I want to thank EVERYONE for the incredible outpouring of support, empathy, prayers and kindness you’ve shown Dan and I on the passing of our young dog Merger.
It’s never easy to lose a part of your soul and that’s what happens when you welcome a pet into your home – they become a part of your core. They sleep on your bed (always touching you), come on vacation with you (road trip!), let you hug, kiss & squeeze the heck out of them and they lick your tears away (or in Merger’s case the lick was more like a smack in the face I’m really going to miss).
Agility takes that bond to a whole new level of team work & integration. While agility may be a mere 20 minute a week of interaction, it’s another piece in the all encompassing relationship of trust and communication that roots them further in your soul.
Merger was supposed to have been Dan’s dog, but for unknown reasons Merger felt it was his duty to be at my side. In the bathroom (ya’ll with dogs know how it is), in the car, in the yard and always in the agility field.
Merger was my rock. The dog that taught me if I focused myself, he’d be there to support the directive. This turned into a powerful life lesson for me because it allowed me the balance to do all the things I love in life and that I could still be a success when I chose to compete in agility.
Merger taught me that it wasn’t the amount of time I practiced agility or if I attended the latest seminar presenter that gave me confidence, it was me. Merger taught me that it was my focus, and it was my clarity on what needed to be done on an agility course that led us. If I wasn’t focused, I led us into the ditch. But when I was, the run was always a winner…even if it wasn’t a Qualifier, it was still a winner because it was a run I could be proud of.
That theme is the subtle basis for all of the training programs I’ve created and that’s the amazing legacy Merger has left. I never doubted what an amazing and truly special dog he was in my life. I hope the lesson he taught me will help other handlers to see their own power and gifts as well.
Love you always Merger Man.