Agility Addict Blog
A common question I get when I talk about record-keeping is "what system should I use?" Well, to know me is to know that's a tough question for me to answer. I don't know what you want to track, I am not sure how techy you are and I am not a very good "guru" when it...read more
This thing happens sometimes. We get upset, we vent and share our feelings - the way "they" sometimes say we should. We rant. We cry and rail about injustice or perceived wrongs. And then this weird thing happens. The audience we have shared our stress with gets...read more
There was a time, before this blog, before Facebook even (can you remember such a time? I barely can) when I spent a summer fostering two puppies. Those puppies were Sally's healthy brother and sister. Duncan Heinz and Sophie, as they came to be known, were amazing...read more
Which dog do you think I am going to discuss here? You likely know it's not Dora - the quasi -feral wonder terrier. Even though yes, she very quickly learned a down when I realized it had never been a taught skill! Yen - the 7 year Toy American Eskimo who was in 5...read more
The exercise of gratitude as an instrument for happiness has been known for years. Continuing studies support gratitude’s effectiveness, suggesting that a positive, thankful attitude contributes to greater success in work, better health, peak performance in sports...read more
Sometimes things just kind of sneak up on you. Facebook reminded me today that Yen arrived 7 years ago today. I don't think I blogged about her arrival then - though she is very present in the blog, as she is in life at the farm. She's feisty, fierce and a tiny...read more
I've written about grief a lot over the years. I've experienced a lot of it. I don't think that's unusual or particularly remarkable, but when people ask me how many people I have seen die I don't know the answer unless I count. I cannot count the number of animal...read more
Saffy is a very sweet dog! Today I had a lesson. Today I taught a lesson. I rode Wiser with Laurie's watchful eyes on me, then we swapped services so Laurie, and Saffy, could learn about loose leash walking and basic principles of positive training. I have had...read more
Osmosis sounds lovely in theory but there is no scientific evidence that sticking a book under your pillow will work. Except maybe to give you a neck ache. Which would actually make learning harder. (Chronic pain interferes with cognitive flexibility and makes...read more
In the face of a dog who seems a little off, or a handler who has a headache it can be awfully hard to withdraw your entry or scratch from an event or trial. What will people say? What will people think? To quote the adage "what other people think of you is none of...read more
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