Kip is a Certified . . .

April 10, 2008

We just returned from a certification attempt to make Kip eligible to enter a Tracking Test and, I hope, earn his Tracking Dog title.  We track in the high desert with cactus and prickly pear and tumbleweed — lots of dry sand.  Last night we had rain (first in a month and a half).  In town this morning, it looked like the storm was gone, but as I drove north, I saw a big black cloud that I just knew was hanging over the tracking area on the Forest Service land.  The certifying judge was right ahead of me as we pulled onto the forest road.

The wind was gusting up to 30 mph, there was an intermittent dry snow, and the temperature was in the low 40’s.  The judge loaned me gloves, all I had for warmth was a sweatshirt because it’s been in the 70’s here, and the weather change was unexpected.

Kip took his sweet time negotiating the 450-yard, four-turn track.  Perhaps the bushes and grass smelled extra good because of the rain.  The judge has an awful cold and I know she wanted my little guy to JUST follow the track — and so he did — but in his own way.  He found the glove!  All the advice on the tracking lists about being patient — well they haven’t covered the half of it.

But we got our certification forms and will try to get into the Indian Nations Tracking Test on May 4th, otherwise we’ll be looking in Colorado in the fall.  I’m so relieved to get this under our belts — though I knew all along that the little guy could do it!

  1. Jean from NM says:

    Three cheers for the Kipster!!!!!

  2. joan says:

    Now that is handy isn’t it. Kip is good looking and talented too! Can Kip find your car keys if you misplace them? Hum, I wonder if I can teach my boy Fe that skill- a car key trackin’ cat…

  3. MyEye says:

    The secret is vocabulary building for the dog — tell him “keys” and show him keys. One of my old shepherds used to bring tools for me though he never did understand the difference between phillips head and flat head. It’s really not tracking though unless you dropped the keys in a park or the woods.

  4. Jeri says:

    Way to go brother Kip!