Category Archives: working dogs

A Book, A Resolution, and An Offer

One of my resolutions for 2014 was to make an effort on behalf of my first child, by which I mean my book Willing Dogs & Reluctant Masters: On Friendship and Dogs. A year later, I’m determined to follow through … Continue reading

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The Physical Method of Awakening Compassion (Inuring Ourselves to Violence, Ctd.)

Marlantes’ heart-rending description of maddened elephants screaming after being bombed dramatically presses the question: how can we overcome the inurement to violence that prevents us from feeling compassion? As he puts it, “most of us have already been raised with … Continue reading

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Sacrificing the Body to the Ego (Inuring Ourselves to Violence, Ctd.)

It’s common to imagine that when we celebrate or party—indulge in too much food and drink, lose sleep, etc.—we’re enslaving our nobler spirits to our base bodily desires. But the opposite is often the case, as the crucible of war … Continue reading

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The Deeds of Great Athletes

I don’t know exactly what’s going through his mind, but whatever it may be, it’s clearly not an obstacle to performing under pressure!  And, just as the friend who sent me the link pointed out, it’s obvious he’s loving every … Continue reading

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The National Sheepdog Finals, Part IV.

In my final post about my trip to the National Sheepdog Finals, I promised to say something about the sheep. (Here are links to earlier posts, parts III, II, I.) Before actually watching the trials, it hadn’t occurred to me … Continue reading

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Visit to the National Sheepdog Finals, Part III

Here are links to the earlier posts in this series, parts II, I. Like many sports, sheepdog trialing is rooted in native instincts and practices. The domestic dog Canis familiaris has been cooperating with human beings for at least 10,000 years. Given … Continue reading

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Visit to the National Sheepdog Finals in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Part I.

This video has some good footage of dogs working sheep. On Thursday my wife and I visited the National Sheepdog Finals, being held on a ranch in the astonishing Klamath Basin, outside the town of Merrill, near Oregon’s border with … Continue reading

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