Category Archives: empathy

Puppy Boot Camp – Klaus GSD – Day 1 – Jumping Up

Klaus is a German shepherd with a jumping habit that is not so cute anymore as he is now able to get to chest level. He started clicker training today and we will begin the process of getting rid of … Continue reading

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Clifford’s Hug Fest

Clifford’s friend Judy is the nurse who started horse therapy at Sparrow Hospital. We visited the pediatric oncology unit last week. It was Clifford’s second visit there. He clip-clopped across the parking lot and kept looking at the door. He … Continue reading

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The Evolution of Loki – From Street Dog To Actor Dog

When he showed up, I guessed Loki to be about ten months old. He had the body of a prize fighter, the lightweight division, wasp-waisted and muscular. He flung himself to the end of the retractable leash and went whirring … Continue reading

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Clifford’s Library Visit in Diamondale: Merriment and Meat Market!

Taking a full grown horse into a library for a literacy program can be an all-encompassing prospect, especially when the horse is Clifford. He is busy. He must be watched or he tends to grab things off shelves or help himself to the refreshment table. Plus, there are the duties. Clifford performs tricks, signs his own biography, and poses for photos with every single person in the room. Continue reading

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Guardianship: The Truth Takes Courage

My ex husband surprised the heck out of me. We haven’t seen each other in over twelve years and we haven’t spoken. We parted on terms that were not friendly. But today, I received a letter from him about my … Continue reading

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The Real Jesus

Originally posted on Diary of a Misplaced Yooper: Cliffy's Mom's Blog:
There was a time when the sight of the cross made me want to throw up. That’s how bad it was. I have long been skeptical about…

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Down Syndrome, Guardianship and the Justice System

Originally posted on Diary of a Misplaced Yooper: Cliffy's Mom's Blog:
Down syndrome, formerly called “Mongolian Idiocy” was named for a physician who described the condition in the 1860’s, Dr. John Langdon Down. He wrote: The Mongolian type…

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Puppy Boot Camp – What To Feed A Spooky Pup

Arthur the GSD turned 6 months old on February 7th. I wish I could say he was completely cured. He is doing so much better but he relapses once in awhile. He is still afraid of kids. In the kitchen … Continue reading

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Puppy Boot Camp – Arthur GSD and His Fear

A German shepherd is a dog that should not fear anything; least of all little kids. When Arthur came to me about a month ago he was riddled with issues. He was terrified of moving vehicles: Being around them, being … Continue reading

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Puppy Boot Camp – Revisiting the Stay

Sometimes when you take some time off, the puppy will relapse. Such was the case for Dom, now Arthur, who visited the store today and his walking with the cart reminded me of the first day I took him. A … Continue reading

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