1st Wisconsin K9 Nose Work Trial

July 28th & 29th, 2012
Burlington High School – Burlington, WI

The first Wisconsin Nose Work trial has come and gone. We were blessed with nice weather both days. We had 35 teams compete on Saturday and 37 teams compete on Sunday. Congratulations goes out to the 15 teams that earned their NWI (Nose Work I) title on Saturday and 15 teams that earned their NWI title on Sunday. A huge thank you goes out to all of those that participated. I hope it was a good learning experience for everyone.

Melissa Mladinic did a terrific job as the Volunteer Coordinator for the trial. Stephanie Challand was awesome as Scoreroom Coordinator. If it wasn’t for the help of these to women, Loving Paws couldn’t think about hosting a trial.

All of the volunteers were absolutely awesome. We had 50+ volunteers helping us with the trial those two days. The trial couldn’t have taken place without the help of these marvelous people. They gave up their time that weekend to be there and I can’t thank them enough.

I was blessed to have three wonderful judges that are professional K9 Unit handlers in local police departments. A big THANK YOU goes out to:

  • Bob Wierenga – Walworth K9 Unit
  • Dusty Nichols – Kenosha K9 Unit
  • Mark Sorensen – Racine K9 Unit

All three judges helped us on both days. Each of them had other commitments but still gave up their weekend to be our judges. Bob judged on Sunday even when he became a grandpa early that morning. He was on the road as soon as the trial was over to see his new granddaughter. Mark postponed his vacation so he could judge for us that weekend. He was also on the road right after the trial was over on Sunday. Dusty participated in a demonstration in Kenosha both days after the trial was over making them both to be very long days. I can’t thank these gentlemen enough for judging our trial.

These are the Loving Paws students that earned their titles. Thank you to Pallamolla Photography for their wonderful photos of the trial!