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…

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…

Puppy Classroom Trade Secret #34

When you stand up in front of a crowd in any way, shape or form, you will be judged, that’s the way the cookie crumbles, and it doesn’t have to be a bad thing, it’s just a thing. If you choose a profession where you will be standing up and speaking out, especially in a…

Puppy Classroom Trade Secret #19

There are those nights where I cannot wait to get to class. New little puppies, friendly people, laughter, snuggling, teaching, learning, just all a bit magical. These nights are like a drug, kind of addictive. And then there are those nights where I just cannot seem to get in the mood to face piranha like…

The Ostrich Effect in the Dog World

In the social sciences, behavioral sciences, behavioral finance, psychology, and maybe a few more disciplines, including the likes of canine behavioral sciences, there exists the Ostrich Effect. It is the attempt made by a person to avoid information that they may not be ready to absorb, hear, or know. It is the Ostrich burying its…

Top 10 Tips – dealing with a traumatic dog experience

All dogs can handle stress, a little or a lot. All dogs are resilient, a little or a lot. Most dogs will encounter one or more traumatic events in their life time, by the mouth of another, by the hands of another, through the fury of Mother Nature, from man-made noises, to scary office/medical experiences….

… or is it mental masturbation?

say it how it is – series There are those that like polite, easy to digest information, a fast food version of what is going on with their dog. Scratching the surface, tickling the tip of the iceberg, but nothing more. And there are others that like the deeper more full-bodied list of details, savoring my…

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….

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…