A story of the powerful bond built between a dog and her handler as they learn the sport of K9 Scent Work. This book tells about the hobby, what Scent Work is and who does it. Sharing the learning of a philosophy that applies to the sport and how it relates to many aspect of life.
Targeted Age Group:: Family
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
To share the profound effects on my life having a strong human-canine connection with my dog though becoming a K9 Scent work Detection Team.
"Nose work is a dog sport created to mimic professional detection dog tasks." This simple definition of Nose work doesn't even touch the surface of what it really is. As a sport or pastime, Nose work is exciting and engaging. Competing can bring you thrilling challenges and unexpected opportunities to take your dogs to unusual places. Nose work can also be more of a joyous and enlightening experience for those who don't get too involved competitively. I am not competitive by nature, but I turned my lack of competitiveness into a self-starting endeavor. Because of Nose work, I overcame my fear of traveling alone and took road trips near and far, just me and my dog.
Every new adventure begins with the first step but for my Nose work adventure, Nose work was not the first step. First came a dog, Winnie. Winnie cane to us in the most unconventional way: by plane. But Winnie's trip to us was most unusual not because she was on a plane but because we had never seen her in person. I had chosen Winnie from a 20 second video the breeder had sent to me. She was the puppy in the back of the pack of six little puppy-larvae pushing and falling over each other for attention. I had said I wanted the runt of the litter, the smaller one with the mellow personality. The breeder sent still shots of the puppy she thought I was describing and I am certain still she got the one I chose.
At the tender age of 9 weeks, Winnie was on a plane that whisked her high above the mountains, valleys, and plains from Texas to California to begin her life with us. Ripped away from her litter mates in the middle of the night, packed safely in a crate with water and instructions, a tiny 5 pound puppy couldn't have imagined what was happening. When the cargo and freight staff member at the airport handed us the crate, and my husband, Mike and I with trepidation opened the crate door, nothing had prepared us for who we saw. There were no on the angel who had just flown in from Texas, but her sweet eyes that were curious and bold and only a little frightened held us mesmerized, casting a spell we remain under to this day.
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