What gets me about Wynonna right now is I was convinced there for a few months that she wasn't going to be a sport dog. I was ready to just be like, eh, she's a good hiking buddy, that's it.
And then yesterday I got her on actual agility equipment and she picked up the tunnel so fast (side note: funny how me in the middle of nowhere with a frisbee got Wynnie through tunnels in 5 minutes, and she would not do it with a trainer who only knows border collies breathing down my neck). After PATIENTLY getting her used to a balance board at home for 6 months, she did the teeter no problem with a controller decent.
I'm just, sure, she's not a sporty mix or border collie or even an intentionally bred dog at all, she's a mutt that's no more than 25% of anything. BUT she CAN do sports, and I'm glad I'm working with her and learning patience, learning that it might fucking take 2 or 3 or 4 years to get the dog that can succeed in challenging environments, but it's worth it.
I mean sure I'm ready for an easy dog* next time, but I can't over state the value of working with all these fun, funky dogs out there that don't have genetics or early upbringing on their side.
*every time I say I want an easy dog next, my mom is like "Wynnie's not easy???" And she's right, by all accounts Wynonna has not been a difficult dog. She has her issues but, like, it's literally all manageable and trainable. There is no perfect dog.