Welcome to the 2015 Blogging A to Z Challenge. My theme this year is All-Positive, which means I will be discussing only positive methods of working with my dogs. I believe very strongly that rewarding dogs (or anyone) for the things they do right leads to a reciprocally respectful relationship. As an added linguistic challenge,Continue reading “A is for Accentuate the Positive”
Category Archives: memoir
Hi gang, Just a quick post to let you know that Bark and Lunge is free on Kindle through Feb 3. I hope you’ll check it out, if you haven’t already. As a thank you to anyone who helps spread the word on social media, if you post about Bark and Lunge’s Kindle promotion and link toContinue reading “Free book!”
Top 10 Books for Dog Lovers
It goes without saying that the greatest gift you can give any dog lover this Christmas is my book, Bark and Lunge, but I’ll assume because you’re reading my blog that you already know that. Here are ten more books to give the dog lover in your life. I have extremely high standards for dog books,Continue reading “Top 10 Books for Dog Lovers”
Good writing is hard work!
It’s Pacific Northwest Writer Blog Hop time! The hilarious and very smart Tiffany Pitts, author of Double Blind, tagged me with the following four questions about the writing process: What am I working on? Right now, I’m busily promoting my first book, Bark and Lunge: Saving My Dog from Training Mistakes, which has been soContinue reading “Good writing is hard work!”
Would you clone your dog?
When asked who would play us in the movie of Bark and Lunge, it’s easy to cast the roles of me and Rob. Right now, I’m thinking Kristen Bell and Chris Pratt, but I’ve also thrown out Claire Danes and Jennifer Lawrence for me, and Matt Damon and Andrew Garfield for Rob. The real challengeContinue reading “Would you clone your dog?”
A writer writing about writing (about dogs)
My friend Tiffany Pitts, author and mother to an awesome shepherd named Thor Michaelson, invited me to participate in a writerish blog hop. I mention Thor Michaelson because 1) this is a dog blog and 2) Tiffany and I met through Thor. I’d been following Thor Michaelson on Facebook for several months when I happenedContinue reading “A writer writing about writing (about dogs)”
WOOF! Working Out Our Fears
Where were all the Fearful Dog support groups when I was struggling with Isis? Did they not exist, or did I not understand until way too late that fear was the root of her problem? Social media was still young then, way back in 2008. I’m part of two great Facebook communities where every day,Continue reading “WOOF! Working Out Our Fears”
Another throwback snow day
We got one day of snow in 2013. I took the day off and the dogs and I visited Rob at work for a snowy walk. Later, Rob’s mom asked if Leo likes the snow as much as Isis did. Nope. Wonder why that is, what made Isis love the snow so much she hadContinue reading “Another throwback snow day”
Could Isis have been a flying disc contender?
In the prologue for my book, Bark and Lunge, I describe Isis spinning and flipping while catching a soccer ball. She was partial to soccer balls, but reading Wallace: The Underdog Who Conquered a Sport, Saved a Marriage, and Championed Pit Bulls — One Flying Disc at a Time made me wonder if I couldContinue reading “Could Isis have been a flying disc contender?”
Taking Wonder with a twist of Danger
During a recent martial arts class, Rob asked his students whether they saw the world as a dangerous place with moments of wonder, or a wondrous place with moments of danger. Definitely a wondrous place, I thought. Then I considered my writing and realized that to move the action forward in my novel, I needContinue reading “Taking Wonder with a twist of Danger”