It has and is continuing to mold me into a kinder and gentler more compassionate Sheepdog.
They say that you cannot teach a old dog new tricks. True.
But an old dog can still learn new tricks if they choose to.
Replacing anger/aggression with compassion/assertion is surely one of those tricks worth learning.
Yet the identity is maintained, still the sheepdog.
(BTW, it was good seeing you again.)