Patience came to me in December 1995. She was about 18 months old, a dog in our local Dane Rescue that I agreed to foster until we could find a "forever" home for her. At that point I had fostered over 30 Danes for Rescue over the years, and although I was fond of all of them and fell in love with more than a few of them, I always realized that they were really "someone else's dog" - I was just their caregiver until that "someone" could be found.
But within 5 minutes of meeting her, I knew that I was that "someone" for Patience, and that was that!
She was not my first obedience dog, but she was my first (hopefully not my last) to achieve the elusive Utility Dog title which requires a high level of communication and understanding between dog and handler.
And at the ripe young age of 10, she became the first dog of any breed in the state of Texas to achieve the Rally Advanced Excellent title - the highest level of Rally obedience.
From the moment this sweet, pushy, beautiful, mischievous, outgoing, cuddly, lively, demanding, tolerant, smart, devious, occasionally obnoxious, never "patient", ALWAYS delightful lady came into my life until the moment she left it life was never dull!! And my life will never be quite the same again.
She changed my life in so many ways, and I am so grateful to have known her.