This blog is a tribute to Belle, and all the dogs who have come before and after. They are my friends, my companions, my teachers and my students. They bring me both joy and heartache, laughter and tears. There is nothing as sweet as the smell of puppy breathe, and nothing as sad as the final goodbye.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Facebook Quiz (again)

Which 5 letters describe you:

Now that's better!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Facebook Quiz

What one word best describes you:

Thanks, Facebook.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

DIY Paw Wax

Mix four simple ingredients together to create an all natural, protective barrier for your dog's paws this winter!


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Home Cooking For Your Dog (and cat)

I had the pleasure of attending a lecture by author Christine Filardi last night. If you are concerned about the foods you are feeding your dogs and cats then I highly recommend attending one of her lectures. She shares important information on home cooking/raw diets vs store bought pet food. She does a great job explaining nutritional requirements and her meals are simple and quite do-able. For more information on dates check out

Thursday, December 8, 2016

My Timo

"As a white candle,
In a holy place,
So is the beauty,
Of an agd face." 
                                Joseph Campbell

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Another gem from the blog ~

To Tell The Truth

Do you recognize her?

The lady holding back the Borzois is is Kitty Carlisle, aka Kitty Carlisle Hart, who was born on September 3, 1910 – and died on April 17, 2007 at the age of 96.

Kitty Carlisle was a regular panelist on the television game show To Tell the Truth, where she provided a great deal of over-the-top cultural grace to her panelist duties. She seemed rich and cultured because she actually was rich and cultured. Married to playwright and director Moss Hart, she herself was a singer, actress and spokeswoman for the arts. She was was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame, served for 20 years on the New York State Council on the Arts, and received the National Medal of Arts from President George H. W. Bush in 1991. Oddly enough, her Jewish grandfather had been a Confederate gunner on the iron-clad Virginia (formerly the Merrimack), which fought the iron-clad Monitor!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Stephen Bodio's Querencia: Guardian/herding dog differences

A worthwhile read if you are fascinated by breed differences like I am.

Stephen Bodio's Querencia: Guardian/herding dog differences:   I’ve written extensively about our relationship with our working livestock guardian dogs and have written very littl...

Thursday, November 10, 2016


Did she just say “lunch?”

Should I beg?
Sure love to munch.

Bowls and bones bring bliss.
                      Jacquelyn Campbell

Monday, November 7, 2016

Vote and let your voice be heard

Dogs bring people together and keep us connected. Don't let politics disconnect us. Dogs Matter.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Little Shelter Sanctuary

No excuses, this is what is needed. 
To do otherwise is morally
wrong and unethical. 

Thursday, October 27, 2016



    all about love...
       and food...
          and tennis balls

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Training with treats

Training tip: 

It is important to eventually eliminate the treat as a visible lure. Do, however, continue to use them on an  intermittent schedule. Your dog works harder not knowing when he will be treated and you don't develop a dependency on treats as a training tool.

Why Dogs Bite


You were a warrior in your past life! You're strong, determined, dedicated, and willing to sacrifice for what you believe in. Your past life was very difficult and full of struggle, but you were incredibly courageous and achieved a great deal. There's a fire within you that will take you far in life. You may have had some rough patches already in this life, but rely on your inner warrior because nothing can stop 


Summertime, with an eye on the dogs.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Terrierman's Daily Dose: The Most Important Part of Dog Training

Terrierman's Daily Dose: The Most Important Part of Dog Training: This triangle shows the three players in all dog training schemes: the dog, the dog owner, and the dog training technique or trainer....