Since the Editor and Chief of TalesAndTails.com asked if I would consider writing this little thing called Search and Rescue Saturday I find myself being more aware of the comings and goings around me. Many times after something happens I find myself thinking, could I make that into a blog post. So, just this week I started thinking about the odd requests and things that I’ve done while training.
Here is my The Things We Do, top ten.
10. Ask family for their dirty clothes, honest I’ll bring them back.
9. Stuffed myself in a plastic barrel in 80 degrees plus weather.
8. Crawl around in places that may be full of mice or rats. (Think Indiana Jones and snakes)
7. Asked a family member, “so what are you doing with your placenta after the birth?”
6. Or, I hear you are getting dentures… (That’s t-shirt material for my HRD friends).
5. Purchase heavy duty Carhart work coveralls instead of diamonds or roses for a birthday gift. Really, honey your gifts for you not for me.
4. Make vehicle purchases around being able to fit a dog crate and search equipment
3. Go to random people and ask them to put things in their shirts. It’s a training thing, really!
2. Forget to load my lunch for the day but the dog is set for three days.
1. Talk to a homeless person about where the best soup kitchen is in the area while you are waiting in a dark aisle to be found by a trailing dog.
There are so many other things that popped into my mind when I was writing this. I may have to write another blog post in the future. Maybe I will title it I’m Forty-Seven Years Old And Still Climb Trees. For those out there that read TalesAndTails.com and are search and rescue dog handlers please feel free to comment on today’s blogs. Tell us a few odd things that you have said or done in the name of training.