heading east

Every spring we load two kids and four dogs into my car and head east. Why? Well I have a mini van and we all fit! Eastern Montana is pretty cool really, especially in the early spring when everything is just barely waking up. Cool, crisp and open for as far as you can see,…

My Ocean… retirement

To Ocean, Happy Retirement … my agility partner for eight fast and furious years! It was simply improbable all the way around. She came from a backyard breeder where the puppies were living in trash, nine energetic puppies scampering around in piles and piles of trash. Ocean had a diaper on her head, surely she…

when a piece of your heart …

I do not handle loss gracefully, in fact I go down hard and it takes me a very long time to come back. Over the years I have experienced great loss. To those of you that have had pets for most of your life you will understand the feeling of ‘soul’ dog. While loving all…

the zero conflict walk

We have a new routine at our house, largely due to the ice our yard has been plagued with for the past month or so. We are going for leash walks around our neighborhood. What? Sounds so basic an obvious, and it kind of is, but not really. How is that for avoidance of being…

off leash and unapologetic

To quote Ruby Thewes, “… but they made the weather and then they stand in the rain and say, “Shit! Its rainin’!” It so feels this way to me, this week in particular. The sun came out, the weather was a true gift, and all were out to enjoy it. Every person who had a…

The Awesomeness of Urine

I needed to hold out for some snow. You see urine doesn’t mean much to some, in regards to our dogs, unless we can see it! Say good bye to that old saying don’t eat the yellow snow! It turns out yellow snow isn’t so bad, may not taste all that good, but there are…

Harnesses

Harnesses … are they really all that? If you’ve ever taken one of my puppy classes you’ll know I’m a huge fan, more than a huge fan actually, of harnesses. This is both from a health and behavioral point of view. Think they’re a new thing? Nope… This is my Dad over 80 years ago….

BSL

I am a moderate in so many ways, but sometimes moderation needs to be practiced in moderation (thank you Julia Childs). On the topic of BSL I do have a very clear opinion. Every once in awhile BSL (Breed Specific Legislation) rears it’s ugly head here in Montana. Lawmakers try to enforce BSL after attacks…

FOOD

Accurate information is something that’s important to me, especially when it comes to nutrition and behavior. All to often I work with people that were given advice by a well meaning person at a dog park, a colleague, or hearsay during a card game. This type of advice is only good if you can double…