Sunday morning arrived chilly but no rain. Lots of scented articles ready, boxes and luggage packed and exterior items all stored in Nickis car waiting to be transported to the venue.
In my car I have the all important coffee, tea, biscuits and cake. All the relevant paperwork, rosettes and trophies. So we are all ready to start the trial.
Katheryne (the judge)arrived lovely and early so we were able to be extremely organised and were ready to begin the first search on time at ten o’clock. Jennie was great sorting out the running orders for the whole day.
We decided to run the tables and chairs first and apart from David with Nikan and Annette with Disney all level 1 competitors alerted correctly. Level 2 had a 100% success rate.
The vehicle search was next and we got a bit worried as in the distance we could hear gun shots, but all dogs rallied round and we had some cracking searches. Rob and Lacey had the fastest search with 9 seconds closely followed by Irene and Gem on 11 seconds.
The fastest level 2 search was by Nikki and Ellie in 34 seconds. By now the gun shots had stopped to be replaced with the Church bells and the local ice cream van. Just a peaceful Sunday morning in the country.
Lunch time saw everyone have a well deserved break. We then had loads of help to erect the netting for the exterior search. Whilst we were doing this the local football team gathered. Oh dear were they going to be a distraction? No all dogs once again rallied round and took no notice of the football training happening across the other side of the field.
Liz and Archie had the longest search of the exterior section but beautiful handling by Liz. They both kept their cool and found both articles.
Last search of the day the boxes and luggage – as most competitors had already found the required number of scents – some certificates were already being completed – and handlers were a little bit more relaxed. Still work to do though and most teams found the scented articles without too much trouble. A couple of dogs (the very enthusiastic ones) found the floor a trifle slippery.
A very enjoyable day spent watching some fabulous dogs working.
Time for coffee and cake followed by the certificates, rosettes and trophies being given out. All finished off with a group photo.
Home time for the competitors and their tired but happy dogs, The car park emptied, so now to sweeping the floor, tidying up, taking home all the boxes, luggage and all the paraphernalia required to run a trial. Store it all at home until the next trial.
Huge thank you to Katheryne for judging and to all who helped during the day. Also a huge thank you to each competitor and their dog who came along to take part in this trial. You all make the day so worth while. Thank you