Saturday, January 26, 2013

A School for Dogs

Last month, I went to school for 5 days.  At least, it was called Canine Search Specialist School, but what it really meant was 5 days to play in Disaster City.  Every morning started with obedience (not my favorite part of the day), and each day ended with training (my favorite part of the day).  And one night when it was dark, I searched Rubble Pile 1.  That was different, because all of the shadows made the pile look not the same as when it is daylight.  There was a moon in the sky, but that is not as bright as the sun.  And Angie had a flashlight on her helmet.  One thing was the same….I got to play with a toy when I found somebody!

The obedience was sort of fun.  There were 17 dogs, and one day we all stood in a long line while our humans walked away.  We had to stay right there until we were called.  Another day it was the same thing, but we had to run through toys, cat food, balls, and people making noise.  One dog ran all the way but then turned around to pick up the cat food!  And one dog was only 10 months old and could not be with the rest of us.  He was just too young and nervous.

There were three people there from Australia.  Not sure where that is, but they talked in a way I have never heard before.  And there were lots of labs like me, and a few dogs with pointed ears like Sasha.  There was a black lab who was bigger than Sasha.  Now that is a giant dog for sure!

We got to go through a real tunnel, not the one on the agility field.  This was under Rubble Pile 1.  One of the ladies from Australia went first, then me, and then Angie crawled behind me.  If I tried to get ahead of them, I would hear, “Sammie, turn, good girl.”  I wanted to go faster, but they wanted me to stay with them, so I did.

At night, I stayed in a hotel room with Angie, another dog, a lab named Phluke, and his human.  I did not sleep as well as I do at home, but since I worked every day, I was kind of tired.  It is good to be home now.  I hope that I will see some of these dogs again, and that we can have more fun at my favorite place, Disaster City.

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