Just Be

Just Be

Sunny little Bean recently had surgery and his understanding veterinarian let me stay with him through the pre-op and post-op stages. Helping him to feel less anxious requires me to be fully present, grounded, and calm. Which means I cannot worry. Maybe I’m the...
Behavior change for the two-legged animal

Behavior change for the two-legged animal

Question: My highly sensitive puppy mill rescue dog reacts fearfully when I reprimand my other dog or when I’m irritated about something not even related to her. How can I get her to understand that those situations are no threat to her? That’s a...
Smart cookies

Smart cookies

A black nose pokes into my home office door followed by big, charcoal blue ears over liquid brown eyes. Belle steps halfway into the room, cocks her head, and softly whimpers. She knows I can’t resist her charm. “Uh huh,” I mumble, “it’s past time for bed. Just need...
Another lesson in grief

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...
Loving a Challenging Dog

Loving a Challenging Dog

Perry was escorted to a crate in my truck at the end of a spring terrier event. After dinner with friends I hadn’t seen in years, I would make the long drive home and introduce Perry to my dogs and his new, last-chance foster home. I strolled back to the event...
Power in play

Power in play

Franklin has left a number of people bleeding from his lightning bites and now my hand is sandwiched between his teeth. With softly sparkling eyes, he slides away into a bow, barks once, and growly-talks his way through a belly-up roll in the rumpled bedding, kicking...

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