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Dreaming Big

Dream: “A series of thoughts, images and sensations occurring in a person’s mind during sleep.”

This time of year, the dog show world is packed with pressure-filled moments as we near the countdown to some big events. Although some of our favorite shows are still months away, they will be right in front of us before we know it. This has gotten me thinking about the dreams we all have. Personally I like to dream big, and I’m guessing you do too.

If you’re going to dream, dream big. Photo © Revensis/Dreamstime.

Sometimes our dreams are created from fantasies. For me, it all begins with an idea. Eventually that idea takes me to a fantasy world of “could it eventually be?” From time to time, I find something that completely enthralls me. It could be something as simple as a photograph, or an exciting new product, or even a dog. Regardless, I find myself fantasizing about what I personally could do to show that one thing in a different light.

The same concept goes for people. Every once in a while, I find a person who is so unique that I want to know more about what is going on in their brain. I want to see what I can do to produce a photo of them that causes other people to say, “That picture is so them.” For me, that is the kind of fantasy that has me dreaming big, and wanting to do more of what I love – taking pictures!

So all of that being said, I was thinking about what others might be dreaming about right now. For any Junior Handler out there, the big dream might be going to New York. The Garden may not be until February, but the deadline to qualify – October 31, 2012 – is quickly approaching. You can get more details here. Lately I’ve been very pleased at the number of Juniors posting on Facebook who say they have finally achieved their dreams of winning Best Junior Handler to qualify, and I hope as each day goes by I see more and more!

Dreams inspire us to work that much harder toward our goals, but how do you turn your dream into real life? Comment below and let me know what your big dream is and how you plan to make it a reality! Keeping motivated and trying new things are two ways I plan to turn my dreams into reality!

Don’t forget, Dogs Freakin’ Rule!

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Kayla Bertagnolli is a 23-year-old from Ogden, UT, who's been involved in the dog show world her whole life. A former junior handler who learned about breeding Beagles from her mother Leah, she assisted several professional handlers and is currently working to become a Junior Showmanship judge. Kayla is passionate about photography and writes the twice-weekly blog, DFR. She plans to continue breeding and showing, and expects to stay involved in dogs "for life!"