“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” – Roger Caras.
Since the late 1980s, I have shared my life with my Shetland Sheepdogs. They have been the joy of my life and have taught me so much! Each of them has a piece of my heart forever- even the honorary shelties also known as the “damn cats”!
What is an obedience title anyway?
Not just a brag, not just a stepping stone to higher titles, a title is a tribute to the dog that bears it, a way of honoring the dog, an ultimate memory. 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 and adaptable, and good natured. It says that your dog loved you enough to do the things that pleased 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 proves that your dog inspired you to that special relationship enjoyed by so few, that in a world of disposable creatures, this dog with this title was greatly loved, and loved greatly in return. And when that dear short life is over, the title remains as a memory of the finest kind, the best you can give to a deserving friend, volumes of praise in one small set of initials after a name. – Sandy Mowery