Another Barn Hunt weekend is in the books for me and Olivia. Olivia was the big winner of this weekend with a Q in one of her two Open runs, and a second place. Can you tell she is rather proud of it?
I wasn’t feeling well on Saturday. For some reason, my tummy was upset, so I was super slow, and not my usual self. I didn’t Q in any of my masters runs. Olivia and I did each do one Crazy 8’s run and each took home points.
Crazy 8’s is eight hidden rats, and you must tunnel and climb, all in two minutes. You earn ten points for each rat, and the climb and tunnel for a maximum of a hundred points. It was too hard for Olivia with all the rat smells, she couldn’t figure it out, but she still did tunnel, climb and found one rat, so she earned thirty points. I was really good and found five rats, did my tunnel and climb. You need five hundred points for the first award level. I did it a few times about two years ago, so I now have half the points I need.
Lots of folks have requested to see Olivia do Barn Hunt, so we had a friend video her run when she got her Q. For some reason, Olivia was pretty distracted. She did find both rats almost right away, but only gave Mom a quick glance and then moved on. Normally she will sit down and stare at Mom, so the rats were not called. As time was almost up, Mom took Olivia back to those two spots and correctly called RAT. In Open you have 2:30 to find 2 rats, tunnel, and climb. Olivia’s Q time was 2:29:87! Whew, that is cutting it a bit too close!
Remember, a handler cannot touch their dog in barn hunt except for the moment they find a rat. Notice, Mom keeps her hands behind her back most of the time so she doesn’t accidentally touch us.
Now she just needs one more Open Q for her title. Maybe at the trial next month, we shall see! Even though it was not our best Barn Hunt weekend ever, it was still a lot of fun and we did have some success.
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