My Christmas Letter 2018

I have no long punch list of going-ons this year. No school this, kids that, vacations anything. We bought a giant disaster of a property in 2018. The End. Our new property has been referred to as dysfunctional, neglected, a giant shit hole, a burn down, a money pit, War of the Roses, kind of…

December is almost here!

Starting December 1st, I will be posting either an article or a video everyday. This is my annual gift to all of my on-line friends. So much of my daily work and communication is with people I know only virtually, so a virtual gift back at ya’. I hope you enjoy, and Merry Christmas Season…

I was embarrassed to be a dog owner today …

I wrote a post years ago, LOWE’S NO LONGER ALLOWS DOGS. It has been, oddly enough, one of the most popular posts on my blog. It isn’t a fantastic story, and for sure not noted for superior word play, but it did kind of disturb the hornets nest of dog lovers and their counter parts,…

Our first TRICK DOGGING Team!

I started a new on-line TRICK DOGGING TITLING LEVELS program just five days ago. February, Valentine’s, and love gifts, were my motivation for this being the kick off month. I am a huge fan of TIME with your dog being the best gift of all, so what better way to spend time than teaching tricks!…

Puppy Time – a letter from Kathryn

I received a wonderful e-mail out of the blue from Mosey’s owner Kathryn. She said something that truly struck a cord with me, “Getting a dog is the easy part, building a foundation that sets your relationship up for success is an enormous task.” This is so worth passing along to you all. Enjoy the…

Cora & Bentley – Riffle Memorial Scholarship recipients

This past year we offered The Riffle Memorial Scholarship. It was to honor a young dog who trained with me several days a week for over a year, with her seriously dedicated owner. She tragically lost her life at fourteen months, and it was like someone had kicked us all in the chest. She was…

Charlies Letter

I met Charlie when he was a young puppy in one of our classes. He was a little nervous, but played like a puppy, and enjoyed working. There was nothing that set of my alarms in terms of ‘puppy gone wrong’. But again, I only saw him one hour a week. After that class I…

thoughts on ‘cautionary letter’

Well we went for a nice long hike this morning, up towards Ross Peak in the Bridgers. I do a lot of thinking when I am out and about in the mountains. Movement, fresh air, and lots and lots of sweating! I thought of so many things I wanted to say in regards to the…

a cautionary letter

I receive letters from my clients all of the time. Holidays, birthdays, updates on their dog and family, vacation photos, a new trick learned, and everything in between. I love it, it makes my work feel so real, tangible.  This letter came in this morning and I was asked to share. While my heart is…