Published June 26, 2011
I had a group of 13 dogs out for a stroll around Lake Harriet on Friday morning. A beautiful morning with lots of traffic on the paths. I get stopped regularly and people will ask questions or make comments but I had a more extended conversation with a very nice gentleman riding around the lake on his bike. Here is the youtube link.
Paul has a great website to teach american english to people around the world and he conducts occasional interviews with people that he meets in the community.
Published June 22, 2011
With the heat of a week ago, I stopped at a fountain in Beard’s Plaisance. It was hot – really hot and I had a group of dogs resting in the shade while I got them water. There is a fountain that sticks up out of the ground that is really little more that a fountain head on a pipe and it takes some time to fill the collapsable water bowl, especially when it is windy. The person responsible for Lake Harriet park maintenance was cleaning the shelter and saw my challenge. He suggested that I get a 4 way spigot key from the hardware store so I could get water from the more available spigots around the lake. Yesterday on my walk he stopped me and presented me with my very own water key. The kindness of strangers can be amazing!
Published April 26, 2011
It was the first day of warm weather with temps in the 60′s. The weather brought out crowds to the lake along with another sure sign of warm weather, the first turtle egg hatch. I found this little guy scurrying across the path toward lake harriet. This looks like a little painted turtle that is slightly larger than the quarter added for prospective. One of my old colleagues used to give out an award that he called “The Turtle” with the adage; people are like turtles, we only get ahead when we stick our necks out. Amen to that!
Today the forecast calls for rain and the potential for snow. Oh my this has been a challenging winter/spring!
Published April 23, 2011
Had a fun opportunity to meet Cesar at the International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP) conference in San Diego last week. While there is some controversy about some of his techniques, his presentation focused not on technique but leadership on the part of trainers, handlers and dog owners. He is an impressive entertainer and has done amazing work in changing expectations about dog (and owner) behavior.
Published April 15, 2010
Here is a link to a short documentary project for some students at the Minnesota College of Art and Design. It was really fun to work with them on this project. Here is the link.
Thanks to Suzy and the team for the great video. The music accompanying the piece is Miles Davis’s Squirrel. An appropriate selection!
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Published November 26, 2009
Here is a photo of the crew enjoying the pleasant fall weather after a long walk at Java Jacks. Don, a regular patron, supervises.
Published November 6, 2009
Here is a photo from yesterday with the morning group. We have waited for a beautiful fall day and this was it. Everyone enjoyed the mild temps and tasty sticks.
Published November 5, 2009
There was a great article in the New York Times last week that pondered dog intelligence (http://preview.tinyurl.com/yda9cep). The question that I walk away with after reading the article is what really is intelligence. Dogs perceive the world differently than we do so why is it incumbent on them to comply with our version of intelligence? As human beings we have as a gift animals that have existed with us synergistically and have developed an awesome range of skills as witnessed by the therapy dog in the article. One can refer to their skills however we might like but to dismiss their intelligence is to sell them short.
Stanley Coren, a researcher referenced in the piece, was a presenter at a training conference that I attended last year in Austin TX. He is a bit of an eccentric guy and great presenter. He has done intriguing research on dog communication and had really good materials.
I continue to stand in awe of the new things that we learn daily about our canine companions.
Published October 29, 2009
It was a rainy day out and about today. I have been traveling to North Dakota and returned to the rain that we left two days ago. It was nice to be out with the dogs again and we spotted this odd site at Lake Harriet. This is the fishing dock just west of the Bandshell. The eagle seemed soaked and hungry. There was a small pocket of 5-6 ducks tucked into the right side of the fishing dock. The eagle would jump up and fly over the group while they scattered then return to its perch. Amazing the things one sees in the middle of the city…