Category Archives: Travis

In his quiet, stoic, old man ways, Travis provides many learning opportunities and chances to practice my diaper changing skills. Read about those and more here.

One Week

Harley was grieving. Travis passed on Saturday morning and all weekend he seemed withdrawn. He was scheduled to visit the kids in juvenile detention that Monday and I nearly cancelled, but thought it might be a nice distraction for both … Continue reading

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Remembering Travis 3 of 3: “How Will I Know When It’s Time?”

I work with a lot of senior dogs and it’s a question I’ve heard many times.  And I always answer the same way, “He’ll tell you when he’s ready. Trust your dog.” Intellectually, I know it’s good advice, but when … Continue reading

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Remembering Travis 1 of 3: Kathy’s Guest Post

Note:  Travis was a part of Kathy’s life for more than 13 years so I asked her to write a guest post for the blog.  She penned this piece in late January but only now are we ready to share … Continue reading

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Remembering Travis 2 of 3: Harley Pulls Us Through

As Kathy mentioned in her guest post, Travis is struggling. And, quite frankly, so are we. We’re both very aware of how sensitive Harley is to our moods so we try to keep the tears, frustration and fears in check … Continue reading

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Smells Like Teen Spirit

Last week in my therapy dog class, we talked about how our dogs experience the world through scent. The best way I’ve found to describe this is to imagine that as we see the world—with all its vibrant color and … Continue reading

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Out of Thin Air

As I watch Harley give me his “good boy sit” just outside the kitchen, with his back nice and straight, head square on his shoulders, forelimbs long and strong, I wait for the ear flicks. I know they’re coming. First, a … Continue reading

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Quality

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because I love to cook.  I didn’t get to do as much with the meal this year, as I was busy working steadily into Wednesday evening with dogs and their guardians. When Thursday … Continue reading

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