Opinions wanted and needed!

Hi Blog Family,ktdk

You all frequently give me awesome advice and insight to chew on. So, I want to know what you think!

I will be traveling for a week in the beginning of May and need to board Kinley at our favorite place, The Dog Knowledge. So, I started to look into the training packages they offer (two birds, one stone). After exploring, they felt it best to do a 4 week live in training program.

It is 1,745.00 (about $62.00 a day) for 28 days. I have been going there for a long time and often when I drop her off for daycare they are training. It is a beautiful, calm, and happy environment. They do 6-10 training sessions a day, 15 minutes of training and 45 minutes of play.

The thought of not sleeping with her or seeing her face for 4 weeks is so daunting but they do allow you to come by anytime to watch training and of course send pictures. I know Kinley is a working breed and I have a feeling she would love it and it would build her confidence.

What do you guys think? Brutal honesty people, I have thick skin.

My dream breed…or so I thought

2014-2015 ;) 1131Ever since I can remember, I had always wanted a Golden Retriever. These cuddly, sweet, eager to please pups seem to be the best match for my personality. Sadie, pictured left, is my sisters 8 year old golden. She is one of the many Goldens that I came into contact with over the years and immediately stole my heart.

Through out my life I had been around Shepherds too. Cindy, was the first and only dog that bit me. She was old and cranky and I was young and most likely annoying. Then there was Packer, my best friend’s dog. Her step dad was a warden at a jail and Packer was his well trained companion. I encounter these dogs and at the time it meant very little to me.

Then I met Jackie. An all black Shepherd who was own by a man I was trying to win over. It took me about 6 months of obedience and correction on all the mistakes I was making, to learn how to behave and handle Jackie. With time I became confident and he grew to like me as well.

This dog was loyal, smart, athletic, a real companion that was able to come along for any ride or trip. But even with those stellar qualities, did I want an independent dog who didn’t need the affection that I so badly wanted from a dog companion?

I am so happy that I chose a Shepherd. Kinley is more than I could ever ask for in a dog companion and continues to impress me everyday. She will often join me on the couch for a quick cuddle and luckily allows me to drag her to the top of the bed every morning to cuddle for about 5 minutes while she is still to sleepy to realize it is almost time to go outside and eat!

What was your dream breed and what do you have now???