a splash pond kind of day!

It’s been hot for us, and it feels wonderful, but definitely hot. Our dogs are still having fun in the yard, but the real play happens in the pond, and it has been awesome! For those of you new to our dog pond, it was our project last summer. POND PROJECT It’s been wet and…

ode to borage & dogs

So this week is perfect, just perfect. Late night rain, cool early mornings, happy garden, and super happy dogs. The sun is making things quite hot during the middle of the day, but our work is almost always finished by the time I sit down to write. ‘Dirt under your finger nails season’ might be…

lavender & dogs

It was an early morning in the gardens, and too pretty of a moment to not stop and take some photos. I have plants in various stages of everything, this is my favorite time. Even when a plant is done blooming, there is still so much beauty there, like my red Oriental Poppy. I might like this…

my thoughts are my own, and so are my dogs

“I have no desire to make windows into men’s souls.” – from the movie Elizabeth Such a great line, so profound, so direct, and I think of it often. Sometimes, when I am working with a dog that is not straight forward, maybe a bit tricky or tweaky, owners ask me what their dog is…

DOGgone Garden!

My oh my. Mother Nature has been good to us so far this gardening season. After a gorgeous long sun day, we had a gentle rain start right at bed time. It was so perfect, so soft, and just the right way to end the day. Our rain barrels were filled this morning, and all…

nothing better than a sexy morning garden!

Well it is June in Montana. This might be my favorite gardening month of all. I’m not sure if that is saying something of not, we only have three months that are truly gardening months, the rest is just moving snow around, or covering what is still growing so the snow doesn’t cover it. But…

my cautious, fearful, Ocean – part 3

As Ocean and I were growing together, our household grew as well, intentionally I might add. Story came to our home when Ocean was three, and $eeker moved in just two years later. Again, I think it would be fair to state that Ocean would have preferred to be our only dog, possibly the only…

my cautious, fearful, Ocean – part 2

Ocean was growing into the most gorgeous dog I could have imagined. Actually, I didn’t know what to imagine. She was the only ‘mostly white’ one in her litter, the rest were black and white like the Border Collie mom, or blue merle like the Australian Shepherd dad. She was changing, and I loved waking…

my cautious, fearful, Ocean – part 1

In August 2002, someone told me about a litter of pups, border collie/aussie crosses, that were for sale. $45, they needed to go fast! I called the family and made a time to go out and see the puppies. It wasn’t hell, but it wasn’t good either. When I pulled up, the adult dogs came…

Go NORTH Go EAST

Easter Sunday, for as long as I have been married with children, has been spent on mountain trails or the back roads of some place. We wake up early, pack a bunch of food, clothing for all weather (because you just never know in Montana), our dogs, and we head North or East. Mini Vans…