Saturday, October 2, 2010

Those Important Little Letters

Meet Chesney. She received her first title last year, the same weekend that Fudge earned his.

Now she has added four agility titles to that first Rally title.

Some may wonder why we bother with the training classes, practices and competitions. Sometimes I ask myself that question.

Earlier this week Chesney's Mom sent me this and it states the reasons well.

  Why Title A Dog

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 record and in memory for as long as anything in this world can remain. Few humans will do as well or better in that regard.

And though the dog itself doesn't know or care that it's 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 and 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 it because it was a good dog, that you believed in it enough to give it yet another chance when it failed, and that, in the end, your faith was justified.

A title proved 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 pride in one small set of initials after the name. A title earned is nothing less than love and respect, given and received, and permanently recorded.

By Sandra Mowery

This is what makes it all worthwhile. This makes those butterflies in the stomach bearable and keeps us trying again after a frustrating performance.


Nicki said...

I love that essay, I have seen it several times. So cool.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Congrats to Chesney!! I so admire the dedication of owners who work so hard with their dogs and find their inner talents and abilities!

♥I am Holly♥ said...

That is so beautiful. I read it several times. Absolutely beautiful! Lots of love, Debbie and Holly

Mango said...

That was a wonderful post! Yuh, it does mean a lot. Chesney rocks!


Lola said...

That is really lovely. It is a tribute to everyone involved.

lotsa licks, Lola

Stella said...

While I haven't seen a lot of dogs doing titles or agility, all that I have seen seem to be having a heckuva good time, too.!

Jo and Stella

Julies knitting corner said...

Chesney is clever, and they are quick movers. Well done to the owners such dedication pays off all round. Julie.C

Maggie and Mitch said...

Congratulations to Chesney!
What an awesome post and a wonderful poem!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Channon said...

Congrats to Chesney and her owner. Lovely essay. Gretchen reminds me regularly that she wants - deserves even - her good citizen award. Sissy? Well, we're still working on "down" and keeping her nose off of the kitchen counters...

Benny and Lily said...

Nice essay and congrats to Chesney's momma
Benny & Lily

Pup Fan said...

Thanks for sharing that essay! Really nice post.

Dianne said...

Love that essay! It makes me want to enter the babes into a competition. I guess I should teach them "sit" first, huh?