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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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We got mail

 

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So proud of my little man being the first Golden Retriever to earn his Sporting Detection Elite Title (SD-EL) and of course a Championship title is a nice addition too.

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All Sniffed Out

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Saturday – Excellent Exterior, Advanced working 1st overall and high in trial

This weekend we participated in our final sporting detection trial for 2018.  Chinook Dog Centre put on a really amazing event and it was their very first trial.  Big congratulations to Joanne and Brandy-Lee.  The timing of runs was fantastic, we were fed really well and we even finished early on Sunday.

On Saturday Brodie had a very busy day trialing at 3 different levels.  Normally I would never do that but at the last minute we decided to pull Spirit’s entry because she just didn’t want to play scent games at the last trial and I didn’t think it was fair to force her to do it again (will be play over the winter to find out if she is still interested in Scenting or if it is time to retire).  You can only get a refund for medical reasons so we substituted Brodie in for her events.  He qualified in Excellent Working Exteriors and finished in 3rd place.  He rocked Advanced working qualifying in all 3 components with a 1st in Interiors, 2nd in Containers and 2nd in Exteriors.  He finished first overall in Advanced Working and we also won high in trial and got a basket full of goodies.  He was fantastic at the Elite level.  We qualified in containers and exteriors and got to the final room in our interior search and he alerted at the top of a fire extinguisher but the hide was 2 inches higher in the light switch.  So close.  It was a heart breaker.

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Sunday – Advanced working 1st overall and high in trial

On Sunday he only ran in Excellent and Advanced.  We were both tired, he was a little crazy running all over the place and then decided to play soccer with the containers instead of searching them.  Needless to say we NQ’d.  He managed to slow down a little bit for the Advanced searches.  We qualified in all 3 components with a 3rd in Interiors, 1st in Containers and 1st in Exteriors.  Once again we finished first overall, won high in trial again and got a second basket full of goodies.   So proud of my little man.  If we had managed to get just one Excellent Interior qualifier this weekend we would have earned our SD-MACH (Master Champion).  On the positive side, we have something to look forward to next year.

Big thanks to Judges Mary-Ann Warren and Doug Wilson

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Sniff and Tell

IMG_6386This past weekend we made the long drive down to Picture Butte Alberta to attend the Sniff and Tell Sporting Detection Trial.  The trial was held at Coyote Flats Pioneer Village. What a terrific venue for a scent trial.  The weather was amazing and Team Brodie had a fantastic weekend.  We ran in both Working Advanced and Elite.  On Saturday in Advanced we got 2nd place in Exteriors, 3rd place in containers and finished first overall.  Elite didn’t go as well.  We didn’t qualify in any component nor did any of the other competitors.  On Sunday we finished 1st in Advanced Working Exteriors but the big news is that we earned the elusive Elite Title and we are the first Golden team to earn it.  It was such a rush and an emotional roller coaster all in one.  The Judge gave me a big hug after our last component and all of the other competitors were huddled outside cheering for us when we came out.  That is one of the things that I love about this sport.  We are all cheerleaders for one another and we are happy for each other even when we haven’t been successful.  We were the only team to earn a title so by default we got the High Overall Elite award.   Look at the haul of awards and goodies we came home with.

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Spirit ran in the Amateur Excellent stream on both days but false alerted on every run.  Very unusual for her but she seemed very happy doing it.

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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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Another sniffing Saturday

We made another trip to Red Deer today to compete in a scent trial hosted by the Little Nose That Knows. Brodie had a great day in his advanced trial coming in 2nd in interiors and vehicles and finished first overall. He got lots of ribbons and swag. Thank you to Judges Ryan-Ann King-Smith and MaryAnn Warren and to Kristina Sveinson and Samantha Freschette for all their hard work organizing the trial.

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Brodie the scent puppy

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Got up bright and early this morning to drive to Springbrook, AB for the Nosey Pawtners Sporting Detection trials. Brodie really enjoys scent work and is very excited to search. Our morning trial was a wonderful success. It only took him 34 seconds to find both hides in the container search (and ignore the distractors).  He earned a score of 56/60 and placed 3rd. We immediately went to our interior search. He got both hides in 1:25 with a score of 76/80 and 2nd place. Our final test was exteriors. They are more challenging because he gets distracted by pee mail and he wants to leave a response which results in immediate disqualification. We made it through in 2:09 without any marking and a score of 47/60 and 1st place. Yeah little man. He earned his advanced title with special designation for passing all 3 components in the same trial SD-A(SP). The icing on the cake was that he placed first overall in the advanced trial.

Because Brodie titled in the morning trial we could no longer participate in the amateur stream. For the afternoon trial we had to move up to the Advanced working class which includes dogs that do scent work for a living. He rocked it! So many people commented on how enthusiastically he searched and how he obviously loved this sport.  Those comments made my heart sing.  His container score was 58/60 in 40 seconds for 3rd place, interior was 78/80 in 43 seconds for 2nd place and finally his exterior was 56/60 in 1:46.  He earned his Advanced Working title and placed 3rd overall. A big thank you to Judges Heather and Doug Wilson, the gang at Nosey Pawtners and all the amazing volunteers.

Two scent titles in one day wooooo hoooooo. So proud of my little man who turns 16 months tomorrow!!!  Look at all this swag.

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