The Birch Bark Blog

Mostly dogs and yoga,
but also yoga and dogs.

An evolving collection of essays, stories, reflections, and occasional disappointing wordplay.

New posts every other Thursday… in theory.

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  • What’s in your toolbox? (part 1)

    At some point in your life you probably bought your first tool, probably a hammer or a screwdriver. It was likely shortly after you moved out of your parents’ home and you realized you needed a tool to perform a particular task: put a nail in the wall, put together some DIY assembly furniture, something… Continue reading What’s in your toolbox? (part 1)

  • Finding Balance

    A dear friend who also self-described as my “favorite troublemaker” recently wanted to hear my thoughts on “balanced training.” I thought that was a little bit hilarious because she knows perfectly well how I feel about punishment-based training, generally speaking (and yes, I know that so-called balanced training isn’t just based on punishment, but it… Continue reading Finding Balance

  • Moving with (problem) dogs + identifying emotions + putting on your oxygen mask

    I missed posting on my every-other-week schedule the Thursday before last. I thought I might be able to squeeze one in, but there was just too much going on to sit down and write. The pack and I moved houses at the end of February: it was a fairly sudden & VERY fast move that… Continue reading Moving with (problem) dogs + identifying emotions + putting on your oxygen mask