A parking garage it is!

My puppies Mama Beetz and Massimo will be 15 weeks old tomorrow. They are growing and learning everyday, slowly but surely, as they should. I do believe in and practice kind and considerate socialization two to three times per week. We sample new areas in town from hardware stores to ponds to the University. Some…

Valentines Litter – they have arrived

Hi Everyone, our Valentines Litter arrived pretty much right on schedule. Rhumb did all of the work along with Mother Nature, I just changed out towels and pads when needed. She is my hero forever and more. Today was their first full day on terra firma, and they did awesome. Here is a LINK to…

Resolving Puppy Ringworm

Montana is not known as a humid state, in fact for eight of the twelve months it is dry and cold, and with our elevation, add a bit more dry and cold to that. The air is generally so dry it sucks out any moisture I may be hoarding in my own skin, and ages…

Top 10 tips – for families with children and puppies

2013 DWAA nomination for ‘Excellence in Single Blog Post’ Out of all of the things that I am, all of the hats that I wear, being a mother to my children and animals is first and foremost. I have been raising babies, children, and now teenagers, with our puppies and dogs, for almost a decade…

puppy school of hard knocks

It isn’t that uncommon to hear people, especially at dog parks, express the feelings and/or sentiments of ‘letting older dogs’ put their puppy in it’s place. Usually it’s the high energy, performance, working line puppies that are often the brunt of this philosophy. Maybe, just maybe, if another dog really scares them enough, they will…

can’t trick a trickster!

Being open, observant, and creative when training is so important. So important. But even so, every once in a while, a puppy will come along and teach me a new way of looking at something, and I get to see life through new eyes. I don’t think there is anything more refreshing than being ‘schooled’…

but I heard this breed makes a great family pet …

Here comes a bounding blur of a fur ball. Running right at me, apparently not even looking for obstacles to avoid, like knee caps. Tongue flying, legs trying to keep up with the momentum, and I just can’t help but smile. As my friend Cat B. says, and I have quoted her so often over…

Top 10 tips for puppy owners

This article received a DWAA nomination, February 2013! There are more tips than this, but these are the Top 10 that have come up over the past nine years, working with almost 400 puppies each year. A helpful reminder to puppy owner’s who want to grow their puppy into a balanced and loving adult dog….