I haven’t brought you up-to-date on Mira’s show career. Mira just isn’t interested in showing. Mira doesn’t want to be famous was how our handler put it. So Mira’s show career is over.
We aren’t disappointed at all in Mira. The way we think of it is that, if Mira loved the show ring (as Tally did), we’d be happy to support it. But since she doesn’t we don’t feel any sense of loss. We want Mira to be the best, happiest, healthiest, most complete dog she can be and the best friend that she can be and whatever that is is fine with us.
People who don’t work dogs frequently don’t understand that you can’t force a dog to do anything. When a dog pulls a sled, or herds sheep, or jumps after a frisbee, or pursues a lure, or hunts, or any of the other kinds of work that dogs do, it’s because he wants to do it. You can’t beat a dog into pulling a sled—if he doesn’t want to do it he’ll just sit down and nothing you can do will make him pull.
Dogs are, in many ways, better than we are and this is one of them. You can mistreat a dog or even kill him but that won’t make him into a slave.
So Mira will have a wonderful career as a sled dog and as a therapy dog or just as our house dog if that’s what she wants to do. It’s fine with us.