This weekend has been a rest and recovery weekend. We spent the week doing some serious training, and just like humans who’ve been to the gym, it’s important for us to rest our noses. It gives us time to rehydrate, to think about what we’ve learnt in our quiet time, and to sleep. I have lots of energy but Gemma said that using my nose has been the one thing that tires me out. I’m not allowed to bark about where I’ve worked because I put my paw print on special contracts to say that I wouldn’t disclose the information. Gemma and I moved to London to work. The City is a very different place to rural Cornwall, so some of the sounds made me jump but if I was uncomfortable, Gemma would put me on a break, and my colleague, another member of the paw patrolling team would take over. Just like humans, some dogs are better at some things than other dogs. We all have varying skill-sets. This is why selecting your K9 team members is so important. If one dog isn’t so great at one thing, recruit another team member who has different skills. After all, it takes a team to be great. On my first day as an official explosives detection dog, I was selected to screen some people going into a building for a meeting because I’m good at not jumping up at people and leaving muddy paw prints or slobber (I don’t slobber by the way) over their nice clean clothes. Gemma says that I’m a polite dog. Some dogs on the other hand (and I won’t name any names) well, they might get so excited that they forget that they’re not supposed to jump into someone’s lap and kiss their faces (not that any dogs did that of course.) I was so tired after my first day that I could barely jump out of the car when we got back home. Gemma says that my eyes were red, and I was very sleepy so she carried me back indoors, and put me on my bed so I could sleep. This picture is of me right after screening those people I was barking about. Gemma says that might be one of her favourite proudest moments.