SUMMARY: Another day of wonders.Tika was back to her normal self, Qing in all four Qable classes, plus 2nd in Steeplechase Round 2.
Otherwise continued her not-quite-1st-place runs:
- 2nd in Steeplechase, even though she ran pretty fast first thing in the morning, to a really nice run by Kidd
- 2nd in Gamblers by several points to Chaps.
- Oh, wait, we did win Grand Prix! For the 4th time this year, after never doing so pre-2011.
- 2nd in Jumpers by less than a second to Kash.
- Then, last run of the day, slowed way down in Standard and took 3rd, wayyy behind Chaps and just a smidge behind Mike.
As for her Top Ten points, picked up 0 for snooker, 3 in Gamblers, 4 in standard, and 6 in Jumpers.
Boost amazed me again by mostly keeping up her bars, finished 2nd (!!!!!!) in Steeplechase Round 2 with a really nice run on a really fast course--here for your viewing pleasure (from a different angle from Tika's run, but you STILL can't see that tunnel):
And she actually earned a Jumpers Q! Third masters jumpers Q ever! Huzzah, huzzah, huzzah, and other crowd-going-wild noises. Furthermore, it was 3rd place in 22"! Our run wasn't exactly "clean"--a bit sort of smudged around the edges and I thought we came off the field with a couple of refusals, but noooooo, plus also only 5 out of the 30 dogs in her class ran clean, so there we go, now only 2 Jumpers and 2 Super-Qs away from the ADCH.
Yet another video, how about that? (The whistle you hear on the first messy spot is in the other ring...oh, and now you can see a tunnel that the dog has to take the opposite side.)
Standard was an "almost"--she crashed a double after I made a very awkward front cross and might have been flailing my arms, legs, and other body parts. Gamblers opening was nice but I mishandled the entry to a [sigh] very doable gamble. And in grand prix, two runouts on jumps, then she came off the teeter from the side when I rear crossed, for the 3rd time this weekend, so I told her uh-uh, took her off the field, and put her away.
Time to get the teeter-totter out in the yard again.
But mostly I was very happy with many parts of all of her runs. But here's this little nagging thing: Keeping the bars up--doing courses--steeplechases and jumpers--compliments in class last week and a ton of perfect runs in class this week--I have admitted not practicing anything or working on anything--so WHY?
I find it hard to believe that, at six and a half, she's abruptly matured or figured things out.
I did make the sudden connection today that this has all been since she started the prednisone for her itching. Could there be something going on there? Don't know what.