On May 5th, Bailie earned an NW3 Vehicle Element Title at the trial in Luxemburg, Wisconsin. It was not the day they had hoped for, but Mom and Bailie are proud to have at least accomplished something.
The trial took place at the Kewaunee County Fairgrounds. Mom thought it would be a real fun place to have searches. The weather was perfect, but it ended up being yet another trial with thirty five dogs, and no titles.
Bailie was dog #33, so she did two searches in the morning and the last four were all several hours later at the end of the day. It’s hard waiting around all day. Mom said when it was time to get back to work, she was even less motivated than Bailie. Madison was bored after just hanging out in the car all day.
This was the third try at an NW3 trial for Bailie. The previous two started with a container search and a “no”. Sadly, this trial was no different. Bailie found one hide, then false alerted and got a “no”. You have to be perfect to get a title, so starting your day knowing you lost is not a good thing. Only 17% of the competitors passed containers, which is very, very low, and the main reason there were no titles that day.
Interiors were quite interesting. The three search rooms were set up in a larger building. Standing outside the first search room, was this sign. Mom was wondering how the search would go without Bailie, but found out dogs were going to be allowed after all.
The first of the three rooms was a pretty full conference room. Bailie did a good job covering the perimeter and finding two hides. Mom called finished and then realized they never covered the middle of the room. No problem this time. There were only the two hides.
The second interior room was a smaller, packed full, storage room. Bailie went in, and got right to work. She was stuck on some pooling odor, so Mom moved her along and she hit the single hide almost immediately. There was only the one hide in that room.
How about searching the ladies room? The bathroom was the third and final interior search room. Bailie loves to sniff toilets, so Mom was not real thrilled about this area. Toilets are like drains and sinks, they push and pull a lot of odor. There wasn’t much to search in the bathroom since it was, well a bathroom. Bailie found a hide on a sign, then proceeded to search around some toilets, the sinks, the drain, and then Mom called finish. One hide was all there was, so Bailie passed interiors. If she passes one more time, she will get her NW3 Interior Element Title.
The final search of the day was an interior search. It was tough as there were so many smells, leaves, and lots of places a hide could be. The wind was pushing the odor up under those high tables, which was confusing. Unfortunately, Bailie ran out of time before finding the hide.
Vehicles was their second search, and the winner search of the day for team purple with the NW3 Vehicle Element Title. Four vehicles were parked in an L shape. Of course, Mom started out on the far side of the vehicles. If everyone, photographers, judge, timer, are all on the other side, chances are there won’t be much on the side Mom took. Nevertheless, they continued and Bailie did find one hide on that side. Bailie did a great job finding the first two hides, but then she got slow and lazy. Mom wanted to cover the final two vehicles and Bailie was not being much help. They got the thirty second warning, and ended up finding a third hide with just eight seconds to spare. Finding three is such a great feeling because then you know you found all the hides for sure!
Mom is super proud of Bailie for earning her NW3 Vehicle Element Title for several reasons. First, Mom has a fear of vehicle searches, but Bailie seems to do quite well anyway. Second, remember you don’t know how many hides there are. It could be one, two, or three, which makes it tough. Third, all three of Bailie’s NW3 vehicle searches have been really tough, with low pass rates. The first NW3 had five vehicles and only 2 1/2 minutes to find the hides, a tall order!
Bailie did a good job of working pretty hard on all her searches, but the title was not to be. At this time, we are all on waitlists for various trials over the next two months. Hopefully some of us will get into a trial or two, but one never knows. In the meantime, we are taking classes, and practicing.