Category Archives: empathy

No I Won’t Back Down: The Medicaid Syndrome

For folks with disabilities, it’s a harrowing time as the GOP holds the ol’ medical insurance globe in their hands and gives it a casual spin. Gotta get this bill passed. It is more important to prove a point — … Continue reading

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Clifford Paints Drummond Island

  They say an artist is not an artist unless he is producing art. Clifford had not painted in about a month, and that was mostly signing books. The heat is setting into lower Michigan and it’s hard to be … Continue reading

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Puppy Training: Name Recognition and Coming When Called

Molly the Goldendoodle puppy has been with me for ten days now. Over the past several days I have been working on teaching her to come when her name is called. Coming when called is a progressive thing, taught over … Continue reading

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My Fight With Technology

    Filmmaking is not what you think. For one thing, film is now defunct. I have sat in the basement of the University of Michigan, helping a friend go through reel by reel of old classics, some of them … Continue reading

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Timid Puppy Day 4 – Teaching “Roll Over”

“Roll over” is a great confidence builder for shy puppies as puts them in a vulnerable position for a moment — but nothing bad happens — and they recover on their own steam. It is very easy to teach using … Continue reading

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Bailey’s Boot Camp for Dogs – Timid Puppy – Day 3

The timid puppy is getting less timid all the time, but the confidence- building exercises continue. At times (like at the farm store yesterday) older dogs can come in handy. One thing that builds confidence in puppies, especially the toy … Continue reading

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Bailey’s Boot Camp for Dogs – Timid Puppy – Day 2

I’ve always said that people with Golden Retrievers don’t know how easy they have it. These dogs train themselves. Poodles are pretty much the same. I would imagine that a cross between the two would be heaven for a behaviorist. … Continue reading

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Bailey’s Boot Camp for Dogs – Timid Puppy

It’s puppy season! It’s a busy time for those of us who train puppies, rescue and foster puppies, or who are breeders planning that next litter. Timid puppies can grow up to be serious problem dogs. They have a tremendous … Continue reading

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Book Sale! The North Side of Down – Excerpt

The true story of two sisters, one with Down syndrome, the misfits in a large, dysfunctional family. When their father dies, the two sisters find their lives quickly unraveling. The North Side of Down is winner of the 2015 Medallion … Continue reading

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Nerdy Talk About Horse Tricks

Horse tricks are fun, but they have seriously helpful applications. (As an aside, first of all, I found out too late today that in order to get a proper video, I have to turn my new phone, which I call … Continue reading

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