Running Parallel

She is My Perfect. My Rhumb Line. A sexy disaster. She is a hard hitting working dog, tenacious, intense, and determined. When she is with the ones she loves she is as tender as they come. She is my eye gazer, up close and personal, right to the very being of who you are. She…

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…

up north in Alaska!

It’s workshop season! And what a great start. A trip up north to Anchorage and Wasilla for a variety of topics, freestyle, cross training, team success and treibball. Ask anyone who wants to book me, it takes a lot to get me to leave home. But in this process of prying me away from my…

why I love treibball!

Last year, the spring of 2011, I kept hearing about this new dog sport from Germany, something about urban herding, balls, goal keeping, etc. Everyone was spelling and pronouncing it a bit differently, lots of different opinions were floating around, good and bad, and I couldn’t seem to obtain clear information. In all honesty I…

our first workshop in our new Dog Gym!

Well it has been one month and three days since we started renovating an old warehouse. We have had very few glitches, the flooring, or rather the damaged flooring has been the biggest, and truthfully the only one that has caused any kind of stress. It set our renovation/opening schedule back two weeks, but we…

renew, reuse, return …

So exciting that most of everything new going into our Dog Gym is not actually new but rather renewed, and/or reused materials. I think I’ve mentioned before that my husband is a pack rat of sorts when it comes to building materials. He saves anything he can from job sites if it’s marked for the…

moving stuff in little by little with Batman!

The sixteen hour days just might be catching up with us! Spore was painting until 2:30am, his day was actually more like twenty hours. The painting is done for the most part, now just small trim pieces that go up here and there. Today we have mirrors, lights, bathroom and heater stuff. Over coffee last…

the proof is in the pudding … walk on & wait training

The proof is in the pudding! I like this phrase, it’s a delicious word picture for me. But it’s the meaning behind it that I really like, it means that the true value or quality of something can only be judged when it’s put to use.  I am a person that learns by doing. If…

treibball blind finds

So I started Treibball about one year ago. I had heard a bit about the sport, saw my friends in Missoula getting started with it, and decided to give it a go. Exercise balls are easy and cheap enough to purchase, so that was a selling point for starting this new sport too. After 10…

what is your face saying?

It’s all about the dog; dog training, dog body language, dog food, dog gear, dog behavior, dog tricks, dog etc. I believe that sometimes we are so focused on learning more and doing more that we over look some of the obvious moments with our dogs. Like what are we doing to encourage our dogs,…