Category Archives: the woof pack

Dogs – mine and other people’s – especially rescues, malinois, and belgians more generally.

Second Chances

Bindi peed on the floor in the upstairs bedroom. It was totally my fault. She asked me to take her out, but I misinterpreted the request. In my defense it looked suspiciously like many other requests. “Play with me,” “love … Continue reading

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Happy Imperfect New Year!

Recently I posted an ode to imperfection, and the imperative to stop shoulding on ourselves. That nagging guilt of not being or doing enough, the Not Good Enough Wife-Mother-Friend-DogTrainer-RescueVolunteer-Hiker-CompetitiveAthlete… I’m exhausted and I haven’t even finished the sentence. Life is … Continue reading

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The Book or the Movie?

Asking A Lot exists as a manuscript, a full-length nonfiction work that explores my life here with dogs. Truth be told, I’m still writing and rewriting, revising and editing, and then writing some more. “Work in progress” is the clichéd … Continue reading

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The Fisher in the Hollow Tree

or “Things Your Dog Trainer will Never Tell You.” Five dogs off leash in the woods during hunting season: what could possibly go wrong? As I’ve shared in the past, all my dogs have impeccable recall. It’s the prerequisite to … Continue reading

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Enough is Enough

I have five dogs. One is a puppy. All are herding breeds, or predominantly herding breeds (said puppy is 60% German Shepherd, 40% kitchen sink), all high drive breeds, all needy in different ways. I own my own business, making … Continue reading

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Training, Bonding, and Bliss

Puppies bring revelations. Don’t adopt a new pup if you’d rather not reconsider everything you thought you knew about dogs… and life. Having new energy in the house seems to wring new thoughts, feelings, and revelations from me on a … Continue reading

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Meeting Needs, 5 a.m. Puppy-Style

I spent a few years of my adult life as a single mom. Tuck that fact away for future reference. This morning Tom and I were awakened at 4:50 a.m. by impassioned whining. Bindi was crated for the night and … Continue reading

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