One Year Old & Happy Valentines

Our Sexy Beasts are ONE YEAR OLD! Oh happy days … Here is the link to their updates over at Sexy Beast Border Collies – I hope you enjoy, Nancy via One Year Old & Happy Valentines

… and sometimes we get it right

Often times I get an idea for what I want to do, make, plant, design, write, or whatever,  and I do it. I am not one to dwell on ifs, ands, or buts. Sometimes I get it right and it feels super awesome, not gonna lie. Much of the time however it is an initial…

My Complicated Relationship with Veterinarians

I have been wanting to put these thoughts on paper for some time. However this plays out, it is simply as organized as I could make it, truly it is complicated and not so straight forward. FIRSTLY I am a Small Business Owner and a Certified Professional Trainer. My business is mine, legally, ethically, and…

Powder Day!

We are a couple of months into winter, and for sure we have had snow, but no big dumps, until last night. We woke up to a blue bird sky, sparkly diamond snow, no wind, and a perfect kind of cold. After duck chores and shoveling patios and driveways, it was time to enjoy the…

A Clarification of Sorts

I totally get why many pet owners, correction based trainers, and back yard trainers,  cringe when someone says they are a ‘positive reinforcement trainer’. I get it. And just for clarification – positive and negative in training terms are mathematical in nature, not emotional. Positive refers to ‘adding’, and Negative refers to ‘subtracting’. However, for…

I want a mulligan, just one

I for sure love my dogs, all of them, past and present. But love is a funny thing. For me it is how my dogs make me feel when I am around them. Sometimes it is an easy love, where our personalities and energies mesh so perfectly it feels seamless, as one. Other times, well it…

Canine Immaculate Conception 2018

Our first litter – So Rhumbs pregnancy and subsequent whelping earlier this year on Valentines is still so fresh in my mind. It was very planned, very wanted, and a tender trap of sorts, five months of maternal bliss with Rhumb. Watching Rhumb go from Maiden to Mother was incredible, eye opening, so deeply instinctual,…

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…

A Family Affair

The Ladies of the Quack Shack have added so much to our day, and our lifestyle, and not a single person or dog is complaining. Our sunrise outings down to Fort Duckworth have allowed me to experience all of our incredible sunrises. We have entered a bit of a ‘barter-trade’ relationship – I feed my…