There are a few bright spots from our not so stellar barn hunt weekend. We went on Saturday with high hopes and expectations and left with our tails between our legs. It happens. We can’t be amazing all the time, but it was just a bad day overall for us pups and our mom.
Saturday was in the single digits with the windchill, so it was nice to be inside all day but other than that it was not so nice. Olivia, Nelson, and I each had two runs on Saturday. Sunday I had one run, Olivia had one, and Nelson had two.
Nelson started off the day with the first disasters. He was so excited to get into the ring, did his tunnel and climb and then nothing. Mom says it was like he forgot why he was there. No Q’s for Nelson on Saturday. Mom was disappointed as he could have earned his title with three Q’s out of his four runs.
Olivia was up next. She too was excited to get into the ring but then refused to find rats. Olivia wants a reward for every rat she finds when she finds them. In barn hunt, there is no rewarding in the ring. Thus, Olivia often goes on strike.
Mom was out of sorts for some reason Saturday. I had a nice Masters run for fun but Mom got disqualified because she kept stepping over a bale of straw. It is not allowed. She has never had a problem in the ring ever, but now she has. My Crazy 8’s run also turned to disaster because she forgot our game plan – tunnel, climb, then find rats. I lost my points because I didn’t tunnel. Just not our day! Sleeping is the best thing one can do on such a day.
Sunday, Olivia started the day with her search and she did find three of the four rats. Progress, but Mom says it was a bit like pulling teeth to get her to tell about the rats.
I was next, and we had so much fun in the ring, I was even running. First I did my tunnel and climb, then I found three of the eight rats. Yay! I earned fifty points towards my next Crazy 8’s title.
Nelson is the winner in the bright spots of the weekend! In his first run Sunday, he found both rats, tunneled and climbed. Not only did he earn his first Open Q, he came in first place and High In Trial! Not bad for ten months old! His fancy High In Trial ribbon even has his name on it. We hope to do another trial in January with a few practices between now and then.
Mom is always an optimist. Despite such a lousy first day, we had a couple really great searches on Sunday and that makes us all happy!
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