As much as I love photography, I never put pictures up in this blog. I have to other blogs plus thousands of images in Picasa and Flickr with which to assault people; the exception of course is the picture I took of Big Mac at the top of the page.
Today is different. We are in training with @thedogsamson. To be clear, we are the ones in training; Samson knows perfectly well how to be a dog. We are learning to be be better humans. We have done this training before with moderate success. The last time we were in training, I took my camera. I have lots of shots of Samson trying heel, Samson working on recall, Samson being distracted. Upon reflection of our time in trying, my roll was really just documentation; I never fully committed.
This time is different. Cameras stay home. I am fully committed and invested to do my part, pay attention and work with Samson. We work together on our taskings. When he missses, it’s MY fault. He can only deliver when he understands exactly what I want him to do. When he missses, I must examine where I am failing – by sending wrong or conflicting messages, not clear in my instructions, where I am confusing him. That’s humbling. Really. Because Samson is a very, very smart dog. His mistake is my fault. This time, I own it.
The success we are achieving is a direct result of my investment, not just my observation from the side or through the lens; it is because of the the value that I place on our time together. You can draw your own dotted lines, connecting thoughts and final conclusions. There are plenty. Invest. Commit. Focus. Share. We know it. Sometimes we just need a reminder. Mine is furry with a sweet face. Happy Friday.