Here is a before and after of a 1 hour session I did with Cane, a young dog that doesn't listen to his owner. 30 minutes into our session Cain begins to understand to walk calmly and look to his owner for leadership and guidance.
How many dog owners out there also have issues walking your dog?
Silence. That's all I heard until the scree behind me started to cascade on itself. I stopped exposing and turned on my headlamp. As I swung my body around to inspect the terrace behind me, my light flashed upon the extended leg of a full grown mountain lion. Its beautiful muscles flexed as it crept down the scree field. Truly an amazing and humbling sight. I informed Tanner that there was, in fact, a mountain lion slowly drawing toward us. Within a couple seconds, I made a decision. Being a mile away from camp at 10 o'clock with only one headlamp, I didn't feel very confident in challenging a mountain lion head on, and winning. So logically, we got the hell out of there and sprinted down a scree and talus field with one headlamp, in the dark (which is exactly what you're NOT supposed to do, FYI). I could only think of claws sinking into my back while trying not to trip down a slope of very sharp rocks. Miraculously, we made it to the lower basin with only a few rips in our pant legs and a cracked camera screen. As I looked back up the slope, the lion slowly cantered down the rocks to try and greet us again. A mile run through scrub oak and marsh ensued. We finally made it to camp, hugged each other, and tried to relax with the amount of adrenaline still running through my blood. I laid in my bag and listened to my breath, realizing how desensitized I am to the feeling of being alive. The bottom line is that sometimes we fall asleep to that feeling, and can only feel it when we brush death. We shouldn't need those experiences to feel alive, although it sure does help! Overall, being alive is rad, so make sure you send it before you die.