[VIDEO] Dog Training Mistakes, Mishaps and Failures

I like to think I do my best to show the good, bad and ugly of sharing life with dogs. Still, what ends up on the internet is inevitably more polished than real life. It’s easy to have the camera running when everything is going well, but when things go south I’m the one doing all the running. (And I for one am eternally grateful there is no footage of me trying to catch puppy Penny at the beach)

A full compilation of  all the mistakes I’ve made would last roughly the duration of my life, so today I thought I’d share a very small selection of mishaps I did happen to catch on video. Success looks good on camera, but I’ve found the best way to learn and grow is through failure. And boy have I done a lot of learning. Thankfully my dogs are patient – if opportunistic – teachers.

So next time you’re struggling with training your dog, I hope you’ll find encouragement in the fact that I have failed in ways more spectacular than you can imagine.


Remembering Ourselves Through Dogs


We forget almost everything. Life is singular and precious, but it is too expansive for our minds to hold in its entirety. We relinquish rote, routine and unremarkable memories willingly, hoping to save space for the occasions we cherish most. But the pernicious flaw of recollection is that we cannot always choose the moments we keep.

So if memories are an imperfect inheritance from ourselves, how can we invest our fortunes today so that despite what we lose, our minds and hearts may be richer tomorrow?
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[VIDEO] Rhodesian Ridgebacks vs Snow

The slow tilt towards spring has begun, but luckily Mother Nature delivered Zero and Lincoln’s first real snow storm before the weather turns. Both outside and inside, we made the most of it.

The Nature of My Dogs and The Nurture of My Child


I’ve always enjoyed the parable of “The Scorpion and the Frog.” The synopsis, from Wikipedia

A scorpion asks a frog to carry it across a river. The frog hesitates, afraid of being stung, but the scorpion argues that if it did so, they would both drown. Considering this, the frog agrees, but midway across the river the scorpion does indeed sting the frog, dooming them both. When the frog asks the scorpion why, the scorpion replies that it was in its nature to do so.

The short tale captures the essence of a timeless dilemma – is it possible to ever truly change one’s nature? And who is responsible for what comes of that nature? Do we blame the scorpion for being what it is, or do we blame the frog for believing the scorpion could be anything but?

I was a frog. I believed reason determined behavior. I thought nature could be tamed by circumstance. Then I got a puppy. Read more ›

When We Care For Our Dogs We Care For Ourselves


Just before we brought Lincoln home from the hospital I took Penny and Zero to the beach. The dogs soared joyfully over the fence and I jumped the rail in their wake. A familiar routine in an unfamiliar time.

For each of us, there is something restorative about crossing that boundary. We leave behind the things that leash us to the world and run unencumbered. It is meditation in motion. A calamitous communion of teeth and peace. A raucous, panting tranquility in which we inhale love and exhale everything else.
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[VIDEO] Sharing Never Tasted So Good

Lincoln may go down in the census as an only child, but he does have a couple four-legged siblings to help him learn the ropes!

Frequently Asked Questions about Rhodesian Ridgebacks

When researching Rhodesian Ridgebacks, people find helpful information from Wikipedia, the AKC and other reputable resources. After that, they tend to end up in an unsavory corner of the internet where a simple minded Chicago man pretends his Ridgebacks are dinosaurs and blogs about it.


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[VIDEO] 2017 – A Rhodesian Ridgeback Review

Looking towards the future, the destination is still as uncertain as ever. But if we judge a journey by those we meet along the way, then 2017 was a banner year as we added a couple new pups to the pack!

Thanks for coming along for the ride.

Your Favorite Couch


There is a surreal quality to the experience of opening your front door to discover your dog amidst a sea of stuffing. You stare in disbelief at the swatch of leather from your favorite couch hanging from his mouth.

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[VIDEO] Baby Proofing Our Dogs

Lincoln currently possesses the coordination of one of those inflatable wavy-tube guys you see at car dealerships.  In addition to baby-proofing the apartment from his flailings, I’m also spending a lot of time baby-proofing the pups as well. They are happily becoming the world’s biggest tattletails and being well rewarded for the effort!