There is a Day

There was a day when I realized that I needed to focus more on Niles if I truly wanted him to be my Service Dog.  Maybe it was the day that Bady had trouble jumping into the SUV and he had to sit on the floor in the front passenger seat to get home.  Maybe…

Back ~ Again

Those of you who have kept ‘following’ me even though nothing has been forthcoming, thank you!  While I had good intentions over the summer, I was not able to keep up with posting or, even, my research and writing.  My Renewal Leave last summer was a gift for so many reasons.  I was able to…

Partners in Peace

It’s been a while since I posted any pictures of my handsome German Shepherd boys, Bady and Niles. Here are two recent pictures of my partners in peace. As you can see, Niles is all grown up. He’s bigger than his big brother, but Bady can still keep up with him. Yesterday was an important…

A Piece of my Story: Presence

Yesterday’s post was meaningful to me because it was a description of an experience of being present. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder robs you of the present moment because you are constantly living in the past or planning for the future. In the moment described in yesterday’s post I was simply and fully in the present, observing…

When Peace Like a River

One of my favorite “old-timey” hymns is Horatio Spafford’s “It is Well with My Soul.” When peace like a river, attendeth my way, When sorrows like sea billows roll; Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to know, It is well, it is well, with my soul. I grew up singing this hymn in church…

For Peace

So, where has 2014 gone?  I’m not quite sure!  One moment it was January and now it is June.  I guess the months have been taken up with the usual busyness of life ~ work, family, pets, laundry.  In March I was asked to be co-chair of the Vermont Domestic Violence Council.  My first meeting…

Belated Happy 2014!

The new year is off to a slow start for us.  January brought bitter cold to northern New England.  There have been several days when the temperature didn’t get above zero.  After a brief warm up, we are back in the negative and single digits.   January also brought a slight flu early in the month…

Random Musing: Survivor

In her “Healing Thought” for today Michele Rosenthal of Heal My PTSD writes: “‘Taking back the power trauma steals from you begins with taking back your power to name yourself – not as a survivor but as something else.‘ Oh, yes! It’s time to change your label. If you couldn’t use the term ‘survivor’ to…

A Piece of Our Story: Engagement

The great thing about dogs is that they live in the moment.  They don’t spend time dwelling on the past or worrying about the future.  They engage in the here and now.  Niles has been a great example of this for me.  In his puppy way he simply follows his impulses.  One moment he could…

Random Musings: Birthdays

Two of my favorite guys had birthdays last week.  Niles turned 8 months.  Gary turned 45.  To celebrate Gary’s birthday we had dinner with friends and then went out to a show of the Upright Citizens Brigade.  The UCB show started at 9:30pm at the FynnSpace in Burlington.  Those of you who know me well…

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…

A Piece of My Story: Migraines

I can’t recall if I’ve previously shared here about my migraines.  Either way, migraines are very much on my mind right now (no pun intended), so I feel moved to share what has been going on with me and my migraines.  In some ways I don’t want to give them the consideration of a blog…