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SUCCESS IS THE BEST REVENGE!!!
 

"I never lose; I either win or learn!"


Just a Dog?

From time to time people tell me, “Lighten up, it’s just a dog,” or “That’s a lot of money for just a dog.”

They don’t understand the distance traveled, time spent, or costs involved for “Just a dog.”

Some of my proudest moments have come about with “Just a dog.”

Many hours have passed with my only company being “Just a dog,” and not once have I felt slighted.

Some of my saddest moments were brought about by “Just a dog.” In those days of darkness, the gentle touch of “Just a dog” provides comfort and purpose to overcome the day.

If you, too, think its “Just a dog,” you will probably understand phrases like “Just a friend,” “Just a sunrise,” or “Just a promise.” “Just a dog” brings into my life the very essence of friendship, trust, and pure unbridled joy. “Just a dog” brings out the compassion and patience that makes me a better person. Because of “Just a dog” I will rise early, take long walks and look longingly to the future.

For me and folks like me, it’s not “Just a dog.” It’s an embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the future, the fond memories of the past, and the pure joy of the moment. “Just a dog” brings out what’s good in me and diverts my thoughts away from myself and the worries of the day.

I hope that someday people can understand it’s not “Just a dog.” It’s the thing that gives me humanity and keeps me from being “Just a man or woman.”

So the next time you hear the phrase “Just a dog,” smile, because they “Just Don’t Understand.”

-Author Unknown



It’s absolutely mind boggling if you think about it.

Your dog gets absolutely nothing out of being competitive for you. Not a darn thing.

Of course dogs are bred for specific jobs, or they’re bred to be athletic to a certain degree.

However, dogs don’t wake up thinking about running in circles, being in an obedience ring or agility ring.

They have no idea how much money is involved. They have no idea that this is a major.

They have no idea that this is the national specialty. And DESPITE us... DESPITE our nerves, our flaws, our incorrect ques, our huge emotions, they get the job done to their very best ability.

Even when we fail them by letting our emotions get in the way, they come back and they try again. For US.

Let that sink in. If only we could all be so understanding. To think of an animal that is forgiving and flexible enough to put up with the repetition of practice, the intense nerves of the handler, the stress of showing and still meet you at your front door happy to see you is MIND. BLOWING.

If you haven’t done so lately. Thank your dog. If you’re successful, thank the dogs that put you there and made you. Thank the dogs that gave everything they had for you simply because you ASKED them to.

If you’re still on the journey to success, thank the dogs that made you fall in love with your sport and who have helped give you the confidence to want to learn more and be better.

We can never stop learning and by continuing our education every dog in our future will be better off.

Next time you head to the ring leave your ego at the door and thank your dog





May I always be the kind of person my dog thinks I am.....

I am 72 years old (yikes!!) and previously raised Rottweilers for over 20 years and have been involved with Presas for over 25 years and Patterdales for almost 16 years. I live on a 8 1/2 acre ranch and did raise Miniature Horses (which were trained for children to ride and pull adults in carts), Miniature Sheep and Pygmy goats(for novelty and pets). I have been so busy with the dogs that I have now sold most of my Mini horses and the Pygmy goats. I was involved in the business of crushing recycled concrete and asphalt into baserock and green waste/wood into cogenerate energy and retired December 2010. I have two stepchildren and two of my own children; a son who is 40 and a daughter 45. I raised my kids and now I am having FUN training and competing with my dogs.





 The greatest victory is winning when they say you can't!!



   
 
My Best Friend is a dog named Tianna. She has amazed me how patient and tolerant she is especially these past days when I have traveled to Maryland. I left my house in California Thursday at 3:30 am to travel to Maryland to breed Tianna. She travels with me as a service dog and we flew from Sacramento to Los Angeles, Los Angeles to Denver, and Denver to Maryland. Not only were all of our seats messed up - she sat at my feet in a tiny cramped space. She is always excellent around all the people and confusion in airports - but four airports in one day was definitely a test of her patience. We had to endure a bus driver who tried to refuse us getting on a crowded bus and we waited in a car rental agency for over two hours because I lost my driver's license. After traveling for over 14 hours she let children pet her but was still watchful of suspicious strangers. We finally arrived at our destination where she met Kong at a strange house in the rain and after a brief meeting very accommodatingly (is that a word?) allowed a breeding. We left at 11:30 pm and had to search for food and our hotel. She settled into a strange room with me at about 1:00 am.  I always feel safe with her and I love this dog. Her intelligence and patience amazes me. I plan on keeping a daughter out of her and  hope she will be a lot like Tianna; who is truly my Best Friend!!!!

 Life has no limitations, except the ones you make.....

 
This is my old girl, "Gitta" who was my experiment girl on raw feeding...she was full of cancer at 12 1/2, could barely walk and I changed her diet to raw.....she lived another 1 1/2 years, was walking a mile and unfortunately had a stroke.  Convinced me that raw was the way to go!



"No matter how little money and how few possessions you own, having a good dog makes you rich."
 
The Canine 10 Commandments

Dogs are a huge responsibility, don't take it on unless you are prepared to make sacrifices, provide love and care, and a great home. They are with us a short time and it is up to us to make their lives as content and happy as possible.

They are not possessions, they are living breathing creatures with feelings and emotions. Don't expect your child to take care of the dog, ultimately it should be a task the whole family is willing to take on.


My life is likely to last 10 to 15 years.
Any separation from you will be painful for me.
Remember that when you buy or adopt me.

Give me time to understand what you want of me.

Place your trust in me - it's crucial for my well-being.

Don't be angry at me for long, and don't lock me up as punishment.

You have your work, your entertainment and your friends.
I have only you.

Talk to me sometimes.
Even if I don't understand your words,
I understand your voice when it's speaking to me.

Be aware, however you treat me,
I'll never forget.

Remember before you hit me that I have teeth that could easily crush the bones in your hand, but that I choose not to bite you.

Before you scold me for being uncooperative, obstinate or lazy, ask yourself if something might be bothering me.
Perhaps I'm not getting the right food, or I've been out in the sun or in the cold too long, or my heart is getting old and weak.

Take care of me when I get old.
You too, will grow old someday.

Go with me on difficult journeys.
Never say: "I can't bear to watch it", or say
"Let it happen in my absence" or "I am tired of you".
Everything is easier for me if you are there.

Remember I Love You
 
 
The man who said it can't be done......should not interrupt the woman doing it!

 

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