Year in Review Part 2: Leo

Leo recovered from his November 2017 TPLO surgery like a champ. At his eight-week X-rays, we learned that his fibula had broken during his recovery, but had already been healing for a few weeks, so there was nothing to be done, except feel completely devastated about my failure as a nurse. But he didn’t care.Continue reading “Year in Review Part 2: Leo”

Running out of Cheese

In my last post, I wrote about a de-facto off-leash area. If everyone else’s dogs are off leash, why can’t ours be? For me, it’s an issue of manners. People who don’t have reactive dogs (or people who don’t KNOW their dogs are reactive, especially those whose dogs are small) think it’s perfectly fine forContinue reading “Running out of Cheese”

Surf’s Up with the Pups

Just kidding. They don’t swim. A better title would have something to do with the dead crabs littering the rocky beach. We are so lucky to live in a place where we can regularly find safe places to play with our pups off leash, both in the snow, and on the beach! (But see Monday’s post aboutContinue reading “Surf’s Up with the Pups”

Last gasp of summer

Well, it’s that time of year when I have to start thinking of new places to walk the dogs. We’ve had a great summer taking them to dog parks and doing managed training walks around neigborhoods where I can anticipate triggers. Now that school is back in session, there are more people everywhere, making moreContinue reading “Last gasp of summer”

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!”

WOOF! I is for Isis

Brought to you by the letter I and the WOOF Support Blog Hop. I is for Isis, the most beautiful name of the most beautiful dog in the world. What Do I Love About My Reactive Dog? Funny you should ask. After Isis bit someone, her victim referred me to a positive reinforcement trainer. Before weContinue reading “WOOF! I is for Isis”

Leo wants to do fun things, too

I have a T-shirt from Dog is Good that reads: “To my dog, this I promise you: I will love you unconditionally; for who you are, not who I’d like you to be. I will protect you and keep you safe. Always.” I love this sentiment so much that I bought the shirt despite theContinue reading “Leo wants to do fun things, too”