No not you, I would never tell you to suck it up  … but …

Sally channeled her doggy self today and ate a wild baby rabbit … she killed another but she left it for me – she was quite happy to share her great find with me – generous soul that she is. As I thought about pitching a hissy fit and being grossed out I told myself to suck it up buttercup. Sally is a gentle sweet soul who actually has a fairly low prey drive but is fascinated by movement. She seems to know what belongs in our house too – curious about chickens, rabbits, parrots, cats and kittens without ever even being rude.

Our current foster kitten – he makes our heart melt – hence his name  Puddles! Sally loves him.

Thinking about my own reaction  to her natural being made me think about all the other time Suck it up Buttercup could apply in life (and agility). Many of the can’ts and wills could be answered in this way. I can’t lead out. My dog will knock a jump after a straight tunnel (or miss a contact in a particular situation, or only weave one side, or whatever). Suck it up Buttercup. You trained (or didn’t!) it – deal with it. Many of the “my dogs”  quirks can also be addressed in this fashion. My dog hates poodles, will be distracted if you open a bag,  doesn’t like barking, can smell it if you have cookies in your pocket – whatever! Suck it up Buttercup. Deal with it, ignore it or do something about it. Your choice.

All there is to it really!