Communicating to a Butthead Adolescent Dog

This picture is of my two Livestock Guardian Dogs (LGDs). Moose is on the right and Yogi on the left. Moose is ten years old and Yogi just turned one. Moose trained Yogi the role of protecting my herd of alpacas (and they also include

English Language vs Emotional Language

Many conflicts arise due to misunderstandings or rather different perspective on what has been said. When someone tells me about an experience and they may say, it made me feel so anxious. I often automatically reply, "I so understand." But in truth, I may not

Knitting the Metaphor of Life

Owning alpacas means I have a lot of fiber (I have 23 alpacas!) to produce into something of use. I learned to knit as a kid. My mom was an avid knitter. But, I didn't really knit for about 30 years and decided to pick

Animals are the Best Medicine!

As summer winds down, I find myself with quite the mix of emotions. I am relieved yet sad to see this summer come to a close. I love fall and yet it also reminds me of how fast the year flew by. My animals