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Tracking Jaguars With Rescue Dogs

I woke early, packed my bags and left the Airbnb in Ezcazú (a suburb of San Jose). I arrived bleary-eyed to a wagging lab and his handler, Stephanny. She warned me, “He jumps.” And jumped he did – Tigre left a few tiny bruises on my arms as he chomped on my wrists. He calmed down quickly, though, as we …

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Why My Dog is More Danger Running in Latin America Than I Am

I thought that taking my dog to Latin America would keep me safe while running. I actually spend my runs defending him. Let me describe to you today’s run, a fairly typical one in the last few months that we’ve driven from Mexico to Costa Rica. As Barley and I head out the door, a neighbor calls to us, “Don’t go …

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Playing Tug-o-War with a Log in the Smoke of the Stehekin

I tug, wrenching my butt up and bending my front paws. My teeth feel strong, biting into the flesh of this stick. My claws dig into the sand, and I wag my tail a bit. The stick doesn’t budge. It’s longer than I am, protruding from an underwater tree. I’ve been working at it for ages, up to my belly …

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How Antecedent Arrangement Keeps Me Productive (And Safe)

In dog training, we talk a lot about the concept of antecedent arrangement. Essentially, this concept builds off of the concept that we’re more likely to do things that are easy. If I want my dog to stop stealing food from the counters, I might start by clearing the counters of all the tasty food before I leave for work. …

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Things I Learned from Working in an Animal Shelter

Animal shelter work is not easy. As a member of the Denver Dumb Friends League behavior team, I spent my days dodging urine, blood, and teeth. My job is to use science-based behavior modification techniques to help traumatized shelter pets become safe companion animals. Rather, that’s what my job my job was. I’m leaving Denver Dumb Friends League in four …

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11 Best X Theme Websites of 2017

With about 1 billion different websites out there, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed when you’re trying to make a statement or pick a favorite layout. As a web designer, I spend hours flipping through sites for inspiration. I picked out 11 best X Theme Websites of 2017 so you can learn from the pros, even if you don’t hire me. …

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The Work-Life Balance Myth and the Joy of Obsession

I hate the work-life balance myth. It’s ruining the joy of obsession. It’s 6:53am on my “Sunday,” and I can’t stay in bed. Tomorrow starts my work week at the animal shelter. I work 10 hour days and rarely have time to work on my passion projects. I started rebuilding my website yesterday in preparation for seeking more freelance work, …