Another day, another camping spot. This weekend, although we are at this location for a PSD (Performance Scent Dog) Trial, Camp Maranatha is a beautiful backdrop for the trial, and is also home to a small farmstead.
The Scent Work Trial will be on the more picturesque lake-side of the camp, with its dock, benches and picnic tables.
The pretty lake view is only a minute away on foot, but not visible from my RV. The search sites for the trial are down there, so we’re parked in a different area.
The closest “neighbors” to my camping spot are chickens, turkeys, goats, ducks and geese!
Since I was one of the first RVs to arrive, I had several choices of parking spots. I intentionally picked the site at the far end of the RV parking area, mostly because there would be less activity for Baxter to worry about.
The fun fact that my coach door literally opens up to the chicken and turkey pen fence is purely icing on the cake. Baxter has been around livestock much of his life and won’t be concerned. The sound of goats might even be familiar and comforting.
The sounds made by the baby turkeys (poults, I think?) was pleasantly musical, catching the interest of both dogs – and me, too.
Rhonda, on the other hand, has not been around livestock much at all and was excited over all the new smells – and feathers! She can certainly use the practice this will offer us as we come and go for her searches. The opportunity for acclimating her to farm animals and teaching her that they aren’t any big deal was quite serendipitous.
By the time we completed two active days of trialing, plus adding in multiple potty walks, I’m happy to say Ronni was content to watch them with interest as we walked by on a mostly loose leash.
Yay! Mission accomplished!
Oh, and both Ronni and Baxter had fun and good searches at the Scent Work trial, too!