It was a strange weekend for nose work in our family. Actually, this month is really odd for all of us. The week before Nelson ran an NW3 up north and Olivia went along to run just for practice. That is something we have never done before. Last weekend, Madison ran another Elite trial and I did an NW3. Next weekend Nelson has a tracking test and then we get back to the usual Olivia, Olivia, Olivia with lots of nose work.
The trail weekend was just fifteen minutes from our house, so decided to take me of the nose work shelf, dust me off, and see what I would do on Saturday. Everyone else stayed at home, so it was a mommy and me event as well. Let’s just say, it went really well considering I have barely done any trials in the last two and a half years. People were all commenting on how happy I was, and as you can see in the photo, my silly side was out too.
In the end, I didn’t earn any titles or legs, but Mom says we will try this again when there is a trial not far from home. I found nine of the ten hides, and I got two no’s on pooling odor. Considering I don’t trial much and I don’t go to class, it is really a good result and far better than Mom ever expected. We had a lot of fun together and it feels good to be back giving competition a try. I’m only ten and Mom says I’m way too young to retire. She doesn’t ever give up hope, so I know I will be out again next year in some local trials.
Madison had her fourth Elite trial on Sunday. She too had a mommy and me day. Mom had high hopes for a good day but she also set some fairly small goals. The goals were to find at least half of the hides, get no no’s, and keep their points. Mentally it is very hard for Mom to trial with Madison. Mom is very competitive and fast, Madison isn’t competitive at all and is a very slow dog in everything from eating to working.
The number of hides is unknown until the end of the day. Mom thought they might achieve the goal of half the hides and no no’s but then the final search happened. According to Mom, it was a complete train wreck. Madison did find two of the four hides, but they also got two no’s. A “no” means you lose a point and if you are not finding a lot of hides, that is big trouble. Mom figured they would lose their points and the mood was not great. Thankfully, Madison found nine of the seventeen hides and lost three points ending up with 44.12 points – you have to earn more than 43 to keep your points. Talk about cutting it close!
Mom and I have some things to work on, Madison and Mom have tough challenges to figure out. Still, they met two of their three goals and that is something to be happy about. I did better than Mom ever dreamed of and that is really a reason to be happy.
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