Tuna fudge, that is. Or sometimes sardine and Parmesan cheese fudge (because my dogs like their treats extra smelly). I use this treat as a high value reward when I'm going to ask my dogs to do something really hard (like go to a trial). This treat is so easy to make and you can... Continue Reading →
How I Almost Burned (Out) My Dog.
But in December we had a really awkward trial where he seemed over faced, an emotion/state of mind he very rarely gives in to. We were able to make lemonade out of lemons that day and at the end of the day he still left feeling pretty OK about the whole thing, but I was concerned ("concerned" in this context meaning freaked out because I thought I was ruining/had already ruined my dog).
Nick has been asking for a lab since we met.
Smell ya Later, 2018.
2018 ended in a bit of jumble. A good jumble (mostly). After many months of preparation and planning, we finally had out bathroom redone (hooray!). It meant that all of us (two humans, four dogs, and 1 cat) moved into my parents' basement for a month right after Thanksgiving, but we all survived (and still... Continue Reading →
This year we have so many things to be thankful for. Sioux and Ernie arrived. We discovered nose work and Roo competed in (and won a few classes!) his very first trial. Bam became our new cousin/nephew and Charlie officially became our new uncle/brother-in-law. I am so very thankful for my family and for my dogs!
I've gone back and forth about writing about this. The situation itself involves dogs but the underlying sentiment isn't really dog specific. But it's something that in some context has happened to most people and I'm sure at least some of you can commiserate. Here's the story: some time ago an extended family member was... Continue Reading →
Power Posting on the Wrong Diagonal: Learning with a Smile
In the wide world of horse showing, there are plenty of ways to disqualify yourself. The same is true in the world of competition obedience.
After our cat Jack died, I swore I'd never get another cat. Jack was pretty much perfect - jumbo sized, slow moving, orange, easy to handle, mellow, not demanding, and FABULOUS with the dogs. How could any cat top that? But a cat-free home wasn't in the cards for us. A few weeks ago my... Continue Reading →
Lost and Found
Last week was a hell of a week. On Sunday we had to say goodbye to my beloved Joe. It was sudden, expected, and made my heart hurt. His passing was, however, peaceful and he was surrounded by the people who love him most. The whole house grieved. Bella and Roo took his passing the... Continue Reading →
New Foster Dog: Matt
Brandy has (much to Nick's dismay) gone to her new home. We picked up our new foster who very well could be her brother. Matt is basically Brandy except a little older, male, and different colors.