The Hutchinson Barn Hunt Trials were awesome and devastating. The weekend did not go as planned for any of us, but we still managed to have a good time! I love to hunt rats, and Mom is very happy she has me because I do a great job! She loves to call me her rat master, and can’t wait to call me her rat champion one day.
Olivia did do some rat hunting in her Senior level, but did not earn any Q’s. She found two rats in one search, and three in another, the other two searches didn’t go well at all. One of the biggest issues she had was the door was open. There are three rings in a row, all running different searches at the same time, but the middle one, as you can see in the photo is open to the outside on the back. Olivia was overwhelmed by the distraction of the great outdoors and could not keep her focus. It is something a more mature dog can handle better, as I was not bothered by it much at all, but for Olivia it wasted a lot of time! They had a lot of doors open to create air flow due to COVID.
Mom tried something for the first time on Sunday, she brought all three of us to compete. Bailie went from loving the sport to hating it overnight two years ago, and she thought maybe if we all went Bails would be more motivated. She only needs one leg for her title. As you can see, Olivia can’t be trusted yet in a soft crate when left alone for too long, so she has the wire one. Unfortunately, Bailie was thrilled to be at the event, see the people, loved everything, but got in the ring and did nothing. Well, she did tunnel and climb in both her trials, but she refused to find a rat. Mom is at her wits end with that, so it may have really been Bailie’s last day of barn hunt.
What about me, Madison? The Hutchinson Barn Hunt Trials seem to be gold for me! I got my RATM there in December last year, getting Q’s in three of my four searches. This weekend, I had four searches and Q’d in my first three. In my fourth search, Mom was calling clear as I found one more rat, so no Q, but Mom is thrilled I did so well. We expected one or two Q’s, but got three! I need ten Q’s for my RATCH, Rat Champion Title, and I now have six under five different judges. This sport is so much fun for me and I love hunting for those rats and racing around in the bales of straw so much. I’m one super happy pup. We hope I can finish my RATCH this year, but we will see. For now I’m happy with my three new Q’s, including one fourth place.
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