thanks everyone. I just want people to know that goldens can be good at this and beat labs! Proof is Proof of that at least for 11 points of his life, ha ha!
We put in a ton of hard work with this but honestly I couldn't have done it without my trainer, Jason Baker, training me day in and day out. He's really a good teacher of people which, so far for me has been a unique trait among the pros I have previously trained around. I know there were days he wanted to just take over but he always stood there patiently explaining on the spot what to do. I'm very lucky to live so close to him!
Also, Hugh Arthur, who kind of kicked my butt into really understanding the complexity that this field stuff is going to take and encouraging me endlessly to keep pushing Proof.
Thanks Ben for always helping me and dealing with my meltdowns when I'm so drained and on the verge of quitting!! And man you are the best partner a friend could ask for!
Its just cool, I'm super excited. I know it might mean diddly to most but to me, this really is fun and neat and a great learning opportunity. Proof has already opened so many doors for me. I'm training with some of the best in the business. I've gotten to travel and train with new friends at their homes. The best times of my adult life outside of the normal things with family. And the bottom line is this so much work. I mean, my whole family has changed dynamics now since I'm training so much. They are all supportive but its a tough balancing act. it would be really hard if they were any younger. Oh well, I'm just glad that my goals and dreams are starting to come together