It’s In Your Process

Trying to be perfect as a way to escape failure really sabotaged me, both during my dog training journey and in life. I thought I couldn’t make a mistake, because I would ruin what I was trying to create. It kept me in analysis paralysis. One dog trainer I follow says, “The way you do…

Closure

I finally have the words! I finally realize what it is we need the most right now. It’s closure. I am ready to face his reactivity for what it is, a big giant fit. We are not monsters. We were just on a looooooong journey. We are both ready for closure. I am ready to…

Superpower: I Can Turn Into A Mouse

  How did I get so small? I don’t want to bother anyone. My parents had a rough go of it financially when I was a kid. My dad had to go on strike a few times, he was laid off a few times, his company closed down a few times. He was a truck…

Little Girl Found

  I found her hiding in the corner. I told her she was not a monster and she could choose to believe it. She said she did and we kicked that shit to the curb. We wasted so much time. My niece is possibly being bullied in basketball. I realize I am a huge influence…

Perpetuating A Fearful Dog

If you have a dog exhibiting fear issues, this blog post is especially for you. One of the biggest things I needed to change for myself was getting caught in past stories. I have made huge progress; it is one of the reasons my fearful, reactive dog and I have come this far. A few…

Re-Framing Missed Opportunities

We walk past them like the unpopular kids from high school. There they stand incredulous to the idea we would dismiss them so completely. Heads drop, shoulders sink, defeated. We overlook them, these moments that could turn into the best times of our lives, passed by without a hint of acknowledgement. Let me set the…

Kiska The Bionic Dog!

We received some bad news last Monday and tomorrow I will be taking my sweet baby girl to have TPLO surgery on her non-bionic leg. She ruptured the acl in her “good leg”. This will be her second time having this type of surgery. By this time tomorrow she will have had both knees made…

Grandma is in the Flowers

“Well, I wasn’t prepared for that today”, I quietly exclaimed as I turned away from a single white rose and a single white lily, standing in a small etched glass vase, to hastily exit the room. I tried to hold my tears as they welled up in my eyes. I truly thought it would be…