Last weekend was the most crazy nose work trial we have ever been to. We anticipated some bad weather, but how it actually went down was not what we had in mind! Mom went to a crazy trial in Olin, Iowa in 2016, and another one in Bloomington with Bailie where there were storms, but nothing like the trial last weekend!
There were thunderstorms during the night which kept us from getting a good nights sleep. After our walk and breakfast, I settled in for a nice nap before we would need to leave for my trial.
When we arrived at the school in Martensdale, I was all ready to get busy sniffing! My number was twenty and I would get to start almost right away. Sometimes I get really worked up and I can’t sit down and rest. I was trying to get my nose out the window to sniff the air and see what was going on.
I rocked my first search and then things went downhill fast. We had an hour and a half delay for my next search because of severe thunderstorms with lightening. Safety is always a priority at our trials, but it is a real fun killer. Finally I got do do my second search and then it happened again! Yes, another time of over an hour locked in our cars waiting for the rain to go away. My enthusiasm starts to diminish with a lot of waiting. Olivia and I do a lot of napping because we are bored.
Finally things fired up again and I actually got in three searches before the next disaster! Unfortunately, Mom made a really stupid decision which got me an error on my exterior search. I could have one error, so things should still work out alright. Olivia and I just kept waiting in the car. With all the delays, our trial was taking a lot longer than usual and Olivia was quiet unhappy.
The last search of the day started and after eleven of the thirty eight dogs searched, the sirens went off. All dogs and humans had to immediately rush into the interior of the school for safety. Tornadoes were coming. We spent the next forty five minutes in a men’s bathroom with a few people and their dogs. I did a lot of napping as I was really over it all at this point. Finally we got back out of there and I got my last search in but it didn’t go well. I had lost my interest, so no pretty ribbons for me this time. Mom was still happy that I worked hard with such tough conditions.
We are very thankful for the club hosting the trial. They had excellent emergency plans in place to get over fifty people and dogs into shelter within minutes. Sadly, just a few miles down the road in Winterset, where we have attended trials in the past, is where the worst tornado hit and killed seven people. We are so happy we had good shelter and nothing happened to anyone at our event. Our drive home also went well and we didn’t run into any ice which had been forecast. Mom and I will regroup and try again next weekend and the following weekend. Lots of sniffing still to be done!
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