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One more sniff for 2018

When we finished our last trial in October I thought that would be the end of our 2018 season but I was wrong.  When I saw the premium for the K9 Scentinels trial in Surrey BC, I just knew we had to enter.  The best dog teams in our sport were going to be there and we would have the opportunity to trial along side them and learn so much.  Traveling through the mountains at this time of year can be very treacherous but we were lucky and had great weather both ways.  It is very rare to be able to see the top of Mount Robson…it is usually hidden in the clouds.

Brodie only needed one more Q in Excellent Interiors so I entered him both Saturday and Sunday hoping that he would pass one of them and earn his Master Championship.  I also entered him in Elite for both days but we didn’t get a spot on either day.  We ended up first on the waiting list for Saturday and 3rd on Sunday.   Spirit has been “off” on scent work lately so I did not enter her at all.  A few days before the trial we got the great news that someone has cancelled on Saturday so Brodie would get a chance to do an Elite run.

For Excellent Interiors you have 15 minutes to search 3 rooms.  One will have 1 hide, one will have 2 hides and the other will be clear.  You cannot leave a room until you call it clear or finished.  As luck would have it, Brodie passed his Excellent run in 2 minutes and 40 seconds and earned his Master Championship on Saturday.  K9 Scentinels made a video of each dog’s run and shared it with us after the trial (thank you!).

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Since Brodie didn’t need his run on Sunday, K9 Scentinels allowed me to substitute Spirit in for him and switch it to Exteriors.  I was so proud of Spirit.  She worked her little heart out (slow and steady) and not only got high in trial but she earned her Excellent Title.   Here’s Spirit’s video  It was early Sunday morning,  -2C and the whole search area was on a steep frosty covered hill (concrete and grass).  There were 3 hides.

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We ended up getting the opportunity to run Elite on both days.  Elite is so much harder than all the previous levels combined.  There are an unknown number of hides, you have to deal with converging and pooling odour and it is a real head game for the handler.  Unfortunately not a single team qualified in Elite either day.   I was so hoping to see history made and witness the first team ever to earn their Elite Championship or Grand Master Championship.  There are two teams that just need one more elite title to reach both of these milestones.

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Another Scent Title for Spirit

This morning I was awake at 4am to get ready to drive to Red Deer to compete at the Little Nose That Knows/Canine Coaching SDDA trial.  The trial was held at the Sunnybrook Farm Museum.  We are so lucky that businesses like Sunnybrook support SDDA and allow us to hold trials there.  Both Brodie and Spirit competed today.  Running two dogs at the same trial can be a little hectic but I was very lucky because their searches didn’t overlap today.  This was Spirit’s first trial in almost a year.  We had to cancel several trials earlier this year because she was having trouble with her eyes.   I was a little nervous since we had been away from the sport for so long but she was a wonderful.  She qualified in all 3 components and got her advanced working stream title.  She came in first in interiors with a perfect score of 80/80, second in containers with a 57/60 and got a 50/60 for her exterior search . The icing on the cake was finishing first place overall in the advanced working stream. So proud of my girl.  With an overall score of 187/200 she earned a Silver title.

Not wanting to be outdone by his big sister, Brodie had a smokin’ day at the trial too. He Q’d in both excellent containers and exteriors. He would have got his title with SP designation but his Mom got too excited and called the alert too quickly on the last interior room search.  If I had waited 2 seconds longer I would have been able to tell the judge exactly where the hide was instead of being off by a few inches. For only 18 months old he just rocked it.  It was a tough trial and no one earned their excellent title.  We were thrilled to find out that we placed 2nd in containers and first in exteriors and we were the only team that qualified in exteriors.

Thank you to all the amazing volunteers, Judges Paul Dyer and Ryan-Ann King Smith and to Little Nose that Knows and Canine Coaching for hosting another great trial.

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