a Taj MuttHall Dog Diary: Notes About This Weekend

Friday, September 15, 2006

Notes About This Weekend

SUMMARY: Thoughts upon regarding the running order catalog.

Interesting: There are 35 Masters Pairs Relay teams (Tika's competition level). There are 4 (!) Starters teams (Boost's competition level). There are roughly 70 Masters dogs entered, which means that they all enter Pairs as well. There are roughly 15 Starters dogs (not only Boost but her sisters Bette and Beck, too!), which means that only about half are in the relay. Huh.

This will be a big weekend for Boost--5 runs on Saturday, 4 on Sunday--her first full trial. And a big weekend for me for the first time in a long time (since I semiretired Jake)--11 runs on Saturday, 9 or 10 on Sunday depending on whether we make it to Steeplechase Round 2. Fortunately it's a compact trial site so I won't have to do a ton of walking...I think.

Tika has two, count them, two, opportunities for a Super-Q in Snooker this weekend (to finish her championship), compared to the more-typical one per weekend. But there are only 24 dogs entered in the 26" height, so that's only 3 Super-Qs each day (4 if they round up, but I think there are newer rules where they truncate rather than round. I can't keep track).

Tika's 2/3 of the way through the order on Saturday, so I can obsess a little bit about what the other dogs are doing, although I shouldn't because it fries my brain. And she's first (!) on Sunday, so I have to decide what I'm going to do, do it, and keep my fingers crossed. Sigh.

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