Category Archives: Mid-Life

Happiness is…

…coming home after running errands to find Tinker’s toys scattered on the floor, rather than tucked into his crate where he normally keeps them. To know he is feeling safe enough to play fills my heart with joy!

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Unwrapping a gift

Tinker’s progress has slowed a bit, which is predictable. Often when Amichien Bonding is begun nice, steady progress is made and then things can seem to either slow, stop or even appear to go backward in the dog’s behavior. This is part of the learning process and when AB is kept tight and consistent it …

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Aaaannd There It Is

I have been waiting to see how many of his old behaviors Tinker would pull out and use. I had written before about his penchant for bringing his feces into his bed, as well as placing them about his previous home, especially when the wife, with whom he really had quite an attachment, would just …

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Courage

Tinker, our new family member, and I have been engaged in a very intense conversation. I say “conversation”, because Amichien™ Bonding is about learning to communicate in a dog’s own language, Canine. Eye contact and body language is the language of the dog, and more information is gained by monitoring pulse rates, sweat glands, hormones; …

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Mother’s Day

Another Mother’s Day. As of October, it will be thirteen years since my own mother’s passing. Although that seems a long time when seeing it written, in a heartfelt sense, it’s a short time ago that she left. Not a day goes by that I don’t think of her and miss her. Mother’s Day has …

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Overcoming

Yesterday I spoke to an audience of 34 people. They had come to learn how to think like a dog, through learning Jan Fennell’s Amichien® Bonding method. I have read that the fear of public speaking is the number one fear most people have, above death. I used to agree with that. Being a shy …

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Dexter’s New Adventure

Two weeks ago Dexter and I drove three and a half hours to meet his potential adopter. Dexter is such a good little traveler. He shook a bit in the beginning, then settled in quietly for the trip. He didn’t sleep the entire time, which was surprising, given his normal routine is to sleep all …

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And Back We Go!

Progress is never a straight line, especially when dealing with living, conscious beings. Given that Dexter has been with us for a relatively short time, it was inevitable that a situation should arise that would send him backwards. This past weekend served to do just that. We’ve had a hellish winter, one of the worst …

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A Turning Point for Dexter

Dexter has been with us for a little over five weeks now. The going has been tough in the extreme at times, but Dexter’s personality, intelligence and sweetness has mitigated much of the impact having him here has had on me. I must be truthful and say that his incessant barking has worn me down …

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Days Passing…

Dexter and I have a nice relationship, and he has come such a long way in his behavior and nervousness. Because of the signals I’ve been consistently giving him, and the leash work I’ve done with him, more and more he’s looking to me for clues as to what his next move should be. That …

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