Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Wednesday's WHY?

Another frequently asked question:

WHY are you going to another dog show? Don't you have enough ribbons? 

I do not compete with my dog for the ribbons! Ribbons are the "icing on the cake."  The privilege and enjoyment of working with my dog in a competitive setting is the "cake."  I do, indeed, have more than enough ribbons. As an example, here is a photo of Milo with the ribbons and rosettes awarded while pursuing a single title which requires 20 Qs (or, more specifically, 10 pairs of Qs): CKC RAE (Rally Advanced Excellent.
CRMCH Varazs Mokany Ficko FDJ, AGNJ, AGN, RAE, CGN,
The ribbons and rosettes displayed above were the "icing". Milo's becoming the first Vizsla to earn the CKC RAE title was the "sprinkles" on top. Working and having fun with such a wonderful and joyous spirit was the "cake" and, thus, the ultimate prize.

Milo was my first dog ever and he came to live with me one week shy of his first birthday. Although he had impeccable training throughout his first year of life, I was a new dog owner with a steep learning curve ahead.  Everything was new to me and nothing came easy.  In spite of my challenges, Milo persevered and together we completed 28 titles in 4 disciplines.  

Bodi already has quite the array of ribbons and rosettes.  As Bodi is my first puppy, the past 15 months have provided quite a different and even steeper learning curve.  It's mindboggling to think that, as of today, Bodi is only 512 days old.

BIS CH Varazs Mokany Kiralyi Orban FDJ, CGN, URO1,

Ribbons awarded for work well-done provide a nice visual reminder of how we spend some of our weekends, the towns we have visited, the people and dogs we have met and where we are in our training.   Interestingly, NAVHDA expressly forbids clubs from awarding ribbons or awards of any kind to successful teams.  Rather, the prize is reflected in the title awarded (i.e., Prize I, II or III).  Driving home from our NAVHDA NA test without a tangible marker of our success did not make our day in the field any less special or exciting.


  1. Hi Corrine! This is the book I ordered, I haven't got it yet but I will let you know how I like it.
    Ribbons are fun but I think it's the training that is the most fun! Watching them learn and figure things out, just being with your best friend, doing pretty much anything is neat.
    It's fun to look back on ribbons though. A lot of them I can remember the exact runs we had together just by reading the date and the judge.

  2. One can NEVER have too many ribbons or rosettes. Altho I don't keep many ribbons these days, the rosettes are a wonderful reminder of you and your dog's accomplishments. After all, it's a team effort and a record of the journey you've taken together.