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: www.addoway.com/paws4critters for great American made pet products!
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