It was a not so stellar barn hunt weekend for us Saturday and Sunday. Madison and I went on Saturday, and Sunday Bailie came along too. Mom had high hopes of pretty ribbons, points, and maybe a title, but things did not go as planned. I still need a wire crate because I rip my way out of the soft sided one. In my opinion no one else should have a turn. I’m also in the middle because I get loud about seeing other dogs. Pretty much, I want to be the only dog at the trial, so I yell, scream and dig.
We had the snow Friday, which brought in very cold air for Saturday. Despite being cold, it was absolutely beautiful outside. Sunday it warmed up and we were able to get a photo of each of us out and about around the fairgrounds. Saturday, Mom didn’t want to take her gloves off outside.
Bailie loves to climb snow piles, so she wanted her photo on the snow piles in front of the grandstand. They plow the snow up at the end of the area which makes for fun piles.
Madison elected to take a photo in front of the little red barn in a snow pile. There is a lot of down time at the trials, so we go out for short walks often. Walking and doing photos relaxes all of us, including Mom. Saturday when it was so cold, Mom helped out in the ring a lot. We didn’t do much walking Saturday.
The weekend didn’t go as planned. Madison had two Crazy 8’s runs. Mom was hoping to get forty or fifty points for each one. Each run had a missing element which deducts twenty points, so Madison got points both runs but only twenty each after the deductions. She is running for fun now that she has her RATCH, and she did have fun but Mom wanted more points.
Bailie was a disaster and didn’t find even one rat! Mom says she doubts she will have Bailie do barn hunt in the future. This decision makes Bailie happy.
After Madison’s low points, Bailie not getting anything, and I bombed my first three runs, Mom was quite disappointed. I’m in Senior where there are four rats to be found. I find one or two and quit because I want to get paid and in barn hunt there is no treating in the ring. In my practice last week I worked on counting to four and then getting a huge jackpot of treats. One practice isn’t much time to learn something completely new like this. We almost went home before my run as Mom was so frustrated but then we stayed. After finding two rats, I stopped hunting again, but then with Mom’s help asking for three, I decided to find a third rat, and then I found the fourth. I got so many treats after we left the ring I almost exploded. It took me 3:13 of the allowed 3:30 to find all four rats, climb and tunnel, but it earned me a second place! Now I have two Q’s, and just need one more for my title.
Yay! I saved the day on a not so stellar barn hunt weekend.
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