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….

up north in Alaska!

It’s workshop season! And what a great start. A trip up north to Anchorage and Wasilla for a variety of topics, freestyle, cross training, team success and treibball. Ask anyone who wants to book me, it takes a lot to get me to leave home. But in this process of prying me away from my…

East or North?

Easter is our time to get out into this beautiful world, and see it for it’s true simple beauty. We usually head North or East, there really isn’t an explanation or a reason behind this, it just seems to happen that way. This has pretty much been our norm for 18 years or so. No…

snowball treibball

Well, it was a treibball afternoon in the yard. My husband and kids love this game with the dogs. While they were playing away, I decided to try some ‘moving action shots’. The light was kind of funky, it was snowing pretty good, and the wind was strong, but I love the motion… my B…

bits and pieces of my dogs …

OK, I’m still getting use to this fabulous camera my friend gave me. I’m not use to so many options, but the cool thing is that it is giving me the opportunity to, (1) learn more about photography, (2) take the photos I see in my head but have never been able to capture, (3)…

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…

wolf hunt, is it a witch hunt?

I wrote a post a while back, simply titled The Wolf – my thoughts. It drew such passionate responses, and some very long responses, that some of them I had to move into the body of another blog post. Many by professionals in the field of wildlife biology. Educated discussions are awesome, we all learn…

hiking is my drug

I have been working a great deal lately. Neglecting the thing I love most, hiking with my dogs. There is nothing quite like the sound of the high Montana desert in the winter. Silent. Crisp cool air, and total silence. It allows me to hear each and every paw touching the earth. Their breathing. It’s…

Top 10 tips for dogs in transition

Taking the steps to get a new dog is exciting. Going to a breeder, rescue, or shelter and spending time with various dogs opens the heart. But when you find that perfect match, the dog of your dreams, it’s better than any present, any surprise. I refer to ‘new to you dogs’ as ‘dogs in…

why I love to hike …

“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean”. John Muir Hiking is walking, but with way more dirt, and I like both. Sometimes I like to hike and explore the fauna, scat and tracks. Other times…