UNLEASHED (at work & home) with Colleen Pelar
Laura Perkins, CPDT-KA - ”Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has beauty, magic and power in it.”

Laura Perkins, CPDT-KA - ”Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has beauty, magic and power in it.”

November 10, 2022

Each of us has visions of what we want in life- things we hope to do, achieve, and experience. Envisioning, planning, and daydreaming about these things can be useful and is certainly enjoyable, but when it comes time to take action to try and make them a reality…well, that can be intimidating, even frightening. It’s often tempting--and always easier--to simply enjoy the daydream.

So how do we inspire ourselves to act? To take that first step towards making our dreams a reality? For Laura Perkins, it means remembering the “beauty, magic, and power” of boldness, even in the seemingly small actions of sending that email or making that phone call. She joined me today to talk about her career, building a community, and being willing to be bold.

Meghan Herron, DVM, DACVB - ”We CAN do it all… we just need to gain some comfort with mediocrity.”

Meghan Herron, DVM, DACVB - ”We CAN do it all… we just need to gain some comfort with mediocrity.”

October 27, 2022

It makes sense to say that we can’t do it all. After all, we’re each just one person, and no one person can do everything, right?

But then you meet someone like Dr. Meghan Herron who seems like she really has done it all- gone to veterinary school, raised two kids, and single-handedly started an entirely new program of study at OSU- and you can’t help but wonder if maybe there is some way to do it all.

But how? What’s the secret? How can you possibly do everything you both need and want to without going stark raving mad?

Dr. Herron joined me today to talk about her work as a behavioral vet and her philosophy to “doing it all” while protecting your own mental health and avoiding burnout.

Maria Giaccio - ”I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.” ~ Maya Angelou

Maria Giaccio - ”I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.” ~ Maya Angelou

September 29, 2022

Our lives very rarely take the paths we think they will. Even if we end up where we planned, we seldom take the route we thought we would. Looking back, it’s sometimes easy to see how a combination of seemingly unconnected chances, events, and decisions led us to where we are (for good or ill), but in the moment we often feel as though we’re flying blind. And then there are the times we’re sure we’ve made the right decision only to look back later and see how wrong or misinformed we were, despite our best efforts.

Professional pet sitter Maria Giaccio always thought she’d work with animals, but didn’t get there the way she thought she would. Join us as we discuss her roundabout route to owning a doggy daycare, reflect on Maya Angelou’s words about knowing and doing better, and remember the importance of having compassion for our past selves.

Stephanie Kern

Stephanie Kern

August 4, 2022

Whether it’s relationships, jobs, finances, health, or a dozen other areas, everybody wants to feel as though they have control over their life. We crave the security that comes from knowing–or at least feeling like we know–where we’re headed, and that things are going according to plan. But the truth is that we actually have control over far fewer things than we might like. 

While facing the limits of our control can be frightening, it can also be liberating and allow us to achieve a certain amount of calm, even in the face of uncertainty. Today, dog trainer and vet tech Stephanie Kern joined me to talk about her experiences working with dogs and how she’s learned to embrace the fact most things are outside of her control.



Marika Bell, MA, CPDT-KA

Marika Bell, MA, CPDT-KA

July 21, 2022

Time, whether we like it or not, marches on. All our experiences, both good and bad, are only temporary.

Reminding ourselves of this can be a double-edged sword. While it may make it easier for us to soldier on through the hard times, remembering that they won’t last forever, it can also be disheartening to remember that all the good times will pass away as well.

But maybe the well-known saying that “this too shall pass” doesn’t have to be a source of sadness when we apply it to the things we love. Maybe instead, it can be an inspiration to dive headlong into whatever comes our way, making the most of it while it lasts.

Dog trainer and anthrozoologist Marika Bell came on the show to discuss this with me, as well as share stories of her many and varied experiences with animals ranging from bears to dogs to deadly snakes.


Rebecca Johnson, CPDT-KA, FPPE

Rebecca Johnson, CPDT-KA, FPPE

July 7, 2022

We all know the old adage “practice makes perfect.” At first glance, it seems like good advice.

Isn’t perfection the goal, the thing we should all strive for? After all, if something is perfect it is, by definition, the best it can possibly be. Nothing can be better than that–or can it? Is there something out there that could be better than the ever-elusive “perfect?” Turns out there just might be!

Join dog trainer Rebecca Johnson and me as we discuss the limits of perfectionism, as well as gardening, lemurs, and whether there is such a thing as better than perfect.


Sarah Pellizzari, LCSW, KPA-CTP

Sarah Pellizzari, LCSW, KPA-CTP

June 23, 2022

Stress. Burnout. Compassion fatigue. These are issues everybody faces, but are especially common among pet professionals. Awareness around these issues is growing, but it can still be hard to know what to do when we find ourselves in those tough times.

As a dog trainer and a licensed clinical social worker, Sarah Pellizzari is an expert at taking care of both animals and people. The owner of Southern Colorado Animal Assisted Therapy and Training, Sarah taps the human-animal bond to help both dogs and people overcome trauma to lead healthy, flourishing lives. Join us as we discuss self-compassion, mental health awareness, creating a supportive community, and the power of hope to see us through difficult times and create a better tomorrow.



Kathrine Christ - ”All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.” Gandalf/J.R.R. Tolkein

Kathrine Christ - ”All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.” Gandalf/J.R.R. Tolkein

June 9, 2022

Time. It’s quite possibly our most precious resource, and one that many of us feel we never have enough of. With what can seem like a million things all clamoring for our attention at once, trying to figure out how to prioritize our time and use it wisely can feel overwhelming and well-nigh impossible.

Perhaps the solution lies in changing how we look at time in the first place. Kathrine Christ, MIA, CTC, CDBC, the executive director of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC), joined me to talk about how the words of a literal wizard help her use her time with greater deliberation and intentionality.

Support - Debra Horwitz, DVM, DACVB

Support - Debra Horwitz, DVM, DACVB

May 26, 2022

Support is essential to all of our endeavors. If we lack the support and encouragement of those around us, especially our nearest and dearest, our mental and emotional well-being suffers and success becomes harder to achieve.

But what exactly does support look like? Where does it come from and how do we find it? What does it mean not just to receive support, but to give it as well?

Debra Horwitz, DVM, DACVB, joined me to talk about what support has meant to her over the course of her decades-long career, as well as how she tries to give back by supporting the veterinary behaviorists of tomorrow.



Validation - Lisa Radosta, DVM, DACVB

Validation - Lisa Radosta, DVM, DACVB

June 24, 2021

What you think about you matters most.

External validation means you are measuring your self-worth based on what other people think of your behavior.

Internal validation means you are clear about who you are and what you value, so you always have an easy way to measure your success.

Listen in on this great conversation with Lisa Radosta, DVM, DACVB. She  shared her thoughts about the power of internal validation as well as her own simple metric for evaluating each day.

Give it a try and let me know what you think! 

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