Diabetic-alert dog barred from classroom

Last week, we posted about the amazing positive effects that diabetic-alert dogs can have on their owners’ quality of life. Today’s Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, Mississippi) features a story about a local teacher whose request to keep her alert dog in the classroom with her has been denied by the local school board. Even worse, the board will not tell her why her request has been denied.

For more information on diabetic-alert dogs, visit Dogs4Diabetics.

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To train your hunting dog, you must be a leader

Murph looking for leadership

Your hunting dog already knows what to do in the field, but he or she looks to you for leadership.

photo by Paul Fersen

Some of the most interesting things about working with Mike Stewart of Wildrose Kennels—I was taking a dog-training course and writing a book with him at the same time—are the subtleties that are far beyond the actual mechanics of running drills. Perhaps the most important premise (and the thing that most people simple don’t get) is that dog training is more about training yourself how to train the dog.

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Fall in Montana: Saving the Best for Last

Fall Brown Trout 1

After a strange season characterized by high water and late hatches, October looks like a great time to be on the
rivers of southwestern, Montana.

photo by Toby Swank

We’ve been stuck in a lingering Indian summer here in southwestern Montana, which has just added to the irregularity of the 2011 season. Things started off later than usual, thanks to heavy snow last winter, only to be followed by one the wettest springs on record. Anglers and guides across the region were scrambling around parts unknown in search of fishable water throughout most of June and July, only to be treated with some of the best late-season water conditions we’ve ever seen. The season is starting to wind down, and it looks like we will finish up the year on more. . .

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