January 1st, 2014



I know it's trite but I just can't believe how fast this year went by. I can easily recall last year sitting on the beach with my sister and her wife. We were burning a couple of fake logs and sitting underneath a beautiful full moon listening to the waves crash and talking about out hopes for 2013. I remember very clearly saying that I wanted to spend the year moving toward something. It was very important to me that I not think about things I wanted to "give up" or stop doing. I really wanted it to be a year about moving forward. And--hot damn--it's been just that.
All year I've been moving toward growing my teaching business and adding other services like dog walking and pet sitting. I've been constantly striving toward learning as much as I can about scent work/nosework/scent theory. I've seen the results in my own dogs' performance and in my students' dogs who have started competing and doing well. I've done stuff well outside my comfort zone and haven't died. Maybe it didn't always work out as well as I wanted but at least I stayed open to the opportunities.
I've been learning new stuff--Obedience--from a friend and putting myself in a position of being a total beginner (since training Obedience via clicker alone is all new to me). I'm not sure where it's going to take me--if I'll ever actually compete--but it's good for me as a teacher to put myself in the position of feeling awkward and klutzy as I'm learning so that I can be more empathetic toward students who feel that way, too.
Then there's the biggest change: my movement toward being healthier. Back in  the summer I started working out with a trainer and eating better and at this point I've lost 20 pounds and gained a lot of fitness and strength. Not only do I look and feel better, my back rarely troubles me anymore, I'm much less anxious and I find myself feeling much better about myself.
Looking to the future I want to keep the focus on my health and happiness, continue wrking out and increasing my fitness until I can run again


I want to continue training Spriggs for agility and see where that takes us. I don't know if I'll every want to or be able to compete again but I miss running agility with my dogs. This is the first time since 1991 that agility hasn't been my major interest. I spend so much time and money on agility, had lots of fun but also had lots of angst about it that I don't know if I can ever go back to that again. Nosework just doesn't have the same focus on competition, it's more about developing skill and teamwork--at least among the people I listen to and learn from.
I also want to figure out what I want to do for my 60th birthday which is this year. I have a couple of ideas one of which is to rent an RV and take all the dogs with us up to Upper Michigan. Hubby's family is from up there and it's nice and cool up there in the summer. I would love to see some of the beautiful National Lakeshores up there and it's so uncrowded that the dogs could run around off leash. The other idea is to finally visit Scotland but I missed my dogs so much last summer when we went to Greece that I'm afraid it would ruin the trip for me.
But truth be told, all I really want is for everyone I love to stay happy and healthy. That will be enough. Everything else is gravy.