Talk To the Glove

January 25, 2009

Yesterday afternoon, Kip and I drove to El Paso for the Tracking Club of El Paso’s 12-dog TD test.  I’ll do a second post with photos of the sky and mountains — what a glorious day for a drive!

The weekend started on Friday when I went to get a haircut and was driving directly toward the fattest rainbow I have ever seen.  It was so brilliant that even the purple edge was clear (No, I did not have my camera and even if I had, I was on the freeway).

We arrived at our motel yesterday around 5:00 — a spotlessly clean LaQuinta (that’s always a good omen), then club members, judges, and a couple of exhibitors (I was one) went to Olive Garden for dinner.  Lots of good tracking talk — normal dog event dinner.

This morning I followed our judges to Fort Bliss where the test is held.  All twelve slots were filled, with one alternate.  It was a stunning day (as I said — photos in another post).  We drew track #6, so hung out and cheered for the first five teams, all of which passed.  The sun was a little strong for a black dog, but our Kip got down to business.  Below is a map of our 450 yard track — TCEP member Marita Patterson made the stickers that embellish it.  The Judges and my tracklayer signed it.  Cool, huh?  We’ve been training for VST so Kip got really happy when he found a beer can — unfortunately, he had to trudge another ten yards to the leather glove.


After all tracks were run (11 out of 12 passes, plus the alternate track was a pass — though that last one isn’t a title), the El Paso Club fed us homemade lasagna, and salads, and great homemade desserts.  The Judges, Leslie Swisher from Albuquerque, and Jeff Shaver from Houston signed all the gloves and all the maps, gave out big green rosettes and we had photos taken.  An 8 x 10 photo was the prize.  The photographer took a couple of photos with my camera for the blog — later.

So, Kip says, you can talk to the glove!  Yippee! AND HERE IT IS!  He’s now Arylan First Edition CDT CD RN TD (AKC no longer combines the title abbreviations)!


  1. Jeri says:


  2. amanda says:

    Congrats!!!! How exciting for you guys!

  3. Laura says:

    Yea!! Congrats!

  4. Jean from NM says:

    WAY TO GO, PENNI & KIP!!!!

  5. C-Myste says:


    Great job.

  6. Julie says:

    Congratulations!! Awesome.

  7. Dawn says:

    Congratulations to you both. You two make Cardi’s look sooo very good.

  8. Sarah says:

    Congratulations, Kip! And bonus on the beer can. 🙂 What is CDT? I thought he got a TD? But perhaps the titles have changed, I’m not up to speed. Big wahoo for finding the glove!!!

  9. MyEye says:

    I just sent AKC a query about “CDT”. In the olden days (’70’s), if a dog earned a CD and a TD, it was combined to “CDT” or “CDXT” (if the dog had a CDX). The purpose was to shorten the alphabet soup appearing after the dogs’ names. Now we have the VC and VCX which include a number of titles and should be used in lieu of the separate titles. I’ll let you all know what AKC has to say.

  10. Jean from MN says:

    Congratulations Penny and Kip

  11. Holly says:

    CONGRATS!! Go Team Kip!

  12. Kathleen says:

    That’s great news. And the photos are wonderful. I’ve never been to that part of New Mexico.

  13. Traci says:

    Just getting caught up, finally… CONGRATS!!! 🙂 So exciting!!

  14. Way to go good boy, and I’m glad you got your second shot so soon!

    Tracking sounds like SO much fun! Too bad there’s not more trials 🙁

  15. Kim says:

    Many congrats!

    Once we finish Casper’s RAE we’re going to try our paws at tracking.

  16. Joan says:

    YEA!!! Congratulations on a GREAT job!