Giving Thanks to You

As the year draws to a close, we begin looking back and remembering.  Remembering many things, but most of all the joy of having each other, our dogs (past and present), our clients, our family and friends in our lives.
The Cold Nose College Family: Brad, Cody, Lisa & Gibson (who now has wings!)
It’s been such an exciting year in so many ways with the new, enlarged training center, the roll out of Pat Miller’s Canine Behavior & Training Academies, the selection to teach dog*tec’s Professional Dog Walking Academies and the fact that dog lovers keep coming and returning to Cold Nose College for fun learning for their dogs.
But the real joy is in living each and every day to its fullest with a dog (or multiple dogs) by our side, setting judgments aside, accepting life as it is and appreciating the “now.”
Abbey, the dog who started it all. We always called her our Angel Dog.
When we did a photo shoot with Bonita Ash of Ashford Studio in October to finally get some family photos of us with Gibson & Cody, we never thought that less than three weeks later, Gibson would be gone. The holidays have been dimmed and time has indeed stood still because of his absence, but as we begin to move forward, the new year beckons.
Carter, our first Aussie, who was the catalyst to move to positive training.
Just like the new year approaching, we feel ourselves looking forward to new experiences versus focusing on how it “was” with Gibson in our lives.  Thankfully, Cody keeps bringing us back to the “now” (as only Cody can do!).  Dogs have so many qualities that we humans can learn from, but being in the “now” is certainly one of the very best.
Gibson, the finest of Ambassadors for Cold Nose College, whose spirit, we trust, is still beside us.
Who knows what will be store for us in 2012, but we do know we’ll do our best to embrace the “now” by showing up, being present and taking each day as it comes…..being thankful for that day, just as it is.
We certainly thank YOU for being a part of the Cold Nose College family, for truly caring about your dogs and for helping them to be the very best they can be.
Without you, we wouldn’t be here.
And we really, really love where we are.
Thank you, and thank you again.
Peace, Joy & Muddy Paws,
Lisa, Brad, Cody
and the Four Furry Felines,
Grayson, Xena, Molly & Kate

Lisa Lyle Waggoner is the author of The Original Rocket Recall™: Teach Your Dog to Come. She’s a CPDT-KA, a CSAT (Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer), a Pat Miller Certified Trainer Level 2, Faculty for the Victoria Stilwell Academy of Dog Training and Behavior, a dog*tec Certified Professional Dog Walker and the founder of Cold Nose College in Murphy, North Carolina. The company’s trainers enjoy providing virtual behavior consulting and training solutions to clients around the globe and offers coaching, mentoring and behavior case support for pet professionals.


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