|Together with paw and hand...not paw in hand.|
Last night at the Control Unleashed class I teach, I saw some magical moments between the humans and their canine partners. True time lapses of connection that left me beaming with a grin ear-to-ear. I cannot explain the feeling of happiness I felt as I watched each partnership - truly, ultimately, deeply - connected for sequences of training. It was nothing short of fulfilling for me to watch and I wanted to keep them going...watching them in that beautiful space, dancing with each other. These were moments that I have longed for with my students and their dogs and to see it actually happen was awesome! Even if the humans didn't know what was happening (I'm sure some of them were just happy their dogs were "listening" to them when asked to do something), it was clear to me that there was a mutual dance of communication happening that lifted the enjoyment for both ends of the leash.
I look forward to many more moments like this in my years ahead...not only in my students and myself, but for those people who I don't even know. Having watched these partners succeed in their dance - as a spectator...as a coach...as a humble human - reminds me that life is all about those special moments where two beings become more than separate entities...these two come together and create something magical...a true relationship.