Trialing Days of Summer

Ronni & I teamed up for TWO 3-day weekends of back-to-back trialing (AKC Scent Work on 6/4, 6/5 & 6/6 and Barn Hunt on 6/11, 6/12 & 6/13). What fun!

Yes, that was definitely pushing MY physical limits, especially recovering from a concussion in between 🥴, but obviously it was far from “too much” for Ronni! Oh, I wish I had trial pictures!

I can’t let this accomplishment pass without … OK, serious bragging 🤷‍♀️. Our teamwork really came together at the AKC Scent Work Trial in Soldotna – not that we didn’t struggle once or twice (Ronni is going through a phase where smooth, shiny floors are somehow alarming) – but we worked thru it and had an UNFORGETABLE weekend! These just don’t happen often! 💗

I want to share our weekend results with you, although quite a few of my followers probably won’t have a clue what some of it means – and the rest of you probably already read my Facebook post. Sorry for the duplication. 🤷‍♀️ I hope you’ll just enjoy MY joy at this achievement.

In fact, the last time we passed all four searches in one trial day was Ronni’s K9 Nose Work NW2 Title about a year ago. Imagine our managing that two days in a row! I was floating on air!

AKC Scent Work Trial:
Friday, 6/4: 4th place Advanced Handler Discrimination (locating and alerting on a cotton ball carrying MY scent, hidden in a room); max time allowed; 4:00 minutes – Ronni’s search time; 49.09 seconds.

Saturday, 6/5: 4 for 4!! ❣️❣️
2nd place Advanced Exteriors (max time allowed; 4 minutes. Ronni’s search time; 36.75 seconds), earning her Advanced Exterior Title!
3rd place Advanced Buried (search time; 54.66 seconds).
❣️ 2nd place Excellent Interiors! (1st Q in an Excellent-level search!).
And followed by a Q (qualified score) in Excellent Containers.

Sunday, 6/6: Another 4 for 4! ❣️❣️
3rd place Advanced Buried with a time of 25.25 seconds (allowed 3 minutes).

This Buried Q earned Ronni her overal ADVANCED LEVEL TITLE! ❣️
Moving on to 100% Excellent Level! 😯
(Same day);
4th place Excellent Containers (1:38.78)
4th place Excellent Exterior (2:26.91)
And a Q in Excellent Interiors (2:50.65).

Holy Moly! What a weekend.

AKC Scent Work trial bling!

The very next day (last Monday) I did my now infamous face-plant in a campground and gave myself a minor concussion. 🤷‍♀️ Four days for recovery and we were off to a (thankfully local) Barn Hunt trial!

I’ll be a little briefer in my Barn Hunt summary. 😂

It should go without saying; Ronni LOVES hunting rats! Note: No rats are harmed in this dog sport.

Over the weekend, she added two more Masters B level (RATM) Q’s; one 3rd place & one 4th place, plus 3 Crazy 8 ribbons, earning an additional 220 points towards her 2nd Crazy 8 title.

I had to giggle … Ronni seems to have learned that when I lay ribbons out on the table, I want her to pose. She assumed the position before I asked! 😄

Then we came home and crashed out in the beautiful Alaskan sunshine.

Obviously, Mom is stretched out right next to Ronni. 😴

Yes, I probably overdid a little … and I’m paying for it [again] with body-insistent extra rest today, but hey, Ronni thrives on this stuff and summers are too short. ☀️

Published by 2dachsnite

I’m a RV Sometimer (less than full time, but more than a weekend warrior) living in Alaska, with dreams of seeing the country in my RV. I am 70 years old and married, but my husband isn’t a fan of RV travel, so my journeys are mostly solo except for my navigators; dachshunds Baxter & Rhonda. I’m also a spinner of tales - and a spinner of yarn (my other passion). My spinning wheel, along with the dogs, go along on all my travels. I look forward to sharing my stories, including photos and videos, with you.

3 thoughts on “Trialing Days of Summer

  1. What do you do with all those ribbons? Do you have albums? You could probably paper a room with them! If they were silk, you could sew them into a quilt top.


    1. I should send them all to you to create a quilt for me! 😃 Honestly, Ronni’s ribbons are still being dwarfed by the Nose Work, Scent Work, Agility and Trick Dog Title ribbons Baxter has earned over the years. 💙💙 Many are up on a wall in our upstairs hallway. Many more are in a plastic tub!


  2. Such fun to read this! I could hear the joy in your words at Ronni’s achievements. Good dog!!! LOVE the photos. Framers, for sure!


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