Ten promises to your dog

I found these Ten Promises on the Salty Dog website and couldn’t resist sharing. Salty Dog Rescue is the group we adopted Gracie from one year ago. Here is the blogpost if you missed it: Made in Taiwan.

Note to those who have emailed me… Yes, I noticed that they are phrased as statements from the dog rather than as promises to the dog but that is how they have them on the website and I think they are all really good points so I didn’t want to change them, Enjoy!

Ten Promises To Your Dog

1. My life will last from ten to fifteen years. Any separation from you will be painful for me.
2. Give me time to understand what you want from me.
3. Place your trust in me…it’s crucial to my well-being.
4. Please remember: You have your friends, your work, your entertainment. I only have you.
5. Talk to me. Even if I don’t understand your words, I understand your voice.
6. Be aware that however you treat me I will never forget it.
7. Before you ever strike me please remember I have teeth that could hurt you but I do not bite you.
8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, please ask yourself if something might be bothering me.
9. Take care of me when I get old.
10. Go with me even on the most difficult journeys.
Everything is easier for me if you are there…remember that I love you.

And just because, here are some pix of our dogs, past and present…

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The continuing adventures of Camper Bob and Gracie Coleman

Because we have the good fortune to have a wonderful house sitter, we were able to take the dogs camping this weekend. We like Olympia Campground because it is wooded and close to where we keep Chinook, our boat. We don’t plan dog activities as such, they just lie around, chase pinecones, beg snacks, bark at stuff, really the same things they do at home but it is more fun because they are outside. I spend most of my time inside, this trip I’ve been working on my tattoo-story that I’ll have posted soon. I took a break this morning for some exercise, left Scott and the dogs at the campsite and drove to the state Capitol to walk the trail that circles Capitol Lake. It is partly paved, partially gravelled and busy without feeling crowded. However, it was crowded enough that the only blackberries that were ripe were too far away to reach. All the easy to reach vines were picked clean. I did see lots of tiny ducklings but I am bummed that they don’t show up in the photo, sorry about that. I made an extra loop downtown to lengthen the walk a bit  and then stopped at Taco Del Mar to bring home tasty vegan burritos for lunch, yum!

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Click here for the official page: Things to see on the Capitol Campus.

Click to see my route: Plus3network.com


Avoid wearing a white T-shirt in the rain…

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Yep, that is my coaching tip for the day. You can file it under, “advice I thought of after I had already gone too far to go back home.” I waited all morning for a pause in the rain and when that sun-break happened, I rushed out the door. Now go ahead and predict how long it lasted… three blocks! Read the rest of this entry »


I won, I won! Thank you Pluggz.

Pluggz sandals

I entered in a give-away on My Yoga Online  and won 2 pairs of Pluggz. The give-away consisted of a drawing from all who responded to this question on the MYO forum, the question was: How do you ground yourself?

I responded: I keep grounded by slowing down, focusing on one task at a time and reducing media inputs. And… my name was drawn! So now I get to try a really cool product that I never would have heard of otherwise. I was going to get 1 pair for Scott and 1 for me, but their men’s sizes stop at 12, so that means I get both. He doesn’t really wear flip-flops anyway so he wasn’t exactly heartbroken in case you were concerned. So far I like them, I’ll give a full review in a week or so.

Scott has our Chinook, the boat, not the dog, up at the Center for Wooden Boat’s weekend boat show. She looks great with all the other wooden boats and it is a fun crowd. There are some classic Lake Union Dreamboats. The weather has been great (fingers crossed) and the little kids are all attracted to our boat. If you are in Seattle make sure to stop by and see her. We’ll be there periodically and a friend will be showing her the rest of the time.

Chinook, A Devlin Design

Chinook dog


Dogs in Clothes?

I have always insisted that I would never dress one of my dogs in clothing. Now I did dress my schnauzer in baby clothes when I was very young and she never seemed to mind but to take a dog out in public like that just seemed wrong. Fast forward to Gracie.  Read the rest of this entry »


Made in Taiwan

Her name is Gracie Cupcake Duncan and she is a 6 month old Formosan Mountain Dog mix, from Salty Dog Rescue. She was flown here to Seattle, spayed and put into a foster home. We met her at an adoption event at Immortal Dog Pet Supply and Bakery.  Scott has advocated for a puppy for a long time and started sending me puppies from Petfinder a few weeks ago. Scott and Rob met a Taiwan dog and heard all about them at the cigar store in Vancouver and was very impressed with the “breed.” I had to admit he was right about the timing on a puppy, Rob is the perfect age to enjoy one so we took him to Immortal Dog to do research. Research only. Well, you can see from the pictures how that turned out. Her call name was Cake. Since we always change names when we take in a new beastie, we named her Grace, from the Latin gratia  meaning  “favor; blessing”. Read the rest of this entry »


Puyallup Fair

Remember the old slogan, “Do the Puyallup?” Well, Rob did the Puyallup this weekend. He did his bit to represent TDI, Therapy Dogs International, with his buddies Nala, a Havanese, and Rowdy, a giant teddy bear in a St. Bernard suit. Clover, a lovely Dalmation, joined us later for the next “shift.”  I played chauffer and Scott acted as his valet but this was his show and he did us all proud. He met more people than I could even keep count of and he actively engaged each kid who petted him with a sense of wonder while enduring the adults who heavy handedly patted him on the head. We didn’t get to go to PawsWalk because it was the same weekend but next year, I’d like to get a team together to walk PawsWalk under a TDI banner.

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