Today, Facebook reminded me that it was a year ago today that I officially launched this site. Looking back on it, I can hardly believe it. All at once, it both feels like I’ve been doing this forever, and at the same time like I can’t believe a whole year has passed already.
If I don’t think about it too hard, it just feels like normal life. When I stop to consider though, man, has it ever been a crazy year.
Here are a few of my favourite moments from the past year:
- My life changing trip to the Middle East. I had been before, but it was prior to my working with dogs. Being there, and seeing the conditions in rescues, gave me a real appreciation for how lucky our pets are in North America. It gave me real motivation to create change. It helped me find a sense of purpose.
- My awesome interview with the CBSA. Meeting Paul and his drug-detecting dog Sawyer was one of the coolest things I’ve ever gotten to do. It was my first experience with a dog trained in scent detection, and with a true working dog. Hiding hash in my car and watching her sniff it out was amazing in the truest sense of the word.
- All my hard work finally paying off, and becoming a dog trainer, full time. The past few years are the first time in my life that I really knew what I wanted, knew what direction I was headed, and worked my ass off and did it.
- Being lucky enough to have friends to write articles for me and let me share their work when I was up to my eyeballs in school and work.
I don’t want to ramble on and on, but it hit me today, seeing that reminder on Facebook, how lucky I have been to have so many people supporting me and cheering me on, and reading my work that I pour my heart into. I am so thankful. It’s been a hell of a year.