Lambeau Field in Green Bay, WI was the first stop on Bailie and Madison’s road trip last weekend. Bailie was entered in three nose work trials Saturday and Sunday, but they hit the road early Friday to check out our rival teams stadium. They covered about 290 miles each way and endured way too much heat for September!
If you follow us on social media, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, you know we are big Vikings fans, and the Packers are our worst enemy. Why not go deep into enemy territory when the opportunity arises? My sisters were not afraid to sport their purple at the cheese head’s stadium, Lambeau Field. Madison has her smirk on, finding it funny wearing her Vikings hat at the Green Bay stadium.
Next they climbed the big stairs up to one of the stadium entrances. Here they donned some more purple gear for their photo. Surprisingly, there were not many people around for a Friday afternoon. Bailie is our purple girl, making it fitting for her to be the one to hit Green Bay!
The stadium was locked up pretty tight. Even so, Bailie tried to get in through the gate but had no luck!
It was in the mid eighties last Friday and my sisters were a bit on the warm side. They only walked part way around the stadium, and did stop one more time to pose with this art piece thingy. I don’t think those people knew how hot it was with their warm jackets and winter gear on.
Saturday was a beast for weather – almost ninety degrees and an upper seventies dew point. Neither Mom nor Bailie do well with that kind of weather. While waiting to search, my sisters hung out in the back of the car on our 4Knines cargo liner with Bailie on her cooling mat, and they had the aluminet blankets over the car to keep it cooler. The problem was not so much the heat, but the humidity.
Bailie did awesome the first three searches of the day which were exteriors and interiors. The trouble started in the afternoon with vehicles. Hanging out in the car was fine, but that humidity and blazing sun was too much for my sister. Vehicles was her next search but she didn’t want to search. She found a tiny shade spot and sat down. Mom got her up, told her to search and she gave a false alert because she wanted to stop. This is nothing new. Bailie does not have the work ethic I do. Title – not that day.
Sunday morning was a bit cooler, and everyone had a pretty good night for sleeping. The Level 2 Container Element Trial was first up in the morning. There were four searches with a total of seven hides to be found for a title. You may recall, Bailie just got her Level 1 Container Title in May this year.
The entire two days of trials was held at the Green Bay Country Club Sports Center. Several searches were in the club house, and a couple were on the pool deck. It was a beautiful and fun place to be in a trial!
Bailie was back to her old self for the container trial. Many dogs and handlers have problems with containers and don’t like them. At this level there can also be distractors like food and toys in the containers which adds to the difficulty. Me, Bailie, and Mom usually do really well with containers and this trial was no exception. Bailie passed all four searches and was one of nine dogs to title out of twenty one total! Mom was super proud of Bailie for working so well, and not playing any games!
Until Sept. 17, 2017, I have been the first GBGV to get nose work titles, and Bailie has been the second but that has now changed. Bailie is the first in our family to earn a level 2 element title, and the first GBGV ever to earn one as well. She is very proud of herself and she should be. She is an awesome nose work dog when she applies herself.
Sadly, there was an almost three hour break between the morning container trial and the afternoon vehicle trial. Bailie fell asleep, a very deep sleep. Madison was out cold as well. Mom had to physically pull Bailie out of the car to get to her searches, but Bailie’s heart was not in it. She was still drained from the heat of Saturday and all the stuff going on. No vehicle title for her that day.
It was not the weekend they had all hoped for, but there will be more trials in the future. My sisters got to go deep into the enemy territory at Lambeau Field and Bailie got one title. Everyone returned home exhausted, but happy. What about me? I was well rested and ready to go. I had a lovely weekend at home relaxing and enjoying some peace and quiet!