the Obedient Bedlington, Wins High Honor
By Linda Freeman and Robin Beeler-Nichols
In 2001, a humble little blue
Bedlington called Willow, earned the obedience title, Utility Dog
Excellent, which was so profound and heretofore impossible to obtain,
we must all stand up, take note, and applaud.
Sue and Howie Latz, and their obedient Bedlington, Chimneyhouse Sky
Willow, UDX, bred by Lois D'Ambrosio.
To understand this accomplishment, you must follow
Willow's trail of successes.
1. To earn a UDX, a dog must first earn the novice title, CD or
Companion Dog, which
is the beginner level of obedience work.
2. The next level is open, or CDX, Companion Dog Excellent.
3. The third level is Utility or UD, a title which few Bedlingtons
have earned in the US.
awarded these titles, a dog must earn a qualifying score in three AKC
competitions under three different judges. As you can see,
a Utility title is very special
in any breed.
Willow and Sue, however, continued their success
through to the fourth level of competition, UDX, a first for the
breed. To earn this title a dog and handler team must enter the
competitive Open B and Utility B classes on the same day and earn a
qualifying score in both classes in order to earn a single UDX leg.
A UDX title is only awarded when
the dog earns ten legs! Sue and Willow were honored at the annual
dinner of the BTCA, October 6, 2001. Sue was awarded a cut glass
Bedlington Terrier Clock, but she deserves much more. She deserves
thanks from each of us for proving to the world that the Bedlington
Terrier is much more than a pretty face, it is a true companion and
Thank you Sue and Willow.