Madison earned her tracking certification last Tuesday! It was quite a day, and it was not a pretty site, but she did it! We went to the Washington County Fairgrounds for our tests, the same place Bailie was certified in 2015.
I went along for my own certification test, but I wasn’t in the mood. It was cold, pouring rain, and there were huge gusty winds. Mom took me to my track where I made it maybe fifty yards before refusing to track any more. I got certified last year, but never got a chance to take the test, so I had to re certify. After my poor performance and definite lack of enthusiasm, Mom says I’m officially done with tracking. Yay!!!
For Madison, tracking in these conditions was brand new and Mom didn’t have a lot of hope as the water, and wind really change how the scent travels. Madison had a great start on her track. Mom followed along with no clue where they were headed. She didn’t even realized they had made some turns! A directionally challenged person, for sure! On what would be the last turn, Madison had trouble picking up the track. She spent a couple minutes, which is a long time, going back and forth, left and right searching with her little hound nose. My mom thought about giving up a few times, but since the judge didn’t blow her whistle, she kept waiting patiently. Finally Madison decided on a direction and took off with Mom in tow. Sure enough, deep in the grass way down the field, was the leather glove! Madison passed!
Mom has entered Bailie and Madison in tests next month, we are just hoping they get a spot. Bailie has a title, so she never has to certify again. Madison loves to ride in the car and is always in the back seat. Mom snapped this photo of her on the way home from the certification. The look of seriousness Madison has is so funny. She always rides like this unless she is napping. We were all happy to be back home to get warm and dry off. Mom says she was soaked through to her skin, but it was worth it.