First off, some good news. Many more people from all over the world have joined us in the past few months, the traffic to The Other End of the Leash blog has increased rapidly in the past six months. (Hello Serbia, United Arab Republic, Boliva, Nepal…!) What a joy it is to have this international conversation with dog lovers from so many different perspectives. However, our increased traffic was causing some website problems; as a friend says, a “high quality problem” indeed. Along with fixing website glitches, we are taking this as an opportunity to renew and refresh, and so we have made some design changes to the blog.
When you go to the home page you will automatically be on the page of the most current blog post. Comments will be visible directly below, and previous posts are linked at the top of the page on the right hand side. It’s cleaner, easier to read and write comments, and should allow yet another substantial increase of visitors to join in without causing the website to lick its electronic paws.
Secondly, this seems like a good time to pass the microphone to you, and ask what you would like to discuss on this forum. I have a list of potential topics that I’m charged up about and look forward to writing up, but since we have so many who are new to the conversation, this is a great time to hear from you about what you’d like to discuss. The sky is the limit and I’m all ears… And if you recently joined us from Albania, the Palestinian Territories or Albania, (etc.) just jump in and say hi.
MEANWHILE, back on the farm. Cabin fever is raising its bland, soggy head. We missed the huge storm that much of the midwest got today, I’d say we only got 4- 5 inches out here. But, oh oh oh, I miss color! I miss green leaves and red flowers and bright yellow and black bees. Fresh snow is beautiful, and the woods here in winter can be a true delight, but for right now, I must confess, I’m more than ready for spring.
In a desperate attempt to surround myself with color, rather than the black, white and grey of the outdoors, I took a photo of my winter socks that I wear to bed every night. Besides being warm and cozy, the bright colors make me happy. Move over Lady Gaga.
Forgive me if I’ve shared too much.
This morning on the way to feed the sheep, Willie posed in front of the red barn with his blue plastic encircling his head. A great photo and lovely colors, but of course, I had no camera on me. Later this morning I tried tor recreate it… you all know how that went. I ended up laughing so hard I couldn’t keep the camera still, because either Willie wasn’t in front of the barn, or he dropped his frisbee and cocked his head, or he was facing away, etc. etc. Here’s a shot I did get, in which Willie enchanges his head for the frisbee itself.
Someone tell me that spring really will come again? Willie and I BOTH have cabin fever, we are both fighting boredom in the evenings. The silver lining is that we are making significant progress on his learning labels for two toy objects. I’m going super slowly, this is clearly difficult for him. The hardest part will probably be going from two toys to three, but that is far down the road. At least this week Willie got to work some of the flock at the University, when we did a sheep herding/predator-prey demonstration for my UW class. He was clearly a bit nervous.. he hasn’t worked all winter and the stock pavilion is small and enclosed, but he did just fine and seemed as happy as I’ve seen him when we got home. Spring will come, yes it will.