It’s back to Barn Hunt at my house! I couldn’t believe my long, floppy ears when Mom said Bailie and Madison were going to hunt for rats last weekend! You may remember, last fall Mom said never again after she and Bailie had a disastrous day of rat hunting! I guess because Mom thought Madison deserved to give the sport a try, she entered those two for the weekend! Thankfully, she left me home because she knows I will not hunt for a common rat!
The trial was the same one I was at last year, held by Bales and Tails at the Isanti County Fairgrounds in Cambridge. Like last year, there was also a big dog show at the fairgrounds, and this year they added some dock diving.
Mom has been saying it would be fun to see a GBGV do dock diving. This was the chance. Madison doesn’t care much for water, so Bailie was the Guinea Pig! They walked out to the pool during some down town at the rat trial. During the competitor breaks, the company was letting dogs walk up and try the sport.
Bailie got her turn, but she was not having any part of it! She loves to swim, has even jumped off a dock into a lake, but she would not even walk into the pool using the ramp. Even though it didn’t work out, Mom said it was still a fun experience.
Back to the Barn Hunt, Mom took my sisters up for the intro seminar so they could acquaint themselves with rats. From what I hear, both of them went totally crazy, which is a good thing. They each started off with an instinct test and passed that with no problem at all finding the rat each in about 20 seconds. There are rules for Barn Hunt. Not only must you find the rat at the novice level, you must pass through the tunnel, and climb onto a hay bale with all four paws…these three tasks can be done in any order, but must be done in under two minutes. Both girls failed their first runs. They had the rat and the climb in no time flat, but they were so excited, they both refused to go in the tunnel.
The next day, Madison got her first leg towards a Novice Title, three legs make a Title. Check out the short video to watch her qualifying run. She is so into the hunting part, she almost failed again because of the tunnel. Thankfully she did it with just four seconds to spare!
Bailie also had a qualifying run the second day. Friday night, Mom spent a lot of time working on a tunnel command with her and it worked! She did the tunnel right away. Bailie’s 00:59 run earned her second place, the same as her qualifying run last year. Now she only needs one more to get her Novice Title. Mom says they both should get their Novice Titles and that will be it for Barn Hunt. I don’t really believe that, but a hound can hope!
At the end of the day, the two crazy sisters were completely wiped out. All that enthusiasm they have for hunting rats caught up to them. Both hounds went up to bed and crashed early! I guess I really don’t care if they want to hunt for rats or not. As long as I can stay home, I’m a happy hound!