We were in Sandwich Illinois last weekend for my NW1 nose work trial it was held at the fairgrounds which always makes for some fun sniffing. Our photographer loves this fair sign, so we had to get a shot of it!
As with all dog sports, I spent a lot of my day waiting in the car for it to be my turn. I have to be hooked in because if I’m not, I will explore the entire interior of our car and Mom doesn’t find that amusing. Madison was with us, but she doesn’t have to be tied down since she is a good girl and stays in the backseat.
Unfortunately, I had a problem with some air flow and I made a false alert on the chair next to the correct chair in my interior search. Mom and I were shocked and sad, but it is what it is. I did my other three searches really well. I’m still young and have a lot to learn. The results were posted at the end of the trial. A friend said to Mom, “Olivia placed 3rd in vehicles.” Mom laughed and said, “yeah, right.” Guess what, I did place 3rd in vehicles!
Placements are always great, but this one is very special. Mom did her first nose work trial with Emma in September 2014. Since that time, with four different dogs, she has done almost forty NACSW trials and never once has a dog earned a placement. It is something Mom has accepted will never happen. I am fast compared to the other family dogs, but there are dogs that make me look super slow. Earning a placement after so many trials with so many dogs is a very special thing for our family, and I am super proud of myself.
My placement in Sandwich Illinois more than made up for missing the hide in my interior search. Maybe if I work on it there will be other placements down the road, but if not, no one can take this one away from me! I also earned a “P” for pronounced. Pronounced is given by a judge in a search where they feel there was great teamwork and exceptional handling. Mom has only ever had one of those before with Emma, so she is thrilled I achieved that as well at such a young age.