throw the flexi leash away

I’ll be honest, I have never liked flexi/retractable/zip leashes. They’ve never made much sense to me. I see an owner hanging on to a handle, disengaged, and a dog doing whatever they want, usually at 20+ feet away. They are relationship killers. Over the years dog owners have tried to tell me how great they…

multiple dog households and conflict

When I was pregnant with my second child, and the due date was nearing, I asked a very dear friend of mine, who was the mother of five, how do you avoid sibling rivalry? You see, I grew up in a household with four sisters, this was important for me. My dear friend took a…

renew, reuse, return …

So exciting that most of everything new going into our Dog Gym is not actually new but rather renewed, and/or reused materials. I think I’ve mentioned before that my husband is a pack rat of sorts when it comes to building materials. He saves anything he can from job sites if it’s marked for the…

week #3 – where is my carpenter?!

Spore is the man! He has worked for two weeks straight, crazy sick long hours, and has accomplished more than I could have dreamed of. Fear not, I have fed him well, supplied him with arnica sore muscle patches, lots of love, and coffee coffee coffee! But alas, I no longer have him full time,…

moving stuff in little by little with Batman!

The sixteen hour days just might be catching up with us! Spore was painting until 2:30am, his day was actually more like twenty hours. The painting is done for the most part, now just small trim pieces that go up here and there. Today we have mirrors, lights, bathroom and heater stuff. Over coffee last…

the push – day 5

We have been busting through 12-16 hour days at our new dog gym. Some of the renovations have been easier than expected, and some for sure more laborious, like painting a 2,000 square foot freaking ceiling. Remind me that this task may not be necessary, ever again in my life! Spore hasn’t quite put together,…

and the construction begins… days 1 & 2

It really doesn’t hurt to be married to a carpenter, furniture maker, welder, tiler kind of guy. In fact it’s more than handy when you need something fixed, built, or re modeled. And if you’re into training any type of competition dog sport, there is always equipment or gear that needs to designed and made….

Paws & People has a new home – year round facility!

We have a home! Yes, that’s right. After nine years of seasonally leasing space, we are moving into a year round facility, indoor/outdoor, and we’ll have a toilet! It feels so strange to be so excited about this move, but there is something good about it, on pretty much every level! It didn’t come easy…