The way the universe guides us is something difficult to understand. How many of us, at some point, are faced with an unexpected opportunity? How many of us have not faced a defining moment, good or bad, and suddenly saw our life turning to an unexpected future?
Among my dreams as a child and teenager were to one day be a soccer player, a racing driver, or even a filmmaker. None of that came to fruition. I ended up working at a bank, as a teller.
One day, I found myself in front of the TV watching a sport with dogs called Dog Agility. Dogs running, jumping, crossing over boards at high speed.
From a very young age I lived with dogs. My parents always had dogs at home. We had Beagles, Huskies, German Shepherds and even strays. When I look back on my past, it's hard to remember living in a house without at least one dog. And that day when I watched that dog agility championship on TV, it was the first unexpected change of direction in my life.
In 2002, I started learning the tricks of the sport and in 2004, I would be competing professionally.
Between the years 2004 and 2018 a lot would happen in my life. I would graduate as a Veterinary Doctor in 2008 and specialize in Animal Behavior in 2010. I would travel the world, visit countries, and not only have one championship dog, but four. I would work with dogs suffering from numerous behavioral problems. Aggressiveness, anxiety, destructive behaviors, among others.
In 2018 my life would change unexpectedly once again. Arrow, my greatest partner. The Border Collie responsible for all my accomplishments would leave me, passing away at the age of fourteen. It was hard! It was tough! The pain was excruciating. But "Some people say that the human being finds strength to rise again when in his greatest difficulties."
So, I decided to write my memoirs about Arrow. A book. About our travels and our achievements in the Dog Agility time. The writing turned into a novel, a book called Canine Legends, which would sell over twenty thousand copies in fourteen different countries.
Once again, my life would change radically and unexpectedly. Canine Legends would receive two sequels, volumes II and III. Two more books I would write telling more of my adventures, not just with Arrow but now with Brown, my second Border Collie.
The taste for writing would sprout within me and trigger an immense desire to tell stories, discover characters, explore emotions, and venture into other worlds, in other universes. I couldn't stop anymore, and the success of the three volumes of Canine Legends would challenge me even more to explore a new world, the world of bestselling author.
My next book, MY DAUGHTER’S DOG, is ready to be published, and the book that follows, a supernatural thriller, is already in its first drafts.
Let the new challenges come, from dog trainer to bestselling author.
Marco Magiolo is a bestselling author, trainer and speaker. Connect with Marco on Social Media and subscribe to future newsletters and updates.