unobrodychelseadeck.                                                          Uno, Brody, Chelsea


August 26, 1990 – February 26, 2005

Aside from helping to raise 4 children, Chelsea introduced me  to competition by partnering with me to win her AKC Companion Dog title in only four tries at age 10. She  then served as an extraordinary therapy dog in geriatric and Alzheimer’s units until her retirement at age 12.  I learned about how joyful connection with a dog could be and Chelsea taught me what a title really  means – 

                                                  What Is A Title Really?

Not just a brag, not just a stepping stone to a higher Title. A Title is a tribute to the dog that bears it, a way to honor the dog,  an ultimate memorial. It will remain in the record for about anything in this world  remain.                                         Few humans will do as well or better in that regard.

And although the dog himself doesn’t know or care that his/her achievements have been noted, a Title says many more things in the world of humans where such things counts. A Title says that your dog was intelligent, adaptable, and good natured. It says that your dog loved you enough to do the things that please you, however crazy they may have seemed.

A Title says that you loved your dog, that you loved to spend time with him/her because he was a good dog and that you believed in him enough to give him another chance when you both failed,  and in the end your faith was justified.

A Title proves that your dog inspired you to have that special relationship and connection enjoyed by so few that in a world of disposable creatures this dog     with a Title was greatly loved and loved greatly in return.

And when that dear short life is over the Title remains as a memorial of the finest kind, the best you can give to a deserving friend,  volumes of  praise  in one small set of initials before or after the name.

A Title is nothing less than love and respect, given and received permanently. 

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