the super models of snow

OK, we had the most amazing snow last night, over 12 inches at our home. Big luscious flakes! And this morning, blue bird skies and diamond sparkle snow. The sun gods were shining on my dogs while we were out working this morning. I had so much fun playing and photographing them! My favorite… My…

snow dogs

Yay! It looks like Old Man Winter isn’t going to ditch us like he did last year! I swear he was relaxing in Tahiti last December, because we had pretty much the most ‘non winter’ season I can ever remember. But today, finally, it’s snowing, and snowing, and snowing! Big beautiful heavy flakes. From my…

love, bliss, family … I am grateful

Autumn is my season. Hands down it’s when I feel most me. The colors, the food, the way the air smells, getting under down comforters, snuggling with my dogs on chilly mornings, pulling my sweaters out of the closet! I could live in a cool, crisp, light breeze, blue bird sky kind of place year…

sun, snow, and the high desert …

Our first hike this winter season in the high desert areas of Montana, feels so good to be back! Truly, there is nothing quite like a sunny blue bird sky, crisp diamond sparkling air, fresh snow, and the smell of cold dry earth. There is a quietness to the whole landscape, a rugged stillness, that…

freestyle in Santa’s hood … an Alaskan Adventure

Mickey was a reluctant freestyler, her dog Tassie was all for it! She came to me for owner focus work, to help her in her agility training, but I directed her towards freestyle. The first thing Mickey told me was, no. I pushed again, and heard no. I said, just try it. There was silence…

dirt for the soul kind of day

If you can garden this time of year in the mountains, it’s a treat. Harvesting the last of the chard, delicada squash, and herbs. Collecting seeds for next years garden dreams, transplanting, moving, and degrassing flower beds. It’s more or less playing in the dirt, a soul kind of day. The only thing that makes…

the wolf – my thoughts

I posted this over a year ago. After reading through how I felt then, I still feel the same. With trapping in our near future, it’s worth more conversation. I am not uniquely qualified to give an expert opinion on the North American Wolf. I am not a wild life biologist, I don’t work for…

Sunday Morning Walk & Train

Along with our new training Dog Gym, we are introducing new programs. One of the programs I am really excited about is our Sunday Morning Walk & Train. Exercise for both the handler and dog! An hour long walk on the lovely trails just out our front door at the Gym, and then an hour…

how adoptable are you?

In 2008 the Utah/Idaho Vizsla Rescue invited me to their annual retreat. They invited me to just come, hang out, be a guest trainer if someone had questions, swim, hike, and enjoy their company. Seriously, how can anyone say no to that? I ended up going three years in a row, and felt so honored…