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When you attain one of your HRC titles there is the traditional bucket of water poured over your head. Anyone know when, where, and why this tradition was started? Sure feels great though!!!!!
 

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Just 6 years ago when I started, getting thrown in was reserved for those with a finished title. You litterally got thrown in a pond. Now you get water thrown on you for any title achieved. IMHO this is dumb. Especially for the poor guy thats already finished several dogs. It makes you want to ask a buddy to get your ribbons for you so you can escape early. Lets keep it special. Reserve this initiation for the first finished title. Sorry I didn't answer your ? but this has bugged me for a while.
 

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I would agree on the first title, first finished dog, first 500 pt dog, etc. Seeing 10 to 20 "showers" at an event is a little out of hand in my opinion. I saw one guy title 4 dogs in different levels on the same day and got it each time.

I know I don't want water thrown on me for every title. Just those special ones. I only got wet for my first finished title and avoided some of the other ribbon ceremonies because of it.
 

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WOOHOOOO!!!!!!!

I'm a good sport, throw me in the drink with every Finished title I ever receive.
 

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Just 6 years ago when I started, getting thrown in was reserved for those with a finished title. You litterally got thrown in a pond. Now you get water thrown on you for any title achieved. IMHO this is dumb. Especially for the poor guy thats already finished several dogs. It makes you want to ask a buddy to get your ribbons for you so you can escape early. Lets keep it special. Reserve this initiation for the first finished title. Sorry I didn't answer your ? but this has bugged me for a while.

You should be in the game longer. I titled my first dog in 1989 with an AKC junior title. I was thrown in the lake - mostly by people I did not know. It helped me feel a part of a much bigger family.

It's a good tradition, and one that needs to keep getting done - ESPECIALLY at the 'lower levels'.


Btw: The new tradition of having someone sit in a chair and "take it like a man" was started to avoid the 'chase someone down and get other, innocent bystanders wet". A good choice, imho.
 

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In Region 13 it's slightly more civilized. We only put a large cup of water on the SHR titled handler...the HR title gets the full bucket, or two depending on how well liked he is. The HRCH title is accompanied by a full floating of the hat in the slough, creek, or reasonable facsimilie. This is a good time, especially if there are several at once. Along with their dogs, it makes for a memorable event.

As to the 500 point achievement, I'm of the belief that should be approached with far more than a ******* style celebration...one with a certain amount of dignity...sprayed with champaign like is done with the players that win the World Series, or Super Bowl. Just another bucket of water, IMFWBHDAO, demeans the accomplishment.

Reaching the 1000 point status is again in need of more than a watering down. This should be approached with considerable reserve and dignity, as was afforded PVHRC's Rich Carpenter a few years ago. Fortunately I was able to resurrect a pic of that unforgettable evening. Notice the dignity in the honorees scepter, showing real respect. :roll:

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Many people that I know find it demeaning and humiliating, especially when the people continuously shouting "TITLE" with every ribbon are 3 sheets to the wind drunk.
I'm all for a good time and having fun but I've seen handlers doused with 3 garden hoses at the awards banquet when the outside temp was under 40 degrees. A little over the top IMHO.
 

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Many people that I know find it demeaning and humiliating, especially when the people continuously shouting "TITLE" with every ribbon are 3 sheets to the wind drunk.
I'm all for a good time and having fun but I've seen handlers doused with 3 garden hoses at the awards banquet when the outside temp was under 40 degrees. A little over the top IMHO.

You know - I don't think I've ever seen actually DRUNK at a tailgate party at the end of a test.

If we did see it at my club's test, liability concerns would probably make our club ask them to leave.
 

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Hi UB - Many years ago they did do the Champagne thing but so many people didn't have a change of clothes and were afraid of being stopped by the HP and being cited for drinking. That's how the water dousing came about - down here anyway. Cleo
 

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Dave and I accomplished 2 milestones with 1 dog this Spring. Ria got her 500 points on March 24. While I only contributed 40 (HR title) Dave and I both took part in the soaking. This was our 3rd 500 point dog and I was glad to get soaked. This past weekend I handled Ria to her UH title passing her in all 4 tests. Dave didn't get wet, but I sure did. This was my first UH that I handled, but Dave and my 3rd UH (he handled the other 2). Any title I receive on a dog could be the last, so I'll take the soakin. :D
 

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Just my own little opinion, but if anyone did that to me, I would be pretty pissed.

The excuse of 'you have to expect it' is silly, and it could probably result in an ugly assault charge (not that I would go that far) if a participant was less than thrilled. I do understand the 'tradition' (well, not really), but really. . .

Having lost two contact lenses ($600), and a diamond tennis bracelet ($5K) from being thrown overboard once regards,

Sondra
 

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When I titled my first dog to HRCH, I got doused with a bucket of pond water. I put my head down as the bucket holder approached, he came underneath, shooting the water straight into my face and up my nose. I contracted some kind of bacteria or parasite, I can't remember which. I was sick for a week.

I don't care much for the practice!

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I've seen the good and bad side of "getting folks wet" for titles and I have taken several soakings myself.

Overall I'm for it and think it is just part of it, BUT there are limits. If someone clearly does not want to partake, then they should be left alone and not forced or pressured. If it's 40 degrees out, then maybe just a bottle or cup over the head, instead of the usual 10 gallons. If they are a pro that has 12 dogs on the truck with 6 of them titling, we should leave them alone.
 

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I think it's ridiculous. Especially if it's cold outside. Especially if you don't have a change of clothes. Espeially if you have a long drive home in wet cold clothes.
 

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I think it's ridiculous. Especially if it's cold outside. Especially if you don't have a change of clothes. Espeially if you have a long drive home in wet cold clothes.
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Have you ever actually ran an HRC event?
 

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I bring a change of cloths even if I'm not titleing a dog.
 

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Wow, kind of suprised by the responses. I was fortunate enough this past weekend to get my first HRCH title on my first dog and would not have missed my traditional "dousing" for the world. Also got a dousing for SHR on my pup on same weekend, but it was not nearly as satisfying. Will let you know in a couple of years how the 500 points feels, if I ever get there :lol:
 
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