On the homefront, we've resumed our adventures in our forest. Shyla and I try to make it out in time for sunrise, but it's getting harder each day with sunrise racing earlier.
Moreover, Shyla now has the confidence to defy me sometimes. When we are training, she'll sometimes grab a stick and insist on a game of fetch instead of our normal training. Our trainer says that this is a wonderful development in an under-confident dog. It's a stage that she often sees as a fearful dog loses her fear. Thus, for now, I should let Shyla take the lead so her confidence keeps growing. It's a great sign she sometimes acts like a teenager who just wants to play rather than work!
I captured this photo of Shyla in the wind this morning, almost by accident. I think that, in an abstract way, it shows the sparkle of the confidence that she exudes these days.