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.