The Shadowdance Blog…

sometimes humorous, sometimes sad, occasionally irreverent, mostly honest.

A collection of ramblings on my life with working dogs, livestock, and a creative brain.

“And so I write. I write my life. I write to escape real life. I write to live moments over again. I write to rewrite the moments I’ve lived over in a way that makes more sense to me. I write the moments to heal. I write the moments I hope never happen. And I write the moments I hope will happen.”
― R.B. O'Brien

Finding Warmth on Winter Days
01/16/2021

For everyone who expressed concern for Jig over the last couple weeks, I’m pleased to say she’s back to 100% piss and vinegar. She had…

Read More
Out With a Bang
12/31/2020

My dogs have an uncanny ability to see challenges in the strangest places, and they are more than happy to pick up the thrown gauntlet.…

Read More
Following the Heart
12/09/2020

A year ago we introduced this guy to our family. You can read about that momentous day here if you missed it the first time…

Read More
Possibilities Abound
11/24/2020

November has been pretty mild so far which means I’ve been able to work the dogs with relative frequency. Given the shortness of the days,…

Read More
Endings, Beginnings, & Everything In Between
11/10/2020

The quote in the feature image really resonated with me when I first heard it several weeks back. Probably because I’m going through a period…

Read More
Working Through Issues
10/14/2020

The last several weeks have been a bit tough, not gonna lie. I’ve started, deleted, and re-started multiple posts multiple times in another case of…

Read More
When Your Dog Saves Your Bacon
09/29/2020

There’s no question, at our farm, Jig is the power. When there’s a task that needs doing, and I suspect the stock might not cooperate,…

Read More
Sometimes You Have to Make Your Own Opportunities
09/22/2020

I was supposed to be at an ASCA stock trial this past weekend. Like so many other events this year, it had to be cancelled.…

Read More
Time for the Self
09/10/2020

Writing is my therapy…   I took some time off over Labor Day weekend to spend on me and it proved to be a wise…

Read More
1 2 3 4 16