Saturday night was the annual Cape Cod Kennel Club Awards Banquet. Each year members are recognized for any titles their dog has earned during the year. This year Jack and I volunteered to coordinate the awards. After dinner and before dessert we presented this years recipients with their plaques and/or hanging tags. Each dog owner submitted a brief bio of their dog and its 2016 accomplishments. Jack read each one out and I handed out the awards.
This year Aiden earned the following titles; Open Agility Jumpers (OAJ), Tracking Dog (TD), Versatile Companion Dog 2 (VCD2), Agility Excellent Jumper (AXJ), Coursing Ability (CA), Dock Novice (DN) and the Performance Award of Merit from the GSDCA.
After we finished handing out the awards we sat down for dessert when all of a sudden a CCKC Board Member got up and said “wait, there is one more award to give out, The Lifetime Achievement Award”. The candidate nominated for this award must have demonstrated that he/she has excelled either with their lifetime accomplishments in the field of showing dogs or training or in a particular dog-related endeavor. She further explained that this years recipient has spent most of her life working with and for animals. She has shown dogs in conformation, and trained and competed in a variety of different performance sports with all of her dogs. Needless to say I was surprised and honored when the award was presented to me.
CCKC Board Member Marie Hannah, President John Cappellina and me
Back home after the banquet
When I was eight years old I tagged along with my Mother when she volunteered at the Bahamas Humane Society. I would feed, water and care for the animals and do whatever was needed for many years until moving to the United States.
Me with my dog Bruno in my BHS uniform!
Since coming to the United States I worked for the Animal Rescue League of Boston for 24 years and since then have been the Animal Control Officer for the Brewster Police Department. Both my professional and private life revolve around animals.
Me (my big hair!) and my dog Orion during my time with the ARL
Me and Dylan in 2009 at the Brewster Police Public Safety Day