At the end of the day, you take the dog home and love the dog till the day it dies....and it really doesn't matter if it has one thousand titles or none. It took me a long time to realize that....my dogs didn't know if they had a UD after their name or a CH before it....but they did know they were loved.
Exactly. My first agility dog was my heart dog. He died shortly before he was 7. As I grieved for him, one of the things I did to try to ease my pain was make a quilt out of his many ribbons. It turned out really nice and hangs in my bedroom where I admire it from time to time. But when I was making it, ribbon by ribbon and when I look at it today, I don't think of his titles or the Q's. I think of how much fun we had, what a true partner he was, the fact that agility has never been the same for me since losing him and how much I miss him to this day.
I know my dog had a blast doing agility, but even more he knew how much I loved him whether we were playing in the yard, competing in a show, hanging out together or during those last moments when I held him as he died. He was loved. That is what is important and what all our dogs, with their amazing capacity to love us despite all our shortcomings, deserve.