In the last tracking blog, in the wake of a difficult experience in El Paso, I was getting ready for another tracking test on the 3rd. I muttered about some of the challenges of getting tracking tests–finding the tests, dealing with the luck factor, maintaining the focus, blah blah blah.
So, on the third, we took the test, along with five other teams. This is what we all woke up to:
Ooh. Look. Clouds caught up on the Sandias. Cannot bode well for us.
To be fair, we saw it coming. Several days of rare rain and 40mph gusts and…well, it was a lethal combination for desert-trained dogs. Hot scent, hot scent cone, hot background scent. Kind of like being used to communicating in whispers and suddenly finding yourself in the middle of a mega-mall at holiday time.
My tracklayer is a positive thinker, so she made an awesome keepsake plot for her track #3–and it just happened to have a Beagle sticker! Continue reading »