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…

living in the shadows of the nonexistent dog

Cute, and oh so  sweet puppies, little fur balls that are brand new to the planet, scampering, investigating, rolling, tumbling, chewing, gnawing, biting, just trying to figure out about this whole thing called ‘life as we know it’. These are my days, filled with puppies. New friends to meet, new relationships to be formed, new…

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…

The 5,699 things your Trainer would like you to know

I love to share knowledge, I love to share stories, I love to share conversations. It is about connection, growth, and understanding. Sometimes however, I get so excited about all of this I have to remember that not everyone is ready, or open, or really wanting to do the work. For some I am sure…

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…