First new training of 2017

Zoo, a Goldendoodle puppy does a lovely relaxed down during our training session.
Zoo, a Goldendoodle puppy does a lovely relaxed down during our training session.

Dearest beautiful sister,

Hi! Wearing my Celtic Cur training hat today. Just met with a new client, Katie and her 10 week old goldendoodle, Zoo (short for Missoula!).

Isn’t Zoo adorable? But, he has a couple problems:

He fights going into his crate and his poor people, who have 3 children at 6 years or younger(!) are to say the least BUSY! A consequence of their busy life has in the past has had them forcing him into the crate. So I showed Katie how to click and treat Zoo for any small piece of the behavior (including him just looking in the direction of the crate!)

And, dun dun dahhhhh….. with biting, as in horribly sharp puppy teeth sinking into clothing, fav blankies and flesh!!! I demoed calling Zoo to me as he was heading to grab a bite and clicked and treated him for doing so. As I never got to see his full on biting behavior I also told them how to begin teaching him to let go on cue.

We worked for a little over an hour with good progress. Katie did well and Zoo seemed to be really getting it.

See you later! XO Robin

A wind blown gem

Dear sissy,

Wow! What a wild windy rainy storm we had here in Northern California last night! So much weather to talk about lately!! 😉

The chicklett girls were quite indignantly ruffled up about it too! All were muttering softly and dealing with it but Saphira!

Oh My!  She was richly disturbed. She flew up to the shelf the cages are on and proceeded to look directly into my eyes and told me about how LOUD and WET and PELTING and WHISTLING it was.


“Ick” she grumped, “I’m going to cuddle right here in your lap and get warm!! Oh, my poor damp feathers! I’m a sight!”

And so she proceeded………..

Saphira cuddle

Tootleo-ooo, hope your day is better than Saphira’s!!! Love, Robin

Walking in a winter wonderland!

Dearest lovely sister,

I thought yesterdays weather was bad but…

SNOW!!! UGH, woke up to snow this morning!! Was hoping it wouldn’t happen but it did. Look at the poor garden area! Guess Mother Nature would rather follow her own desires instead of mine! Oh, well!


But the Girls did not like it one bit! They didn’t want to come out of their house!!

Snow day

Even though the sun screen cover on the outdoor run kept the snow out I had to convince them that staying on the dark roost wasn’t the best idea, and how do you think that I got them out? Why food of course!! Here they are swarming me for a chance at some dried mealworms!!


Mucho love to you! Robin


Hi sweetest sister!

I took this picture of the frozen water from the water bowl I keep in the garden for the girls when they get to be in there just to show you just how COLD is up here! Bet you are glad you aren’t here right now! Shiver!


Interestingly the girls don’t seem to care. But of course, food is always on their minds! Ha!

cold chix

Sending YOU lots of love, Robin

Christmas with family

Dear wonderful sister,

Hope your Christmas was fantastic!

The kids and Heather’s boyfriend came over a couple days after Christmas, due to work schedules, for dinner and our ‘After Dinner’ entertainment revolved around ‘da boids’.

Patrick, Heather and Damieon  had fun picking up the girls to socialize them.

Man, O’Man did the girls get into the spirit of it! As you can see in this first picture, Saphira one of the Barred Rocks, made herself quite comfortable in Heathers arms. I think the look on Heathers face says just how much she enjoyed that!!

Saphira gets comfortable!
Saphira gets comfortable!

And as I was sitting down to watch the fun one of the un-named black link girls jumped up onto my shoulder! Boy was THAT a surprise! Check out this pic for that!

Un-named black sex link is a shoulder chix!!
Shoulder Chix!!

Their visit was so very helpful in getting the chickens ready for “CLICK A CLUCK” clicker training classes I will be holding early next year.

The birds will be transported to a class room venue where they are amazingly instrumental in helping teach people how to effectively use clickers for humane training of their critters, be it dog, cat, donkey or other critter; including humans!!

HoHoHo Christmas Joy and much love, Robin

Training day

Dear most gorgeous sister,

Ho and Ha Ha!

Lisa came over to work with my 12 new baby (toddler? adolescent?) chickens. We are getting ready for, ahem:

Tah Ta Ta TAHHH! CLICK A CLUCK training workshops!!

Take a look at this pic of Lisa and the “GIRLS”.

Some lap time after training
Some lap time after training

We had a marvelous time! XO Robin