Author Archives: rachelmich17

About rachelmich17

I'm 42, and doing much better to keep my life in balance. I will probably be raising an only child--my son--so as a result of various experiences over the last four years, I have decided to adopt a dog. My son, who has been asking for a little sister or a dog for years made her adoption easier, so I will try to pretend that we know what do do with Storm. I don't keep up with her blog too much, but I know that I should write more, because like exercise, it always helps me. We also have Wicket, a chihuahua terrier who runs the house and two cats, Twig and Zephyr. I guess you could say it's an animal house--less the frat lifestyle. I love them and am encouraged to see how they interact and enjoy each other. I completed my doctorate in the fall of 2014 and teach Adjunct at a major university while working the day job. I've also taught three classes on-line, and hope once I'm done working for a grant that I am under that I can become a Professor. I started a new position as a trainer / coach for adults who work with school aged kids. I train in suicide intervention, crisis skills, trauma informed practices at school and in mental health, and mentoring. I have also begun to conduct local and nationwide consultations with other agencies who work to coordinate improved behavioral health service provision for children and families. I'm grateful to no longer be providing direct services to adolescents. After 15-years, I needed a break. I have another blog that is more personal and is not about my dog. I had one that was similar to this one, but it was much more of a rant, because at the time, I was in endless dating hell. I had a crush for many years on a woman who is now my wife. We have had a long journey to get here. I hope that you enjoy reading some of our day to day stuff. Thank you for reading.

Storm and Zephyr’s Best Friend

By the time Monday rolled around, we all needed to be up in the hills, so we went snowshoeing.  I found out that Wicket’s harness is now too small, so I’ll need to get her a new one next week, … Continue reading

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Cabin Fever

Poor Storm!  She can’t understand why we push and throw snow off our driveway and sidewalks, but we don’t want to throw her ball.  The high was 2 on Saturday.  It was 67 when we walked her and Wicket on … Continue reading

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Not really the pack leader

Storm has been pretty good lately.  I think that part of it was because of the four dogs–yes–that we took care of the 23rd through January third for the holidays.  We had a boxer-lab with us who I adore in … Continue reading

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Rescues

Storm has been particularly difficult lately.  In November, we had some really heavy rains, and when my son was going out the door to leave for practice, she ran out.  I didn’t want to be late for his practice, so … Continue reading

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Mystery Wound

I’m still pretty jet lagged.  I worked a half-day yesterday and will work one today as well, and then I fly out for a training at a university in the midwest.  Our trip to the big island was incredible, and … Continue reading

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Like an old man

I used to get really annoyed when people would personify their pets, but then I noticed that when you have one who interacts with your family daily, they pick up some behaviors that are a lot like yours.  Storm has … Continue reading

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An Award!

I wrote an entry entitled “Loyalty” on the twelfth of June last summer which was about when I thought that I had actually lost my son, and Storm, our dog, helped me hunt for him around the creek near our … Continue reading

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