My Interview with ABC Fox MT

In our area of Montana we recently had a woman killed by two dogs. It was a tragic event all the way around. The headlines and articles that followed were sensational, irresponsible, pieces of crap. And I said so publicly on my facebook page. The next day I had three news stations call me and…

THE OFFICE – part 6

Rhumb was peacefully reading away before this mornings office meeting, and was at a really great point in the story when the Boyz showed up. Not ready to put the book down, and wanting to buy another twenty minutes or so, she looked up, told them they smelled boy funky and should go take a…

The Office – part 5

The Office – part 5 Story, having the most experience in the office with Christmas, gathered the other office employees around to tell them the story of the ‘Fancy Holiday Wizard’, his flying reindeer, cookies, lots and lots of cookies, milk, and getting to stay up late! Story had mingled and rubbed noses with the…

Rhumb Line

In navigation, a rhumb line is an arc crossing all meridians of longitude at the same angle, i.e. a path with constant bearing as measured relative to true or magnetic north. And we can thank the Portuguese mathematician Pedro Nunes for first discussing this in 1537. A rhumb line is also all 32 points on the…

why I don’t make New Year’s resolutions

I turned on our Christmas tree lights at 6am this morning. I drank a large glass of water. Turned the kettle on so I could make some coffee. Snuggled with my border collies, and then let them out to potty. When the kettle whistled I was ready to grind some beans, drink some hot black coffee, and snuggle…

development stacks, just like building blocks

Development is evolution, growth, expansion, and progress. It is also, according the dictionaries which I found totally unhelpful, the action or process of developing. The Stages of Canine Development (Scott & Fuller) is a super useful tool for anyone who works with dogs professionally, or any owner who really wants to learn more and have…

Tuesdays with Calvin – part 10

Calvin and I have known each other almost six weeks now. He is such a cool dog on so many levels, but mostly cool because that is who he is. Just cool! He is happy, he likes being around happy, he likes to work, he likes to hang, and he is giving learning a go!…

Calvin, a true jelly bean – part 9

I wanted to get back into the gym with Calvin today, work on some specifics, and also strengthen fetch a bit more. What was interesting the other night, and I know it was cool out and that kind of makes dogs a bit zingy, is that Calvin was so aroused, so excited, that while we…

Rainy Fall Evening with Calvin – part 8

I’ve been out of town giving a workshop so I haven’t been able to socialize, train, and walk Calvin for the past week. I did hear however, that he might have a new dog walker on a weekly basis which would be super cool! We walked in the rain, puddles, and around the evening students…

Tuesdays with Calvin – part 7

Well thank you all for your wishes, strong vibes, love, and good thoughts. AS FOR TODAY! Calvin’s foster home had some concerns with a local town trail, the amount of traffic, and some blustery moments they experienced with Calvin on that trail, so instead of hitting the University we opted for a Linear Trail walk….