Thursday, January 19, 2012

A Journey

I've said a few times in the past few weeks that Wicca is retired. And I've been thinking about a way to write about it- to really let people see the things that we have done together. What it has meant. It is hard to put into words, but I'll try.

I am so incredibly lucky to have had her as my partner for the past 8 years. She has taught me so much, and we've come so far together. For us, this journey has been hard, and rocky, and loaded with twists and turns. Nothing has been easy. Nothing- we have worked hard for every qualifying run, for every weave entry, for every bar that stayed up. But that makes every bit of success we've had all the more awesome.

We've done all this cool stuff together- first regionals, first nationals, first plane ride, first time "on the podium"...it is incredible to think that a dog has changed my life so much. She is such a huge part of who I have become- as a dog trainer, and a person. I am very sad that our fun was cut short, but I am grateful that we have many years ahead of us still. We will create new memories- away from agility and obedience, and I will do my best to ensure that she still feels as special as she deserves to be. Once she is further recovered we will get back to Tracking- I think that will be safe and easy on her body. But mostly she'll still by my buddy. The dog at the end of the couch, at the foot of the bed, pulling on the leash, and always on the lookout for Gophers...

It has been an incredible ride Woo. Thank you.

Here is a little slideshow I made- some of our favorite memories and a small portion of our journey together..

10 comments:

minstrel said...

What a great video.Wicca is a lucky lucky girl to have had you as her mum through these wonderful years together.
The agility vids are great,she looks great!

Diana said...

What a great dog!!

Taryn said...

What a great montage....I think Wicca's handler deserves a lot of credit too!

onecollie said...

you really have had a great journey with Wicca, she has been a wonderful partner & will be creating new great memories for many years to come !!

Blazingstar said...

I feel lucky to have been able to watch Wicca's journey, from puppyhood to "retirement". She is a truly amazing working dog. One of my favourites of all time (except perhaps for the barking at scent hurdle races!!).

You never know what the future will bring. I was pretty sure that Lupine's working days were over with her diagnosis of arthritis in her elbow last year, but thanks to various treatments, supplements, rest and paying more attention to which activities are bad for her, she has been great since the fall, is back training for utility and even got to go hunting. I am sad that she probably won't get the WCI, which she has all the skills for, but you never know....

Hopefully Wicca will be able to get back to some activities in the future as well!

Koping Weims said...

You and Wicca are an amazing Team and always fun to watch. Your journey has been amazing I look forward to seeing you both trying something new in the near future.

Julia

^..^Corgidogmama said...

Wow...the two of you together....your words, and the vid made me cry. You're a couple of swells is all I can say.
God bless ya.

Raelyn said...

I LOVE the title to this blog post, Amanda.... "A Journey".... It is SO FITTING!! :op

Tucker The Crestie said...

What a lovely tribute to the very special relationship that you and Wicca have shared. Her competition days may be over, but the journey you are on together continues ... and who knows where the road may lead. Safe travels and may the wind be always at your back ...

andrea said...

love

thanks for sharing