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Senior Dogs

SENIOR DOGS We all love our dogs.  But seniors hold a special place in our hearts.  Their muzzle is turning grey, they’re a bit slow to get up, and can’t move like they used to.  But the tail never stops wagging when you’re around.  We know aging is a normal process, but we feel so […]

Just Like Me

Oprah interviewed Pema Chodron, a Buddhist monk, on her podcast recently. Pema Chodron is an amazing teacher. I’ve listened to most of her DVD’s and read the vast majority of her books. In the podcast, she introduced a new concept that she calls “Just Like Me”. She believes that deep down, we are all the same. We all have innate kindness, we are all searching for happiness and striving to avoid suffering. We are all the same. All of us

The Ripple Effect

One day I was training Zeal, in my yard and my next-door neighbor asked me a question. “Is he responding more to the actual words, or to your tone?” Hmmmm, good question. I wanted to say it was the actual words. However, I tend to fly by the seat of my pants when I train, so I don’t always know exactly how I end up with the desired result. As I continued training, I paid attention to what I said and HOW I said it.

The Salad Experiment

I’ve become a bit of a mental management nut. Like most people, I believed that I was making many decisions throughout the day. Then I read the book “The Power of Habit” by Charles Duhigg. I was a bit dismayed to realize that our day consists primarily of a bunch of habits. Starting with how we get out of bed, our morning routine, or commute to work, and so on. Why? Because habits are easier on our brain.

Mental Management Blog

For some reason, I have always loved challenges. I can’t really say why. It doesn’t come from my immediate family, or a strong influence while growing up. It’s just always been there. Inevitably, this trait led to competition. Horseback riding, swimming, softball, body building, racing mountain bikes and road bikes and dog sports. I always loved training, but HATED the actual competition. Why? Ring nerves!!


I love technology. It’s not intuitive for me and I have to work hard at understanding it. But overall, I think it’s fun. And it makes my life much easier. Alexa, Siri, Iphone, Mac, Air dropping, DropBox, Smart TV, Social Media, Webinars, Podcasts, Online Classes, YouTube channels, Amazon Prime (love!)…and I haven’t even scratched the surface. Everything is at our fingertips and happens in an instant. And it’s constantly changing, which means I’m always learning. According to Dr. Oz, as long as we keep learning, we can stave off Alzheimers. Works for me!

Monkey and a Lake

What is it about human nature that compels us to always dwell on the negative?  We can dress up and go to a party.  Everyone tells us how terrific we look.  One person makes an unkind comment and the whole evening is ruined.  All we can think about is what that one person said.  We […]

In Your Dogs’ Paws

Recently, I was at a Show and Go. The first one I’ve been to in over a year. I was warming up my dog while another team was in the ring. Suddenly, I heard the handler loudly berating the dog. I looked up and saw her dragging the dog by its collar and ruff, her face close to the dog’s, yelling at it. I got a stomachache and recalled that this was one of the primary reasons I had stopped attending matches with my dogs.