As I mentioned in the last blog all is coming to an end with my degree and as such I have started to look back over the 5 years that the course took to complete. I started in the same year Matt Cardle won X Factor, Kara Tointon won Strictly, Zara Philips got engaged, there was a new conservative coalition and ash from a volcanic eruption in Iceland suspended all flights for weeks. I was still working in printing and had Bentley who was 12 years old at the time, the same age Guinness is now. I would like to think I was a little thinner and less grey (but there is no evidence of this hehe), but ultimately I had not been happy with the job I was doing for some years, however, life was easy then working hard and enjoying my time off training dogs and running the odd class without a care in the word and maybe that’s why I decided to do the degree, as I had a burning need to see how far I could push myself and boy did I do that.
Within the 5 years I have taught and trained in India, Taiwan and America, gained my APDT, FdSc and KCAI qualifications, got my “behaviour” dog Drake and quit my printing job to train dogs full time. I now find myself with challenges from every direction and cannot be happier and I have genuinely enjoyed everyday of it. However, there is a cost when doing a course of this level and time, life just passes you by on occasions, it is similar to the famous quote by Lennon, who said “life is what happens when your busy making other plans”. You are always thinking about your studies and in the final couple of years I can honestly say I have been preoccupied in life with University work hanging over me at every moment, with those of you who have done any form of learning will understand. It feels as if I have been in a tunnel there I can only focus on one thing and now I am out of the tunnel I can look around more clearly. There has been some disadvantages to the 5 years, Bentley got old and left me and now Guinness, who has always been my puppy dog has grown to become an old man, even Drake is starting to mature (who’d have thought it?). One thing is for sure I am going to enjoy every moment I can with the boys and put all my efforts in to running the best dog training business I can, watch this space.