Rumour has it…


Rumour has it that we, the balanced trainers in this world, use pain and fear to train and control our dogs.

Where did I hear this rumour? Well, I hear it everywhere, everyday and the rumour is mostly built up on a total lack of knowledge and mostly hear say / 3rd party gibberish. Yesterday I read a post on FaceBook that got me somewhat angry. this post was made by a gentlemen (and I use the term loosely) named Drayton Michaels. This gentlemen posted on “Pain trainers / Balanced trainers” He wrote an entire unsubstanciated rant on how balanced trainers are to be seen as “Pain trainers” and that in fact we do not have a clue on what we are doing. I do not want to withhold the post from my readers so if you are interested in reading what this man has to say then please do so by clicking on the link.

Pain trainers or “Balanced training” Drayton Michaels

If you have read the post you can see for yourself that this person makes a lot of claims about the balanced training methods and or the tools that might, or might not be used. He loves to use words like “Fear, Pain, Choke, Shock.” But is this really what a balanced trainer does? Or is it just a mantra that the Pure Positive or Force Free crowd like to use? Let me help you solve that question… It is based on fear mongering and not fact. Use harsh words, create a mental visual idea of what happens and try to make money of it, as Mr Michaels is doing with his dog training. If you look at any of his posts, or video’s, it soon becomes clear that knowledge is lacking about a lot of things dog training related. He does however like to “Verbaly Masturbate” to his own posts and to the responces he garners from his followers. He admits he has a hero complex but he did not really need to spell that out since his posts clearly show that already.

Enough on this gentlemen tho… (again using the term very very loosely.)

So, what is balanced training? To be honest it is the simplest thing in the world.

You teach the dog a desired behaviour or action. Once it knows the desired behaviour or action you ensure that it performs this behaviour or action by proofing the behaviour. We do not slap E-collars on our dogs and zap them into submission. We do not put choke chains on our dogs and choke them so that they can no longer be trained. We do not puncture our dogs necks with prong collars because then we would not have a dog left to train with, right? We do not train through fear or pain. We teach our dogs… we take our time to teach them. Do we use tools? Yes, we do. But we are patient and we realize that you can not correct a dog for what it does not know or has not learned. We do not use a “one style fits all” training like PP or FF does. We look at the dog in front of us, determine what it needs and use that to teach and train the dog. We use corrections and reward… This is the quickest and most non confusing way to teach a dog what is needed, or wanted in any given situation. We do not treat our dogs like children and we CERTAINLY do not anthropomorphise our dogs. We stick to simple rules and treat our dogs with the respect that they deserve and we have all adapted the strongest and simplest rule in dog training… “If your dog is showing you unwanted behavior your first question should be “WHAT did I do WRONG”

This is something that the PP/FF crowd still has to learn….



Regards, Alice MacKenzie.


Lech, Alesha and Ted need our help!


Readers, friends and doglovers!

I come asking favors…. As you all already know Lech, Alesha Brandt and Ted Summers dog has been stolen and held for ransom for quite some time now by Richard Starks from Dogpatch downs in Ocala Florida. The story can be read by clicking the link –> Lech, stolen and held for ransom…

Since Alesha and Ted are good friends of and to me I come asking favors of my other dog loving friends to extend to them a helping hand in their hour of need…

As any of you know Alesha and Ted have never walked away from helping others and have always extended a helping hand where needed. They do so without question or thought. But now they need us to help them. They would never ask for it themselves and I respect that from them but now is the time that our community needs to stand up and show that we are there for them, to support them and help them in their time of need. Their ongoing legal battle is taking its toll and us creating a great deal of financial stress on them. Court costs, legal fees, travels to Florida and a loss of time at work is taking its financial toll on them to the point that it is becoming overwhelming for them to deal with. Yet they continue to fight for Lech, they continue to extend their  helping hands to others, they continue to be there for others.

So I ask of you all to now repay the favor and helping hands that they have so selflessly extended to others in the past, and will continue to do so in the future.

I ask that you donate to their most worthy cause or getting Lech back to his loving home.

A GoFundMe has been opened under their names and I ask that you visit it, donate if possible and share the link to the GoFundMe page.

From the bottom of my heart I thank you for your time and donation.

GoFundMe Help Alesha and Ted bring Lech home.


Sincere regards,

Alice MacKenzie.

Lisa & Jeanie Phillips from SGT Rambo N577, once again presenting fiction as fact…



Where to start? This morning I was surprised to find in my PM box on FB the following message:  “You have a new hate page!” So I checked the link that was enclosed and low and behold, there was my face, and my name… and the names of everyone on my friendslist on Facebook, all pasted together in one big jumble of fictitious artwork! Bright red lettering across the artwork exclaiming “The Alice Mackenzie Verhagen wall of shame. Alice Verhagen is using all these people to spread her lies.” This page funnily is named “Clearing up the Confusion.”

So I sat here, and first I laughed at it all. Then I got intrigued as to what was posted there. So I read, and read some more and it soon became clear to me that nothing on the page was in any way factual, but all derived from hear say. The page was set up not to clear up confusion, but to create more! It’s sole purpose of existence was to point fingers wrongly and to divert attention away from the issue’s that have been haunting Lisa & Jeanie Phillips. That issue being, people asking questions about Rambo, the funding, the numbers, the transparency, the lies and the lack of forthcoming or answering of questions. It is already well known that Lisa has built her entire empire on the suffering of Rambo and his many unnecessary and preventable surgeries. She even went as far as to set up funding requests, asking for no less than $30.000,= to pay her living expenses, put food on her table, pay her utilities and all under the guise of helping retired working dogs… No one can refute the funding request since she even made a YouTube video of the whole charade. This is not me, grabbing at fictional straws people! THIS IS FACT!! The video is posted on this page under another article about Sgt Rambo N577 so feel free to check it out!

Back to the point tho… The Confusion page… It was not set up to clear the confusion, it was set up as a clear and blatant attack on my character. Funny thing tho? I welcome it! I do not hide from it at all. I invite everyone to visit the page and take a good look at it and to make up their own minds. I even Private Messaged Lisa about it to inform her that her facts are in fact incorrect. But I do not think it will stop her from trying to present fantasy as fact, it hasn’t stopped her in the past when she created the first hate group against me a month ago, and then added all my friends to that group, who then came to me to inform me of said group. I will be posting a screenshot of that group as well for verification. See what happened there? I stated FACT!! And I then proceeded to back up that fact with PROOF! I also replied to posts on that page, and screenshotted these replies, which of course I will be posting as proof of the fact.



…. where am I going with all this? Am I upset or angry over the page? Nope. Am I angry over the fiction posted there? Nope. So why on gods green earth am I writing this article about it then? Well…. Let me explain that one clearly. This page keeps telling people I am the owner and creator of the Rambo Retired and Suffering page. I am not the owner, I am not the creator. I never was, and never will be. You can claim it a million times, it does not make it true. But maybe if you yell it loud enough people will think it is true, right? Am I an admin on that page? Yes, I was made an admin of that page. Am I the only admin on that page? Nope, plenty of other admins on that page and I mean PLENTY!!!! So who are the other admins? They are just run of the mill people, who share the same worries and cares about Rambo as that I do. I will not name them. I refuse to name them. I respect their wishes and their privacy in this. I will say this tho? I have come to know each and every admin on that page as respectable and upstanding people. I will vouch for each and every one of them. That doesn’t mean their names should be out there tho. Does the message become less important because of the bringer of that message? No, it does not!

So what does this all tell you? About me? About Lisa & Jeanie Phillips? About Rambo and his continued suffering? It tells you that I have nothing to hide, that Lisa & Jeanie Phillips will do anything and everything they can to divert people away from the truth, even using lies to do so, and that Rambo will continue to suffer for it…. I stand by my words, I always have, and I always will. I do not change my opinions to suit others and I do not bend to the use of words like “Bully, Bullying.” To use words like that, to get out from under people’s scrutiny and questions is just plain sad! If I call bully hard enough, people will feel sorry for me! Yeah, right! Or they just might see the truth. The truth that some are so desperately trying to hide from everyone.

Now…. I have one last thing to address before ending this article. There is a screenshot out there, with my name on it, that says “ I’ve hit my dogs and I don’t hide it.” This is the only thing that seems to work for them it seems, or so they think. It is a PM on FB to a person in the UK and it is one small line from a very large conversation. I want to explain it tho, so that people know where I stand on this. I trained dogs in KNPV, this means I do not work or handle the easiest dogs in the world. They are temperamental at best, down right assholes at worst. Does this mean I beat and hit them at the drop of a dime? Nope. It just means I do not take shit from the dogs I work with. The conversation this snip it came from was about dogs biting owners and the appropriate response to this happening. Well, most of you know I am not a softhearted trainer or a soft handed one. I will physically correct a dog if the need is there. Does this mean I beat them with sticks or abuse them 24/7/365? Nope, it just means that if you sink your teeth in my body I will kick your ass in payment. Action begets reaction. It is that simple. I do not wait a dog out, I do not ask, I do not create grey areas for the dog to explore. You act, I react, lesson learned, we move on. So take from that what you will. This is what I do and who I am. I love my dogs, play with them, keep them warm and healthy and fed but I demand full compliance in return.

Back to the page that has my face all over it! Take a look at it, agree with it, like it, hate it… It makes no difference to me at all. The page in itself is a great way to see how Lisa & Jeanie Phillips operate and conduct business. It says nothing about me that is fact but it does in turn tell a great deal about the people whom have created the page, and what their reasons might have been to do so. Check out the screenshots I have included, make up your own minds….


Alice Mackenzie.

Screenshots Dated January 14th, 2016

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