The choice of a vanity or personalized license plate can be a good one for many people. For my daughter and me, our personalized plates were to be rewards for when our dogs (note I said when, with great confidence, not if) earned their Champion Tracker or CT titles. So, in 2009, her Honda Element got “CT CORGI” and my minivan got “CT TERV.”

This has caused some confusion with dog fanciers who aren’t familiar with tracking. Questions such as “Why do you have ‘Connecticut Corgi’ on your car when you live in New York?” are common. Still, it does bring out the other trackers and lead to great conversations about our sport.

For my daughter, who lost her amazing Corgi in 2011, the license plate serves as a memorial to an extremely talented and wonderful little dog. Corny as it sounds, Flash lives on in that plate.

In New York, the fee for a personalized plate with eight characters (spaces count) is $60, with an annual renewal of $31.25. If you are a breeder, that plate can serve as low cost advertising. I have been stopped in parking lots by people who ask if I breed Tervs after they’ve spotted my license plate. Ours is a rare breed, and my license plate reaches out to others with Tervs, as well as people with an interest in the breed.

A dog-themed license plate on the car ahead of you is a gift when you are heading for a show in a new location and feel a bit lost. Following a van with “GLDNS 4VR” on the plate is a good bet.

The following are some plates I noted at a show this spring. Maybe you will recognize a friend’s license plate, or your own!

All photos courtesy of Deb Eldredge, D.V.M.