Olivia had her Tracking Dog Test at Kinnickinnic State Park in Wisconsin just over a week ago. It was a gorgeous day, and after her test, we did some hiking around the park for fun.
The morning and the view in the park was stunning. This photo is the actual area where Olivia had her test. Olivia loves to track, and she is really good, especially for a puppy, but she is a puppy. It was a rough start as she kept going off track the first leg, but finally she made the first turn. Rather than getting going, she chose to track something else, and after a time, the whistle was blown. Who knows what she was smelling, but she was really into it. Dogs are allowed to finish their tracks if they would like, which Mom had her do. She was put back on the track, and she ran the rest of the track perfectly, at her usual high speed. Stuff happens! She will try again in the spring.
Rather than be all bummed out, Mom was happy Olivia found her groove again and finished her track strong. Since we were already in the park, we decided to do some hiking before we went to our play date with Birdie. We went down by the river for our walk. The trees were pretty, and they reflected nicely in the river.
Two things we don’t like about Kinnickinnic State Park are that they don’t allow dogs in many areas, and they have no trash cans. It never fails that someone has to do their business, but who wants to drive home with that in the car? Luckily, we reviewed the Poo Vault a while back, and keep it in our car. Olivia was the poo culprit this time, so we locked it up and didn’t mind having it with us in the car at all.
Dogs are not allowed on beaches or in picnic areas. We found this dock that was pulled up on shore at the edge of the beach. We decided to go on it for a photo anyway. Mom never has a problem breaking such rules.
The last shot we took was me on a log…aka…a dog on a log. It was a fun little hike on a perfect weather morning. I’m sure we will be back for future tracking tests.
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