Honoring dogs we have lost is a part of The Great Minnesota Sniffover each year. 2019 is the fifth year of the Sniffover, and sadly, this year Emma is one of the five dogs being honored. Each year the campers get a t-shirt with the names of the honored dogs on it. I thought I would model it for you.
Emma and I attended the first two Sniffover camps in 2015 and 2016. She absolutely loved camp, being in the woods, seeing our friends, and doing nose work – the sport she so loved.
There is not a lot of free time at camp. The humans have their meals, and we have all morning and all afternoon sniffing sessions with some optional searching in the evenings. It is a busy three days, but so much fun! The human campers wear a lanyard with the names of their dogs, and the schedule for the weekend.
Despite being pretty structured, there is always time here and there from some walks and photos. Naturally, Emma enjoyed doing some modeling by Half Moon Lake.
Mornings we always get up early and go for a nice walk to start the day. No one is around, and it is so peaceful. We do it each morning, no matter what the weather.
Each camper gets a some goodies in their cabin when they arrive. This year, everything has the names of the five dogs we lost on it. Mom will probably save the items and add them to Emma’s memory box.
This year, they also had a table with a photo of each of the dogs. Honoring the dogs we have lost is hard for every camper, but it is important to do. Emma just keeps cropping up in our lives. Mom is glad she is around, but it also makes her so sad. She will never be forgotten!
At dinner one of the nights, our instructor, who also is the one who puts on the camp, gives a speech about each of the dogs we lost. He talks about what made them special, memories of things they did, a touching speech. There is never a dry eye in the house, but this year was really tough for Mom to listen to. After the speech, each handler is given a special t-shirt signed by all the campers that year and their dogs’ names. Mom thought a photo of the picture and signed shirt with the sunset and lake in the background would be ideal for the end of Emma’s sniffing career.
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