Last weekend we took a real winter scent work road trip to Sioux Falls, SD. When you enter a trial from mid November to mid April, you know there the risk of snow storms or below zero weather is real. I can truly say we hit the weather jackpot on this one! We went to Sioux Falls in November for a trial and it was cold, but this was crazy…in a good way!
Five days before we left on our adventure both major highways we took were closed for two days because of a blizzard. Now they were open, but it was snowing again, and the wind was causing partial white out conditions. Most of the route goes through nowhere, so it only takes a small amount of snow to start blowing and things get white fast. We stopped along the way twice for breaks. All the white wears on the eyes after a while, and Mom just needed a rest.
We stayed at the same hotel this time because it was so nice. With all the snow, there wasn’t much room for walking, but we were alright with short walks to do our business. Saturday morning we were up early and headed out to the trial site. A big thank you to the Sioux Empire Kennel Club for hosting such wonderful trials!
The event took place in a warehouse type building that was real new. It was a lot of fun to search in. Because of the extreme cold, we were allowed to crate in the building to help us all stay warm. Boy was that nice!
The first day, Bailie had eight searches, and I had four. I passed all of mine, and even got a third place in one of my Excellent Interiors searches. Bailie was being Bailie, but she did pass five of her eight searches. We went back to the hotel with a 75% overall pass rate, some pretty qualifying ribbons, Bailie’s Advanced Container Title, and my third place ribbon. After the trial, we went shopping at Scheels, and both Bailie and I were exhausted when we got back to our hotel.
Sunday was so darn cold! It was -16 actual temperature with a -37 wind chill. Brrr… We would both be searching exteriors again in the morning, but we have never practiced in such cold conditions. Because of the cold, we wore our boots to search, and we both did just fine. Bailie was a hot number on Sunday! She passed all six of her searches and got placements in each search as well. Mom and I were not connecting like we normally do, so I only passed three of my six searches. I earned my overall Novice Title which was most important for the weekend. Our overall pass rate was 75% for the entire weekend, and we received placements in eight searches which is amazing for us!
Bailie earned her Advanced Container, Interior, and Exterior Titles. She needs one more Advanced Buried Hide Q for her overall Advanced Title. Mom is so proud of her for how well she worked on Sunday. It really made the trial so much more fun! As you can see, she was pretty exhausted!
I earned my Novice Exterior Title, Overall Novice Title, a third place in Excellent Interiors, and a fourth place in Advanced Containers. The drive home was blowing snow again, and the below zero temperatures. Thankfully, it was not nearly as bad as the trip going to Sioux Falls. Overall, it was a perfect weekend of winter scent work for the three of us! Now for another big snowstorm this weekend for us to travel in!