What is an Obedience [Performance] Title,
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
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 [performance] title is nothing less than love
and respect, given and received and recorded permanently.
Sandy Mowery (Front & Finish)