Out of the Backyard

[I wanted to take a week before I reflected on Cynosports. Because I felt that I needed to take the time to separate myself– to think. When I was on a layover in Cincinnati on the way home last Monday I wrote. Handwritten in my journal messily scrawled, hurried in my attempt to capture what… read more


Noble Souls

Over the last couple years I’ve become a mantra hoarder. A quote hoarder. I seek them out, I save them, I print them out, I repeat them, I make them up, I write them over and over again. Sometimes they don’t mean much, other than a way to focus myself on the present moment– agility,… read more

Herding Dogs Prove Their Skills at AKC Herding Tests and Trials in Nebraska

Dry cornstalks rustling in the wind provided a perfect background sound for the Great Plains Bearded Collie Club of Omaha’s all-breed herding tests and trials held Friday–Sunday, October 9, 10, and 11. Ann Witte’s Gaelyn Glen Farm in Springfield, Nebraska, has been host to AKC herding trials for many years as she steered and showcased… read more


I was reminded yesterday by a good friend of something I said almost a year ago. About dreams that push you to you to do what you never thought possible before. It was a nice reminder from her– a timely one, as they most often seem to be. Dreams should push you to your limits,… read more


Dog Events Across the U.S. This Labor Day Weekend

Looking for something fun to do this Labor Day weekend? Consider heading out to see beautiful and talented dogs of all kinds at a dog show, agility or obedience trial, herdingtest, lure coursing trial, earthdog test, or other canine event in your area. Below are just a few of the many AKC dog events happening… read more

Good Enough isn’t Good Enough

Sometimes I want to pick everything up and move across the country. Sometimes I want to drive to each corner, see everything with new eyes, listen to music, read books, hike– agility included, maybe, take photos, sit, think, breathe. Sometimes I want to chop all my hair off, and get bangs (thankfully I haven’t indulged… read more


If at First Ya Don’t Succeed…

Keep on suckin’ ‘til ya do suck seed! NYUK NYUK NYUK. When my brother and I were young, we were glued to the television every Saturday morning (assuming I didn’t have a horse show). Our very most favorite TV shows to watch were old episodes of The Three Stooges. We liked the “REAL” Three Stooges. We only… read more

Say No/ Say Yes

Saying no to people is one of the hardest things for me to do. This is actually hard for me to even write out: it’s impossible to make everyone happy. It’s hard because part of my brain is screaming, “YES IT IS! YOU MUST TRY HARDER!” even as I type. I find myself over-committing constantly. I… read more

What Will Be

I think it would be almost impossible to put everything I’m feeling into words. As it usually is, agility has the impressive power to bring the highest highs on the same day it delivers the lows. Except, I guess I never really felt that low this time around. Saturday was, without a doubt, my favorite… read more


Sno-King Agility Club Has "Best Day Ever"

When the Sno-King Agility Club was planning its semi-annual agility trial (it took place May 1–3, 2015, in Auburn, Washington), they wanted to come up with a theme befitting the club’s 20th anniversary. The theme of the weekend was BDE. As in, the Best. Dog. Ever. With the Best. Dog. Ever. Sally Hildt and her Shetland… read more

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