Listen To Your Dog

The wind whipped up white caps in the marina. Masts etched the clouds as they swung back and forth. And the trawler was bucking like a bronco at his first rodeo. The pit mix on board looked distressed. But his people had not learned the first lesson of building trust–listen to your dog.

When You Need a Sign, It Will Appear. Just Not Before.

In my eighth year of blogging about Honey, I’m beginning to face her mortality. Unfortunately, it’s easy to live in the future instead of the present. I need to remember that the signs to help me navigate her life will appear when I need them. But not before.

Boat Life: It Ain’t All Margaritas And Sunsets

When people find we live on a sailboat, they often say something like “living the dream, eh?” But it ain’t all margaritas and sunsets. Just ask Honey.

Be Scared; Do It Anyway

Honey took one look at the ramp I had placed on the floor and walked around it. When I put yummy liver treats on the end, she decided she wasn’t that hungry after all. Honey felt scared of the ramp. But she learned to use it anyway.

Take Control to Feel Less Scared – Good for the Dog; Good for You

Does taking control of a situation make you feel less scared? I don’t know about scientists. But sailors know it’s true. And so do dog trainers. How Does a Dog Control a Kayak/h2> Honey enjoys kayaking. But when the motion of the boat startles Honey, she responds. She stands up. It happens when we face […]

Step Out of Your Comfort Zone – Good for the Dog; Good for You

I’m lucky. I enjoy my work and it pays me enough to support myself. I’ve been happily married to a loving (if exasperating) man for 24 years today. (Happy Anniversary, Sweetie!) I have a cute (but not terribly clean) house. My life is comfortable. I wonder what I would be like in a really stressful […]

The Puppiness Project – Everyone Gets Scared

Gretchen Rubin wrote in The Happiness Project about the year she spent “test-driving the wisdom of the ages, the current scientific studies, and the lessons from popular culture about how to be happy.” The Puppiness Project is my attempt to learn the same from Honey, my Golden Retriever, and Chérie, our visiting Foster Pup. When we brought Honey home, […]