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The trial, part two ...

Posted on: May 27, 2012 By: Heather
Read ‘The trial part one’ here.  After lunch, it’s on to the vehicle search and the exterior.  The vehicle search consists of three vehicles together, with the odor hidden on one.  True zooms through this one, in just twenty-one seconds, with no hesitation. I’m impressed!  I was a little concerned that I would be unsure about her signals, but she is crystal clear.  Three elements so far, and every signal has been rock solid. We’re working together really well.  The exterior search is set up in an area with a walkway, a ... Read More

The trial, part one ...

Posted on: May 27, 2012 By: Heather
Our first Nose Work trial is about to begin and I am excited.  And nervous.  It’s being held at a school in Fife, Washington, which is about an hour and a half drive for us.  We got here at about 8:40 am for check in and met up with our trainer and some classmates, who are also competing, and we are eager to begin. The first two elements, the container search and the interior search, are held in the morning, and back to back.  After a walkthrough, we start with the container search. True and I are 4th in the running order, so no time to ... Read More

Nose Work ...

Posted on: May 25, 2012 By: Heather
It’s a beautiful day in Fife, Washington, and True and I are competing in our very first Nose Work trial.  This is my first experience at a Nose Work trial—or really, any dog sports trial at all.  I’ve always chosen activities based more on mutual enjoyment than whether we could win ribbons, which I think puts me in line with the majority of dog lovers out there.  But even when we have participated in activities that allow the opportunity to compete, I’ve chosen to keep us on the practice field. Some of this has to do with time.  ... Read More

An unexpected lesson ...

Posted on: Oct 14, 2011 By: Heather
It’s been one of those weekends.  The kind where I am away more than I am home, where one activity follows closely on the heels of the next, where everything on the schedule requires driving at least a half hour to get there, and then another half hour back.  By the time Sunday evening comes around, both True and I are more than ready to stretch our legs. We head out the door for a quick walk.  The air is cool and scented with the smell of woodsmoke and an earlier rain.  I turn to lock the door while True waits patiently on the porch.  ... Read More

Even the Trainer’s Dog ...

Posted on: Sep 14, 2011 By: Heather
I head downstairs and something catches my eye—is that a plastic bag?  It is.  Tucked next to the piano leg is a plastic bag, the kind sliced bread comes in.  Only, this one is empty.  Well, almost empty.  It does have one whole and two partially eaten slices way at the bottom of the bag.  Hmm…not where I usually leave my bread.  A check of the counter confirms it…the dog was at it again.  Mentally kicking myself for leaving a bag of bread close enough to the edge of the counter for True to reach, I run through some quick mental ... Read More

Reading With Rover ...

Posted on: Aug 27, 2011 By: Heather
01-07-2010 We head into the school, True with her tail up and me trying to remember which room we were supposed to be in today.  Thursdays are our Reading With Rover day, the day True and I go to school and read with kids who are having trouble for one reason or another.  We’ve read with these three second graders twice before, but we are meeting in a new classroom today and I can’t remember the room number. Fortunately, as we head confidently in the wrong direction, we come across the reading teacher and our three second graders on ... Read More