We talked about my project of taking part in their operational test and we naturally discussed the costs involved and who sponsored and supported the project. When I told them that it was the German Shepherd Dog Australian Council and its member clubs who sponsored the bulk of the funding I did get, they could not believe it.
Whilst they thought it was great that the Australian German Shepherd Dog community did sponsor Jochen and me, they also thought it was a paradox that not one rescue organisation saw fit to contribute. This was a real jaw-dropper for them. 'Did no-one understand that in sending Jochen and me overseas, (in this case Switzerland) the experience and knowledge I would bring back would benefit the rescue community?' What could I possibly say to that?
I will be seeing many of the people again over the next 2 1/2 months and yet I found it quite emotional to say good bye.