Happy Birthday, Toka!

Toka, Kiyo & I spent his first birthday at Barn Hunt Trials at Central Bark in Central Square, NY.

Their results from today can be summed up in one word:  SCORE!

Toka earned his Barn Hunt Instinct Test title yesterday, and then proceeded to do nothing in his first two novice trials.  Surprising and a bit disappointing, because in training (here, at a friend’s house, and at Central Bark)  I anointed him as the Mighty Hunter.

He’s been doing so well we’ve been practicing open runs.  Novice level in Barn Hunt entails going through a hay bale tunnel, climbing with all 4 feet onto at least one bale, and finding a rat safely ensconced in a heavy duty PVC tube.  The dog has to select the tube with a rat (hidden in piles of hay bales) and bypass 2 other tubes – one empty and the other tube filled with used bedding. All within 2 minutes.

For the open level, the dog has to find two rats hidden in tubes (empty and bedding tubes are also hidden), do a climb and a long tunnel with a 90 degree turn – within a mere 2 1/2 minutes.

Kiyo earned her first open leg yesterday with a 2nd place finish (goooood girl!).  At least she did her best to maintain the standing of the household.  In the second run, her handler (moi) made a stupid error, causing Team Kiyo to NQ.

Today, however, the tides turned.

The Mighty Hunter re-appeared and my concerns were allayed.   Toka earned first place in both of his novice runs.

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Kiyo rocked both of her open trials, earning High in Trial in both!  The first in 1:11, and the second in 45 seconds.  Because she qualified 3 times, she earned her open title!  Screen Shot 2016-04-10 at 6.59.13 PM

We came home with all of their bling, took a long, leisurely hike, and after a short rest, the pups got a de-lish lunch of grass fed beef in honor of His Redness’s birthday.

And after a snooze, Kiyo & Toka went outside to play.  Toka’s current moniker:  His Mudness.   Happy birthday to the best barn hunting, nose working Red Dog ever!





3 thoughts on “Happy Birthday, Toka!

  1. Stupendous! So so nicely done–what a great trio!! I’m so proud of my handsome nephew and my gorgeous niece. Beautiful pix, too.


  2. Congrats! I saw your post on NW260 and am bronze so couldn’t post so I thought maybe you’d be on the facebook group that I started for it but didn’t find you there. (please join us! :)) THEN I was reading the forums on NW130 and you were there also with this link!! A friend of mine was at that BH with his Aussie Shirley. Good job for such a young dog!


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