Category Archives: empathy

Puppy Boot Camp – Dom, Day 2: The Courage Meal

Dom the five-month-old German shepherd pup ate breakfast, as my friend Mary Beth would say, “Like he’s going to the chair.” For a pup with a queasy tummy and no appetite, this is pretty good. As I explained yesterday, he … Continue reading

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Puppy Boot Camp: Dom, Day 1 – Retch and Ralph!

A puppy’s diet can have a serious impact on his behavior. Continue reading

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Drummond Island’s Own Horse Whisperer

I had an unhappy surprise when I opened up the December issue of the Drummond Island Digest. The obituaries showed a photo of my friend Allen Hoey. It said that he had died at home at the end of October. … Continue reading

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The Lonely Dove

Today is the 4 month anniversary of my brother Jon’s death. He was bigger than life, a blustering mountain man, a person who filled up a room. He died in a hospital in Seattle and what followed was a host … Continue reading

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Rambling With Your Dog Will Solve Behavior Problems

I encourage all dog owners to go for a ramble. Find a space, a fenced in area, where he can be set free and just allowed to be a dog. Carry a batch of delicious treats with you. When your … Continue reading

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Clifford and Horse Cognition

Clifford wanted off his picket line in the back yard, because it was hot out. I was leaving for errands. I took his halter off, freeing him, and walked away toward the barn. But instead of following me to the … Continue reading

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Loki Learning Recall, Day 2, Puppy Boot Camp

Unfortunately the rain interrupted our trip back to the Ledges today but during a break from the drizzle, I took all the dogs out in the back 40, where we resumed some lessons. Loki was pretty consistent about coming when … Continue reading

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Puppy Boot Camp: Loki Learning Recall

Loki is growing up! This former student is now a gangly adolescent puppy whose lucky parents are on a voyage Beyond the Sea. They took advantage of the sabbatical to boomerang him back to Aunt Nancy’s boot camp, so he … Continue reading

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A Friend At The End Of The World

When I first met Kerry she was 17 and married. Her voice had a high-end timbre that bounced off the walls with the power of a stage presence. Her wit was vicious with current events, and spun so fast I … Continue reading

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The Therapy Horse And The Cancer Kids

Clifford was mighty excited when Stayner showed up. I think he figured it was about a trail ride. On other days, when Stayner has pulled the “Silver Bullet” down the driveway, it has meant an adventure in the woods. Even … Continue reading

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