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The Bone Yard

When I was a kid, I played in the dirt—a lot. Like many kids, I enjoyed drawing figures in the …

We Are Family

The modern family unit is complex and often includes members not connected by blood or marriage. Same-sex parents, grandparents raising …

Banana Shake

I should be working. But who can resist two dogs playing tug o’ war with a banana? Helen loves her …

Hearing Voices

Admit it. You talk to your dog. And he talks back. Harley and I have full conversations about important things …

The Red Leash

I like things that are worn, soft and comfortable. Of my sizable t-shirt collection, my favorites are those that have …

An Old Friend

Visiting a client for the first time often provides plenty of new experiences. But on rare occasions, those visits revive …

SPAM vs. The Foodie

I went to visit Gothic Eleanor of Aquitaine today. Ellie is an eight-year old English Mastiff with a significant underbite …

A Spin Around the Island

One of the great joys of my job is that I get to spend my days with a rotating cast …

Foxy!

I hate mornings. And, no, hate is not too strong a word. I fight the same battle every day. The …

One Week

Harley was grieving. Travis passed on Saturday morning and all weekend he seemed withdrawn. He was scheduled to visit the …

Out of the Ravine

During my therapy dog classes, I teach two concepts that can be difficult to balance: be a leader and trust …

Harley’s World

Harley led me out of a mental ravine today. My day was busy but unproductive. I was pensive, but off-kilter. …

A Hound Dog in the Flowerbed

It’s no secret that I have a special place in my heart for hound dogs. A few months ago, Wendy …

Remembering Travis 3 of 3: “How Will I Know When It’s Time?”

I work with a lot of senior dogs and it’s a question I’ve heard many times. And I always answer …

Remembering Travis 2 of 3: Harley Pulls Us Through

As Kathy mentioned in her guest post, Travis is struggling. And, quite frankly, so are we. We’re both very aware …

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Canine Mobility Books

The first two books in the Loyal Companion Guide series, Sit. Stand. GO! and Emotion to Motion help you recognize, record, and accommodate your dog’s mobility challenges, as well as understand the emotions behind the movement. Filled with photos and worksheets, these books are your guide to helping your dog lead the best life possible.