Today's CCI Class brought "I get it" moments. It was the first class we've been to after a CCI Turn-In/Graduation Weekend. The highlight was seeing the door open and watching a brand new Skilled Companion Dog enter with her new Handler.
The Handler is in our 4-H CCI Class. He flew down to California on February 5th to find his dog and start their training together. He graduated on Saturday, and then flew home. Everyone was anticipating their arrival tonight. It was SO FUN!
The Handler and his parent's shared with us about his experience, and it was fun to see the family and their dog working together in class. You can tell the bond is still in infancy stage - they are still learning to work together - and it will be so fun to watch firsthand their bond develop stronger every week. How exciting!
The other highlight for tonight was seeing the multiple 4-H kiddos that Turned'In their dogs over the weekend and who brought home new pups. Oh, how adorable to have puppies in the group again! While it is different to see one gal with her tiny black lab pup, versus her older, experienced, trained yellow lab, she was excited like Christmas morning. No tears or sad face at class because her other puppy was returned. Just shear joy that she gets to keep raising puppies and starting over.
I get it. I get the draw to this volunteer gig. I get the magnitude of the gift we are giving to others. I get the joy of learning that the puppies bring to us.
I get it ...