SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) — A barn full of straw and varmints to hunt mean Campbell is in heaven. The standard schnauzer was born to work, but, like most animals, he has to be pointed in the right direction. The person leading him is not only his trainer, but also his owner.
Jennifer Kimberlin spends hours, weeks, months, and years training all her dogs. Inside a small barn, straw is stacked and strewn about the floor, and mini-mountains and small tunnels are constructed out of it. Kimberlin puts her pet rats in sturdy, ventilated tubes and hides them in various places throughout the straw.
Once the barn hunt preparation is complete, Campbell, with his nose leading, races through the course, sniffing for the rats. It doesn’t take long before he bounces from one to the next. When he picks up on the rats’ scent, he alerts Kimberlin by nudging the area with his snout and staying by the treasure until she picks up the canister. He’s so proficient, he, along with his brother Rooster, who’s still learning, will tail it to New York City.
The dogs will join a small pack that is trained to hunt and kill rats on the streets of the Big Apple, where the city has long waged a war on the long-tailed rodents.
“I guess the garbage is picked up on Saturday mornings, so we’ll be going out Friday evening while the garbage is out because it draws the vermin out,” explained Kimberlin.
It’s an honor for her pups to nose through the trash, said Kimberlin, because they were selected by an American Kennel Club judge for the job.
Their work doesn’t end there, though because Campbell and Rooster earned two tickets to paradise. “Couple days later they will be spit-polished, shined and go in and look like completely different dogs,” Kimberlin said.
Both dogs will compete in the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York. The brothers are in the standard schnauzer working group with 16 dogs. The pair has won a number of prizes before this, but Westminster, as Kimberlin puts it, is the “Super Bowl of dog shows.”
From the barn to the big show, Campbell and Rooster already made their owner proud, but a Best in Show wouldn’t be too shabby either. “Its bragging rights. That’s the honor of getting to go,” said Kimberlin.
Kimberlin and her dogs also belong to the Ozarks Mischief Barn Hunt, which is a local chapter of the national Barn Hunt Association. Readers can learn more about the organization here: www.ozarksmischiefbarnhunt.org/practices.html.
To follow Campbell and Rooster on their journey to Westminster, visit their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/TeamSketchbook/.
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