On the theme of being able to take your dog anywhere, my husband and I were invited to a beautiful wedding a few weeks ago where the bride’s dog’s were her ring bearers.
The ceremony was set outside in a fern lined garden. All the guests were gathered at the bottom of a gentle slope. The beautiful bride walked down the white pebbled path and was given away by her beaming father.
As I stood watching a couple I know very well, begin the the most important ceremony of their lives, I felt something was missing.
I have known Heidi and Luke for a little while now. Heidi and I used to work together, training dogs. At one time, we even looked into starting a dog training business together. Our training philosophy is very similar. We constantly amaze each other with the identical approaches we take when it comes to high level behavioural rehabilitation issues with dogs.
Anyway, as I was watching my friend and highly respected dog trainer get married, I felt something, or a set of someone's were missing. Her dogs!
We both train under the ideology that your dogs represent your method. Owning happy, well behaved dogs should show the world your worth as a dog trainer. Snickers and Bailey have been on many exciting adventures with Heidi and it didn't seem right that on an adventure such as this, her dogs wouldn't be witnesses.
Heidi, however, had already thought of this. As the celebrant asked for the rings all went quiet. A concerned moment passed and Heidi called out.
Both the dogs came flying around the corner and down the garden path. They never broke their focus. As the guests were excitedly taking photos and cooing as one, the dogs ran passed the crowd, straight to Heidi and Luke, sat at their feet and waited for the next command.
Heidi and Luke were able to retrieve the rings from their hairy ring bearers, take some wonderfully unique photos and continue the ceremony, now with all their best friends by their side.
The ability to have the dogs at the ceremony without concern didn't happen by accident or even luck. At no point was Heidi and Luke crossing their fingers and hoping like hell that the dogs wouldn't run around that corner and chase after a rabbit in the bushes, or down the damp path and jump up at Heidi’s white dress, muddy paws, slobbery mouths and all.
Her dogs are well trained, under all types of distraction. A wedding was just another distraction for the dogs. Training has changed the lives of all involved in this story. Heidi has found a fitting and interesting career path as a specialist dog trainer, the couple own two great doggy mates who they can take anywhere and everyone and Snickers and Bailey are happy, well adjusted dogs who look at their owners as their leader and can get on with the job of enjoying life - because they are safe in the knowledge Heidi and Luke will always be there to follow.
From Canine Comprehension, a big CONGRATULATIONS to Luke and Heidi on a beautiful wedding we wish you all the happiness in the world!
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