I have been on emotional roller coaster ride! Bravo winning the Soldier Hollow Sheepdog Classic 2011 K-9 Hero of the year was such an incredible experience!
No matter what anyone thinks Bravo will always and evermore be MY hero…but it’s also nice to have other people recognize what an incredible dog he is! Chesapeake Bay Retrievers often get a bad rap as being stubborn and sometimes mean! They tend to walk to the beat of their own drummer. They are not a breed for everyone or first timers in my opinion….but they are an AWESOME dog in the right hands! A friend of mine summed it up nicely….”a stubborn hardheaded person with diabetes needs a stubborn hard headed dog to keep on them!”
I am RICHLY BLESSED in wonderful friends! Thank you to everyone who voted for him! Thank you to the judges and all the wonderful folks at the Soldier Hollow Sheepdog Classic for making this happen! Also, a huge thanks to the folks at Alpine Home Care and Hospice (http://www.alpinehomecare.com/hospice-care/hospice.asp) for sponsoring this event!
I do not know what I did to deserve such a wonderful dog but also a HUGE THANK YOU to Steve and Sharon Parker (Sunshine Kennels in McCammon, ID) for this 4-legged angel you gave me nearly 6 years ago.
What more can a person want in life.... an awesome dog...and AWESOME FRIENDS!
I did not enter this contest to win…I entered to raise awareness on diabetic alert dogs. Considering how many times I passed out info cards this weekend I would say I achieved that goal! I gave out between 500 and 1000 cards! It seemed that everyone I talked to either had diabetes or knew of someone with diabetes! I only hope that even a few of them actually contact me…to start that journey.
Bravo seems to have his very own fan club now! Everyone wants a dog just like him….they don’t really…what they want is their own hero. A hero to help them with their own journey of diabetes! These dogs are not a cure all or an end all…they are another very helpful tool in the battle against diabetes!