I was so proud of Maxie's first AKC title, which goes behind his name thus:
Ace Maximillion von Fry, CGC
Unfortunately, nobody mentioned we had to turn in the paperwork within 30 days, so by the time I got around to it my certification had become invalid. I had to wait a whole year and take the test again in October of 2009, another $30, to finally get Maxie officially certified (for life). I was bummed out because this snaffu could have been avoided if I had just been apprised of what is in the fine print.
This year, end of 2010, Maxie will have hopefully earned 6 AKC agility titles, and his full AKC name will read:
Ace Maximillion von Fry, CGC AX AXJ
That's Canine Good Citizen, Agility Excellent, and Agility Excellent Jumpers, representing two years of work on our part! As the dog goes up in difficulty, the previous title is replaced, so NA (Novice Agility) gets replaced with OA (Open Agility), which gets replaced with AX (Agility Excellent). In other words AX implies 3 titles, not just one. Next year, Maxie and I will try for MX (Master Excellent Agility) and MXJ (Master Excellent Jumpers), each of which requires 10 Q's (perfect runs) to obtain. The others each required 3 Q's, so MX is about the same as all the work that went before.
|Willow and me at Obedience school,|
trying to make her sit.
Of course, the day an unruly dog goes in and bites some patient's face off, or some dog swallows a deadly pill he finds on the hospital floor, then come the rules. And more rules. And more rules, trying to avoid every conceivable accident, making it almost impossible to do anything without fear. All "certification" is fear-based, isn't it. Ah me, where is my mind going? Let me end this right here and now. Make happy talk, think happy thoughts, go plant more lettuce, shallots, bok choy and broccoli in my garden.