A team is built not only by many hours of drills and skills but by the long walks in the woods, the interaction with new sites and sounds, tricks we teach during long winters, cuddle time and weekends spent traveling to shows together. We camp, we hotel, we play Frisbee or play in the water.
Max and I have known each other now for a little over 2 years. He has shown that he only wants to work with me, be with me and has to be touching me whether by my side on the couch or sitting on my foot under the computer table. We started competing this year and I have watched him grow in his confidence, less spinning and barking, slightly more patience . There is still so much more to come. What seminars will we attend? What shows? How will he like flying across the pond?
Our journey begins and it is finally nice to be thinking about what might "be" rather than what "was" and can be no more.