Category Archives: Dog Musings

Strength and Flexibility Therapy for an Agility Dog

In the last 9 months or so, we've seen a couple things in Clover's body that we wanted to address right away. We're doing physical therapy or canine rehabilitation (under the direction of our rehab…

Where We Are Now in Raising and Training the Puppy-Girls

Everything is a bit of a blur when you're raising two puppies at the same time, especially two border collie puppies who are just 13 months apart. In the ideal world, I would have had…

Happy Gotcha Day to the Best Puppy on the Planet, Clover Lee Hawn

Sunday, September 13, we'll celebrate the first anniversary of Clover's adoption from Blue Ridge Border Collie Rescue. It took fate and many major feats to get her from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia to…

Guest Post: Why I Approved 1 Border Collie’s Adoption to 1 Particular Family

Sunday, October 20, 2013, marks the 9th anniversary of Lilly's adoption. Here is that story through the eyes of the adoption counselor who gave us the green light. On a sunny October day in 2004,…

Conversations of the Heart

Nearly 2 months into this adverse vaccine reaction with Lilly, I'm still a wreck. At least once a day, Lilly and I have a conversation -- brain to brain, heart to heart -- that goes…

Recovery from Meningoencephalomyelitis – Finally Some Good News

As of 12:30 pm or so mountain time, Saturday, February 4, 2012, Lilly had been seizure free since around 4:30 pm Friday (2/3). I'm happy to report a few other pieces of good news ...…

Lilly Update from Friday, Feb 3, 2012

A massive snowstorm kept us pinned on the mountain Friday. We had about 20 inches of snow when we awoke, and the local weather folks are saying we might get another 20 inches of snow…

Newsworthy: Good Dog by Steve Dale

Longtime syndicated columnist and dog writer Steve Dale recently published a new eBook through Tribune Media Services -- Good Dog. Since I don't have a Kindle, I've not had the chance to read it. However,…

Anxious Dog Update

I could use some help establishing expectations about Lilly's ongoing struggle with anxiety. Living with a fearful dog can be a day-to-day, minute-by-minute thing, and I'm used to that. However, I'm trying to get a…