• The Next Pup-Lab Adore

    Dogs have been part of my entire life, making up about 30 years of the happiest days in my life but also, unfortunately, a handful of the saddest days I have ever experienced. The following are my experiences of owning dogs and having them in my house all these years and working at a kennel training dogs where I worked with a couple hundred more. These articles are my experience and knowledge, along with others I have encountered during my life. I’m writing to help others give thought to decisio…

  • Unleashing February Joy: Training and Exploring with Your Dog in the Driftless Area

    Unleashing February Joy: Training and Exploring with Your Dog in the Driftless Area Welcome, fellow dog enthusiasts! I’m Rick Pedersen from Rising Star K9, and I’m thrilled to guide you through a February filled with enriching activities for you and your canine companion in the Driftless Area. 🐾 Training: Beyond Obedience In the new year, we embrace training as a holistic approach to building a meaningful connection with our dogs. It’s not just about Obedience; it’s about fostering a bond that …

  • Driftless Paws and Tales: A Rising Starr K9 series

    Welcome to "Driftless Paws and Tales: A Rising Star K9 Series"! I'm Rick Pedersen, your host and guide through the vibrant and untouched wonders of the Driftless Area, a region that has been my home for a lifetime. Born and raised in the beautiful La Crosse, Wisconsin, affectionately known as God's country, I've been surrounded by landscapes of unparalleled, pristine beauty. Dogs have been my loyal companions and the heart of my adult life. They've guided me through the hidden treasures of this …

  • New Pup - The Homecoming

    Dogs have been a vital part of my entire adult life, bringing me some of the happiest days. They also carry some of the saddest. In between all, there were a lot of challenges and paths we walked together, learning many of life’s lessons. Each dog has a different personality than the one that preceded, and no book or person can predict the situations that will arise during your life with this chosen animal. Evolution has changed what began as wild things and later companions kept outside always …