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11:09 am: Feeling validated
This past week we had our annual validation trial, which certifies that the handlers and dogs are performing at acceptable levels. I was slightly worried that Benny might have trouble with it; when we did a practice run earlier in the month, he missed two of the targets. He is, after all, approaching retirement age. However, Benny breezed through the problems without any hesitation. When I went to get my results from the evaluators (two supervisors and another handler), they gave me a standing ovation and said that our score was a perfect ten, which is virtually unheard of.

Benny was also recognized by CBP for his recent milestone of making 10,000 agriculture seizures.

Other than that, I didn't do much this weekend. It was too chilly and windy to go outside on Friday, so I stayed indoors and worked on the computer most of the day. On Saturday I did get some more weeding done. I also divided some of my perennial flowers and gave a bunch to my neighbor. I finished just in time, right before we got a bit of rain.

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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:March 2nd, 2015 09:20 pm (UTC)
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Congratulations to you and Benny! How awesome!
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From:bentleywg
Date:March 2nd, 2015 10:46 pm (UTC)
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Yay, Benny! Yay, Pod!
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From:mangaroo
Date:March 2nd, 2015 10:53 pm (UTC)
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Awww, way to go Benny! (I didn't know he'd had a weight problem.) Congrats on the 10K and on the awesome performance at the validation trial.
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From:megory
Date:March 6th, 2015 11:29 pm (UTC)
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We couldn't be prouder of both of you! Congratulations on the 10000 seizures and the evaluation!
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From:sara_tanaquil
Date:March 8th, 2015 01:48 am (UTC)
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I didn't get a chance to congratulate you before! Go Benny, go you!
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