The last weekend in February, Mom, Bailie, Madison, and their driver/nanny hit the road to Appleton, WI for nose work elements trials! Bailie got her L1V Title last April and wanted to get a couple more. It is about a five hour drive with a stop or two, each way. Madison went along to experience her first road trip, and to learn what it is like at a nose work trial. Stay tuned, Madison starts nose work class on March 7th!
A blizzard hit the area the day before they left, but luckily by the time they were on the road, things were pretty much cleared up! On the way over, they made one potty stop at a park around the half way point, and then headed straight for their accommodations. The hotel of choice was once again a La Quinta, where dogs stay free! Madison was the perfect traveler, and slept almost the entire ride.
Once in the room, Bailie and Madison had to check out the bed. Mom traded in the king for two doubles since she had to bring a friend along to drive because of her broken ankle. It was pretty tight for my sisters and Mom in the double bed, but they did manage to get some rest.
Their room was a nice sized suite which had a small living room on one end. Bailie wanted to hang out on the couch and watch some TV before bed, but Madison insisted on changing the channel. There was a bit of a scuffle over the remote, I heard.
Bailie was tired on Sunday morning and didn’t want to get up to go do nose work. She is a good nose work dog, but she doesn’t love it like I do. If it had been a tracking test, you can bet she would have been up and running at the clank of dawn!
The elements trials were at the Globe University, just down the road from the hotel. Madison stayed at the hotel with our friend during the morning Level 1 Container trial. When Mom and Bailie first left, she cried and howled like crazy, but after going out for a walk, Madison settled down and spent the rest of the morning hanging out and taking another walk.
Because it was a winter trial, crating inside was an option. Bailie had her folding crate along to hang out in. The container trial consisted of four container searches. To title, she had to find the one birch hide in each search. Unfortunately, the third search was in a cat exam room and Bailie was far to distracted by all the smells. Mom also hit the metal cages with her boot cast which made a super loud noise that sent Bailie running for the door. Bailie ran out of time and couldn’t stay on task. Since she passed three of the four searches, she earned a leg. In her next container trial, she only needs to pass three of four again to get her Level 1 Container Title.
The trial host had a raffle, and the drawing was held after the first two Level 1 Interior trial searches in the afternoon. Mom entered to win the nose work dog cookies for our friend who was watching me back at home. Bailie did a good job and passed her first two interior searches in the afternoon, and then the drawing was held. Mom was so thrilled, she actually won the cookies! She never wins anything, so it was extra fun!
Bailie was able to pass the second set of interior searches as well, which earned her the Level 1 Interior Title! Both Mom and Bailie were pretty excited! Overall, they did great, and all that with Mom’s broken ankle! Taking road trips for trials is not cheap with the entry fees, gas, hotel, and food, so it is nice when you can bring home some kind of a title for all the trouble! Hopefully Bailie can finish up containers at a trial in May if she can get a spot!
What about me? I had a good time relaxing at home and my sitter took good care of me! It was better than sitting in the car for nothing for two days! Bailie got a goodie box when she checked in for her trials. It was full of treats for dogs, a few things for humans, and this magnet she gave me. I guess I will put it on my side of the car. At least she gave me something!