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What I've Been Up To...

Well, I am sure everyone has been wondering where I have been and what I've been up to… or maybe you haven't! :)
In January of this year, I started taking an online course for dog obedience training. I've always wanted to work with animals, but before the Internet, I really didn't know there were places to help people do that. Of course, when I got out of school, there really wasn't, save for a university like Texas A&M, which was way out of my monetary league! Schools like that would have only offered programs I'm not sure I would be interested in, though, and would have required biology, which I always hated.

I had a "disagreement" with my biology teacher in the 9th grade about whether or not I "had" to disect stuff. Ummm... no! Not so much that it was icky, but because I didn't think all these critters had to be raised and/or killed just so I could see their innerds. Yep, I was one of the original kids that said "no, I ain't doin' it". We were to disect in "teams" as "partners". The teacher was fit to be tied! He told me if I didn't do it both me and my partner would get a failing grade. Well, being I could speak up when I got mad, I told him I didn't think so. I told him it was fine for me to get a failing grade on the whole thing because that was my choice, but I was not going to let him give my partner a failing grade because of me especially if my partner did the disection. I think I stunned him for standing up to him for my partner... not to mention others no longer wanted to do the disection either. I think my partner got his grade and I got a C or D, which didn't mess up my grade too much. I don't think that teacher liked me much after that though.


Thankfully, with the help of family, I have been able to meet the payments every month. I have been studying hard, and it has taken a lot of my time. I just took the last test for the printed material. Soon, I will be starting my externship, which means taking one of the dogs, Shasta, with me to a mentor trainer, who will guide me and give me hands on training. Hopefully, I will get one of the mentor trainers I want. I know they are trying to set me up with one of them. They are both within 25 miles of me… one in TX and one in OK.
I will be keeping my Paws4Critters Pet Stuff Addoway store open because I think it will fit in perfectly with dog training, as I have lots of toys to offer. I have already thought of putting the Addoway store on one side of my business card and the dog training on the other side.
I have a lot of ideas for it already… have been playing with designing a logo using my beloved Gizmo "Gizzy" as part of it. He is basically the face of Paws4Critters everywhere; so, I think it's fitting he stays as part of it. I know he's a cat, but I think it'll fit. I also have it worked out to use Shasta and Cody as well. I've been thinking of what to use for lightweight clothing for working in the TX heat, too. I love the heathered colors like heather grey, heather brown and heather blue; so, probably something along those lines because heathered material is usually lightweight. The business building portion of the course, which I just finished studying, also suggests using talents you may already have to offer clients in addition to dog obedience training. It didn't take me long to think of my photography; so, I was thinking I could offer folks taking training classes a portrait of themselves or their family with their dog.
In addition, I have already signed up for 3 of the 4 continuing education program courses I want to take. They are how to train shelter dogs, how to sell and teach private lessons and cat management & training, which is why I am keeping Gizzy in my logo. I want to take the pet nutrition course as well, but I have to make some more sales first! LOL!
As for grades for the book part, I haven't done too bad. I was told I am in the honors group at the moment with grades in the 90s save for 3… 1 was 88% and 2 were 100%. When I got upset at scoring a 94% on one test I thought I should have done better on, my program manager/counselor told me not to worry because I got very high scores on 3 of their hardest tests… one of which was one of the 100s.
The externship has me a little nervous because I am not sure I will remember everything. I want to be successful at this. I'm also hoping my shyness doesn't wreak havoc with my plans. When the conversation turns to dogs, cats or critters in general, I can talk to people about them. It's kind of an ice breaker; so, hopefully, this will all work out.
So, if y'all have been wondering about where I've been… now ya know. If you weren't, well, now ya know anyway! LOL :)
Please feel free to visit my store, Paws4Critters Pet Stuff, here on Addoway by clicking the store name or this link: for great American made pet products!
Thanks for taking the time to read my blog and feel free to comment!
Pawsing for Critters with 4 Paws

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Donna's Stuff & More | June 5th 2012 at 1338921234

Oh Robyn, this is wonderful! I am so proud of you making such good grades! And I think your addoway store will be a perfect complement to your dog training business. Thank you for sharing!
Royal Presence
Royal Presence | June 6th 2012 at 1339019682

Funny! I had a lab partner who did the dissecting for me and the teacher looked the other way:-)
Good luck with the new venture. It will work perfectly, I'm sure. Kudos. | June 21st 2012 at 1340280260

Whoa! Robyn, you've been busy. And the grades! Just Wow. Don't worry about your shyness stopping you from talking to people. That won't happen because you'll be doing something you're passionate. I'm so proud of you.

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