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What's an Obedience Title, Really?
« on: May 18, 2012, 10:16:43 PM »
Grady's trainer sent this to me today in an email. I feel the words are so powerful and exactly explains the emotions I feel in earning our title this past weekend. I will also say it applies to anythin we do with our dogs. Whether it's rally, obedience, agility, conformation, I think many can relate to the words in this article.

What's an Obedience Title, Really?
by Sandy Mowery, from Front & Finish


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 in this world can remain.
 
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.
 
In addition, a title says that you love your dog. That you loved to spend time with him because he was a good dog and that you believed in him enough to give him yet another chance when he failed and 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 that the true love and respect, given and received and recorded permanently.
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Re: What's an Obedience Title, Really?
« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2012, 09:17:48 AM »
 :'(  That's so touching and true. 
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Re: What's an Obedience Title, Really?
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2012, 10:34:46 AM »
Brought tears to my eyes .
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Re: What's an Obedience Title, Really?
« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2012, 11:08:55 AM »
Brought tears to my eyes .

Ditto. Thank you for posting it.


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Re: What's an Obedience Title, Really?
« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2012, 10:04:12 AM »
That is so true, never thought of it that way but it is so true.  Thanks for posting. :thumbsup:
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Re: What's an Obedience Title, Really?
« Reply #5 on: May 21, 2012, 10:10:03 AM »
:'(  That's so touching and true. 

Ditto.  :'(
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Re: What's an Obedience Title, Really?
« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2012, 12:37:02 PM »
 :thumbsup: Awesome
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Re: What's an Obedience Title, Really?
« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2012, 02:25:44 PM »
 :heart: :heart: :heart:
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