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Secure

Secure

I’d planned to write this week about dogs’ gifts to us: their boundless love and unwavering loyalty, the comfort and companionship they give without asking for anything in return, the immeasurable joy they bring, and the lessons we learn by sharing our lives with them. However, Mabel and I just got home from a walk… View more

Connection

Connection

Years ago, my first soulmate dog, Finn, and I took a hiking trip to Asheville, NC. Finn loved walks and exploring and was far enough out of a second ACL surgery that his veterinarian had no concerns about our rambling through the Blue Ridge Parkway.  My spunky boy wasn’t great at self-regulation, so I searched for… View more

Smudges

Smudges

One of Mabel’s favorite activities is sitting at my kitchen door, nose smashed against the glass, and lazily watching people walk by. I love that she’s derpy and unphased, even if she sees a dog. And you can bet that I reward my sweet girl for every calm “look” while I do dishes, fill her… View more

Gotcha, Dirtball

Gotcha, Dirtball

It’s fitting that Mabel started her trial week with me on Earth Day. My sweet girl loves all things natural, eating poop, rolling in vomit, eating bees (thankfully, she’s not allergic), belly-flopping in mud puddles, laying in the dirt, zooming on ice, and squirming in freshly cut grass. I can’t believe it’s been almost a… View more

Fritter Away

Fritter Away

When we finally sit down at night, leaving a list of to-dos untouched because we’re just too exhausted, how often do we pick up our phones? Or think about cleaning one more crevice? Or, get up to make tomorrow morning easier by prepping a meal? Why don’t we make our precious, few down moments precisely that?… View more

Lotus

Lotus

“Just like the lotus, we too can rise from the mud, bloom out of the darkness, and radiate into the world.” –Unknown Mabel and I left the car at our favorite park for our Wednesday morning walk. I’d read about flooding and seen photos of the aftermath of Columbus’ heavy rain. I was even in the… View more

So Far

So Far

Mabel and I started a Rally Class a few weeks ago, not to compete. I’m dreadfully disgraceful with precision work. However, Mabel thrived in manners class, so I wanted to continue building her confidence and practice being calm around other dogs in a controlled setting.   Before class started, Mary Kate (the instructor) emailed us asking what… View more

Choose Love

Choose Love

Mabel was stretched out beside me, snoring, while I slowly stroked her side and enjoyed my coffee. I was feeling overwhelmingly grateful for Mabel’s morning sleepiness. I can knock out at least a couple hours of work before my funny, frisky girl is ready to romp, race, and roll through the day. Then, I felt the lump…. View more

A Lot

A Lot

Mabel’s a lot of dog with a lot of energy. But I’m a lot, too, and can quickly fill a room or take over a conversation if I’m not practicing self-awareness. So, even though Mabel sounds like a herd of buffalo when she runs, my sweet girl also has a sensitive side. As I suspected,… View more

Five-Letter Words

Five-Letter Words

I started Mabel’s home-alone training again a few weeks ago. I felt she was ready. We spent December making her room at home special while also allowing my sweet dog to adjust to Sasha’s lovely home for daycare instead of the large, rough, and rowdy play-all-day facility and keeping up with life in a busy… View more

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