Lowe’s no longer allows dogs

For years, at least seven, I have been sending our clients to walk and socialize in our local hardware stores. The employees love it, our clients have loved it, and it seems to have been a win win. People bring their dogs into a store for kind and considerate socialization, they do some shopping, and…

dog pond project – day #4

Rocks arrived, gravel unloaded, liner in … here we go. I wanted a pond, and then a pondless waterfall, and then a deep pool (Olympic size!), and then back to a water fall with a pond. We now have a nice pond type wading pool, and the waterfall will go in sometime this week. It’s…

dog pond project – day #3

This is a ‘rolling the boulders’ kind of day. So far the largest of the bunch weighs in at 465 lbs. I am a fairly strong and substantially built person, I was of absolutely no help when it came to unloading this mother stone! Reinforcements were brought in, Spores friend Chris who we have known…

dog pond project – day #2

So I knew that putting in a water element, pond, falls, wasn’t going to be as easy as say digging a hole and filling with water and, Ta Da! a pond! But this is taking more thought than I had anticipated. After we dug the initial hole, and kind of got a feel for the…

dog friendly garden

I love, absolutely positively love early summer mornings. Getting up with the sun and working in my garden almost feels like a guilty pleasure. I hope that feeling never goes away. Visiting my various garden beds, watering, checking on my mother plants, looking through our fruit trees, making sure the grass is still growing, trimming…

the plum tree war

We love our Royal Mountain Blue Plum Tree. Love love love. Sun warm sweetness, tiny, and gorgeous colors, they are awesome treats come Fall. And living in a zone 4 growing area, that’s saying something! Over the years we have had little garden losses here and there, nothing major. Weather, clay like soil, and garden…

Happy Summer Solstice!

My garden was calling me, it does this sometimes. It was telling me I need to take a break! It is simply my most favorite place to be, and the only thing that makes it better is when my dogs join me… You just can’t beat hang time with plants and dogs! Happy Summer Solstice!…

the Scent Project – why scent can be a great assist to our dogs

When I tell people I developed Aroma Mists for dogs & their people, the Scent Project, the polite people restrain themselves from rolling their eyes, the truly ‘I have no boundaries for body language folks’ roll their eyes with gusto! And to be fair, I kind of get it. Not all people, but for sure…

what exactly is a training collar?

what exactly is a training collar? Lately I have been researching and studying  advertising and marketing strategies, and I have found that there is a fine line, sometimes even an enormous gap between creative and totally misleading. When I go into stores these days, I go about my business and do my shopping, but I…

she has never apologized for her choices, ever

DWAA 2013 winner of the Maxwell Medallion Award She has never apologized for her choices. She has never lied. She has lived her life with raw honesty, take it or leave it. I chose to take it, and have not one single regret. My Franny is reaching the end of her life. She has gone…