Also last weekend….

From Larry Nattrass and his Earthdog Glen of Imaal Terriers

Golden Gate Dachshund Club held an EarthDog trial at Woodward Reservoir in Oakdale, CA this weekend – 2 days, 3 trials. Saturday AM was windy but the good news was that the rain held off. No such luck in the afternoon – the strong winds blew the downpour under awnings and through every gap in rain gear. The clay soil turned to greasy, slick mud and a couple of the tunnels flooded. Oh yeah, a couple of cars got stuck but that didn’t interfere with EarthDog. Today, the sun was out and all we had to contend with was the mud.

Molly (Maille of Cnoc)finished her Junior EarthDog title in the AM run yesterday. She went straight to the quarry and began work immediately, continuing for the required 60 seconds (seemed like 60 minutes to me – the wind was masking the softer sounds and I didn’t know if she was working or not). Retrieval went very nicely.

Quinn ran before Molly (it helps if she is jealous and thinks Quinn ate HER rats while he was in HER tunnel – No, she doesn’t wait calmly or quietly and voices her opinions of what she thinks he’s doing). We didn’t get any times, but he passed and got his first Q. In the afternoon, he reached the prey 7 seconds after release (that’s 10 feet of approach and 30′ of 9×9 inch tunnel with 3 right angle turns in 7 seconds), started work in 1 second (the judge couldn’t hit the button on his stopwatch any faster than that), and carried on for 58 seconds, just missing a second Q. He made up for that this morning by earning his second Q and JE title. The judge commented that he was among the fastest dogs she had seen, reaching the prey in 9.01 seconds.

Molly ran the Senior earth yesterday afternoon and did extremely well for a first try. She dawdled around the entrance, ate some grass, went over the check out the surface area around the false den, tried to visit with the judge, and finally eentered the tunnel at the 50 second mark. She reached the quarry well within the remaining 40 seconds, stared for a few seconds and then began work, working very loudly for the required 90 seconds. Senior requires that the dogs exit the tunnel on command (well, sort of)after the prey is removed and the handler gives a command (or about a hundred commands, pleas, begging, etc. in our case). Molly popped out the false entrance with not too many seconds left and, when I moved to get her (about 20′ away from my station at the main entrance), she decided I wanted her to keep hunting and dove back underground. This morning’s run might have been more successful if we had remembered to bring Molly’s brain. She wandered around on the surface until the judge called time, then dove into the tunnel, stared at the rats for a minute or so, popped out the false entrance, dove into the main entrance, popped out the false entrance, dove back in the false entrance, etc., etc.

We are very proud of both dogs for earning their titles and very pleased with Molly’s willingness to take on the challenges of Senior. She did very well and we can practice recall and other stuff at home, getting ready for the next event.

Nice to hear about other things Larry, thank you.