Last Friday, Mom and my sisters headed out on a 1200 mile, 3 day, dog sports road trip. The first destination was De Land, IL for a nose work trial. Bailie was entered in another NW3 trial. The drive to De Land took about eight hours including a few short stops for fun, food, and going potty. Originally, they had planned to stop at Montrose Dog Beach because they loved it so much last year, but with Madison in heat, and Bailie not able to run wild, they had to cancel that part of the plans.
If you have never been to De Land, IL, you have not missed much! Other than fields of corn, and a few roads, there is nothing there, and it is as flat as a pancake. The De Land-Weldon High School where the trial was held is one of the smallest schools in Illinois.
Along the way, in Janesville, WI, Bailie stopped to visit the famous Bessie the cow. She was hoping to milk the old girl, but evidently they stopped by at the wrong time of day for that.
After a good night’s rest, Bailie was super motivated to do some nose work…or not… Never forget, Bailie is our lazy family member. She enjoys taking life on easy street, and only does what she feels like doing.
The weather on Saturday was in the upper eighties, with high humidity. On the night before they left on their dog sports road trip, Mom decided it was finally time to spend the green papers, and purchase a decent fan for the car. Of course, everyone was sold out because of the hot summer. Fortunately, Mom was able to give the sales guy a sob story about how hot it would be in a parking lot, the entire day with dogs, causing him to finally give in, and sell her the display model for 10% off. My sisters were super thankful to have that fan with the heat and humidity.
This is a view of tent city, otherwise known as the competitor parking lot. Everyone has cars covered in aluminet shades, fans, pop up tents, anything to try and stay cool. Mom never thought she would be investing in all this stuff for the car, but for the past two years, she has come to realize how important it is.
Unfortunately, once again, Bailie did not apply herself at the nose work trial. Mom had a gut feeling from the first search that Bailie had not shown her all the hides. She did, however, find all the interior hides. There were three classrooms to be searched. In this first room there was one hide in the podium on the left of the photo. Each interior search was 2 1/2 minutes.
The second room had two hides. One was on the book cart in the back of the photo, the other was also on a podium in the front of the room which is not pictured in this photo.
In the third room there was one hide. Bailie was dying to get into the room. She came off the start line and went straight to the hide which was on the AV cart below the screen on the right of the photo. After getting a yes, she walked back to the door. For some reason, this particular hide was super appealing to her. Mom made Bailie keep searching, but she was correct in finding just one.
No NW3 Title once again, but Bailie did earn her NW3-I (Nose Work 3 – Interior) Title. Mom is getting frustrated, but she has to remember we are hounds, and independent thinkers. We are not Border Collies, Labs, or Shepherds, who are super driven, and out to please. Heavens, it took Bailie six tries to get her NW2 Title, so it should not be surprising if it takes even more tries to earn an NW3 Title. Bailie has another shot at the title in a few weeks locally at the ice arena. Who knows which Bailie will show up, but we all try to stay optimistic.
Come by again tomorrow for part two of the dog sports road trip…on to Sheboygan, WI.