Events for Memoir

Tour Dates are finalized! Patricia can’t wait to see you in one of the cities listed below. Unless specified, Patricia will be talking about her memoir, The Education of Will: A Mutual Memoir of a Woman and a Dog. The “Will” in the title of Patricia’s new memoir has two meanings. First, it refers to her Border Collie, Willie, who came as a “troubled, spark of a dog,” who was loving and attentive, but also consumed by fear. However, the word “will” also refers to will power, which, as the book shows, is not enough to help a panicked dog, much less a dog owner overwhelmed with her own fears. Patricia will touch on her very personal story about how her beloved Willie first set her back, but eventually led to healing from the traumas in her own past that she had tried to "will" away for decades. Join Patricia as she details her personal journey with Willie to turn a life of fear into one of confidence and compassion.

February 22, 2017
Madison, WI
Room of One’s Own Bookstore, 315 W. Gorham Street, Madison, WI
6:00 to 8:00 PM

Free, no registration necessary, but seating is limited.

February 23, 2017 
Columbus, Ohio

Veterinary Medical Center, 601 Vernon L. Tharp Street
5:30 to 7:00 PM

Come hear Trisha speak about emotions in dogs, and how fear and trauma cause far more behavioral problems than that misused word, “dominance”. The talk will be a fundraiser for Ohio Veterinary School students, and will be your chance to get an autographed copy of her new memoir.

There is a requested $5.00 donation at the door, free for students, faculty and staff at OSU. Books available for purchase and signing.

Click Here for more information or Contact Kyle Boylad at

February 24, 2017
Columbus, Ohio
Comparative Trauma in People and Dogs

Patricia will speak on diagnosing and treating psychological trauma in animals at the Midwest Veterinary Conference.

You can sign up for the conference here.

February 28, 2017 (Note date change!)
Littleton, CO
Tattered Cover Book Store, 7301 South Santa Fe Drive
7:00 to 9:00 PM

Free, no registration is necessary, but seating is limited.

March 1, 2017 (Note date change!)
Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE
Lake Forest Park, WA
7:00 PM

March 4, 2017
Beaverton, OR
Powell's Books, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.
2:00 to 3:00 PM

Co-Sponsored by the Oregon Humane Society and Powell's Books

Free to the public. No registration is necessary, but seating is limited.

March 5, 2017
Novato, CA
Marin Humane Society, 171 Bel Marin Keyes Blvd, Novato, California 94949
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Sponsored by the Marin County Humane Society

Books available for purchase and signing
Click Here to register, seating limited.

March 23, 2017
Boxborough, Massachusetts
Holiday Inn, 242 Adams Place
7:00 to 9:30 PM

Patricia will be speaking at the New England Dog Training Club about comparative emotions in people and dogs and sharing insights from her memoir on her personal journey with Willie to turn a life of fear into one of confidence and compassion.

Registration information TBA

March 26, 2017
Exton, Pennsylvania
Dog Training Center of Chester  County, 880 Springdale Drive, Suite 100, Exton, PA
2:00 to 4:00 PM

Patricia will be speaking about comparative emotions in people and dogs and sharing insights about her personal journey with Willie to turn a life of fear into one of confidence and compassion.

Click Here to register!

March 27, 2017
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Identifying and Treating Trauma in Dogs
University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School

Patricia will be speaking to veterinarians and vet students about “Identifying and Treating Trauma in Dogs” and touring the Working Dog Center on campus. The speech is closed to the public, but stay tuned for a blog about her visit to the Working Dog Center.

April 9, 2017
Spring Green, WI
Arcadia Books, 102 E. Jefferson Street
2:00 to 3:00 PM

April 11, 2017
Wausau, Wisconsin
Marathon County Public Library, 300 1st St

Details coming soon.

April 20, 2017
Verona, Wisconsin
Verona Public Library, 500 Silent Street
7:00 to 8:00 PM

April 29, 2017
Brewster, New York
Helping the Helper: Preventing Stress and Discomfort in Assistance Animals
11:00 am

Patricia will be speaking at Green Chimney’s Human-Animal Interaction Conference 2017, “Building Connections: Children, Animals and Healthy Families”. Visit Green Chimney’s conference website for information on registration and the full schedule of speakers. (The 2016 conference sold out, so don’t wait if you’d like to attend!)

May 10, 2017
Madison, Wisconsin
Olbrich Gardens, 3330 Atwood Avenue
7:00 PM

Patricia will be the featured guest author for the 20th annual Book Club Cafe fundraiser for the Madison Public Library

Tickets are $25 each, and will go on sale in March through the Madison Public Library Foundation.

Book groups and individuals are both welcome.

September 8, 2017

Bellevue, Washington
Keynote Speech

Patricia will be speaking at the Professionalizing the Passion Conference, for Pet Partner’s first conference since 2003.

Registration details to come.




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