On Saturday morning, I went to the mailbox and there it was, an envelope from the American Kennel Club.
I was excited as I opened the envelope and saw the new official Canine Good Citizen title for “Wyn.”
Several weeks ago, I filled out the grandfathering form, wrote a personal check, and sent in the paperwork so that Wyn’s CGC award would be converted to a title.
Now, according to Wyn’s updated certificate, he is “Ch. Noel’s Wynn-Wyn Situation, UD, AXJ, OA, CGC.”
So why get the CGC title for a dog who has the Utility title in obedience, a far more advanced title than CGC? Certainly, as the CGC Director, I wanted to support this new title. But the main reason I thought Wyn should have the official CGC title is that CGC was the first training activity in which he participated.
I held the certificate in my hands and I smiled. I remembered the beautiful, sunny day at a dog show in Lake City, Florida, when Wyn took the CGC test. I remember thinking when he passed the test, “We’re on our way.” I came home that day, took photos with Wyn and the CGC rosette, and sent them to friends and family. The CGC award was just as meaningful to me as the more advanced titles that would come later.
The new CGC title. For me, it is a wonderful way to formally document Wyn’s very first training accomplishment.
To learn how to get the CGC title, see: http://www.akc.org/events/cgc/title.cfm