As of 10:00am today, Cessna and I have been together for six years!!
I will always remember her class. I was one of eleven students, ranging in age from sixteen to sixty-eight. I was 25 at the time, but just happened to be the second youngest. I’m not sure why, but I really didn’t seem to socialize much with the other students. Maybe it was because I had to go away for longer than a day without Phoenix for the very first time. Or maybe it was because the other students just weren’t overly interesting to me.
Here’s our first team picture
It seemed as though the students had their groups and I just didn’t fit into their
neat little clicks.
I don’t ever remember my experiences with the students in Gryphon and Phoenix’s classes being this way. I actually still keep in touch with one of the women I met during Phoenix’s class. Darwin was her first dog and we were the same age, so got along amazingly well. Sadly, Darwin passed away around the age of 10, which just happened to be a couple of weeks before Phoenix retired. Janell ended up waiting a year and a bit before receiving her next dog, a medium sized female black lab named Cyder – who just happens to have been fostered by K9 Crazy small world eh?
I remember the first time I met Cessna. I had already tried out various dogs, all were too slow for me, so when they finally brought out Cessna, I just knew she was the one. She was eager to meet me. Wanted to check out the other dogs and peple. Wouldn’t settle right away or even acknowledge my requests for a sit and/or down.
Cessna just had this air of self-confidence and love for life that I couldn’t help wanting to know more about this little ball of energy.
Over the years, Cessna and I have had our ups and downs. She had some fears that we had to work through as a team. She had a lust for life that needed to be tamed. She had trouble controlling herself around other dogs and small animals.
And, I had to learn that Cessna is Cessna, not Phoenix.
Our six years together have gone by quickly. We work amazingly well together. I no longer have to give her every little cue and if I screw up she seems to know what I really want. Looking back, I never would have thought we’d get to this point. She’s so different from Phoenix and I think it took time for me to embrace the change.
Cessna, you’ve made such a deep impression on my life that I don’t think I can ever forget you.
I look forward to spending another year or two working with my stellar partner and fellow adventure seeker!