It has knocked me. I gave up the lurchers for a few year after the best dog I ever had retired. I got back into it when I went and got a new pup. Spent the year training etc only for the dog to not come anywhere near what I was looking for. Moved her on to a home where she would be more use to and brought myself in another pup. She is 15 month old and is a good rabbit dog but that is all she will be at most. No fire in her belly at all. I got the big dog from a mate who had some difficulties and had to move the dog in. This was the closest I had got to having a dog like the old ones again, totally gave me the buzz to get out more and more and I did and had some great nights days with him. There is nothing better than seeing a dog give absolutely everything but as they say it only happens to the good ones.