The ‘Trace’ of My Heart: Part V

Well, it is surgery day. A lot has happened and that’s why I’m late getting to this. This has been one of the shittiest days to say the least! I don’t think I’ve cried and laughed altogether in one day as much as today. Long story short, I took Trace in to the surgeon and…

The ‘Trace’ of My Heart: Part IV

I’m feeling a little bit of ‘pep’ today and I can tell because Trace is reflecting it. Its a strange feeling. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still worried, but with a pinch of confidence. I don’t know if you can appreciate this but it almost feels, to a certain extent, like I’ve grieved a loss…

The ‘Trace’ of My Heart: Part III

…continuing… If there’s one thing dogs do well, it is bringing humans together, giving us a pathway to come together in harmony.  Sure, they are indeed sentient beings,  and we also derive a symbolic relationship with them. They resemble something to us. They bring out what is kept inside. I was gone yesterday at a…

The ‘Trace’ of My Heart: Part II

Picking up from yesterday’s post… When it comes to questioning the life expectancy of your dog, a number of thoughts run through your head: -Should I be this worried over an animal? -If my wife or child had a tumor, surely I would feel even more devastated than I do now, right? -I don’t know…

The ‘Trace’ of My Heart: Part I

In an attempt to process my thoughts and feelings, while holding back the tears every so often, I begin a series of posts on a heartbreaking experience not even words can describe. Maybe in some regard this will ease the worry and pain along the way. As many of you know, one of our canine…

Always Have A Teacher

I write this post in support of Kevin Behan’s August 2014 Train-the-Trainer program and I hope it motivates you to contact him to sign up. Let me tell you a story. I began the practice of aikido in 2006 and it took me until this past September to finally reach shodan (black belt) – compared to…

Canine Aikido? Taking the Leap…

After much anticipation within myself, I am now ready to document the journey I am taking where my martial arts study parallels and interweaves with my dog training. As many of you know, I am a practitioner of aikido, a Japanese martial art that utilizes blending movement between uke (‘oo-kay‘, attacker) and nage (‘nah-geh‘, person applying technique). Aiki is…

The Hunt Starts in the Gut

I was sitting out back a few days ago and was taking a picture of Bella. Suddenly, a squirrel caught her sights, tight-roping along the powerline. Luckily I caught it on camera. Nothing amazing happened, I just think it’s cool to see the prey-predator dynamic occur in nature, let alone your back yard! The big “no-no” for…