and what if …

And what if your dog jumps up on you And what if your dog is sound asleep on your sofa And what if your dog eats tasty treats under your babies high chair And what if your dog carries your shoes into another room and hides them And what if your dog barks at a…

Victor & ‘Hot’ Chocolate

I love when I have the chance to go and spend an hour or two photographing and visiting with some of my ranch clients.  Being with working dogs in their element is good for the heart and soul. There is no other way to describe it than a feeling of complete. I haven’t seen Victor…

a simple dirt road lesson

In 2003, every Friday for an entire summer and fall, Ocean and I would get in the car at 4am, drive about 100 miles to a friends farm, tend to and work sheep, do some farm chores, and then come home. I was so addicted and loved every minute of that journey and adventure. My…

I am a coach

I am a coach. I coach our Teams, both people and dog. I coach my dogs, who are my Team. And through coaching I have found one of my parts that is truly me. While I am a certified professional trainer, it is my coaching that I focus on, that I love, and where I…

puppy school of hard knocks

It isn’t that uncommon to hear people, especially at dog parks, express the feelings and/or sentiments of ‘letting older dogs’ put their puppy in it’s place. Usually it’s the high energy, performance, working line puppies that are often the brunt of this philosophy. Maybe, just maybe, if another dog really scares them enough, they will…

a cautionary letter

I receive letters from my clients all of the time. Holidays, birthdays, updates on their dog and family, vacation photos, a new trick learned, and everything in between. I love it, it makes my work feel so real, tangible.  This letter came in this morning and I was asked to share. While my heart is…

Story is cruising into retirement!

It’s time to change things up for Story, here is wishing him a brilliant retirement! I wasn’t in the market for a puppy. Not really, but if you are a dog person you kind of always are to be honest. Franny was around five years old or so, Ocean almost three, we were hitting our…

time poor

When Spore and I started our lives together, we decided that we wanted to live simply. We found out pretty quickly that our vision of simple was quite different. Spore was thinking cave man homesteader, pull away from society, live off the land, tree bark for toilet paper kind of simple. I was thinking no…

when is a rescue no longer a rescue?

Marketing is a powerful tool. A good marketing plan can shape how we feel, how we act, how we move, how we eat, what we eat, where we live, what we think, and so on. Sit back and think for a moment, what are you currently doing in your life that has not been shaped…

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….