Off Leash, Goats, and Knees

I have been an advocate for hiking with dogs for almost three decades. I have also been that same advocate for trail etiquette with your dog in the back country. The best way to phrase it is, you are hiking with a predator and opportunistic scavenger in the back country, you have a responsibility to…

A Snowy Thankful Day!

From all of us to all of you, thank you. Thank you for caring enough about your animals, your relationship with them, yourself, and the earth around you to want to continue to read my words. As always, Nancy

I don’t train husbands …

For nearly two decades now, not a week goes by where I am asked to help with a husbands behavior. And my answer has always been, I don’t train husbands. For a good reason, but I’ll get to that in a minute! My training business is surprisingly more men then women. I never really took…

Spring Snow

Dramatic weather, moody clouds, sun, snow, hail, and wind. It is all a spring thing! My ducks and dogs are loving it, as am I. I will never get tired of waking up to such beauty, such power, such life. Enjoy this spring – Nancy

A Clarification of Sorts

I totally get why many pet owners, correction based trainers, and back yard trainers,  cringe when someone says they are a ‘positive reinforcement trainer’. I get it. And just for clarification – positive and negative in training terms are mathematical in nature, not emotional. Positive refers to ‘adding’, and Negative refers to ‘subtracting’. However, for…

Stumbling Over the Truth

It isn’t hard for me to go about my day. I don’t have the luxury to sleep in, role lazily out of bed, or hang in the kitchen and drink coffee. I kind of hit the ground running with chores, chores that I love and ones that give me purpose. I have a list of…

The Office – part 8

Everyone said that once Story retired, well he was going to have a great life, but The Office would take a huge dive without him. He was successful, honest, charismatic, a natural leader, and as true as they come. But Story had a plan, and his plan included Rhumb Line. Confidence in her abilities at…

My Christmas Letter 2018

I have no long punch list of going-ons this year. No school this, kids that, vacations anything. We bought a giant disaster of a property in 2018. The End. Our new property has been referred to as dysfunctional, neglected, a giant shit hole, a burn down, a money pit, War of the Roses, kind of…

and so it begins, our new property …

I have been wanting to move for some time, for about the past five or so years. I visited a total of 92 properties, in my town and as far as two states away, maybe even three states away. We kept running into snags. The right price the wrong covenants, no zoning/covenants but super high…