My birthday week begins today, hip hip hooray! I’m super excited to be turning two next Thursday the 25th. Mom says she is excited too, but feels sad that time goes by so fast. No worries, I’m still her giant baby and Velcro pup, that will never change. I hope you like me because I get to take over the blog and social media for the next week, so much fun!
Last year when I turned one, the world was flipped upside down. Mom had Grand plans for her baby Grand, but this stupid virus cancelled everything for three months. We felt completely tied up like I felt is this silly photo Mom took of me with my tracking equipment. Suddenly all the fun sports and travel we love were no more, and we were all pretty sad. Now we know we can never take anything for granted, not even toilet paper! The main thing is we have each other and that is most important.
What did I accomplish while being one?
Scent Work Titles
Mom says my nose controls my life as I am constantly sniffing and I’m really good at all my nose sports.
In June, Madison and I went to North Dakota where I earned my Container Novice, Overall Novice, and Exterior Advanced Scent Work Titles. It sure was nice kicking of our sports return with a fun road trip to a new place for all of us too!
In August, Bailie and I went to a local Scent Work Trial. I earned my Container Advanced and Interior Advanced Titles. It was a small trial, and we had a real fun day. It is always fun to see our friends at trials. We missed that the three months there were no trials.
October brought another local Scent Work Trial. I sniffed both days, Madison and Bailie each had only one day of sniffing. It was a good trial and I earned my Buried Advanced, Overall Advanced, and Excellent Exterior Scent Work Titles.
Just a few weeks ago I earned my last title while being one here at our local trial. I finished up my Interior Excellent Scent Work Title, so in the next trial I will start sniffing at the Masters Level. Mom can’t wait to call me her Master Sniffer.
Nose Work Titles
Nose work is our most important sniffing sport. If we have to choose a trial on a weekend, Mom will always choose the nose work trial. It is more difficult, but we feel it also means a lot more to earn a title with NACSW.
I earned my first nose work title in August, the L1I, Level One Interior Element Title. It was a lot of fun, and I did a super job!
In October, I earned my very first big nose work title, the NW1, Nose Work One. Mom and I had a really great day despite the cold and snow. I searched like a champ and of course, had fun. Soon I’ll be trying for my NW2 Title, hope it goes well.
Madison and I started our FastCAT careers in Iowa last June. What a fun sport! We both just love it and do pretty well at it. There is no real training, we simply have to chase a lure for one hundred yards. Both of us earned our BCAT titles in August in Amana, Iowa.
Since FastCAT is a new sport for us and for Mom, we are still learning about it. We did find out there is a list of the fastest dogs from every breed for the year. Guess who is number one? Sure, there are only a few GBGV’s who do the sport, but that is part of the fun of being a rare breed, right? We do our best to be good breed ambassadors in our sports.
I have a couple competitions coming up, and there are a lot more to enter on the calendar. Hopefully this year trials won’t need to be cancelled and I can bring home even more pretty ribbons! I’m ending being one with my formal name: Ethos Loving The Northland CGC SWA SEE SIE RATO BCAT ORT NW1 L1I