Wrangler standing in front of pink flowers

The Bonding of Wrangler and Lincoln

It’s no secret that my dogs Wrangler (7 years old) and Lincoln (3 years old) can be at odds from time to time.  Wrangler is the leader of the pack and he takes his job very seriously. He was well groomed by my dog Cooper before he passed away. Cooper used to rule with an iron fist and he certainly put Wrangler through his paces. One time, Coop really lit into Wrang and I couldn’t understand initially why he did it. I was just about to condemn Coop for being too rough when he sent me a message that Wrangler needed to shape up and get more serious if he was going to lead the pack. Wrangler was too young and immature for the position in his opinion, and he was running out of time to make sure he could do the job. Cooper was very old and was close to the end of his life.

selfie of Deborah and her goat Maverick

Hearing vs. Listening: A Lesson from Maverick

As an animal communication practitioner, I can sometimes get a little too close to my own animals and not always take the time to hear what they are really trying to tell me.  I have two goats (Maverick and Wyatt) that I adopted as babies that I fed bottles to for several months.  They started out young and cute and innocent and, in a short period of time, grew into boisterous teenagers.  For those of you that do not have experience with goats, teenage goats (approx. 12-24 months old) are very much like chimpanzees.  They are fast and strong, and still pretty immature mentally.  They can leap 4 feet high from a stand still and will eat pretty much anything that comes into their path.  They are pretty funny to watch and experience at times, but they can get into a bunch of trouble in an instant.