time poor

When Spore and I started our lives together, we decided that we wanted to live simply. We found out pretty quickly that our vision of simple was quite different. Spore was thinking cave man homesteader, pull away from society, live off the land, tree bark for toilet paper kind of simple. I was thinking no…

when is a rescue no longer a rescue?

Marketing is a powerful tool. A good marketing plan can shape how we feel, how we act, how we move, how we eat, what we eat, where we live, what we think, and so on. Sit back and think for a moment, what are you currently doing in your life that has not been shaped…

it’s the 99% of the time that kindness counts

When we first moved into our Montana neighborhood, on a cul de sac, I was so excited. Families, children, dogs, close to schools, neighbors to chat with at the mail box, all of the good stuff. You see, we moved to Montana from Wyoming. You might say, yeah, big deal, it’s pretty much the same….

Roger Abrantes is in my kitchen

I’m a Mom, a business woman, a dog trainer, a gardener, and a wife. There might be a few other things that I am, be these are the relevant ones, and they keep me plenty busy. This past week I was doing the final preparations for a seminar that I was hosting. The advertising and…

Deworming… huh hmmmm, for people

Tis the season! “the worms crawl in the worms crawl out the worms play pinochle on your snout…” does anyone remember this ditty or did I just date myself? Talking about worms or intestinal parasites is actually a pretty common conversation amongst dog owners. We talk about what our animals eat, how it comes out…

… and it unfolds before my eyes!

I love to watch dogs in motion, dogs interacting, dogs with their people. For me it’s like a dance. Sometimes beautifully choreographed, and sometimes like Dante’s Inferno. Nonetheless, a dance. I think the first part of the dance that is important is the use of space. Dogs have an amazing sense of space, when to…

when dogs speak their truth, we should listen

Dogs don’t lie. I’m not sure if they have ‘the ability’ to lie or not, but I have never met a dishonest dog. If there is one species that lives in the moment, truly in the moment, is honest, and speaks his truth, it is the dog. I’ll be quite honest, I think I love…

snowball treibball

Well, it was a treibball afternoon in the yard. My husband and kids love this game with the dogs. While they were playing away, I decided to try some ‘moving action shots’. The light was kind of funky, it was snowing pretty good, and the wind was strong, but I love the motion… my B…

bits and pieces of my dogs …

OK, I’m still getting use to this fabulous camera my friend gave me. I’m not use to so many options, but the cool thing is that it is giving me the opportunity to, (1) learn more about photography, (2) take the photos I see in my head but have never been able to capture, (3)…

my special kind of nurses

Bugger … I don’t get sick often, but when I do I go down fast and hard. I must have picked up some kind of special messed up virus on my recent travels. Yesterday I woke up, normal but a bit on the wonky side, and after an hour on my feet I realized things…