Lara Brown sends:-
We’re very excited to announce that Madra (Liberty’s Listerlin) earned his Senior Earthdog title today in Woodland, CA. The Border Terrier Club of the Redwoods is hosting a three day, 4 event earthdog weekend, taking advantage of the Veterans’ Day holiday yesterday.
To pass he was required to reach the quarry in 90 seconds having been released 20 feet from the tunnel entrance. The tunnel entrance is built up, so the dogs cannot see the entrance from the ground, but it is scented. Underground there are 30 feet of liners with three right angled turns, a false exit and a false den. The dogs have 15 seconds once they reach the quarry to start working, and must work for 90 seconds. The rats are then removed, and the dog has 90 seconds to be recalled and back under the handler’s control.
Madra passed yesterday afternoon with a 35 second recall, passed this morning with a 7 second(!) recall, and passed again this afternoon with a lazy 45 second recall! We are still surprised but delighted that he passed his first three trials and will be moving to Master Earthdog tomorrow morning. We’re not sure if he will fit through the 6 inch constriction, but if there are rats involved, we know he’ll certainly try his best Houdini impression!
Mary Ainsworth’s Bucky tried Junior Earthdog. He was a bit stubborn on removal, but incredibly enthusiastic to go down the tunnel! Larry and Karen Nattrass’s Quinn is a wee prodigy – he is reaching the quarry and working hard in Junior. We’re hoping to congratulate him tomorrow with his first qualification. The Nattrass’s Molly is also excelling in Junior, she’s a bit slow getting in the tunnel (not unlike Madra!), but she works really hard. So hard in fact that she destroyed two dowels today!
The Glen of Imaal Terriers all worked so hard this weekend and were great ambassadors for our breed. We’re so proud of them all.