a Taj MuttHall Dog Diary: It's All About the Titles (2007)

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

It's All About the Titles (2007)

SUMMARY: 2007 agility titles earned.

On any given day, I might tell you that agility is all about the clothing, all about winning winning winning, or all about having fun with your dog. But those are days on which I am not thinking clearly. Obviously, agility is all about how many titles you can earn. Because there are a lot of them. And because you get lovely certificates, suitable for framing, and sometimes even cool plaques to hang on your wall that are easier to dust than ribbons and that don't require that you hunt down a frame in which to put them.

Herewith1 are my dogs' titles earned during 2007 (I don't seem to have all my cert's yet--dang--)


2USDAA Starters (novice level):
SSA (Starters Standard Agility: 3 Standard)
AD (Agility Dog: completed novice level, at least 3 Standard, 1 Jumpers, 1 Gamblers, 1 Snooker, 1 Pairs Relay)
USDAA Advanced (intermediate level):
AG (Advanced Gamblers: intermediate level, 3 Gamblers)
AS (Advanced Snooker: 3 Snookers)
AAD (Advanced Agility Dog: completed intermediate level, at least 3 Standard, 1 Jumpers, 1 Gamblers, 1 Snooker, 1 Pairs Relay)
CL3-S (CPE Level 3 (intermediate) Strategy: 2 Snooker and 2 Gambler/Jackpots (under the old rules))
CL3-R (Level 3 Regular: 4 Standards (old rules))
CL3-F (Level 3 Fun: 2 FullHouse and 2 Jumpers (old rules))


USDAA ADCH (Agility Dog Champion: 5 each Masters Standard, Gamblers, Jumpers, Snooker (including 3 Super-Qs--top 15%), and Pairs Relay)
USDAA Snooker:
SM (Snooker Master: 5 Masters (top level) Snookers (including 3 Super-Qs--top 15%))
SCH (Snooker Champion: SM + 5 more Snooker)
SCH-bronze (SCH + 5 more Snooker)
USDAA Standard:
SACH (Standard Agility Champion: 10 Masters Standard)
SACH-bronze (15 Masters Standard)
USDAA misc:
GCH (Gamblers Champion: 10 Masters Gamblers)
RCH-bronze (15 Masters Pairs Relay)
JCH (10 Masters Jumpers)
USDAA TM-silver (Tournament Master silver: At least 25 Grand Prix, Steeplechase, and DAM Team, with at least 5 of each.
GS-O (Gamblers Open (intermediate level) title--3 Gamblers)
RS-E (Standard Elite (top level)--3 Standards)
JS-N (Jumpers Novice (novice level)--3 Jumpers)

1 Yes, another useful everyday word in the Here clan, which has many aunts, uncles, and cousins, many of whom are in the legal profession, and which also includes hereabouts, hereafter, hereaway, herein, hereinabove, hereinafter, hereinbefore, hereinbelow, hereto, heretofore, hereunder, hereunto, and hereupon. Now go read a dictionary and stop bothering me with these questions.
2 Today was Fun with PhotoShop day, not Fun with Photography Day. The light level was too low, I didn't use a tripod or a flash, so pictures are crappy. Yes, all the USDAA certs are exactly the same pale ivory color, not assorted khakis and blues. But cropping out backgrounds is so much fun, and doesn't it look so much cooler! I mean, were you going to read the certs anyway? (If so, click on an image to enlarge it.)

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