I may or may not be able to convey to you, the reader, exactly how I was feeling through my stories, but I can tell you, when I re-read them, I knew precisely how I felt! And I have to say, that as I look back on our journey, I think we've come a long way, Baby! It's really easy to get stuck in the never ending cycle of training and re-thinking how you can get your point across in Boxer language. If you don't look back and see what you've accomplished, you can go totally nuts. (That's probably a short trip for me :) ). The truth is, that Malcolm and McKenzie are some of the best dogs in their respective classes. They both love agility. Malcolm is a dog that sometimes goes fast, some times goes ballistic (like a cannon. --once, he didn't even touch the A-Frame....he jumped right over it!), but mostly goes slowly and deliberately. He's pretty easy to teach in the ring. McKenzie, on the other hand, has two speeds. And that's fast and faster. She's been a bit more difficult to teach because it was hard to slow her down to focus on me. She never knew exactly where she was supposed to go next, so she just did what she thought might be right. And it never was right. So, I've gained her attention with some helpful tips from others who have had dogs like that. Wow! Is that girl really great in agility! She goes fast. She listens. She tries to do what I want her to do. It's becoming a real team effort, just as it should be!
The Teenage Years
A Spiritual Journey This one may start a bit weird for you, but be patient. I'll bring it 'round in the end! :)
The Light Bulb Moment
A Flicker of Light