Last night I took Angus along with me to the Rally class I am assisting. We set up a full course for the first time, and Angus was elected to be the "demo dog."
He was just out of his crate and hadn't been warmed up yet, so I entered with that disclaimer, stating, "I will not be held responsible for what happens next."
I got lost once, due to a number on a sign that had flipped over. :P He blew a down once and we had to retry. Once he got a little overly excited and jumped up on me. : Otherwise, he did pretty well. I could have been happier, but I've also seen much worse.
When we were finished and just sitting around with the students, their "take" on Angus was nothing short of amazing to me. They said things like, "Wow, I've just been so lazy training my dog. But then I see Angus, and I realize what's possible." Another owner, with an 18 month old Lab, just couldn't rave enough about him. "He is so beautiful, and he looks so fit! He's in such great shape! [hers is a bit overweight] I can't believe he's only two. He seems so much more mature than that!" Another said, "How do you get him to turn so tight?" And, "He was looking at you the entire time! He never looked away! That is amazing!"
Some of these are things I NEVER thought I would hear in regards to Angus.
So, sometimes it is nice to look at your dog through someone else's eyes. It really helped me appreciate how far we've come, in really a fairly short amount of time. And he will go much further still.
Hope springs anew! ;D
Connie and "The Boys":
Angus, Yellow Lab, CGC, RE, CD
Simon, d.b.a. Flat Coated Retriever, CGC, RE, CD
Gone ahead, but forever in my heart:
Crash, Pit Bull x Rottweiler x Golden Retriever
Isn't it neat?? All those things you thought about demo dogs that you watched as a newbie are now coming back 'round on you and Angus. It's a testament to the time and patience you spent, and the stong bond you built w/your dog.
Take a bow!! ;D
I guess because you are so close to Angus you don't see what others see. You should be proud of him. He is doing wonderful. It is nice to hear nice compliments, especially after all the hard work you two do.
He really does sound like such a good boy. You deserve all the compliments you get!
Now that we've all said this, I can't wait to see what he's got in store for you tonight. :P
We often get caught up on the ONE or TWO little things that they just can't seem to get right all the time and forget that overall; they're great! Maybe it's like an extension of ourselves - we focus on the few negatives rather than the overall positives.
It's great that everyone stepped up and congratulated you; it was certain well deserved
Charlie (foster) and Rocky
Cheers for Angus ( and his owner)!! Sounds like it was alot of fun. Good boy.
That so neat!
Brenda, Sam & Bodie
That's great! All your hard work together is paying off.
It must've felt really nice to hear how impressed everyone was with him. ;D
Laura, mom of Sundance, CGC
I can imagine how proud it made you feel when they gave the compliments. Nothing like it! Give Angus and youirself a pat on the back...and take that boy out for some ice cream!
High Paw to the both of you. Sometimes we're our own worst critic.
Blackie and Ranger ...............................Reggie: 1996-2010 "Fly Reggie Fly"