Healing Rescue Dogs Transitions Into A Dance on the Autism Spectrum

Healing Rescue Dogs and the autism spectrum: just how did two seemingly different topics come together on a blog that started out as a way for me to share stories about the dogs that changed my life? Clearly, there's a transition taking place. If I can make that transition work here, on Healing Rescue Dogs, remains to be seen. I'll always be able to connect the dogs to my life and, if you've been following along, to my son's life. But the story that's been pushing itself ahead of the dog … [Read more...]

Clicker Training And Aspergers Dance Awkwardly Together

Happy Dog Tails

Learning to clicker train my son's new dog opened the door into what he goes through every day because he has Asperger's Syndrome Disorder.  The newer part of the shelter is two-stories high with offices upstairs and a football size first floor dedicated to training classes, all of which are listed on the animal shelter's web site. We are registered for "Basic Manners," which meets every Tuesday night at 7PM for six weeks. That first night, per instructions, we leave Gracie at home, arrive … [Read more...]

“You just don’t have time for this dog…”

Happy Dog Tails

You said you did but now you know that you just don't have time for this dog. That cute 8 week old yellow lab puppy is now two years old, overly friendly with people, plays well other dogs and craves exercise. You've just accepted a teaching job on the other side of the city and your wife, who also works fulltime, is seven months pregnant. You know what's coming: with both you and your wife already stretched thin, once the baby's born, there will be even less time for this … [Read more...]

Hinckley Reservoir Inspires Adirondack Lake Dogs Essay in Love Always Wags Its Tail

"Hinckley Reservoir on a sunny August day"

Hinckley Reservoir was my summer inspiration for a series of blog posts I wrote about the lake dogs which morphed into "Adirondack Lake Dogs," one of the essays in my book, Love Always Wags Its Tail. This August would have marked our 11th year at Hinckley.  Sadly, it's not to be. The family that owns the cottage we always rented for the first week in August decided to rent it out for a full year rather than relying on one and two week rentals during the summer season. Can't say I blame them.  … [Read more...]

I Bit My Son And 19 Years Later, Here’s What I Know About Dog Bites

"graphic pix of great dane in play bow"

Part One in a three part series about what happens when dogs bite because humans make stupid mistakes.  I wrote myself into a corner with this first post and finally decided that the only way to get out of it would be to turn it into a series of three blog posts. Start here and come back soon for Part Two.   Nineteen years ago, I bit my son. I only bit him that one time. It was a deliberate bite on his forearm. As I remember, I broke the skin, leaving a visible tooth mark in his … [Read more...]