With House league, and CPE last winter and Spot On Trials over the summer we had quite a bit of agility. Working on Saving Dinah was a project of growth for me personally; and being on sabbatical has been profoundly life changing so far. Raising Wyn was a challenge and an honour. Being introduced to scenting would make the year significant in and of itself.
So many wonderful teachers both human and canine, a tiny taste of Jessica Martin, coaching calls with Lynda Orton Hill (how I'd love to work with her in person!) and Susan Garret, an incredible week with Webb Anderson then the chance for feedback at a trial with him, Karin Apfel's awesome introduction to scent detection. A year of sadness too, watching Brody age, and Sally's health fluctuations and losing Wyn. Every year has sadness it seems; balance in everything.
Until the CPE page is updated I don't know how many Q's or titles we earned - but we sure (all of us!) had fun in that venue. It was simply awesome to come back to AAC with Sally. She earned both her ADC and SGDC (the starters level titles) and a number of Qs. She had one trial that was Qless but she ran so so well through the whole season. She has always been fun to run but we have embraced the partnership aspect and work together (
Looks like we may be in hibernation for awhile though!
Happy New Year Andrea!
Nice retrospective of your year... you sure have been busy!
Wishing you and the team all the best for 2013.
Yikes that's a lot of snow! We haven't had anything substantial yet.
Wishing you and your pack the very best for 2013!
I love the blog. The movie sounds like an incredible experience. When will we see it?
Life does have a way of balancing out, doesn't it? My brother-in-law toasted that he wanted less problems in 2013 and I said it wasn't less problems we needed but positive resolutions to the problems. Hope you have positive resolutions in 2013.
Found this poem online today and thought of you.
I will lend to you for awhile
a puppy, God said,
For you to love him while he lives
and to mourn for him when he is gone.
Maybe for twelve or fourteen years,
or maybe for two or three
But will you, till I call him back
take care of him for me?
He'll bring his charms to gladden you
and (should his stay be brief)
you'll always have his memories
as solace for your grief.
I cannot promise that he will stay,
since all from earth return,
But there are lessons taught below
I want this pup to learn.
I've looked the whole world over
in search of teachers true
And from the folk that crowd life's land
I have chosen you.
Now will you give him all your love
Nor think the labour vain
Nor hate me when I come to take my pup back again.
I fancied that I heard them say
"Dear Lord Thy Will Be Done,"
For all the joys this pup will bring,
the risk of grief you'll run.
Will you shelter him with tenderness
Will you love him while you may
And for the happiness you'll know forever grateful stay.
But should I call him back
much sooner than you've planned
Please brave the bitter grief that comes
and try to understand.
If, by your love, you've managed
my wishes to achieve,
In memory of him that you've loved,
cherish every moment with your faithful bundle,
and know he loved you too.
thank you helen ... so thoughtful ... <3
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