On a hazy, hundred-degree morning three summers ago, during the most difficult time in his life, Cesar Millan drove his silver John Deere Gator high up on a ridge that looks out over his Dog Psychology Center – 43 acres of scorched red-dirt hills and rocky ridges north of Los Angeles, with no indoor plumbing, no air-conditioning, and very little shade. He shut off the engine, wiped dust from his face, and sighed. “Tony Robbins has his island in Fiji,” he said, with a smile that seemed hopeful but also a little sad. “I have this.”
Millan paid $1.3 million for this land, which is just over the hill from Magic Mountain, and called it “my greatest investment, after dog food.” He planned to turn the place into a sanctuary for abandoned dogs, as well as an academy where he’ll teach the unconventional training methods he introduced on nine seasons of …
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