Last weekend, Mom and I took a road trip to Davenport, Iowa for my NW3 Trial. We both had real high hopes for a successful trial. Going in I had a chance to bring home three titles, but in the end I came home with one. We are both a bit disappointed, but one ribbon is something to be thankful for.
Last week, I wasn’t my usual self even before we left for Iowa. Mom thought it was the heat and humidity, and didn’t worry much about it. At my trial, I wasn’t my usual enthusiastic self. It was a chore just to get me to the search area, and then Mom had to almost pull me around in a few searches. I was happy to be doing nose work, but I wasn’t on task as always. After we got home, Mom realized I had a skin rash in a “sensitive area” between my back legs. That explains why I wasn’t into walking. I’m doing much better now.
I did find eight of the ten hides, but my searches were not pretty, and Mom doesn’t want to even post videos because it is not the usual Emma searching. Thankfully, I did pass the vehicle element, with three vehicles, and one hide. This was my third time, which means I earned my NW3-V Title.
See the vehicle in the middle? The hide was a simple license plate hide on that car. By coincidence, Mom put my face right on the license plate with her hands because I was not searching, but I didn’t alert to the odor. We went all the way around the car an on the second pass I found it. That is how off I was.
I have a photo of all the searches and the hides. I found the three exterior hides, but kept one of them to myself. I missed one in the third interior room, but I passed vehicles and containers.
It’s been a year since I earned a nose work title, so I am pretty happy to have another title. Mom and I will keep on trying, but Bailie got the spots in the next two trials. She has more luck getting in than I do lately. As long as I am having fun, and enjoy nose work, I will keep on trying!
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