Fearful Dogs – seeing the world in detail

Fearful Dogs are not bad dogs. Fearful Dogs are not difficult dogs. Fearful Dogs are not damaged dogs. Fearful Dogs are not dangerous dogs. Fearful Dogs are not defiant dogs. Fearful Dogs are not cowards. Fearful Dogs ARE dogs that see life in great detail. They see, hear, smell, and feel everything like any dog,…

Vaccines, and why this conversation should not be so polarized

Fear has more traction than love. Fear is more powerful than common sense. Fear moves faster than understanding. Fear makes us fight, run, or freeze. SO, grab your pitch forks, light your torches, gather together, and lets go after those that cause us fear! Oh wait a second, that would be the witch hunts which we…

Charlies Letter

I met Charlie when he was a young puppy in one of our classes. He was a little nervous, but played like a puppy, and enjoyed working. There was nothing that set of my alarms in terms of ‘puppy gone wrong’. But again, I only saw him one hour a week. After that class I…

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

In August 2002, someone told me about a litter of pups, border collie/aussie crosses, that were for sale. $45, they needed to go fast! I called the family and made a time to go out and see the puppies. It wasn’t hell, but it wasn’t good either. When I pulled up, the adult dogs came…

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…