Boy, this week’s “dog-blog” title is a bit confusing isn’t it? I’m down here working on my Bedbug detection certificate and I was actually pulled from training. The Termite detection trainers here at the Academy got together and thought it would be a good idea to let me spend a few days with the current Termite detection class. I was flattered when they asked me. They said I was so far ahead of the others in my bedbug training that given my classroom grades, and my field exercise grading; I am a shoe-in for reaching my goal of graduating #1 in my Bedbug detection class. All I have to do is max out on my finals and my mission to be #1 or “Magna Bark Loudly” of my Bedbug Detection class will be accomplished. I’ve worked extra hard for this and it’s paid off!
I mentioned a few weeks ago that every morning we have a 2-mile run/walk followed by a 100-yard dash. I told you us Terriers clobber the Beagles and other breeds in the dash and that I was finishing consistently in the top 5. Well, I don’t know if it is the special diet they are giving us or the fact I am running more now than I have in years and in super good shape; but I am now 1st or 2nd every morning in the dash. It’s either me or my pal “Skipper”, another Terrier. He’s a great little guy and fast as a bullet. He says I amaze him being a little older and all, and I bark at him that a lot of it is between my floppy ears. One day he’ll understand what that means.
Bill Whitstine, the owner of the Florida Canine Academy, is also the head Termite trainer and head Bedbug trainer. There is nothing like learning from the best and Bill is the best. Bill was very patient with me when I first arrived here years ago straight from the dog pound. He saved my life, as he has saved the lives of hundreds of dogs that have graduated from this Academy. Once I met Daddy Nick and Mama Gena and realized my destiny was; I was going to be an important part of a loving Lupini family, as well as, an active player in the Loyal Termite and Pest Control corporate family, I was determined to be the absolute best K-9 Termite Detective I could be.
Like I said, Bill is a smart guy. He knows that I will not only train this termite class in the nuts and bolts of being a good Termite Detective but will also instill the importance of loving your family and the company you are working for. I have barked at them that when sniffing for termites turn off all other thoughts and only concentrate on the mission at hand. Sniff hard for that sweet like smell of the termite pheromones and let your handler know immediately at the first sign of detection. The key to being a top Termite Detective is total dedication; dedication to family, your company, and your company’s customers. I think Mike felt no one could get this point across to his current K-9 Termite Detection class better than me. I thank Bill for this unique opportunity.
More to come in next week’s report from me, Hunter, Loyal Termite, and Pest Control’s K-9 Termite (and soon to be Bedbug) Detective. Have a great week, Ruff! Ruff!