Celebrating a strong, creative, resilient Lunenburg County
NOW, MORE THAN EVER...
Story by Tina Hennigar
The circumstances that brought Tracy Franken to Lunenburg County from Ontario with her husband Mark and their three kids, Paisley, Ben and Connor, could read like a screenplay for a comedy. Especially when you learn they arrived with a school bus filled with 18 dogs, 3 goats, a tank of fish, 7 cats and a mini pig. Oh, and also a few horses.
“We had always wanted to retire in Nova Scotia. What would happen
if we decided to do it early?”, Tracy wondered.
The family first vacationed in Nova Scotia and everything that could have gone wrong did. Still, that did not deter them. “We put in an offer on a property in Cape Breton, raced home, put our farm on the market. We got a call that we lost the Cape Breton property on the same day that we received word that we sold ours,” Tracy said.
Everyone back home in Ontario said they were crazy, that they were walking away
from success, but with their minds already made up, they looked online and picked a property that had land in Lunenburg County. They’d have to figure out how to move their entire farm, something that they would quickly learn traditional moving companies don’t do. Then, running out of options and discussing what they were going to do and how they were going to do it, they bought a school bus to help with the move.
The successful move here was the result of a carefully crafted plan fraught with errors that fell apart multiple times along their journey. But they finally arrived at a house they’d not seen in person, and it was better than they could have hoped.
“We love it here. We have amazing neighbours, the kids love it and their school is amazing,” Tracy said. Mark is a driver for Maritime Bus. “He loves it,” Tracy said of Mark’s job. “The entire family is very content.”
Tracy is an award-winning speaker and comedian, as well as a dog trainer and professional member with the IACP (International Association of Dog Trainers). Right now, she’s focusing on getting her dog business, Beyond Obedience, up and running. Tracy offers so much more than dog training. Her services read more like canine behavioural therapy for the whole family. She works with dog owners from all over the world, including Holland and Switzerland.
The only hiccup - “I just didn’t realize there was very little internet before moving here.” Tracy credits Work Evolve, a co-working space in Bridgewater for being her life preserver. Providing not only great internet but also a business network. “All the entrepreneurs who go
there are amazing. They’ve helped me a great deal.”
“This place will see us out,” Tracy said of what she describes as their idyllic life in Lunenburg County. “We are so grateful that we did this now for our kids and they get to explore this province. We are constantly talking about how beautiful this place is,” Tracy shared.
“I always believed that we belonged here,” Tracy said of taking the leap to Nova Scotia. “Now I know I was right.”
To learn more go to: beyondobedience.ca