Lately I've been thanking everybody that has played an important part in my life. I've been on a roll, so why stop now :0) One can't imagine how much fun I have in the training of my stockdogs. I have worked hard. I have gone for an occasional lesson when I was stumped. I have a long animal training history, so I do have some of my own ideas. I don't get along with all of the people that train and give lessons. Nor should I.
I'd really like to thank those people that I have written numerous times to for advice. Thank-you Patrick Shannahan who sold me Jet. I don't know how many times I wrote to Patrick and he took the time to write back lengthy answers to my questions. And, I'm sure some of those questions were really 'novice.' I am so appreciative. Thank-you to Diana Gauthier from Canada who sold me Kilt. Kilt has been a difficult dog for me. Diana knew she would be. She offered me another dog in her place. I refused. She has always written me back countless number of times offering me assist with the training of Kilt. And, a special thanks to Bob Stephens from Canada for his huge smile and optimistic advice. I met Bob before he became the BC Board expert and he is a true gentleman and so very thoughtful to give advice to someone he had just met. Plus, Bob has a way of making you feel 'good,' and that is a very special quality.
Now, it ain't all a bed of roses out there. I have met a few people along the way that are real sour grapes.
Mean people suck. "To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it." To those few thorns I have met along the way, I just steer clear of them.
Thank-you to the marvelous mentors out there. Giving advice in a kind way will always be fondly remembered.
P.S. Okay Bloggers, can you SEE my header with the black and white Border Collie walking behind the sheep? Funny, I can see it on my PC at home on AOL, but NOT on my i-phone. Hmmmmm. So much to learn, so little time. Please let me know. :0)