I was so touched by this article that I had to share it here.
Having just come back from the German Shepherd National IPO Championships, this article could not be more true for not only me and my dog but for the people I train with.
This article applies to all dogs that are out there doing. Whether it is IPO; Hunt, Point, Retrieve Trials; Agility; S & R Dogs; Flyball; Therapy Dogs; Service Dogs etc, the list goes on.
You are our heroes.
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.
It is 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 its 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 your dog, because it was a good dog; that you believed in your dog enough to give it yet another chance when it 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 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.