And I Became A Junior Handler by Alex Todd (Part 3 of 3)

27 Apr 2014 5:57 PM | Anonymous member
I honestly wouldn't have done anything different because that would change who I have become and who I will go onto be.  I loved all of the experiences Dog Shows and Juniors have given me.  I won't forget any of it.  I couldn't have asked for a better hobby or a better life than the one I have been given.  Sure I stood out a bit in school, participating in something different, but who cared?  I love showing dogs, being with dogs, being owned by a dog.  They challenge you.  They love you.  Sure, there is drool involved. At the end of the day, they curl up next to you and give you a look as if to say, "Well that was fun. What's on the agenda for tomorrow?" Then it's time to get some rest because wouldn't you know it, tomorrow is gonna be just as exciting if not more.

As for my future plans... Well, I want to continue breeding better bullmastiffs, but I don't want to handle professionally.  Professionally I want to translate for businesses that have international relationships. I wont ever stop showing or owning dogs because they have become a big part of my life.  They have taught me so many things: sportsmanship, kindness, unconditional love, communication, reading body language (animal & people) and to enjoy the little things in life.

If I have any advice to those looking at becoming a Junior, it would be this:  HAVE FUN because Juniors is all about having FUN and sharing a bond with an animal that loves you very much.  Remember that they don't always know what we want them to do, but golly they do try!  If you no longer want to take the same dog the show home with you after the show, then it's time to quit.  Don't ever make it so competitive that you no longer enjoy the time with the dog on the end of your leash, because then, well you've just defeated the purpose of Juniors.

Alex

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