Eden is doing very well and is rocking it in Nosework. In AKC she now has all her Novice search titles and only needs 1 more qualifying score in Advance interior searches to have all her advance titles (Containers, Exterior, Buried, Interior). We are also doing tracking and well - Eden is more interested in sniffing (and sniffing all around) rather than locking into the human scent trail and following that. We have only been doing tracking since October and our very patient instructor says this is normal. Once she does get on the scent, she does track well. It is just getting her into "the game" sooner.

I attached a few pictures. One is of her most recent Ribbon Haul at the Obedience Club of Daytona FL May trial where she finished her Novice Exterior, Advanced Exterior, Advanced Container titles and got 2 legs towards her Advanced interior title. The other is an "action shot" from our nosework class. In the picture with the bell, the hide was under the bell - Eden usually uses her paw to indicate where the hide is located.

We are still working with her separation anxiety but we are slowly taking steps forward. I am hoping the final key to diminishing her anxiety is a house. Yes, I bought Eden a house. If she is a very good girl, Santa should be able to deliver a 6ft high privacy fence for our back yard in December or January. We need to take care of some trees first - and hopefully before a hurricane decides to do it for us!

Rita Monde

3 July 2018

On September 29, 2016 Eden came into my life. I drove up to Tallahassee to meet Eden and her foster mom and finalize the adoption of my new hound girl. Her description on the website said she was petite, but she looked so much bigger in the pictures. I was struck by how small a 40 lb coonie is my previous dog was ~ 65 lb and boy do 25 pounds make a difference! But she had those big hound ears and those eyes that just totally pulled at my heart. After a short get acquainted meeting in a hotel room, I put Eden in my car and we drove 8 hrs to South Florida her new home.

It has been a rocky year Eden has a bad case of separation anxiety. We are working with a vet behaviorist on that and there are small signs of progress. I am fortunate that I have a lifestyle and a job that accommodate this issue. I learned quickly that Eden is an excellent football cuddle buddy and does not get riled when the humans get upset when our favorite team fumbles the game away.

Fortunately, Eden does well at dog day care; she is friendly and gets along well with other dogs. On the days I take her to work, she goes into her crate (her office) and naps the afternoon away. I live in an area that has a lot of restaurants with outdoor dog-friendly seating and Eden is always a well-behaved dining companion.

After two basic good manners classes, Eden and I enrolled in a Nosework class. We entered an AKC Scent Work trial in Ocala and she did AWESOME. We were entered in the Novice A class for Container (box) Search and Buried search. Eden earned her title (SBN) in Novice Buried hides and her 3 qualifying scores placed her 5th, 3rd and 1st in the Novice A class. We got 2 of the 3 qualifying scored needed for her Container search title and one of them was a 2nd place.

Eden is a very cool dog and I hope in time she will learn to trust me, and herself, and be comfortable being alone, just for a short time. I love her dearly and will take care of her.

Rita Monde

19 December 2017