Today I get to look back at my busy, puppy year 2022. 2022 is the only year I know, so it is the first time for me to do this New Year thing everyone is all crazy about! Pretty soon I will be a year old and then the first times will all be gone.
I started out 2022 being born on January 18th. My original name was Banner, for the ribbon I wore when I was with all eleven of my littermates. I still have the same basic markings but they are a bit less jet black now.
On May 1, I started my traveling life. I left my furry family and moved up to Minnesota, which means I earned three states – Missouri where I was born, Iowa, and Minnesota, my new home. At just over three months, I had three states. The end of May, I went with my sisters to a Scent Work Trial in Wisconsin which means state number four!
Mom started training me in barn hunt and nose work right off the bat. She feels the earlier I learn what to look for, the better later when I compete. I do think she may have a point. Right after turning six months old, I competed in my first Scent Work trials and earned my Novice Interior and Exterior Titles, plus a bunch of pretty placement ribbons. My bow tie also makes me look super smart!
Only two weeks later, I tried my paws at Barn Hunt and earned my Novice Title and second place in each search! No rat can hide from this guy’s nose!
Olivia and Bailie took me along on their road trip to Montana in the beginning of September. This was my first time ever staying in a hotel which is really fun. Mom says I have to be quiet and that is sometimes hard for me still. This trip also gave me four more states – North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, and Wyoming.
Next up Mom took me to some Conformation shows. Boy are they boring compared to sports! Finally, the day I turned eight months old, I managed to earn my first two points down at Purina Farms. We hope to get back to Conformation next summer Mom wants to get it wrapped up as she says it isn’t a lot of fun.
The end of September my puppy year 2022 continued with more Scent Work. I earned my Novice Container Title and my Advanced Exterior Title. Aren’t the lime green ribbons pawsome since it is my color? I also earned some nice placements. Remember I am competing against mostly dogs that are a lot older than I am, so to beat them is not easy.
A dog needs to be a year old to compete in NACSW Nose Work but at six months he can earn his Odor Recognition Titles. I passed my last one on October 2nd, so I am ready to compete as soon as my birthday arrives!
The end of October I got to do Scent Work again and I earned my Buried Novice and Overall Novice Titles. I love to sniff and some day I hope to be almost as good as my older sister Olivia. She is a true sniffing role model.
Olivia had a Nose Work Trial in Michigan the beginning of November and I got to come along. Of course, it means I added more new states – Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan.
Finally in December, we took a trip to Pennsylvania which was kind of a disaster, but I still traveled to two more new states, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. I am now up to thirteen states!
My puppy year 2022 was most amazing! I am looking forward to my first birthday, and to see what all I get to experience in the new year!