Saturday my Elite Trial was at Wintrust Field in Schaumburg, IL. We passed by there on the way home from Michigan last Sunday, and had to go back again five days later for this trial. Mom has tried to get into a trial there for years, and finally I got in. Madison was one hundred fifty five on the waitlist! You know it will be a fun place to search if you can’t get into a trial! Wintrust Field is home to the Schaumburg Boomers baseball team.
Mom drove Nelson and I to Schaumburg on Friday. We got to our hotel around dinnertime since we stopped on the way for a walk in Janesville, WI. Now that it gets dark early, one has to plan or be stuck in the dark. We normally stay at the Home2, but Mom wanted to try the Hampton Inn and Suites. We stayed at one back in April in Wyoming and really liked it. It is less money than the Home2 which is just a couple blocks away in Schaumburg.
We have had our fill of lousy hotels. Prices are up, quality is down. Pet fees are not something we like, but if it means staying in a nice place, we will pay one. Both Home2 and Hampton charge a $50 fee. This hotel is wonderful. Our room had everything we need, including plenty of space. The staff is very friendly and we pups felt welcomed by everyone. In the future, we will consider staying at Hamptons, but since not everyone is the same, we will read reviews and check photos before booking.
Now back to the nose work, the most important thing in my world. The first search of our day was a maintenance area. I found six hides. There were seven hides but no dog found all seven, and I placed fourth in the search out of thirty dogs. The photo is me waiting in the bowels of the stadium to go outside to the search area. I’m very impatient and I have trouble understanding why other dogs are even allowed to search. Mom tells me I’m the best dog of all.
Next we searched a giant area of the concourse. I searched my furry behind off but only found one hide. Mom was nearly in tears. Later we found out there were only two hides and only two dogs found the second hide. We like to forget all about that search. On the bright side, up on the top floor of the stadium where the club rooms are, I posed for some photos. Mom and I enjoy doing photos sometimes to reduce stress and tension.
My third search was a locker room area. This search was a range of three to five hides. I had no trouble finding four hides and that was the correct number too. The judge also saw my first search of the day where Mom and I ran all around the maintenance area. When I was at the start line, he told his crew to watch out because I am fast and on a mission. After I ran through the crew, he said to them, “I told you.” Mom loves having a fast, motivated partner.
The last search of the day was the Schaumburg Club Room on the top floor, overlooking the entire Wintrust Field. Mom and I don’t have time to look at the view as I am working, but it was a very nice place and we got a quick look on my video. Now that we have a Go Pro, we can get videos whenever we would like. This search has four hides and I have four minutes to find them. I used 2:53 of my time to find them which gives me sixth place. We also got pronounced in this search which is for exceptional teamwork. Hope you enjoy watching me work. (Note, Mom even painted her nails orange for our team for this trial.)
At the end of the day, Mom and I decided we had a blast but probably didn’t qualify for any ribbons because we missed two hides, finding fifteen of the seventeen, and we were not speedy enough. At the awards ceremony, they gave out all the placements for the searches and we got nothing, they gave out the third place overall to someone we don’t know and then it happened, they called Joy and Olivia for second place overall. Mom was so shocked! No one found more than fifteen hides and only four of us found fifteen. Team Orange was second fastest!
This may be our last trial until next year, which is sad, but we will keep training and be back even better in 2023! Mom says we are a sleeper team. No one knows much about us but we come in and do big things. It is a lot of fun.
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