WOW...that's all I can say about the past 4 days :-)
I just spent 4 days down in Chicago teaching at the Contact Sports Agility Camp. I was asked last Wednesday to replace one of the instructors due to a health issue in the family :-(
At first I was uncomfortable about the circumstances, but after getting a very nice email from Mary Ellen, I felt much better. It's tough being excited about an opportunity when someone is going through something tough. But after reading the email, things were good. I continue to think of them and sending prayers of strength to her and her family.
To say it was a blast was a huge understatement :-) Diane Sanders puts on amazing trials and following suit, amazing agility camps. Great facilities, great people, great food, great equipment and takes awesome care of everyone :-)
Teaching is very mentally taxing, yet very rewarding all in the same minute. I enjoyed the 4 days of helping others. Lots of amazing dogs and awesome, positive people!! Made it just a wonderful time. Jen, Rachel and Karen are all very fun to work alongside. Took the rookie in and were very very awesome :-) GREAT GREAT PEOPLE :-)
The students were so motivated, eager and ready to go outside of their comfort zones. Everyone gave me 300%! It was so much fun to be able to help so many people :-) I was a bit worried how everyone would feel about me being a replacement for MEB, but everyone really embraced it. Whew!! ;-)
There was a great mix of breeds there as well! I LOVE THAT!!! Border collies are awesome! Don't
get me wrong! But seeing a cool Irish Setter, or a Mal, etc etc etc...just really is so much fun :-)
I'm so grateful for this opportunity....grateful that I can share my passion with others, make it my life. For that I feel very very lucky :-)
So now...we just relax for a few days. Gator and Lynn are with me, getting lots of training. Klink is home with the husband getting her laser treatments. Going into a regional with Klink not having much training is going to be VERY INTERESTING!!!!! Lynn gets to be a demo dog for a running contact seminar Wednesday night given by Rachel Sanders and Jen Pinder--hoping to pick up lots of info as well!.....then the regional this weekend. Fingers crossed for some Byes!!!!!
Then hopefully things will settle down for a bit before USDAA Nationals...
Yeah right :-)
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