As you know, Bailie started tracking last August. Because tracking requires so much space and time, she was the only one to take the class and learn to track. Mom’s plan was for Bailie to get her TD title this spring and then let me start tracking. Well, forget that, plans out the window!
Since it has become obvious Bailie won’t be getting a title until fall, Mom decided to let me give tracking a try using Bailie’s equipment. She has the class material with all the instructions and I set out on my week one assignments. I actually loved it and did very well, but it bothered me using Bailie’s stuff. Then one day some packages showed up for me.
I’m so proud to have my own equipment, I can’t wait to give it a try! The type of harness we use only comes in black, so Mom tied a red string on mine so we know it is mine since red is my color. We want to get them monogrammed but the area is too small.
I’m now in week four of my training and it is going really well. I am very different from Bailie, taking tracking seriously, and moving much slower. Mom took this video of me this week working my long homework track. It is 240 yards long with a right and then a left turn. The legs were 90, 80, and 70 yards long. I’ve only done a track this long once before, and it is tiring as I’m just learning turns and it is a big job. The entire video was about 4 1/2 minutes, so Mom edited out some of the boring straight ahead stuff. You can see in the video how I start to get tired and kind of wonder if I need to keep going. I also get a bit lost on the gravel baseball field. Odor is different there than it is in the grass, so I got lost for a moment.
After finishing my three homework tracks, I came home and crashed. Tracking is new and hard work, so I need lots of rest afterwards! I can’t wait to do even longer and more complicated tracks in the coming weeks. The plan now is to get me certified in July or August and have both Bailie and I try for TD titles in the fall.
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