Welcoming Bixie to Vermont

Corgi by Agi

We weren’t looking for a new dog. Our German Shepherd Hexxie that we raised for almost 13 years died suddenly. We didn’t want to replace her with a new dog, but a few days after she died Kevin got a call from a rescue organization in Alabama. Could he rehabilitate a black Lab who was adopted and now lived in nearby Massachusetts?

The conversation turned to the Corgi that Jeanette was now also trying to find a home for. She filled us in a little about her, basically that she was aggressive in certain situations.

Corgis have a dear spot in our hearts. We had raised one years ago and always said we would have another someday. So when we heard about this Corgi we thought “Hmmm….” But what really clinched it was when she told us her name: Bixie.

Our beloved Shepherd was named Hexxie, and our Corgi was Barley….put them together and you have Bixie….of course we would take her.


We had never adopted a rescue dog before, all our dogs were raised from pups and trained the NDT way. They were all such a joy to live with, right from the start, even when our kids were babies. Never would they growl or bite or run away. They wouldn’t steal food off a table or chew up the furniture. Kevin once accidentally stepped on our shepherd Illo in the middle of the night and he just looked up and went back to sleep. Unfortunately most dogs are not raised this way, and they end up with behavioral problems, especially aggression. And this is what Bixie’s problem was.

But this all flew out the window when we heard her name. And all the synchronicity around her told us that maybe we were meant to learn something. Dogs do always have a lesson to teach us don’t they?

So this blog will be the story of Bixie, her beginning with us, her issues, Kevin’s amazing way of healing her and her life as it unfolds in Vermont.



Looks pretty cute and harmless doesn’t she?

22 thoughts on “Welcoming Bixie to Vermont

  1. Hi Kevin
    From Bixie’s photograph, I get the feeling she’ll respond to her new life with gusto. My own dog is rescued from Sheffield, UK. She’s six years old and I’ve had her for just over a year. For the past two months I’ve been following NDT and she responds beautifully to your training methods, yet she still has her sparks and phases. I no longer use the term ‘aggression’ but ‘full of it’ or ‘bounce’ meaning lots of unspent energy with no channel to direct it – then I look to myself to help her release it. Then happy tail wagging, and lolling tongue.

  2. Almost four years ago, I was sitting at Kevin’s table listening to stories about Barley when a quiet feminine voice asked if maybe they could get another Corgi. This is one rescue that will turn out awesome. I wonder if Bixie too will be able to walk the flower beds and not damage any flowers like Barley. I look forward to following her journey.

  3. Rescue dogs are special. But, Kevin will be her best friend, and she will be addicted to him very soon… same as every other dog who is close to Kevin.
    I am wondering what lesson you need to learn… would be pleased for updates! I miss you all.

  4. It will be great seeing this story unfold, and learn about NDT at the same time. I wish you and Bixie lots of joy allong the way. 😉

  5. YAY! Welcome to the Hood Bixie! We’re looking forward to hanging with you. Cousy, David, and Prill

    • Hi Chris, thanks for commenting and we ‘ll be posting regularly. We’ll be doing lot of videos so people can really see what’s going on.

  6. Since coming across Kevin’s ‘You Dog is your mirror’ book by accident I have been able, even with my limited understanding, to help SO many dogs here in LA, deep of course in Cesar Milan country. Many of them have been rescue dogs stuck in the rescue world and facing being killed. I will be following this blog with great interest, especially as Bixie is similar in so many ways to a dog I am currently working with. Synchronicity always seems to ensure we end up with the dogs we need at any given time and it heart warming to know that this dog now has a chance to live life to its fullest potential. I

    • Thanks so much for this comment. We feel that Bixie is here to show us the way to help rescue dogs, those dogs who have had the roughest of beginnings but whose true nature is hidden and waiting to be freed.

  7. Just came across this again and hoping that you’ll share what it is you might’ve learned from this spunky lass a year later 🙂

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