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we will dance in- the ring without- words
|Barked: Sat Jan 19, '13 4:17am PST |
|Cyber Rally is not for me, but I have multiple venues with multiple sports locally available. I could compete in Rally, Agility, Nosework, comp OB or freestyle without driving more than 2 hours tops. In fact, the furthest I have driven to exhibit or judge in Rally is 1.5 hours, although before the sale I was asked to judge a few places in Virginia.
Sarah - nothing snotty, just factual. because rally was always from the beginning to be a lead up to the formal sport of competitive obedience, sort of like how the sport SchH was supposed to be a lead up to actual street work.
No, it was not. Maybe you should check out the history of Rally. THAT may be how the AKC views it, but Rally was first adopted by the APDT and it was their sole dog sport.
I also find people kind of set up AKC ob as the end all, be all, yet their numbers are slowly declining as PDO's find sports where they can compete that are more in line with what the average PDO enjpys doing with their dogs. One of the reasons AKC opened up their sports regs to mixed breeds is because their numbers were dropping off.
Personally, I love rally. I love the fact that ANYONE can give it a go. I love the fact that MOST venues are about relationship. And I love the fact that MOST venues are fun for the exhibitor and welcoming.
So in the end, my dogs and I don't care what others think, if they think what we are doing is is a sort of sport or can't take it seriously. In the end, my dogs and I are having fun together. It is not about the destination or being better than someone else, it is about the journey, what we learn from it and the memories we build. Losing Ash really drove that point home for me. I have a wall full of titles and ribbons, each one of them holding a memory that is special to me.
His Level 2 title? I remember our first Level 2 run, where I didn't think Ash would take the jump, but nailed it. I was so happy tthat I blew by the next two signs and we NQ'd.
His ARCHEX? I remember how so many friends were at that trial and they all knew we were up for our EX and it was our last trial for the winter, When we finished that Level 2 course (the 3 for that trial had been held earlier), it was obvious that we had the score we needed and the whole place was applauding and I was crying.
His Level 3? Two things stand out. Ash epiphany about the directed jumps. After a year of working on them, one day he looked at it, looked at me, and it was as if he said "THAT is what you want me to do? OPk, I get it" and he only ever blew one directed jump again.
Also MY epiphany when Asher could not do a moving stand stay in class in spite of the fact that he could do it everywhere else. I was getting frustrated, then I looked at him and saw how hard he was trying, he wanted to do what I asked, but, in that environment, really did not know what I wanted.
The titles and ribbons hold the memories, but the journey is the true gem.
And I am sure that people who compete in Cyber Rally feel the same way. The titles and the ribbons are nice, but wht we truly get from competing is a way to to build a relationship. I agree with the author who wrote:
Not just a Brag; Not just a Stepping Stone to a
Not just an Adjunct to competitive Scores.....
A Title is a Tribute to the dog that bears it, A Way to Honor that dog.....
An Ultimate Memorial
A Title will remain in the Record
And in the Memory for about as long as anything in this world can remain.....
Few Human Honors do Better
In that regard
And though the dog himself doesn't know or care that his Achievements have been noticed.....
A Title says many things in this
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 pleased you, however crazy they may have sometimes seemed
A Title says that you Loved your dog,
That you loved him Enough.....
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 was justified.
A Title proves that your dog Inspired you to have the Special Relationship enjoyed by so few;
That in a world of disposable creatures, this...
Dog with a Title was greatly Loved,
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,
A Title says.....
Volumes of praise in one small set of Initials Before or After the Name
A Title is nothing less than.....
Love and Respect
Given and Received Permanently.
Edited by author Sat Jan 19, '13 4:42am PST