The Joy Award for Outstanding Achievement In Obedience and/or Rally
The Lifetime Rally/Obedience award was first awarded in 2012. It was given the name “Joy Award” in honor of the highest-achieving French Bulldog in AKC history, OTCH Marianette Joyeuse Cuvee Sylvain (“Joy”). Joy (and her owner/handler Hope Sylvain) is to date the only French Bulldog to have earned the Obedience Trial Champion title (OTCH).
This lifetime award is for dogs competing in AKC Rally and/or Obedience who have exceptional accomplishments, reached only by very few French Bulldogs. To apply for the award in Obedience, the minimum requirement will be a Utility Dog (UD) title. In keeping with the new title program being rolled in out by the AKC in 2017 for Rally, the minimum requirements to apply for the award going forward will become the Rally Championship (RACH) title. The award can only be granted once in a dog’s lifetime.
Joy Award for Outstanding Achievement In Obedience and/or Rally Awardees:
2012 Joy, OTCH Marianette Joyeuse Cuvee Sylvain UDX2 RN, owned by Hope Sylvain
2015 Helen, CH Sumfun's Hellon Wheels UD BN GN VER RAE CGC, VOM Gold, owned by Jill Faulmann and Danielle Silverstein,
2018 Agathe Von Den Loewen CD RAE NJP CGC TDI, owned by Deborah Stevenson
About the Lifetime Achievement Awards for Dogs:
Purpose: Lifetime Achievement Awards are intended to honor FBDCA member-owned dogs who have achieved significant distinction in an AKC recognized activity other than conformation. A dog many only earn one of these awards once, and the award is given for extraordinary lifetime achievement.
Application & Award: The Lifetime Achievement Awards will not necessarily be given yearly. Members who believe there is a dog worthy of such an award may nominate their own dog or any dog owned by another member in writing no late than the deadline set yearly by the Honors & Awards Committee of any calendar year for award at that year’s FBDCA Awards Banquet. Awards will only be given upon a recommendation of a majority of the Honors & Awards Committee with approval by the FBDCA Board. The deadline to nominate any dog for a lifetime achievement award for this year is July 31,. Please submit your nomination to the FBDCA Honors & Awards Committee Chair, Paul Raleigh, at email@example.com, before the annual deadline, which is July 31.
Revised: March 2020