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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.





It is very hot outside, 721 dog degrees, but Mom and I still went down to Lodi to practice obedience and Rally.  We had a ring time to go practice obedience first.

I was pretty happy to get to Lodi, and I was busy using their network to send pee-mail when SUNDAE arrived with her mom.  I LOVE Sundae.  She is the girl of my dreams.  She’s a beautiful Bernese Mountain Dog, and I LOVE her.  I wanted her to know I was interested, but she was kind of aloof.

I had to lick the ground she walked on.  Mom told me to stop because I was embarrassing myself, but I could not stop.  Sundae is so beautiful.  I know her coat wasn’t as beautiful as normal because she had puppies, but she was perfect.  She was hanging out in her ex-pen outside the obedience practice ring.  I had to keep watching her.

Mom decided I had to practice recall FIRST, and I did.  I ran right to Mom next to the exit, and I did NOT leave to go see Sundae.  I was hoping she was watching so she could be impressed by my skills.  I know she’s won a million titles, so it would be hard to impress her, but there’s no harm in trying.

Anyway, I did well on all of the obedience work.  I sniffed just a little, but I would have gotten a qualifying score if this had been a real show.

Next we did Rally outside.  I really wanted to sniff the grass and the fence near the first few signs, but once we got past that, I was on track.  I did my jump; I did stand/stay.  I did figure 8 and spiral.  I even did 90 degree left pivot.  That is not easy.  I got lots of good treats, but Mom said no matter how I did, I was not going to get to go hang out with Sundae.

I think I’ll see if Mom will enter me in the show down in Lodi in September because I’m sure Sundae would be there.  That would be better than Reno, for sure.