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Windy Days

Yesterday Mom and I went to Lodi to do some nosework  which the AKC calls scent work.  Mom got all decked out in purple because it was the anniversary of the passing of our young friend Amelia whose favorite color, like Mom’s, was purple.  She even took the crochet afghan that she’s making in Amelia’s memory.  It was a day to remember her and to enjoy my time with Mom.

We were set to compete in four events:  interiors, containers, buried, and exteriors.  We were 43rd on the list, so we had a lot of sitting around to do, so I was glad Mom took my kennel because I don’t like staying in the car.

We did the interior first.  I showed Mom where it was, but she didn’t believe me, so she called “alert” in the wrong place.  She gave me cookies, and told me I did a good job, which I did.  No cookies for her.

Next, we went up the hill where it was VERY windy, and I had to check out the containers.  Again, I found the right container, but Mom didn’t believe me, so she called the wrong box.  You know, some days I just can’t get her to listen to me.  She’s great and all, but she really needs more practice.

I was a little discouraged with her performance since I was 2/2, and she was 0/2, and we had buried hides next.  I figured Mom needed time to regroup, so I just walked around in the area with the buried hides for two minutes until the timer said our time was over.  I made my point.  If you don’t listen, I am not going to show you where the hide is.

Last was exteriors.  The judge asked if Mom wanted a second to take a breath, but Mom declined, and we went ahead.  She did promise to listen this time.  We went through the search area, and I showed Mom where the odor was, and she said, “I hear you, and is it okay if we just check the rest of the area?”  I agreed, so we did that, and we came back, and I showed her the same spot I was before, so she called it, and, of course, we were right.

On the day, I was 3/3 that I attempted (3/4 of what we entered), and Mom was 1/4.  Luckily we went to class last night so Mom could get more practice doing her part.

We are competing again next weekend, so hopefully Mom will pay more attention.  She’s pretty smart, and I think she will catch on eventually.



I Got Mail


Usually I don’t get excited about regular old mail.  I do get excited about packages from UPS and FedEx, especially when they have bully sticks, Bark Boxes, or toys.  This week was a little different.

I got mail!  It was addressed to Mom, but it was for me.  It was from the American Kennel Club (AKC).  It had my long, big boy name on it with my first title, Rally Novice (Starkenhund Humming Along with Mozart, RN).  The certificate was for my completing my Beginner Novice obedience title (BN).  Now my name will get two letters longer!  Mostly it proved that I *DID* stay in the ring three times and do all those tricky things like holding still while the judge petted my head.

Mom was pretty happy, and she put it in the display case with a few of my ribbons.  I thought it was nice, but I have a suggestion for the AKC.  The whole title thing would be better if instead of sending a piece of paper, they sent a bag of bully sticks or a subscription to Bark Box or something.  After all, I did all that work, so I should get something.

The good news is that Mom is awesome, so she gave me some chicken jerky (made in the USA), some lobster roll biscuits, and a bully bite (like a mini bully stick).  I hope my friends’ parents do the same thing for them when their title certificates arrive.

I wonder what I’ll get when I finish my next title.  It might be worth staying in the ring again.  Maybe.




Atlas:  Mom signed us up for a show in Reno in a few weeks.

Mozzie:  I know.  You will be only doing the pretty boy ring.  I’ll be doing that AND obedience AND rally.

Atlas:  Don’t forget having to get groomed.

Mozzie:  That’s the worst part!

Atlas:  I agree.  You can’t sleep standing up.

Mozzie:  If anyone could, you could.

Atlas:  We get to see some of our relatives there, too!

Mozzie:  And LOTS of girls.

Atlas:  I heard that I get to have treats when I am in the ring.

Mozzie:  It is completely unfair.  You get to have treats for just standing there looking cute, and I can’t have treats when I’m busy working hard.

Atlas:  I wonder why that is.

Mozzie:  Don’t even try to understand the AKC and their rules.  They keep changing them, and even humans have trouble figuring them out.


New AKC Rules


I heard Mom talking to Dad about some proposed changes to the AKC obedience rules  I was hoping one of them would be that eventually you get a title even if you decide to sniff, but apparently that is not on the list.

I did find out, however, that they have a new thing called “Run-Off Procedure.”  Mom told me that as soon as she saw that, she thought of me.  I’m very proud!  It sure sounds like something I could do.  I could even train others in how to run off.  Mom says I’m a blue ribbon winner on that count.  I was getting pretty excited about our next obedience trial!

But then…..it turns out this “Run-Off Procedure” has nothing to do with running off.  It has to do with seeing who wins when there’s a tie.  I think they should have called it, “How to decide who wins if there’s a tie procedure.”  Maybe I should recommend that to the AKC.  I wonder if they’d take my input.  After all, I do know something about the difference between ties and running off.

Mom says they also proposed adding a SECOND recall (over a jump) in Beginner Novice, my current level.  How awesome would that be?!?  TWO recalls.  Double chances to run past Mom and leave the ring!  I’m excited again!