Sunday, July 26, 2009

another oreo

Sadly, another Oreo has reached the end of his journey here on earth. When I saw all the titles that Nicki's Oreo had achieved listed next to his name, I thought this would be a good time to put this essay on my blog. I've been saving it for the right moment.


Not just a brag, not just a stepping stone to a higher title, not just an adjunct to competitive scores, a title is a tribute to the dog that bears it, a way to honor the dog, an ultimate memorial. It will remain in record and in memory for as long as anything in this world can remain. Few humans will do as well or better in that regard.

And though the dog itself doesn't know or care that its achievements have been noted, a title says many things in the world of humans, where such things count.

A title says your dog was intelligent and adaptable, and good-natured. It says that your dog loved you enough to do the things that please you, however crazy they may have sometimes seemed.

And a title says that you loved your dog, that you loved to spend time with it because it was a good dog, that you believed in it enough to give it yet another chance when it failed, and that, in the end, your faith was justified.

A title proves that your dog inspired you to that special relationship 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 pride in one small set of initials after the name.A title earned is nothing less than love and respect, given and received, and permanently recorded.
By Sandra Mowery


Ricky the Sheltie said...

Wow - mom has tears in her eyes! We never thought about titles like that. Thanks for sharing this! I think it was a great post in honor of the other Oreo.

Nicki said...

Thank you Sara. I couldn't have come up with anything better

Diana said...

Wow that so touching. Ive never seen that before. thanks, Diana

Anonymous said...

That was beautiful! Thanks for sharing. And God bless the other Oreo.

Dad said...

Brings tears to my eyes. DAD

LauraK said...

thanks for posting that- it was great! really makes you think about things :)