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A Jack Russell Terrier calmly settled. Isn’t she beautiful?

Another lesson in grief

Allowing myself to grieve for Perry, who died a few months ago, allowed me to begin healing from the loss. Acceptance and a certain amount of ritualized farewell made it possible for me to gradually let go and let the grief ebb and flow as it naturally does. This allowing offered a much different experience than that of losing beautiful Stella two years before.

I couldn’t think of Stella without feeling like my chest was going to cave in. Saying her name brought tears, so I avoided saying it. I could tell a funny story about Perry and feel honored to have known the challenging little dude. Avoiding memories of Stella was not honoring the vivacious, resilient sprite I adored. It was clear that I could not begin healing and celebrating the life that was because I would not begin. I was holding onto an illusion that there was something to hold onto. Ah, Grief, how I hate to have this dance with you . . . .

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DIY food bits for training

“What treats are you using?”

“Steak.”

“Oh, that’s how you’re getting her to work for you!”

Well, that’s not entirely why she’s working for me, but we’ll save the technical explanation for another day. Right now, I’m here to answer the frequently asked question of specifically what food bits I use when my goal is to reinforce behaviors while working with dogs who don’t have a training history with me. The food has to meet these criteria:

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