Every year I get a gift for myself for Christmas. Usually it is something I normally wouldn’t spend my money on like a tablet, new camera, or fancy new lens. This year, it is none of those things, but something special to me, and something I love. Today, I’m taking over the post from the dogs, which is also something out of the ordinary.
If you read the blog, you know I love my hounds so very much. Each of them is so special, and Emma was so very special to me as well. She inspired me to take up photography and writing, things I did as a kid, but for some reason stopped. I never played team sports because I am not a good team player. Emma was my first dog sports dog, and my first try at team sports. I earned my first dog sports title ever with her in 2015.
Competing in dog sports was not something I wanted to do. When we started our nose work class I said I would not compete, and only would have my dogs hunt for treats, not odor. After two classes, I bought nose work harnesses and wanted to know all about competition. Since then I have been addicted. Emma and I had so much fun together even though I was not a very good handler. She loved nose work so very much and I adored watching her work.
When we started to earn some titles, I began hanging the certificates on the wall of my home office along with the ribbons. There was plenty of space to last a lifetime, I thought mistakenly. In time, Bailie started earning titles, then Madison came along, and then Olivia. With five sports and a total of four dogs, the walls are filling fast. How could I make more wall space? There is one wall I kept just for me with my marathon stuff. Over the doorway, there is a big empty space, but what would I ever put there?
Some people I know aren’t real into displaying all their ribbons and stuff, but most of them have done sports with their dogs for years and years. For me it is still all new, we do five sports, and I enjoy looking at our accomplishments on my office walls. My office is my motivational center, and I love being in there all day for work because it is such a happy place. The girls also spend most of the day with me in the room. On Facebook I saw a woman selling eighty one certificate frames as she had framed all her certificates and hung them down a hallway. Since I don’t have nearly that many…yet…I know I’m not the only one who likes to display accomplishments.
I’m not sure how I found it, but there is a Facebook group about ideas for displaying dog awards and ribbons. I saw a guy who makes nice displays, but had no idea how he could help me out. One day, it dawned on me that Emma only has ten ribbons as she only did NACSW nose work. It’s not about the number or ribbons anyway, but the time we spent together as a team. The other girls have so many more ribbons I could never put them all in one frame. I decided to contact Paul at Klinefelter’s Gallery to see if he had any ideas. He does all kinds of things to hang on walls from photos to art, to shadow boxes. I highly recommend him if you are looking for something special.
He is amazing! I packaged up Emma’s nose work items and sent them to the gallery in Michigan. Paul sent me some ideas and I knew I would get something perfect for Emma’s ribbons! I’m creative, but not in that area! There was no rush for the project, but I had the finished shadow box in six weeks which with the holidays is pretty darn good. I love Emma’s shadow box! If you do nose work, you may laugh at the scorebook, but for me, that was a part of our journey, as was her collar with no jingles in her color, red. I know if Emma was here, she would love it.
This past weekend, with the help of a friend, we hung it up in the spot I had planned. It is big, but Emma was also larger than life. I can see it from my desk, even the photos are big enough I can see them too. Now I have plenty of wall space for a while! It makes me so happy to have her items altogether where I can see them anytime I look that way. Merry Christmas to me!
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