Much More than a “Pet”

I never used to care much for the word “pet,” at least not in its common definition as a noun for classifying animals. According to Merriam-Webster: pet noun \ˈpet\ 1 a: a pampered and usually spoiled child 1 b: a person who is treated with unusual kindness or consideration : darling 2: a domesticated animal kept…

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Always a “Good” Girl

Whenever I take a bath (which has been quite often lately), Puff invites herself in and curls up next to the tub in whatever pile of clothes or towels she finds on the floor. She loves to be near me when I’m at my calmest, and I usually welcome her company. But when I close my eyes…

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5 Things You Should Know About Dog Training

I always cringe when I hear clients say, “I read online that….” or “I saw on TV that….” or “the guy at the pet store told me….” when they first arrive at my dog training and behavior classes. A few of the misinformation gems I’ve heard over the years include: “You should just squirt your…

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Taking a Bite Out of Lyme

I used to believe that my healthy lifestyle and knowledge of so many alternative wellness principles made me immune to serious illness. Just five years ago, after I’d successfully taken such perfect control of my body, I was so confident that I’d never need medical insurance again that I fearlessly quit my full-time job in a…

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I Love You Right Now

Note:  This post contains affiliate links, meaning that I may receive a small commission if you decide to purchase the items linked to. It does not affect the price you pay.    I used to believe my quest was to find “happiness” before I realized there was no such destination. Happiness is not a far-off…

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My Word of the Year for 2015

Taking a couple of months off to tend to a task I’ve been neglecting has resulted in the development a year-long project I’m excited to have on my to-do list. While I attended each of my doctors’ appointments, followed through on my daily personal apothecary of prescribed remedies, managed to show up for a number of…

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A Little at a Time

Between my wavering energy levels and my preference to focus on things that bring me joy (like writing this blog), I’ve allowed a critical lag in my home upkeep efforts. The paradox is that as much as I don’t want to spend my precious time cleaning and organizing our living space, I can’t stand living in a messy environment.…

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Start With What You Know

Re-aligning oneself in an effort to heal can be an exciting but exhausting task. After several hours of intense brainstorming and to-do list drafting, I was eager to retreat to the solace of my bath tub. My head was spinning so quickly I didn’t even have to turn on the jets. The door creaked as Quincy squeezed through, taking his usual…

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A Happy Morning Routine

I’ve never been much of a morning person. As much as the idea of waking up early to meditate, exercise, and get an early start on the day appeals to me, I can never sustain the practice for more than a day or two at a time before I succumb to the inevitable temptation to hit…

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Out of the Lymelight

Those in my inner circle have been aware of the nature of my ailing since I first became aware of it a few months ago, but I’ve been intentionally vague with it here. The last thing I wanted was for anyone to pity me, and I was afraid that sharing this particular chapter would write it into to my…

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