Today, I read about the huge accomplishments of Shyla's full sister, who has become a huge champion in the field trials world - following in the paw prints of their father.
I can see elements of an amazing champion in Shyla. She doesn't have the intrinsic confidence to compete formally in any dog sport but she's learned to cope with her fears to such an extent that I can train her to do all sorts of fun things, like nosework and other behaviors. Knowing where she started her life, I feel as if she's a champion too.
I can't quite believe that Shyla has been faced with another hurdle - epilepsy. It seems as if Shyla has had too many obstacles so far in her life. However, I thank goodness that we can face it with her. Every single obstacle that she faces in life is our hurdle as well as hers. In other words, we will be by her side helping every step of the way, no matter what.
She may not be what some people would see as a "perfect dog" but she's perfect in our eyes.
So many of the twists and turns in life are beyond our control. The best that we can do is delight in the autumn bluebird days when we're feeling happy.
And, make sure to avoid the huge bull elk right around the corner!