Merry Happy Christmas Solstice TO YOU ALL!

I just wanted to make sure to send out good wishes, kind thoughts, and happy greetings to all of you!!! Life is life is life, and we enjoy living every day of it. This is our favorite season for many reasons. The darkness that is only lit by star light, a time of quiet reflection, my family in my…

My Dog Blogs for another Blog, THE DIRT

Well I have been writing away, and not just for my own blog, but for two others. It has been great to share my voice, be part of the conversation, in other venues that don’t necessarily know me. Kind of like a cocktail party of sorts, where you mingle but only virtually, don’t actually drink,…

Rhumb Line

In navigation, a rhumb line is an arc crossing all meridians of longitude at the same angle, i.e. a path with constant bearing as measured relative to true or magnetic north. And we can thank the Portuguese mathematician Pedro Nunes for first discussing this in 1537. A rhumb line is also all 32 points on the…

why I don’t make New Year’s resolutions

I turned on our Christmas tree lights at 6am this morning. I drank a large glass of water. Turned the kettle on so I could make some coffee. Snuggled with my border collies, and then let them out to potty. When the kettle whistled I was ready to grind some beans, drink some hot black coffee, and snuggle…

development stacks, just like building blocks

Development is evolution, growth, expansion, and progress. It is also, according the dictionaries which I found totally unhelpful, the action or process of developing. The Stages of Canine Development (Scott & Fuller) is a super useful tool for anyone who works with dogs professionally, or any owner who really wants to learn more and have…

Calvin, a true jelly bean – part 9

I wanted to get back into the gym with Calvin today, work on some specifics, and also strengthen fetch a bit more. What was interesting the other night, and I know it was cool out and that kind of makes dogs a bit zingy, is that Calvin was so aroused, so excited, that while we…

Rainy Fall Evening with Calvin – part 8

I’ve been out of town giving a workshop so I haven’t been able to socialize, train, and walk Calvin for the past week. I did hear however, that he might have a new dog walker on a weekly basis which would be super cool! We walked in the rain, puddles, and around the evening students…

CALVIN’s about town adventure – part 5

So Calvin and I were out and about again. It’s so fun showing him the world, but also seeing everything new through his eyes. I decided that I needed to see how he did in a car that was going faster, as in LONG road trip type speed. It didn’t go so well when we…