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…

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…

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…

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…

our Dog Gym – the final stages!

An awesome Sunday to be sure! We were set to go hiking and swimming this weekend for our dogs birthday’s, but Franny was having a Grandma moment and didn’t really want to get out of her rocking chair. So on Saturday we had a Spa Day instead, baths, brushing, nails, massages, garden hang time, and…

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…

dog photos in black and white …

I always take my camera hiking, always. Sometimes it’s my good camera, most of the time it’s my cell phone version. My camera’s get to see some very cool places in the world, I consider our local mountains some of the coolest. Earlier this week on our hike it was kind of smokey, the colors…

prepare your dog

Life has a way of changing on us, it is truly the only constant. Sometimes we initiate the change, which can be pretty cool. And then some times change happens whether we are ready or not. Some glide through change gracefully, for most it’s more of a bumpy ride until one adjusts. For our dogs,…

Building the Therpay Dog & Canine Crisis Response Team – DVD release

YAY! my third DVD was released today. Produced by the wonderful team at Tawzer Dog. A huge thank you to my clients and friends who brought their puppies and dogs in for filming. They were awesome. Some awesomely scampy, others awesomely calm! ” …Building a Therapy Dog or a Crisis Response Dog from puppy on…