Something to think about next time you run an event, no matter what the venue is! Your dog gets absolutely nothing out of being competitive for you. Not a darn thing. Of course dogs are bred for specific jobs, or they’re bred to be athletic to a certain degree. They have no idea how much money is added to the pot. They have no idea that this is a qualifier. They have no idea that this is the Master National. And DESPITE us... DESPITE our nerves, our flaws, our incorrect cues, our huge emotions, they get the job done to their very best ability. Even when we fail them by letting our emotions get in the way, they come back and they try again. For US. Let that sink in. If only we could all be so understanding. To think of an animal that is forgiving and flexible enough to put up with the repetition of practice, the intense nerves of the handler, the stress of hauling and they will still meet you at the end of their lead ready to go is MIND BLOWING. If you haven’t done so lately. Thank your dog If you’re successful, thank the dogs that put you there and made you. Thank the dogs that gave everything they had for you simply because you ASKED them to. If you’re still on the journey to success, thank the dogs that made you fall in love with your sport and who have helped give you the confidence to want to learn more and be better. We can never stop learning as dog men and dog women, and by continuing our education. Every dog in our future will be better off. Next time you head to the line, leave your ego at the door and thank your dog!