I finally got the professional photos from our first Nose Work Trial back in May. This was the one down in Rancho Cucamonga where Elly earned her Level 1 Containers Title.
When we practice NW or go to Trials we have a routine. When we get to the start line I ask Elly ‘ready to play the game?’. Most of the time we make eye contact, sometimes she surveys the search area, the I say ‘FIND IT’ and off she goes!
We have pictures from 3 of the 4 searches, the fourth search was actually in a bathroom which was too small a space for a photographer.
Our first two searches were in hallways, in one the ‘hide’ was on a kids shopping cart, and the other was on a small easel. Most of the pictures I kept were Elly with her nose on or near the hide and then her telling me she found the odor by standing still and looking at me.
Our third search was in a lobby area. There really wasn’t much in the search area so it was pretty easy for her to locate.
Today marks 6 months since Elly joined our little pack. It’s the day that foster mom Ellen dropped her of for what we all pretended was a 2 week trial. The only way she was going back was if she and Obie didn’t get along…at all.
Her day started a bit on the rough side- a doggie dentist visit! She has chipped one of her canine’s and needs some other minor work. Today was just an evaluation, surgery will be in two weeks- but that’s for later.
After the vet we stopped by our puggle friend Sophie’s house. Sophie’s mom just had her first human baby and so isn’t able to take Sophie for walks. Elly and Sophie are pretty good pals and she lives just two blocks from our favorite park! Obie didn’t come on this walk… it is impossible for me to walk the three of them by myself. Besides, this was a puggle walk- over grass and through the dirt, wherever the noses wanted to go. Obie was more than happy to hang out with grandpa, in the house and close to the treat jar!
Later we did some ‘school’ and then got some treats. She was completely pooped out and went to sleep holding onto that one back leg…can’t take a chance of losing that one!
I adopted quad pug Obie just a few weeks after Tri-Pug Maggie crossed the Bridge in 2010, he was 4 years old. Obie was neglected and abused by his original owner, he came with quite a bit of baggage. At the time Mag’s little sis quad pug Tani was about 10 years old. I was hoping that the two of them would bond, but it never really happened. The slept together and kept each other company, but Tani was never interested in playing after Maggie left and Obie could never convince her. Because of his history and the fact that his eyesight is very poor, especially outside, he never would play with another dog despite several classes and endless tries at socialization. More than 5 years after Obie joined our pack Elly came along. Elly took to Obie almost immediately and tried and tried to get him to play.
It took 3 months of pestering but finally, FINALLY Obie was playing with another dog!!!!
The first time I saw Obie engage I was so excited I didn’t think to grab my camera. Now they play nearly every day. Usually Elly starts it by licking Obie’s face, but sometimes he starts it with a bark or a play bow. This video shows just a bit of what they do when they play. Enjoy!
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