Saturday, August 20, 2011
Olfactory Consolation Prizes
Spent the day in San Pedro at the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW) sanctioned NW2 K9 Nose Work® Trial in hopes that Chloe would become the first whippet to achieve that level of olfactory sophistication. Alas, it was not to be. After a sensational performance on the first element -- the container search -- she dawdled distractedly over the vehicle search, looking around at the audience before finally getting down to the task at hand after two and half minutes. Close call! Then the interior room searches, which apparently went well, though there was no room for spectators.
After an inordinately long break, the trial resumed with the exterior search. The chips were stacked against her, as Chloe can't detect odors around blue picnic tables-- and I'm pretty sure some of the judges were wearing undergarments after we expressly indicated that she has issues in this area, so it can't really be said to have been a "fair" trial. This is undoubtedly why she timed out, wandering around the prep school lunchyard like an extra in a zombie movie -- ruining her shot at the title. Happily, when it came time for the "debriefing" (too little too late!) it turned out she had placed 3rd in interior and 2nd in container out of 30ish dogs! So even though "Pleats Please" can not at this time add any more initials after her name, she did get these lovely rosettes. Next time we'll make them paint the picnic tables chartreuse, and ace the motherfucker!
PS: I had to take this photo with 'Photobooth' because I lost my camera. Has anyone seen my camera?