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A Day at the Park

The whole family got together for a fun outing at the park. Our goals were to see if Nova would do well in an outdoor environment (she did), see how Clara would do in an unfenced environment (pretty well), and have a fun photo shoot to learn some new techniques (accomplished). Since my parents were in town, my Dad was able to take some photos while I focused on working with the pups. I think this one is my favorite of the day.

Nova loves chasing her Dad!

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Puppies at a Party!

The other night we had a party to celebrate Hillary and her sister, Madeline’s, graduation and the puppies had a blast! Since a lot of the party was outdoors thanks to the great weather, they both got the chance to be off lead in the yard for an extended amount of time and did great.


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Meet Clara!

For those of you who don’t know, we occasionally foster dogs and although we’ve been really busy over the last few months, we finally finished cleaning up our construction zone and started fostering an adorable border collie mix we’ve named Clara.

Meet Clara!

She’s 8 years old, super sweet, and loves everybody she meets. Unlike our other foster dogs who had some serious issues to work with (although are now doing great with their furever families), Clara actually acts like a BC. She’s extremely toy motivated and is always up for a game of ball or tug, but is just as happy to cuddle with you and a good book.


Really, as long as she’s near her person, she’s happy. She hops in the car like a pro and while she reluctantly goes into her crate at night (something we’re working on), she doesn’t whine or complain. In fact, she almost never barks. We’re working on teaching her the basics and she’s starting to love training time. She’s picked up “sit” and is starting to learn “down” and hand-touches like the best of them.

Clara is learning patience and that sitting brings good things!

Clara will be your faithful companion and is willing to travel through space and time to stay with you.

For more information about Clara and how to adopt her or another border collie, you can look at the Great Lakes Border Collie Rescue adoption process.

Happy National Puppy Day!

Here’s a photo of Nova on the night that we got her. We hope you had a good time with your puppy today too.


Happy Birthday, Nova!


Wow, I can’t believe it’s been three years already! Happy birthday, Nova! We can’t wait for what 2015 will bring.

Happy New Year, 2015!

I hope everybody had a good 2014. Ours was filled with new adventures, projects, and of course, puppies. Here are the highlights from what we did this past year.


In January, we ran a beta of a dog training website, Clicker Tracker. I learned a lot and have started planning for the next big release. February was Nova’s 2nd birthday celebration and we started playing some easy agility after a much needed training break. Then in May, we began our big cabinet refacing project, which didn’t actually get finished until June! We also built a new media center and by the end of August, had an all new patio. We also brought in our first foster dog, Apollo, had an epic failure with flooring, and got some new windows. Nova continued to excel in her agility classes through the end of the year.

This year, we’ve already finished up insulating the attic and basement, began built-in bookshelves, scheduled an electrician, and began receiving all new appliances! 2014 may have been busy, but 2015 is shaping up to be just as productive.


Agility Class, Dec. 12, 2014

Sorry it’s been a while since we’ve posted. So here’s a video from Nova’s class last week. She’s been doing super in this class even the face of huge distractions like other dogs playing agility at the same time! I’m still working on my timing of course, but I think it’s getting better. More practice with collection jumps and approaching the tire from different angles will help.