choice is at the core

Story was laying down at my side while I was talking to a friend on Main st. the other day. If I stop to engage with someone else, and there is nothing else to sniff or mark, he flops down and waits. As I walked away with Story, a women came up behind me and…

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…

Happy Summer Solstice!

My garden was calling me, it does this sometimes. It was telling me I need to take a break! It is simply my most favorite place to be, and the only thing that makes it better is when my dogs join me… You just can’t beat hang time with plants and dogs! Happy Summer Solstice!…

she has never apologized for her choices, ever

DWAA 2013 winner of the Maxwell Medallion Award She has never apologized for her choices. She has never lied. She has lived her life with raw honesty, take it or leave it. I chose to take it, and have not one single regret. My Franny is reaching the end of her life. She has gone…

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…

raw food raw talk II

I’m inviting you all into my home, specifically my kitchen, so you can see what it actually looks like to make a raw meal for your dog. It’s pretty much like a regular cooking demonstration, sans stove and wine! Raw feeding is referred to as biologically appropriate or species specific. Giving your dog the food…

bits and pieces of my dogs …

OK, I’m still getting use to this fabulous camera my friend gave me. I’m not use to so many options, but the cool thing is that it is giving me the opportunity to, (1) learn more about photography, (2) take the photos I see in my head but have never been able to capture, (3)…

look beyond the behavior

It’s so easy to get caught up in the moment, especially when we are living or working with another species, like our dogs. The moment can be crazy good, and who wouldn’t want to be caught up in that? Sign me up right now! But transversely, the moment can be negative on some level, and…