Flyball Dog Again

22 07 2008

So, its been awhile, and I’ve had some problems being able to log in , so i have two tournaments to blog and each of them were awesome in their own special way.

In June, MRR attended the Pawdemonium tournament in San Jose.  The team went both days, but because I am slaved to the work force, as many of us are, I had to miss Saturday. Which was probably just as well. The PAW tournaments always have the potential to be very hot…one year in 06′ it was a stubborn 106 degrees both days, with no breeze in sight. Well, i was glad i missed Saturday, because according to the team it was super hot in the morning-then got cloudy and rained and thunderstorm-ed so much that the hill next to the field was struck and caught on fire. Hmm….not tour average tournament.

On Sunday, things were in the 80’s, Jet was running in the special division “Who’s on First?” in which each dog on the team must take turns as start dog, which rotated each heat in the race.  There was plenty of racing, and Jet’s team, Stray Dogs, got to run over 8 inches. Riley was given the first chance to be listed on a team, so she could do warm ups before the races. She did so well in her first warm up-taking all jumps and bringing the ball all the way back-that the team put her in for two races…and just like that, Riley earned her Flyball Dog title. Five years of persistence, understanding, and  dedication , and Riley became a Flyball Dog. She even raced two more heats at the end of the day, earning exactly 100 points and the title Flyball Dog Excellent. Now, I will always remember the day Jet became a Flyball Dog and earned his first title, but there was something about Riley’s success that will always be the crown jewel of accomplishments with my dogs. Needless to say-when we got home Riley got a cheeseburger (i wince at the thought of giving my dogs people food), all to herself for such a good job.

To top off the good day, Jet was pulling off 4.3’s again, just to show he could beat his fastest times again.

WHAT IS A 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 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 title is nothing less that the true love and respect, given and received and recorded permanently.

-Sandy Mowery, Front and Finish

Later…

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