There’s a new tracking dog in town and her name is Madison! Actually, her name is now Ethos Intel Inside CGC TD. We are all so very proud of her! To be honest, I’m a bit worried about Madison taking over everything around here! At 8 months old, she earned her Canine Good Citizen, CGC Title, tracking certification, and now her Tracking Dog, TD Title. To say she is a little overachiever is an understatement!
Yesterday was an ideal day for tracking. The morning was cool and cloudy, the grass was tall, Madison put on her working furs, and was ready to work! There were three test tracks, and she drew track three, meaning she was the last dog. Because the draw was at 7am about an hour from our house, Mom got us all up at 3:30 so we could take short walks, eat, she could shower, and all that with the plan to leave at 5:30. Madison slept in the car until Mom got her out for her track. Track three was 460 yards long and had four turns.
Madison ran the track super fast, just like Bailie ran her TD track, about 4 1/2 minutes. It would have been faster, but Mom doesn’t run behind her dogs, she just walks as fast as she can. Both Bailie and Madison pull like crazy the entire track because they want to run! They both love to track. The above photo is Madison’s track layer, the guy who’s scent she had to follow. Mom says he didn’t smell at all, but Madison said he was super easy to follow in the tall grass. What do humans know?
The test was at Kinnickinnic State Park, the same place Bailie titled. There are lots of nice big fields for laying tracks. The sign at the park entrance also makes for a great photo spot!
Of course, there has to be a photo of the team with the judges. They were quite impressed with Madison’s abilities, especially being so young. One of them said, “it was beautiful to watch.” Now both my sisters will be training for TDX tests. They both want to get their TDX and VST Titles so they can earn their Champion Tracker Titles. I’m happy to stay home and keep an eye on the cats.