Puppy Time – a letter from Kathryn

I received a wonderful e-mail out of the blue from Mosey’s owner Kathryn. She said something that truly struck a cord with me, “Getting a dog is the easy part, building a foundation that sets your relationship up for success is an enormous task.” This is so worth passing along to you all. Enjoy the…

Cora & Bentley – Riffle Memorial Scholarship recipients

This past year we offered The Riffle Memorial Scholarship. It was to honor a young dog who trained with me several days a week for over a year, with her seriously dedicated owner. She tragically lost her life at fourteen months, and it was like someone had kicked us all in the chest. She was…

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…

10 things your pet sitter/walker would like you to know

I just had a lovely coffee date with a pet sitter/walker here in town. My dates are far and few between, so it’s always a welcome hour, or more! It’s fun to talk shop with someone who is on the ‘other side’ of what I do. While I coach people, and work with dogs, in…

the Dandelion, weed or super hero?

In Montana, gardening season is not long if you think in terms of ‘months’, but it is long if you think in terms of ‘day light hours’. From the time the snow melts, the sun gets a bit higher, and the ground softens, you can pretty much find me outside, in the dirt, and loving…

it’s not about winning and losing

“Don’t let your dog win!” This phrase has been rolling around in my head since yesterday. I have been mumbling this phrase every which way, including diagonally, and sideways. And truth be told, I have felt a bit like Audrey Wood’s character, Silly Sally, who went to town, walking backwards and upside down. This isn’t a…

Snake Avoidance Training – the good, bad, and wrong of it all

Tis’ the season. It’s spring and everything is waking up, growing, blooming, and crawling out of dens and holes. This includes snakes, all varieties of snakes. In Montana, like many other states, we have snakes, no shocker there. There are 10 species of snakes in Montana, and only one is venomous, the Prairie Rattlesnake (Crotalus…

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

I’ve always been attracted to the road less traveled. And this road symbolizes pretty much every aspect of my life, my choices, and how I see my world. I suppose it stems from an alive and well curiosity, and a desire to learn by doing. Kind of like a ‘full immersion’ life experience, every day,…