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About Obedience
What is an obedience title really? 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 about 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 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 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 than love and respect, given and received
and permanently recorded.

-- Author unknown