My name is Lesli Hyland. In my forty seven years on this earth, my home and my heart have been graced with the company of twenty dogs. Many came to me as seniors. All of them taught me something and helped determine the course of my life.
I am a dog trainer because of them. I met my friends because of them. My husband and I are are forever bonded by our mutual connection to them.
As a dog trainer I have access to other people's dogs and I am allowed to share in their unique relationships.
The dogs make me a better person by forcing me to closely examine my motivation, my actions and my choices. Everything I do affects their behavior, safety and happiness. It is an awesome responsibility.
The dogs keep me honest.
Today was a productive day in puppy-land! The pups met 3 new people and were handled, kissed and played with by all. Mamacita met 5 new people (2 seniors, 2 teens and my friend Kelly - we won't mention her age! ). By the time Kelly came by, Mama was pretty relaxed and friendly. As the mommy hormones kick down she is getting much more receptive to visitors. That's 'all good' as they say.
Introduced the pups to food today. The pics below are from our 3rd attempt. They're getting the hang of it!