In late January of 2007, my Pembroke Welsh Corgi bitch, Truffles, injured her neck by some unknown method, and as a result could not bear weight on her left front leg. Truffles was prescribed six weeks of crate rest, prednisone, and pain killers, but the treatment that most facilitated her recovery was the acupuncture and Chinese herbs prescribed by her holistic vet, Dr. Tracy Lord. Truffles continues to this day to see Dr. Lord for acupuncture, chiropractic and other holistic treatments. Truffles recovered fully and returned to tracking in the late spring of 2007.
On Sunday, August 2, 2009, at the Tracking Club of Maine’s Variable Surface Tracking Test, held at Colby College in Waterville, ME, Truffles, now age 10, passed on Track 3 under judges Ed Presnall and Mary Thompson, to earn her VST title and with it the title of Champion Tracker (CT). To earn this title a dog must obtain all three AKC tracking titles–Tracking Dog (TD), Tracking Dog Excellent (TDX) and Variable Surface Tracking (VST). The CT title says to the world that she has demonstrated proficiency in following human scent in open fields, over obstacles and at age, and in urban conditions including through parking lots, sidewalks and around buildings. Truffles’ track was 657 yards long, 3 hours 10 minutes old, and it took her 31 minutes to complete.
Truffles is now CT Heronsway Harbor Sweets, CDX, VST, AX, AXJ, VCX. She will be seeing Dr. Lord on Wednesday, as usual.
Michele Gillette, Hanover, VA