ago, I believe 2009 or so, I read a book TIME TO EAT THE DOG? This book had a focus on sustainable living and how to lower your carbon footprint, or in this case, pawprint. The authors surmised that dogs have as large if not larger carbon print than an SUV. They stated that…

Welcome our Quail!

Moving to a small farm has been great in so many ways, chores, exercise, sunrises, sunsets, quiet, busy, animals, a production garden, and everything else in between. It for sure is not everyones cup of tea, but we have wanted this for way too many years to count. One of my wishes for our farm…

The Quacklings have arrived

Cindy Lou Who? and two of our other ducks were kind of broody at the start of the summer. Broody but not really committed to it wholeheartedly. They would sit on a nest for a bit then go into the pasture and goof around all afternoon, eating bugs, swimming, living the duck life. But I…

Goaty Goats – Sunny & Charlie

I purchased 900 pounds of meadow and pasture grass seed this past fall as we had more dirt than anything growing. The soil was in pretty bad shape from being over grazed and untended, a silt that lacked any integrity at all, and in dire need of something nourishing and protective. It actually wasn’t too…

The most unlikely Egg Predator

We have been living a good duck egg life for the past year. 9-13 eggs every morning without a hitch. Actually when it was super cold this past February, negative 30 or so for almost two weeks, they almost all stopped laying for a few days and then ones that did lay, well their eggs…

What you should know about Cheatgrass

Cheat grass, also known as – mean seeds, timothy, foxtails, cheat grass, June grass, and downy brome, is not only invasive, causing early season fires, out competing native species, but it is also potentially harmful to your dog. This grass germinates in the fall, and the seedling roots continue to grow throughout the winter, making…