A little black trash can rained on our parade on Sunday. I earned another title, but not the entire title we planned on. Saturday after Madison’s trial we drove to Illinois for my NW3 on Sunday. Mom and I had a fantastic day until the hiccup in the last search. We are still super proud of our work together, all the improvements we’ve made, and are now trying to figure out how we went wrong with a simple trash can.
The three of us were exhausted when we finally got into our hotel room on Saturday night. A day of trialing for Mom and Madison plus a five hour drive wears us girls out. We were happy to settle into bed and get a good night’s sleep before my trial. The mural over the bed made Mom and Madison happy as they have been to that spot in Chicago in person.
All of us slept pretty well and were ready to hit the road for the hour drive to my trial. When we are getting close, I like to stand and put my head up front so I can see exactly where we are going. Mom and I were planning on earning my NW3 Elite Title if all went well but it was not to be. Still we are thankful for the great day of searching together and another NW3 Title.
Our whole day, we were so connected and worked as a real team. I was fast at finding the hides and Mom left her comfort zone to call them and call finish much faster than ever before. Going into our last search we felt like we were going to achieve our goal. Well, I flew into the final search area and went right to a small, black, trash can, sniffed it and left. I never leave a hide so Mom dismissed it. I proceeded to find two hides and did my usual alerts on those. To be sure, Mom had me pass that naughty trash can again but I didn’t even give it a glance. I don’t know why I didn’t tell her it was a hide and she didn’t want to guess because a no would mean no title so we left and ended up missing that one hide.
Oh boy, I earned my third NW3 Title, but not the entire title we hoped for. You see at this level a dog also needs to pass each of the four elements three times. I have only passed interiors twice, so that element is missing. Now I get to go try again in a week or so to see if I can pass interiors and get my NW3 Elite Title. Such a snafu was our nightmare and it happened! On the plus side, we found ten of the eleven hides with a total search time of 6:54, that is much faster than the nine we found the previous week in 10:22. Mom and I are getting better and having so much more fun. Fun is the most important goal anyway. We are confident we will get it next time!
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