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Playing Tuba with My Dog and Other Stuff I Keep Meaning To Do

Hi! It’s been kind of quiet over here the past few weeks, huh?

I want to write, but I’ve been busy doing cool stuff: going to Austin, Texas and not so cool stuff: hanging out in airports for two days because a freak winter storm cancelled my connecting flight home and gross stuff: getting a cold.

I hate having my hermit-esque routine turned upside down, so it took me a while to get my act together. I’m back.


And now, here’s what I keep meaning to write about, in no particular order:


Fences: wood ones, metal ones, redundant ones, invisible ones, and ones with gates that fly open unexpectedly.

Leash Laws: enforcement, funding, and why there’s always a cop outside my house (hint: it has nothing to do with dogs).

Dog Nails: how much I hate to cut them, heaven-sent painkillers, and the trouble with posting photos of your dogs on the interwebz

Good Adoptions: stuff I learned from Birdie the Dog. About her adoption. Not about her new hobby: finding dead baby birds.

Relaxation Protocol: am I the only one that actually enjoys doing this? Judging by other blogs: yes, I am.


Plus much, much more!

I want to hang out with these two.

Also, I want to hang out with these two.


Now all I need to get this done is an extra day in my week and a butler to deal with the self-generating hair balls that take over my house every 36 hours. And one million dollars (just in case the Universe is taking requests today).

Stay tuned. I’m on this!


  1. I love this post! I’m having random kind of day and this fit in perfectly!

    March 29, 2013
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    March 29, 2013
  3. I look forward to the fences one! 2 weeks ago my fence gate sprang open of its own accord. Husband and I spent half an hour in the woods behind our house before our fear aggressive dog came back to us. I’ve had my gates tied shut since.

    March 29, 2013
    • Debi #

      I too often meditate on fences as I walk my dogs. Privacy fences just seem to make them crazy. And the electronic collar fence thing to me is just stupid. Of course, my Jacks would just go through them without a thought and it’s no protection for YOUR dog. And yes, my gates are chained and locked. Had a problem with a city worker once and now I’M considered dangerous, not the dogs. LOL!

      March 29, 2013
      • Personally I really like privacy fences. I find the dogs I walk are better passing dogs behind a privacy fence than any other. I hate e-fences! I hate seeing the poor dogs behind them, and I hate walking dogs past wondering if this will be the time they decide to pass the line and go after the dog I’m walking, or me. They don’t stop other animals from getting into your yard, and really don’t stop your dog from leaving. I know several dogs that figured out where the warning beep would go off, but they wouldn’t get shocked and would lay in that spot until the collar stopped beeping and then off the dog went on it’s merry way.

        March 29, 2013
      • Ellen #

        Some guy tried walking up my very dark driveway at one night. I was out walking my Cattle Dog.Of course my dog ran up to him snapping at his ankles. He proceeded to try to kick Speckles. Then I came unglued. Some guy, who has no buisness in my driveway after dark, tries to kick my dog!!!He didn’t know which way to run.

        March 29, 2013
  4. Kathleen Morris #

    Hi Kathy, Thanks for the call earlier this week and glad that all worked out well on your journey. BTW, I ate many a Digestive Biscuit while living in England! I am forwarding this email (not sure how I got on this listsome dog training website, i think) only because i wanted to share the great photo with you! Enjoy! Hope you have a wonderful w/e. I think rain is coming but we do need it and it is the warmer spring rain that is so nice. Lots of rainbows last week in our valley. This w/e I will be participating in a special Retreat from SMW in various ways, some skype. Quite lovely for me. Off to pay Finnen’s dog license fee for another year and our rent for another month, then for our walk and then an afternoon rest. Need to get flat more these days, esp after Thrusday’s Rally Class with Finnen! I hope all is well at your end and hope to chat next week. Take care and pats to all! Fondly, Kathleen and The Terriers

    March 29, 2013
    • Kathleen, this is such a nice comment, but I’m guessing it was meant as an email to Kathy and not for me? Although I did eat a ton of digestive biscuits when I lived in England! – Jessica

      March 29, 2013
  5. I like the way you think! And I so want to be invited to the tuba party.

    March 29, 2013
  6. Looking forward to the fence and leash law discussions!

    March 30, 2013
  7. handvolldackel #

    One of our dachshunds used to bring us dead mole babies as a hobby. He was so very proud of himself, bless him. We were … less enthusiastic. But we don’t want to talk about horrible hound hobbies 🙂
    I’m looking forward to the fence topic! (And, dear universe, just in case you’re taking orders today: Jessica would like a million dollars, I would like a million euros. Please?)

    April 1, 2013
  8. I liked doing the Relaxation Protocol too… although not as much as I liked training other things, so I quit doing it with my fearful mutt Pongu after two run-throughs, even though we could certainly have gotten some benefit from doing it a few more times in increasingly difficult environments. And I never did it with my not-so-fearful but lately kinda reactive mutt Crookytail at all, even though he would surely get some benefit from it too.

    There are just too many other things that are more fun to spend training time on, though. Rally moves! Freestyle moves! Competition obedience moves! The Cinco de Mayo margarita trick I thought up yesterday! …and on and on.

    I will get around to doing the Relaxation Protocol again someday. SOMEDAY.

    April 2, 2013
    • Everyone seems to find it really boring and would rather work on other fun stuff…I may be the one weirdo who would rather do RP than tricks or obedience ; )

      April 2, 2013
  9. I just recently found this blog and I absolutely love it…interesting information and so funny!
    Fences, gates and locks..Oh My! I think I drove my contractor crazy with my requirements for a new deck, gates, fences and dog play area. I have four terriers and required double gates on all the stairways off the deck with double locks on each and non standard spacing between the deck pickets to keep little bodies in and little heads safe! I had the fencing buried fairly deep (contractors sooo enjoyed digging through tree roots to bury) with bricks lining inside. Was all worth it though, my wicked tribe is safe and happy with plenty of run, jump and digging room 😉 Can’t wait to hear more of Birdie’s story!!!

    April 2, 2013
  10. Yay! Can not wait to read about ALL these topics. And maybe one about nose works class for reactive dogs…? 🙂

    April 8, 2013

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