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!"