29-03-2018: What terrible weather. A snow blizzard with winds from the cold east, and a couple of degrees below zero. This is not what you dream of when introducing your young dog to Official Working Test.
First step is a double step where we walk 40 meters at heel. Then a mark is thrown about 40 meters away which lands in some high cover. The judge said - Heelwork couldn't be better and the mark was incredible straight. Good enough for him to talk about 20 points (max.) for each. BUT.... when Holly was only meters from me she couldn't help having to pee. She sat down, kept the dummy in her mouth, and looked at me with much regrets. The judge deducted 10 points, so we left this step with 20 and 10 points.
Step three was a semiblind. First we walk together 50 meters at heel to a point where I drop a dummy, and we return to the starting point. Then Holly is sent on this dummy as a "blind". As she returns another dummy is dropped where the first one was, and Holly is being sent for that. Holly had 20 points here.
Step four was again a double-step. First Holly must pick a mark thrown in very rough terrain. Then she must be handled on a line into some heavy cover where she must hunt down a couple of dummies. Marking: 18 points. Hunting: 19 points.
So apart from the peeing-break, which gave a loss of 10 points, Holly leaves the test with a loss of only tree "regular" points out of 100. In real terms she ends with 87 points, just four points from the winner places. I can understand that it should cost me that she hadn't peed before the test, but I cannot blame her and see it as a fault on her side. I can blame myself that I didn't make certain that she had done her things before. Apart from passing the test with a huge margin, it was great for me to see her work very confident all day, and particularly I enjoyed to see her stay calm and above all remain the sweet darling I know. I am absolutely crazy with this little creature.
Mr. Rene Kristensen joined me on the day with Ravensbank Conor (Conor)
and on the same steps as Holly he had 19, 20, 20, 18 and 13. That last step really cost Mr. Kristensen his winner place since, Conor ends with 90 points just 1 point from both 3, 4, and 5winner who all had 91 points. But this too was Conor's first official Working Test, so it was a brilliant result which we can only congratulate Mr. Kristensen with.