We've been conducting our annual drug dog certification the past couple of weeks. I bring in 5 handlers at a time, keep them for two days during the eval. Today, we had one of our senior dogs in. Funny how a year can make such a difference. The dog made it through the vehicle portion of the search, buildings are tomorrow. Toward the end though, I could see the dog was really struggling. He's almost 12, been on the road 9 years. I can remember last year I remarked how good the dog looked, knowing that at that age change can take place overnight. I talked to the handler to make sure he understood this would probably be his last year. the handler wants another mal, he's been a good handler, I'll sure try and fill that request. Ole Nikko will do much better in retirement, which probably will be this fall.