Long ago, I made a decision to never parent children, kind of because I don’t really like children very much, and kind of because I think I’d make a crappy parent. If I can’t toss it in a crate in the back of the van to take it to agility class, I’m not real interested in it. Children should be surrounded by people who want and love them, not short – tempered Food Ladies who find them even pestier than Dexter (and if Dexter ever learns to speak English, I’m breaking up with him for SURE).
However, no matter what you “parent” or are caregiver to, there are immense responsibilities involved. Whatever it is you are minding, you must love it, care for it, tend to its needs, be a teacher, a coach and a support system. It’s a lot of work, making sure you set someone up for success. And there are lots of things you CAN’T do too, which is kind of a let down.
It’s a lot of work, being a parent. Fortunately my mother is fabulous and did an excellent job. Thanks Mum, and Happy Mother’s Day!
Piper says I could have done a slightly better job, which is about what sums up our performance yesterday. No Q’s – we fell victim to the 5 Fault Fumble – in every run, we made one single error. My favourite was Piper’s beautiful, difficult weave pole entry in Master’s Standard, followed immediately by her turning around in the weaves and coming back to ask me if I’d seen how nice her entry was ;-) But I am really proud of her efforts and overall performance. She has come so far in such a short period of time! The Sadist has been a (strange, scary etc.) blessing in our lives.
Tweed got to come to the trial yesterday to visit all of his friends and mooch for cookies (the pathetic tennis ball casted foot was a JACKPOT he discovered). The only sad bit was as I was leading him back out to the car so he could rest in his crate, he tried to pull me into the Masters ring. He thought he was going to run a course, and was completely depressed when I explained he couldn’t go play :(
However, our wonderful and thoughtful agility friends made it up to him by presenting us with a very sweet card depicting a vomiting seagull that hoped Tweed would feel better soon, and a generous wad of cash toward his veterinary bill. I was just so touched by the gesture. Thank you friends!! You’re all fantastic people, and fantastic doggie parents too. Happy Mother’s Day to all of you as well.
Now I am off to celebrate the day with my Mum.