Never give up even if your partner is a dog. Sunday I had a little half day nose work element trial in the woods. Last weekend in the woods didn’t go so well, but Mom and I promised each other to work harder this time. Comparing things, this week was actually tougher than the entire day last week, but we continued to push onward.
In an element trial search times are short, and being as I am not a speed dog, it makes things more difficult. Add in the issues Mom and I have been having with communication and the woods was not the best place for us to be. No matter, I was super happy to have Mom all to myself, and I got to see lots of my other human and dog friends. I love seeing friends!
The searches were hard because they were not typical. Hides were actually on trees, in the ground, on logs, things that I enjoy sniffing every day for critters. Mom says I’m hard to read on a normal day, but trying to decide if I was on odor or on critters was tough for her. On the plus side, she felt like I was working and trying hard in all my searches which is true. The silly leaves are always hanging off my beard, even when I’m just waiting for my turn.
At the end of the day, there were eight hides. I found seven, but Mom only had the guts to call five. We needed six for a leg, so we went home with nothing but more experience working as a team in the great outdoors. Up north last weekend, there were also eight hides, I found five and Mom only called three, so we did make progress in the past week. I’m not the easiest partner, but I love to sniff, so Mom will never give up on me. Together we will get back on track. I know we will have lots of happy times as we keep trying too!
We found this quote on a friend’s blog Monday, and found it is a perfect fit for team pink right now.
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