The Office – part 9

Tick tick tick went the claws on the keyboard all day long. Phones ringing, packages leaving and arriving, reviewing new products, a busy winter day to say the least, and a Border Collies dream. The Office was hopping and happy. Everything was as done as done could be by the time the sun went down…

I want a mulligan, just one

I for sure love my dogs, all of them, past and present. But love is a funny thing. For me it is how my dogs make me feel when I am around them. Sometimes it is an easy love, where our personalities and energies mesh so perfectly it feels seamless, as one. Other times, well it…

… the life I have wanted for my dogs

It isn’t uncommon for someone to get a herding breed … … then fall in love with all that they have to offer … … then start to learn how to work with them … … then give up the life they know so they can know a different life with their dog … ……

The Office – part 7

Needing some hang time before the year end office meeting, the Office Crew decided to watch ELF. They unanimously decided their next recruit will be named Francisco That’s Fun To Say, and that they all must learn to fly, a must on the coming years agenda. Story called the meeting to order. Ceramic Bowls, lots…

A high elevation day …

The perfect brooding moody sky, the feel of late summer early fall, mushy earth from a recent rain, not a sign of another person, and a complete lack of oxygen while hiking at 10,000 feet was exactly what we needed today. Sweater on, bag filled with food, toys, leashes, and harness, and off we went….

It’s a TONGUE thing …

If you are into canine body language than you are one of those persons on this planet that is hyper aware of how a dog uses their tongue. A student of the tongue more or less. It is one of the first overt body language signals a new dog trainer learns to observe, in social…

sometimes, it’s best to be barefoot and move the hoses yourself

I have a 1/4 acre garden. Not ginormous by any means, but not small either. When you consider that this garden feeds my entire family of four humans for 6 months out of the year, it kind of puts things into perspective though. Small but serious gardeners. We have been ‘bio dynamic’ gardeners for over…

The Office – part 2

THE OFFICE – part 2 First day on the job answering phones and Rhumb started to ‘prank puppy answer’ callers and then hang up, thinking they would call back for more. “who’s your daddy, bet ya don’t know? “yappy new year, shhhh be quiet!” “happy bone day to you…” “yapster dot com, sing me a…

A Midwinters Day Dream

Sometimes you just need to get out, go for a walk, breathe clean perfect air, and appreciate the silence. And sometimes you need to do it all together, with the ones you love. Me, my dogs and children have been working pretty steadily on designing and testing matches for our World Treibball League, re-writing curriculum for our puppy…

Herding Lightening, Rhumb off leash

Today the sky was open, clear, and blue bird perfect, the snow was deep, lots of wind drifted mounds, and 400 acres of open space. I had a hard time finding a place to park, it was either in the middle of a country road, blocking any cars, if any, that were going to come…