love …

Sometimes love presents itself so easily, so effortlessly, so tangibly. A gift of sorts, as long as the gift is in fact mutual. And sometimes love is there but maybe hidden behind some armor, not so easily accessed or felt. But it is there, a challenge perhaps. And every now and again love is felt, and…

the dog not of your fairy tale

I am somewhat sensitive to emotions, body language, and energy. Not just the human type, but all animal type, with the exception of reptiles. I don’t get reptiles and I am pretty certain they don’t get me. I don’t need verbal communication to get what is going on. While my title is professional trainer, it…

gestures of kindness, they count

  Every morning, for 20 years, I wake up with a cup of coffee next to the bed. I don’t have to ask, I don’t have to prod, I don’t have to beg. It is just there. It is my husbands unspoken gesture of kindness. There are some mornings where it is impossible for me…

What’s happening with Calvin these days …?

Well Calvin has some fans, followers, and is just a little bit famous around town. As he should be. Quite a few people have been asking about him as of late. It was just about a year ago that I met Calvin for the first time, so weird in so many ways. So an update…

the last dance …

A couple of days ago I had my dogs over at our gym. I had a crate set up for Ocean in case she just wanted to hang out while I worked the Boyz. I’m not sure why I thought that though, she has never said no to work. Ever. As soon as Ocean saw…

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…

ode to borage & dogs

So this week is perfect, just perfect. Late night rain, cool early mornings, happy garden, and super happy dogs. The sun is making things quite hot during the middle of the day, but our work is almost always finished by the time I sit down to write. ‘Dirt under your finger nails season’ might be…

Top 10 Tips – the final from my Gran Dame

I pass along life lessons from my dog Franny, in no particular order. What she taught me about herself, living with animals in general, people, relationships, and living life your own way. top 10 tips – Dogs judge. They have a fairly amazing and innate bullshit meter, some more than others. Don’t think you can…

she has never apologized for her choices, ever

DWAA 2013 winner of the Maxwell Medallion Award She has never apologized for her choices. She has never lied. She has lived her life with raw honesty, take it or leave it. I chose to take it, and have not one single regret. My Franny is reaching the end of her life. She has gone…

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…