… the life I have wanted for my dogs

It isn’t uncommon for someone to get a herding breed … … then fall in love with all that they have to offer … … then start to learn how to work with them … … then give up the life they know so they can know a different life with their dog … ……

The LAYERED CRAP CAKE Developmental Stage

From the day of birth, for all mammals, there is change, growth, and development in all aspects, emotionally, socially, physically, mentally, and sexually. And then of course with age there is decline, aging, and eventually death. It is the full circle, cradle to grave. Canines rip through developmental stages so fast, they basically hit the…

Dogs, their rules, snow, and hearts …

It’s early yet, not quite winter, but we have snow, a solid hard frost, eighteen degree mornings, and that yummy feeling of wanting to be in the kitchen making delicious savory anythings, and sipping strong hot black coffee. And every year, there are two things that happen that truly clarify summer is over, and my…

A high elevation day …

The perfect brooding moody sky, the feel of late summer early fall, mushy earth from a recent rain, not a sign of another person, and a complete lack of oxygen while hiking at 10,000 feet was exactly what we needed today. Sweater on, bag filled with food, toys, leashes, and harness, and off we went….

seeds and dogs and and and …

I get so excited in the mornings during gardening season. To water or not? To check the soil or pull weeds? Eat some raspberries when passing by, nibble on some sweet basil, eat some more raspberries while I look for my dogs toys that must be in the yard someplace? Picking some cucumbers, parsley, and a…

sometimes, it’s best to be barefoot and move the hoses yourself

I have a 1/4 acre garden. Not ginormous by any means, but not small either. When you consider that this garden feeds my entire family of four humans for 6 months out of the year, it kind of puts things into perspective though. Small but serious gardeners. We have been ‘bio dynamic’ gardeners for over…

A Midwinters Day Dream

Sometimes you just need to get out, go for a walk, breathe clean perfect air, and appreciate the silence. And sometimes you need to do it all together, with the ones you love. Me, my dogs and children have been working pretty steadily on designing and testing matches for our World Treibball League, re-writing curriculum for our puppy…

it’s the little things…

It’s the little things. Truly. I can go weeks stuck in the big stuff at work. All well intentioned, but just a lot. It can feel like being in a behavioral blender of sorts, emotional vertigo. And then I have a moment with my dogs, a little something, that clears my mind of everything other than the…

Herding Lightening, Rhumb off leash

Today the sky was open, clear, and blue bird perfect, the snow was deep, lots of wind drifted mounds, and 400 acres of open space. I had a hard time finding a place to park, it was either in the middle of a country road, blocking any cars, if any, that were going to come…

Rhumbs first hike …

All of my dogs start hiking in the mountains the first week we bring them home. The hikes may not be long, but they are acclimated to trails, trees, streams, and being with me from the get go. But not Rhumb. When we brought her home as a wee new puppy, exited the car, and…