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April 18, 2007
Tyril was our best trainer: huge, brown, lumbering, sometimes incomprehensible, but he gave us hope. Sometimes his lilting island English made no sense to anyone except Faith, who obeyed him on sight. Tyril schooled us in the Rattle of Justice, a designer water bottle we were supposed to shake at, or even throw towards our bad dog as she began to misbehave. I think Tony Robbins called such a tool a “pattern interrupt.” Tyril trained guard dogs, and admired Faith, in all her misbehavior. “She has a high prey drive,” he said. “She would make a very good drug dog.”