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Presence and Peace

Presence and Peace

Up until last summer, Gavin and I both worked hard to keep him relaxed and happy on walks. He’s unbelievably sensitive and doesn’t handle ANY change well AT ALL—no matter how intricately I planned and managed his walk times. A helicopter flying overhead, a lawnmower starting, or a dog getting too close despite my asking (sometimes… View more

Magical Moments

It was a Sunday morning, and I'd just finished an hour of pulling weeds. I asked Gavin if he wanted to go inside and get breakfast. He gave me that look that told me he wanted to stay outside. It was a beautiful day. I wasn't in a hurry, so I sat on his blanket with him.... View more

For the Love of the Walk

My sister and mom made this photo set of my beloved Finn and my sweetheart Gavin. I see it every morning when I wake. It’s my reminder of why I do what I do. I love walks, specifically with my dog. My lug, my Finn, created that love. His endless energy, adventurous spirit, and into-everything-naughtiness inspired… View more

Face of a Demure Dynamo

I met this dazzling dog when she was a wee little tyke. Even as a puppy, Kaia carried a lot of weight on her gorgeous shoulders. She absorbed every sound and sight that came her way and stashed them away in her canine crock. Fortunately, she landed in the perfect home, for her. I still… View more

Face of a Growly Goober

It’s no secret. I melt like a chocolate bar in the glorious sun when I see a grey-faced dog. I met delightful Sammie when he was a blossoming boy and man, did he LOVE jumping on people. How could he not? Sammie was such a happy guy who had to share his excitement at the sight… View more

Dog as my Teacher

My heart hurts when I read about violence, natural disasters, and strife affecting too many people worldwide. I feel frivolous. I want to do more, give more, and be more to this world than what I’m doing now. I’m sad for so many people who abruptly and brutally lose their lives. And I’m sorry for… View more

Face of a Sensitive Soul

Oh, Sinna. We remember those icy blues and uncertainty the first time we met her. How patient her parents were while they were getting to know her and help her overcome her separation anxiety. Then, we remember how happy she was to see us when her family trusted us to work on her leash skills… View more

Face of a Gentle Giant

We met this 90-pound huggy hound back in 2011. Bo just loved everyone so much that he wanted to throw his entire body on every person he met. He has so much joy to share. Poor, tender Bo does not understand why people cross the street when they see him coming. He would not hurt… View more

Face of a Survivor

Meet Jax, a dog we have been honored to have known for years. We watched Jax romp and play without even glancing over his shoulder in puppy school every time his dad said his name and worked really hard to teach him NOT to scale trees after EVERY squirrel in the neighborhood. We taught him… View more

Face of Shattery Sweetness

Introducing the next puppy tale of “you can’t judge a book by its cover.” We were absolutely blessed to have the opportunity to work with this sweet, sensitive, non-stereotypical Labrador. And, every time we walked through the neighborhood with him, he drew a crowd. People literally looked like they were unconsciously being pulled to pet this… View more