Category Archives: self-development

It’s the Little Things

The hardest thing to do is to put your own ego aside and allow the magic of Amichien┬« Bonding to do its work. As humans we are so invested in making a visible difference in the behavior of our dogs, as when we give a ‘command’ and are able to watch the dog execute it. …

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Each Day Brings Something New

Tinker has now been with us almost five full days. Dogs typically learn where everything is in a new environment within two days. Since we have kept Tinker in a bathroom, this was accomplished quite quickly, and has served to help him to feel comfortable with his environment by not giving him a huge space …

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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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What Kind of Leader?

Leadership. What does this word bring to your mind; what picture materializes for you? What feelings do you get? Some will think of an individual who has had a positive impact on their lives and serves as an inspiration. Others will cringe, remembering interactions with someone who has abused a position of leadership. Do you …

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Demonstrations, Division, and Dogs

It’s been one wild ride of a week, mentally and emotionally. The events in the news just keep piling up, and it’s not pretty, folks. Racism isn’t flattering on anyone. And the very idea that in this day and age people are still needing to demonstrate to demand their basic civil rights is discouraging, to …

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Imagine…

Imagine you are taken away from your home, your familiar surroundings, those who you knew, and were dropped unceremoniously into an entirely new place. A place that was completely foreign to you; unfamiliar language, environment, sounds, smells, customs, food. You are homeless in this new world, alone and frightened because you don’t know how you …

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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 Reality Sets In

I just spoke with a potential adopter for Dexter. *sigh* I’m going to let that sink in for a bit… Not sure how I feel about it. I honestly don’t know how people foster on a regular basis. How do they let go? How do they trust? There it is…the real issue: trust.

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Dexter’s Rebound

The days after our basement flooding were ones of great concern to me regarding Dexter’s progress. I suppose I shouldn’t have been so worried, and should have had more faith in Dexter, and in Amichien Bonding. The next day, as I had written in my previous post, I tightened up on all four areas of …

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