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Monday, March 9, 2009

Honoring Denali

Yesterday evening we attended the annual awards banquet for our Dog Club. Each dog that has received a title or award during the prior year is honored. There is a little photo presentation and each owner gets to stand up and say a few words about the dog and its achievements.

As a dog who obtained her Canine Good Citizen certification last year, Denali qualified to receive her first award. As she obtains additional titles, they'll be added to the plaque.

As a new member of the Club, and one new to formal obedience training, I wasn't aware that we'd be expected to say something about our dog. When my turn came I realized that although Denali has yet to earn an official title, I was just as proud of her CGC accomplishment, and rewarded by the strengthened bond that has developed between us as a result of our training time together.  My closing line was,

"Denali is a GREAT little dog!"


Jules said...

What a nice piece of positive reinforcement for the humans! Great job.

Spons7 said...

Congrats to Denali and you. Goes to show that good owners and good dogs do good things and occasionally people recognize it. Up next the puppy known as Sage