Banned Books Week and reading about dogs.

22-28 September is Banned Books Week! This is a week to celebrate our freedom to read whatever we want. There are a few books on the banned books lists through out the years that have dogs in them. The Call of the Wild By Jack London is #33 on the American Library Associations list of Banned and Challenged Classics. It was even one of those books famously burned by the…

If you haven’t yet, you should read this book!

In July 2011 I reviewed a book called Until Tuesday – A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him by Former Captain Luis Carlos Montalvan. It is one of the best books I have ever read about a wounded warrior and his service dog. What made it even more special to me was that I had gone to Winston Churchill High School with the author. I recently took the…

Veteran’s Day 2011

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918,WWI formally ended. In 1919 Armistice Day was proclaimed a National Holiday by then President Woodrow Wilson. In 1954, amended the act that formed Armistice day and replaced the word “Armistice” with “Veteran” Every year on 11 November we honor our United States Military and all those men, women and K9’s that served our country. “Generation after generation—from Bunker…

A Dog’s Purpose…a review

A Dog’s Purpose- A Novel For Humans by W. Bruce Cameron was given to me by a friend. I love to read and especially love books about dogs…is that a surprise. Books about dogs, books written from the dogs perspective, books that have a dog as a main character, they all are of interest to me and I enjoy seeing how other people draw their dog characters. Because every dog…

The passing of an artist

Sadly, yesterday a wonderful artist, craftsman and author took his own life. He’ll be met at the Rainbow Bridge by many dogs and cats that will thank him for his great works of art and his contribution to animals. This isn’t about the sadness of how he passed…just that we lost a wonderful artist. Chances are good you have seen some of Stephen Huneck’s work. Or maybe you have picked…

A good read!

Leinie and I recently returned from our trip to Wisconsin for E5 at That’s My Dog! Inc. Before E5 we had the opportunity to relax a bit at Buteo Bay with our friends at the Wisconsin Canine Coach. Buteo Bay is the perfect place to hang out by the lake and relax, me with a book and Leinie with a Jolly Ball! Dog books are a large part of the…

Out of the comfort zone

“I try to find ways to make them successful, by giving them reasonable challenges while stretching them a bit outside of their comfort zone, so they experience the results of their efforts. We should seek and create environments that breed success, but not too easy ones filled with false praise either. The point is legitimate praise for legitimate improvement. We should reaffirm the value of effort with honest, positive reinforcement.”…

A book to add to your library

Remember the idea of continuing education I mention often? Well, not only does Follow Me Dog Training LLc believe that continuing education comes in the form of workshops, seminars and conferences, it also comes from videos and books. I had an opportunity to read a book that was released this past summer. After hearing many people, including dog trainers and dog lovers, tell me how wonderful a book this was…