Off Leash, Goats, and Knees

I have been an advocate for hiking with dogs for almost three decades. I have also been that same advocate for trail etiquette with your dog in the back country. The best way to phrase it is, you are hiking with a predator and opportunistic scavenger in the back country, you have a responsibility to…

Why a DOG PARK education is worse than no education at all

This past week I have been going to a lake to swim Mama Beetz. I am focused on her since she has a little injury right now, but if it is early morning or dusk, I might bring one of my other dogs along that really enjoys swimming. I never as in never ever, bring…

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….

open letter – for a more responsible dog community

A couple of weeks ago I sent an open letter to four agencies in town, including the City Commission and the Bozeman Ranger District. It’s been passed on to other agencies already so I consider it open. If you need a template to write to your city agencies, please feel free to use this. I…

off leash and unapologetic

To quote Ruby Thewes, “… but they made the weather and then they stand in the rain and say, “Shit! Its rainin’!” It so feels this way to me, this week in particular. The sun came out, the weather was a true gift, and all were out to enjoy it. Every person who had a…