Tag Archives: body language

The Red Leash

I like things that are worn, soft and comfortable. Of my sizable t-shirt collection, my favorites are those that have sloshed in the washer and tumbled in the dryer hundreds of times. They always fit just right. No matter the … Continue reading

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SPAM vs. The Foodie

I went to visit Gothic Eleanor of Aquitaine today.  Ellie is an eight-year old English Mastiff with a significant underbite and a tongue too long for her mouth. With a golden coat and a huge body and head, she always … Continue reading

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Out of the Ravine

During my therapy dog classes, I teach two concepts that can be difficult to balance: be a leader and trust your dog. The first implies that you are in charge and the second requires that you know when to cede … Continue reading

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Harley’s World

Harley led me out of a mental ravine today. My day was busy but unproductive. I was pensive, but off-kilter. You know those days when you feel like everyone can see right through you? Your thoughts are unguarded and laid … 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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