We're all in it for the dogs. I recently spent time at the American Veterinary Medical Association's (AVMA) 147th convention in Atlanta, GA, representing Karen Pryor Academy. We were there to talk to veterinarians and veterinary technicians about behavior and dog-friendly
While we were there, we had the opportunity to talk to lots of interesting people. I talked with Dr. Kathy Meyer, outgoing president of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior, as well as many other veterinary behaviorists and technicians.
I, along with Karen Pryor and Tia Guest also had the good fortune of having dinner with Victoria Stilwell of "It's Me or the Dog" on Animal Planet.
We talked of dogs, life, and well, dogs! It was an enjoyable evening spent amongst people -- whether in the public spotlight or behind the scenes -- who not only enjoyed dogs, but who were also intent on making the lives of dogs better. What was so gratifying is that everyone had the best interest of the dogs at heart.
In the time we spent with Victoria Stilwell, it was very clear that dogs -- and their well-being -- was top priority. It was quite refreshing. We talked about how she got into dogs and dog training -- all the while I was getting my "doggie fix" with her very lovable Labrador, Sadie. It's clear that dogs, not ratings, are a top priority for her. You never quite know what goes on behind the scenes of a tv show -- it could be all good, or it could be something very different. Thankfully, in this case, it was all good.
In the end, what it all came back to was dogs. Dogs, dogs, dogs. Which was fine and dandy with me - my life revolves around dogs. And I'm happiest in the company of them.
Life is good. Here's to having fun with your dogs!!