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Tam Goes to Puppy School

The late Travvy got me into dog training: when he hit adolescence, I knew I needed help. This opened a whole new world for both of us and gradually turned us into a damn good team. What if we’d started … Continue reading

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Tam Lin Starts Socializing

Good dog trainers emphasize the importance of early socialization for young puppies, with a focus on the first three months (13 weeks). Travvy’s early socialization was mostly hit-or-miss, which most likely contributed to the, uh, challenges we had later with … Continue reading

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Tam Lin’s Journey Home

Back on May 4 I announced that I’d sent off my deposit for an Alaskan malamute puppy and concluded: “By the end of this month the pup will be in residence, and for sure you’ll be among the first to … Continue reading

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What Next?

Travvy’s death came sudden and unexpected. Yes, he was 11, but he was doing fine — until he wasn’t, and a day and a half later he was gone. I’d had it in my mind that since Rhodry, his predecessor, … Continue reading

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April License Plate Report

A pretty spectacular month! The April scorecard: D.C., West Virginia, Nevada, New Mexico, Minnesota, Hawaii, Mississippi, and Missouri. West Virginia, Hawaii, or Mississippi! Any one of the three would be cause for celebration, but all three in one month? I … Continue reading

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Ambushed

Most mornings Travvy and I head out in the general direction of Old County Road and the bike path beyond it. We have three basic routes, all circular and all taking about an hour’s brisk walk to complete. Sometimes, though, … Continue reading

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Beginner

Once upon a time I must have made New Year’s resolutions. Who hasn’t? I doubt I kept many of them. Who does? It’s a cliché how much exercise equipment winds up in the classifieds by the first of February. I did … Continue reading

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Live and Learn

Yesterday it snowed. Yesterday was a gray day. The snow was wet and there wasn’t much of it. This morning it sparkled. The snow was both pristine and easy to walk in. What’s not to like? Snow reveals the passage … Continue reading

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Reactivity

I can’t say that everything I know I’ve learned from my dog, but Travvy has taught me a lot, and not just about dogs. Travvy is reactive. I didn’t know what reactivity was before a dog trainer put a name … Continue reading

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Rally On!

Trav and I were offered a place to train and practice off-leash. It’s pretty convenient and very secure. We tried it out Friday and I think it’s going to be great. Thanks so much to our benefactors. We get by … Continue reading

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