What is a 'Title' Really
Not just a brag, not just a stepping stone to a higher title, not just an adjunct to competitive scores; a title is a tribute to the dog that bears it, a way to honor the dog, an ultimate memorial.
It will remain in the record and in the memory for about as long as anything is this world can remain. Few humans will do as well or better.
And though the dog himself doesn’t know or care that his achievements have been noted, a title says many things in the world of humans, where such things count. A title says your dog was intelligent, adaptable and good natured. It says that your dog loved you enough to do the things that please you, however crazy they may have sometimes seemed.
And, a title says that you loved your dog, that you loved to spend time with him because he was a good dog, that you believed in him enough to give him yet another chance when he failed and that, in the end, your faith was justified. A title proves that your dog inspired you to that special relationship enjoyed by so few; that in a world of disposable creatures, this dog with a title was greatly loved, and loved greatly in return.
And when that dear short life is over, the title remains as a memorial of the finest kind, the best you can give to a deserving friend, volumes of praise in one small set of initials after the name. An obedience title is nothing less than love and respect, given and received and recorded permanently.
The ABTC Obedience Committee would like to thank Sandy Mowery for allowing us to reproduce this article which originally appeared in Front & Finish.
From Pat on behalf of the members of
A Rally League of Our Own
I would like to say thank you to everyone who shared with us another
fun-filled trial day. On behalf of the members of our group, it was both
an honour and a privilege to share the spirit of Rally with you today.
Success can be measured in so many different ways. Whether it was finishing
a title, earning a Q, or achieving a personal goal for you and your dog,
that is success. And, as Bonnie so wisely once told me, your dog loves you
as much on the drive home as he did on the drive to the trial. He doesn't
care about the ribbons or the Qs, he had the best prize of all, spending
time with you!
We hope you will join us again next year for our spring trial. Good luck
to everyone competing at Rat Pack next weekend. I'll be thinking of you!
MANY MANY THANKS TO JIM OUR HEAD RALLY INSTRUCTOR FROM WWW.SPIRITRIDGE.NET......YOUR GUIDANCE,ENTHUSIASM, PATIENCE (1-2-3!) AND UNDERSTANDING OF US AND OUR DOGS IS TRULY A TESTAMENT OF YOUR LEADERSHIP.......WE ROCKED!!
To Jim, Suzanne and their Belgian Malinois Jesse,. Zorro and Sonic Boom
Laurie and her 'shining star' Dini
Brenda and her Chesapeak Bay Retreivers Dixie and Ripley
Joan and her Rough Collies Ryder and Indy
Thank you all so much for making Leaper and my first Rally Trial a memorable one. You guys are the best! Your support (Joan thank you for walking the course over and over with me), words of wisdom & encouragement made our first step into that ring easier. The laughs....well, they just come natural with you guys.
Sincerely Linda, and your Border Collie Friends Leaper and Joey