Rhumb & Story – winter time

The snow is here in the mountains, and my favorite time of year is right now, especially when it comes to photographing my dogs. We all love to be outside working, but there is something magical and challenging about being able to capture them, and light, and moving snow, and a feeling of sorts. Rhumb…

A Story kind of day …

Sometimes I just like to sit and take photos of my dogs. They do their thing, and I just watch. Today out by our pond, my dog Story stopped on the other side of the fountain and was watching me watching him. … And I fell in love all over again… Nancy

Go NORTH Go EAST

Easter Sunday, for as long as I have been married with children, has been spent on mountain trails or the back roads of some place. We wake up early, pack a bunch of food, clothing for all weather (because you just never know in Montana), our dogs, and we head North or East. Mini Vans…

learn to take inventory of your environment

I am, and always have been, acutely aware of my environment. Not in a neurotic sense, but in a spacial and context sense. Once again, I give a great deal of credit to my dog Franny who taught me even more about the importance of taking inventory of my environment, and even maybe, just a…

the view never gets old

It seems as though, since January, that change is in the air. I have been teaching, lecturing, training, writing, and working in my office, more than what I had planned. I am grateful, don’t get me wrong, but I have a tendency to work way too much. I am the person who needs to be…

my lost boy

We all have our own way of grieving. We all take the time we need, or should learn to do so. We all have different hearts, feelings, and emotions that dictate how we will handle loss. Or not handle it. For me, I’m historically knocked to my knees, no matter how prepared I think I…

dog pond project – day #3

This is a ‘rolling the boulders’ kind of day. So far the largest of the bunch weighs in at 465 lbs. I am a fairly strong and substantially built person, I was of absolutely no help when it came to unloading this mother stone! Reinforcements were brought in, Spores friend Chris who we have known…

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…

tricks, this is where the fun begins!

Teaching and working on new behaviors with my dogs, ‘tricks’, is a huge part of my foundation in training. After all, everything is really a trick, isn’t it? I teach sit, down, stay and come, the same way I would teach spin, twirl, bow, high five, and weave. I think the difference is how we…