What’s Not to Love about the Love of a Dog!

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Yep, we have a trail dog. Stanzi is getting good at trail behavior. And as soon as we are sure she will come when called, regardless of distractions, we will feel completely comfortable with her on our hikes. She’s not … Read More

Amazing dogs you meet on the Trail! And their owners more amazing!

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This one for instance! Hiking with nine dogs!!? My hiking buddy, Brandon, and I came across this motley group on our way out of the Williams Lake Trail on June 30. Fascinating folks.  They said they were not old friends, … Read More

Poodles on a Get-Acquainted Hike

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Our Poodles Meet, Greet and Romp.   Saturday John and Gwen, Joy and me took our pups on the Santa Barbara Trail. They loved it. On a warm spring day like this what’s not to love? Water high in the … Read More

Stanzi, the Hiker-Dog, Meets Big Horn Sheep!

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Yes, on her first hike in the wilderness of the Rio Grande Gorge Stanzi met 7 big horned sheep!   Hard to say who was more surprised!  Stanzi or us! She was doing so great on the trail we dropped … Read More

Our Pup, Stanzi, Goes On Her First Hike

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We took our dog, Stanzi, on her first hike. She’s my wife Joy’s four-and-a-half month old pup. I’m Stanzi’s trail guide. And what a great time this guide has with his client! We held back taking her hiking until she had her … Read More

It was a year of loss! — Our Dog Tessa. And gain! — Our Dog, Stanzi

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We lost our dear, Tessa, February 29th. Her grave memorial is covered with a hundred rocks, each from a trail she loved. We miss her terribly.   We got Stanzi on November 6 from her mom, Sunday, in Minnesota.   … Read More

Stanzi Has Arrived and We Rejoice!

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Joy picked up Stanzi at Spirit Poodles in Minnesota on her way back from her yearly get-together with her college room-mate, Lynn Kernoble.   The girls partied while I took care of the homestead. Well, not entirely unpleasant, since nephew Kenn … Read More

Stanzi is Now Twelve-Weeks Old

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Joy is a patient, loving, persistent trainer. Already she has Stanzi house-broken, answers to her name, comes when called, stays when commanded, fetches, but is still a chewy and we know we’ll lose shoes, slippers, or anything else tempting to a … Read More

Our New Puppy Is Waiting for Joy to Pick Her Up!

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Her name is Stanzi, short for Constanze. Stanzi is is just seven weeks old. Joy picks her up on November 5th, when she turns nine weeks. She is from a litter of standard poodles at Spirit Standard Poodles in Northfield, … Read More

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