I follow Ruby on the sand and watch her as she launches herself after the ball and catches it in mid-air. I turn in the morning sun and begin to visualise chasing and catching a ball myself.
Ruby smiles at me and gives another demonstration of natural and effortless ball catching.
I look at our companion and she smiles at me. She visualises me running after the ball and catching it and saying ‘good boy’ to me when I drop the ball back by her feet.
All this positive energy makes me believe in myself. When our companion throws me the first ball I chase it and catch it in mid-air. I run back to her in a wide circle, beaming and buzzing. It IS easy, it DOES feel natural when you do something for the first time after you have visualised yourself doing it.
Seamus and Ruby have such a lovely way of teaching me new things and encouraging me. They are generous spirits who seem to get as much pleasure out of sharing what they know as I am getting out of learning from them. I would love to help other dogs in the same way one day.
I feel so blessed to be part of this pack. When Ruby joined the pack, Seamus and Fergal were already living with our companions and they helped her settle into a home life after living on the streets. She had been a stray for a long time, abandoned by her previous owner when she was not good enough to race.
She is pure gold, our Ruby. It feels as if we were meant to be together.