Julia competed at her second AKC Scent Work Trial(s) up in Daytona Beach, Florida this weekend. (The weekend consisted of 4 total trials. Julia was in 3 trials). The event was hosted by Obedience Club of Daytona. First, a huge thank you to the host, judges, volunteers, and other competitors. It was a truly fun event. Good job!
In the trials Julia competed in, she titled in Novice B Containers, Novice B Interior and received High In Trial for Novice B Trial 2 Saturday. She racked up two 3rd places in Novice B Containers, 1st and 3rd place for Novice B Interiors, and 2nd place buried in trial 2. After titling in Novice B Containers and Interiors, I moved her up to advanced and she placed 4th in Advanced Containers (No ribbon, we hit the road before results were official) and 5th in Advanced Interior.
She was 7 of 9 over the weekend. The only 2 misses were on the buried hides which are still quite new to us. In a nutshell, we had a blast. It's always great to spend some time with my girl.
Below is a video of her advanced container run. Videos are such an important learning tool. Had I not got hung up on rewarding her for the first hide, we would have been about 6 seconds faster. Good job Julia!!!
Below is a video of her Advanced Container run. Video's are such an important learning tool. Had I not got hung up on rewarding her for her first find, we would have been about 6 seconds faster.
Been awhile since I've checked in. Since Logan passed away last year, I've stepped back a tad from photography and engaged with my other dog Julia. During Logan's illness, she kind of took a backseat.
Prior to moving to Florida, Julia and I were involved in the sport of canine nose work, also known as scent work. We have competed with the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW). Julia has her NW1 and NW2 titles. Before leaving California, we tried for her NW3 title but weren't ready. We came up way short.
Just last month we competed in the NACSW NW3 down in Tequesta, Florida. Again, we fell short but improved tremendously. We found 6 of 9 hides for 72.92 on the day. Not enough to tile (100.00 needed) but a fun day none the less. We were successful in the containers and vehicles. We missed 1 hide on the interiors and 2 hides on the exteriors. Always a learning experience. We'll get em' next time. Very proud of my girl.
Below are video's of our searches that day. Interiors were not filmed. We'll be competing in the AKC Scent Work Trials in Daytona Beach, Florida next month.
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January 18 - 26, 2018
Sebastian Inlet State Park, Florida
All proceeds go to the Florida Surf Museum
- WSL QS 6000 Women's Contest
- WSL QS 1500 Men's Contest
- Champions Event featuring former pro champions
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After nearly 3 years living in Florida, I was finally able to make it back for a quick excursion to California. A place I called home for 26 years and found that I still miss it like crazy. It's such a melting pot of people, excellent food, cool places, and scenic landscapes. The journey was way overdue and it was great to see old friends too.
I visited several familiar places in Long Beach, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, San Pedro, Santa Barbara, Pismo Beach, Morro Bay, Cambria, San Simeon and Big Sur. I also checked out a few places that I had either wanted to see or haven't even heard of.
While in San Simeon I've always wanted to see Piedras Blancas Light Station up close and never had the chance. Tours are available on certain days. I also went to the amazing Montana De Oro State Park. Go, both are totally worth it! My only regret is that I wasn't able to visit either at sunrise or sunset. Plans just didn't pan out.
Below are just a few of the photos during my trek. I'll be visiting again sooner than later and it won't be 3 years this time. Hope you enjoy.