July 6th 2012 3:54 pm
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A couple months ago during a conversation my mom told me I was nothing before I got Jewel. Which taken out of context is a harsh comment from anyone let alone your own mother. But I knew what she meant. I was directionless, just "getting by", going through the motions, goalless before Jewel.
It's not many people that I would admit to that a 9lbs dog changed my life but I know dogster people will get it.
Jewel keeps me going, gets me up in the morning, gives me goals. She's aloof to most people but I know it's because she's so connected to me. She got her Pre-Novice CKC OB title this fall and I started crying in the ring. To most of the people in OB Pre-novice is nothing, a chance to take your puppy in the ring. But Jewel and I worked SO hard together.
We also tried to get our Novice A but it didn't work out. I'm hoping to get some Rally-o classes and compete in that with her. I think she'll like it better because I'll get to talk to her more.
Because of all the things I want to do with Jewel I recently (at 28) bought my first car and got my driver's license. As I came out of the dealership office my mom commented to me, "That's one expensive dog."
We've also recently started fostering. I say "we" because I brought home foster dogs and Jewel didn't pack her bags and leave. I thought it would be good for Jewel to pay forward her good fortune. We started with one dog but then got that "urgent foster homes needed" e-mail and ended up with a second. Then #2 left, a week past and #3 came in.
Jewel's a very important part of fostering, she keeps me company in the car to go pick them up, she greets them, plays with them, shows them where to potty, tells them what time supper is, teachs them which dish is HERS and so many other things. How she has time to look after her fosters, come to work with me, be that beautiful and look after me everyday is amazing!
I would say Jewel's come a long way since being dumped at a shelter matted, under-weight and pregnant two years ago. I've come a ways as well.
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I think Jewel is your "Life Coach". :)