Jessie’s Dorsal Laminectomy–Part Five: Researching Physical Therapy
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An upcoming field of animal welfare work is the area of physical therapy. Years ago my Australian Shepherd, Miles, had a back surgery which was similar to my current dog … Read More

Jessie’s Dorsal Laminectomy–Part Four: Preparing for Surgery
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Preparation for Jessie’s surgery was an interesting experience. I surveyed my home, yard, on-hand equipment, and cleared my personal and work commitments as much as possible to devote myself to … Read More

Jessie’s Dorsal Laminectomy–Part Three: The MRI
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  Dr. Curtis Probst of Parker Animal Emergency & Specialty Center, our veterinarian neurologist, examined Jessie in early December, 2016. He took my boy into another room to give him … Read More

Jessie’s Dorsal Laminectomy Part Two–Ramp Training
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By autumn of 2016 Jessie my Lab mix dog, was unable to jump into the back seat of my Subaru Outback. We had abandoned his jumping into the cargo area … Read More

Jessie’s Dorsal Laminectomy–Part One: Our History Together
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  Jessie, my former foster Lab mix, began showing signs of lower back pain the summer of 2016. His tail carriage was lower than his usual gleeful high waves. I … Read More

Colorado Independent Publishers EVVY Awards Cite Beyond Flight or Fight a Winner!
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My book, Beyond Flight or Fight: A Compassionate Guide for Working with Fearful Dogs won FIRST PLACE in the “How To” category in the international CIPA EVVY Awards of 2016! We … Read More

Snake Proofing Your Dog
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I pulled into the prairie training field and drove around people and dogs. Some were sitting under shade trees, some dogs were playing in kiddy swimming pools or being hosed … Read More

Adoption Counseling: How to Make or Break a Family
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“Hello, I adopted a puppy mill rescue dog five weeks ago and cannot get a leash on her. She is ruining my apartment because I can’t get her outside. Can … Read More

Choosing a Dog
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Time to Find a Friend? When the time comes to bring a companion dog into your heart and life, the question may be: Where do I start? How can I … Read More

The Good Years
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There comes a time–a short window of years–in the time of pet companionship where you can relax and enjoy your friend to the fullest. I’m describing the middle years, wherein … Read More

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