Events for Memoir

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: Healing a Dog, Facing My Fears, Reclaiming My Life. The “Will” in the title of Patricia's 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 through April, 2019
I'm taking a speaking sabbatical to work on some new writing. (Eeeps! Could I really write fiction? Good fiction that is? No way to know til I try, right?) But after my sabbatical, I look forward to starting my evening speeches again. I have lots of ideas for topics, and lots of libraries around the Midwest I'd like to visit. Stay tuned.
June 6-9, 2019
Vashon Island, WA
Oh boy! The organizers of the famous Vashon Island Sheepdog Classic have invited me to attend. I'll be giving a talk for the public, Saturday night the 8th, on what sheep and sheepdogs can tell us about "reading" our dogs. You can buy tickets at
Dog trainer, radio host and podcaster Julie Forbes and I will do some interviews during the trial, and I might try my hand at announcing during some of the runs. This is one of the most popular trials in the country--over 10,000 people from the Seattle area attend, so get in line early for the ferry!
Tickets to the trial itself are available here.
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