Puppy-to-be-Named-Later Comes Home to Buttonwood Farm.

We drove to Abby Kennels early on the morning of March 16, 2013.This amazing pup cuddled right up to her new humans.She sat on Colton’s lap on the ride home from Chelmsford and only got sick one time, just as we turned onto Cross Street.  So close to home.

Puppy Love

Love at First Hug

puppy love 2

Meant to be….









first meal

First Meal in her new home

meeting jenna

Meeting Jenna








We were unsure about the whole crate-training thing.  But this love took to her crate immediately.

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Finding the best napping spots

best napping spot

THE best napping spot



Alex Meets Kenai for the First TIme

Alex Meets Kenai

Alex is overcome by Kenai’s cuteness

Kenai’s Sire – Wum

Wum von der Adelegg

Wum von der Adelegg

German Shepherd Standing at Stud in the USA
2011 USA-WDA World Team Qualifier Champion
2010 New England Regional Champion

Imported from Germany.

Read Wum’s Story

Wum pedigree

Watch Kevin and Wum in action.

Wum and Kevin

2010 New England Regional Champion

Grandson of World Champion SG Tom van’t Leefdaalhof
Wum Sire: SG Ellute von der Mohnwiese Sch 3 2x BSP, FH1, Kkl 1
Wum Dam: Dolli von der Adelegg Sch3, IPO3, FH1, KKl2
(who is daughter of BSP Sieger/2xWUSV Ch, 3x BSPSG Ernst vom Weinbergblick).

Kenai’s Mother – Ziva

She has been called The Most Beautiful Shepherd Ever.  Ziva, is big and black and has oversized ears on top of her alert face.  Apparently, folks at Abby Kennels, call her Donkey because she seemed to never have grown in to her ears. Check out her closeups and her impressive pedigree (offspring to Arras Vom Ostrerfeld and Vica Von Gumperstreuth).

Ziva had her third litter of puppies on January 24, 2013. 8 beautiful pups. We were told that Ziva was a natural mother, delivering her litter with very little help from her humans.  She examined each of her pups, cleaned it and stimulated each until they were all nursing healthily.  One of those little pups was to become our Kenai.



in utero

Ziva’s Pups in utero

Ziva and her pups

Ziva and her pups- just born

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Could this one be Kenai-to-be?

Ziva and her pups

Ziva and her pups

Pups at 2 Days Old

Pups at 2 Days Old

my three words

My Three Words

The three-word concept works best when the words are positive in spirit when they are chosen to help with the huge picture. Setting goals based upon values and motivation. Success from within.


Don’t Ask Yourself



Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
– Harold Whitman


You’re the Expert on You

expert“You’re the expert on you. While other people may be experts on how you’re supposed to behave, only you know at a fundamental level what does (or doesn’t) work for you.”                                                                                                                         – Michael Neill 


Give Your Best

give your best

Don’t be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.

– Dale Carnegie

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I Disagree and I Agree, Seth Godin

A recent post by marketing wizard, Seth Godin, is entitled EMPATHY TAKES EFFORT.  Seth says that when we imagine what it must be to be like someone else, that we expose ourselves to risk.  I think his message is that by putting ourselves in someone else’s point of view, we may be shaken up and out of our own comfortable way of seeing the world.  We might feel uneasy if we have to take into account factors we ordinarily choose to view differently, or ignore altogether.

I have addressed this issue in the past and have referred to it as looking at the world through a different window than the one in our own “house”.  This can be true in a physical sense – truly – I am often made aware of how just sitting in a different spot, looking out different window, can completely alter a view of the same object.   It may also be true in the personal, human sense.  I am always amazed at how one topic can be viewed so differently by so many people.  Political views, religious views, views about child-rearing – and my personal haunt – views about the value of housekeeping can vary by exactly how many people are involved in the topic at the time.   Our friends, our neighbors – jeez, even our own families – look through the windows of their own self and see one issue quite differently than the next person.

I think that without an effort to bring empathy to your self and thus, to your work, you are setting up walls which impede many opportunities to learn and grow and connect.  These walls, created by lack of empathy, seem to also create anger toward and distrust of others who do not look out of your window.  By understanding the window through which someone is viewing their situation, and by adjusting our own lenses to bring in a closer version of their view, we can better work toward completing a project at hand.

I agree, Seth Godin – It may “be easier to walk on by, to compartmentalize and to isolate ourselves. Easier, but not worth it.”

This is Great Stuff!





Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.

– Stephen A. Brennan

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Organize Files into Folders- Constant Contact

file folderI couldn’t be more excited  today.   Many of my followers know how much I enjoy working on the Constant Contact platform for third-party emails.   I enjoy many things about their tools, but today I want to shout out to everyone how excited I am about a brand new feature they just announced:

Creating Folders  – Yippeee!

Physical vs. Virtual Organization:   One thing you can know about me is that in my physical life, I am not very neat and tidy.  Projects, files, books, mementos surround me.   (note: no photo posted here !)   However – on the computer, I am a stickler for organization.  I insist that every file go in to the proper folder.  Loose, lonely documents make me uneasy.  I think this is a direct result of my physical surroundings……Often, in “real” life, I spend way too much time looking for something. ( keys, for instance – wallet, for another)  However, in my work life, I want to know exactly where something is immediately.  I enjoy categorizing my work into nice neat folder icons.

So, although I have enjoyed using Constant Contact for over 8 years, and although I had developed my own system of naming email campaigns for easier sorting, it still made me a bit uneasy to open up the “My Emails” folder and just view one long list which could date back 8 years!

Ta Dahhhh –    Today, Constant Contact announced the Folder Feature for My Emails.

Not only do now have the capability of arranging emails any way that works best for my client, we can also toggle between list views for a quick visual take on open rate as well as a thumbnail preview of the campaign.

All I can say about that is….. Yippppeeeee     I just can’t wait to get in to all of the Constant Contact accounts I administer and start foldering!

If you are a Constant Contact user – Read this recent announcement: Email Marketing Product Update:

 This is Great Stuff !

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Where to Start

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Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.

– Nido Qubein