A week ago on Friday, Nadine and I met at training area 23 of Fort Lewis. These are very different conditions than what our dogs are used to. There is rocky glacial soil and sparse vegetation. Nadine and I are going to different places as we both prepare for tracking tests. We'll come here a few times, until the dogs have mastered these conditions, and then will be looking for someplace else.
Gimme's track was 475 yards and 1:35 in age. There was low clouds and fog when it was laid in very damp grass. All of this had burned off by the time Gimme got to run it.
This is one of the oldest tracks she's ever run - which had not been our plan, but time got away from us. She did well even though she's never done tracking here. This drawing shows how she actually ran the track. She overshot all the corners, but got better with each one.
Here are two pictures Nadine took of us back in April. This is the type of environment she is used to. Even late in the summer when the grass is all dried out, the dirt is all dirt and the grass is still plentiful.