Realizations

Last week I visited my home state of Maine and had the chance to see some family and friends.  Over lunch one friend asked me about Bady and Niles and how I am doing with my PTSD.  I shared with her some recent realizations of mine.  I’ve come to the ~ joyful ~ place of…

Santa Bady

Everyone here at The Bady Partnership had a wonderful Christmas. Bady even dressed up for the occasion. We hope you had a blessed day as well! Peace to you and yours!

Tuesday Training: Fall Fun

A couple of weeks ago my mother was visiting and she attended training club with us.  She took some photos as Bady and I did our thing.  It was fun to show off and, also, to have Mum meet my Schutzhund friends. This week our training director is in Germany and I had some car…

Random Musings: Yellow Dog Project

The Yellow Gog Project is a global movement to support dogs who need some space.  While every dog owner likes to think that their dogs is the best, friendliest, and most social dog in the world, there are some dogs who just need a little space.  This could be because the dog is in training…

Community Cares: Psychiatric Service Dog Study

In my previous post I mentioned participating in a Service Dog study with a University of Vermont graduate student.    The study is specifically focused on Psychiatric Service Dogs assisting people with mental health disorders.  It was a great privilege to lend my experience to this study.  Since being partnered with Bady my PTSD symptoms are…

Community Cares: Service Dog Laws

A few weeks ago I was interviewed by a University of Vermont graduate student for a research project on Psychiatric Service Dogs.  A friend alerted me to the study and I contacted the student.  When we met I expressed concern that she wouldn’t be able to use me for her study since Bady is not…

Tuesday Training: Puppy Love

Life with Bady and Niles is filled with great joy and fun!  Since my last post, Bady and Niles have bonded significantly.  It is so much fun to watch Bady play with abandon, rolling around on the floor with the puppy.  They both seem to derive so much satisfaction from each other.  They can’t wait…

Random Musings: My New Tattoo

I did it!  For my 38th birthday I got a tattoo.  This was not a spur-of-the-moment thing.  For years I toyed with the idea of getting a tattoo, but I knew it had to be something meaningful.  Several months ago I came up with the idea of having a paw print in honor of Bady. …

Tuesday Training: Mud Season is Back

It is spring, which also means it is mud season in Vermont.  We squished through the mud to training yesterday.  Parts of the field were completely under water.  Some sections were usable, but still pretty wet.  The humans commiserated about wet feet.  The dogs didn’t care.  (Luckily I was wearing my LL Bean boots, so…

A Piece of Our Story: Beautiful Day

Today is a beautiful day!  The sun reflecting off the snow covered mountains is breathtaking.  Spring in Vermont!  We are so lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the world.  There are two different routes I can take to work.  On one I get an amazing view of Vermont’s Green Mountains.  On the…

Great Video Descrition of Schutzhund / IPO

The Elegance of IPO If you have 6 minutes, please take the time to watch this video (linked above) describing the sport of Schutzhund / IPO.  This is the sport Bady and I practice.  The best info is toward the end of the video, so please watch it all the way through.  It is very…

Random Musing: Leaving Bady

This morning I am packing a bag to attend an overnight training event at our Conference Retreat Center in Andover, MA.  This is the second Response / Intervention Team training I have attended.  I blogged about the last one here. Although Bady provides me with an invaluable service, he is not a certified service dog. …